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UK Fan of the Day Wants Afternoon Notes

Bryan the Intern unfortunately re-enacts this pose often in the WKJK studios

A few notes from around the land:

— There is a game in college sports I like to call “if Calipari does it, let’s complain.” The latest example comes from Billy Donovan and Gary Parrish, who are taking Calipari to task for the All-Access Special on ESPN. What is their major complaint? Well, according to Donovan, he thinks that it is an unfair recruiting advantage and is “just not right.” But then he also made comments saying that he just wouldn’t want such cameras in practice because “practice is for practice.” Unfortunately for Billy, facts get in the way of rhetoric and it has come out that he did an All-Access a few years ago and Urban Meyer did an expansive one with the football program. I like Billy Donovan and he is a great coach. But he is too good to whine about unfair advantages for something that is just a fact of life. College sports are not fair…Kentucky is on ESPN because they are more marketable than the other schools…period. Fairness is not the issue, the issues is popularity. Yes, ESPN putting the unsigned recruits’ commitments on the show is something that hasn’t been done before. But guess what…there is no rule against it and there is nothing wrong with it. ESPN is telling the story of the program and Calipari’s recruiting prowess is a big part of it. If you don’t like that, then either change the rule or shut up. Chances are the former will happen at some point, because as we have always seen in the past, it isn’t a problem until someone does it better than everyone else. And Calipari is doing virtually everything better than anyone else.

— I loved the Blue-White Game last night and a number of things stood out. Here they are:

Willie Cauley Stein: No player has surprised me more so quickly than Willie Cauley-Stein. When he came here, I assumed he would be a 3 year project that would reach his full potential slowly. I knew Cauley was smart and able to learn quickly, but I had no idea that his physical ability was so high early. If you watched the game last night and knew nothing about the two players, you would have assumed Cauley-Stein was ahead of Noel. That is an unbelievable accomplishment by the young man.

Alex Poythress the Beast: Early on I was slightly disappointed by Alex’s play, as he looked to not showcase the aggression that I know he has. But then things changed dramatically. Alex attacked the rim with ferocity and dunked hard on a number of people. Alex can be the best player on the court for Kentucky this season…if he does, he will become a star. Late in the game last night, we saw that side of him.

Archie Putting Up Points: Archie Goodwin led all scorers last night with 32 points and more importantly, did it a variety of different ways. He made outside shots, drives to the basket and mid-range jumpers. He still needs to do a better job sharing the ball (especially if he is going to be the team’s backup point guard), but I thought it was a strong debut for the Arkansas native.

We So Hood (and Polson): Calipari would love to play an eighth player this year on the team and two guys showcased they have the potential. Jon Hood looked more comfortable that at any time in a Kentucky uniform, playing his game, taking the ball to the basket and scoring from mid-range. He is much better doing that than simply shooting from the outside. Jarrod Polson also took a break from his one year slump, by being very comfortable as a backup point guard and actually running his team better than Ryan Harrow did at most points. Neither is a lock to get time, but it looks as if both have taken big steps forward.

Cal is at Media Day:

We will have more coming up soon from SEC Media Day and other topics. Until then, enjoy the picture below of the KSR Dating Game contestants with Ryan and me at the game, while also thanking God that you are not a Florida basketball coach, upset that you are no longer the best recruiter in the SEC.

Article written by Matt Jones

45 Comments for UK Fan of the Day Wants Afternoon Notes



  1. ClevelandCat
    2:48 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. Major hotness. Oh… and 1st.



  2. AMIRITE
    2:48 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    UK Fan of the Day Wants Attention From Her Father



  3. Hubba Hubba
    2:49 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Corey is up in Matt’s space. Sorry about you luck, KSR Dating Game Winner….step aside and let The Man come through.



  4. Jones Returns
    2:51 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    You just ruined my new pleats



  5. Chad
    2:51 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Corey wanted Matt this whole time!!!



  6. ltylerj
    2:55 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why are we looking at if Corey wanted Matt or not? Most of us are men, look at the top photo for god sake.



  7. RaleighCat
    2:55 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    She is Chive-worthy! KCCO and Go Cats!



  8. Mr Obvious
    2:59 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Alex Poythress is no Matt Pilgrim!!



  9. SupCats
    3:09 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I want to be that chair for a sec!



  10. Hubba Hubba
    3:09 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    #6: OMG! A hot girl on the internet! Let me call all my friends!



  11. John Madden
    3:10 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Brett Favre is Brett Favre.



  12. Jessdogky
    3:10 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Jay Bilas(@JayBilas) is CRUSHING the Faux Hawk himself Gary Parrish(@GaryParrishCBS) on twitter right now about the All Access show. Very entertaining.



  13. Bulldawg
    3:17 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Corey is definitely all up in Matt’s crawlspace… It couldn’t be more obvious who Corey was auditioning for during the dating game…that being said, go for it!!! (insert music, “I don’t see nothin’ wrong with a little bump n’ grind…”) I like Matt and listen to his show every day, but he really does need to do something different with his hair. I can hook you up with a nice fade for free. Ryan had a very nice politic analysis today. Mays looked like a baller to me. Bet he knocks down some big shots this year!



  14. SexnNursinHomes
    3:21 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    No offense folks, Corey is a fine lookin’ young lady. But the girl in the top photo would probably allow you to go up the dirt road on her. Which may lead to Japanese Anime Vomit sex. Gotta go with girl on top.



  15. facts
    3:23 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    KSR is a “Playas First” program apparently.



  16. Big Blue B-Rad
    3:23 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    What did Gary Parrish say against the all-access? 12) Too bad I don’t have a twitter 🙁 What’s he saying?



  17. bigbluejon
    3:25 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    STOP THE PRESS!!! WHO’S THAT?!?!good god almighty



  18. facts
    3:26 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    #18 Steve = Billy Donovan. “No fair using your show to attract recruits!” :….(



  19. funny
    3:28 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why is Matt with all of those midget…er “fun sized” people? And what size fitted hat does Matt wear a 20?



  20. Incrediblue
    3:29 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why hasn’t Corey’s calendar pic been posted yet?



  21. snugpants
    3:30 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Lemond’s wearing some snugo pants! ha!



  22. HOLYCOW
    3:32 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    ……Yeah…I didn’t rear a single word of this artical….I didn’t get past the first pic



  23. emlang08
    3:33 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Doron Lamb put up 12 points against the bobcats today, MKG had a quiet 13 minutes with 4 points 4 Boards!



  24. About Time
    3:35 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to KSR on this pic. You finally found a true hammer in a UK shirt. I was begininng to think they did not exist. Please post more like this.



  25. TimeFor9
    3:36 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    16 welcome to the internet. did you know that you can read Twitter without having an account? Just google Jay Bilas twitter and go to his page.



  26. Ryan's Pants
    3:37 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I used to think Ryan Lemond was crazy….but now I can clearly see his nuts.



  27. oops
    3:37 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    #22, you could type better if you didn’t have your other hand pre-occupied while reading this post.



  28. Stan
    3:40 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Screw cry baby billy,take quickie rickie and stick him up your…..well,you know.



  29. Big Blue B-Rad
    3:41 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    25) guess I assumed incorrectly. I assumed I had to have a twitter to read the tweets. Thanks



  30. Fake Kermit
    3:42 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad Corey was able to lend Ryan a pair of her pants after his accident. Let this be a lesson to him: You shouldn’t eat Applebee’s cheese sticks unless you’re going straight home.



  31. Nose Whistle
    3:46 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Corey’s leaning in to hear if Matt really has a nose whistle.



  32. old_school
    3:58 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    that young lady in the picture has no integrity! back in the 20’s our women had integrity. unless you didn’t, then you were a whore. but anyways, its Calipari’s fault that young lady doesn’t have enough clothes! with a bare midriff like that she is bound to catch a sniffle.



  33. Calendar Guy
    4:05 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Just wait until you see Corey and the rest of the ladies in the calendar! They will make the Big Blue Nation Proud! Mid to late November .



  34. tabb
    4:17 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe the next KSR contest should be “homegrown hot girl fan of the day tryouts.”



  35. Adam
    4:27 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    The ESPN cameras were at the announcements for those recruits BECAUSE THEY HAD ALREADY CHOSEN KENTUCKY



  36. Flip
    4:32 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why is KSR never at SEC Media Days for football?



  37. Mark
    4:54 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    HOLY GARBANZO BEANS!!!



  38. BravoBigBlue
    4:55 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    “I like Billy Donovan and he is a great coach.” Really? I mean, Really? Come on, man.



  39. florida fan
    5:16 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Matt! I guess you UK fans know a thing or two about “whining.” Remember how networks were playing that UPS Duke last second shot and Indiana shot commercials ? Remember how your fan base was up in arms and calling it a conspiracy? Remember discussing a boycott of UPS even though it is one of Kentucky’s largest employers? UK fans are not above whining, remember that. You all can take one 30 second piece or one sentence quote and write five posts about it. Sensitive or hypocritical much?



  40. SexnNursinHomes
    5:29 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    39- Hey florida fan! The girl in the top photo says you have a very small penis.

    u-eff got an All-Access in 2010. So STFU and go watch your football team.



  41. Linda Taylor
    5:42 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    39 – What are you doing on a KY site? I never go to FL websites. Donovan would have had more room to complain if ESPN had not already done an All Access FL bball in 2010. Billy D should have kept his trap shut. He is generally well-respected here, but now he just looks like a sore loser.



  42. J Jones
    9:52 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Jessica is the prettiest of the date contestants. Plus corey!s voice would wear on you after a while. Where as jessica has that sweet kentucky accent.



  43. Hobbit at
    10:34 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Where did you find these contestants? Is there a hidden little person village in KY? Matt looks like gandolf visiting the shire.



  44. TAXman
    9:29 am October 26, 2012 Permalink

    “Matt looks like gandolf visiting the shire” that is freakin hilarious.



  45. UnknownFan
    1:04 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    #39 What you said.