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UK Fans of the Day Want Notes From the Road

Today we found ourselves in Somerset, where over 100 people turned out at the local Mr. Gatti’s to hear us talk about Kentucky sports and Ryan Lemond’s personal life. It was a great crowd and showcased once again that South Central Kentucky seems to be prime KSR territory. The Somerset Mayor honored me by naming me a Somerset Colonel, the Pulaski County Judge Executive did the same as a Pulaski County Colonel and we even had a local who looked like an extra from the cast of “Sons of Anarchy” join us. It was a very fun show and a very fun trip from the home of the Warriors, Maroons and Brian Jumpers. Tomorrow it is Lexington where we stop, at the Tap Room from the Whitaker Bank Ballpark (home of the Lexington Legends). It will be a packed show, with appearances live from John Short, UK Coach Jon Lipsitz and Gregg Doyel on the phone talking about the UNC scandal. Come see us. Until then, some pictures from today’s show, including Ryan Lemond wearing a Saul Smith jersey, which if you listen to the show, will make perfect sense:

Getting the Somerset Colonel award

Being scared by our most loyal listener

Some notes:

— The biggest story of the day doesn’t come from UK land, but rather from the world of North Carolina, where Gregg Doyel lay the smacketh downeth on UNC, suggesting that there should be “banners taken down from the Smith Center” for the academic scandal on campus. If you haven’t followed the story, the basics are that a number of UNC football and basketball players took fraudulent classes on campus in order to stay eligible and the cheating has been alleged to be systematic. The question is now whether the NCAA will do anything. After months of this story staying on the periphery, the UNC website accidentally released Julius Peppers’ transcript online and now the story is front and center. My question is simply this…where have the college reporters that specialize in investigations of major institutions been on this story? Where is Pat Forde, Pete Thamel, Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, Yahoo Sports, etc, on what has the potential to be one of the biggest cases of academic fraud in college sports history? The answer is that they are probably busy (a) complaining about UK’s non-conference schedule; (b) trying to make Enes Kanter triply ineligible to play; and (c) doing polls looking for “suspected” cheaters. It will be interesting to see if this column by Doyel kicks them into gear.

— You may have heard us last week on the show in Jamestown talking about the event for the young woman who was murdered there just a few months ago. The “Run With All Your Hart” event was a tremendous success and even got a visit from the UK mascot. A great thing by a great community in honor of a great person:

— No matter what one writes about UK football, someone is unhappy. When you are too optimistic, people complain that you are simply a mouthpiece for the University and won’t say what is “really” going on. And when you express concerns, you don’t support UK and aren’t a “real fan.” For the latter group, this article on is sure to ruffle feathers. It is by Bill Connelly of Football Outsiders (who does really good work) and is essentially taking the viewpoint that Kentucky is going to be worse this year and in so doing, puts everyone at UK in a bad spot. I have said all along that I think it will be difficult for UK to make a bowl and their record may not be improved. But I do believe the team will be better and there is reason for small drops of optimism. But I also respect Connelly’s work and to be fair, reading it can be slightly depressing.

I am told these are UK fans…I approve if true

— Finally, this is the best UK basketball video by a fan that I have ever seen:

Video by Airball89

The young man who goes by “Airball89” perfectly encapsulates what we mean when we talk about UK basketball. It showcases our rise to the top, the emergence from a sea of haters and the special moments that have made up these last three years. I will be honest, watching the video made it a little dusty in the KSR compound. I have been working on a post on the “Best Moments of the Calipari Era” and nearly all I would put in are in this video. If you haven’t watched it, do so. If you have, send it to your friend. Nothing better showcases the beauty of UK basketball and the ride of the last three years than this.

We will see you folks tomorrow in Lexington…check out today’s podcast if you haven’t and get ready for what will be a very special show on Friday from West Liberty.

Article written by Matt Jones

31 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Notes From the Road

  1. johnblinkybolton
    9:15 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    See you tomorrow Matt, bout time you show the home of our passion more love! Haha, when I found that video around 4:00 today I think it had about 1,500 views. Gotta love the KSR impact.

  2. Ludwig
    9:18 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Drew Franklin sighting at 8:37 mark.

  3. Tiger woods
    9:23 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Hadley had a rough day!!!!!

  4. Somerset high school
    9:24 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Matt, we’re the briar jumpers, not the Brian jumpers. Just saying.

  5. bluetooth
    9:32 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    matt and the greasy biker dude holding hands ?

  6. kbinnky
    9:32 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t get to catch the podcast, but as a former PCHS Maroon, who now lives in NKY, did you give a shoutout to Reg Hanson?

  7. Kevin
    9:33 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    I am sure you meant “where are,” instead of “where is.”. Are you sure you have a college degree and a law degree after that? Geesh.

  8. jill
    9:40 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    WOW…and you make fun of UL fans…WOW

  9. fathertime
    9:50 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    What a great video! I always enjoy listening to Hubert Davis and his expert comments. I guess that UNC degree doesn’t mean that much anymore.

  10. I'mTheDaddy
    9:56 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Cowboy hat girls are outside of Austin City…Ohh the memories.

  11. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    10:03 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    jill – How pathetic does your life have to be to post on a rival’s website? Get a girl friend. Get a career. See a counselor. Just do something to turn your life around; it’s not too late.

  12. Wildcat8
    10:06 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    I am not going to lie. That video made me weep a bit. Somebody send a copy to all the so called basketball experts. And then attach Peppers UNC transcript with it.

  13. jeyhey
    10:11 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Some really miserable people in the world…looking for every opportunity to correct someone…so sad

  14. jeyhey
    10:15 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    jill is a scientific anomaly…..she has to have the longest and most miserable menstrual cycles known to mankind…..are you ever not bitchy?

  15. jill
    10:22 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Bleed RED!!!

  16. Mrs Patterson
    10:29 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Are my eyes deceiving me, or did Drew even make an appearance in the video? (8:38 mark)

  17. [email protected]'s
    10:43 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Jill’s L-Beard trimmer must have broke so she has nothing to do but visit UK websites. Oh and you left your flat bill at Villa Fontana last weekend skeezer.

    10:45 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Girl on the far right in the first pic is smoking

  19. uncle ron
    12:58 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    great video…

  20. alacat
    2:24 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Wonderful video encapsulating what is good, right, true and beautiful about UK basketball. Thanks for making this available!!

  21. soggyUKgrad
    3:51 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    awesome video!!!! reminds me of 2 things….Coach Cal is the PERFECT man to coach UK, and the former IU coach (whose name I will never speak) has lost all touch with reality. what a Loosier!!!!!

  22. Beavis
    7:04 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    If you “bleed” red,,,,go on a Louisville web site and stay there.

  23. tuxedo park
    7:28 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    great video. A nice F U to the haters… Cal has been unbelievably successful in just three years. He’s almost made us forget the absolute disaster that was Billy Clyde, and that’s a bigger accomplishment than even winning a championship! I don’t see how you could EVER complain as a UK fan. Cal is made for the Commonwealth.

  24. scottuky99
    7:54 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Great video. The ONLY little thing that I think would make that video over the top would be a picture of Patrick Patterson in his cap in gown after graduating….right after the Bobby Knight comments. Other than that, unreal!!!!!

  25. Micah
    8:18 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Great video, really well done and a good way to start my morning. Ignore the Louisville fans, just upset at the thought of how short their video would be, haven’t won anything since the 80’s, that’s gotta be depressing…

  26. Laker Cat 18
    9:06 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Ryan looks a little nippy in that undershirtless Saul jersey.

  27. RICK
    9:37 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Ha, Card fans keep your ass of this site.

  28. Yoda
    9:39 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    “Brian Jumpers”??? No, it’s BRIAR JUMPERS…as in a rabbit.

    The Briar Jumper nickname came about in 1916 when Somerset defeated heavily favored Louisville Boys High School 51-6 in Louisville. One of the Louisville sportswriters, Johnny Head, used the story of Uncle Remus to describe the agility that the Somerset ballcarriers displayed in evading the Louisville player’s tackles. He christened the Somerset team Briar Jumpers and the nickname stuck. Their home fields are nicknamed The Briar Patch.

  29. NotSatire
    9:55 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for the vid Matt.

  30. Take A Deep Breath
    11:11 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

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  31. Matt Jones' Barber
    1:32 pm August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lol, “this program is not for everybody” flash of Shabazz