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Uncle Kracker’s Monday News and Views

While most of you are sluggishly starting a new work week today, those of us who know good music are celebrating the birth of Matthew “Uncle Kracker” Shafer. That handsome man in the mugshot you see above turns 37 today and it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t wish him a big Happy Birthday from Big Blue Nation. Just less than a month ago, a packed Rupp Arena sang “Follow Me” and other timeless Uncle Kracker classics while he was opening for that deeply closeted country music singer with the golden voice. Now, the one who tucked us in at night is the host of this Monday’s News and Views and he’s back in your life for the first time in at least five years. You don’t know how you met Matthew Shafer, you don’t know why, you can’t turn around and say goodbye. Sing it with me!

To an abbreviated version of the goods…

— Just when it looked like the weekend would end without any legitimate news, Kentucky football picked up two new commitments. Daron and Zach Blaylock from Marietta, Georgia committed to Kentucky late Sunday night.  Daron is projected to play linebacker for the Cats and Zach is expected to play safety. UK football recruiting expert Aaron Cordero (who broke the news) says Daron ran a 4.4 at Kentucky’s camp and Zach is even faster. That kind of defensive speed is what Kentucky needs to compete in the SEC . The twins held over ten offers (Hi, Louisville!) and a number of big time programs were showing interest. What a great pickup by Greg Nord, our somewhat unsung recruiting hero. It’s promising to see the staff getting on guys like this early and reeling them in. Especially when the guys are the offspring of Mookie Blaylock. The Brothers Blaylock are the sixth and seventh members of the 2012 recruiting class. Four of those seven are from the state of Jo’Ja.

— While the distant future is looking good for Kentucky football, the immediate future is no different than the past. Kentucky is ranked fifth in the SEC East in The Birmingham News’ SEC Football Preview. The preseason poll was voted on by the conference’s football information directors. South Carolina was voted as the top school. Vandy bails us out again.

— Ok, enough football talk. This is a big week for Kentucky basketball as the incoming freshmen will arrive on campus this week. Like we mentioned on the site earlier, the arrival of the greatest class in history provides a summer of photo ops in Lexington. Teague, Davis, Gilchrist, and Wiltjer will be learning the land in Lexington beginning Monday and I’m sure they’ll be taking their hungers to Tolly Ho right away. Someone needs to be there to capture their first cheddar tot as a Wildcat. I guess I should mention they’ll be attending summer school too, but, it’s really about the pictures. We love pictures.

— Hey! Have you heard the one about Coach Cal going to the Knicks??!! Well, lists Calipari as a candidate to replace Donnie Walsh in New York. Here’s what the Gym, Tan, Laundry website had to say:

“John Calipari: The former Nets coach wants to return to the NBA and would leave Kentucky, especially for a coach-GM combo.”

Never heard that before. Moving on…

— It seems we can give up on the John Wall/Enes Kanter NBA duo dream. Enes will not work out with Wizards because they don’t expect him to be around for the sixth pick. That’s good news for his draft status, but it’s crushing to all of us (including Enes) who wanted to see two UK favorites together in red, white, and blue. Damn.

— Our good buddy Gregg Doyel made an appearance on my television during the NBA Finals press conference Sunday night. Doyel asked Lebron about his lack of production in the fourth quarter “when superstars become superstars.” Lebron put Doyel in his place by telling him there are two sides of the floor and “to watch the tape and ask that question again tomorrow.” Then Doyel dropped the mic and forced Lebron into submission with a textbook rear naked choke. Don’t mess with Gregg Doyel.

— A couple of former Kentucky baseballers need the help of Big Blue Nation. Collin Cowgill and Ryan Strieby are on the Triple-A All-Star Ballot and it sure would be nice if we could help them out by dominating the polls. It’s what we do. Cowgill is an outfielder on the PCL ballot and Strieby is a first basemen on the IL ballot. Vote here.

— It hurts me to say this but Beisner has been suspended for a week after a violation of team rules. (It’s actually a vacation but that sounds better.) I hope we don’t crash and burn while he’s gone. Also, I’m really not looking forward to waking up before noon.

Speaking of before noon, Matt Jones will be on the radio box at 10:00 AM tomorrow morning with Perrin Johnson. You should listen. Everybody’s doin’ it.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

21 Comments for Uncle Kracker’s Monday News and Views

  1. Brewer
    1:28 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    There may be hope for UK football…some day

  2. BPsycho
    1:31 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    “Teach me how to Bernie, teach me, teach me how to Bernie”

  3. BPsycho
    1:33 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    #1 ” In the year three thousaaaaaaand…..In the year three thousaaaaaaand… “

  4. flacat22
    2:17 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    do you wear knee pads when you go down on Doyel?

  5. SeoulCat
    2:57 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Doyel, if he’s a real man, will put that question to The Queen again tomorrow after the Mavs go up 2-1.

  6. SeoulCat
    3:02 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Errr…when the Mavs tie it at 2-2.

  7. RidgeRunner
    4:09 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Uncle Kracker Jack has had his mug in here so much of late, he’s teetering on being our poster child whether we want him or not.

    I’ve seen the 2 Blaylock boys play HS football and both stand out for sure. Thats sayin a bunch with the overall football talent in GA. Yup, nice pick ups.

  8. UK Wildcat
    4:38 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t you dedicate a post to Uncle Kracker a couple weeks ago? May 14th, to be exact. Same picture and everything.

  9. basketball
    6:45 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    So, UK football is recruiting more 4 and 5 start players? Doesn’t look like it. How do people think this program can advance when it continues to flounder on the recruiting trail? We need a new coach who can at bring in talent that will at least give us a chance to win. The current staff is failing miserably and the results will soon be seen on the field.

  10. Brent
    6:46 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    LeBron didnt tell him to ask the same question tomorrow. He told him to watch the tape and “maybe you’ll ask me a better question tomorrow.”

    Very Gillispie-ish. I demand outrage!

  11. manu1433
    7:04 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    uncle kracker is pretty damn tacky…and so are his fans

  12. Al's IndiCats
    8:10 am June 6, 2011 Permalink


  13. invisibleink
    8:27 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    a suspension for a violation of team rules … followed by a vacation to jamaica … followed by a suspension for a violation of team rules

  14. 44 Stitches
    8:47 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Uncle Kracker is awful. Calling his music good is still not as bad as Will Lentz saying in one his post about a week ago that he first heard of Outkast from the song Hey Ya. Hey ya is awful but Outkast’s first album Southernplayalistcadillacmuzik is one the greatest CD’s of all-time.

    The Blaylock twins are from the same high school (Walton) as Ryan Harrow. Either way Mookie was one of my favorite players when I was in high school.

  15. big tim
    8:56 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    #9 you dont got to have a ton of 4 and 5 star players in football to win. alot of the player are good as the 4 and 5 star player in football does not mean your going to be good at the college level fooball diffrent then basketball think about this cobb wasnt a 4 or 5 star player alot of the good player we had wasnt 4 or 5 star player that dont mean nothing

  16. GOCATS
    8:57 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    6 keep dremaming no way mavs win series. LBJ is the man, and so is Dwade.
    Does anybody know how good Twany Beckam is?

  17. GOCATS
    8:58 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    wow my bad, dreaming*

  18. AKA cold buckets
    9:00 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Heat in 6. They win on Tuesday to go up 3-1, Mavs win desperation game on Thursday to make it 3-2. Heat close it out in Miami. LeBron goes for 55-12-15 in Game 6. Chris Bosh cries, obviously.

  19. Kidnut
    9:01 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lebron handled that question very well, it sounded like Doyel was trying to fish for something. I like Doyel but poor form Gregg, poor form.

  20. BBN
    9:33 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I just voted 100 times for the AAA All Star game using my 4 email accounts! Big Blue Nation rise up!! GO VOTE!!!

  21. El Dude
    10:18 am June 6, 2011 Permalink

    #9 Why exactly would a 5 star recruit come to UK? It’s funny to me to read that we need someone to get 5 star guys here.

    It ain’t happening and won’t happen.

    1. UK is basketball.
    2. Most northerly school in SEC; competition with real football powers to the north and south.
    3. Lack of winning tradition.
    4. No glamour factor.

    We are what we are.