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Welcome The Newest Bloggers to the Club

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I am very excited tonight to announce the welcome addition of four new bloggers to the KSR ranks. As those of you who have been reading over the last weeks have surely noticed, my departure from full-time writing on the site has put a heavy load on Beisner and has caused him to post in record numbers. While he is helped with skill by our returning group of Drew Franklin, Will Lentz, BTI, Hunter Campbell and Tyler Thompson, it is time to add new folks to our rotation as the frequency of posts increase and KSR deals with its record traffic. With that in mind, it is time to introduce three new (and one old) writer to the site, all of whom will be contributing regularly beginning on Thursday:

Matthew Hays: Matthew comes to us from the Blogger contest (as do the other two new writers) and is going to add a little journalistic heft to the site. Matthew is a student at Northwestern University, where he is studying journalism. He is originally from Kentucky and is a lifelong Cats fan, who did a great job throughout the contest. He says he is an improv comedy group called the “Titanic Players”, but he probably wishes he hadnt told us that because we will make fun of it for some time to come. Matthew will be doing regular posts but also focusing on some bigger journalistic endeavors for us. For a long time, I have wanted to have a KSR investigative writer, who would look into larger issues around UK sports and follow the national stories in ways we havent had time to do. Matthew is that guy and I look forward to seeing him get started. He is the first generation of KSR writers to tell me “I started reading you in high school.” We are old.

Chris Thomas: Thomas was the favorite of the comedy part of the blog staff during his time in the Blogger Contest and join us after a stellar career in the comment section of the site and live blogs. Chris is a law student at Chase in Northern Kentucky (once the stomping grounds of Dustin Rumbaugh) and grew up a Cats fan in Louisville. He claims to have Eastern Kentucky roots, but I think it was just to get on my good side. He has a sharp wit and says he found KSR when Tubby left for Minnesota. He says he wants to write a screenplay for a movie, meaning like Chris Tomlin, I expect him to break off at a later date and start his own site, hijacking Evan Hilbert yet again.

Nathan Gower: Nathan is an Assistant Professor of English at Campbellsville University, which means he is already (a) the best writer on the staff and (b) tired of all the grammatical mistakes in our posts and the logical mistakes in all editions of BTI’s work. Nathan grew up in Henderson, Kentucky and has had his work published in a number of journals and other fancy “big word” type environments. He is joining the site to add a little intellectual heft and to become the other mysterious writer that no one knows, joining the cyborg known as Hunter Campbell.

And returning once again Evan Hilbert: You may remember Evan as the guy who joined the site with Beisner a couple of years ago and then disappeared into the woodwork of grad school in Indiana. Well since then, Evan has found a niche writing about sports books and some of his work is published on AOL Fanhouse. Evan is rejoining the site with a new vigor and will pick up right where he left off before, by making fun of Beisner.

All four of these new writers are going to do great work here and each bring something different to the table. Please make them welcome to the KSR family and give them a break by not telling them that they suck for at least a couple of weeks. New writers are the lifeblood of the site and in every case (except for that time that Maggard wrote here), they become part of the family forever. Welcome them and keep the KSR train going….

Article written by Matt Jones

109 Comments for Welcome The Newest Bloggers to the Club



  1. TX_Ryan
    10:25 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’m still trying to decide if I’ll accept Evan back. Will he be taking over TAWWTTW? Will Beisner keep doing them with the same prologue?



  2. Chuck Hayes jockstrap
    10:25 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    What about my boy Brett Rowe?



  3. Maggard Sucks
    10:26 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome, new guys!



  4. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    10:28 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to the new people who will distract me even more from my pressing work. I look forward to the laughs and/or information. BTW, first?



  5. Cal Purnell here
    10:28 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Those are the whitest names ever, geez! Welcome and do you have any news on Lucas or Patterson.



  6. GoCats2
    10:29 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    So nobody is a Kentucky Alum? Its like Michigan and Harbaugh all over again!



  7. AlabamaLovesKSR
    10:29 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Isn’t it time to change the “moderated by” section at the top of the website?



  8. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    10:30 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, I must type slowly. There were no comments when I began. Again, the power of KSR to attract a response at nearly 10:30 p.m. when we should be rooting for Memphis to shame UT, although that does not appear likely.



  9. BTI Sucks
    10:30 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Does this mean no more BTI?



  10. rcpeck
    10:32 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    And no fakegimel. Damn. It.



  11. Roger
    10:33 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    It’s become very clear, that Tennesee can’t beat a sorry team, but they actually play good ball against ranked teams. If we start our second five against them we win by 20.



  12. GoCats2
    10:34 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    By the way, Eliza Dushku is smoking hot in that movie. It makes a bad movie worth watching.



  13. cardhatinsob
    10:35 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome new guys!



  14. kentuckygirl
    10:35 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    It’s sad no woman was hired…it’s one of those things I’d like to see on this site.



  15. Matt Jones
    10:36 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    There is a woman on this site…her name is Tyler Thompson



  16. Bret Michaels
    10:36 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    This class is as solid as Teague, Gilchrist, A.D. and the white kid who looks, but hopefully plays a lot better, than John Hood.



  17. Shawon
    10:37 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    “and in every case (except for that time that Maggard wrote here), they become part of the family forever.”

    Don’t forget about that Mattox dude…



  18. The Fake Gimel Martinez
    10:37 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Looking forward to reading the new winners, but I’m especially happy to see Evan back in the fold. You guys didn’t know what you were missing. He’s fantastic.



  19. UK Steve
    10:37 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah why does it still say Moderated by Matt Jones at the top? Bad form.



  20. Rizzo
    10:38 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    what up new guys. any of you like gladiator movies?



  21. Cal Purnell here
    10:39 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    FREE The Fake Gimel Martinez!!!! Love, Peace, & Fake Gimel!



  22. Bret Michaels
    10:39 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting that Rich Rodriguez may be fired at any minute now………



  23. KSR1080Fan
    10:40 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    New guys’ twitter accounts?



  24. King
    10:40 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    UK Steve, are you King Rex?



  25. Bret Michaels
    10:40 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard’s sources are telling him John and Kate may be moving toward a divorce……



  26. Fresh meat!!!!!
    10:41 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome new guys, and judging from his performance in the blogger contest Chris Thomas will prob be my new favorite writer on this site…. Who’s house?!?!



  27. BPsycho
    10:41 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    “Evan Hilbert” uhhhh uhhh *giddy school girl spirit hands* uhhhhhh ahhhhh *OMG* YES!

    #10 For real, but I’m guessing my head would have exploded if his name was on there.

    #15 We have Tyler Thompson, she is great IMO.

    Gower was in the blog contest if I’m not mistaken, and I liked his work.



  28. Bret Michaels
    10:41 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard’s insider section is a buzz with rumors that Jordan is going to retire from the Bulls and go play minor league ball for the Birmingham Barons……



  29. Bret Michaels
    10:41 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggar’s breaking news that Rex Chapman is going to pick us over the Dirty Cards. Fingers crossed……



  30. BPsycho
    10:42 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #25 lmao +1



  31. Bret Michaels
    10:43 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard announcing that Secretariat wins triple crown. Huge!!!!



  32. Bret Michaels
    10:45 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard’s $9.99 a month gets you the breaking news that Bob Knight may be out at IU…….he has a cousin who works with Myles Brand’s grandson at Bloomington Blockbuster Video.



  33. Bret Michaels
    10:47 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard now breaking news, via an E Entertainment staffer that he went to middle school with, that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are on the outs…….



  34. LansingCat
    10:47 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting via Twitter that George Washington is on the $1 bill.



  35. Marc Maggard
    10:47 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    My sources tell me that Patrick Patterson is not considering UK. He really wants to go to Florida.

    mm



  36. JOHN PUBLIC
    10:48 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Well, damn jones ’bout time you recoginized that KENTUCKY does extend well beyond I-65, with the addition of NATHAN GOWER from FAR FAR WESTERN KENTUCKY. i.e., HENDERSON, KENTUCKY



  37. Cal Purnell here
    10:48 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggards reporting Brett Favre will be leaving the Green Bay Packers.



  38. Bret Michaels
    10:48 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard has a source, though he won’t confirm it, saying that the New Orleans Saints will win their first superbowl last year……



  39. Pitino's Drycleaner
    10:49 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome



  40. CvilleCat23
    10:49 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Let your voices be heard…#FreeFakeGimel! Blow up Twitter BBN!



  41. LansingCat
    10:49 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting that the area code in Lexington is now 859



  42. Bret Michaels
    10:49 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard is confirming that I will beat Annie Duke in last season’s Celebrity Apprentice……this would be just great for my career if he’s right…….



  43. LansingCat
    10:50 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting Rick Pitino is now going to coach at Loserville.



  44. Bret Michaels
    10:51 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard is blowing up…..he’s new confirming, that he is in fact, a duschbag……..shocking!!!



  45. LansingCat
    10:51 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard now reporting that William Hung was hilarious on ‘American Idol’.



  46. LansingCat
    10:52 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard now reporting the war is officially over due to the U.S. nuking Japan.



  47. Bret Michaels
    10:54 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting that Jerry Jones is confirming, that Wade Phillips will continue to coach the Dallas Cowgirls…..



  48. LansingCat
    10:56 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard is saying on his FB account that the Fiddlin’ Five have beaten Elgin Baylor and Seattle in Freedom Hall.



  49. MARK HAMILTON
    10:57 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    QUIT MAKING FUN OF MARK MAGGARD!!!



  50. Bret Michaels
    11:00 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    MM reporting in premium section that CBS is cancelling M.A.S.H………heard it here first.



  51. Slappy Slip Slap
    11:01 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Marc Maggard decided to change the last letter of his first name from “k” to “c” because it fits better with his frosty tips and overall insecure gay persona.



  52. The Rock
    11:01 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Congratulations, new bloggers. You guys are already better than BTI, purely because you guys aren’t BTI.



  53. Gogh Big Bleu
    11:03 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    36. OK



  54. LansingCat
    11:03 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting that indeed, John Lennon has been shot, and is dead.



  55. Cal Purnell here
    11:03 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    MM reporting Lebron is leaning towards leaving Cleveland.



  56. B. Pearly Pearl
    11:03 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a GTLien!



  57. Will
    11:05 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Do the new writers also get the company discount at Boone’s Butcher Shop? Also, what are the actual numbers to report on the radio show ratings?



  58. Slappy Slip Slap
    11:05 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder how many hotel mattresses Pearl will completely soak through with sweat while watching his team play on the road during the first part of the SEC slate. I’ll guess at least 77.



  59. LansingCat
    11:07 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard’s Twitter saying gloves and a hat will keep you warm if it’s cold outside.



  60. Too Easy
    11:09 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #59 That’s a pretty bold statement.



  61. Too Easy
    11:13 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    55# That’s a pretty bold statement.



  62. LansingCat
    11:16 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    60/61–dude, I pay for this important info. I’m just passing it along. It’s the only thing I can do for my Big Blue Brethren.



  63. Free Steve Brown
    11:25 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    What ever did happen to old Rumbaugh?



  64. Chariman Rowe
    11:27 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Congrats to all three of you. Although, I must say it is kind of strange to be able to say that a good friend’s nephew writes for KSR now. And by strange, I mean it makes me feel old.



  65. Scott Kinison
    11:32 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Enes Kanter appeal will be heard tomorrow.



  66. AdamB
    11:35 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Marc Maggard reporting that Dewey defeats Truman.



  67. AdamB
    11:41 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Also I’ve probably missed the bus and I’m not computer retarded, but why are the comments broken? Half the time they just don’t show up.



  68. Danblvd
    11:42 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Marc Maggard reporting that Rick Pitino will not interview with the Boston Celtics.



  69. GoCats2
    11:45 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #67 Login in the upper left hand corner and all comments shall be freed.



  70. Marc Maggard
    11:46 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    My sources tell me that John Wall will be the #1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

    mm



  71. LansingCat
    11:47 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting that the Detroit Tigers won the ’84 World Series tonight!



  72. LansingCat
    11:49 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting some douche that is a Duke law grad. is gonna start a blog about Kentucky sports and it’s going to be brought in a ridiculous manner.



  73. tfordstyle
    11:51 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    my wife graduated with nathan gower.
    she said she wouldn’t even have guessed him as a sports person… we’ll see how this goes.



  74. blueblue
    11:54 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting that a man named Noah is claiming that it’s going to rain ALOT and he’s building a big boat.



  75. LansingCat
    11:58 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting land lines are becoming obsolete and pretty soon everyone will have cell phones.



  76. LansingCat
    11:58 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maggard reporting some guy named Henry Ford is working on something he calls an ‘automobile’.



  77. BPsycho
    12:04 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Good God. Vince Carter’s beard is so epic I wanna go slap my momma…..



  78. ukchampion
    12:32 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    WOW that is awesome. KSR rules.



  79. Ciggy
    12:38 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Always been a DJ Qualls fan, that guy is funny as all hell and you never get to see him play in a good movie. It’s awesome.

    Good to see fresh names, hopefully some good talent there.



  80. Alan Cutler's Fart
    12:41 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    We’ll have to see what Alan thinks of the new boys. One toot he disapproves, two toots he approves. Ready?

    Tooot….. Tooooooot.
    Congratulations.



  81. byoung
    1:11 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    BTI still sucks though



  82. stegbrent
    1:14 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    #12 Eliza Dushku is smoking hot in every movie she is in.She can make anything bad seem good.



  83. Fresh meat!!!!!
    2:23 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome new guys!! I have been waiting for the next Chris Thomas post for a long time!!



  84. catfandan
    2:54 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    I am never going to free enes again! Free Enes, Damn it!



  85. ellemae
    5:20 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Congrats Chris! Look forward to reading your posts. I hope the family is doing well. Tell your Mom I said hi. Make St. Mary’s proud. And oh by the way, FREE ENES!



  86. big blue
    7:44 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    I hate to say it, but the only reason I come to this site is to read Matt, Drew and Beisner. They actually provide some insight, and with Matt, have some inside sources with knowledge on various situations. I think it’ll go down hill from here, because none of these people have expert knowledge on UK. The only reason they were selected is because they understand the structure of a sentence, proper punctuation and good use of grammar. I will not read their opinion pieces because it will be a waste of time. I compare it to listening to Gabe or Cash who call in to Larry Glover/Chris Cross all the time. Jones Drew and Beisner keep it coming. Love it. As for Lentz and BTI…. I wish I had something witty to say, but I dont so just start writing better pieces.



  87. WhiskerBiscuit
    7:52 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Congratulations to the new guys. I thought you might like a surefire way to get the most replies on your first official post. Talk about(make fun of) either of the following: BTI, coal, Maggard, Tipton, conservatives, free Enes!, or the president. These are sure to gain attention or get you banned fron Jon Hoods twitter account (I knew I should have applied for the blogger contest).



  88. beau
    8:11 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Someone from my hometown (Nathan Gower) and a fraternity brother of mine (Evan) all joining the team (or rejoining in Evan’s case) at once. Is this the #1 blogger class in KSR history?



  89. big blue
    8:22 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    is lentz and bti trolling the boards making sure nothing bad is said about them this morning?



  90. catfansam
    9:05 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Why didn’t Tyler get a proper introduction?



  91. jack
    9:38 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    is it going to take 4 guys to replace Matt???? is matt the new “hardest working man in show business?” lol



  92. Al's IndiCats
    9:40 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t have anything….

    Love MM



  93. bigbluecatfan
    9:57 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Matt,
    Whatever happened to Katie Martin? I really liked her and her down home insights. You need to bring her back. She is a lot better than what you have on here now(yourself excluded).



  94. SexNMentalWards
    10:01 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Evan, perhaps you can explain yourself a bit in your initial column. Maggard has said some harsh things that you apparently had to say about Matt Jones and KSR when you left. The floor is yours.

    I also talked to a guy that goes by the handle “ManCattanNY” on Maggard’s site who claims he knows Beisner and that Beisner thinks Jones is a douche – been planning a takeover of this site for about 3-4 years running. Beisner, the floor is yours. ManCattanNY is a UK grad who lives in NYC, claims to have been banned from Tolly Ho a few times as well.



  95. Johnny Utah
    10:02 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    This is the greatest day in the history of University of Kentucky basketball.



  96. Go Deep
    10:13 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    These guys suck. Sorry, just couldn’t wait two weeks.



  97. Musehobo
    10:16 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    86) I partially agree with you. But if someone knows how to argue their point in a well-thought-out manner, I don’t neccessarily need them to be a sports expert. I like reading articles by people who may not have the same opinion as me, as long as they’re not arrogant about it like BTI.

    I, as well, like the articles from Beis, Matt, and Drew the best, as I am more concerned with the scoop, and Beis and Drew do “funny” the best. But inevitably each person will either succeed or fade away like many of the others.

    Meanwhile, what happened to Kate, Rumbaugh, and the other writers? BTW, Kate was awful, and Rumbaugh was Captain Obvious. I would love an update on those who have left.



  98. Musehobo
    10:19 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    SexnMentalWards) Yeah Beisner planned it that Matt would get a radio show, tv show, a job with CBS, and a hot girlfriend in 2010. He is so cunning.



  99. SexNMentalWards
    10:26 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    98 – this ManCattanNY guy actually told me this stuff at the start of last season … it was at Jack Dempsey’s bar watching the Cats.



  100. Runnin'Ramel
    10:28 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    So many have come/gone, it’s getting hard to keep up. How about a “Where are they now?” column on Alex Kline, Dustin Rumbaugh, Kate Martin, Fake Gimel, Tomlin, etc. … haven’t heard from Rumbaugh since Maggard took him to the woodshed in that column on his lame site. Was that the end of Dustin here?



  101. Crow
    10:32 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Weak group. Too establishmentishy. Going for an SNL feel but I think you landed on Chuck E. Cheeses.



  102. BobbyTrendy
    10:46 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Snoop just signed with No Limit. Evan.



  103. njCat
    10:54 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    miss me some Kate… she was the bomb



  104. Sawyer
    11:57 am January 6, 2011 Permalink

    93 ummm.. wut?



  105. WhiskerBiscuit
    12:20 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Kates post was the only blogger that I stopped reading over the many years I’ve been here. Just didn’t like her style. I didn’t feel she brought anything to the sight. JMO…



  106. bleedbluegirl
    1:22 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    You need a female perspective! Because some of us ladies know our KY ball too!! I saw that most of your readers are male, well I read KSR everyday and Im not a dude. The female demographic is yours for the taking KSR! Imagine the possibilities! GO CATS!



  107. NCAA SUXS
    5:16 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    When I heard the new writes would contribute on Thursday I got confused, we must be on NCAA time. So we can expect to hear from them next Thursday or sometime “soon”?



  108. HendoUKFan
    8:19 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Hey good to see a Hendo guy on here!! Congrats to Nathan & the rest of the new additions!



  109. Chris Thomas
    11:25 pm January 8, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks, all.