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Who are the coolest UK athletes of all-time?

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Sonny “Cool Cat” Collins

Over at the Herald-Leader, Mark Story put together a list of the “25 Coolest UK Athletes of All-Time.” Now, I realize that the Herald-Leader putting together a list of cool people is like Pete Thamel leading a seminar in journalistic integrity, but it’s a fun read for a sad but sunny Sunday.

Mark puts Valerie Still, John Wall, and Sonny Collins at the top of his list of “Cool Cats” (see, if Mark Story really were cool, he would have used that as the title!). Personally, I would have ranked Kenny “Sky” Walker (#5) much higher and Tim Couch (#4) much lower (he’s cool because “he talked smack during games like he came from the Bronx”? Really, Mark?).

The best part of the article is the beginning, where Mark describes his criteria for the list:

To be cool, you have to have style, swagger, be unique yet catch the zeitgeist.

It would seem self-evident that a sports performer must be good at their game to be “cool.” However, I would argue many great athletes are not necessarily cool.

…Rajon Rondo may be the current pro athlete with a UK tie who has the highest CQ (coolness quotient). However, you won’t find him on this list because the point guard didn’t really grow into his coolness until he hit the NBA.

That’s right people, “coolness quotient.” Who are the coolest Cats in your book?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

47 Comments for Who are the coolest UK athletes of all-time?



  1. Pokey Chapman
    8:09 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Derrick Ramsey, Scott Padgett and James Lee



  2. Sawyer
    8:17 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Coury



  3. Bill
    8:19 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Cotton Nash



  4. BlueWorldOrder
    8:19 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Lexington Patio Legend Tom Kool



  5. tom5673
    8:21 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    chapman should have been higher…maybe #1. no kentucky born player will ever come with as much hype and deliver the way the king did. younger fans need to go back and watch highlights of this guy. he could do it all (shoot, jump, block shots, pass, etc.) and he did it with so much flair. he was one of the first players to wear the really low socks and the #3. it’s a shame the scandal and probation hit after his sophomore year because he would have gone down as one of our all-time greats. his jersey should hang in the rafters. no offense to the unforgettables (i truly loved that team), but that was a knee-jerk reaction from the master of cheese, ricky p. none of those players are even in the same realm as chapman. barnhart needs to reevaluate the players honored in the rafters. like so many other hall of fames and gymnasiums across the country, players that were honored early on don’t quite measure up as time goes by. most are deserving and are truly legendary. chapman was and is legendary. in my opinion, no uk player that i have seen was any better all around than mashburn. no uk player has ever had more athletic ability and swagger than wall. but no player will ever be as legendary as rex.



  6. Emerson Biggins
    8:22 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hood, or at least his shot is.



  7. Nice...
    8:23 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Landon Slone



  8. Anarchystic
    8:25 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    At gametime? Tayshaun. Easy.



  9. Anarchystic
    8:27 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Overall coolness? Derek Anderson…See the dance when he dunked on Andre Patterson in Freedom Hall.



  10. Sawyer
    8:31 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    5 well yeah, but what about rex chapman



  11. B.J.
    8:32 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Tim Couch — “the pride of small-town Hyden”.



  12. Chase
    8:36 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    How does KSR benefit from antagonizing the Herald Leader repeatedly?



  13. The cat
    8:44 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    This is off subject but can anybody tell me if there are any stores in Lexington that have Kentucky basketball giant sized pictures



  14. Tipton
    8:45 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    12. The don’t. Jones once said he is ‘taking the high road’ in this nerd fight and then they came out with ‘Not Jerry Tipton’… Which proves this site has one interest now, the almighty dollar.



  15. The Rock
    8:46 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    12- They aren’t antagonizing the H-L. They’re specifically targeting you. They said “You know what guys? Let’s go after Chase. Let’s get his panties in a terrible, terrible wad.” Looks like a mission accomplished.



  16. Greg Hilbert
    8:56 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Winston Bennett, and Kenny Walker, hands down. end of discussion, the two coolest cats ever.



  17. NBA league pass
    8:58 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    #1 I agree is Rex Chapman
    Some honorable mention candidates include Magloire, Derrick Anderson and Wall.



  18. Biggun Roberts
    9:03 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I hope they don’t have a lockout in the NBA next season. I am so ready for Jones to get the F out and go make his millions.



  19. Joe B Hall
    9:05 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Kevin Grevey and it is not even close!!



  20. Claw
    9:09 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with Sonny Collins being number one. That afro wig is classic. Speaking of classic, came across this old KSR jewel

    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=2601



  21. tom5673
    9:10 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    this is way off the subject, but if anyone out there wants to discuss, don’t you think this team could have used matt pilgrim? i know…i know…maggard called him “a beast”, but the facts are…he would really be valuable to this team. we have no depth and no toughness off the bench. the last time i checked, he’s averaging 5 and 5 in 18.5 minutes/game for ford at ok. state. not too bad.
    anyone?



  22. bluetexan
    9:13 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Pat Riley…no contest!



  23. Goodman
    9:14 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    1.) Derrick Ramsey is an Uncle Tom. Not cool….



  24. tbd4567
    9:15 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    You guys just haven’t watched much UK ball. The following list are the coolest:

    1. Best talent: John Wall; Rajon Rondo; Mashburn; Cotton Nash; Louie Dampier; Alex Groza; Kyle Macy; Kevin Greevey; Dan Issel; Kenny Walker; Rex Chapman.

    Cool is in the eye of the beholder. They were cool in front of a crowd and hot handed every night (except Rondo who did not perfect his game at KY).



  25. Guy
    9:15 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Kyle Macy was the coolest player left off the Herald’s list. He has lost cool since then, but every kid that was 10 years old at the time he played knows what I’m sayin.



  26. Bad Ace
    9:17 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dickie Lyons
    Richie Farmer
    Randall Cobb
    Stevie Johnson
    Jamal Maglore



  27. MikeInLexington
    9:21 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Pat Riley, Big Cuz, John Wall, Rajon, Chapman, in that order



  28. Joe B Hall
    9:22 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    #24
    Why ; between players and not a ,



  29. UKeith26
    9:26 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    why does everyone hate on Rondo. he set the UK record for steals in a single season as a freshman.

    He slept with Patrick Sparks’ girlfriend and he poked half of the SEC players in the eye that year. Rondo has so much swag it radiates off him.



  30. Ridge Runner
    9:29 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    If Miller misses a game or two, I’m guessing Lamb takes his place. But that means our only bench player is Vargas, How can we beat anyone with only 5 good players? I wish Cal could have developed Poole and Hood.



  31. Costanza
    9:30 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Heissenbuttel. no contest



  32. tom5673
    9:35 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    i’m very surprised poole hasn’t earned more clock. it’s not like he sucked in high school. is he that much of a liability to put him in the game for five minutes? i keep rooting for hood…i want him to knock down the open three a la cameron mills so bad. we need those guys. remember how clutch ravi moss was for those awful tubby teams?



  33. Boogie Fan
    9:38 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Kyle Macy made me a Wildcat fan. He was very cool back in the day.



  34. blitzedanddazed
    9:45 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Sonny Collins is indeed the coolest. But let me make one other nominee—–Tayshaun Prince, Tay played with ice water in in veins.



  35. Manbearpig
    9:45 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Magloire just for the fact he put Wojo in the Rings of Saturn



  36. blitzedanddazed
    9:56 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Magloire was not only cool he is the only other “badass” (James Lee) to ever play at UK.



  37. CatCrazy
    9:58 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    30) there are rumblings Miller could be done for the year. He will certainly be out tuesday.



  38. Flippy23
    10:17 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Heshimu Evans…..he was cool. So was Rex Chapman in the day….and Ed Davender…..also Wall, Cousins, and Winston Bennett…..



  39. markoneshoetouchdownhiggs
    11:30 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    I vote for Mark Higgs and Rex Chapman…they prolly hung out at the Owensboro Sportscenter.



  40. jeffbrassow
    11:31 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    How about my boy Todd Svobada or Mark Pope



  41. cats
    12:03 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    michael porter #1 and marvin stone a close second



  42. bob wiley
    1:00 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    In my opinion, Jack Givens was one of the coolest ball players ever to wear the Blue & White. Never allowed the other team or game pressure to intimidate him. He would “put it in your face” and walk away without having to talk trash or showboat. He beat you — you knew it and he knew it — that’s all he needed. A true winner on the court.



  43. bung
    8:34 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Wah Wah Jones…..Jimmy Dan Conner….James Lee…Charles Hurt….Larry Stamper…Mike Casey



  44. Flyrock
    9:28 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Agree Riley and Chapman top the list. Conner makes it.

    Two guys missing from the list are Larry Johnson, the most balls to the wall point guard ever and Bob McCowan, just for the regularity that Hall caught him out in the bars and number of times Rupp tossed him from the team.



  45. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    9:47 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    I remember #24 on the list, David Johnson. He used to wear cowboy boots with spurs to class. He “clinked” down the hallways of the White Hall Classroom Building. I just stood there in my K-Swiss, watching.



  46. Larry W
    11:23 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    I think Jay Shidler was a cool Kentucky Player as well as Dicky Lyons Jr. The Daily Dicky



  47. yourmom
    12:16 pm February 14, 2011 Permalink

    How has nobody mentioned Antoine Walker? Remember his shimmy dance after big plays? And he played when the Cats were always on SportsCenter.