**After sorting through hundreds of thousands of contestants interested in being a blogger at Kentucky Sports Radio (now approved by the Sporting News!), we’ve picked some finalists that we think would be a nice addition to our team. Now, it’s up to you, sweet readers, to determine who deserves to carry Matt Jones’ tray in the cafeteria and occasionally pick up his dry-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll give you two entries and the opinions of our judges. Let us know what you think of each contestant in the comments.
Name: Jennifer Reece
My favorite KSR moments: The Turkey Hunter’s U of L poem & this year’s KYE for the Louisville game
My favorite UK player of all time: I loved the way that Ed Davender puffed out his cheeks when he shot free throws. Also, Tim Couch. Chuck Hayes.
Interesting Info: Glasgow High School –Class of…none of your business. A lady does not have to reveal her age
Transylvania University, BA
Western Kentucky University , EdS, School Psychology
Preview of 2008-2009 UK Men’s Basketball Season
Kentucky will be more athletic, will execute better, and will win 24 games. At least, that’s according to the man I asked.
DeAndre Liggins will step up and play the point or ain’t nothin’ good gonna happen.
Now that we got that out of the way…Billy Gillispie will wear a tie colored slightly off-Kentucky blue. ESPN will proclaim that Kentucky fans are incensed. This will be all the talk on “Around the Horn.”
Some player will reach for a ball, and it will go through his out-stretched arms, causing a Shagari-like awkward slapping motion. The guy sitting next to me will boo. I will wish I could order a tracheotomy.
Bruce Pearl will show up in Rupp wearing his sweaty orange blazer. Most of the crowd will throw up in their mouths a little.
Kentucky unfortunately will not beat U of L. It was fun winning the football game. Alas, we cannot have it all. Pitino’s wardrobe change will be the highlight of the game. He will “spill something” on the red suit he wears for the oh-so-original “Red Out,” thus gaining more money from his endorsement deal with Armani. What do you spill on yourself in the middle of a basketball game, anyway? Pasta primavera?
Daniel Orton will not commit to UK until March. Every time he shows interest in any other school, Cat fans will swarm that school’s message board, berating them for having the audacity to woo a Kentucky recruit. In return, Cat fans will be called inbred.
Scantily clad and often obese college girls will continue to loiter in the Wildcat Lodge parking lot, hoping to pick up a basketball player. (I like to call them “Lot Rats.”) If you are tall, young, and desperate, you might be able to trick one of them into thinking you are a Wildcat. Just a thought…
CBS will again cut away from the waning minutes of a closely fought UK game to show a Duke tip-off. Hundreds of calls and emails will pour in, threatening bodily harm to the technician (obviously a Duke alum) and banning of the network.
Ashley Judd will forgive the Vandy debacle and show up for a game at Rupp. She will look very pretty, and I will be jealous. She will wear her ubiquitous toboggan. Why? It’s not that cold in Rupp Arena.
Kentucky, while naturally making the NCAA tournament, will be exiled to a site in Anchorage, Alaska. We love our team beyond reason and will follow them anywhere.
After March 31, 2008, Kentucky basketball will never be the same for me. I never left an encounter with Bill Keightley without a smile on my face and a great story to tell. I will always, always miss Mr. Keightley.
Beisner: If you could dry mine on “low heat”, I’d appreciate it. I’m kinda large and I don’t want anything to shrink and not fit. Thanks.
Evan: Jennifer, allow me to apologize for Beisner. He often mistakes degrading and disrespectful requests as “humor.” He has little respect for women, which is ironic, because he is one. As for the above post, I really appreciate the glib quality inherent to your writing. Your post is quick and easy to read, though it covers several topics without being weighted down with meaningless deadwood (um, no offense to several of the other entrants). That’s awesome. But OMG GF, you were sooooo totally wrong about Daniel Orton. Duh! Great, great work.
Tomlin: Jennifer, I hope you’re ready for mad amounts of attention on this blog, since you made the mistake of announcing yourself to be female, which is either a brilliant strategic move or terribly misguided, depending on how much you enjoy offcolor comments directed at you. If you’re the type who enjoys passing by construction sites, you made the right move. But on to the critique. I thought you went an interesting way with this…absurd and offbeat is always fun, and you took the “preview” angle in a well-written, interesting way. I liked it. I did feel that you went the safe route a few times (Bruce Pearl sweaty, Duke Bad), so I’d have liked to have seen you bring some fresher stereotypes to the table. I don’t know that you’re at the top for me, but your writing chops and ingenuity alone put you near the upper-mid-pack (that’s more of a compliment than it sounds). I mean no disrespect for Mr. Keightley when I say this, but I felt that the last paragraph, which was nicely-worded and heartfelt, didn’t belong here. I think it stuck out like a sore thumb (though that’s not to say we don’t all feel the same way). I’ll be interested to see how the peanut gallery (zing!) feels about it…but my early prediction would be that it’ll be well-received. If you make it into the next round, I hope it’ll be because your writing is solid, and not because you’re female. Because I thought it was. I’d like to see what your next angle might be, though.