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Columbus Day’s Monday Morning Wakeup

Good morning, friends, and to those of you who work in the federal government or the banking industry, happy Columbus Day. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ landing in the New World on October 12, 1492. If you’re not up on your elementary school history, Columbus actually landed in the Bahamas and never set foot on the mainland of North America. You would think after discovering paradise, he’d look a little happier in that portrait.

Here’s a fun fact: according to Time Magazine, only 14% of businesses across America are closed on Columbus Day, compared to more than a third for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day or 22% for Veterans Day. After the crap show that was last night’s debate, couldn’t all of the employers in the US have agreed to give everyone today off to recover? My goodness.

No days off at the KSR compound, so let’s go over the agenda.

UK’s open practice on ESPNU was a success

If you missed it last night, for the third year in a row, ESPN aired a two-hour infomercial for Kentucky basketball. Drew has a full recap of it below, but here’s my take: there’s a lot to like about this team. Yes, it is early, and forming judgments about a team after only four practices is about as ridiculous as Kentucky having a practice televised on ESPNU, but here’s what I saw:

  • Isaiah Briscoe didn’t stop talking the whole time, which is exactly what you want from a leader. Not only that, his jump shot looked much better and he hit 12-13 three pointers during one drill. The one knock on Briscoe’s game was his shooting, so it looks like he’s taking the feedback from the NBA seriously.
  • De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo appear to be living up to the hype so far. Each showed flashes of greatness, and that’s only after four practices.
  • Malik Monk also must have had his ears pierced recently because they were taped up
  • Brad Calipari was ballin’
  • Isaac Humphries’ right knee still looks a little tender (Seth Greenberg told KSR he suffered a minor injury last week)
  • When Bam Adebayo asked Calipari if the team could go shake the scouts’ hands, the BBN swooned:

Okay, I love them.

Calipari says the “real practice” is today

The national spotlight may have been on Kentucky last night, but according to Calipari, today is when the real practice takes place. Cal said the team will practice for two and a half hours in front of the scouts in what he says will be a true test of their stamina.

“The real stuff is tomorrow,” Cal said. “We’re going to go two and a half hours tomorrow, 95% of these guys [scouts] will stay, and then they’ll see, okay, how do they compete, what’s their will to win? What do they want to see when they’re a little tired?”

At the end of the practice, Calipari gathered his team and told them to get something to eat and rest because what they’re going through is a “bear.” After watching that debate, he may as well have been addressing the American people about this election.

Tyler Ulis was watching

Odds he was calling out plays from his couch?

So was Karl Towns

I remember these days. Miss Them. #BBN

A photo posted by Karl-Anthony Towns (@karltowns) on

If you miss Karl back, you can see him in action Saturday night at the Timberwolves/Heat game at the Yum! Center. Or maybe at Rupp Arena the night before…

ICYMI, the new scoreboard at Rupp Arena was unveiled



And it’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see all the changes in Rupp this weekend.

It’s a bye week

So no Stoops press conference today. Stoops will hold his weekly call-in show tonight if you need a fix. Even though it’s a bye week and Big Blue Madness is Friday, we’ll still be talking football this week, or at the very least, Freddie will.

We can all agree that Kenneth Bone was the real winner last night, right?

If you turned off the debate early in disgust, you may have missed the star of the night: Kenneth Bone. The mild-mannered, sweater-wearing Bone charmed the nation with his question about energy, which led to about a million Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony jokes on Twitter. His legend grew when he was spotted talking to Bill Clinton and taking pictures of the scene with his disposable camera after it was over:

Can you imagine Bone’s face when he checked his phone later that night? He’s an internet superstar.

Radio in an hour

It’s Columbus Day, but the KSR radio show rolls on. That being said, you know Shannon the Dude’s getting a comp day for this.

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.

11 Comments for Columbus Day’s Monday Morning Wakeup

  1. runningunnin.454
    9:38 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    Tough switching back and forth from the Packers to the debate….hard hits on both. Hope Cobb is O.K.
    As weak as Trump may be as a candidate, he was right about two things….Hillary is a liar, and she should be in prison; but, the laws that apply to the rest of us don’t apply to the Clintons.

    Of one thing I am certain; I would allow no son or daughter to serve the U.S. in a Clinton presidency…Clintons hang Americans out to dry, as she did in Benghazi, and as her husband did in Mogadishu.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:52 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Next debate, Trump should invite Charles Woods and Patricia Smith to sit his his box. See if Hillary will shake the hands of the two witnesses (both parents of Americans who died in Benghazi) who independently corroborated the fact that she lied to their faces.

    • J-Dub421
      10:13 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Keep pretending Trump hasn’t done ALL ofthe following.

      Mocked a man with disabilities.
      Attacked the parents of a fallen American hero.
      Belittled POWs and the war record of Sen. John McCain.
      Lied about how much money he raised for veterans.
      Called a former Miss Universe “disgusting” and fat, telling his Twitter followers to find her non-existent sex tape.
      Accused an American-born federal judge of being unfit to do his job because of his Mexican heritage.
      Likely avoided paying taxes for nearly two decades.
      Called most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, even though that’s not remotely factual.
      Lied about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11.
      Lied about getting a letter from the NFL complaining about the debate schedule.
      Tried to exploit the death of an African American woman in Chicago to say that’s why black voters will support him.
      Found the “bright side” to tragedies because his poll numbers tend to go up.
      Settled with the Department of Justice after his company was found guilty of racially discriminating against minorities.
      Has cheated on at least one wife.
      Was just discovered on video admitting that he not only tried to cheat on his current wife, but he attempted to do so with another married woman.
      Had his first wife publicly say that he did nothing when it came to raising their children until they were old enough to talk business.
      Tweeted that women should have expected to be sexually assaulted when they mixed males and females together in the military.
      Said he wants to target the families of terrorists.
      Stated that he wants to ban an entire religion.
      Praised a Russian president who obviously hates the U.S. and Americans.
      Encouraged the Russian government to commit espionage against Americans.
      Insinuated that another Republican’s wife was ugly.
      Tried to implicate another Republican’s father in JFK’s assassination.
      Sought out the help of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes after he was fired following multiple allegations that he had sexually harassed women for years.
      Made Breitbart’s Steve Bannon one of his top campaign people.
      Had a former campaign manager abruptly resign after a report came out linking him to pro-Russian groups that were directly trying to undermine U.S. policy in eastern Europe.
      Called Carly Fiornia ugly.
      Has said climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese – then denied saying it.
      Was a leading conspiracy theorist when it came to the racist-driven birther conspiracies against President Obama.
      Dismissed nearly eight years of accusing the president of not being an American with a less than 30 second statement where he didn’t apologize for any of it.
      Tried to blame Hillary Clinton for his racism.
      Re-tweeted anti-African American propaganda created by a white supremacy group.
      Played dumb about knowing who former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke was.
      Skipped a presidential debate because he was scared of a moderator.
      Has, on several occasions, suggested he finds his daughter attractive.
      Called a husband doing things like changing diapers and helping with the children, a man “trying to be the wife.”
      Has said he wants more countries to have nuclear weapons.
      Said he can’t release his tax returns because they’re currently being audited – even though the IRS said that’s a lie.
      Feels he has the right to sexually assault women.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:24 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Trump jokes about it… Bill Clinton actually DOES it….and Hillary maliciously attacks the victims to cover up for her husband.

    • runningunnin.454
      10:32 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Number ii paid for by the Huffington Post…..I’m Hillary Clinton and I approved this message.
      Americans sent to their graves: Trump….0

    • J-Dub421
      10:34 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Trump actually does it, and Bill Clinton isn’t running.

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      11:11 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      J-Dub: you won’t convince them otherwise. They have had their minds set, and no amount of facts will change that.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:37 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      I’ll amend that: Americans to their graves: Hillary…..4.
      And you all must love Hillary smugly bragging about putting coal miners out of work.

  2. theWilkman
    10:06 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    Bone, Thugs, and Harmony?

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    10:49 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    I didn’t think getting used to the new look in Rupp would be so difficult for me. Without Big Bertha, it just doesn’t feel like Rupp on my TV screen…but I’m sure that will come with time, and it has to be a huge improvement when actually attending games.

  4. Suffering Fools
    2:51 pm October 11, 2016 Permalink

    Another fun fact: Whoever that is in that Sebastiano del Piombo portrait, it’s not Christopher Columbus. It’s most likely some 16th-century Bolognese cleric. So there’s that.