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KSR Emoji Index: October 28


A lot’s happened in the past month. Kentucky closed September with a win over Missouri, which at the time felt huge. The Cats were 3-1 and everyone was on board the football train. After a rough October, fans are swiftly switching platforms for basketball. What happened? Let’s go over it all in this month’s Emoji Index.

Offensive play calling


One of the most controversial topics in UK football right now is play calling. In his first year of calling plays solo, Shannon Dawson showed he wasn’t afraid to throw the long ball against Louisiana Lafayette, and in the South Carolina game, efficiently balanced the run and passing attack. The first signs of trouble came against Florida when Kentucky abandoned the run on the final drive, which may have cost them the game. Confidence returned against Missouri when the Cats were able to move the ball despite Boom Williams not having a big day.

An impressive two-minute drive vs. Eastern overshadowed an otherwise meh outing, but where was that savvy late-game play calling vs. Auburn? With no timeouts, Kentucky squandered a potentially game-winning drive by running an inside draw on second down. Shannon Dawson took a lot of heat for that drive and things didn’t get any better against Mississippi State, a game everyone would like to forget. When discussing the play calling earlier this week, Mark Stoops said that going forward, he’ll be “more forceful” with his communication. Hopefully I won’t have to break out that skull and crossbones emoji next time around.

Bowl hopes


The rational amongst us believed Kentucky would be lucky to get to 6 or 7 wins this season. After wins over South Carolina and Missouri, all but the most level-headed started believing the Cats could do something special, and the most optimistic even looked ahead to the SEC Championship game. Ha! A loss to a disappointing Auburn team brought everyone back to Earth and a blowout in Starkville exposed Kentucky’s four wins for what they were: not that impressive. South Carolina and Missouri aren’t good, and Kentucky didn’t exactly look like world beaters against Louisiana Lafayette or EKU.

The path to the bowl is still Kentucky’s for the taking, but the outlook doesn’t look as rosy as it did a month ago. Charlotte should be an easy win, but Vanderbilt’s defense has actually done a thing or two this season and the ‘Dores beat Missouri, UK’s “marquee win” this season, 10-3 last week. Ugh. Louisville remains a toss-up, but Kentucky’s chances against a Tennessee team on the rise and Georgia in Athens aren’t great.

Basketball interest level


As football’s momentum has slowed in the past month, basketball’s has picked up. I maintain that the swing to basketball wouldn’t have happened as quickly had Kentucky beaten Auburn; however, the “casual football fans” (aka basketball fans waiting for basketball to start) got their hopes up just to be dashed by Kentucky’s fatal first half performance vs. the Tigers. From there, the floodgates to Rupp were open. A pitiful performance against Mississippi State gave those teetering on the edge a little push, and things will really get ugly if Kentucky gets blown out by Tennessee on Saturday.

If Kentucky can keep it respectable against the Vols and take care of Vandy and Charlotte to get to a bowl, fans will remain supportive, even if from a distance. Upset Tennessee and the bandwagon will fill up once again.

Point guards


In 2012-2013, Kentucky’s point guard was Ryan Harrow, and given his struggles that season, I’m just going to quantify him as a ghost. In 2013, Andrew Harrison arrived and was joined by Tyler Ulis in 2014. Now, Calipari says he has plans for Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, and Jamal Murray to all share the backcourt at times.

(All of this was really just an excuse to use the two dads and their son emoji. Get it? Because Tyler is short.)

Tyler Ulis


Admit it: when Tyler Ulis committed to Kentucky back in September 2013, you didn’t know what to make of him. At the time, most considered Ulis the backup plan for Emmanuel Mudiay, who committed to SMU in August 2013. Ulis quickly proved us wrong. In charge of his own platoon, he showcased his speed and skills, dishing out 8 assists vs. North Carolina and 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in UK’s thumping of UCLA; however, his breakout game came against Louisville. Ulis scored a career-high 14 points, 12 in the second half, against the Cards, putting the team on his back and never looking rattled, despite taking a blow to the head that will give us the GIF that will go down in UK/UofL history:


From there, it was clear Ulis was a baller. After sharing time with Andrew, the team is now Tyler’s, and I can’t think of a point guard I believe in more. Not even John Wall. If his 12-assist performance last night is a preview of what’s to come, we may not have him for much longer. (😥)

Louisville Scandal


Can you believe that a month ago, none of us knew who Katina Powell was? (Well, maybe some of you did, but you’d never admit it.) Louisville’s prostitution scandal broke back on October 2, and since then, we’ve had quite the entertaining side story to check in on from time to time. This morning, I did a Google Trend search on “Katina Powell” and gave the chart a little KSR flair. The two major spikes you see are when the story broke and when ESPN confirmed Katina’s allegations with five former Louisville players and recruits. I’m assuming that little plateau at the end was the appearance on “The View,” because I definitely had my popcorn out for that one.

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.

24 Comments for KSR Emoji Index: October 28

  1. bige
    9:11 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Terrific index this week!

  2. Logan
    9:20 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    This isn’t weird at all coming from a 35 yr old woman.

    • memphis wildcat
      11:36 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      And its not weird at all that as a 50+ year old man I found it entertaining

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      8:56 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

      Hey now, I’m only 31.

  3. uk-blue
    9:25 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    This is awesome, and so perfectly accurate! I think the Tennessee game will be a big tipping point in basketball interest. If we pull out a win people will be buzzing big time about football. If we lose, I think we can see a lot of people’s focus turn to basketball.

    • CigarMan
      12:39 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

      Brilliant, I would have never thought of that.

    • papasnapper
      2:46 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

      Why does someone always have to have some snarky a$$ response? I guess some people are just nasty folks. Lookin’ at you, CigarMan….Just couldn’t let a simple remark from uk-blue go without throwing some crap, huh?

  4. JC
    9:30 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Still obsessed with Louisville and too old to be wearing a t-shirt.

    • uk-blue
      9:35 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Not sure what you are talking about, but how can anyone be too old to wear a t-shirt?

    • Ha!
      9:48 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Shuddup, JC. You had hookers on campus. Your points are rendered invalid.

    • Brian
      9:53 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      JC – Wolves don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.

      Off you go….

  5. Que-Cat
    10:51 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    LOVE these Smily face graph post… The thing beyond them is don’t loose site on our goal and stop filling the stands. It take cash to fund properly and also a HUGE fan base support is a must. So I ask to weather the storm for a couple years and pack them stands every game!!!!!

    Packing the stands during the good or bad times shows our support as fans. It also lets recruits know we are behind them, coaches know we are behind them, the school we are behind them…. We as fans need to back our end up not just for basketball season….

    Baseball, softball, tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball ect… Has all been GOOD at UK….. So why not football. Keep packing the stands and it will come…… With this team… The next… This coaching staff…. The next…. This QB…. The next…. And so on….

    Just note I am in 100% if you did not know…..

    GO Patrick T and GO BIG Matt E…………

    Your friend in the stands or in front of the TV….

  6. Ethel Bauer
    11:34 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    This post is a good example of the difference between true fans and the type of fan who knows only what he hears from Jones and Company. First, if you didn’t know Tyler Ulis was special and much better than Andrew coming out of high school, you just weren’t paying attention. Or you were listening to a radio show where everyone who said that got interrupted by Jones and shouted down and called an idiot and made fun of — right up until we lost the Wisconsin game.
    Second, I don’t know of a single true UK fan whose interest in basketball aligned with your fair weather fan graph about how well our football team does. Any fan who jumps off the bandwagon as soon as the team starts to lose is, well, is like the current KSR staff. Jumping from sport to sport to try to ride whichever team is winning, instead of doing your part to support and cheer on the school’s programs irrespective of whether they are having a successful year.
    Sometimes I read these comments after a silly post like this and just shake my head, wondering where these people come from, and why they dare call themselves fans. And how anyone who is being paid to write for a sports blog could be as clueless and vapid as this.

    • Matt Jones
      11:47 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

      Thank$ for vi$iting and li$tening to the $how, a$$hat. 🙂

  7. Darrel Thomas
    11:40 pm October 28, 2015 Permalink

    Ah c’mon, let children be children. After all, this site is for entertainment purposes, isn’t it?

  8. ukcats42301
    12:56 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    With the excessive interceptions so far this year it made me look up Andre Woodson’s stats for comparison purposes. Senior season 13 games, 11 INT’s
    Junior season 13 games, 7INT’s!
    I wish he would do some tutoring with Towles and Barker! I miss Andre!

  9. Catlogic15
    1:19 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    Very clever Ms T. 😎

  10. Kevin C.
    1:35 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    Meanwhile…in the only sport that counts in Kentucky… Towns, Randle, Cousins and Kanter all had dub-dubs tonight….

  11. Megan
    8:37 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    Fun stuff. This is why Ms. T is my fave. Meanwhile, BTI is trying to analyze whether the Blue-White scrimmage can tell you anything about how the season will go. Seriously. He’s doing that.

  12. Catsrus
    9:30 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    You see a bright and energetic coach like Mark Stoops and have to wonder if UK will be patient enough for him to make steady but slow progress in this Basketball School. Same patience will be required for Butch Jones and UT. I predict more patience at UK because we have Cal’s success to buoy us up.

  13. kybigblue
    11:43 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    Odds are good to make it to a bowl game. 78 out of 128 teams will be in the playoffs or bowl game. In BB there are over a 300 teams competing for fewer spots in the NCAA BB tournament. Orlando is adding a third bowl game, Cure Bowl.

  14. RUPPS_rhetoric
    12:21 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    I’m not quite sure we’re “praying” to make a bowl game. Lose to Vandy then we are praying, but certainly not yet.

    • intheshadow
      1:02 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

      Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the ‘Cats” won’t be bowling this year.

  15. SamKat
    8:56 am October 30, 2015 Permalink

    Beautifully presented. Mrs. Thompson!

    I like coach Stoops, but it is just a tough football conference and UK has never consistently been among the leaders there.

    Keep trying FB guys!