For most of us, the most depressing thing to happen last night was UK’s loss; however, one member of the KSR crew lost one of his idols. Scott Weiland, former frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots, was found dead last night on his tour bus at the age of 48, only two weeks after meeting Shannon the Dude. Shannon interviewed Weiland on November 18, and even though I’m not the biggest STP fan in the world, hearing the joy and excitement in Shannon’s voice when he talked to Scott genuinely makes me sad.
This wasn’t Shannon’s first encounter with Weiland. In 2011, he got to open up “Dead & Bloated” at STP’s Louisville show. The quality of that audio is making my head hurt this morning, so instead, I’ll share my favorite STP song, “Creep”:
This morning, I’m pouring a cup of tea out for Scott and Shannon. I expect the KSR Caravan will have Weiland on loop as they make their way back to Kentucky.
So, how about that loss?
I’ll be honest, waking up after little sleep and remember Kentucky’s embarrassing loss to UCLA isn’t how I wanted to start my Friday, but here we are. The Cats looked Charmin soft against the Bruins, giving up the most points in regulation since the 30-point loss to Tennessee in February 2013. What happened to the team that played Duke? UCLA just couldn’t miss, and instead of smacking back, UK wilted away from competition. Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe, and Derek Willis all tried to stem the flow, Ulis still hampered by his elbow, but it wasn’t enough to make up for countless missed opportunities in the post. If last night’s game taught us anything, it’s that for Kentucky to be a serious national championship contender, they have to toughen up, especially inside. Talking about you, Skal. Talking about you, Alex.
I really hope none of you were planning to give a 40-0 shirt to someone for Christmas. Honestly, after last season, I’m not even that mad about the Cats taking one on the chin so early. UCLA just wanted it more last night, and while that’s disappointing, there’s plenty to learn from it.
Right, Devin Booker?
UCLA played great. We're soft right now.
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) December 4, 2015
Is this where Marcus Lee got hurt?
Lee had to go out of the game with a head injury four minutes in, and for the life of me, I couldn’t find out where it happened. Shoutout to Trey Minton on Twitter who did some DVR detective work and found this shot of Thomas Welsh’s hand in Lee’s face, a blow that must have been much worse in person than on TV. Lee’s fine now, but with head injuries, you can never be too careful these days.
Here’s what Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe had to say
Tai Wynyard can’t wait to come help
Kentucky could use some toughness right now, and thankfully, New Zealand woodchopper Tai Wynyard is on his way. He can’t wait either:
I just wanna get out there and support my dudes ðŸ˜¬
— Tai Wynyard (@WynyardTai) December 4, 2015
KSR’s State Championship Previews continue to roll out
Yesterday, Pikeville beat Beechwood 42-28 in the Class A State Championship, the first of six games that will be played this weekend at Western Kentucky’s stadium. Here’s the schedule for Saturday and Sunday’s games:
Saturday, December 5
5:00 PM (6A) — Male vs. Lafayette
8:00 PM (5A) — Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County
Sunday, December 6
1:00 PM (2A) — Mayfield vs. Newport Central Catholic
4:00 PM (3A) — Lexington Catholic vs. Belfry
7:00 PM (4A) — South Warren vs. Johnson Central
Trey Huntsman will have previews throughout the day for you here on the site. I’m still bitter Danville didn’t make it.
Patrick Towles will call in to KSR
Be sure to tune in around 10:30 a.m. to hear from Patrick Towles, who announced he will transfer on Sunday. The former Kentucky quarterback (wow, that sounds weird) has been nothing but a class act during his time at Kentucky and I expect the same from his appearance today. At the very least, it will take our mind off the basketball loss.