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Today On KSR: Calipari-Mack, Heat-Lakers, Braves-Reds, Biden-Trump, Roush-Birthday

We have a lot to get to this morning, including a thorough review of the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, but we’ll start with the topic on everyone’s minds: Nick Roush’s birthday.

Our esteemed UK football beat writer (among his many other talents) turns 29 years young today. A new dad in 2020, Roush will celebrate his last birthday in his twenties at home with his son, Duke (a family name, not a salute to Coach K), while still staying on top of the latest news from over at Mark Stoops’ practice facility.

So Happy Birthday to our colleague who is bad puns and good at fooball coverage and football podcasts. We’ll party next year for No. 30 when it’s safe to party again.

Now for some news…


Chris Mack lit a flame under the UK-UofL basketball rivalry. The game is ON.

We need to work on Chris Mack’s trash-talking, but good for him for giving the rivalry the jolt it needed with a video he put out on Tuesday. Mack tweeted a short clip saying he will do “what’s most convenient for John and UK,” a sarcastic agreement to play the UK-UofL game whenever Calipari wants. Mack listed many instances of UofL working around Cal and UK in the past, mocking Cal for being so needy in the scheduling of the game. Here it is:

Not long after, Cal gave his response– a simple “see you December 26h. Can’t wait!”

Game on.


Get to know this year’s Kentucky basketball team.

We now have headshots, heights, weights, hometowns and fun facts thanks to It’s getting closer.

Kentucky basketball releases updated measurements, player photos for 2020-21 roster


The NBA Finals begin tonight.

This year’s NBA Finals will be must-see TV for Kentucky fans as the matchup features two former Cats on each team, one former Cat coaching the Lakers and another former Cat as president of the Heat. It’s Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo and Frank Vogel versus Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Pat Riley, and Game 1 gets underway tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Coach Cal is so excited he held a press conference to brag about his former players in the league. You can read the entire transcript of his comments here.


No, we haven’t forgotten about football.

Apologies for the basketball-heavy headlines this morning, but Calipari and Mack have the BBN stirring with excitement for that game. The basketball talk doesn’t mean we’re not serious about Ole Miss coming to town for UK’s home opener in Kroger Field in a few days; for more on that, we will hear from Mark Stoops on the SEC teleconference later this afternoon and then Brad White and members of UK’s defense will talk to reporters after today’s practice. Plenty of pre-Ole Miss talk coming your way.


Watch Game 1 of Braves-Reds at KSBar and Grille at noon.

After today’s show, Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and I are sticking around KSBar and Grille to watch the Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series. Matt is of course for the Reds, I am for the Braves, and Ryan is just happy to watch baseball on a Wednesday afternoon with these great specials during the game:


Kentucky Speedway lost its NASCAR race in 2021.

Some tough news for the state of Kentucky as one of the state’s top sports venues, the 107,000-seat Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, lost its annual NASCAR race. Kentucky Speedway has held ARCA, NASCAR and Indy Racing racing every year since it opened in 2000, and was home to NASCAR’s Quaker State 400 from 2011 to 2020. However, the new NASCAR sites were announced on Tuesday with no stop in the Bluegrass in 2021.

Kentucky Speedway’s Mark Simendinger put out a statement saying, “Of course, we’re disappointed the Bluegrass State is not on NASCAR’s schedule for 2021, as the past two decades have been filled with memorable moments that will last a lifetime. This has been a tough year for so many, but there are still wild adventures ahead.

“We will evolve into a multi-use rental complex and also seek additional entrepreneurial prospects. Kentucky Speedway is open for business, and we have the potential to host special events, commercial television production, music festivals, other racing series and stand-alone RV rallies and camping events. Change is sometimes hard, but I’m looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for our facility.”


And now a summary of last night’s presidential debate:




Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Today On KSR: Calipari-Mack, Heat-Lakers, Braves-Reds, Biden-Trump, Roush-Birthday

  1. BowdenQB4ever
    9:23 am September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Trump came off high energy and incredibly based last night. Biden wouldn’t answer questions from the friendly moderator and didn’t seem able to track and respond to the president’s statements. Pretty clear cut victory for KAG.

    • cats646
      9:35 am September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Yea agreed. I do wish that Trump would just shut up sometimes though. Biden would beat himself if Trump would just let him talk. As far as substance in what they were saying though, Trump won by a landslide.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:50 am September 30, 2020 Permalink

      That debate was a joke; Chris Wallace was in over his head; however, there was little substance in Biden’s remarks. He said he was going to pay for his high price tag programs by creating millions of jobs…didn’t say how he was going to create those jobs.

    • UKinIN
      10:32 am September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Disagree that Wallace was in over his head. What is he supposed to do when the candidates won’t listen or follow the rules? Scream at them? Charge the stage? Kudoos to him for not sinking to their level.

  2. ClutchCargo
    9:58 am September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Well, at least he isn’t named after that school in Durham, NC. 😉

  3. RealCatsFan
    10:38 am September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Biden looked like he could have prepared better, for sure. Trump left him multiple openings where he could have counterpunched, but Biden didn’t respond. But the point of the debate is to discuss the issues and how each candidate would address them, not launch personal attacks on each other. That’s what political ads are for. This was a near total waste of time.

  4. Megan
    12:52 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    Whatever that was last night made me embarrassed for my country. That’s how I’ve felt for four years now, but last night strongly reinforced why. I don’t know, maybe women are more sensitive to abuse than you guys. What I saw last night was abuse. And I can’t stay in an abusive relationship. If you guys think the president won, I can’t relate. Not even a little. That’s bizarro world to me. And I don’t think the polls will bear you out. Biden cleared his low bar by simply appearing human. Trump keeps lowering the depths to which he will sink. There is no bottom. Nobody won. We all lost. That’s what our president does. He creates chaos. He’s incompetent, malign, and something we don’t hear a lot, lazy. He’s a lazy-ass president. He’s all about himself and how he can monetize his fame. And increasingly, how he can avoid responsibility, for his debts, for his actions. (That should be closing in on him soon.) He doesn’t care about anyone else. Certainly not you guys. Maybe that bullying played okay with his base, but he certainly gained no votes and likely lost even more suburban women. Denouncing white supremacists should be the easiest thing in the world. What a softball! But this president just can’t do it. Not without giving them a rallying cry in the same breadth. That’s our president, folks. And that needs to change.

    • UKinIN
      2:12 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      The debates will have no impact on the election because the country is so strongly divided.

  5. Bruce Dickinson
    8:01 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    It was shocking that Biden wouldn’t answer about packing the Supreme Court. Also, thinking Antifa is an idea is ludicrous. An idea doesn’t burn down businesses or harass the elderly while they are eating.