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Today on KSR: Happy Juneteenth!

Galveston.com

Galveston.com

Good morning Big Blue Nation and happy Friday to each and every one of you! And more importantly, happy Juneteenth!

Today on Juneteenth, we celebrate the ending of slavery in the United States dating back to 1865. Originating in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865, the holiday celebrates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

While this day does not technically mark the end of slavery in the United States – that did not occur until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery entirely on December 6, 1865 – it does mark the day Gen. Gordon Granger arrived with Union soldiers in Galveston to announce to enslaved Africans Americans that the Civil War had ended and they were free.

Juneteenth is not yet recognized as a federal holiday, but it is one nearly all states are celebrating, along with the likes of the NFL, Nike, Twitter, Google, Target, and Best Buy all recognizing today as a company holiday.

As we jump into today’s news, remember and celebrate the historic events of June 19, 1865 on this holiday.

UK Athletics preparing for decreased ticket revenue in 2020-21

UK Athletics is bracing for the impact of COVID-19.

Thursday afternoon, the athletics department proposed a $148.5 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, down $7.4 million from last year’s total operating budget of $153.9 million. While UK says it is planning on hosting events as scheduled, they adjusted the budget to account for a projected decrease in ticket revenue.

“Our goal in building our budget for the upcoming fiscal year was to respond to the unique climate brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic while avoiding adverse effects on the welfare of our student-athletes and reductions to our coaches and staff,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “To do that will require sacrifice. We also must be ready to adjust in an ever-changing landscape.”

Only two Wildcats projected to be drafted in latest Big Board

The Athletic released its latest NBA Draft Big Board on Thursday afternoon, and it wasn’t incredibly kind to Kentucky basketball’s potential draftees.

In the latest update, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley both landed in the top 60, while Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans fell several spots outside draft position.

Meanwhile, EJ Montgomery and Kahlil Whitney were nowhere to be seen in the entire list of 100 prospects.

Maxey led the way at No. 13 overall, falling in line with the consensus late-lottery draft grade the 6-foot-4 guard has been given since the end of his freshman season at Kentucky. Meanwhile, Quickley has dipped a bit to No. 49 overall after finding himself in the late-first/early-second round range early in the draft process.

From there, Richards and Hagans came in at No. 66 and No. 67, respectively, after holding firm as mid-to-late second rounders in recent months.

There are still several months until this year’s NBA Draft,  but two of five starters being taken isn’t a fantastic hit rate.

Lynn Bowden featured in 2020 Rookie Premiere Class

Former Kentucky superstar Lynn Bowden Jr. is seen as one of the most promising draft prospects in the nation.

Yesterday, the NFL Players Association and Panini America included Bowden in the 2020 Rookie Premiere Class, which identifies the 42 most promising young prospects based on position, college performance, draft status and projected overall demand and marketability. Even though the Las Vegas Raiders reportedly plan to use Bowden mostly at running back, he is one of 20 wide receivers on the list:

Bowden’s rookie card was also revealed, which is one of the best things you’ll see all day:

Will Bill Curry share his Zoom call with the rest of us?

Early this morning, former Kentucky football coach Bill Curry said Thursday evening was “one of the best nights of [his] life.” Why?

According to Curry, a significant number of his former players at UK gathered for a Zoom call to celebrate one another and reminisce about their time together in Lexington.

“I would have stayed all night, listening to the locker room banter, mostly good stuff,” Curry said. “How I love and admire them, each one!”

Let’s hope the former UK coach hit that ‘record’ button and shares it with the rest of us in the near future.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for Today on KSR: Happy Juneteenth!



  1. PensacolaCat
    9:45 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

    No one had ever heard of “Juneteenth” a couple of weeks ago. Now if it’s not made into a federal holiday, building will probably be burned down.



    • Bluehender
      10:00 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

      True. The governor has already said it will be a state holiday



    • JerryCat
      10:16 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

      No, you’ve never heard of Juneteenth. It doesn’t require quotations, simpleton



    • madarchitect
      10:53 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

      What world do you live in to have never heard of Juneteenth?



    • friendsofcoal
      9:29 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      I’ve never heard of it until today and I had to do some research to find out what it was.



    • friendsofcoal
      9:41 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      What is Julyteenth?



  2. ukyelecteng
    10:02 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

    The politicizing of a sports blog. It’s getting harder and harder to want to keep logging on to KSR.



    • rickat
      10:51 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Why don’t you just read what appeals to you? Seems like a simple solution.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      11:54 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

      What is political about a holiday celebrating the ending of slavery, William?



  3. jack8291
    11:34 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

    True that the average person doesn’t know the meaning of Juneteenth , including Joe Biden …who thought it was related to the massacre in Tulsa a couple weeks back .
    It’s also a head scratcher why it wasn’t proposed as a Fed holiday under the Obama administration.



    • DelrayCat
      12:32 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Like your pathological lying president, you are a liar too. Joe conflated Tulsa with Texas, but full well knew the meaning of Juneteenth unlike you chucklehead MAGA chumps.



    • jack8291
      1:10 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not exactly ‘lying ‘ . I hadn’t heard about it , and I have a masters degree. I know about the events , but the term ‘Juneteenth’ I hadn’t heard



    • 4everUKBlue
      7:14 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

      Delray, name one politician who is not a liar….just one.



  4. UKFanSC
    12:54 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Juneteenth is indeed a date worth celebrating. The institution of slavery was the most reprehensible in human history, and it was rightly abolished. All mankind should celebrate it. No issue with that at all.
    What I have issue with is all of the ridiculous overreaction that is occurring in the name of social justice. You can celebrate the end of slavery without erasing history, holding cities hostage, disbanding police units, and race-shaming 80% of the nation.



  5. lribookend
    7:50 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    I had never heard of Juneteenth until a few days ago, either. Also, your governor Brassiere cannot create a state holiday. He can temporarily proclaim a day to be a holiday, but to affect State Employees as a holiday, it has to be approved by the Kentucky state legislature. The last time they named a new state holiday it was for Martin Luther King, and to make room for another holiday, they took away President’s Day. I guess MLK was more important than all the people who served as President of the United States. So which day will they take away this time to make room for Juneteenth? Probably not Christmas or Thanksgiving or New Year’s Day or July 4th, or Memorial Day or Labor Day or Veteran’s Day. My guess is the Friday after Thanksgiving (Black Friday, no pun intended), or Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. My personal choice would be to remove MLK day if they want to add Juneteenth, probably the most ridiculous name of a holiday in the history of mankind. Besides, no young African-American follows the teachings of MLK. Racial division is worse today than it was in 1968. BLM teaches rioting and arson.



  6. lizard king
    8:11 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Only brought up because Trump was having a rally and in all honesty no one in White House probably even knew.
    I had no clue and never thought about it, must not have mattered much when the former Democrat Governors never did anything for it to make it a Holiday

    BLM will never be satisfied until everyone in charge is black and there are no whites in America

    And NO ONE and I mean NO ONE is allowed to crIticize BLM for any reason



  7. goose2
    9:23 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve never heard of the term until a few ago when our president reported they would hold a rally on the 19th in Tulsa, and the press made a big deal about it. No I haven’t heard that term before and I went to community college….