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Tony Vanetti’s Friday Morning Wakeup


Over the past few days, I’ve done something I’ve never done before: listen to UofL talk radio. How could I not? The prostitution scandal has captivated the Commonwealth and while many of his Louisville colleagues are sticking their heads in the sand regarding the story (cough, Jody Demling, cough), Tony Vanetti is standing tall as the voice of reason.

Yesterday on the “Afternoon Underdogs,” Vanetti called out the Pitino apologists and took UofL President James Ramsey to task for his odd handling of the situation, calling for him to be presidential instead of pushing all of the power in Tom Jurich’s hands. As the dominoes continue to fall around Louisville basketball, Tony is calling it like it is, going as far to say that Pitino cannot survive the scandal. No matter how many times his fellow media members say Pitino didn’t know what happened or how heartbroken he is over it all (“It happened in his brother-in-law’s dorm!!”), Vanetti is right when he says none of that matters. This happened under Pitino’s watch and as Tony put it, “Would Rick keep Rick?”.

In fact, the only time I’ve felt bad for the Cards in the past week is when Tony told the story about how excited he was watching Pitino’s plane land in Louisville fifteen years ago and how his boss, a Kentucky fan, warned him that two things would happen during Pitino’s reign: he would win a lot of games and he’d break your heart. That pang of deja vu actually had me feeling sorry for our rivals.

Regardless, Vanetti was great yesterday, so much so that angry Louisville fans questioned whether or not he was working for KSR. He’s not, but Tony, the door’s always open; in fact, you can have the KSR shirt off BTI’s back.

What will happen with UofL today?

A rundown of what happened yesterday in the prostitute scandal:

  • “Breaking Cardinal Rules” author Dick Cady said on KSR that he expects Katina Powell will speak to the NCAA
  • Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle confirmed the escort allegations to the NCAA
  • An anonymous former Louisville player confirmed to Eric Crawford that strippers were in the dorm rooms
  • UofL President James Ramsey threw his support behind Tom Jurich, but did not mention Rick Pitino
  • Rick Pitino gave another bizarre interview, this time to Terry Meiners. Meiners grilled Pitino, who was defiant when asked if he would resign. “I don’t know what resigning would accomplish,” he said. “I think that’s the cowardly way out.” He ain’t leaving on his own, folks. His ego is too big.

What will happen today? I can’t wait to find out.

No one is having more fun with this than the San Diego Strippers Twitter account

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SoCal strippers have standards, yo.

In UK land, Edrice “Bam” Adebayo will start his official visit

The third best power forward in the 2016 class will arrive in Lexington soon, and, although most believe NC State is the favorite after snagging his AAU teammate Dennis Smith, John Calipari has been putting on the press recently. Hopefully Bam enjoys campus and seeing what it’s like to have your basketball practice televised nationally. Yes, Bam, we talkin’ bout practice.

A trip to Keeneland can’t hurt, either. Just saying.

UK will wear blue vs. Auburn

The game is less than a week away, but UK wants you to get your outfit ready. Yesterday, they released this poster on Twitter calling for a Blue Out, which includes the players. Does this mean we’ll see the blue chrome helmets too?

I don’t listen to Drake’s music a lot, but that “We rock Kentucky blue” quote is gold. Just fine with that being a slogan.

Rupp Arena’s got one more prize to give away today on Twitter

To promote the Kings/Pelicans exhibition game next Saturday at Rupp, the folks at Rupp Arena have been giving away prize packs all week on Twitter. Today is the final giveaway, and they’ve hinted that it may include SIGNED shoes from DeMarcus Cousins. Whoa. Keep your eye on their Twitter account (@Rupp_Arena) from 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET to participate.

I’m going to see Florence & the Machine tonight

I’ve been a fan for years, and have only seen them live as the opener for U2 a few years back. The forecast looks sucky for an outdoor show, but hopefully Mother Nature will work with me starting at 8 p.m. I also hope she’ll play this song, which is getting a lot of run on my iPhone these days:

It’s a slow build, but when the tempo picks up about 1:45 in, there’s no better running song in this world, I’m convinced.

Matt and Ryan are live at the Red vs. Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru”

Yum! Brands is celebrating its 18th anniversary with a Red vs. Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru” benefitting Dare to Care Food Bank today from 5 am to 5:30 pm. Matt and Ryan will do the show from the Yum! Brands Restaurant Support Center (1441 Gardiner Lane) in Louisville from 10 a.m. to noon. If you bring at least 18 canned goods, you will be entered into a drawing for either UL-Duke or UK-LSU basketball tickets. The winners will be announced at noon. You ready?

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.

16 Comments for Tony Vanetti’s Friday Morning Wakeup

  1. L1C7
    9:16 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Pitino said, “these players came here to play FOR ME.” I thought they were L1C4?

  2. Monte
    9:21 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Hey Tyler, I too saw Florence open for U2 in 2011 in Nashville. She is incredible. YouTube her performance of “heavy” on David Letterman. Brilliant.

  3. UK1983
    9:26 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Why are the brother in law references thrown out there every time something stupid happens to Rick? Didn’t he try to hide behind his memory in the Syphert matter as well? Rick seems to think that gives him a pass. Give it a break, Coach. This is not about 9-11.

    • UKfaninLou
      10:33 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

      I believe he’s trying to remind fans that he donated a large chunk of $$ for naming right to the building. I personally think it’s weird to name it after a guy with no Louisville connection no matter how/when he died.
      I just wish he would drop the UK talk. And I think he’s passive-aggressively insulting Coach Cal saying that resigning would be cowardly when his program is in trouble. I’ve listened to UofL fans talk about Coach Cal running every time he got a program in trouble for years. Thing is, Cal was always running not AWAY but TO a better job.

  4. Drake on Drake on Drake
    9:39 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    And we have Drake Jackson in the background of the pic. Drake theme in Lexington

    • DACats86
      9:56 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

      That’s not Drake Jackson. That would be a recruiting violation. Swindle.

    9:44 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Bob has disappeared.

    • ukjaybrat
      9:46 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

      with his tail between his legs no doubt

  6. somerset bill
    9:48 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    florence needs to understand there’s no place in rock and roll for pantsuits.

  7. J-Dub421
    10:02 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    I really don’t see any way that Pitino can stay at U of L. I mean if his recruiting has been this bad before the scandal broke, imagine what it will be like now. There is no way that mothers will let their sons go on recruiting visits to Louisville any more.

  8. Rixter
    10:05 am October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Would Rick keep Rick? Are you KIDDING? Rick wouldn’t keep Rakeem Buckles and Kevin Ware once they were injured and of no use to him, do you think he would keep a kid who had 2 sex scandals?

    PS: An apology is due. Apparently, Ware and Buckles each left on their own, deciding they wanted to play ‘closer to home’.
    Of course, Steven Van Treese also decided he wanted to ‘play closer to home’, then Buckles left, and Van Treese suddenly decided he didn’t want to ‘play closer to home’

  9. Newt McFarlane
    12:33 pm October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Great analysis on the rivalry. The song however . . . blows.

  10. Old Mother Hubbard
    1:55 pm October 9, 2015 Permalink

    Thank you for finally naming this thing appropriately: THE PROSTITUTION SCANDAL.

    You’re rockin’ it today. Keep on truckin’ wit’cha bad sef.

  11. Larry Hagman
    8:57 pm October 9, 2015 Permalink

    He has tiny hands….