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Tuesday’s Top 10: A New National Champion, Vandy’s Stupid Gym and Deadlifts



What. A. Game.

In the last year we saw Villanova beat North Carolina on a buzzer-beater, the Cavs erase a 3-1 deficit against the 73-win Warriors, and the Cubs win the World Series in Game 7, in extra innings, on the road, against the Cleveland Indians.  Some how, some way, this year’s College Football Playoff rematch between Clemson and Alabama was just as great.

Alabama entered the fourth quarter with a ten-point advantage.  Under Nick Saban, they never lost a double-digit lead entering the fourth quarter, until last night.  There were THREE touchdowns in the final four and a half minutes.  After Clemson took the lead, Bama converted on a fourth down (a la Damien Harris), threw a double pass, then Jalen Hurts scrambled for a 30-yard touchdown.  Bama left 2:07 on the clock.  Clemson only needed 2:06 to get the win.

It was a late night, ending after 12:30, but well worth the wait.  As great as the game was, the side stories were just as good.  Bill Walton led the charge.

When Walton started ranting about weed, Jay Bilas didn’t need to say a word.



Of all the talking heads, I don’t think anybody called it quite like Mr. Patrick Towles.

The Crimson Tide lost, but they aren’t the night’s biggest losers, we are.  For the next 229 days, we’ll be without college football.  TGFKB (Thank God For Kentucky Basketball).

Cats Travel to Nashville

The Vanderbilt Commodores are 10-point underdogs when they host the Kentucky Wildcats tonight at 7:00 on ESPN.  Vandy looks different without Hank Hill Bill Dotreve Kevin Stallings on the bench.  Bryce Drew’s squad is 8-7, 2-1 in SEC play.  They’ll try to bounce back tonight after receiving their first loss in conference play Saturday at Alabama.

Drew’s Similar Style

The coaches have changed, but Vandy is still a set-heavy team that loves to jack threes.  They make them too.  Vandy shoots over 40 percent from behind the arc, averaging 10 makes per game.

Here’s what Cal had to say about it during yesterday’s press conference:

“The crazy thing is that I thought I wouldn’t have to watch last year’s Vanderbilt tapes. Why is that?” He asked reporters, who replied that Vandy has a new coach. “Really? That’s what you would think and then I watched my first game tape and they’re running the same stuff that they ran a year ago. So now I had to go back an start watching our game tapes from last year with them. It’s smart. They’re a terrific offensive team with 3-point shooters. That’s how they played, and they’re running almost all of the stuff with adjustments, but it’s mostly the stuff that they ran a year ago.”

Their Gym is Still Stupid

Who’s on their bench is different, but they’re still in the end zones.  I despise the setup, but Mychal Mulder said it’s not so bad.

“It’s not crazy, it’s just a further walk to the scorer’s table if you ask me,” Mulder said yesterday. “Interesting way their court is set up, but what’s most important is what goes on between the lines, if you ask me.”

The Last Day Before the Start of Classes

UK’s spring semester begins tomorrow.  That means John Calipari will be able to talk about Hamidou Diallo on tomorrow night’s call-in show.  Yesterday he had to give a “Who are we talking about?” when asked if any new players were on campus.

This also means we’ll hear from new football players.  We have a good guess on about eight midyear junior college transfers and early high school graduates, but we won’t get exact names numbers until after tomorrow.

Still Missing Football?

This will make things worse.  If only KY Wildcats TV made this video five, ten, fifteen minutes longer.

Anthony Davis’ Scary Night

The Unibrow was blowing away the Derrick Rose-less New York Knicks.  In just 29 minutes he had  40 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks.  He was forced to leave the game before the end of the third quarter when he was pushed into the first row of the stands while driving to the basket, seen below.

Fortunately, the x-rays on his hip were negative.  He’ll be day-to-day moving forward, returning after the bruise heals.

Trae Young Did THIS with a Basketball

I grew up in the And 1 era and I’ve never seen anything like this.

I know getting Young to Kentucky is a longshot, but he’s so fantastically original I gotta keep sharing this stuff.

UK Baseball Needs a New Organist

UK is hosting tryouts for those who wish to play “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on a regular basis at Kentucky baseball games this spring.  Tryouts will take place on January 24th at John Cropp (Softball) Stadium, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Potential organists should bring their own keyboards and will be required to provide the cable hookups.

Submit your application here.

It’s LIT

It’s L.I.T. Week at Valley High School, showcasing the Top 20 teams in the city of Louisville.  A look at the bracket:



St. X, CAL, Fairdale and Central advance after last night’s first round victories.   Today it’s Waggener/Male, Butler/Eastern, DeSales/Valley and Bullitt East/PRP.

Can Matt Out-Deadlift STD?

Shannon the Dude isn’t just talking trash, he’s taking Matt Jones to task.

Hear Matt respond when KSR begins in one hour.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

31 Comments for Tuesday’s Top 10: A New National Champion, Vandy’s Stupid Gym and Deadlifts

  1. somerset bill
    9:38 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    the one time a dan dakich tweet was worth liking:

    • ClutchCargo
      4:34 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

      Dammit, it keeps getting harder to hate Dakich.

  2. Stephen
    9:43 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    Imagine what STD could lift if he used his more than just his back…


    • ArtSmass
      9:54 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you! I used it to show my son how NOT to deadlift. #PrayersForHisVertebrae

  3. BluKudzu
    9:44 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    Someone please tell me how the Clemson QB did not win the Heisman?
    He beat Louisville, won the national championship, set records.
    And Lamar wins the trophy then gets curb stomped by LSU.
    Jackson stole it.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:52 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

      True dat. The only reason Jackson won the Heisman was because of the numbers he rung up against weaker competition – that and the Florida State game. However, to be fair, Jackson didn’t have as good of an OL in front of him.

    • Booby Petrino
      9:56 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

      Their passing numbers are pretty comparable (except Watson threw a lot more interceptions), and Lamar blew him out of the water in rushing yards/tds. Jackson was electrifying Sept-Nov, while Watson slowly improved in Nov/Dec to probably become the best qb of the two. But at that point it seemed like the decision was mostly made, Lamar had broken so many records. If they were handing it out today after that NC game, I would think Watson would win. And I agree he should’ve won it in Dec. But his slow start didn’t help him and Lamar’s fast start won the Heisman for him, imo.

  4. Stephen
    9:44 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    Imagine what STD could lift if he used more than just his back…


  5. RealCatsFan
    9:50 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    Matt will concede defeat – he would break in half if he tried to lift that much.

    The dude who pushed A.D. out of bounds needs to have his a$$ kicked. The only thing that can keep Davis from becoming an all star for the ages and someday winning a championship is playing for a crappy team and injuries, and unfortunately, so far there seems to be a conspiracy of both.

  6. Go Deep
    9:52 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    Bend your knees STD!! You’re going to want to be able to walk when you’re older.

  7. ClutchCargo
    9:54 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    That deadlift form is a serious back injury just waiting to happen. Really painful to watch.

  8. ArtSmass
    9:57 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    I know none of you will believe this, but that Trae Young move has been ‘my move’ since I saw some old guy do it against a bunch of us HS kids. It never doesn’t work — but it only works once a game. The key is to look up while throwing the hands up — they fall for it every time (especially those young guys who love making you look bad by blocking your shot into the stands).

    • Booby Petrino
      11:36 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

      how does it “never doesn’t work” but then only works once a game? Those are conflicting.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:25 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

      That just means you only try it once per game and it works because of the element of surprise. I have a ping pong serve that I keep in my back pocket until I really need a point. Don’t want my opponent to see it too much and learn how to return it. Same principle.

  9. loservilletard
    10:03 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    did Young double dribble? He dribbled once before he picked up the ball to make the head fake, then dribbled again before he took the shot. Don’t even mention the hack foul he made to get the ball to start with….

  10. saturnsc1
    10:14 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    That is definitely a 45 and 2 10 lb plates on each side. 175 total, not quite 315 but nice try.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      11:06 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

      actually it was three 45lb plates on each side, which is 270. The bar weighs between 20-25 lbs. So 305 is most likely weight, not 175

    • ClutchCargo
      11:30 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

      That’s a 45# bar there, which would make it 315#.

    • louisvillelaw22
      11:40 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

      That ain’t 315. Those are not 45s on the side. That’s one pair of 45s with 10s or 15s. You can tell because of their thickness and the way the rubber is. If you load 315 on a bar with rubber weights it takes up nearly the entire load space.

    • Catsby80
      12:59 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

      First of all, that is an olympic bar, which weighs 45 pounds. Secondly, those are three 45 pound plates on each side, which is 315 in total. Also, I don’t know of many gyms that have 15 pound plates. The common increments for plates are 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35, and 45. My guess is that it really is 315.

    • saturnsc1
      1:16 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

      Rogue is who carries 15 lb plates, however you are right that not many gyms buy 15 lb plates. They are in the crossfit section of LAC which means they are using rubber bumper plates. A 45 lb bumper plate from Rogue is 3 3/4″ wide, those second plates are not almost 4″ wide. The point is there is not 315 lbs loaded on that bar. Secondly very few people can walk up to a 315 lb bar, arch their back like a scared cat, and pick up a bar that shows no sign of bend. I would be willing to challenge STD any day of the week.

    • Catsby80
      3:22 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

      if you look at the 19 second mark, the plates all appear to be the exact same width. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but I’d like to actually see the plates. I, too, would challenge STD any day.

      I agree with your assessment that not many people can just walk up to 315 and deadlift it like it’s no big deal, but maybe he’s just one of those freaks that never goes to a gym, yet is still strong. had plenty of guys like that on my college baseball team. never lifted (and hated to lift) but they’d show up when they had to and would throw around crazy weight without even breaking a sweat.

    • saturnsc1
      3:53 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

      I’m not saying that he couldn’t, I am saying that it is not 315. You are correct in saying that the plates all look the same width. What I am saying is rogue 10 lb bumper plates are the same size, but instead of being slick they are matte rubber. When they are panning around, you can also see there are 2 more 10s laying on the ground. From someone who deadlifts 2-3 times a week, I would be willing to make a bet that it wasn’t 315. It also doesn’t help his case that tony v. was the man with the camera.

  11. kyle heavy
    10:33 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    Oh wow, STD. Please stop deadlifting like that.

  12. minton22
    11:03 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    That’s not a deadlift. That’s called a newby getting injured because he didn’t take the time to learn proper form. Back should be slightly arched, shoulders back. Bend your knees a LOT more. Thighs parallel to the ground in starting position. Lower the weight 100lbs or so until you get the form right or you will get some serious injuries.

  13. Bluebloodtoo
    11:21 am January 10, 2017 Permalink

    Bilas’ face is saying: “Bill, I was with you at that Seattle game last weekend… what the hell are you talking about?

  14. klassact32
    12:05 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

    You young whipper snappers want to see basketball passing check out Larry Bird,
    One of the best passers I have ever witnessed, Magic Johnson was a great passer as well.

    • RealCatsFan
      12:09 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

      Pete Maravich says that’s just OK… 🙂

  15. jaws2
    3:50 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

    Hell, Ill be 65 in October and can deadlifit 315 AND squat 405! BTW, if he does that with a curved back and no legs involved, he could probably deadlift 414 with ‘correct’ form.

  16. explorer
    6:55 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

    The most incriminating evidence is the bar never sags or bends. 315 definitely bends the bar. When you deadlift that much weight his hands should start to move up first. The plates move off the ground slightly slower and you can see the sag. Watching closely and you see it all moves up simultaneously. Matt has been snookered.

    • saturnsc1
      7:50 pm January 10, 2017 Permalink

      That has been my point all along. Pulling 315 creates a lot of slack in a bar, especially on the first pull.