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UK Fans of the Day Want Some Monday Night Notes

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We are in a bit of a down time around the UK sports arena this week as everyone who is anyone has decided to take a vacation (Drew and I havent, which shows our place in the world). John Calipari has had surgery and because the big man is recovering, the rest of the folks around UK land have used the opportunity to get away. So the grand result is that very little of importance is going on in the land of the Cats. Here at KSR however that means one thing…we go back to our roots and look for absurdity in the world of UK sports or Kentucky life in general. When there is little in the way of UK news, we have to fill the site with something, and it is the absurdity of years past that made KSR what it is (there is nothing funnier than seeing people tell us what “KSR is about” when they couldn’t be further from the truth…remember the Turkey Hunter once ranked Andy Griffith girlfriends on here…and notice the kinder, gentler comment section). The equal and opposite reaction to that is of course the KSR comment section where people with little in their lives except debt and the desire to complain come on and tell Drew Franklin or me, “THIS DOESNT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH UK SPORTS”….”STOP WRITING SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT PLEASE ME”….”I AM NOT COMING TO THIS SITE AGAIN FOR MY UK NEWS BECAUSE THIS POST DOES NOT MEET MY STANDARDS”…”THIS IS NOT WHAT KSR IS ABOUT…YOU ARE JUMPING THE SHARK!!!!”…all of which is very sweet and misses the entire point. We thank those folks for their kind words and especially the 36 visits today by the one who said, “he was never coming back” (we have your IP address)…

And with that, a couple of thoughts:

— It was great to see the many Kentucky players who were part of the Derby experience this year in Louisville. The best story of course was Nerlens Noel returning to go to the Derby again with Kelly Melton, who looks great and seems to be doing so much better. Noel spent the entire weekend meeting UK fans and I am not sure I have ever seen a player who is asked more often for a picture…and he graciously says yes every time. Julius Randle, Doron Lamb, James Young, Jarrod Polson, Jon Hood, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson and others also were around the Derby festivities, giving the city a very Blue feel throughout the weekend. I have said many times that one of the best things about John Calipari’s tenure at Kentucky is that he has brought in players who are also great kids in addition to being basketball talents. It makes the criticism of his program that much more bogus, but helps make UK fans proud of the guys who wear Blue.

— Julius Randle looked sharp this weekend and his girlfriend has become so popular that I even saw her taking pictures with fans:

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— The next step for UK basketball is to start to figure out just who will be the focus for Kentucky basketball recruiting in 2015. The 2015 class is hugely important for the Cats, as it could be the first to have a two-year rule for Kentucky and Calipari. It is thus his first group of elite guys that he could KNOW will return and if the NBA goes in that direction, these recruits become uber-important. Throw in the uncertainty he now faces with ten guys on the team who could have NBA futures and no real way of knowing who will return and this group will be tricky. Drew Franklin will set the table tomorrow with an overview of who UK is looking at and what direction they are going in (remember they already have a commitment from Charles Matthews Jr), but to be fair, there is a lot of uncertainty. The loss of Orlando Antigua and the shift in focus following the Luke Kennard decision (until the final two weeks of his recruitment, he was considered a likely UK addition), means that this group is being assembled in a different manner. 2015 has the makings of another EPIC UK recruiting year, but the next three months are crucial in making that happen.

— It is a big time also for UK football, as the staff hopes to get another couple of big time commitments over the next 2-3 weeks. CJ Conrad is one of the best tight ends in America and he will be making a decision on Friday, and everyone believes Kentucky is the favorite. Conrad is a four star who has the potential to be a huge difference maker early in his career. If he is brought into the fold, he will be the fourth four star in the class and contributes to another amazing early haul by this staff. They never cease to amaze in the recruiting game.

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The Alex Poythress selfie

— I am legitimately excited about the UK basketball team’s summer trip this year. From a basketball perspective, it is going to be great for Calipari to get the chance (it only happens once every four years) to get the extra month of practice leading up to the trip and to integrate his returning players with the new guys. The Harrison Twins were of course not on campus last summer and now they will be here in the offseason and getting ready for the trip, is sure to help make this team connect earlier than they did last year. As for the location/opponents, it is still not certain but it is assumed to be somewhere in the Caribbean, either in the Bahamas/Dominican Repbulic/Puerto Rico (I have heard people express preferences for all). The opponents could be local teams or national squads (The World Cup of basketball is this summer) that include numerous NBA guys. Either way, it is going to be a fun trip to a beautiful place and a great chance for this group to bond. And the idea of a few days of paid work on a Caribbean island ain’t the worst thing to look forward to this summer. Viva El Calipari!

— KSR intern extraordinaire Tom Jomby and the UK Tennis Team will host the first round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend in Lexington. We will be there cheering on our young Frenchman and it is the start of what could be a huge Spring for UK Athletics with big performances in postseason events ahead from the Tennis, Baseball and Softball teams.

I am taking off the first two weeks of June for vacation myself and we are getting fill-in hosts for KSR Radio. So far Gregg Doyel, Josh Hopkins and Jared Lorenzen/Tim Couch (on the same show as co-hosts) have committed to hosting a show…we have some other big names that are contemplating the offers now but are open to other suggestions…the more creative the better. If you have someone you would like to hear give a shot at hosting, put in comment section…right next to the posts about how juvenile we are. Should be much fun over the next few days as we go old school around these parts. See you then….

Article written by Matt Jones

65 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Some Monday Night Notes



  1. College Basketball Now
    8:09 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    With such a slow news week be sure to check out collegebballnow.blogspot.com for a different perspective on topics ranging from the NBA coming to Louisville, who has the greatest tradition in college basketball history, and who the best coach in the NCAA is right now!



    • Earl
      8:11 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      No one wants to read your crappy blog. I’ve read it, you couldn’t write your way out of a paper bag.



  2. WollyJon
    8:17 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Joe B. Hall, Jamal Mashburn, MKG.



  3. Keith peel
    8:18 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    I like to see jarrod Polson and John hood co host a show. It would be a great opportunity to talk tourney run, past UK players and what they think next years team will be like



  4. Good ole JR
    8:42 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Two I would like to see.

    1. John short as a co host! With Tom Leach. A lot of UK facts will come from that one
    2. Beisner as a host. End the talk of there being a beef between him and Matt



    • ukjonny9
      6:01 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

      Won’t happen because THERE IS A BEEF BETWEEN THEM. WHAT ROCK HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING UNDER?



  5. STOOPS TROOPS
    8:44 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Marilyn Manson, Ron Jeremy, Drake, 3 Stacks, Dan Dakich, any trolls uncomfortable with the callers.



  6. GoCats2
    8:47 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    My first introduction to KSR 7 years ago now was a 2 hour debate on the acting ability of Lee Majors and the underestimated classic show The Fall Guy.
    I feel I know exactly what to expect every time I come on here.



  7. Jeff Garlin
    8:47 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Allan Cutler, I love hearing his arrogance once a year!



    • Shawon
      9:17 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      I also agree with this one. MIssed Cut-man last year. It’s a beautiful thing when he comes on…once.



    • Jessdogky
      10:00 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      I used to hate it when Cutler would host but as long as all the CLASSIC callers get a chance to talk is it good. Tha Truth vs Cutler was radio GOLD. We need J-Roc, Fake Barney, fake Lou Holtzth & Fake David Beckham talking to Cutler.



  8. SUPREMECATS
    8:49 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    bomani…amongst others



  9. LOL
    8:51 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    You can obviously tell Juilus Randle’s woman is a gold digging bitch. LMAO



    • Shawon
      9:12 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      Speaking of juvenile comments…



    • How You Doing Down There?
      9:34 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      Go back under your rock you Cretin.



    • DC cat
      10:48 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      You only crack yourself up… No one else. Go curl up under your roc please.



  10. Mark S
    9:00 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Matthew Mitchell



  11. Tooblueforyou
    9:01 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Bomani please!!! Would love to hear his reactions to some of the callers.



  12. Deacon
    9:04 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    How about Kenny Walker as a host. Probably great stories about Joe B. and Sutton, plus he seems pretty connected to the current staff.



  13. Shawon
    9:15 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    I already tweeted my Tony Vanetti suggestion for guest host so we could potentially get another Joanne call (call of the year in 2013) plus I thought he did a good job that one day when Matt and Ryan were in Alaska.

    Also Matthew Mitchell is a must-get. If he ca do it I’d like to get an update on how that big tornado affected his hometown of Louisville, MS and how folks are dealing with that situation and even how the folks up the road at Mississippi State have been chipping in to help.



  14. Chris
    9:23 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Dicky V Baby



  15. matt_dont_go
    9:23 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Bomani would be awesome with a kentucky Joe call. Ravi moss might do it. He could tell behind the scenes stories from his time at UK. Bring in Jodie Meeks if he is in town



  16. Kyle
    9:25 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    If you could get Bomani Jones – wouldn’t that be great! – I know he is probably way busy – but if he could even squeeze some time in……and as far as being juvenile….some people are just way too serious in life. Life’s supposed to be fun and laughing is a big part of it…not once have I listened to a show that I didn’t crack up about something and I listen every day!



  17. Chaz
    9:27 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Oscar Combs, Ira Combs, Jack Givens, Alan Cutler, Erin Calipari. Just keep Buzz Baker and Chris from Richmond away.
    Thanks.



  18. Joe D.
    9:29 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Here’s some UK Sports News – Congrats to Andrew Evans

    Kentucky’s Evans Named National Athlete Of The Week
    Updated 5/5/2014
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    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Andrew Evans was named National Athlete of the Week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. The senior discus thrower turned in one of the most impressive performances by a competitive collegian in years with the fifth-best throw in NCAA history last Saturday.



  19. STOOPS TROOPS
    9:29 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler



  20. Ben
    9:33 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Find the guy that said he was never coming back and let him host the radio show.



  21. Jewelielou
    9:34 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Some ideas for co host what about Josh Hutcherson, Demarcus Cousins/Jorts combo, Drew Franklin/Shannon The Dude combo, Tom Hammond or if you really want to aim for the moon Drake or Pat Riley. 🙂



  22. Section 135
    9:36 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Bret Bearup; he’s got some hilarious UK stories. Jon Hood. Carl Nathe



  23. C Ray
    9:37 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Barry “Slice” Rohrssen… Make it happen!!



  24. huck
    9:37 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    I will name 3 of my favorite players, Kenny Walker, Big Sam Bowie (He was so nice to me, remembered my name and always made a point to come over and say hello, made me feel special) and Mashburn.



  25. Me basketball
    9:45 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    JR Vanhoose would be great. Just wrote a new book as well. I’m sure he would do it. Great guy. Class act and pretty funny as well.



  26. Steve Fitts
    9:53 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Matt, I think that your mom would make an excellent guest host. She remembers the good old days when UK had a senior-led team (Grevey, Connor, Guyette) and she could present a great defense of the “four-and-done” system of her day as compared to the “one-and-done” system of today. Come on, Matt, bring Mom to the microphone!



    • Really
      3:17 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

      Really?? “Good ol’ days”? 3 final fours and a championship in 5 years. Please sir, tell me bout the good ol’ days. Be a fan of today AND the “good ol’ days” or just stop reading/posting comments on KSR.



  27. YES!
    9:53 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Coach Matthew Mitchell – he is HILARIOUS!

    Why don’t you have a contest for “Host for a Day”? I bet you could get some awesome entries!



  28. Hoop Fiend
    10:09 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Boogie, Darrin Horn, Shagari, Danny Trevathan.



  29. Smiley
    10:15 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Beisner. Sandy Bell. Dwight Yoakam. Any one but Cutler, I’d rather listen to BTI fart for two hours that’s how bad cutler sucks.



  30. MojoCat
    10:15 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Erin Calipari did a great job last time she was on!! Also King Rex would be awesome!!



    • Cat fan
      11:14 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      I agree. She have great insight into Cal’s life in Lexington. She was probably the best and most interesting guest on KSR to date. Plus, she is cute too.



  31. Smiley
    10:18 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Cutler should change his name to Dyson, cause he sucks so much he should be patented.



  32. BleedingBlue79
    10:25 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Mark Ennis.



  33. MercerNary
    10:37 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Marty Jannety, Steve Cauthen, the younger Pete from Pete and Pete, and “Little Mikey” from the LIFE cereal commercials.



  34. macon_volfan
    10:40 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Barry Booker. Easy choice.

    Or Danny Ferry. He loves you, Matt.



  35. Pam Rogers
    10:41 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Matthew & Jenna Mitchell, obviously they do a great TV show so why not on the radio.



  36. IndyScott
    10:50 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Combination of Gottlieb/Goodman/Parrish/Borzello



  37. LexCathCat
    10:54 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Would love to see the Walk On guys (Ben Swain, Mark Ennis) do a show together. That would be absolutely great on KSR airwaves.



  38. Louisville1Cal6
    11:00 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Graduated high school with the girl in the dark blue dress & the one in the white dress works out at our gym daily, both really nice g



  39. Louisville1Cal6
    11:01 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Graduated high school with the girl in the dark blue dress & the one in the white dress (2nd to the left) works out at our gym daily, both really nice girls, & sexy lol



  40. Brett
    11:21 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Some other fill-ins on KSR: Neal Brown, Matthew Mitchell, Jeremy Jarmon, Jennifer Palumbo.



  41. Jewelielou
    11:21 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    What about your walk on’s co-host Ben Swain to fill in one of the days you are gone. He knows basketball and from the podcasts he seems like he could have fun with the show and callers.



  42. Brett
    11:25 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Also for fill-ins: Josh Edwards and Chris Fisher who cover the Cats Football/Basketball recruiting for 247.



  43. YSR2KSR
    11:41 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    slash slash, tara lipstickski and johnny weird



  44. Guests
    11:51 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    Dave baker was entertaining last time but NO guy from Richmond. What about doing wall and cousins in studio with somebody else as the host. Robic and Matthew Mitchell together. Do a political day that just talks sports with the political guests ( Kindve like Andy Katz on his new show capital games) maybe have the new guy from the herald leader as the host or even Trey Grayson if he’s up to it.



  45. John
    11:54 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

    It would be awesome if Bomani could host but I have listened to his podcast and because of the show he does on ESPN he can’t talk sports on there. Work that out and he has to host, that guy will bring it. Imagine the conversation between Bomani and Kentucky Joe. Good times.



  46. Wesley Woodyard, Jeremy Jarmon, Dicky Lyons (jr and sr), Derek Abney, Keenan Burton, Jeremy Caudill, Marcus McClinton, Jacob Tamme, Tim Masthay, regular caller Danny, John Short, or maybe even Rich Brooks.



  47. UKClay
    12:08 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    My lists for guest hosts: 1). Other teams fans: Dakich, Vanetti, Ennis. 2). Guys who I think would be good: Bomani, Rex, Bilas. 3). Guys who are decent analysts but probably a little anti-UK: Goodman, Gotlieb, Dakich probably also fits this list. 4). Pipdreams: Boob Knight, Michael Wilbon.



  48. UKyleCATS
    12:36 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Josh Hutcherson. Girls would go insane, plus the calls would be hilarious



  49. Wild Blue
    6:58 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Julius’ girlfriend.



  50. eric
    8:10 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t respect anyone who likes Dave Baker.



  51. Chris
    8:15 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Sklar Brothers. Hilarious and Shannon would have to hustle to keep up with their music.



  52. Truth speaker
    8:46 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Anybody but he Sklar Brothers



  53. Danny
    9:57 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Cutler, Matthew Mitchell, Oscar Combs and Buzz Baker should be definite picks if available. The site is great, if others don’t want to read, good riddance.



  54. drew
    9:59 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Bomani.



  55. hamby
    10:48 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Give Funkhouser writer, Richmond Bramblet a day. Dude has a voice for radio.



  56. Phil
    11:08 am May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Cal’s hip surgeon.