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Wednesday Night Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

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—  A prep school is coming to Louisville.  Aspire Academy will move from Scottsdale, Arizona to Louisville, Kentucky this fall, bringing elite basketball talent to the Bluegrass.  With plenty of prep school events across Kentucky, it makes sense to set up shop nearby.

The team will feature elite high school talent, but they will not participate in KHSAA events.  Instead, Aspire Academy play a national travel schedule.  The best part?  It’s not that it could bring potential Cats close to Lexington, it’s that their homeschool will be my alma mater, DeSales High School.

Hear from the dynamic duo running the program in T.J. Walker’s report.

 Derek Willis’ wild interaction with a fan.  During the autograph tours, former Cats run into some passionate fans.  Every now and then, one might take things a little too far.  Derek Willis shared a story about how a “90 something” year old woman asked him to sign her chest.  Hear the entire story:

—  Phil Simms is out of the broadcast booth.  The Louisville native, Morehead State alum and Super Bowl Champion was a pretty good quarterback but a pretty terrible color commentator.  He used to put me to sleep on Sunday afternoons, until his awfulness made me too outraged to fall asleep.  After Tony Romo slid in next to Jim Nantz, Simms will slide into the studio to replace the departing Tony Gonzales.

— So. Many. Podcasts.  From baseball to Bahamas to football to S-Town, we’ve uploaded a little bit of everything to start the week.  Please listen, subscribe and leave a review on iTunes.  We’d greatly appreciate it.

— Are Cal and Trump friends?  I’m burying the lede on purpose for the “stick ta sports” crowd.  In honor of the Patriots’ trip to the White House, the first championship team honored by President Trump, The Ringer penned an article about No. 45’s relationship with sports.

Before diving into his early baseball career and his time as an owner of the USFL, Bryan Curtis lead’s with an anecdote from one of Trump’s fellow Mar-a-Lago Country Club members.  Here’s the first three paragraphs of the piece:

When the New England Patriots got behind in this year’s Super Bowl, Lee Lipton, a guest at Donald Trump’s Super Bowl party, remembers Trump saying, “I guess Brady’s got a lot of work to do, because he’s going to win this game.” Then Trump left the party.

Some took the view that Trump’s exit, which occurred before 9 p.m. ET, made him a lame frontrunner. But Lipton – a member of Trump’s Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, who still calls the POTUS “Donald” – said it was merely the price of winning big league. “Donald comes in and watches as much as he can, depending on what’s going on in his world,” Lipton said. “And then he splits.”

As Lipton tells it, being in the company of the new sports-fan-in-chief is heady stuff. Around Christmas, Lipton spotted Trump having lunch with Tiger Woods, who was still wearing his gray Santa beard. Another time, when Lipton and Trump were having dinner, Kentucky coach John Calipari called on someone’s phone. Trump said, “Put John on. He’s a friend of mine” – the ultimate Trumpian compliment.

For complete context, read the rest of The Ringer story.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for Wednesday Night Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

  1. wyatts1
    12:27 am April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Please, if Obama was a UK fan and mention’d coach cal and kentucky sports then you guys wouldve tripped over each other to air the story!! Now that trump, someone that many people who listens to your show would love to hear, and now you dont wanna bring up pollitics on the show?? Pa lease lol If trump has something sports related to say about UK basketball I’m curious to what it is, and believe its a story worth being told and heard. I also believe that 90% of the state east of lexington feels the same. Just my thoughts

    • JusSayin
      8:00 am April 20, 2017 Permalink

      And when there was a post about Obama republicans in the comments told KSR to stick to sports.

      So now that its about Trump we don’t want them to stick to sports anymore?

      Sounds like there are some hypocrites on both sides.

  2. bhb71
    2:57 am April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Trump says everyone is his “friend.” I highly doubt that someone who has deep relationships with many families from places like the south side of Chicago and coaches primarily young black men for a living would be that far on the right-wing.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:49 am April 20, 2017 Permalink

      Liking the President doesn’t mean Cal or anyone is “far on the right-wing”. Stop labeling people.

  3. meeksfor3
    8:38 am April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Can we quit fighting over politics and talk about how hot the KSR Fans of the Day are? I mean c’mon people get your priorities right.

    • theWilkman
      9:21 am April 20, 2017 Permalink

      Right? Best group in a long, long time on here. Reminds me of the old days, and makes me wish I was back in Lexington

  4. Luether
    7:42 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Well Nick, this Louisville high school chant is for you:

    “D E S A L E S – DeSales makes the very best – horse sh!t”…