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Andrew Jackson’s Friday News and Views

We’re a mere 44 hours away from Kentucky football’s not-a-rivalry game with Western Kentucky University on the grass Vince Young once roamed in Nashville, Tennessee. Tonight we’ll continue the countdown by paying tribute to a man who would be very excited about the game if he weren’t dead: Andrew Jackson.

Jackson’s a Nashville guy, just like you and me, and I’m certain he’d be chowing down on turkey legs and slamming ice cold brews under the sweltering sun at LP Field if not for, ya know, the whole being dead thing. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be around when the ball is kicked. Oh no, Jackson will be right down the street at The Hermitage, his former home and the place he’s been resting since 1837.

Now some of you are probably thinking, “Andrew Jackson? Doesn’t he play for Western Kentucky?”, and the answer is no. No he does not. Jackson was the seventh President of the United States before the Hill was even a twinkle in the Toppers’ eyes. Jackson was an army general who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the British at the Battle of New Orleans. He was “Old Hickory”, the man who fought in duels and kicked ass doing it. Look at a 20 dollar bill, that’s him. Any other Andrew Jackson doesn’t exist. The alleged Andrew Jackson in your WKU media guide, he’s just a guy who’s about to lose a football game.

This ‘sposed to be the News and Views, but the Waldorf’s WiFi is weaker than Bobby Petrino at a volleyball match. Let’s give it a go, though…

 The UK football team got one last practice in on Thursday afternoon before it makes its way down to Nashville tomorrow for Saturday’s game. It was the first practice with an official starting quarterback, as Mark Stoops confirmed he told Jalen Whitlow and Max Smith who would get the nod against WKU on Wednesday night. Though he wouldn’t tell the media which guy will be under center, he did say they were both fantastic. “They’re team guys,” Stoops said. “Sure, they’re competitors, but they want to win. They’re all in.”

Our guess is still Jalen Whitlow and it’s his show unless things go very, very south.

  Matt and I have discussed this several times on radio this week and I’ll say it again here. We want our old Western Kentucky back. This trash-talking is heartbreaking and it bothers me to see us growing apart. We want the lovable little Western we root for 364 days out of the year back in our lives. I love Western Kentucky. I almost went to Western Kentucky. Several friends, colleagues, and family members went to Western Kentucky. But since the Hilltoppers’ upset win in Lexington last year, we hear a lot of mouthing and taunting from Bowling Green and we don’t like it. This isn’t a rivalry and it’ll never be a rivalry, so let’s lose this animosity before it goes beyond the point of return. Let’s be friends again on Sunday, okay? I want to cheer for Big Red and test drive Corvettes again.

 In case you didn’t get the memo, the KSR football pregame show has a new co-host this season and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board.

That’s right, Jared Lorenzen will join Matt, Ryan and me on the WLAP airwaves before every Kentucky football game this season, starting this Saturday at 3:30 ET. The format will be the same — two hours before home games, one hour before road games (it’s two hours for the opener) — but unlike last year, we have something exciting to talk about and we’re pumped to have the Pillsbury Throwboy to lend a voice. I encourage you to tune in.

 Fun Fact of the Night: In the two schools’ four prior meetings, Kentucky averages 37.3 points to WKU’s 16.5. Again, it’s not a rivalry.

 Class of 2014 basketball recruit James Blackmon Jr. is currently on the University of Kentucky campus for an unofficial visit to the school and he’s enjoying his stay, even more than he expected, he says. In fact, he’s having so much fun, he set up an official return visit to UK for Big Blue Madness in October. Blackmon Jr.’s good buddy and fellow IU decommit Trey Lyles is also planning to take an official to Lexington that weekend, which means every other team pursuing the two should surrender now and move on to other prospects.

 It was an unlucky night for two former Wildcats in the NFL. Trevard Lindley (Eagles) and Martavius Neloms (Lions) both suffered ankle/foot injuries in preseason games Thursday night. Let’s hope they’re able to shake it off and hold on to their roster spots in the league.

 This internet in my hotel room is really, really bad.

 Tom Leach made his long-awaited KSR debut Thursday afternoon and he did not disappoint. Tom wrote what he believes are the key storylines and matchups heading into Saturday’s game with a little extra fodder for UK football fans. It’s a must read and you can find it to the right in the new “Top Stories” section on the sidebar.

It’s Duck Season at Harbor House of Louisville. For the 10th year in a row Harbor House will be giving away a Honda Fit to one Lucky Duck. And if the third place duck is a preselected Million Dollar Duck, you will win $1,000,000!  This year, the KEN-DUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL will be September 28th from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Waterfront by Joe’s Crab Shack. The ducks race at 4:00 and there will be live music, vendors, food, the Mommy’s Nest Kids Section and much more. Buy your duck today.

That’ll do it for tonight. Keep checking out if tennis is your thing.

Go Cats. Beat Western.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

36 Comments for Andrew Jackson’s Friday News and Views

  1. Mocha
    11:12 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    The volleyball match comment was nice, well played.
    Oh, and nice post. Tuck your shirt in on TV next time.

  2. Charles
    11:26 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    Im confused… If the pregame shows starts 2 hrs prior to game,, that was be 5 EST for this saturday, It says 3:30

  3. Old Cat
    11:31 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    Convential wisdom can bite you in the backside if you are not careful. I look for it to be Maxwell Smith, but what do I know.

  4. Matt From Richmond
    11:32 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    Ken-Ducky derby?!? Really? Good night.

  5. JTB8
    11:39 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Jackson was an asshole and was the arch nemisis of our local boy The Great Compromiser, Henry Clay. Anyone who was an enemy of HC is my enemy. Alive or dead Andrew Jackson can GFH

  6. Blue Jesus
    11:44 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    5. Here here!

  7. Frew Dranklin
    11:47 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    Did the artist use a portrait of John Kerry to paint Andrew Jackson?

  8. CliffHaganstable
    11:48 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    Please don’t evoke the name Andrew Jackson in any post. He was responsible for the Indian Removal Act. Plus there’s this:

  9. boshogg24
    11:57 pm August 29, 2013 Permalink

    UK needs to go down there and smack that Western running back in the mouth and teach him to shut up! He plays in a division 2 league!

  10. KevinfromNicholasville
    12:18 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    I admire the improvements at KSR. But I noticed one thing missing. Where is the tab for the CATS in the NFL at the top of the KSR web page??

  11. what
    12:44 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Its not a rivalry????? Thats all ya were posting the other day

  12. SeaCat
    1:17 am August 30, 2013 Permalink


    I agree with you and Matt about wanting the old WKU

    But, Petrino has head coached NFL and college.

    Stoops has head coached high school…

    I hope David beats Golliath…

  13. Blue Jesus
    1:38 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Poor Vandy…

    Why were they playing a conference game in Week 1? Also, will the South Carolina v. North Carolina game move to the end of the season next year too?

  14. Andrew Jackson
    6:20 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    They posed to be SEC. You guys suck and we can’t wait to stomp a mudhole in you.

  15. SevenT
    7:19 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    The “Indian Removal Act” was an issue of National Security during that period. Unless of course you are free to take the side of wild savages who burned, scalped and murdered innocent people trying to make a living on the farms of Georgia.

  16. Rusty Shackleford
    7:49 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    And then there was the time Simon Kenton dropped old AJ with one punch…

  17. Yep
    8:06 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Henry Clay was an a-hole that sucked up to Northerners. Jackson was very popular in Kentucky. About 75% of his Volunteers in the Battle of New Orleans were the Kaintucks from Kentucky.

  18. DrSayre
    8:09 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    I think it should be noted that Andrew Jackson was the only president to completely pay off the national debt.

  19. Fake Tom Leach
    8:13 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Daniel Boone drank Cumberland Gap Mountain Spring Water, Henery Clay probably drank Cumberland Gap Mountain Spring Water, but I’m sure Andrew Jackson did not drink Cumberland Gap Mountain Spring Water. #UncapTheGap

  20. The Great Ass Kisser Henry Clay
    8:23 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Jackson was a far greater man.

  21. KYCat
    8:29 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    9 – WKU is not D2, you’re an idiot.

    And, as a UK grad who lives in Bowling Green I must say that President Ransdell has gone to great efforts for WKU to take the next big step for the university. He no longer wants to be viewed as “Western” but WKU and has pushed that branding very hard. He has greatly improved WKU’s facilities, and you have to admit they have come a long way in a few short years of being a D1 football program. The move to conference USA is a big move for them as well. I hear it from my friends all the time that they are ready to be the 3rd big program in the state. I know that some of you will disagree and say that they will never be as big as UK and UL, but as a UK fan in a WKU world, I can assure you that they are growing, and someday will be right there and Kentucky will have 3 big schools competing with each other. I’m afraid the days of lil’ ole Western are gone. I guess it’s time for us to start loving on Morehead or Eastern instead.

  22. American Lion
    8:44 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Jackson was one of the best presidents we have ever had – he fought off the French from the North, Spanish from the South, Indians from within (wild savages that killed most of his family and constantly fought the American people) and pushed the Civil war back 60 years because he dealt with Southern uprisings so harshly (S. Carolina). And he did it all with a balanced budget, also of note – he is credited with winning over 100 pistol duels and at 60 some years of age he almost killed a would-be assassin with his hickory cane. Obviously he had his flaws, but every president (and human) does, but he was a far greater man than anyone posting on this blog or comments section, and was a true American hero, and for the bleeding hearts who love Lincoln (also a great president), when asked who the most influential president had been for him Lincoln responded with “Jackson”, He studied his letters/writings tirelessly during the Civil war years

  23. lol
    8:53 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    I like how this article was supposed to be poking fun at WKU’s LB being named Andrew Jackson and all the sudden it has turned into an American History 101 lesson. People are really griping about another football article being written but then arguing over famous Americans on here? Geez people, this is KY Sports Radio, not US Presidents Radio.

  24. Me
    8:55 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Here! Here! That would-be assassin had two pistols and Jackson was only armed with his cane. One of the original American Badasses

  25. MattD
    8:56 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Let me preface this by saying I have a BA in history. I have a love-hate opinion of Andrew Jackson. He was the closest thing to a Monarch the United States has ever had. He completely overstepped his authority in making the Louisiana purchase…. but it was great for the United States. He grew and defended our nation, but at the same time he was responsible for the trail of tears and the murder of countless native americans. He was one of the the, if not the largest slaveowner in the southwestern united states, and he ignored previous treaties with native americans in Georgia when he discovered gold. The man was a hater. He thought white men were God’s chosen people and he treated others as expendable. From his terrible acts, however, the United States profited and grew, and Manifest Destiny was realized. If I was alive back then I’d want to punch him in the face. Being alive now, I’m thankful for what his “reign” got us…. like I said, love-hate.

  26. MattD
    9:04 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    @15. Andrew Jackson discovered gold in Georgia. As a result he had John Ridge go in and, we’ll call it, “renegotiate”, previous treaties with the native americans. Trail of tears ensued. I’m not saying there weren’t attacks on “americans,” but a lot of the attacks were propogandized.

  27. BPM
    9:32 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Never thought I’d see the day where folks were fighting over their love/hate for Andrew Jackson in the KSR comments section. I love it.

  28. Blake
    9:47 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    “Fun Fact of the Night: In the two schools’ four prior meetings, Kentucky averages 37.3 points to WKU’s 16.5. Again, it’s not a rivalry.”

    Worst point made on this site in some time. It’s not fair to WKU to take two seasons fresh out of DII.

    Western went from DII (or whatever it’s called now) to winning something like four games in three seasons. Since then, WKU’s had two seven win seasons, reinvigorated its fanbase, gave Kentucky two tight games, and ADDED BOBBY PETRINO.

    Taking the last two seasons alone, Western has been the closest thing UK has had to a rival. Admittedly, Stoops will probably grow UK faster that Petrino will grow WKU (judging by recent recruiting alone). However, you should get over the fact that WKU will be a scary team to play in the near future.

  29. BigBlueBrewster
    9:59 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    LOL at everyone who is salty at Andrew Jackson (the football player) for just stating the cold hard truth UK doesn’t belong in the SEC.

  30. The AAC
    10:12 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Dear Louisville,

    Thank you for joining the AAC. Your addition to the conference elevates us to a position just higher than a Division III league, collectively. We will proudly let you pound on us, enabling your fan base to share in the joy of an undefeated season, and exploit the BCS system to allow you entry into a bowl higher than you deserve, and furthermore, seek vindication from the superior university that resides in Lexington.

    Best regards,
    All of the sh!tyy teams that make up the AAC

  31. come on
    10:22 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Matt D #
    Didn’t Jefferson make the Louisiana Purchase?

  32. bluristhurr
    10:50 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    What trash talking? You talking about the few on twitter? Sounds like more complaining from some people than actual trash talking. As far as if it’s a rivalry or not, what about us taking up the @$$ from Florida and Tennessee for 20 plus years. We still call them rivals and the record isn’t close in either sport.

  33. Jackson
    10:53 am August 30, 2013 Permalink

    MAttD – 1) the Louisiana purchase was under Jefferson, not Jackson 2) At no time would I advice you to punch Andrew Jackson in the face – He was a stone cold killer 3) You would not have hated him if you were alive during his time, You would have hated Indians like everybody else at the time, He was beloved for expanding our territory and making life in America safer 4) He obviously wasn’t perfect (slave owner) but his good def. outweighs his bad and its not even close – His actions were good for America back then and today

  34. Bulldawg
    12:10 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    blue Jesus, South Carolina already has an ACC rival in place for their last game. Clemson is an in-state rival and it is a huge game down there. Why in the world would they want to put UNC in as their last game? It makes no sense… Go CATS!!!!

  35. SevenT
    12:47 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink


    General Andrew Jackson did not remove the Indians on a whim. For years and years Jackson fought for this country beginning as a small child in the Revolutionary War! And along the way Jackson fought the Indians many many times. Jackson knew the savage brutality of the Indians and he knew of the Indian’s inability to adapt to civilized culture. And to this day these people are still unable to live normally in America. Go visit an Indian Reservation and see for yourself.

    BTW Both Houses of Congress passed the Indian relocation bill and President Jackson signed it into law. The people were overwhelmingly in favor of this law.

  36. Cayuts by a hunnert!
    2:19 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Dear #30 (ACC),

    To clarify your comments, we here at U of L didn’t join the AAC. Our existing shitty conference simply BECAME the AAC soon after we announced our intentions to escape to the ACC. As for gaining entry into bowls we don’t deserve to be in, we will be happy to oblige as long as it means dismantling highly-ranked SEC teams that UK hasn’t beaten since coonskin caps and “I Love Lucy” were popular. Thanks for the kind regards.

    The University of Louisville football program