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My KSR One Year Anniversary: What I’ve Learned

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On May 11th, 2015 I hit send for the first time. Let me tell you, that was much scarier than facing an Alabama blitz or jumping off a Fort Benning bus to face amped up, ticked off drill sergeants. See I’m not a computer type. I’m not trusted with the keys to the KSR mothership so from concept to website is quite the process. I type posts and then send via email to Tyler, Drew, and Nick all while not knowing who is actually on the editor desk. To this day; prior to sending my final draft or post, apprehension and good old fashion fear are commonplace. I’ve learned a great deal over the past 366 days.

First year observations:

— In order to describe observations from my rookie year, I must first try to describe the people within the KSR empire. Not so much the internet or radio personalities, but their true and sincere side that is unfortunately at times misunderstood. From the beginning when Tyler would talk me off the keyboard ledge to the heartwarming outpour of support when my father passed away, I’ve been taken back by companywide KSR compassion. I won’t go into details, what happens within the KSR locker room stays within the KSR locker room, but Matt Jones and his entire crew have consistently gone above and beyond expectation. I just hope they know how much I sincerely appreciate it.

— Objectivity is not easily expressed or welcomed. At the end of the 2015 season, I wrote a few posts that were uncomfortable for all included parties. But, I promised when we started that I’d try my best to break down the game of football as well as personnel in order to provide honest, impartial and understandable analysis. This has been my biggest challenge. I honestly think my blood is blue, but I have a job to do. Writing or saying Big Blue negativity is not in my DNA but a hard lesson I had to learn is that if I’m willing to praise I have to be equally as willing to critique. It’s corny I get it, but “it’s personnel not personal” will continue to be my Modus Operandi.

— Of all media activities, writing is by far the most difficult. Television and radio come more naturally. There’s something about written words that provide a terrifying sense of permanency. Football is a complicated game. Describing in conversation while using the visualization of instant replay is easier than sitting down behind a computer and attempting to describe the how and why Kentucky won or lost. I’m working to improve this task in 2016.

— After being a part-time media member for a year, my role may increase. What that looks like is yet to be determined. There are some exciting ventures cooking but as long as they’ll have me, KSR will always be my home base. The press box is a reality show all to itself. The whole not cheering thing was difficult. On the first play of the season, Boom Williams busted through the line of scrimmage for a long score. I can now freely admit, I may have fist bumped my neighbor and jumped out of my chair. Both strictly forbidden. I’ll never forget the second half of the Tennessee game when I caught Drew Franklin researching cupcakes on the internet. Not the easy opponent flavor, but actual cupcakes and icing. You can imagine the conversation that ensued.


The KSR folks always lead the press box with glares directed toward our way and laughs.

— I’ve had the opportunity to meet more of the BBN than I ever could have imagined. I never, ever grow tired of talking with the folks that matter the most, the fans. Heck, I’m a fan too. The conversations have been fascinating. From the constant Power K vs. new logo discussion to X’s and O’s, I’ve enjoyed every one. On a recent mission trip, I was walking through a store while wearing my KSR visor. Not the same one I threw in Nashville if you’re keeping score from home. Anyway, some random dude said to me, “Hey hunters”. I got protective of my boss and replied, “Thanks for the call” and laughed. Love the BBN.

I look forward to the next year and continuing to write for Kentucky Sports Radio. It’s truly been an honor. I’m blessed beyond measure.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

9 Comments for My KSR One Year Anniversary: What I’ve Learned

  1. Realme
    3:19 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t change a thing Freddie, your work is the best.

  2. Chaz
    3:32 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

    Keep it up Freddie, you can tell me more about football in two minutes than I could learn in two lifetimes. Glad you’ve survived the KSR craziness for a year. Stay Well.

  3. inside info2
    3:44 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

    Really glad you are enjoying your time on KSR Freddie. We enjoy having you here and hope you stay for awhile. Although I have a feeling it is going to be a rough year for you to write about.

  4. eyebleedblue
    4:06 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

    We are blessed for having you, thanks for the insight.

  5. Mathlete
    4:10 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

    Personally, I’m a fan of your brand of constructive criticisms on the football team. One of my favorite sayings is “reality is not optional.” We know there are areas to improve (the W-L record would indicate as much if nothing else).

    Even though this is a decidedly UK-friendly site, a little realism is welcome. If you were sunshine and roses when we had our butts handed to us, I’d question your ability to effectively analyze the game and wouldn’t be able to take you even half seriously.

  6. Cals Hoverboard
    6:21 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

    Great having someone like Freddie, who proudly wore the uniform and has been in the trenches, with his unique perspective. Unfortunately I missed the “hey hunters” thing. Can someone help me out here?

    • Cals Hoverboard
      6:24 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

      Also, do we have a new nickname for Drew? Hey Cupcake!

    • Stuck on Blue
      7:12 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

      “hey hunters” is the intro that Matt uses in one of his commercials. The talk about it on the show all the time.

  7. Stuck on Blue
    7:25 pm May 12, 2016 Permalink

    I enjoy your posts, they are always well thought out and well written. Thanks for all of your hard work, glad you will be sticking around.