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Waaaaake Up Big Blue Nation

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I’ve been doing these wakeups all football season and haven’t had one “Wake Up San Francisco” reference.  While I didn’t realize how much cliched, sugary garbage was in Full House at the time, watching reruns after school with Nana and the rest of my siblings will always be a fond memory.  When I become nostalgic, I can almost hear the cheesy early-90’s background music that used to play during the “serious” parts of the episode.  Damn you Full House, and Thank you Sweet Jesus for giving this generation Modern Family.

The Drew Barker Era Begins Tonight

It’s been a rough stretch for Kentucky football, but there is a reason to watch Kentucky take on one of the worst teams in the FBS – Drew Barker’s first career start.  With two games to go, Barker is the spark of energy this team needs.  The word around the practice facility is that it has paid off, but none of that matters if they don’t bring that to the football field.  Hopefully this game gives the BBN something to be encouraged by before the Governor’s Cup.

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Hopefully the Bad Weather Doesn’t Keep Fans Away

When the 7:30 kickoff on the SEC Network Alternate channel was announced, we all hung our heads knowing it would be a cold one to sit through.  Unfortunately it could also be cold AND wet.  The fine meteorologists at WKYT project a pleasant day until the late afternoon and evening where we could see our first wintry mix of the year.  I’ve played football in some awful weather.  I’d take snow and rain any day of wintry mix.

Hopefully it isn’t a complete wash out so Drew can get some quality throws in against a live opponent.  UK will be able to score when they want by running the ball, but they need Drew to be tested before going up against Louisville’s quality defense.

Just remember, it could always be worse. We could be in Iowa:

Today is Heroes’ Day at Commonwealth Stadium

Tonight UK honors all of those who have dedicated their lives to serving.  If you serve in the military or reserves, if you fight fires and police our communities, or if you are an EMT first responder, you can pick up to tickets with any service ID at the will call booth between Gates 9 and 10, starting at 10:00 am.  It’s the least bit we can do show our gratitude for those protect our way of life.

Waiting for the Pregame Show?  Listen to the KSR Podcast

I don’t know if the Gator is finally back to being operational after the incident before the Auburn game.  Hopefully the KSR crew is back, because the Cats haven’t won since then.  The show starts at 4:00 on 630 WLAP, but before then you can get fired up by listening to the KSR Podcast.  It isn’t what you would call “positive,” but we brought plenty of energy to get you fired up to watch the Cats redeem themselves against Charlotte.

The Worst Weekend for College Football

But don’t tell that to Nick Saban.  Kentucky is like most of the SEC schools, playing a nice bunny before Rivalry Week concludes the season.  Here are the few games worth watching throughout the day.

  • #17 North Carolina at Virginia Tech for Frank Beamer’s final home game, noon on ESPN
  • #15 LSU at #22 Ole Miss, 3:30 on CBS
  • #24 USC at #23 Oregon, 3:30 on ESPN
  • #9 Michigan State at #3 Ohio State, 3:30 on ABC
  • Miss. State at Arkansas, 7:00 on ESPN
  • #4 Notre Dame v. Boston College from Fenway Park at 7:30 on NBC
  • #10 Baylor at #6 Oklahoma State, Fox at 7:30
  • #18 TCU at #7 Oklahoma, 8:00 on ABC

After reading the lineup, I stand corrected: today will be a pretty good day of college football.

Semi-State’s are Set in the KHSAA Football Playoffs

Trinity missed a PAT with a minute left to lose to Male by one, Johnson Central beat Scott on the last play of the game, Lafayette defeated Scott County, and once again, DeSales turned Stefan LeFors’ Cal into LaLosers in the regional championship game.  Here’s the final 24 teams still playing football.


  • Beechwood at Russellville
  • Pikeville at Paintsville (gonna be one hell of a rematch)


  • DeSales at Mayfield (defending 2A Champ vs. defending 1A Champ)
  • Danville at Newport Central Catholic


  • LexCath at E-Town
  • Corbin at Belfry


  • Shelby County at South Warren
  • Johnson Central at Wayne County


  • Fern Creek at Bowling Green
  • Pulaski County at Highlands (“I’m surprised to see Highlands go this far.” – No one)


  • Male at Central Hardin
  • Lafayette at Simon Kenton

I missed all of Last Night’s Sporting Events for Wicked

Even though I could have watched some great high school football games, or the Kentucky basketball team get a victory over Wright State, I was too busy enjoying the musical theater.  I’m not mad about it one bit.  There was fantastic acting, good punchlines, amazing songs, but the thing that I couldn’t stop thinking of during the show, “How does Elfaba keep that green makeup on without sweating it off?”  It’s still perplexing, so I’ll tip my cap to them for the top-notch performance.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

9 Comments for Waaaaake Up Big Blue Nation

  1. KSR Spy
    10:09 am November 21, 2015 Permalink

    Because she’s a witch…she uses magic idiot. 😉 😉

    One of my favorite musicals. Saw it with the wife in NYC. Great show! I’m not normally a fan of musicals, but I enjoyed it.

  2. Big J
    10:45 am November 21, 2015 Permalink

    I’m having a hard time supporting the football team right now with the reports on the radio show yesterday of receivers, etc., tanking in order to get Barker on the field. Spoiled brats ruining what could have been a decent season for completely selfish reasons.

  3. Nick, I think you should qualify that statement by saying ” HOPEFULLY Barker is the spark of energy this team needs.” And I hope he is!

  4. kevintowens
    11:37 am November 21, 2015 Permalink

    It’s still sad that dispatchers are not inculded in hero day. Dispatchers are the true first responders for ANY emergency call.

  5. Jiminy Crickets
    1:16 pm November 21, 2015 Permalink

    The weather is perfect too….we can blame the poor turnout on the weather and pretend it has nothing to do with a terrible football team, and Im not even talking about Charlotte

  6. Howdy Doody
    1:25 pm November 21, 2015 Permalink

    You will freeze your tuckish off watching bad football…

  7. Gitback Coach
    8:54 pm November 21, 2015 Permalink

    Almost halftime’ and the Cats are actually performing reasonably well against Charlotte High. Can anyone confirm that this isn’t the Charlotte High School JV team?

  8. Gitback Coach
    8:56 pm November 21, 2015 Permalink

    Emptiest stadium since Joker’s departure.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:28 pm November 21, 2015 Permalink

      Obviously you didn’t go, so who cares?