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Ask Anything Mailbox Vol. 7: Back for another summer!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, the “Ask Anything Mailbox” is back like it never left for Summer ’19.

Many of you answered the bell by sending in your questions and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your participation. We did this last year to make it through the slower months here on KSR and I hope it’s just as fun and informative and self-deprecating as it was the first time around. I know I had a blast doing it.

But enough with the pleasantries. Let’s get right to the meat and potatoes. Here are the questions you asked followed by my 100 percent honest and authentic answers.

Hi Drew,

I’m planning a bachelor party around the UK-Florida football game (Sept 14). It will be taking place that Fri-Sun. Other than KSBar & the game, what other places & restaurants would you take them? What hotel would you recommend? Anything goes and their wives will know nothing… I hope… If so, I’ll deal with it later. 3 of the guys are UK fans & 3 are Florida fans but not sure if that matters. 

Go Cats

Sent from my iPhone

GREAT first question to kick things off here. It’d be helpful if I knew your age, but we’ll make it work. Let’s operate under the assumption you’re in the same ballpark as me. Here’s how I’d do it:

Friday… I’m going to tell you a little secret here. DO NOT PUBLICIZE IT. You ready? Lean in real close. K that’s too close. Back up. Alright that’s good. Our annual KSR remote at Country Boy is that Friday morning. It’s one of the biggest shows of the year. Tons of fun. The craft beer will be flowing early, food trucks will be serving up good grub, there will be giveaways and Ryan Lemond will probably end up shirtless. Now forget I told you that because I don’t think I’m supposed to tell anyone. We never talked. Anyway, Friday, do that thing we never talked about, hang around after for a little bit and then check in to wherever you’re staying (I’d stay downtown somewhere). Freshen up and then go downtown if you’re not already downtown for some happy hour beers at any of the many fine establishments down there. When you’re hungry, go to Jeff Ruby’s or Tony’s (you’ll need a reservation) if money doesn’t matter to you, or for more bang for your buck I suggest Carson’s. Other good downtown options are Saul Good, Pies & Pints, The Village Idiot… hell I could go all day. You can handle that on your own. After dinner go have a couple on the Belle’s rooftop and see some of the places you didn’t go before dinner. If you want to act like you’re in college again, go up Limestone to Tin Roof and Two Keys. After midnight, you know what to do. Stay away from the ones with Camelot in the name.

Saturday… The game is at 7 p.m. so your plan is quite simple: Start with an early and heavy KSBar lunch to build up a good base. Then head over to the stadium via the shuttle or a vehicle if you have a parking pass, then get to work on those parking lot beers. By the time kickoff rolls around, you will be feeling good and ready to watch Kentucky beat the Gators for a second year in a row. Once the game is over, head downtown (leave the car overnight) and follow the celebration wherever it takes you. Again, stay away from the Camelots.

Sunday… Gatorade. Lots of Gatorade. If you have time, the best brunch spot in town is Bear and the Butcher, although I have a feeling the wives will be demanding you get your asses home early. Good luck.

In the Derby pictures of the UK players on KSR, why does Tyler Herro appear to be as tall as Keldon Johnson and almost as tall as PJ Wahington?

This one is simple, considering we learned their precise heights via the combine measurements a couple weeks ago. Tyler Herro is only a quarter inch shorter than Johnson and about two inches shorter than Washington.

Tyler Herro: 6’4.5”
Keldon Johnson: 6’4.75”
PJ Washington: 6’6.5”

Great question though. If it is important enough to you that you feel the need to ask me, it is important enough to get an answer. Thanks for playing.

Make a convincing argument one way or the other:

Who would win in a fight, a grilled cheese or a taco?

Include research, peer-reviewed studies, or journal articles in your response.

Taco and it’s not even a fair fight. No need for research, peer-reviewed studies or journal articles. I know tacos better than anyone. I eat them on the reg. A taco of any shape or size, hard or soft, would destroy a grilled cheese because a grilled cheese is child’s play. Plus tacos have way more versatility and combinations to throw out there, while a grilled cheese is limited to bread and cheese (and six tablespoons of butter when I make it).

My money’s on the taco.

Long time podcast listener currently living in Nashville. 

A couple of years ago you were on the show and referenced an odd deleted tweet sent out by Tyler Ullis in the early morning hours. You guys got a chuckle out of it but never revealed the nature of the tweet. Has enough time passed that you call can elaborate??

Oh boy. This is a delicate subject. Matter of fact, I addressed it in a previous edition of the Ask Anything Mailbox. Here is how I explained it in Vol. 2: “Ah, I thought this one might come up. My memory is a little fuzzy as to exactly how it happened, but I vaguely remember him accidentally tweeting a screenshot of his phone’s photo gallery. How one would accidentally tweet that, I don’t know. But some of the photos were not meant for the public eye.”

Me and my family are going to be in Lexington for a boys basketball tournament this summer. Obviously we are going to KSBar. What do you recommend?

Wings. You have to get the wings. I eat them so often that my go-to style varies (and my shirts don’t fit anymore), but I think the traditional smoked wings with dry rub are the best option. I leave them dry but you can add sauce as you please. KSBar sauce is very popular. I’ve been going with the Tangy Carolina a lot lately. They’re all good honestly. The boneless wings are cut up, breaded by hand and cooked to order too. None of that frozen crap.

If you’re looking for a non-chicken wing recommendation, the cheese log appetizer is great. The club sandwich and the catfish are sneaky good too. Shrimp and grits. Hell I’m just rambling now. You’ll enjoy whatever you get because it’s all good.

Why are you a Game of Thrones hater?

I am not a Game of Thrones hater. I love Game of Thrones. I did not love the final season. Too many storylines were dropped, others were rushed and all I keep hearing is “they didn’t have enough time.” You’re Game of Thrones. Find time. You have an endless budget. There were almost two years between seasons. Why did you waste so much time with Arya and the Waif and Jaqen H’ghar in the sixth season then leave six episodes to wrap up the entire show? Do better. You want to be the best show ever? Don’t cram everything you’ve built up for seven seasons into six episodes. And don’t be lazy and leave coffee cups and water bottles laying around. The final season was an enormous letdown. The books and the rest of the show — great.

Your life and the life of your immediate family members depends on it… Over/under 7.5 wins for UK football next year. If you’re wrong, your dead.

This seems a little dark. Also, you’re*.

Given the gravity of the situation you painted, I will go under. I think seven is the most likely (I assume we’re not counting bowl games here) and I’m not willing to put my life on the line for eight. However, I can see Kentucky winning as many as nine again with the way the schedule lines up. The Georgia game is the only one I’ll write down as a loss right now, leaving seven that can go either way and the four cupcakes (thanks, Louisville!). Ugh, this is hard. Great line. I’m sticking with the under and predicting seven wins.

Drew… love you man but last year you had me convinced Sophmore Nick Richards would be a star and he was worthless. Now I cant trust your basketball takes ever again. Why did you think butterfingers would be good

First of all, Sophomore Nick Richards was not worthless. He fell short of my high expectations, yes, but he still made a jump from his freshman year. Richards’ biggest problem is he was stuck behind an All-American and a fifth-year grad transfer/two-time First Team All-Pac 12 player. Richards simply didn’t have the minutes and opportunities to play through his mistakes and gain some experience (don’t forget he never touched a basketball until 14). Same goes for EJ Montgomery. Their time was very limited throughout most of the season. So shut up. I think they both make a big jump next season when they can play with a little more freedom. Now put some respect on Nick Richards’ name.

Love you too.

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Until next time…

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

6 Comments for Ask Anything Mailbox Vol. 7: Back for another summer!

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:50 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Richard lead the team in blocks per game last year at half the play time as the other bigs. Add in the fact he was averaging a per 40 11 rebounds and you can see the potential is there. Foul trouble and passing is what it comes down to, if he can stay out of foul trouble and pass out when he gets in trouble teams will have a harder time with him in there.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:53 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      And I just doubled checked his 2 and freethrow % was higher than Washington’s.

    • Cokely53
      5:24 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      It wasn’t the talent level. He has talent. It was all of the frustrating mental errors.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:31 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      I know that’s why I said it comes down to passing and foul trouble. I’m just getting tired of people bashing like he hasn’t contributed anything to the team.

      Ironically it’s usually the same people who act like Wilson will be great next year based on potential. His potential is there as well but like Richards he made a lot of mistakes that he needs to prove he’s over first.

  2. ukkatzfan
    9:23 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Your dead. Uk wins 10