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Kenny Walker’s Tuesday News and Views

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On Monday, the BBN had two landmark birthdays: Willie Cauley-Stein turned 21, and Kenny Sky Walker turned the Big 5-0. Kenny has been a good friend to the site over the years, and I was particularly excited to dedicate the news and views to him so I could post his infamous modeling pictures from years past. The pictures, which Kenny said he posed for to help out one of his friends who was an aspiring photographer, are timeless. Another completely random fact about Kenny: he once raced against a harness racehorse and won. From the New York Times:

Kenny Walker, the Knicks’ first-round draft choice, beat the pacer Pugwash, a certified loser with no victories in his last 21 starts, in a race over one-sixteenth of a mile (110 yards). Walker, who was timed in 10 2/5 seconds, described as the track record in the event, finished a nose ahead of Pugwash, driven by John Gulotta.

Kentucky basketball legend, NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner, model, and faster than a racehorse. At this point, what can’t Kenny do? Happy birthday, big guy. One more glamor shot before we head to the news and views:


Hey girl.

Patrick Towles is your starting quarterback

Stoops got the news rolling early this morning when he announced that Patrick Towles has been named the team’s starting quarterback over Reese Phillips and Drew Barker. In his comments to the media and KSR, Stoops said that Patrick’s attitude and hard work during his redshirt year had a big impact, which Neal Brown agreed with, telling reporters that Patrick “looked himself in the mirror” last season, reevaluated his game and “made football a top priority.” With a renewed attitude and quicker release, Towles surged ahead in the QB race in the spring, and carried that momentum through the summer into the fall. Although Stoops said it was a “very close race,” Towles won it fair and square, and his comeback story sets a good example for the team about hard work and resilience.

Stoops said he’s relieved to have the decision over with, and gave this description of his new starting QB:

“Patrick has a big arm. Patrick is — he’s sneaky fast, too, as well. He’s maybe not as fleet of foot as some other guys, but in the open field he’s really got some pretty good speed. He’s a big guy. He’s strong. And he can make all the throws. He’s improved on his release. He’s much quicker getting rid of the ball, and that improves his decision making. And that’s the biggest area of improvement for him over a year.”

Now, the question becomes…

Who is his backup?

With the starting quarterback position settled, the focus now shifts to who will be Towles’ backup. Stoops refused to answer the question on Monday, saying he’s not prepared to name one yet. In turn, he says he’s also not ready to talk about redshirting Drew Barker yet. “I really don’t want to even discuss that or even open that door right now,” Stoops told reporters. “I want Drew to keep working and keep on battling and we’ll see where that goes.” Well, alright then.

Ryan Timmons stood out in the open practice

Monday was the last look fans and the media will have of the team before the August 30 opener, and Nick Roush was on hand to drink it all in, as well as take an ice bath. Roush said that Ryan Timmons stood out to him on Monday, and could be the difference maker the Cats need on offense. Stoops also praised Timmons on KSR, telling Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen that Timmons has bounced back from a minor injury a week and a half ago. “He’s doing a really good job. He got a little dinged up a week and a half ago, and he’s been back out here and the last three or four so days, he’s gotten back to a really good place,” Stoops said. “He’s working his way into it and Ryan’s going to have a big year. We need him to have a big year.”

Listen to all of Stoops’ comments on KSR below, and please go check out the podcast. Tim and Jared killed it yet again.

Gary Parrish says UK’s performance in the Bahamas “enhanced” their reputation to win it all

Count Gary Parrish among those who were impressed with the Cats’ performance in the Bahamas last week. Parrish posted an article on Monday in which he said that UK actually “enhanced their reputation as that favorites to win the 2015 national championship,” and even brought up that ole 40-0 demon:

Bottom line, the Wildcats, dead-tired by the end, didn’t escape the Bahamas without a loss, but they still managed to enhance their reputation as the favorites to win the 2015 national championship. To that point, folks are yet again starting to talk about the odds of Kentucky finishing 40-0, which has always been among Calipari’s dreams, and it’s important to note that the odds remain stacked against it. But after watching 240 minutes of August basketball, I wouldn’t completely rule it out.

Oh boy.

MKG and James Young are the latest Cats to accept the Ice Water Challenge

MKG joins 2012 champs Marquis Teague, Twany Beckham, and Eloy Vargas in accepting Cal’s challenge, and James accepted Rajon Rondo’s. It’s becoming really tough to keep up with all of these.

Kige Ramsey’s is still the best.

Kige’s video was so great it made Buzzfeed. Matt, Drew, Ryan, and I also picked up challenges on Monday from Jared Lorenzen and Will Lentz, so stay tuned…

KSR is live from Sleep Outfitters in Richmond in the morning

Fresh off eleven days in the Bahamas, Matt and Drew are back on the main island and will be live from the grand opening of the Sleep Outfitters in Richmond (1146 Barnes Mill Road) in the morning to talk about their trip and get back to football. Someone better keep an eye on Drew…considering the week he had, he may pass out on one of those amazing Dormeo mattresses.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

15 Comments for Kenny Walker’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. jimbobcooter
    1:42 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    I literally cried watching Krige’s video. That is too much awkward for one human being to carry around.

    • jimbobcooter
      1:43 am August 19, 2014 Permalink


    • RBT
      3:52 pm August 19, 2014 Permalink

      Holy mother of Youtube. Kige has like 1500 videos and 3 million views. I’ve seen posts in the past about this dude but never looked into him. Some of his popular “channel” videos include:
      Youtube medical: clear acne by wiping your forehead with a washcloth.
      Youtube dating: Q&A with Kige, questions read from a paper with invisible ink
      Youtube sports: How to kick a football instructional video, minus the football

  2. Old King Coal
    2:07 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    I like Kenny. No controversial tweets about Cal and he’ll always be golden. Poor Rex.

  3. timer
    6:51 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    Kenny had the hops of Marcus Lee and a sweet mid-range jumper that we haven’t seen from a UK player in a long, long time. He is one of the all-time greats to play at UK. Is his jersey retired? It should be.

  4. Tee
    7:38 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    Was SKY walker in the band color me bad

  5. Lexington 3
    8:05 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    I went back and watched some of the other classic Kige videos from the Youtube Sports, Youtube Health and Youtube Financial collections. Man, I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. (How to Shoot a Freethrow Outtakes gets me every time…) Kige is the best!

  6. King Kelly Coleman
    8:17 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    Kenny’s pics should be nominated for the KSR Hall of Fame. If they aren’t already.

    • CATandMONKEY
      8:37 am August 19, 2014 Permalink


    • Coal Miner
      12:43 pm August 19, 2014 Permalink


  7. Dan Taylor
    9:36 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    This is really good to hear about Towles. Im happy to hear he has refocused on football. It reminds of another person who struggled in life but was able to overcome adversity and ended up being a football star in the SEC. Many decades ago there was a kid growing up in Greenbow, Alabama. He was born with complications to his legs and he was required to wear leg braces. You can imagine the kids growing up with him were merciless and bullied him for this. The bullying eventually got worse until one day this future star of the SEC had enough and ran so fast he broke the leg braces clear off. From there this young mans life really took off. To make a long story short this kid that struggled so much in his early years ended up playing running back for Alabama under Bear Bryant, fought in Vietnam, represented the US in the Olympics, and ended up becoming a millionaire after creating his own shrimp company and investing in Apple. Hopefully Patrick can have a similar success story in the future.

    • Coal Miner
      12:45 pm August 19, 2014 Permalink

      Sounds like this guy I use to know. Widower to my late cousin Jenny. I cannot remember his name to save my life though, something like Frankie or Fester, I know it started with an “F”?

    • Bill Brasky
      1:09 pm August 19, 2014 Permalink

      Good to see you are doing well, Lieutenant.

  8. The Loco Pollo
    10:42 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    Kenny was a great player and it’s always good to still see him around Lexington. I haven’t seen him in a few years but hope he’s still sporting the Bill Cosby sweaters like he used to.

  9. not even close
    11:07 am August 19, 2014 Permalink

    All other ice bucket challenge attempts look weak when compared to the master Charlie Sheen. Check his out for not only a humorous take on it but one that shows that he really does have a good heart.