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Make ‘Em Pay: KSR listeners shoot for $500 from TJ Smith

We had some fun on this morning’s Kentucky Sports Radio radio show by giving five listeners a shot at $500 each.

The pre-determined contestants (selected during Wednesday’s show) met us at The ROC at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington to hear Thursday’s show live and to each take one three-pointer for the grand prize.

TJ Smith of Make ‘Em Pay fame put up the money and sponsored the first annual Make TJ Pay Shootout. We can’t thank him enough for his generosity and for being a long-time sponsor of the show. He arrived with as much as $2,500 to lose, but the shooters weren’t too hard on his wallet.

If you want to watch it without knowing anything else, I’ll give you that opportunity now:

Now that you’re down here, we’ll continue.

There was controversy when one of the shooters, Scott, may have stepped on the line before draining his three-pointer. Matt threw the challenge flag, but a glare on the court made it hard to find anything conclusive at the monitor.

The decision went to Scott’s own daughter, Emma, who chose a re-shoot over giving her dad the money for making his first shot. (I’m sure it was a big point of contention on the ride home.) Scott then missed the second attempt, but still earned $250 from TJ Smith for the effort.

TJ then donated the $250 Emma cost her dad to Kentucky Harvest in Louisville to help feed people in need.

Thanks again to TJ Smith for being a great sport and turning the Scott line-stepping drama into some good for the community. Thanks to Immanuel Baptist for letting us borrow the gym for the morning. Thanks to the five shooters: Scott from Garrard County, Renee from Richmond, Tim from Shelby County, Paul from Jessamine County and Will from Anderson County. Thanks to Claudette for being a longtime lister. It was great to meet you. And thanks to Emma for putting the integrity of the game above her own flesh and blood.


TJ gave Emma the $250 she cost her dad and then donated another $250 to the charity of Emma’s choosing.

You can listen to the entire show on podcast below:


Article written by Drew Franklin

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

2 Comments for Make ‘Em Pay: KSR listeners shoot for $500 from TJ Smith

  1. bramstoker
    8:30 pm July 2, 2020 Permalink

    Toe on the line? Seriously? What kind of ‘advantage’ did he get for that. Pretty cold hearted, KSR. I’d be pissed! …no harm, no foul.

  2. J. Did
    9:18 am July 3, 2020 Permalink

    Here is the deal on this virus: IT is a VIRUS. You can’t hide from it. You can delay it.

    You will live.

    OR – you will die.

    IT is the nature of ‘a’ “VIRUS”.

    These social distancing or economy killing measures are either genius or nonsensical.

    It’s called life – and death.

    March forward, march on.