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Pickle Juice’s Sunday News and Views

On the KSR post-game show, Matt pondered whether or not alternative remedies exist for helping with cramps beyond eating bananas. Most people are aware of bananas as a potential solution, but apparently there’s another popular (well, maybe…) solution out there: PICKLE JUICE. As showcased by the picture above, pickle juice provides the body with the essential electrolytes to help avoid painful cramps and prevent dehydration. Why are we talking about pickle juice? Well, because honestly we are all growing a little tired of seeing Julius Randle make his way to the locker room between halftime and the end of the game.

In 2008, nearly a quarter of all athletic trainers interviewed for BYU study said that they regularly administer pickle juice as a way to relieve cramps once they’ve struck an athlete. Many trainers reported that not only does pickle juice work, but it works quickly. In the study conducted by BYU, pickle juice apparently “relieved a cramp 45 percent faster” than drinking no fluids and 37 percent faster than water. So, people are using pickle juice and not just bananas.

Need proof?


And now on to the news and views from the day…


Kentucky passes its first SEC road test

Vanderbilt is certainly not going to be Kentucky’s toughest SEC opponent this season. Vandy is a team on the ropes, as we heard all week. Not only did Vandy lose their leading scorer, but the Commodores are working with only 7 scholarship players right now. With that said, Vandy is never the easiest place to play and teams tend to play their best game against Kentucky. This young Kentucky team faced its first SEC road test today, and regardless of how the outcome came about– Kentucky got the win on the road. A win on the road in conference play will not always be pretty, but it’s more important to obtain the result.

For those who are whining that we didn’t beat this Vandy team by 20+… this was Kentucky’s biggest win AT Vanderbilt since 2003. Let’s keep things in perspective (and yes, I know Vandy was bad, but still). The Cats move to 2-0 in SEC play.


Kentucky didn’t start quite as slow…

Well, Kentucky didn’t find itself down 10 points in the first few minutes of the game– much like the starts against Louisville and Mississippi State. Kentucky didn’t come out of the gates swinging, but they didn’t whimper either, or dig themselves a huge hole. Even with a somewhat slow start, Kentucky managed to avoid putting themselves in a deficit. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.


Cal thinks that Kentucky has the most “upside” of any team in the country.

Kentucky has been taking steps in each of the games as of late. John Calipari sees it, too. Even though the game wasn’t perfect, Calipari thinks his team is moving in the right direction and has a very high ceiling. In fact, Cal said in his post game comments that Kentucky has “the most upside of any team in the country.”

And even though Kentucky isn’t quite there yet, Calipari sees the struggles across the board in college basketball this year. “We’re still not there, but I look around the country and I don’t see anybody there. So this is all good.”


Someone needs to give Julius Randle some bananas Pickle Juice

“Opponents are playing him like he’s Shaq. They’ve got nine guys on him,” Calipari joked after the game. This is the 3rd game now in which Julius Randle has struggled with cramps either in the second half or after the game. This is becoming a bit of a problem. Kentucky has managed to do quite well even without Randle late in these games, but there will almost certainly be an instance down the line in which the Cats will need to count on Randle in a late game situation. Imagine the second half against Michigan State if Randle hadn’t been on the court for most of the minutes? Get the guy some bananas.


Cal compares Andrew Harrison’s growth to that of Tyreke Evans

Andrew Harrison had a very good game today for Kentucky. Today was the first game in which Harrison didn’t register a single turnover. Harrison ran the offense well, got his teammates involved and took care of the basketball. Harrison finished with 10 points, 4 assists and 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. Harrison not only dished the ball well, but he was often the role of the guy passing the ball to the man who picked up the assist. Harrison was solid from start to finish and his coach took notice. “I thought he was terrific today, and we need him to be terrific for our team to elevate.”

Calipari compared Harrison’s growth to Tyreke Evans, his former Memphis point guard. “Well, he reminds me of the progress and process with Tyreke Evans. It’s really similar. Both of them had habits that you had to crack. Both of them had a mentality of how to play the game that was kind of the opposite of the way it needed to be. And now when you begin to seem him thinking differently and playing a little different, you’re seeing a guy with that kind of size, can make shots, can make free throws, is a good passer and handler, has great speed.”


Stallings labels Kentucky’s team accurately, “very physical”

Kevin Stallings didn’t have much to whine about tonight. Stallings described Kentucky as a team that is “very physical,” and in fact more physical than athletic. Kentucky tends to exhaust teams with the level of physical play and size they bring at every position.


Pleasant surprise quality minutes off the bench: Jarrod Polson and Derek Willis

The Kentucky bench has been really important over the past couple of games. Jarrod Polson and Derek Willis both came in today’s game and contributed some surprise quality minutes. Neither player has played a significant role, and won’t likely play a significant role in every game moving forward… BUT for today, both stepped up. Polson came off the bench to hit two three pointers, giving Kentucky a spark at critical points in the first half. Calipari also applauded Polson for his effort on the defensive end.

Willis also earned some praise from Calipari, which was displayed best when Cal walked over to Willis as he exited the game and gave him a huge high 5 on the bench. Willis fed the post well, although he missed on open 3-point opportunities. Willis held his own though, and proved that he might be a viable option when a team plays zone against Kentucky– especially if he can gain some confidence in hitting the deep ball. “Derek Willis did well,” Calipari said. “What a post feeder he is.” Indeed.


Tuesday night will be a BIG road test for these young Cats against Arkansas

Kentucky passed its first road test, but the next one will be a much more difficult task. Arkansas was undefeated at home until they lost in OT to Florida earlier today. The Razorbacks almost got the win against a 10th ranked Florida team, but narrowly missed on the opportunity. Arkansas is always tough at home, and Kentucky ran into a buzz saw in Fayetteville last season. Today was a good warm up game for Tuesday night.


Tyler Ulis’ Dad has some shopping to do while in the Bluegrass

Tyler Ulis is playing in Kentucky this weekend, and according to Larry Vaught, he is anxious to show “Kentucky fans what I’m all about.”


Duke lost, again. 

Duke lost to Clemson. Is that really relevant? Not so much. But don’t act like it didn’t make you feel a little warm and fuzzy inside.


And last but not least, Vegas is good.

Seriously though. Vegas gets it so close, so often. That game was a tough one to predict. Kentucky was obviously way more talented, but Vandy can be a tricky place to play. Many people had a hard time knowing whether or not Kentucky would pull off the blowout or whether or not it would be close. Vegas basically nailed it with the 8 point spread.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

34 Comments for Pickle Juice’s Sunday News and Views

  1. Christopher Haight
    11:12 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    I think Andrew luck could use some of this. Luck be a losin tonight haha

  2. Do whut?
    11:15 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    Vegas isn’t predicting who will win or by how much when it establishes point spreads. It’s merely predicting the line at which betting dollars will be evenly split. If anything the bettors themselves (as a collective) deserve the credit for being accurate much of the time.

    • Bob barker
      11:23 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

      Your right! A lot of people say “favorite” haha.. The favoreet is actually a French word meaning horses ass

  3. My problem with pickle juice is that it would GIVE me cramps because I would throw up…I HATE dill pickles! However, it sounds like JR sure needs some.

  4. Mr. Peepers
    11:33 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    My pickle juice is salty!

  5. Doron
    11:35 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    Lil bruh needs to forget tha pickle juice and quit cuffin #teamnosleep

    • El hombre juan
      1:02 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

      What he needs is to learn how to pass out of a double team instead of dribbling into a triple team. 4 turnovers in what was it 25 minutes? The rest of the team had six combined. Dudes a beast but if anything it seems like he is regressing. But no, everybody just keep complaining about how #5 walks the ball up the court. Play polson. Whatever were saying these days.

  6. Kevin C.
    11:38 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    I’d rather have a Charlie Horse in my penis for an entire day, than drink pickle juice.

  7. John
    11:56 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    Half of the topics in this post are regurgitated from Drew’s earlier story. Quantity < quality.

  8. Cking9698
    12:17 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    I sure was hoping that Florida would lose at Arkansas today.
    I see a big trap game for us next week. We could very easily lose that game.

    If we win, then this team is truly heading in the right direction, if we lose then I expect a late Jan/early Feb very similar to the Brandon knight final four team.

    Everyone magically forgets the struggles that team had, and we two free throws away from a championship.

    • Same Page
      9:42 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

      Win at Arkansas, and the team could go the way of 11-12…..lose, and it’s more like 10-11……either way, this team will not duplicate last season.

  9. wildcat813
    1:31 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t get me wrong, James Young has crazy talent but what does it take on here for someone to speak up on the truth……the kid forces too many bad shots and it is beyond aggravating. Let’s add he gets lost on D and gives up a few easy cuts to the basket in most games. You wonder why Cal benched him for the latter part of the first half? People claim he is our, “true” scorer but he averages 33% from 3 and built a house with all the bricks he tossed up tonight. 33% from downtown isn’t exactly setting the world on fire.
    Again, I love the talent (Louisville game especially) but he makes me cringe more than anyone in a UK jersey in quite some time.

    • RJ
      8:47 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

      Have you already forgotten Archie Goodwin?

  10. bigblueincincy
    1:45 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    James Young is the best player on this team. Today wasn’t his day, but he’s had a lot of good days this season. And also wildcat813, James Young sat out the last part of the first half because he picked up his 2nd foul. I’ll take the win today, it was ugly but whenever UK plays Vandy it’s ugly.

  11. I Say
    3:01 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Pickle juice is true, I drank it on the sidelines of a football game in high school. Let james young keep on shooting. You’re insane randle is a beast, he may turn it over but if he grabs 10 boards a game then have at it

    • El hombre juan
      4:04 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

      Like I said, randle IS a beast. But those turnovers are unnecessary. He can’t keep forcing it on double and triple teams. Hes gotten away with it against smaller interior defenders, but now that conference play is here it won’t always work. Cousins used to be a black hole when he got the ball but eventually became one of our better post passers. Hopefully randle can figure it out. Cramps.

      Young needs to quit forcing his shot too. This is one of the worst shooting teams we’ve seen in a while, percentages don’t lie. There are many other facets of his game that he excels at he can utilize. A good shooter is usually money at the charity stripe, don’t understand what the deal is but his misses are ugly. What % is he connecting on anyway? Either way, his jumper is pretty when it’s falling, but he is streaky as hell.

      It should be really exciting when this team comes together in march though. I’m really looking forward to seeing these kids continue to progress and to see everyone find there game.

  12. SCCAT
    4:09 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Pickle juice lore is true. I was playing a sectional tennis tournament in Mobile , Alabama,

    and had cramped up badly 2 days before the tourney, so I kept drinking as much water , with

    rounds of pickle juice. I was 59 yrs old, and the temperature on the court, when we came off

    was 120 degrees, sadly my 41 yr old partner didn’t follow my example and wasn’t as ready

    for the hot weather and missed a wide open cross-court shot for match point ! Their were a lot

    of people being treated for the heat during that tourney, but most pickle juicers just kept on


  13. JJeff
    7:00 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    “In 2008, nearly a quarter of all athletic trainers interviewed for BYU study said that they regularly administer pickle juice as a way to relieve cramps once they’ve struck an athlete.”

    It’s a shame when a trainer be striking a perfectly good athlete! 😉

    • RJ
      8:49 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

      A trainer striking an athlete? U of L’s lacrosse coach just calls that “practice.”

    • St Ronnie was a moron
      11:38 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

      Good catch

  14. Jim Green
    7:30 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    When we perspire the primary three things we excrete are water, sodium and potassium. Sodium and potassium are the two main ingredients in the electrolytes contained it each and every cell. When the electrolytes drop below a certain level communication within the cell gets short circuited leading to among other things cramps.

    So it doesn’t surprise then when you look at the ingredients in Gator Aid they are, you guessed it, water, sodium and potassium.

    An almost instant cure for the cramps is a dose of both table salt sodium chloride (NACL) and Morton’s lite salt which is potassium chloride (KCL) with plenty of water.

  15. RealCatsFan
    8:01 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Is that Nurse Goodhead next to the dude with the jar of pickles?

  16. BrvoBigBlue
    8:43 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    It’s really not “surprising” that Polson and Willis gave the Cats some solid play off the bench. What is surprising is that Cal actually game them a chance. Maybe he’s wising up.

    • Issel's two front teeth
      9:29 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

      Young needs to watch Polson, Willis, Poythress when they are in the game. They move without the ball with a purpose. Young seems to just float around the three point line and wait for a pass so he can shoot a three. He needs to cut without the ball like he’s chasing somebody who stole his shoes! Defense is a whole different subject with Young! If he doesn’t play hard on def, he should go to the bench and observe. He could be great if he turns up the effort!

  17. BurnerTurner5
    9:20 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Duke will still be ranked ahead of UK when the espn coaches poll comes out tomorrow. UK won two games and covered the spread both games and will move up one spot.

  18. barn
    9:51 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    don’t know about that burner. dook lost by 2 at n dame last wk & dropped 9 spots. i was very surprised. they definitely should fall below uk this wk.

  19. Walden Schmidt
    9:52 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    That girl in the picture needs a warm Dickens Cider.

    • OldManYellsAtCloud
      11:31 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

      I always like to start my day off with a Dickens Cider.

  20. OhioCat
    11:16 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    I’d give that Boise State trainer a taste of my pickle juice!

  21. OhioCat
    11:19 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Usually a team’s rotation shrinks as it gets into conference play, so I thought it was very interesting to see the rotation actually get deeper against Vandy.

  22. Dr. Know
    11:44 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    I believe i read recently that there is no scientific link to eating bananas to reduce the risk of cramps. What he needs to do is start hydrating 24 hours before the game.

  23. ZombieLibrarian
    2:48 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    That Boise St. player made an excellent choice. Mt. Olive is the Cadillac of pickle brands.

  24. Westkycatfan
    4:14 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Pickle juice works. We once had an opposing football team buy out all of our pickles at our concession stands (jars & all) so they could get the pickle juice to their players who were having trouble with cramps.

  25. Obvious
    4:44 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Instead of reaching for miracle cures for cramps just do the obvious and sub Randle out often in the first half. That way he isn’t cramping late in the second half. Especially when they go to zone.