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Ron Mercer’s Sunday News and Views

Ron Mercer shows no mercy for Tubby’s son, G.G. Smith. (BigBlueHistory.net)

Ron Mercer shows no mercy for Tubby's son, G.G. Smith.  (BigBlueHistory.net)

Ron Mercer shows no mercy for Tubby’s son, G.G. Smith. (BigBlueHistory.net)

There is a long list of great names born on May 18th – Saint Pope John Paul II, George Strait, Jack Johnson – but tonight’s post goes to wishing Ron Mercer a Happy 38th Birthday!  Mercer was a a two-time Mr. Basketball in the state of Tennessee before heading to Kentucky to win a National Championship for Rick Pitino in 1996.  The following year Mercer couldn’t get the Cats back-to-back titles despite a having a first-team All-American year where he averaged 18 ppg and shot 49% from 3-point range.  Mercer was drafted 6th overall by Pitino to the Boston Celtics, along with Antoine Walker.  The Celtics had the potential to become NBAUK, but we all know things didn’t work out in Boston for Mercer or Pitino.

Mercer’s best year in the league was in 2000 for the Bulls, where he averaged 19.7 ppg, but as you’ll see below, not everything went swimmingly that year.

The BBN still loves ya Ron, Happy Birthday.  Now, on to the news.

California Chrome Wins the Preakness; Owner Celebrates by calling out Churchill Downs

California Chrome is one step closer to becoming a Triple Crown Winner.  There have only been eleven, and I’m sure the majority of the people reading this right now have never seen a Triple Crown Winner, with Affirmed last taking home the honor in 1978.  California Chrome looked casual in today’s win and appears to be in perfect form to finish the job.  As great as Chrome looked, I’m still unsure about the Belmont; I had my heartbroken with Smarty Jones’ loss and I’ll Have Another’s Belmont Eve scratch, and I’m still not ready to get my hopes up for another pony.

One of Chrome’s owners, Steve Coburn, stole the spotlight following the win.  After he was presented with the Woodlawn Vase, Coburn had something to get off his chest:

“I just want to thank the people of Maryland for all the hospitality they’ve shown us,” Coburn said. “And Churchill, you need to take a lesson on this — you really, really do, because these people have been absolutely fabulous.”

Churchill Downs’ John Asher kissed Coburns’ ass in an official response, but damage has already been done.

Malik Newman and Diamond Stone could be a package deal

High school kids are beginning to team up like NBA Free Agents.  Today Diamond Stone told Evan Daniels that he and the #1 player in 2015, Malik Newman, are “definitely” a package deal. Stone is a Top 10 player in 2015 and arguably the best big man in the class.  I am 100% in support of this package deal, so long as both continue to lean Big Blue.

Drew Barker Gives Back

Drew Barker went home to Northern Kentucky this weekend to participate in a 5K for Cystic Fibrosis.  Just showing up wasn’t enough for Barker: Drew helped his team raise over $15,000 for the cause.  A tip of the hat to you sir, and all of those that participated.

Avery Williamson is enjoying his first weekend as a pro

Avery has been a Titans fan since the team came to Nashville from Houston.  This weekend he’s wearing a Titans uniform and sitting in the same locker room as some of his childhood heroes.  It goes without saying that he’s enjoying the experience.

“It’s cool to know that they were in the same locker room as I am in right now,” Williamson said of the former Titans greats. “I finally got a (pro) jersey. Nothing’s promised, but I am enjoying the process right now. It’s cool to see that name on the back of my jersey.”

Can you name everyone in this picture?

Can you name everyone in this picture?

Bat Cats are a 9-seed in the SEC Tournament

The Cats took an 11-10 loss today at Georgia, falling short of a weekend sweep, but it wasn’t all bad news today.  The Cats will be a 9-seed in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Al. and will face 8-seeded Alabama Tuesday at 5:30.  You can check out the entire SEC Tourney bracket here. 

Softball Cats are a game away from advancing in the NCAA Tournament

The Wildcats scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th to cap off a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over #25 James Madison.  The win puts Kentucky in the Regional Final against DePaul, with the winner advancing to the Super Regional.  Head to John Cropp Stadium tomorrow at 1:00 to help your softball cats get one step closer to the Women’s College World Series.

(Britney Howard/ UK Athletics)

(Britney Howard/ UK Athletics)

Article written by Nick Roush

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

28 Comments for Ron Mercer’s Sunday News and Views



  1. Precious
    10:43 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Looks like the stagehands from the Soprano’s.



    • Look at You
      12:31 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      You and schwing are damn good lookin’ aren’t you? Let’s put it this way-you both have faces made for radio…



  2. rnet
    10:53 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Why do you have a 5 minute praise-a-thon for Chapman,and show Ron Mercer getting blocked. I don’t understand the site anymore at all. It is slowly but surely moving away from BIG BLUE NATION’S point of view. Never thought this day would come ,but its here.



    • UK
      11:18 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      you don’t have to read the site bro



    • Alec
      1:41 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah mercer is a Uk national Champion and Chapman is I don’t know what really and cant say it here if I did.



    • schwing
      12:32 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      I am a Hater, but thanks to my outlet here, I don’t have to torture flies and cats any longer.



  3. Cotton Mash
    11:00 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    The guy on the far right looks like Jack “astronaut pen” Klompus from Del Boca Vista.



    • Dan
      7:25 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      I think it may be the original Van Buren Boys



  4. STOOPS TROOPS
    11:24 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    HOW DARE THAT OLD HIPPIE CALL OUT KENTUCKY I WOULD BEAT HIS ASS IF HE SITS FOOT BACK IN THIS GREAT STATE.



  5. blueblooded
    11:54 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Slice & Dickie V. are all I recognize. Somebody help a brother out.



  6. J
    12:15 am May 18, 2014 Permalink


  7. William
    12:23 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I will never forget Ron Mercer. Without him, the UK Cats would have never won the awesome NCAA Championship in 1996. He was All American and All SEC..What more can you ask for? Happy Birthday to Ron Mercer!!



  8. 2020
    12:37 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Coburn is an idiot. Showed up in Maryland as the Kentucky Derby winner, so of course everyone there kissed his ass. He complained that he was disrespected because Churchill had the audacity to make his horse run the race before giving him the trophy. His lack of perspective and gratitude are likely why he’s been largely unsuccessful in his career to this point.



  9. UK2UK
    12:37 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Kentuckians are rightly proud of their hospitality and manners. However many people who only visit Kentucky for the Derby at CD would be left with a very different impression. One of rudeness and complete corporate mentality.
    Churchill downs is Kentucky’s Comcast,ATT or Time Warner it just doesn’t care about its customers. Just wish someone from Kentucky had called them out.



  10. el hombre Juan
    1:19 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Softball cat- Is that a can of Skoal in your back pocket or are you just happy to see me?



    • Mi amigo
      1:52 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Wondered the same.



    • wrb
      11:56 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Looks like a batting glove to me, but dip is not the only thing that comes in a can. Icebreakers comes in one & I am sure other things do to.



  11. Alec
    1:34 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Well malic and Stone are welcomed here. Although Stone needs an offer first for that to happen. GO CATS!!!!!!!!!



  12. Bluecat
    7:13 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    The old man on left looks like Howard Garfinkel. Dick Vitale and Matt are obvious, and the smile
    gives away Rohrsson. I do not know the other two, anyone else have an idea?



  13. theoledog
    7:30 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    how did Larry King get in the pic twice



  14. ICBMCat
    7:36 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Tom Longo, ND great, is on the far right.



  15. catsfan
    9:03 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Vincent Calipari, Dickie V, Joe Kraft, Matt Jones, Slice, and who????????



  16. Derrick
    9:50 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    George Kranbrool, Dick Vitale, Ernie Sampson, Vince Burns and Joel Young



  17. Becker
    9:56 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Looks like Dickie is running for Lexington mayor.



  18. Johnny Fartball
    12:11 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Why is Matt wearing Captain Kirk’s pants?



  19. Joe Dan Gorman
    12:47 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I respect all the ex-Cats…. so I don’t understand why you guys—UK fans—would show one video of Mercer getting owned by a UNC alum.

    He and his team mates DID bring UK a Championship. Seems like an unnecessary slap.

    Did Ron piss somebody off at KSR?



  20. Taco Bellamy
    1:48 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Pretty sure the far left is the great Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees.



  21. d nuts
    1:52 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Maybe Howard Garfinkle on the left and Phil Martelli far right??