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Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth I. Today would have marked her 480th birthday, but sadly cryogenics technology had yet to be perfected so she passed away in 1603 from blood poisoning. Or what those modern witch doctors know as “sepsis.”

The first cousin (14 times removed) of the modern day Queen Elizabeth II, she reigned from 1558 until her death. Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second of six wives, Anne Boleyn. Little Elizabeth grew up without her mother as Henry had her beheaded, claiming incest, adultery, and treason, and hogging the covers. She had to go.

Elizabeth rose to be Queen after being imprisoned for nearly a year by her Roman Catholic half sister Mary. Family drama–we all have it.

Queen Elizabeth founded the English Protestant Church, what evolved into the Church of England or Anglican Church. The Elizabethan Age is considered the Golden Age of English history in which the British navy dominated the hated Spanish (defeating the failed Spanish Armada), the economy flourished, and William Shakespeare wrote all of those plays in which the protagonist committed suicide, or sometimes murdered. The high school students of the world are particularly ungrateful for the literary contributions of the Elizabethan Age. Sparknotes, thou art my savior.

It wasn’t all colonization/oppressing native populations or going to the theatre for the Queen; there were many assassination attempts upon her life, often by Catholic rivals. With the heaviest of hearts, Elizabeth beheaded her Catholic rival and cousin Mary, Queen of Scots.

Elizabeth passed away, childless, thus ending the Tudor dynasty. No matter how one interprets her reign, she is one of the most well-known and influential of any monarch in history.

So Happy Birthday Elizabeth. Hope you’re still executing foes up in heaven.


On to a big day of news:

To start off, some UK records were affected by today’s game:

– The offense put up 675 yards, third-most for the Cats all time. The most yards in one game for a Kentucky offense was 801 back in 1998 in Neil Brown’s first game as a UK player.

– Today’s game marked the first time Kentucky has had two quarterbacks throw for at least 100 yards since Jared Lorenzen and Shane Boyd back on October 13, 2001 in a 25-29 home loss to LSU.

– Javess Blue’s 88-yard TD catch was the fourth-longest passing play in UK football history.

You remember this guy.

– Is the Air Raid back? There were more big plays in today’s game than I can remember from the entire 2012 season. In fact, at halftime today Kentucky had more yards (410) and points (31) than it did in nine of its games in 2012. Max Smith looked efficient, confident, and well-protected for most of the day. While there was an offensive lull in the third quarter, when the offense was clicking it was really clicking, with the most noteworthy drive for me being the latest scoring drive, ending with a Jeff Badet TD to go up 41-7. 3 plays, 98 yards. That’s impressive.

– Rotating QBs seems to work for this team, at least based on today. Max Smith finished with 310 yards and 3 TDs on 15-23 passing; Jalen was strong with 48 yards rushing, and a TD, completing 10-12 passes for 103 yards.

– The newcomers were dominant. Counting punt and kickoff (1) returns, players recruited by Mark Stoops and his staff (since December) contributed 473 all-purpose yards today. JoJo Kemp led the team in rush yards with 78 yards on 12 carries. Javess Blue seemed like he was always open, leading the team with 6 receptions for 114 yards and that 88-yard touchdown that we mentioned as a UK record. Fans in Commonwealth were beginning to get restless after severallll foolish penalties pinned the offense deep in our own territory, but the long bomb to Blue quickly changed the atmosphere. As Roush said, Timmons, Blue, Badet, and Montgomery were the top 4 receivers with 72% of Kentucky’s catches, 286 yards, and 2 TDs.

Ryan Timmons is so much fun to watch. He defines the position “athlete” for this team.

– Although I’ve been pronouncing Javess wrong until today, Carl Nathe kindly corrected me. It won’t happen again.

– The offense started the game with five consecutive scoring drives, but as we saw, it stagnated. It’s difficult to maintain a high level of energy and efficiency for four quarters against an over-matched opponent–don’t lose sleep over it.

– The defense allowed zero offensive touchdowns and only 122 yards of total offense. Za’Darius had six tackles, three sacks, and a QB hurry and Bud Dupree forced a fumble, had a sack, and 7 tackles. The squad that couldn’t stop the run in Nashville appears to have done some sort of body swap, or at least that’s what some guy in front of me at Commonwealth said. KSR will investigate the validity of this claim.

– Kentucky won its first home game of the Stoops era, and you had to love hearing those Air Raid sirens and and the success out of the hurry up when it was utilized. Some Chevy Chasers may not have been quite so pleased with the sirens..  There were definite snafus on punt returns, with mental lapses from Daryl Collins and Javess Blue–one resulting in Miami’s only points of the day; there were also too many penalties, but there are far more positives than negatives to take from this hot day in Lexington. Game experience and coaching adjustments can straighten out this team’s mental mistakes in those areas.

On to the rest of the news:

– I’m not at Calipari Fantasy Camp and you probably aren’t either, so check out everything KSR has to offer this weekend. You can fantasize about a fantasy camp, it’s ok. Most notably in my opinion, is the presence of Jay Bilas and the six-time Pro Bowler Jason Taylor at Fantasy Camp. He and Matt Jones were teammates on “Team Texas.”  That’s something no one ever imagined they’d be reading (#KentuckyEffect.) Taylor is said to have been pretty decent from what I’m hearing..

Tyler Ulis, Jahlil Okafor, and Devin Booker are in town this weekend for official visits. This is good news, and the rumors of UK being in the driver’s seat for Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker seem valid. Case in point, this quote: “Me and Devin have talked a lot about playing with each other, but still we both know that we have to decide what’s best for us,” Ulis said. “We’d love to play with each other.

– It was a big day in the SEC, as No. 12 Florida went down to Miami on the road. Every time an ACC team beats an SEC team, I get a little queasy, even in the case of the Gators. Florida turned the ball over on 4 trips to the endzone; quarterback Jeff Driskel had two interceptions, a fumble, and was stopped on fourth down once. Outgaining Miami 413-212 and achieving 22 first downs to Miami’s 10, it’s a painful loss for Muschamp’s squad, but the biggest for Miami in years. Let ’em celebrate.

– After a College Gameday loss last week at Clemson, No. 11 Georgia recovered to beat Spurrier’s No. 6 Gamecocks for the first time in three years, 41-30. Aaron Murray came up big on a national stage this time, with four touchdowns on 17 of 23 passes and leading a deliberate, clock-eating fourth quarter drive to put it away.

 – Tennessee beat Western Kentucky 52-20 at Neyland Stadium. That doesn’t matter, what does is that Western Kentucky committed 5 turnovers on 6 plays. It’s baffling to watch and frustrating for me to think about what could have been against Petrino’s team last week, but this was week two. The Hilltoppers were a different team in Nashville. The first step to recovery is acceptance.

– We got the U.S. Open Final that everyone expected, with No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal being the finalists in America’s tennis major. The 9-seed Stanislas Wawrinka gave Djokovic a five-set battle, but the favorite came out on top on his favorite surface. They will face off for the sixth time in a major this Monday.


– The 2020 Summer Olympics will be hosted by Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo beat out Madrid and Istanbul for the Summer Games, their first since 1964.


Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger in the studio with Eminem aka Marshall Mathers at the Michigan-Notre Dame game was the most epic four minutes of live television EVER.

Have a great rest of your Saturday, and try to avoid imitating Slim Shady.


Article written by Brennan English

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. @BrennanKSR

32 Comments for Saturday Evening News and Views

  1. Herb
    10:45 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    THE U!!

  2. drake
    10:49 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    Eminem has either lost his mind, or is more burnt out than I thought.

  3. DB11
    10:53 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    Time to kill this..

    1- Florida has been progressively getting worse ever since they hired Muschamp, he will be gone soon.

    2- Our offense killed it today and I think much of the game was slow/boring because we let off the gas

    3- Eminem on ESPN was hilarious

    4- We were Westerns super bowl (have we heard this before?) and UT lucked into a blowout

  4. Face the Truth
    11:01 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    Kanye West > Eminem

  5. Cayts
    11:06 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah Henry VIII was stupid for killing Anne Boleyn as she was his hottest wife. I know because I watched The Tudors. Jane was a close 2nd though. Go Cats!

  6. jpg
    11:07 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    3, I agree that UK let off the gas.. The staff was trying to get some guys down on the chart some reps, while Whitlow went in more for some longer drives.

    The Western game proves nothing other then the fact that if you turn the ball over 5 times in 6 plays (7 total!) you will lose! I am surprised they scored 20.

    UK is going to take some lumps over the next month. Our talent is YOUNG (as today showed), and they will be learning against some hostile teams. All I am trying to say is to get behind this team. The staff is bringing in reinforcements next year. When talent is running throughout this program, the rewards will be reaped.

    Pack COMMONWEALTH!!!!!!!!!

  7. Randall
    11:28 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    Matt and gang, great day of coverage on KSR. Keep up the good work.

  8. Kevin C
    11:40 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    ” In fact, at halftime today Kentucky had more yards (410) and points (31) than it did through nine games in 2012. ”

    WTF….that’s not true at all. Who does the “fact” checking for KSR??

  9. Brennan English
    11:50 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    In nine, not through. #MentalLapseItHappens

  10. UK56Always
    11:55 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    Why all the Roman Catholic references? Unnecessary and slightly troubling.

  11. UKBlue
    11:56 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    UL fans better be cheering for Florida because Muschamp is for all intensive purposes going to get fired at the end of the year, and Florida will take Charlie Strong away from UL. UL is UL no matter what turtleneck says, and will never be an SEC school.

    BBN needs patience, this is going to take a couple of years to repair Joker mess. Yes, we look some better, but today was the equivalent of beating up a girl scout troop.

  12. Brennan English
    11:58 pm September 7, 2013 Permalink

    Because that was the state of England in the 1500s, Protestantism vs. Catholicism is highly relevant to the conflicts/nature of the Elizabethan era. Also, I went to a Catholic school much of my life, and wasn’t intending to trouble you #10.

  13. SeaCat
    12:05 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    nice work Brennan
    funny and interesting

  14. BubbaEarl
    12:20 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Great to see “The Joker” is still wasting his time coaching! Try amway pal!

  15. UK56Always
    12:20 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Then I understand. Thanks for replying to my concerns Brennan. Overall good article.

  16. Keeneland Horseracing Fan
    12:22 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for sharing the picture of Queen Elizabeth I. This reminds me of when I experienced the Queen Elizabeth II visit at Keeneland in the early 80’s. I was there and it was a awesome experience! The Queen Elizabeth Cup continues to run in every year in her honor every October at Keeneland. It ranks near the top of my favorite races at Keeneland like the Bluegrass Stakes. Keeneland needs to invite Queen Elizabeth back to Keeneland to watch the race named in her honor!!

  17. Coach
    1:30 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    11.) intents and purposes man. Smh. You used it correctly so not all is lost.

  18. Glass half full
    3:08 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Write a lot now.
    There won’t be much to write about good for UK football beginning this week, for four weeks.
    Records against Miami of Ohio. They were just plain horrible! Should have been 70-0.
    Worst prep game to be going into the Louisville game.
    Enjoy your week celebrating, UK will be Miami of Ohio Saturday.

  19. Wildcatsteeler
    3:58 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Ha! A history lesson for these braindead rightwing rednecks? They don’t even know 200 years history of this country much less 600 years of anything. The Earth is still flat and 6000 years old for these inbred imbeciles. A 3000 year old fairy tale rules their ignorant existence. Stick to current events for the Neanderthals.

  20. catfan55
    6:29 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Jay Bilas wonderfully done my man!!

  21. Oscar de la Combs
    6:54 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Ally, you are the best blogger on KSR. If I was 50 years younger, I would give you a run for your money

  22. Gabe
    7:11 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Florida was overconfident and did not take Miami seriously

  23. holler baller
    7:36 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for the history lesson. I enjoyed it. I’m a dork.

  24. just saying
    8:54 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    USC losing to UGA means UL advances to #7 by default.

  25. BBB
    9:01 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    At least the air raid sirens were appropriate….It wasn’t Alabama or even U of L but it was indeed a start and a major step up from last weeks Joker imitation. The fun is back and the recruits will at least know we WILL run the air raid. Sure are a lot of anti-Mitch McConnell ads on this site…..(in keeping with the liberal media side of things). Of course this site would never be bias in any way….no wait, I meant Bilas not bias.

  26. Daddy Henry
    9:03 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Poor Elizabeth a ginger and barren…..rough

  27. Wi Tu Hi
    10:57 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Good Saturday recap. I wonder if ESPN was surprised that eminem would be stoned on the air?

  28. RUKiddingMe?
    11:04 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Pile of Poop > Kanye West

  29. UKCincy
    11:30 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Lane Kiffin and Miami (OH) both suck

  30. Chaz
    11:34 am September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like a photoshop to me. No one would really dress like that, unless they were to suffer beheadment if they didn’t. Oh, and are those Nikes on thy feet? Looking at you, guy in the front & center.

  31. The real onemaco
    1:00 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Turd sandwich>kanye east, an open sore>kanye south,BCG>kanye directional hack

  32. Peyton Manning
    2:38 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Just a note to all those Western fans who were on here last week. Tennessee, we be SEC!!!!