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Stevie Johnson’s Wednesday News and Views


Happy 28th birthday to Stevie Johnson of “Stevie Got Loose” lore. The former Cat turned 28 on Tuesday, and celebrated in his hometown of San Francisco, where he’s getting ready for the 49ers’ training camp. The Buffalo Bills traded Stevie to the 49ers back in May, but now it appears there’s a small chance Stevie may not make the roster. CSN Bay Area reports that Stevie will have to win the No. 3 wide receiver spot (behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree) in order to make the roster due to his scheduled $3.295 million salary this year. He’s the frontrunner–he was the No. 1 wide receiver in Buffalo after all–but it’s definitely a role change for the flamboyant wideout.

Just more motivation, right? Good thing Stevie knows all about that:

Now let’s go. News and views.

The latest basketball practice report is pretty exciting

Eric Lindsey had the enviable privilege of attending UK’s 90-minute practice on Monday, and wrote an in-depth practice report for Lindsey’s report echoes the scoop we’ve hear from the Joe Craft Center so far, specifically about the improvement of Alex Poythress. Lindsey writes that Alex “looked lighter on his feet than I’ve ever seen him,” and much more confident. Of course, the name of the game for Alex is consistency, and I’ll wait until I see that improvement transfer to a full game before breaking out the confetti, but the update is encouraging nonetheless.

Other notes from the report: Tyler Ulis continues to impress, the Harrison Twins and Dakari Johnson are in better shape, Devin Booker looks good, and Marcus Lee has developed a jumper. There’s something for everyone in the report, but this part about the matchup between Karl Towns and Dakari Johnson may be my favorite:

“Towns, without question, is one of the most all-around talented big guys Calipari has had at UK in his five seasons at Kentucky. But, like all freshmen, there’s a learning curve, and Towns was in for a bit of a lesson against an experienced Johnson. As assistant coach Kenny Payne tried to throw him the ball the top of the key — where Towns can play, I might add — Johnson fronted him and didn’t let him get around his frame. When Towns tried to fake him out with a couple of moves, Johnson didn’t budge and just leaned on him. Calipari eventually stopped play and told Towns that those moves that worked in high school won’t work in college before showing him how to get his leg around Johnson and then bump off. Once Towns got the ball in his hands, he was difficult to stop.”

Only 17 days until we get to see this team for ourselves.


Mike DeCourcy doesn’t think much of the 2015 class

It’s been hard to get a good feel on how UK’s doing in the 2015 class. Despite the fact that Cal’s handed out more offers to 2015 recruits than any other class since he came to UK, the Cats only have one commitment: Charles Matthews. Cal seems to be going outside of his box a little bit with 2015 recruiting. Why? Well, according to The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy, “the class of 2015 stinks.” DeCourcy, who was at the Peach Jam last week, says that aside from Ben Simmons, there isn’t any elite talent in the class, which could be bad news for programs that rely on elite talent to survive…like Kentucky:

The bad news is if your program requires an annual infusion of elite talent to thrive, or needs one in this particular recruiting year, your coach will need to land exactly the right guys to make it work.

It’s an interesting point, and could describe why UK’s offers seem to be all over the place in the class so far.  To read more of DeCourcy’s thoughts on the class, click here.

This picture of Steve Spurrier is why I love Steve Spurrier



Spurrier and Nick Saban were part of Day 2 of the SEC Coaches Car Wash at ESPN today, and Spurrier threw this shade while Saban was describing how he sells playing time to recruits. After we finally beat Spurrier back in 2010, he became a much more lovable figure in my eyes. He’s not only hilarious, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, which makes him a prime candidate for a drinking buddy and a bridge partner. Ideally, both.

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Have you voted in UK’s Kickoff Playoff yet?

UK has heard our plea for better music at Commonwealth Stadium, and in addition to partnering with local radio stations to allow fans to vote on game music, they’re getting input from the players. UK asked eight players to choose a song to be played right before opening kickoff on August 30. They’ve pitted the choices against each other in a bracket, with fans voting on their favorite each day. Tuesday’s quarterfinal is Bud Dupree’s choice, “Knuck if you Buck,” against Steven Borden’s choice, “Scatta.” Go vote here. On Wednesday, you can vote between “Who Run It” (Braylon Heard) and “Head Bussa” (Mike Douglas). So far, I think Za’Darius Smith’s “We Ready” has the best chance of winning.

Drew is putting together a bracket with the KSR crew’s selections, which you’ll see later this week. BTI’s selection is pretty much exactly what you would expect.

This picture of Adolph Rupp mixing mortar for Memorial Coliseum is great



The Herald-Leader started a Twitter account (@KYPhotoArchive) with photos from their archives, and Tuesday’s was pretty great. Check out Adolph Rupp mixing mortar at the construction of Memorial Coliseum back in 1949.

This picture of Jack White at the Chicago Cubs game is hilarious



On the flipside, we have this picture of Jack White at a Chicago Cubs game on Tuesday night. Where do you even begin?

Matt and Drew will be live from Hudson Automotive in Drew’s hometown of Madisonville in the morning to talk C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS, and probably a little Pat Forde. See you then…

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.

29 Comments for Stevie Johnson’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. brad
    11:22 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Ucla trending for jaylen brown in the 247 crystal ball. Jerry meyer picked them as well

  2. The Ole D!ckhead
    11:25 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    To me it merely looks like Spurrier is smiling and looking at Saban and nothing more. Either way even if we beat him 50 times he will not become more bearable in my opinion. To me he’s too much the a$$hole uncle with beer breath who is funny if you didn’t mind that every “joke” is at your expense no thanks.

  3. Beaumont
    11:39 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Love Stevie’s speech!

  4. Old Fella
    11:49 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Any chance they might play something… you know… good at commonwealth? All I see in this list is crap vs crap.

    • HeyOldFart
      8:51 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      nah, John Cougar Mellencamp won’t allow them to play his stuff.

  5. Dingus
    11:53 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    “Towns was in for a bit of a lesson against an experienced Johnson”

    Can’t the same be said for most freshmen whenever they step foot on a college campus?

    • LadyCat
      8:52 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      yeah, I agree. I definitely learned some lessons my freshmen year from experienced Johnsons.

  6. Casper
    11:55 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    finally we hear the truth about the 2015 class.

    • Dingus
      11:56 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      They just need to spend more time playing with an experienced Johnson.

  7. Uk College Football Fan
    12:09 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Stevie Johnson rocked the world for UK football Fans and for the Rich Brooks Era. Stevie Johnson and Andre Woodson started the momentum for Coach Brooks & the Cats and obtained great success for Kentucky Football. In 2007, they went on and upset the #9 ranked Louisville Cardinals and upset the the #1 ranked team in the USA at home in Commonwealth Stadium. Both games I will never forget… I think Stevie is a Star and has many more years left in the NFL. And I think UK football is on the rise! Go Cats!

  8. Christopher Walken
    12:30 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    “That’s right, Jack! Tell that mean ocean!”

  9. Who?
    12:49 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Is jack white related to edward scissorhands?

  10. pfife
    1:07 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    I love the Stevie Johnson rap. The canned music that U K inserted is horrible though.

  11. Derp
    1:33 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Jack White is a badass… Anyone at forecastle this weekend can attest to that.

    • RealCatsFan
      7:37 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      Yep, my wife saw him this weekend at the festival too, and she came back raving about his performance saying it was the best concert she had ever seen – and she has seen a lot of them. I’m not as much of a concert-goer these days – would prefer listening to music sitting on the back of the boat!

  12. UKBlue
    1:34 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    2015 is going to suck for everyone; it’s going to make 2013 look like a good class.

  13. JackBlack
    1:40 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Jack White puts on some exciting live concerts

  14. My First Thought
    6:51 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Who the heck is Jack White?

  15. Matt
    7:07 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Wow!. Thats some terrible music choices. Hopefully they just decide to not use those art all no matter what.

  16. Lexington 3
    8:48 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Might be a new song going through his head.

  17. ShaMeeQuA holdsahclawh
    8:59 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    I read the comments hoping someone would explain who Jack White is…
    Guess it’s on to internet search.

  18. Bigdawg
    9:13 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    The best song choice would be “For Whom the Bell Towles”

  19. Musehobo
    9:49 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

  20. RealCatsFan
    9:51 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Jack White was lead singer and guitarist and founder of the rock band “The White Stripes”. They recorded “Seven Nation Army”, which gets played by HS and College team bands across the country. Across the world, actually.

  21. Jimbob
    9:57 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Jack White is one of the best musicians of his generation. My wife and I saw him at Forecastle and my mind is still blown.

    By the way, if you want new music at Commonwealth, try “High Ball Stepper” and have everyone yell “Wildcats, Wildcats” in time with the music.

    • Alamo_CatFan
      10:25 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      He also married his sister, then divorced her and married another woman. His sister was the maid of honor at that wedding. Not bad for an artistic, eccentric, freemason.

    • Gullible
      1:05 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

      John Gillis and Meg White are not related.

  22. Yahtzee33
    6:01 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Jack must have dropped his little cream soda oh well, oh well, oh well