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The Belmont Stakes’ Saturday Morning Wakeup

Michael Clevenger’s Historic CJ photo from American Pharoah’s Belmont victory.

Michael Clevenger's Historic CJ photo from American Pharoah's Belmont victory.

Michael Clevenger’s Historic CJ photo from American Pharoah’s Belmont victory.

Belmont Saturday is a much different setting in 2016 than it was in 2015.

Even though plenty of people wanted to compare Nyquist to American Pharoah, the undefeated Kentucky Derby winner couldn’t get in done in the mud at the Preakness, something the Triple Crown Winner pulled off successfully.  Preakness winner Exaggerator will be the morning line favorite, but he can’t create the buzz that was palpable a year ago.

Relive that magic moment when AP ended a 37-year drought.

The Football Coaching Staff is Satellite Camping

I was going to break the news on the radio show yesterday, but time flies when you’re in front of the mic.  Most of the coaching staff will be traveling to a satellite camp in Florida to check out the best prospects the sunshine state has to offer.

It’s a great idea because I became a big fan of satellite camps after my first experience.  I’ll have more on what it means for college football recruiting later today.

Cats in the MLB Draft

Three BatCats were selected in yesterday’s MLB Draft.  Junior pitcher Zack Brown was the first off the board, picked by the Brewers at #141 overall.  JaVon Shelby was the following pick in the fifth round, #142 to the Oakland Athletics.

Kyle Cody returned for his senior season, but the UK ace could not dramatically improve his draft stock.  After being picked at #73 by the Twins last year, he fell to the 6th round, picked by the Rangers at #189.

Boogie Made Team USA

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

DeMarcus Cousins will represent the red, white and blue in Rio.  Even though training camp doesn’t begin for a mother month, Boogie discovered yesterday that he’s made the final cut.  First he’s taken over America, next, the world.

Rest In Peace, Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was laid to rest yesterday in Louisville following a four-hour procession through 100,000 people over 19 miles.  The Yum! Center Interfaith service featured countless speakers over three hours, from family and friends to leaders of different faiths.  The seats were filled by Louisville natives, famous politicians, boxing legends and other exceptional athletes — Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Jim Brown, Pat Riley and many more.

John Calipari received an invitation from Lonnie Ali.  Accompanied by Kenny Payne, he shared his experience on Twitter.

Rest In Peace, Gordie Howe

He was “Mr. Hockey” before “The Great One.”  Yesterday Mr. Howe passed away at 88.  2016 has been a tough, tough year.  The deaths need to cease.

The Cavs are Done, Finished

The Cavs built up to an 8-point lead in the third quarter but the Warriors looked like a 73-win team throughout, taking down Cleveland at home.  They’ll return to Oakland with a 3-1 lead, essentially wrapping up the series.  As someone who wants basketball season to last as long as possible, I was upset LeBron couldn’t put the team on his back in the 4th quarter.  I was not upset when this crazy person ran onto the court.

The O.J. 30 for 30 Begins Tonight

If you didn’t get your O.J. fix watching the FX mini-series, I’m sure you’ll enjoy a 30 for 30 that stands apart from the rest of the pack.  The ESPN production chronicling the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson is broken down into five two-hour episodes.  Get your popcorn ready.

A Weird Movie Recommendation

While exploring Netflix over the last few weeks, I recently stumbled upon the movie Bernie, portrayed by Jack Black, also starring Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey and directed by Richard Linklater.

If I tell you the premise, you probably won’t watch it. But I’ll tell you that the acting is excellent, the music is fantastic and the storytelling is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  It’s based on a true story that shook up a small town in Texas.  The primary players are actors, but the people who narrate the story are the locals that lived through the drama.  It’s small-town gossip at its finest.

Listen to Yesterday’s Podcast

Yesterday is one moment I will not take for granted.  For the first time, I sat in “The Big Chair,” hosting KSR alongside Justin Rowland and Freddie Maggard.  For football junkies, it’s an enjoyable and (hopefully) entertaining two hours of radio.  For me, it was a surreal experience.

Five years ago I discovered KSR.  Spending the summer working in the basement of a law firm, I passed the time going through files by listening to the show.  As Matt took callers and answered questions, I prepared my own unique responses in my head.  “I could do this,” I thought to myself.  Yesterday, I finally did it.  Way up, I feel blessed.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

21 Comments for The Belmont Stakes’ Saturday Morning Wakeup

  1. daddy43040
    11:03 am June 11, 2016 Permalink

    19 Trillion in debt do you think Nick that Hillary will lower that debt?I wonder what Vegas would put as the odds against that?How all the media is so Liberal i will never understand. Our Country is falling apart and all they wanna do is get as many handouts as they can, let as many people in as wanna come,call everybody Racist who is against them,Riot like a bunch of idiots and i could go on all day.

    • Megan
      12:04 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      You’re focused on the wrong number. To understand whether the debt is affordable, look at the interest payment. In 2015 the U.S. paid $223 billion in interest on the national debt. It also collected $3.249 trillion in federal tax revenue. That’s a debt-to-income ratio of less than 7 percent.

      That’s impressively low by any standard. Debt-to-income standards in the mortgage arena are 28 percent front end, 36 percent back end, and 43 percent qualified.

      Maybe you missed the life lesson that when interest rates are low — and they’ve been historically low for some years now — you want to be a borrower. You want to use other people’s money. You can swap more expensive debt for much cheaper debt and actually lower your interest payments. Those who carry credit card debt know this only too well, but for some reason old white angry men look at the total amount of the national debt and wet their pants. Not that they need another reason.

    • whatwasthat
      1:18 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      Megan, you are delusional, the principal grows larger every year and the credit card reform act was passed with the sole purpose of raising the minimum payment so that consumers would have to pay off principle debt along with interest, if only our government had applied the same rules to themselves. The liberals ( communists atheists, anarchists and other assorted nut bags) answer to debt is the same as King George, raise taxes. The false narrative that the liberals will raise the tax on only the wealthy is so tired anyone with half a brain knows any tax increase is put on the backs of the middle class, a ever shrinking group,
      The republican and liberal establishment love illegal immigration, on one side, cheap labor, on the other a cheap vote, both are offensive to the hard working people of this republic that have tried their best to play by the same rules as their parents and grandparents to have the American Dream only to see such opportunities fading into the past.
      So by all means #Trump2016, build that wall high, take us back to a time when America was great, take care of our veterans, cut taxes, make our military the most feared army again, crush the poisonous liberal dogma once and for all.

    • Megan
      2:53 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      How cheap is our interest on the national debt? A $223 billion payment in 2015 divided by a $19 trillion national debt equals an effective interest rate of 1.17%. That’s damn cheap!

      Don’t you wish your mortgage, student loan, car loan, or credit card rate were that low? How can anyone in their right mind look at an interest rate under 1.25 and complain that it’s unreasonable, unsustainable, and spells doom for us all? This incredibly cheap capital is costing us about 6 percent of our budget. We certainly could borrow less and live more austerely, but only at the cost of growth, something we shouldn’t be undermining in the mid-to-late business cycle. If you want to carry less debt, wait until growth is strong and interest rates are rising. That’ll keep the Fed from stepping on the brakes so much.

      We could also do better with our priorities — more than 50 percent of our discretionary budget goes to military programs in the DoD, while nothing else gets even 7 percent — but let’s be clear: Ours is far and away the biggest, strongest economy on the planet, in part because we don’t subscribe to the nonsense handed out by talk radio “entertainers.” Stop being a Chicken Little and raise your economic IQ. You’ll sleep a lot better.

    • catdaddyd
      3:27 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      Angry white man here with zero debt. Money knows no race, if you think having debt over not having debt is good, you should check your economic IQ. I’m sure all the elderly of all races like the .3% interest that is growing their nest egg and retirement.

    • whatwasthat
      3:45 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      Yep poor ole delusional Megan thinks paying our money out to the Chinese and Saudis is a good thing, Megan fifty percent doesn’t go to the military, if that were the case they wouldn’t need to one plane apart to make another airworthy. But I would say nearly half goes to social security ( the parts that go to people who never payed their share SSI, crazy checks, expanded Medicaid under obummer care and what every other handout they come up with ) welfare, sec8, food stamps and on and on. Anything the liberals can do with republican help to make the masses dependent of government care and oversight.

  2. xx1ukfan
    11:05 am June 11, 2016 Permalink


  3. Megan
    11:07 am June 11, 2016 Permalink

    About that amazing American Pharoah pic: AP won by a convincing 5 1/2 lengths. But Secretariat would have finished 2.65 seconds ahead of AP. So Ron Turcotte would be looking back at the 2015 Triple Crown winner from a distance of about 13 lengths.

    Just a little perspective for the millennials out there.

  4. davidpat
    11:42 am June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Kentucky Sports Radio? Why the politics? You are only going to make 1/2 the readers mad at you.

  5. kyrupp8
    11:48 am June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Libs supporting the disruption of a political outsider’s campaign by any means necessary.

  6. catincali
    11:48 am June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Lol, did I visit the Huntington Posts sports section by mistake? Great service for Ali.

  7. MegatonRange
    12:11 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Ultimately, this site will commit political suicide. If you actually think that the vast majority of your readers agree with your political views, just take a look at the last few election results. I don’t listen to the radio show anymore & I pay less attention to this site, because it’s getting embarrassing to see “writers” forced into a political stance by their boss. And if the boss really wants to run for office, let ‘er rip, the outcome would be hilarious.

  8. Joe Dan Gorman
    12:15 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Please avoid politics. No need to divide BBN

    TRUMP 2016

  9. chimichanga
    1:05 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Hillary is awful but Trump and his supporters are at odds with everything that makes the USA great. That’s never been more clear than this election cycle.

    • Farmer Perkins
      1:10 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      That’s your opinion. My opinion, both candidates are no good.

    • whatwasthat
      2:42 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah chimi, murdering the most innocent of life makes us great, hooray for you and your twisted beliefs, see it’s people like you who think that people like Michael Brown are innocent victims while the true victim is the morality of this republic. All human actions and behavior need not be accepted by those of us that believe otherwise. While Trump may be a pompous ass, I know Hillary to be a truly evil hag, easy choice for me.

  10. CatsGrad04
    3:22 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    So, this means you’ll stop shamelessly name-raping Muhammad Ali and exploiting his death to get clicks? Sounds good.

    • catdaddyd
      3:30 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

      Did Ali die? I must have missed it.

  11. Kizzy
    3:46 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Agree with everything except I’m a white male on disability making 16K a year. They turned me down for assistance. So it may depend on who is applying.

  12. Luether
    5:27 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink

    Obviously a Burney Zanders supporter…

  13. louisvillelaw22
    9:23 pm June 11, 2016 Permalink