Is everything okay? I hope so. After all, it is the summer. The sun is shining, the breeze is swift and it’s Saturday. No matter what happens today, it can’t possibly be worse than what happened to that poor Texas alligator.
Just outside of Houston, the gator was spotted swimming through a pond with a steak knife sticking out of the top of its head. A local wildlife agency is on the case to track down the cold-blooded, thick-skinned animal (no, not my ex) and remove the knife.
Frankly, I would probably lose it if I witnessed this firsthand. It’s almost as terrifying as this one-two punch from Youngstown, Vince Marrow and former unified middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik.
While the Big Dog spent time in his hometown, the football team was throwing weight around training facility. The power cleans are impressive, but I’m most intrigued by the machine that is essentially a weighted dummy for defensive linemen to pound. That’s how you learn physicality in the trenches.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) June 14, 2019
Great Season Ticket Numbers
Yesterday DeWayne Peevy revealed the school has sold just shy of 31,000 UK football season tickets. The 2019 numbers have already surpassed the 2018 total and will account for more than half of Kroger Field’s capacity. If you haven’t gotten in on the action, find all the information for seats and parking here.
Did you hear the Caliparis on KSR?
If you missed yesterday’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, stop what you are doing right this second and listen to hour No. 2 with Ellen Calipari. The call from “Billy Joe” will make you LOL your butt off.
Patrick Reed is Big Mad
Gary Woodland left Pebble Beach feeling good after two days of golf. The 35-year old American is atop the U.S. Open leaderboard at nine-under, snapping a record set by Tiger Woods in 2000. Not everyone left the course happily.
Woods shot even par, Bubba Watson missed the cut and Patrick Reed lost a wedge. On the precipice of a premature ending to his Pebble Beach appearance, the 2018 Masters’ Champion lost control just off the green on his final hole of the day. After failing to get out of the rough, Reed instantly snapped the wedge over his thigh.
— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) June 15, 2019
Lucky for him, that misfire did not end Reed’s tournament. Two shots later he made a putt that put him at two-over, right on the cut line. Reed will live to golf another day, but his club will not.
Stephen Foster Saturday
It’s the third biggest day of races at Churchill Downs (if the Breeders’ Cup does not make its way into town). The headliner of the five stakes race day is the Stephen Foster Stakes. The winner will earn a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. My eyes are on Mr. Money in the Matt Winn, the first stakes race that will go to post at 8:03 p.m. That’s right, this is a night racing event with a New Orleans theme too.
It’s Good to be the King
Each summer weekend in Louisville you’ll find hundreds of thousands of people socializing at Catholic summer picnics. It’s the place to be. One of the biggest of the bunch is at my parish, St. Paul. Located on wide, wide Dixie Highway, my home turf is also occupied by Tony Vanetti’s radio partner, Dwight Witten. When we go head to head, it’s a clash of South End titans.
Last year a friendly trash-talking session quickly turned into a competition. Dwight challenged me to an on-air 16 ounce beer-chugging contest. It was an offer I could not refuse. Out of the kindness of my heart, I let the old man win. After all, St. Paul taught me to respect my elders. This year I showed no mercy. Dwight tried to cut corners to retain the title, but the best man won.
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) June 15, 2019