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Today On KSR: Taco Bell is opening a hotel and I’ve never been more excited about anything in my entire life

Taco Bell will open a pop-up boutique hotel this summer in Palm Springs, California, and I don’t want to stay there… I need to stay there.

The new Taco Bell Hotel and Resort will be called “The Bell” and it will only be open for a limited time later this year, beginning August 9. Details are a little limited at this point but Taco Bell said The Bell “reimagines what a hotel stay can be, unveiling a destination inspired by tacos and fueled by fans. Everything from guest rooms to breakfast and poolside cocktails will be infused with a Taco Bell twist, making this the flavor-filled getaway of 2019.”

Be still, my heart.

Reservations will be open to Taco Bell “super-fans” and I can’t help but think I fall into that club. (Probably the president of that club, honestly.) Some of you may remember the time I flew out to Taco Bell headquarters to try the Doritos Locos Taco (The Taco Bell Diary: Day One); well, now I’m ready to fly back out west to stuff my face with Taco Bell while sipping a Taco Bell frozen cocktail next to the Taco Bell pool. It is all I need in this world.

Now for the day’s news because if I don’t change the subject I’m going to pass out with excitement.


It is Day 3 at the NBA Combine in Chicago. (Most people say it is Day 2 but I say Day 3 because it started Wednesday so everyone else is wrong.)

The next crop of young NBA talent is back at it again in Chicago today for another round of NBA Combine action. As was the case yesterday, ESPN 2 will provide live coverage of the event beginning at three o’clock Eastern Standard Time. I tuned in for a little bit yesterday and my big takeaway is Grant Williams looked terrible.

Tyler Herro won the award for worst wingspan.

Herro had the rare negative wingspan differential by measuring in at 6-foot-4½ inches tall with a 6-foot-3¼ wingspan. noted that it is one of the worst wingspans in recent history, but it shouldn’t affect Herro’s stock because he isn’t considered one of the 15-20 best players in the draft for his wingspan. NBA teams want The Bucket, short arms and all.

Here are all the measurements for UK’s three participants:

BODY FAT % 7.10% 5.60% 8.60%
HAND LENGTH (INCHES) 8.00 8.00 9.00
HAND WIDTH (INCHES) 8.75 9.25 10.25
HEIGHT W/O SHOES 6′ 4.5” 6′ 4.75” 6′ 6.5”
HEIGHT W/ SHOES 6′ 6” 6′ 6” 6′ 8”
STANDING REACH 8′, 4.5” 8′, 8” 8′, 10.5”
WEIGHT (LBS) 192.4 216.4 230.4
WINGSPAN 6′ 3.25” 6′ 9.25” 7′ 2.25”

You can see all of the Kentucky players’ measurements here in Mrs. Tyler’s very thorough look at the numbers from every UK draft class in the Calipari era. Good stuff.

UK Baseball dropped another one, this time in a wet and wild heartbreaker to Vanderbilt.

Kentucky Proud Park saw a wild one last night as the Cats erased a nine-run deficit to No. 2 Vanderbilt, took a one-run lead into the eighth, sat through a two-hour rain delay, then gave up seven more runs in the eighth and ninth innings to lose in the end, 16-10.

Even in defeat, UK remains tied with Alabama and South Carolina for the final spot in next week’s SEC Tournament with only two games to play. They will get another shot at Vandy at KPP at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

The new Keith Madison life-size bobblehead is safe, in case you were worried.

But above all that, the worst part of last night’s game is my dad went by himself for Jimmy Buffett Night and they were already out of the free beach towels when he got there. Heartbreaking situation for the Franklin family. He was really excited about that beach towel giveaway and then he sat through a hurricane without being asked to participate in the Jimmy Buffett trivia between innings. Hold this L, Dad.

Jaden McDaniels.

Jaden McDaniels. Jaden McDaniels. Jaden McDaniels. Jaden McDaniels. Blah, blah, blah. Jaden McDaniels. Jaden McDaniels. Jaden McDaniels. Jaden McDaniels. Jaden McDaniels. Washington. Jaden McDaniels. Kentucky. Jaden McDaniels. Kentucky. Jaden McDaniels. Washington. Jaden McDaniels. Announcement. Jaden McDaniels. Decision. Crystal Ball. Blah, blah, blah.

That’s what my brain says when it is time to write yet another Jaden McDaniels update. We’ve been doing it everyday, multiple times a day, for a month. Wake me up when he does something. It may be today, it may be tomorrow, it may be five years from now at this point.

Copy-Paste-From-Yesterday Reminder: The Funkhouser Situation will record a live podcast on Monday and it is going to be a lot of fun.

The Funkhouser Situation, KSR’s pop culture podcast hosted by the hilarious Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse, will step out of the studio for next week’s show. Chris and Lee will be at the new Jake’s Cigar Bar in Brannon Crossing in Lexington (or is that Nicholasville?) for a live recording of the podcast and they’d love to have you there for a night of bourbon, cigars, laughter and the two of them arguing about movies. I’ll be there after the KSR Golf Scramble and Ryan Lemond’s Putt 4 Prison (long day so I’ll be feeling good) and you should be there too. The show will get going at 9 p.m.

Ryan’s prison is looking good.

Thanks to Casey Clark from Clarkmanship for putting it together. Check him out for all of your woodwork and prison cell needs.

Today’s KSR Show is at the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington.

The Ronald McDonald House does a lot of good for the community with its mission to create and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and to strengthen families by keeping them together in times of medical need. If you are going to today’s show, there is a long list of donation items they’ve asked us to bring. I know it’s short notice but it’d be mighty nice of you if you can grab something on the way. If not, no worries. We hope to see you there.

Go Cats.

Call me about my reservation, Taco Bell.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for Today On KSR: Taco Bell is opening a hotel and I’ve never been more excited about anything in my entire life

  1. FlySoup
    9:24 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

    What’s your go-to order at taco bell? I’m a #6 guy. If I’m really hungry i’ll add a nacho bell grande

      10:04 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

      I am a “dollar menu” where! Typical lunch 4 out of 5 days is 3 Spicy Potato soft taco and a Spicy Tostada. My $4 Feast and I leave stuffed… Occasionally I’ll try whatever is “new”, but I always go back the potato soft taco.

    • Realme
      10:19 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

      Cheesy Gordita Crunch.

  2. ClutchCargo
    9:32 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

    You forgot to mention the free bubble baths that are included.

  3. 2Dogs
    9:48 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Do humans have wingspans? Just thinking out loud.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:15 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

      And is there really an award for the shortest if the do?

  4. runningunnin.454
    9:53 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

    “Be still my heart”, ha ha ha. The swooning excitement of first seeing one’s gallant suitor, LOL, effeminate at best. Drew reads ladies’ romance novels.

    • Realme
      10:18 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

      *at Taco Bell.

  5. Cole28
    10:40 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

    So this is how the franchise war begins… #TacoBell #DemolitionMan

  6. henryclay99
    1:00 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Quit being such a baby about recruit updates…that’s why most people read your site.