There I was, walking the mean streets of Meadowthorpe last night when a familiar face jumped out at me from the side of the building. The lady and I were making a quick Goodwill drop-off, when out of the corner of my eye I saw one of the country folk-singing GOATs himself, Mr. John Prine, in mural form.
Big John Prine guy here, if you didn’t know. Shout out Muhlenberg County, where my parents my born. Sam Stone came home to the wife and family. Give me all of it. I’m hoping to see him live in concert next month in Central City, down by the Green River where Paradise lay.
Anyway, this new John Prine mural I stumbled upon sure is a beautiful piece of art and a lovely addition to Leestown Road. It’s on the side of what is now an empty building but will soon become Apollo Pizza, although I’ve been hearing that for what seems like 10+ years. Hopefully it pops up soon because I’m told Apollo Pizza is delicious and I like pizza.
Now for some non-John Prine talk while I play John Prine softly in the background as I write.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. is in Lexington.
As I told you late last night, Kerry Blackshear Jr. and his old man, Kerry Blackshear Sr., I presume, made it to Lexington to begin Jr.’s official visit to the University of Kentucky. The father and son were up past curfew with John Calipari, Kenny Payne and Tony Barbee and the visit will carry on into today when all the real fun starts.
If things go well, maybe the staff can convince him to go ahead and sign on the dotted line and pick his room over at the lodge before he leaves town. If not, the fight will continue a little longer.
Whatever happens, we’ll be on top of it here on KSR.
Yesterday’s KSR show was a must-listen.
Tuesday’s Kentucky Sports Radio radio show was hosted by the biggest names over at the UK football training facility. The “Big Dog” Vince Marrow hosted the first hour of the show with special guest appearances from Lynn Bowden and Eddie Gran, before handing the second hour over to new defensive coordinator Brad White, who brought on a star-studded cast of characters from Josh Allen to Kash Daniel to Mark Stoops himself.
Listen to the entire two hours here. You will not regret it.
Highlights from the show in written form are linked below:
— Vince Marrow is pissed off at the national media
— Lynn Bowden faked being sick to avoid Ohio State coaching staff after committing to UK
— Josh Allen made a surprise phone appearance from Jacksonville
— Vince Marrow thinks Justin Rigg can be better than CJ Conrad
Everyone was so good and so honest; in some cases, maybe too honest.
The KSR Football Podcast crew (sans Nick Roush) will host today’s show.
For some odd reason, we volunteered to follow one of the best shows of the summer. It’s not our greatest idea, but we’ll do our best to recap yesterday’s coaches’ show with behind-the-scenes stories and analysis from former players Charles Walker and Austin MacGinnis, two guys who helped build Mark Stoops’ program into what it is today. They’ll be in studio with Ryan Lemond and me for two hours this morning and we’d love to hear from you. I’m definitely asking Austin if Mark Stoops has repaid him for saving his job.
Kentucky’s three NBA Draft stars landed in New York.
Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and Paul Washington Jr. touched down in New York yesterday to begin all of their NBA Draft fun. All three will be in the green room tomorrow night; until then, they’re doing promotional things around the city, per their social media accounts.
Herro shared a photo from what looks like an upcoming Players’ Tribune story; Johnson flew private to get to the draft; and Washington hit a Panini America (the trading card company) VIP party when he landed late last night. That’s only a small glimpse of everything those guys having going on this week prior to hearing their names called Thursday night.
I’m fascinated by this super-long article I just read on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
While sitting around waiting for any little piece of Kerry Blackshear news to break last night, I spent some time (a lot of time, actually) reading The Atlantic‘s new million-word story on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — you know, the one that vanished out of thin air over five years ago now. I’m not the one to explain it all to you here on KSR (although I do feel like an expert now) but I’ll point you in the right direction if I’ve piqued your interest in the story. Here, have a link: “What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane” by William Langewiesche, a great author/journalist/former pilot.
OK, time for me to get over to the radio station.
Looking forward to Chuck and Austin talking about their time at UK and whatever else comes up when Ryan and I are on the air without Matt!
Tune in at 10 a.m.