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UK Fan of the Day Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast

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It’s a frigid day across the Bluegrass and Middle Tennessee area, and luckily, I’ve found a sunny corner of the coffee shop to stay warm.  Here are some notes to keep the blood flowing, brought to you by the three goggler in last night’s crowd:

— The question everyone (including my mother) is asking today is “What’s wrong with Willie?”.  We’ve gone over Willie’s struggles ad nauseum today, and I’d really rather not spend too much time speculating about what’s going on inside the head of a 19-year-old, especially if it’s personal. I will say this: Cal went to Willie towards the end of game to give him a chance to finish on a good note, and it backfired.  Willie turned the ball over twice and allowed Davonte Fitzgerald to get a dunk.  We’ve heard that Willie’s actually doing well in practice, so hopefully this is just a mental funk and Willie will snap out of it soon.

—  With Willie struggling, Dakari Johnson has made some major strides. Over the past three games, Dakari’s scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and is becoming an effective presence in the paint, even forcing Texas A&M to alter their shots at times last night.  Cal was so impressed with Dakari’s play that he started him over Willie in the second half, and after the game, hinted that he may do that again if Willie continues to play poorly: “Like Dakari, if you’re better than a starter, I’ll start you.”

All of this has some wondering if Dakari will get the start on Saturday against Georgia.  While I’m all for Dakari’s progress, I don’t see that happening (just yet, at least).  Cal and all of the players interviewed seemed confident that Willie will bounce back, and for now, starting another player over him may do more bad than good in terms of confidence.  Besides, if anyone deserves the chance to start right now, it’s Alex.

Come discuss whether or not you think Dakari deserves to start over Willie at The House of Blue.

— On a completely different note, I have to bring up the news that Vince Young has filed for bankruptcy.  For those of us who live in Nashville, this comes as no surprise.  The Titans took Young with the #3 pick in the 2006 NFL draft, and over his time in Nashville, paid him over $50 million.  Now, Young has estimated assets between $500,001 and $1 million, liabilities between $1,001,000 and $10 million, and two big lawsuits on his hands.  Back in 2012, callers to Clay Travis’ radio show helped uncover how Young spent his fortune.  Look at this list and tell me if you feel sorry for him:

  • Young was a regular at TGI Fridays, and he dropped $6,000 there once on ONE MEAL.  His “special drink” at Fridays?  A melon drop.
  • During his rookie year, Young spent $5,000 a week at the Cheesecake Factory
  • In 2007, he bought all but ten of the seats on a Southwest flight from Nashville to Houston
  • After each game, he went straight to the Morton’s Steakhouse downtown to order $600 shots of Louis XIII

I didn’t think it was possible to spend that much in a TGI Fridays.

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— If you haven’t heard yet, UK tennis player Tom Jomby is KSR’s newest student intern.  Jomby was named SEC Player of the Week today after winning all eight of his matches this past week, and will be writing a journal for the site about the tennis team this year.  Tom earned MAJOR bonus points around the KSR compound for receiving a warning for sitting in the stands after his match yesterday to heckle Indiana’s players.  Keep it up, Jomby, and we’ll let you have BTI’s papasan chair in the compound.

Go check out his first entry: Jomby’s Journal: UK Men’s Tennis Starting The Season The Right Way

— Former Bengals offensive coordinator and new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was introduced at the Washington Wizards game last night, and broke out the John Wall dance when showed on the jumbotron.

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Props, even if his son told him to do it.

—  On today’s show, Matt and Ryan recapped UK’s win over Texas A&M, and Ryan shared a somewhat true and incredibly ridiculous story about Melvin Turpin.  Hear it for yourself over at TalkRadio1080.com.

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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.

27 Comments for UK Fan of the Day Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast



  1. asdf
    4:08 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Looking over Vince Young’s expenses, most of them seem to be restaurant-related. Did he really EAT his way into bankruptcy? And why isn’t he still in the league as an O-Lineman?



  2. stevem
    4:13 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    First of all I wish Willie the best. He’s a good kid, I’m sure and we need him if we are going to have a chance at the Final Four. But it’s a little disingenuous that no one close to the program seems to have a slightest clue what’s wrong with Willie, which tells me it’s really something perhaps better left undisclosed. If his “funk” was a health or family issue it would have leaked out so that BBN could rally to his side. The fact it hasn’t might indicate it’s something a little less mentionable, like girl problems and all its ramifications. If that’s the case Willie better shape up or he’s going to find his career in a tailspin.



  3. Bam Bam
    4:16 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    I would say that Vince Young is in a bigger funk that Willie. #perspective



  4. CATSCATSCATS
    4:18 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Nice to see the “John Wall” making a cameo, been awhile.



  5. Buckets
    4:22 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    You’d think Louie XII would be cheaper than Louie XIII.



  6. Buckets
    4:22 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    *Louis



  7. Really?
    4:39 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    You hate to spend too much time contemplating what is going on in Willie’s head? Every post has brought it up. You guys act like you don’t want to speculate about it because you know it is ridiculous. The guy is just playing like crap right now, move on.

    And btw, everyone thinking that sticking him in at the end of the game was a chance at redemption. I am sure that is how Cal viewed it (because Cal is a good guy), but Willie may have been embarrassed about playing mop up duty. God knows I would have been embarrassed.



    • Beavis
      5:07 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      What was Willie supposed to do,,,refuse to play ? Every player on the team has had “slumps” this year. Willie’s time.



  8. ComeOn
    4:46 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Matt Elam please don’t throw your life away and go to UK when you could actually win a game if you go to Bama!!!!!!



    • jpg
      6:10 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      Go away, Troll!!!



    • $1.75 Tacos?
      8:22 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      UK has more ex-players in the Super Bowl than Bama.



  9. just saying
    5:03 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    So when are we going to talk about how big a liability James Young is becoming? He’s the worst shooting “best shooter” Ive ever seen (avg 30% from 3pt), refuses to attack the rim, and is proving to not be the “perimeter defensive stopper” he was billed to be.



  10. Winston
    5:11 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Please don’t ever give Travis clicks. Ever, ever, ever.



  11. cleman gaines
    5:44 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Earlier today KSR had a post comparing the record of Rupp and Calapari. This could be construed as another comparison of Rupp and Calapari. I worked with John “Frenchy” DeMoissey in 1950. For the younger generation John played for Rupp in the early 1930’s making AA in 1936, if my memory doesn’t fail me. “Frenchy” told of a player experiencing difficulties similar to Willie’s. After a practice Rupp called the player to him told the player there was nothing wrong with except all his of strength and energy was going out of the head of his “one eyed Willie” and to do 25 laps around the court. I wonder if Willie is having female problems.



  12. jpg
    6:15 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Stein needs to stay the starter just to keep his confidence up (a message that Cal believes in him). It does not take any time to sub a player in. Johnson has been great off the bench, so let him be there for now!!

    Is it me, or does Jay Gruden’s son look dead up like his dad?

    Vince Young deserves his misFORTUNES, to say the least.



  13. Jim Snooka
    6:25 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Jomby is a good tennis player. With that said, heckling the other teams players at a tennis match to the point you get a warning is not cool and I am,trying to think if I have seen someone come close to that before? I don’t know the context of what happened and I am guessing IU players were not saints during this match. Regardless manners and respect are important and at the very least the author of this article should not be telling him to keep it up.



  14. Real Cracka
    6:42 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Funny how everyone is overly concerned with Willie’s “confindence” if Cal benches him. But when you use the same argument for subs that Cal won’t put in as a reason why they don’t produce immediately everyone says it’s nonsense. And that they should be ready when they get their chance. Confidence is huge in sports and even bigger at the college level because the players are still so young. And when your coach continually shows he doesn’t believe in you you’re going to be nervous when he does finally put you in. Especially if it’s a close game. Cal had the chance to avoid this with Lee and Willis early in the season when we played weak teams and had big leads. Now, on the rare occasion, when he puts them in these high pressure games they aren’t ready. And we’re up 17 last night and Lee and Willis are both sitting on the bench. He completely wasted Polson last season. And Hood. With Hood having a whopping 20 minutes this season. And he’s completely wasting Willis this season. I’m sure none of them are expecting big minutes but at very f’n least let them in with 3 minutes left while your blowing someone out.



  15. Dick Pitino
    8:27 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Did you know Jay Gruden play football at UL? Now ex-UL players are doing the “John Wall dance”.



  16. Kentuckiana Kat
    8:41 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Re: the fork incident….perhaps you should ask Melvin’s teammates Goose or L. Johnson about that incident…I’m sure they would know the true story.



  17. nuzeguy
    8:58 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Am I the only person getting tired of the overstatements of player progress on this site? Dakari is making huge strides? Dakari would still be on the bench if WCS hadn’t spaced out recently. He’s their only legit option. Poythress is a different player? Poyhtress is playing fewer minutes, has the same limitations, but is a little more aggressive on the boards. Does anyone remember that five games ago we were all asking what’s happened to him? And don’t even get me started on the overreaction every time a Harrison twin plays well…or in some cases….when they don’t play poorly.

    KSR overhyped these poor kids so much that they grasp at straws now with any glimmer of hope. I’m watching a young team struggle to gain an identity and I understand and am okay with that. I used to love this site but the uneducated writing and cheer leading by some on this site is growing tiresome.



    • Wi Tu Hi
      9:03 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      YES!



    • Gimme a Break
      10:23 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      We probably wouldn’t even notice if you went away.



    • nuzeguy
      10:42 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry I forgot to drink the kool aid, Gimme.



  18. Antoine Walker
    9:06 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    I blew through 100 million. Vince Young is an amateur!



  19. Rixter
    10:21 pm January 22, 2014 Permalink

    Word is that Willie is the best practice player at UK since JP Blevins.



  20. Brad
    7:42 am January 23, 2014 Permalink

    Some of WCS problems are because he is having to defend guards out on the three point line 22 feet from the basket. This is due to the Harrisons inability to play defense, WCS is being used to shut down the dribble drive or the pick drive. This is also leading to fouls that he would not normally have which leads to time sitting. If the Harrisons could guard WCS would then be able to block shots and rebound but so far this is not the case.