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UK Fans of the Day Want Some Evening Notes


We are in New York City playing around with the tennis folks while back in Kentucky it seems as if virtually nothing is going on. That is good, as this week before the first football game tends to be the calm before the storm. Calipari and his team are taking a breather after the last few whirlwind weeks and even recruiting is on a bit of a lull. So for now, we go with the little news that has taken place:

— As I said the other night, I really think UK’s stance with Jaylen Brown has improved and they will have a very good shot in the long haul. Along with Brown, I expect you will see an increased pursuit of a couple of big men in the next two weeks, Caleb Swanigan and Skal Labissiare. Kentucky has wanted both guys for a long time, but the Cats believe these guys had a great summer and you may see a bit of a full court press on both players. Skal is the more polished and Kentucky is likely one of the top two with Memphis for his services. We all know it is hard to get a kid from there to pass up the Tigers, but Calipari has a lot to sell and I could see this heating up quickly for a player that some REALLY love. Swanigan was the best of the 2015 bigs this summer at the Peach Jam, if you talk about performance in that weekend only. He wasn’t that good before and he hasn’t been that good since, but a great weekend in the biggest event of the year turns heads. Kentucky liked him a lot (and fell for him while watching another big target Chieck Diallo) and would love to get in on his selection. Michigan State, Indiana and other schools have been involved for a while so we will likely find out in the next couple of weeks if Kentucky is making the necessary moves to get to the forefront of his recruitment.

— Hated to hear about the injury to Devante Parker. He is a kid who probably should have gone to the Draft and his decision to return was always dangerous. He will miss 6-8 weeks, causing some problems for the Cards early, but likely giving them a big weapon by the UK game. I always want the Cards to struggle, but I never root for injuries, so the Parker news was disappointing.

— Speaking of the Cards, I was told by some folks in Kentucky this week that UL is “grooming the UL version of Matt Jones” to take on Kentucky and Calipari. I find this notion laughable, but the name is apparently John Ramsey, a former tv and radio guy in Louisville. I know very little about John except he is remarkably tan and has muscles that are too large for a man his age. I haven’t listened to him yet, but I will almost guarantee failure at this endeavor. Being the “Matt Jones” of UL is a silly enterprise as the fan bases are not the same. Kentucky’s is bigger and more passionate and the statewide area makes creating this tide of momentum much easier. Plus, while it often looks like we don’t know what we are doing (and we sometimes don’t), there is a method to our madness and the idea that you can just recreate it, especially with a 20 year media veteran is silly. Going after Louisville is easy…you have Jurich, Pitino and Petrino giving us endless rounds of material on a daily basis. But trying to replicate what we do, especially with an individual who has neither the intelligence, fan standing or personality to be up to the task, will be a laughable failure and should be fun to watch on our end.

— There is so much to watch for in Kentucky’s first game on Saturday, but one of my main interests is seeing what WR Dorian Baker finally looks like on the field. Jared Lorenzen said on the radio with me today that he thought Baker was “The kind of receiver we have never had at Kentucky.” He is big, fast and has an athleticism that is of the highest elite status. While he won’t be starting, he will surely play and I expect him to make some plays early this season that we simply haven’t seen at Kentucky. He has the biggest chance to be a future WOW player of almost anyone on the team. I can’t wait to see him get started.

— We are in the process of trying to work out a KSR and BBN go to see Damien Harris day in October. On one of either two days (the ESPNU game versus Pulaski County or the Boyle County game at the end of the month), we will do our show live from Berea, have an afternoon in the town and then go to the game as a collective KSR fan base. We want all of you to mark your calendars (when we announce the day) and plan to come to the game. A collective showing will obviously be great and it will be a lot of fun to see the highest ranked recruit in Kentucky since Tim Couch in action.

As you know, Drew and I are up here doing our Tennis thing for Tennis Channel. It has been a lot of fun already, has led to some good stories (hopefully you heard our “bitch ass racket” story from this morning’s radio show) and will be good for KSR as we continue to make connections that help the show. If you get a chance, do us a favor and check out our work below at the “OUTER COURTS” blog. It has some classic KSR writing, you will find it funny even if you don’t care about tennis and you will be supporting the site. Thanks in advance.


See you folks tomorrow….

Article written by Matt Jones

46 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Some Evening Notes

  1. Declan A. McManus
    8:25 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    John Ramsey is the real deal. Beware of little bro. They are a bunch of “copy CATS”. Need more articles on Tennis. I am consumed by the US OPEN.

  2. frank
    8:25 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    your comment about Ramsey and steroids on twitter epitomizes your immaturity

  3. Catlogic15
    8:26 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Wow! Talk about throwing down the gauntlet! You go Matt!
    This will be fun.

  4. Classy
    8:27 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    UK sweat shirt in August – $25.00
    Teeth whitener – $50.00
    Botox injections- $ 500.00
    Taking a selfie in shell station bathroom – PRICELESS!

    • GoCats2
      8:50 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      I am convinced that the girl in blue is a mannequin and no one can tell me otherwise.

    • John Ramsey's Dog
      8:55 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      I think you’re right! Dang

    • catdaddyd
      9:10 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      Thought the same thing, probably still hit that though.

    • Isaac in Mobile
      1:43 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Looks more like a college dorm community bathroom, not that “Classy” would know what one looks like.

    • Classy
      6:01 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Defer to Isaac, he would know more about a girls bathroom than me.

  5. Badgercat
    8:28 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    How many years – y-e-a-r-s – will it take for this guy to beat KSR in head to head ratings in his own home town? It’s laughable that they are even touting that they are “grooming” him to take a run at KSR and Matt Jones. Pathetically weak. Pitino couldn’t get 500 people for his initial Cardinal Caravan in Jeffersontown during his first season at UL…and eventually stopped going. He also had to cancel his annual charity golf tournament after he couldn’t get support from the UL faithful like he did when he was at UK when the entire charity was started…and they think… “this guy” has a chance? What a joke…

  6. Dave Conrad
    8:32 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    I will bet Matt has never gotten a hot air balloon hung up in power lines. I bet Matt does not know Cassius Clay!

  7. How true
    8:36 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Awesome post. Could not agree more. Sounds so petty to take shots at someone’s intelligence. You come across as very small Jones…ll

  8. Chicago Chris
    8:39 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Relax, people. This is a shot across the bow. MJ probably would welcome a good foil.

    • catdaddyd
      9:15 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      What happened to “Talking noise with Lloyd.” He was trying to be a foil. He followed KSR and bit the dust after a few weeks.

  9. CorntuckyJoe
    8:46 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    I know mr ramsey and he is a like-able guy. He is a little in love with himself and is perfect for the card show. He is a typical UL fan and will be fun to watch, Not sure what following he will need to be successful, but he will struggle to get anything close to KSR. I think we should enjoy this joke as long as we can. GOO TARDS

  10. John Ramsey's Dog
    8:48 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    That’s it Jones, I’m going to drop the most impressive deuce on your front porch and hope you step in it…sans shoes. We all know you rednecks from Bell Co hate wearing shoes.

  11. UKBlue
    8:52 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    I thought UL already had what they consider their Matt Jones with Tony Vanetti. Actually everyone should thank Vanetti because he helped get Matt on the radio. Between The Afternoon Underdogs, Drew Deener (damn he is a tool) & Bob Valvano on ESPN Radio, Jody Demling Early Birds, Cardinal Connect, and Mike Rutherford Card Chronicle all combined aren’t doing the clicks or rating numbers KSR is doing. Adding Ramsey who less face it, as many jobs as he has had, obviously isn’t very good; adding another UL show will just create even more non ratings noise. People don’t understand the unprecedented radio ratings numbers KSR doing; those kind of numbers are unheard of in radio.

    • average fan
      10:03 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      I can’t believe Jody Demling is on the radio. That guy is the most boring radio host I have ever listened to. I have seen more morning car wrecks since he has been on the radio then I have seen in my entire life. I wish he came at 10 pm…I would listen to him and fall asleep so fast.

  12. Lucky
    8:54 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Love the comments on John Ramsey Matt. Ask him about his balloon experiences. Such a tard. If they don’t stay down they’ll lose twice again next year.

    • catdaddyd
      9:12 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      The balloon thing was pretty serious, not sure joking about that is cool.

    • Rei
      9:31 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      You’ve seen the people in the comments section of this site, you know nothing is off limits.

  13. Brian
    9:07 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    It’s amazing how many Louisville fans read this site.

  14. Seriously
    9:13 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville: they write the material for us. Keep it coming, #Tardz!

  15. catdaddyd
    9:25 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    “Kentucky’s is bigger and more passionate and the statewide area makes creating this tide of momentum much easier.”

    I would say UK fandom is nationwide, not just statewide. KSR gets calls from all over, Chicago, NC, FL, San Francisco, and seems like people overseas listen as well.

  16. Ace
    9:25 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Matt, do not bring any attention to them as that will only help their ratings. I remember Keith Olbermann making the comment while he was on MSNBC about Fox News O’Reilley Factor decision to go after him because he constantly attacked Bill O’Reilley. Olbermann said something like had they Fox News just ignored him then he would have struggled to get any ratings increase and his show might have been cancelled. Fox News helped promote Keith’s show of Countdown through attacking him and it was a popular one on

    We know that he left MSNBC with ratings very close to O’Reilley. Just ignore them and they will go away. Please let me know if you agree or disagree. I think it will be best just to leave them alone and not mention their new website or radio show.

    • Bradley
      9:48 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      Totally false. I don’t care where your allegiances lie politically, but Keith’s show was an abject failure. In fact, anything on MSNBC has horrendous ratings.

  17. catdaddyd
    9:28 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Got an email from NCAA today, got four tix to Final Four.

  18. Keith Myath
    9:30 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Instead of it being UL’s version of Matt Jones, it will be what people who dislike Matt Jones’s version of what they think he does. Lots of nonsensical insults at Calipari and mocking UK fans. Sure, Matt does that, but he does it about way less than people realize. Most of the time he’s talking about UK or about whatever interesting adventures are happening in his life. He brings up UL when they’ve done something stupid, newsworthy or its time to play them. If all he did was insult UL, he wouldn’t have nearly the fanbase he does. He’s figured out how to toe the line between talking about sports and keeping it entertaining instead of the lame droning that most sports radio does. Anyone that tries to copy that is going to fail if they don’t understand how he truly operates.

  19. inside info
    9:37 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Harris Day is a great idea Matt.

    • Kyleb740
      10:34 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      Well it isn’t his or ksr’s idea, but glad they are picking up on it and spreading it. This is a bbn moment not a ksr moment.

  20. Just the Facts
    9:49 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    While the ballon accident might not be “funny”, I can guarantee one thing that is funny is UofL’s ability to affiliate with people that committed adultery. Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, and this bozo. Before some will say “don’t cast stones”, I will say don’t cheat on the commitment they made to their spouse and family. When you break that commitment public stones can be tossed.

    • TNO
      3:42 pm August 27, 2014 Permalink

      Seriously? You spout your moral BS and then you deem that it is acceptable to toss public stones. Was your wife one of their partners in adultery? If not, why is it your business?

  21. Jkwoftw
    9:53 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    The intelligence thing is “punching down”

    • hal
      11:57 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

      yup. kinda harsh, jones. calling the guy an inevitable failure should be enough??

  22. KY Sports Teen Beat
    9:57 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t get it. Is Matt punching up or down?

  23. Wigmon
    10:55 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    I think you are onto a series Matt… Matt & Drew go Fishing, Mat & Drew go Deer Hunting, Mat & Drew Go Snipe Hunting, I’ll bet those Mat & Drew stories could be a lot of fun!

  24. AndyPopCat
    11:08 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    #BBNInvasion of Madison Southern’s (Damien Harris) game vs Pulaski Co. (Oct 10)

    11:09 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    The “UL Matt Jones” will not have the same impact as the “UL Tyler Thompson” would.

  26. You can't be serious
    11:19 pm August 26, 2014 Permalink

    Surely it’s not THIS guy…. right? LMAO

  27. Brad in Portland
    12:32 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    Line Beard Sports Radio?

  28. CATandMONKEY
    6:37 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    John isn’t a terrible human being. I knew him from his days on Oldies 103. His brother was a lot funnier though. UofL homer, he definitely shall be.

    UofL doesn’t have a large geographic area from which to draw listeners. Jefferson and surrounding counties and, inexplicably a few listeners in Hardin county. That is about it.

  29. LOL
    8:52 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    “especially with an individual who has neither the intelligence, fan standing or personality to be up to the task” to duplicate what you do matt? HAHAHA. Once again, you suck.

  30. Bleed Blue
    9:07 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    I can tell you right now the staff wants Daillo more than any other big in this class. They would love to have Skal also but Diallo is the main point of focus.

  31. Matt Jones' Slobbering Seizure
    10:18 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

    I love it when Matt Jones makes fun of someone else’s appearance while convieniently forgetting that he is a single 40 year old that is overweight, balding, and has a propensity for having seizures in public places and slobbering all over himself. THIS, to me, is pure comedy.

    • Dude
      11:02 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      You seem like you have envy issues. THAT, my friend, is obvious.

      Thanks for stopping by! 😉

    • Wow
      11:05 am August 27, 2014 Permalink

      So, MJSS (classy name, BTW) what you’re saying is, you are defending this guy, correct? You want THIS GUY to be your hero and Louisville’s radio wave savior? Amirite?