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UK/Elvis Fans of the Day Want Afternoon Notes and Today’s Podcast

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Good afternoon, KSR readers! You ain’t never caught a rabbit, but you’re a friend of mine, so how ’bout some afternoon notes? Sound good? Good.

— It’s a bye week for Kentucky football, therefore the Monday newswire is slow and the media didn’t get its free lunch. However, aside from the starving reporters, the bye week couldn’t come at a better time. Kentucky is banged up on both sides of the ball and the extra week of preparation will go a long way for the Florida game, one I think UK can potentially win. The Gators’ win streak is at, like, 40 million consecutive games, but this isn’t the explosive Florida we used to know and there will be a familiar face over on the sideline that many of the UK upperclassmen would like to send home with a loss. It sounds crazy, I know, but this is the best opportunity to upset the Gators in several years and Mark Stoops and his staff have two weeks to put together a game plan to pull it off.

— Kickoff for the September 28th game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and it will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. It’s the first night game of the season, so show us what you’re made of in the parking lot, Big Blue Nation. It better be a crazy tailgating atmosphere throughout the entire afternoon. Anything like the last hour or so of tailgating before the Louisville game will be just dandy and you have all day to do it. Drink responsibly.

— Over at Cats Illustrated, Corey Albertson has a recap of Calipari’s in-home visit with Stanley Johnson last week. Johnson’s AAU coach told the Rivals affiliate, “Stanley said that Calipari told them that if he were to come in and perform well that the stage would be set for him to do something special.” The coach, Jules Milstead, went on to say that Johnson was really excited about Tyler Ulis’ commitment to the Cats because he likes unselfish point guards and Ulis is one of the best in America at sharing the rock.

Johnson, who Calipari told would be “the man” at UK in 2014-15, trimmed his list to five schools this morning: Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and USC. Kansas and UCLA were dropped from consideration. He’ll visit Lexington for Big Blue Madness next month.

— In an article I have a difficult time agreeing with, Jeff Goodman ranked Kentucky the 11th deepest team in college basketball for the upcoming season.  Now, I won’t pretend to know a lot about some of the teams he put ahead of the Cats, but here are the 10 he believes can go deeper: Kansas, Louisville, Florida, Duke, Virginia, Harvard, St. John’s, SMU, Syracuse, and Notre Dame. Harvard, ladies and gentlemen. Harvard.

— Breaking Bad last night… WOW. That’s all.

— Surprise, surprise… Louisville fans are telling themselves they never wanted Jaquan Lyle all along. My favorite: “Just reaffirms what I thought all along. He’s a me me me primadonna biatch.” Yeah, OK.

— On this morning’s radio show, Matt and Ryan recapped Saturday’s loss and then got to the good stuff: Ryan Lemond vs. the Miss America contestants. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com. You’ll “be proud of who yourself” if you do.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

26 Comments for UK/Elvis Fans of the Day Want Afternoon Notes and Today’s Podcast



  1. Jeff
    3:18 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    No hard to believe that there are 10 teams deeper than the Cats. No one said “more talented.” Just means they can play 9 or more because they are not as talented. Breaking Bad was ridiculous; so good!



  2. Jeff
    3:20 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Not hard to believe that there are 10 teams deeper than the Cats. No one said “more talented.” Just means they can play 9 or more because they are not as talented. Breaking Bad was ridiculous; so good!



  3. Mc
    3:20 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. 11th deepest team. Ha!



  4. Louisville1Cal4
    3:22 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    11th deepest but 1st in talent easily lol We have guys coming off our bench that would start for most of those teams.



  5. UK
    3:23 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    The thing about Goodman’s article is that he’s basing UK’s low ranking entirely off of the lack of a back-up point guard. He clearly has no idea about Dominique Hawkins and doesn’t have much to support the ranking anyway.



  6. Mc
    3:24 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    This team is deep. When you have 7 projected 1st round draft picks, and Marcus Lee (who could become 1) and have versatile players that can play multiple positions you have depth.
    Point Guard Depth=Aaron Harrison can handle.
    Shooting guard Depth=James Young can back up the 2
    SF depth=If Young doesn’t take over the starting role he can back up the 3
    The front court depth is insane.
    Basically however you rotate these 8 guys in and out you’re not missing a beat. If you line up the other team’s side-by-side, you’ll see a drop off when people try to back up certain spots. Then if Hawkins can give some minutes you have that added bonus.



  7. Ice Cubed
    3:43 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    This team runs deep, so deep, we put yo ass to sleep.



  8. dude
    3:49 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Goodman was asked on twitter and he responded like talent was taken into account and that UK has a weak backcourt bench. But Harvard? SMU? Virginia? Those are schools that our walkons turn down schollys from. ridiculous.



  9. Don
    3:50 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    What does that mean, ” the stage will be set for Stan do to something special”?



  10. jpg
    3:50 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    The thing about our PG position is that UK starts with Andrew, but Polson is a very RELIABLE back-up! The kid played quite a bit last year, and although he is not crazy athletic or explosive, he showed that he will never lose a game for UK. He has earned his playing time.

    Plus, who knows how good Hawkins is going to be. He has the skill set to be dynamic in Cal’s offense.



  11. The Muffin Man
    3:54 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Why has my comment been waiting moderation and then disappear as though it was never given?



  12. RealCatsFan
    3:55 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, I made the mistake of clicking on that link to the UL homer website – what a bunch of goobers! Now I know where all the bird trolls that are flocking over here are coming from. If I had a bunch of time on my hands it would be fun to whack that hornets nest a few times, but their mods would probably catch on pretty quickly.



  13. The Muffin Man
    4:00 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    As I tried to say earlier…these are the guys who could POSSIBLY fill each position at some point during the season.

    PG- Both Harrisons, Hawkins, Polson Total of 4
    SG- Both Harrisons, Young, Floreal Total of 4
    SF- Young, Poythress, Floreal, (possibly Randle, Lee, Willis) Total of 6
    PF- Randle, Lee, Poythress, Willis, WCS Total of 5
    C- Johnson, WCS, Lee, maybe Randle Total of 4

    Where are the depth issues? A total of 12 players who could see playing time during any game. I also believe that Willis, Hawkins and Floreal will be better then most think. Not saying they will be stars, but better than expected.



  14. MCaron
    4:02 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    I stopped reading that L’Ville link after the second person used L1C4 as a descriptive term of their program.



  15. Al Becker
    4:14 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll volunteer to be that statue’s left thumb.



  16. RealCatsFan
    4:20 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Yep, I guess Lyles wasn’t “L1C4 enough” to play at UL. Quite possibly the dumbest slogan in sports currently.



  17. bosshog
    4:36 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    It is about time someone other than Matt started posting these chauvinistic “fans of the day” pictures. I’ve always known that Drew was really just as big a chauvinist as Matt. Way to go Drew! And I’d have to agree with Goodman here, I think UK has very serious problems with depth this year-we’ll struggle to compete with any of these other teams because of our short bench. LOL!



  18. KevinM
    4:44 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Ask Goodman what tells you that the top 10 have better backup PGs? He doesn’t even know, but he’ll try to convince someone.

    Kansas
    Louisville
    Florida
    Duke
    Virginia
    Harvard
    St. John’s
    SMU
    Syracuse
    Notre Dame



  19. rick
    4:47 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    #17, You are not a cat fan, so shut up.



  20. J in Orlando
    4:51 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Remember this article at the end of the year…when we win the title, Goodman, as well as every writer who slights our team will start saying we had the most talent and depth all along and that’s why we won…avoiding giving Cal credit at all costs. Its nothing but hypocrisy and click-hunting from the bottom-feeders in the business. I’ll be happy to point out to opposing fans how Cal, working with only the 11th deepest team, managed to coach his way to the flat-out best record.



  21. UKSupporter76
    4:55 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Who drives a big white Cadillac and doesn’t know what “chauvinist” means?



  22. Duuuuuude
    5:06 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    I find it really really hard to believe that Cal told Johnson that he would be the man at UK. Heck, he did not even tell Julius Randall that he would not be guaranteed playing time. He tells every recruit they earn their way….that is one of the things that makes Cal’s visits different.



  23. UKfan8008
    5:21 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Loved the show……. lol @ giving cbs rich ackerman a hard time. thats classic right there



  24. Do whut?
    5:23 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Gorsh us Kentucky fans would NEVER say stupid stuff on a message board about a kid if he were to decommit. It’s fun to make fun of little brother and we should particularly when they say stuff like “in this day of L1C4” but could we be more hypocritical? We’ve had morons make death threats when a kid merely picked another school. Of course this sight is so fixated on Pitino and Louisville it’s Jones and Co. that sounds like Lil Bro.



  25. jpg
    5:29 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    17, this just happens to be the deepest team Cal has fielded at UK. Goodman’s rationale is about the same as UL fans thinking Harrell is the answer as their starting Center.



  26. STEVE!
    5:44 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    I think our backcourt, particularly at PG, is deeper than the 2012 team, and that team did OK. We only had a three-man rotation (Teague, Lamb, Miller) at Guard that year.

    On the football side, please explain how this year is the best opportunity in years we have had to upset the Gators. Our talent level is the lowest its best since Curry (did you see that South Alabama beat WKU this weekend?), and we had some pretty decent teams over the past 25 years that lost to Florida.