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May 26th, 2017

KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

The one and only Big Mick is a meaty masterpiece in its own right. Composed of two quarter-pound patties* of never-fresh, frozen, mostly beef raised close to the processing plant. Only McDowell’s

has the frosted beef and processed cheese to give you a major reason for
the afternoon trip to the secret bathroom only you and Debra know about on the 9th floor that is under construction.


You can be a part of McDowell’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

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#10 Stoops I Did It Again

Golf in the BBN will never be the same.

#9 Thomas Fowler

When in doubt, blame Laettner.

#8 Lisa In Lexington

KSR is everywhere.

#7 Trevor S

*rolling my eyes at this joke while also laughing a little*

#6 nostalgiaguru

As crazy as this is, I gotta say, this would’ve come in handy a lot during my time as a student.

#5 Amos Herald

BURRRNNN

#4 Arthur Martin

Yeah, don’t think I’ll be seeing that movie.

#3 Patrick Butcher

If only there were an actual school that did this…

#2 Roy Combs

It’s just a coincidence…

#1 WesPikeRealtor

They look like twins.


Happy Birthday to UK Quarterback Danny Clark

Courtesy: UK Athletics

Happy Birthday to the UK Quarterback of the future, Danny Clark. Clark turns the ripe age of 19 years old today. The former three-star recruit comes to Kentucky from Massillon, Ohio where he won two state championships. In fact, he was so much a star that he was formerly committed to Ohio State. When he decommitted, he became a top priority for the Cats. Clark enrolled a semester early and therefore was able to experience Spring practice.

Get to know the former Cat with this piece done by KyWildcatsTV on signing day:

Also be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday on Twitter @DClarkQB.


KSR Dance Off at Legends Game

The KSR team is enjoying a great night at the Lexington Legends and they were just given the opportunity to participate in a dance off between innings. The “judges” ruled that the other team won. You can be the judge from the video on how you think they did, let us know in the comments!

Thanks to @JackPilgrimKSR for the video!


South Carolina Eliminates Kentucky In Hoover

UK Athletics

Kentucky’s national seed hopes may have come to an end tonight as South Carolina eliminated UK with a 3-1 win in Hoover. Kentucky committed three errors and had two men picked off of first on a night that UK struggled to find their focus. The BatCats finish with a 1-2 record in the SEC Tournament.

Recap

Things started out in a positive direction for the Cats. Tristan Pompey singled and Evan White reached on an error to leadoff the game. After Zach Reks bunted the runners over, Luke Becker grounded out to short to score Kentucky’s only run of the game. 

South Carolina looked to answer in the bottom of the first as they put runners on the corners with two outs, but Justin Lewis shut the door with a huge strikeout to end the frame. Lewis paced UK today on the mound. His changeup and slider were excellent as he hit mid-90s on his fastball. He retired the Gamecocks in order in the second and third while striking out three in a row. On a day that there weren’t many positives, Lewis shined. Lewis competed harder than anyone has in this tournament and if not for him, this could have been a whole lot worse.

Kentucky’s offense never could get out of their own way in the middle innings. Becker and Zeke Lewis were both picked off of first base with no outs in an inning. The Cats went 0-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base in today’s loss. On defense, the Cats committed three fielding errors and allowed a runner to reach on a dropped third strike.

UK Athletics

Despite much help from his offense, Lewis cruised into the sixth inning. The redshirt sophomore carried a no-hitter 5.1 innings into the game before Justin Row singled for USC’s first hit. After throwing three pitches to the next batter, Lewis was removed mid at-bat. It was a strange moment as Lewis had only thrown 87 pitches and had a pitcher’s count on the batter. Logan Salow entered and retired the final two batters to preserve the lead,

It was in the seventh when USC finally broke through. Pinch hitter TJ Hopkins lifted a three-run home run to left over the head of Reks to give USC a 3-1. It had been a long time coming. UK’s offense could never give their pitchers any insurance and it cost them late.

The Cats’ pitching allowed only two hits in the loss. Unfortunately for UK, one of them was the three-run home run by Hopkins.

Kentucky’s final opportunity to score came in the eighth inning. Reks and Becker both collected singles with one out. Mahan sent a ball to the warning track that was reeled in for the second out. Mingione and Chad Holbrook played cat and mouse with righties and lefties when UK put two men in scoring position. After Luke Heyer stepped out as a pinch hitter, Holbrook went to a righty out of the pen. Mingione then used T.J Collett as a pinch hitter for a lefty-righty matchup. A .095 hitter, Collett bounced out to second to end the top of the eighth.

UK would get the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but USC stomped out yet another rally as Tristan Pompey bounced out to first to end the game.

Notes

Kentucky is probably on the outside looking in at a national seed. Finishing 5-6 in the final weeks of SEC play won’t help the Cats. The committee will take the team that is hottest when it comes down to that final national seed. Right now, Stanford is looking better than UK heading into the final weekend.

Don’t quit on this team. UK failed to execute in a lot of big spots tonight and yesterday, but the box score doesn’t tell the whole story. The two losses could have just as easily been wins if things were to fall the Cats’ way. UK is coming off a ten-game road trip and will be fully rested for next week’s regional.

 


Video of KSR First Pitches

The wait is finally over, we have video evidence from Matt, Drew and Ryan’s first pitch:

So what do you think? How did they do? Let us know in the comment section.

 


Seven Fans reported to the FBI in John Higgins case

Just when you thought this story had officially died, the prosecutor for the city of Omaha has brought it back to life. Today, he decided that the city of Omaha will not press charges against fans that are accused of threatening referee John Higgins. Higgins was the subject of massive scrutiny following the Kentucky-North Carolina game. There is no need for me to go into more specifics on what happened, because all of us secretly want to forget that day.

Those accused are not completely out of the water yet though. The prosecutor has contacted law enforcement officials about seven individuals and has notified the Federal Communications Commission of two media outlets that ran montages that displayed Higgins’ contact information. The prosecutor said that, “any criminal charges would be best served by deferring to authorities in the appropriate jurisdictions.” The names of both the media outlets and the seven individuals have yet to be released. When the Associated Press reached Higgins, he said that he has no comment and appreciates the work that law enforcement did on the case.

For more from the prosecutor on case, check out the entire article from the Courier-Journal by clicking here.


Kentucky Volleyball brings in their Highest Recruiting Class in History

Via @KentuckyVB

Congratulations goes out to the Kentucky Volleyball team who officially brought in the number five overall recruiting class. This is the highest recruiting class in program history. This is Head Coach Craig Skinner’s 8th top 20 ranking, but the first time he has been able to crack the top 5.

The class is headed by the number 4 player in the nation, Madison Lilley. Lilley comes to Kentucky from Overland Park Kansas, where she was the Gatorade State Player of the Year, Under Armor All-American and many more. The class also features Avery Skinner as the No. 32 ranked recruit, Gabby Curry as No. 46 and Kendyl Paris as No. 81.

Skinner post this message on Twitter:

“As I think about recruiting. We have to give a ton of credit to the players we have in this program & the culture that has been established. Over the years we have worked diligently to bring in high character people who want to achieve at the highest level and create opportunities for success. These players give great effort to be their best every day. They are passionate, driven, and selfless people who care about this university and their teammates. When recruits come to visit, they see and feel that this is where they belong. As a staff we need to thank all of our former and current players for believing in us and knowing that UKVB is a “life” decision. #WhynotKentucky?”

Kentucky Volleyball opens their season up on August 16th with a high powered exhibition match against WKU. The Lady Toppers have won 3-straight Conference USA tournaments and are heavy favorites to win a fourth this season. The regular season opens on August 25th against Arkansas State. Both matches will be at Memorial Coliseum.


KSR Night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark is here

@DawsonRule

Following this morning’s radio show, the crew returns to Whitaker Bank Ballpark for KSR night at the Lexington Legends. The game starts at 7:05 and Matt, Drew and Ryan will each be throwing out the first pitch. It leads us to ask this question:

Here are some pregame pictures:

Be sure to check back soon for video of the first pitches.


SEC Tournament Live Diary: Kentucky vs South Carolina

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Worst First Pitches In History Before KSR Throws The Worst First Pitches In History

We are about two hours away from the KSR takeover of the Lexington Legends game against Tim Tebow’s Columbia Fireflies, and I am getting ready for the ceremonial first pitch by watching other people fail miserably at throwing ceremonial first pitches.

From John Wall to 50 Cent, Mariah Carey to the mayor of Cincinnati, there have been so many horrendous attempts at throwing a baseball 60 feet. You can see many of those in the video below, and then we’ll have video of our own fails from tonight’s game;

I honestly don’t think I’ve held a baseball since about the second grade, but I think I can do better than John Wall.


Report: The Nets would’ve picked Diallo

Bryan Fonseca of NetsDaily.com has it on good faith that Brooklyn would’ve used one of its two first-round picks on Hamidou Diallo in this year’s draft:

If the name Bryan Fonseca sounds familiar to you, it is because he was the first person to report Hamidou Diallo would return to Kentucky, over an entire day before Diallo announced that decision. The credibility is strong in this one.

That leaves us to wonder what Brooklyn told Diallo before he decided to return. If the team was so set on drafting him, why didn’t they give him the promise he was seeking? And if they did, why did he come back?

I guess it doesn’t matter now though. He’s a Wildcat.


Letter to Herald-Leader Editor: “Coach sells out players”

A concerned fan of the Kentucky basketball program wrote in to the Herald-Leader this week to express her concerns about John Calipari and his “pimping” of Kentucky basketball.

The Letter to the Editor submission says it’s a bad message for Calipari to push his players to go for the money, but the young men should not be faulted for wanting to make money, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. The way I see it, if the players want to make money in the pros, what’s so bad about pushing them to make money in the pros? Seems to me everyone is on the same page there, no?

Anyway, here’s the letter:

I was comforted by the April 21 letter from the Memphis grad. I feel so alone for not being a fan of University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari. I never liked his “marketing mouth,” but gave him a chance until I watched him morph into the king of one and done. He couldn’t do it at universities of Massachusetts or Memphis. He needed UK to achieve his goal. He has pimped Kentucky basketball.

I picture him standing on a street corner when a limousine pulls up, and a bald-headed guy rolls down the window and says: “Whatta you got for me?”

“I have five more good ones,” Cal says.

“They’re not gonna want to stay in school are they?” the guy asks.

“Nah,” Cal says, “I told them they’ve already won the lottery. If they want a degree, they can go online and get one from the University of Phoenix.”

I do not fault the talented young men who love basketball and want to play in the pros and make money. Nor would I fault Calipari for supporting them if they had made a decision to go. But, in ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary, I learned that he pushes them to go for the money. I think that is a very bad values message from the king coach. [The Herald-Leader]

In related news, people still write letters to the editor? What is this, 1997?


Diallo named among ESPN’s Top 25 Players in College Basketball

Now that Hamidou Diallo is back on board for a season of college basketball at Kentucky, his name is being tossed around as one of the premier players in the game for the 2017-18 season.

Today, ESPN.com ranked its top 25 players in college basketball, and Diallo was on the list at No. 21.

Here’s what the World Wide Leader’s John Gasaway had to say about UK’s star guard:

21. Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky Wildcats
After enrolling at Kentucky in January, Diallo has a head start on Kevin Knox and the rest of yet another incredibly talented freshman class in Lexington. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard waited to the last minute to withdraw his name from the draft, and now the Wildcats will benefit from his 7-foot wingspan and attacking style. A freshman season featuring a sufficient number of made 3s would likely be enough to put Diallo into lottery territory for 2018.

As for the other 24 players in the rankings, Grayson Allen took the No. 1 overall spot; Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., a true freshman, landed at No. 2 on the list, behind Allen; and there are a few other notables like Mohamed Bamba at No. 18 and Texas A&M’s Robert Williams at No. 24.

See the entire list here.


Tai Wynyard to play for New Zealand in FIBA U19 World Cup

We know at least one Kentucky Wildcat playing in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup this summer, but he won’t be on John Calipari’s Team USA roster.

Tai Wynyard — the Lumberjack, as he’s known around these parts — will once again represent his home country of New Zealand. Kentucky’s redshirt sophomore was selected as one of 12 members of the Junior Tall Blacks (that’s the team’s name), therefore he will be making the trip to Cairo to possibly play against his college coach and the Americans.

Wynyard is well versed in international competition; he has played in the 2013 FIBA U16 Oceania Championship, the 2014 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship and the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship, and was named MVP of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in 2015 after he led his team to the gold medal. He played again in the 3×3 World Cup in 2016.


Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for Enes Kanter for “praise of a terrorist organization.”

@Enes_Kanter

Just when we thought Enes Kanter’s wild week had come to a peaceful end, his tough situation with Turkey has apparently just begun…

After being detained at a Romanian airport last week after his passport was cancelled mid-flight, Kanter eventually found his way back to the United States safe and sound.

Now, word out of local Turkish newspapers is that there is a warrant out for Kanter’s arrest, accusing the OKC Thunder big man of being a member of a terrorist organization.

Uh…. what?

According to this Yahoo article, the Turkish government feels Kanter’s association with Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen means he supports an armed terrorist group named Fethullah Terrorist Organisation.

Gulen has adamantly denied the existence of said group.

Kanter allegedly used an encrypted messaging app called Bylock, which the Turkish government believes was created for Gulen supporters. They also believe several of his social media accounts indicate he “praises” the terrorist group.

Kanter’s response?

“You cannot catch me. Hahaha,” he said on Twitter. “Don’t waste your energy. I am already going to come to (Turkey) to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces.”

During his detainment at the Romanian airport last week, Kanter compared Turkish president Erdogan to Adolf Hilter, and his dislike for the man doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Once again, #FreeEnes.