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July 21st, 2019

Jim Herman Wins the 2019 Barbasol Championship

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On the PGA’s only stop in Lexington, Jim Herman walks away victorious at the 2019 Barbasol Championship.

Herman came into the day with a one-stroke lead on Kelly Kraft, and it went neck and neck all afternoon. With two holes to go, both golfers were tied at 26-under.

After two shots down the fairway on 17, Herman was hit into the bunker, while Kraft hit it on the green – setting up a long putt that was for sure to be a two-putt. However, Herman chipped it on and tapped it in for par, while Kraft’s putt for par rimmed out, which resulted in a three-putt and a bogey which gave Herman a one-stroke lead heading to 18.

Both golfers would par on 18 and Herman would pick up his second tour victory in his career. He took the Houston Open back in 2016.

(Photo via PGATour.com)

For the Kentucky guys, Josh Teater finished sixth at 21-under, Chip McDaniel finished 68th at two-under, and Cullan Brown, a freshman at UK, finished 53rd at 10-under. Brown will not be able to receive any winnings, due to his amateur status forced by the NCAA.

JT Poston, who was caddied by former KSR writer Aaron Fleener, finished 29th at 14-under.

Congrats to Jim Herman on winning the 2019 Barbasol Championship.


Dan Roszel to be the new Pitching Coach at Kentucky

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ECU pitching coach Dan Roszel is leaving Greenville and headed to Lexington to join the Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff, per HoistTheColurs.net.

Roszel was with the Pirates for nine years and is leaving the program after a 47-18 season where they hosted a regional for the second straight year and made the program’s fifth all-time Super Regional appearance before falling to Louisville.

He will join a Kentucky team coached by Nick Mingione, who going into his fourth season at UK. In his first three seasons, Mingione holds a record of 104-84, and his Wildcats missed the SEC tournament in 2019 along with the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, which is what brought the coaching staff changes.

Last season, Kentucky’s pitching posted an ERA of 5.10 and opponents were batting .257 against the Cats in a season that saw them finish 26-29.

Roszel will look to better those numbers, and he has the resume to do it with 19 seasons under his belt.

During his time at East Carolina, he was responsible for developing the program’s highest-ever draft pick in starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, who was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays ninth overall in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Roszel also coached Major League Baseball All-Star Chris Sale as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast.

Roszel’s 2019 staff led The American in eight statistical categories including wins (47), strikeouts (595), innings pitched (577.2), shutouts (six) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.79) while ranking second in the AAC in ERA (3.96) and WHIP (1.32). The Pirates also set the AAC record for league wins with 20.

For a Kentucky program that has been predicated on dominant pitchers, such as Sean Hjelle, Justin Lewis, and Zack Thompson; this hire was crucial for a Kentucky program that took a massive step back last year. Hopefully, this hire will put the Wildcats back in the right direction.


J.B. Holmes Suffers a Slow Finish in the Final Round of the British Open

J.B. Holmes

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It looked like this was going to be a promising weekend at the British Open for Campbellsville native and UK alum J.B. Holmes. Heading into Saturday’s round, Holmes was tied in the lead with eventual winner Shane Lowry.

After falling out of the lead by six strokes, Holmes was still in contention in third place at -10.

But today was disastrous for Holmes in every way possible, shooting an astounding 16-over-par, which dropped him 64 places on the leader board, as he finished the British Open 67th at six-over-par.

Not only was his game lousy today, but his pace of play made a lot of folks mad, especially Brooks Koepka.

Just wasn’t the best day for the former Cat. Get ’em next time J.B.


It’s National Ice Cream Day which means we need to talk about Rupp Arena Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream day folks! If you’re reading this, I hope you got a scoop and a cone of your favorite ice cream today. But, if your favorite type of Ice Cream is Rupp Arena Ice Cream, and you look at it the same way Dan Schulman does in this picture, I just want to go ahead and apologize for the next few paragraphs.

Over the last few years here at KSR and amongst the BBN, there has been an on-going debate about Rupp Arena Ice Cream. I think we all level with the fact that Rupp Arena Ice Cream is objectively good. It’s ice cream for Heaven’s sake. But, to my Kentucky fans who have tried Rupp Arena ice cream and stated that it was the best Ice Cream anywhere, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s just not.

This past season I went to Rupp Arena as a fan for the first time in a few years. Without a doubt the first time I had been there since the debate began. So of course, I decided to get a cone because just like a hot dog at a baseball game or an ALE-8 and Bourbon at a Kroger Field tailgate, it’s the thing to do.

I have to say I side with Drew’s post from 2016.

Rupp Arena ice cream is overrated. Yeah, I said it.

Again, the Ice Cream is good, but it’s not worth the hassle. Every game there’s a line that you have to wait in at least 10 minutes just to get the thing, then once you get to take the first lick of bite depending on how you eat your Ice Cream, you will realize it tastes literally like every other ice cream you can get anywhere.

Whitaker Bank Ballpark ice cream is better.

Dairy Queen ice cream is better.

Sonic ice cream is Better.

Even the Burger Barn in Irvine, Kentucky has better ice cream (who up 606).

Again, it’s fine; it’s Ice Cream. But the fact that we’ve made Rupp Arena Ice Cream the *thing* to do in the home of the most prestigious college basketball program in history is a shame.

If you have never had a taste of Rupp Arena Ice Cream, I won’t begrudge you for waiting in line to try it. You should try it for yourself, but you will be severely disappointed with the taste after the amount of cash you fork over and the 10-minute wait.

Rant over. Enjoy a nice cone from any of the places above on this hot summer day.


If you would like to discuss, feel free to @ me on Twitter: @BrentW_KSR


The Pelicans have Re-signed Darius Miller

Good news BBNBA fans, the Pelicans have officially resigned Darius Miller.

Here is the press release the Pelicans put out this evening:

@PelicansPR

Darius will join the likes of Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram for the Pelicans this coming season.

Congrats Darius!


Cheek wins Rookie of the Week (Again)

Photo via National Pro Fastpitch

Former Wildcat Abbey Cheek is quickly making a name for herself in the professional softball world.

The third baseman was drafted by the Chicago Bandits in April and has carved out a starting role for herself on the NPF’s current first-place team.

In her rookie campaign, Cheek has batted .351 and won NPF’s rookie of the week award three times, the most recent of which came after she made NPF history.

After striking out in her first at-bat against the Aussie Peppers on July 11, Cheek proceeded to blast three consecutive home runs in her next three plate appearances. She became only the fourth player in NPF history to hit three homers in a game and is tied for second-most in the league with six on the season.

Take a look at some of her highlights.

Talk about some moonshots.


UK Golfer Sarah Shipley wins Western Amateur Championship

Photo via @KentuckyWGolf Twitter

UK golfer Sarah Shipley brought home a big piece of hardware yesterday, winning the 119th annual Women’s Western Amateur Championship in Long Grove, Illinois.

This victory marks the second tournament Shipley has won this summer. Less than two weeks ago she notched a four-shot victory at the 28th Women’s Golf Association of Michigan Championship at the Saginaw Country Club in Saginaw, Michigan.

The Western Amateur featured two rounds of stroke play followed by a match play bracket. Shipley shot one-over in stroke play, finishing fifth and entered match play as the five seed.

From there, the Hastings, Michigan native moved swimmingly through the 32-player bracket. Outside of a 19-hole nail biter in the first match play round, Shipley established and maintained early leads all the way through Saturday, when she defeated Antonia Matte to claim the W.A. Alexander Cup.

Shipley won the final match by four, jumping out to a quick 2-up advantage after birdies on the first two holes. Two more birdies on holes 8 and 9 put the tournament firmly in her control.

When she returns to Lexington in a few weeks, Shipley will be the most experienced golfer on UK’s women’s team.

Last year she was second on the team with a 75.2 stroke average and throughout her Kentucky career has a team-best three top-ten tournament finishes.

Shipley is not the only Kentucky golfer having success this summer, as last week incoming freshman Jensen Castle placed second at the Junior PGA Championship.

The Wildcats start their 2019 season in September at the Minnesota Invitational, and if this summer is any indicator, it could be a pretty special one.


Josh Allen given second-best Defensive ROY odds

The NFL regular season is over a month away from officially starting, but odds for several end-of-season NFL Awards emerged earlier this week, and the former UK pass-rusher made a list.

The No. 7 overall pick in the NFL Draft is tied for second-best defensive rookie of the year odds with Devin White at +700, trailing only Nick Bosa (+550).

Allen is a freakish athlete, so the hype makes sense, but there’s also something to be said about the beneficial situation into which he was drafted. Jacksonville’s defensive ranked fifth-best in the NFL last season, allowing an average of 311 yards per game.

Add Allen, who Jags defensive coordinator Todd Walsh said will play defensive end, to a defensive line that also boasts the likes of Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, and Yannick Ngakoue, and Jacksonville’s defense has some serious game-wrecking potential.

The Jaguars report for training camp on Thursday, July 25, where Allen will take the field for the first time since suffering a knee contusion in OTAs.

Could it be the start of a stellar rookie campaign? Vegas seems to think so.

BBN, are those +700 odds anything you’d be willing to take?


Today on KSR: Lots of Golf

J.B. Holmes

Brendan Moran/Golf Digest

Good morning Big Blue Nation and happy Sunday.

J.B. Holmes in the hunt at The Open

The University of Kentucky alum currently sits in the 3rd place at -10. Holmes teed of at 8:37 am ET and I hope all of Big Blue Nation is tuned it and cheering on the former Cat.

The Leaderboard:

The Open

Jim Herman leads at The Barbasol Championship

Herman, a Cincinnati-native, is looking to win his second PGA Tour championship. Coming into the Barbasol Champion, he had missed the cut in seven of his last eight events.

Herman enters Sunday’s play with a score of -24, with Kelly Kraft right behind him at -23.

Devin Booker named to All-NBA Middle Name Team

Booker’s middle name “Armani” was interesting enough to earn him a spot on the All-NBA Middle Name team.

It’s the summer and people at ESPN are clearly bored.

@ESPNNBA

Manny Pacquiao defeats Keith Thurman

The 40-year-old boxer defeated Keith Thurman, 30 years old, via split decision on Saturday night.

And that was your boxing update.

Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports

Whoever made this video deserves an award

The new social media sensation is to edit this clip from Stranger Things 3 and somebody did it with Coach O. I love it.

Yasiel Puig runs like he’s starring in Pirates of the Carribean

I’ve watched this 784 times and I still laugh.

 


FINAL DAY: 50% off short sleeve tees!

The KSR Shop and Kentucky Branded are having a huge sale on short sleeve tees throughout the weekend. Head to ShopKSR.com to receive 50% off select short sleeve tees! Check out the great selection of KSR, UK, and State Pride apparel. Plenty of new designs to add to your wardrobe. Hurry, sale ends at midnight!

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July 20th, 2019