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…Samantha Ryan. A Kansas fan and a porn star.
Over at some website dedicated to the future NCAA tournament runner-up, porn star Samantha Ryan lists the “Top 5 Reasons Being a KU Fan is Better Than Being a Kentucky Fan.”
Well Samantha, I’m sure you of all people are aware of the phrase “two can play that game.” So, I made a little list of my own…
Top 5 reasons being a UK fan is better than being Samantha Ryan
(1.) We are content with the fact that most of our guys could be “one and done.” Samantha Ryan can’t stomach the thought.
(2.) Kentucky can take six highly touted recruits, combine them with seven hungry players, and make the best team in the nation. Samantha Ryan can take 13 guys, at once, and make her father disappointed.
(3.) A great day to UK fans includes bourbon and horses. A great day to Samantha Ryan includes bourbon and… well… horses.
(4.) UK fans erupt after watching the Wildcats’ good penetration, going back door, and slamming it in. On second thought, Samantha does, too.
(5.) Earlier this season, Ben Roethlisberger came in Rupp Arena… Hmmm maybe we’re not so different after all.
Are you sure you’re not a Kentucky fan, Samantha?
South Carolina Tips-Off in Lexington Today at 4 p.m.:
- Glenn Logan over at ASeaofBlue.com always does a fantastic job with his pre-game preview posts, and today’s preview is no exception:
South Carolina is a deliberate team that will not want to run versus Kentucky. It isn’t that they can’t — they have more than enough athletes — it just isn’t Darrin Horn’s style.
That means that Kentucky will spend a lot of time in the half-court defense, which should play to their strength. UK has been very good in the half court of late when it comes to stopping the other team. UALR could only manage a paltry 36.1% eFG% against Kentucky, and only 3 of Kentucky’s last six opponents have made it to 40% eFG against UK and none have approached 50%. How USC plans to put points on the board at Rupp Arena is a difficult question to answer.
- Michael Grant from the Courier-Journal says Terrence Jones is ready to start fresh for league play:
Uber-freshmen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis have done most of the front-court heavy lifting, but UK will likely need Jones to carry a larger share in SEC play.
“I feel like there are three parts to the season and this is the second part,” he said. “You got to prepare for it.”
Jones added: “It’s had its ups and downs with me being hurt and us losing. … (The injury) has slowed me down. I’m just ready for this part of the season.”
- CBSSports.com previews the game with tons of information and quotes that you’ve seen two or three times. Amazing! Check it out!
Today in Creepy Creeper News:
- For those of you who always dreamed of becoming a police officer just so you can pull over good looking women and attempt to pick them up, this guy is your Val Kilmer.
- So this is why Drew took that sudden interest in ping pong.
- Very few of you can be Tim Masthay and literally out kick your coverage. But if you win the lottery, maybe you can do so in a figurative sense like these rich guys. Some of these will take your breath away.
Carl Sandburg, who as it turns out is not the father of Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, won three Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry and a biography of Abe Lincoln. Sandburg was born in 1878 and lived in Flat Rock, North Carolina until his death in 1967. Anyway, January 6 is his birthday, so happy birthday Carl’s memory.
On to the news of the day:
1. Sen. Tim Shaughnessy came on the radio show today:
- You’ve already heard about the bill filed by the Louisville Senator that would, if enacted in its original form, require UK and UL to play in men’s basketball and football each season. Comments and relevant tweets were nearly uniform in their disgust for the legislation.
- Sen. Shaughnessy could be forgiven for attempting to sneak in a clause that would force the two schools to face off each year, as his district is U of L country and the Big East’s uncertain future may allow UK to discontinue the series. However, on the radio show today, Sen. Shaughnessy told Matt and Co. that the clause was merely a “publicity stunt” to garner public attention for the merits of the bill.
- The effectiveness of the “publicity stunt” was blunted by the lack of positive attention the “stunt” actually generated. So, either this was one of the worst executed publicity stunts in the history of publicity stunts, or the clause was just a bad idea hidden at the end of a good bill. Either way, the clause is now on the cutting room floor where it belongs.
2. Western Kentucky fired head coach Ken McDonald
- Western Kentucky announced today that head men’s basketball coach Ken McDonald was fired after starting this season with a 5-11 record. McDonald was 62-38 in his first three seasons in Bowling Green and accepted a $100,000 pay cut in order to return for the 2011 season. WKU president Gary Ransdell issued a statement in which he referred to the program as “disappointing and unacceptable” and cited low attendance as a primary concern:
“I want to challenge our fans to be in Diddle Arena tomorrow and the remainder of the season to support these young men and help rebuild this proud basketball program,”
- WKU named former Kentucky Wesleyan coach Ray Harper as interim head coach.
3. Shabazz Muhammad Update
- The Real Tyler Thompson posted about a Rivals.com update that identified Kentucky as the favorite in the Shabazz Sweepstakes. Or maybe the ‘Shabazz Derby’ is more appropriate. Either way, according to Jerry Meyer, Kentucky is in the driver’s seat.
- Neal Nieves of CaliforniaPreps.Rivals.com fame addresses the UK-UCLA-UNLV three way in today’s edition of ‘Neal’s Weekley Recruiting Mailbag’:
For Shabazz Muhammad I heard its between Kentucky or UCLA with UNLV third. In this game of recruiting things change from day to day and UNLV has a shot to land Muhammad so it wouldn’t shock me if he did stay home but at the same time at this moment I don’t see it happening.
4. MKG Injury Update
- Cal told the media today that Michael Mann-Gilchrist practiced with the team and added that MKG is “fine.” He’ll play tomorrow. That’s all I have to say about that.
5. Dunkin’ Donuts Shootout is Tomorrow
- Do you like watching future Cats dominate on the hardwood? Would you love to have your picture taken with Matt Jones? Do you want to feed Drew Franklin a donut? Are you interested in seeing Hubby for the first time with your own eyes?
- If you answered any of the above questions with “yes,” you need to show up at the Dunkin’ Donuts Shootout tomorrow night at Lexington Catholic. Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin will be playing ball while Matt, Hubby and Drew record a podcast. Games start at 7. What more could you ask for?
6. Tony Parker Gets Big Blue offer
- Dave Telep tweeted from the Mothership today that Georgia big man Tony Parker received a coveted golden ticket to play ball in Lexington. 6′8″ Parker is the #8 center in the 2012 class and a five star prospect by Scout.
- Not to rain on your parade or anything but Adam Zagoria tweeted this:
Kyle Anderson told me he talks daily with Shabazz Muhammad & Tony Parker about coming to UCLA. “We could be Final Four good” if both come.
7. Cats Tip-Off Against the Gamecocks Tomorrow
- Of course, Kentucky plays South Carolina tomorrow in Lexington at 4:00. We’ll talk about that more in-depth tomorrow.
8. Stacey Poole Leaves Lexington
- In what may be the biggest news of the evening, Stacey Poole Jr. announced his decision to transfer to Georgia Tech. Shortly after that announcement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a story about new Tech transfer Stacey and his blue chip brother Solomon:
Georgia Tech may have just gotten inside position for one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects.
On Friday night, former Kentucky basketball player Stacy Poole decided to transfer to Georgia Tech, according to multiple media outlets.
His younger brother is one of the top high school juniors in the country, 5-star point guard Solomon Poole of Jacksonville, Fla.
The younger Poole, who plays for the Atlanta Celtics AAU team, recently told Rivals his top five schools were UGA, Memphis, Louisville, UCLA and Oklahoma State.
You might as well add Georgia Tech to that list.
OK, that’s all for tonight. See you in the a.m., friends. Go Cats. Beat Carolina.
Last year, Kentucky’s first game against George McFly’s South Carolina Gamecocks featured what was probably the best highlight of the regular season. It was Terrence Jones as he can be - handling, driving, and finishing with serious authority. That Terrence Jones hasn’t been around much in the 2011-12 campaign, but we all know that he could show up at any time, and conference play would be a heck of a time for him to do it. If he does, I firmly believe that Kentucky becomes a team that is head and shoulders above everyone else in the country. Let’s hope that tomorrow against USC marks the return of the “make you jump out of your seat even in your living room” Terrence Jones. Here’s what he looks like, in case you forgot:
- As Matt tweeted, Rivals.com is reporting that sophomore guard Stacey Poole Jr. has decided to take his talents to Hotlanta and play basketball for Georgia Tech.
- Jon Rothstein tweeted earlier today that Poole was considering GT, Seton Hall and Florida International. That notion was met with great excitement at Seton Hall fan site South Orange Juice:
The 6′5 wing out of the Providence School in Jacksonville was a Top-50 recruit out of the 2010 class. ESPN had him rated a, ‘94,’ 51st overall, and the 16th shooting guard in the class. Rivals on the other hand graded him 33rd overall and 4th overall, at the small forward position opposed to ESPN’s designation…
Since Poole never suited up for the Wildcats this season, this season will count as his redshirt year. Following the end of the semester, he should have three years of eligibility remaining at the destination of his choice. However, Poole told Zagoria that he may have to sit a couple games next season, but should be ready for the Fall of 2012 and might decide, “at least by next week.” If he doesn’t suit up until next fall, he’d only have two and a half years of eligibility, opposed to the three…
It goes without saying that Poole would be a tremendous get for Kevin Willard and the Pirates. I don’t want to hear about our current wing depth, Poole would unquestionably be the biggest get of the Kevin Willard era, transfer or not, and could very well knock down the proverbial wall that has prevented the nation’s biggest recruits from landing in South Orange.
- Poole spoke to SNY.tv this week where he said of visiting GT:
“I’ve been in Atlanta plenty of times so there’s no need for me to go.”
Good luck and happy trails to Stacey and his family. We’ll miss you Deucey.
Kentucky has thrown an offer out to 2012 center Tony Parker from Lithonia, Georgia. Parker is 6′9, 270 lbs. and ranked No. 19 overall by Scout.com. He’s considering Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Ohio State, and UCLA.
Parker is close to Shabazz Muhammad and some, including UCLA-commit Jordan Adams, believe Ben Howland and his Bruins will land both recruits.
UK thinks otherwise.
Rodney Stuckey’s sore left groin will keep him out of the starting lineup tonight for Detroit, making room for the debut of Brandon Knight at the point for the Pistons. Knight will start in the first game of his career tonight against Jodie Meeks and the 76ers.
The NBA League Pass is free for a few more days so I highly recommend signing up to watch this one. Knight has been pretty solid through the first six games of his career — averaging 10 points and almost three assists with two turnovers — and I can’t wait to see what he does as the team’s lead man.
Just a reminder…
Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin will be playing at Lexington Catholic tomorrow night in the Dunkin’ Donutes National Shootout. Goodwin’s Sylvan Hills will play Lex Catholic at 7:00 pm, followed by Alex Poythress and Clarksville Northeast versus Lafayette.
If that’s not reason enough to go, you’ll also have the opportunity to have your picture taken with Matt Jones! That’s right, KSR will be in the building to record our first podcast in what seems like forever. Matt, Beisner, Hubby, and I will be recording courtside throughout both games.
See you there?
Two reasons to do the happy dance this afternoon:
During his time with the media, Coach Cal said that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist “should be fine” heading into tomorrow’s game against South Carolina. On Tuesday night, MKG looked to be in pain after reportedly pulling a muscle in his chest prior to the game, but the injury wasn’t serious enough to keep him from practicing yesterday.
Also, according to Rivals’ Jerry Meyer, “the (Kentucky) Wildcats are considered the unofficial leader for (Shabazz) Muhammad.” I’d tell you more, but it’s a pay link, and I’m not that kind of girl.
Happy Friday, indeed.
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We’re in the middle of taping a commercial for KSTV so let’s run through this…
– Ken McDonald is out at Western Kentucky after the Hilltoppers’ home loss to Louisiana Lafayette last night. Apparently, counting to six is a major requirement for the head coaching job in Bowling Green, and McDonald just couldn’t do it. Former Kentucky Wesleyan coach Ray Harper will serve as interim head coach in his place. John Pelphrey is rumored to be a strong candidate for the job and I’ll give you two reasons why Western would be a great place for him to land back on his feet: (1) It’s a mid-major job in the state that loves him. (2) The opportunity for “Big Red” slogans. Do the right thing, Western.
– Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post isn’t impressed by John Wall. Boswell says he needs to work on his game before he can lead.
– Like I mentioned before, we’re taping a TV commercial today at the KSTV studio with Radio Ron and it has the potential to be hilarious. If not hilarious, it will be incredibly awkward and embarrassing. We’re ready for either but there’s no way it falls anywhere in between the two categories. It’s all or nothing and we’re excited. Look for it on your televisions soon.
– The leading scorer for Ole Miss was dismissed from the team yesterday after an unfortunate pizza delivery/drug bust. Police were knocking on the door where Dundrecous Nelson lives but couldn’t get a response from Nelson inside. When the officer turned to leave, he passed a pizza delivery guy who was heading for the same address. Nelson answered the door for the pizza and was confronted by a large pepperoni pie and Oxford’s finest.
– Calipari is meeting with the media right now. We’ll have more at 4:00 when our KSR intern returns from the presser.
Tim Shaughnessy, the Senator behind the bill for UK and UofL to play every year, made an appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning to talk about his proposed legislation. Matt Jones stepped away from the microphone — something he rarely does — and gave Sen. Shaughnessy the open airwaves to explain the bill.
“It was a pure publicity stunt.”
That’s it. Nothing to see here.
He said the UK vs. UofL annual game requirement was only included in an effort to draw attention to the bill, and it will be removed going forward.
So, there ya go. It was all for attention.
Have a listen…
Hello, friends, and happy SEC Conference Schedule Kickoff weekend! As we all know, this is when things start to really count (not that you don’t count, Samford!) and we really begin to see what the future holds for our boys in blue. To help you navigate the games to come, I thought it might be helpful for Professor Tomlin to point out the types of UK fans we all know and love in a piece we’ll call Cultural Anthropology: The UK Fan Archetypes, and get to know our Wildcat-loving comrades. Shall we? Indeed, we shall. And feel free to add your own in the comment section. As always, happy Friday.
The Recruit Fanatic
Distinguishable traits: The Recruit Fanatic is always several steps ahead of the game and knows exactly which young players to watch as they grow closer to making their college choice. This fan is eager to google search any number of young teens in search of YouTube Mix Tape videos, clips of slam dunks, information on the personalities of their parents or likes and dislikes of their high school coaches.
Common quote: “Yeah, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is good, but wait till you see Bernard Van Der Veer from Toluca Lake High School. That kid’s only a freshman and he makes Kidd-Gilchrist look like a chump. Too bad his mom has allergies to certain types of grass which grow in this region, but his dad knows Bret Bearup from summer camp and he sent a Facebook message to his girlfriend that his favorite color is blue. That’s gotta mean something.”
Distinguishable traits: The Septugenarian is often found in the low-lying areas of Rupp Arena, often toting an overlarge handbage filled with various lozenges, tissues and medications. Loud noises startle the Septugenarian and if provoked, its defense mechanism of staring predators down can be a formidable technique compensating for a lack of teeth. Its markings include blue-tinted fur and a quiet ambivalence to its surroundings.
Common quote: “That Darius Milner is really something. Did you know I saw on the news that he has scored ten thousand points? I’m cold!”
The Late Night Internet Crawler
Distinguishable traits: The Late Night Internet Crawler is a gatherer, a nocturnal creature often lit by the eerie glow of a computer screen in the very late hours of the evening. Its propensity to comment on all it sees makes it a very aware creature but his constant squawking fends off those who might otherwise mistake him for dangerous, and its facial markings generally consist of punctuation symbols.
Common quote: “LOL suk it UNC!!! Jus like Kansas bishes!!!!!! Davis FTW! :0p
The Guy Who Only Talks About Two Years from Now
Distinguishable Traits: This fan cannot be satisfied by the goings-on of the current season as he is consistently and alternately troubled or excited by seasons following the next season. His constant fear is that whoever he is watching will be gone next season, and then where are we going to be? Without Shabazz Muhammed, nowhere, that’s where.
Common quote: “It’s hard to get excited about this team when you think of what’s going to happen when these guys all leave. I mean, who does Calipari have coming up? He needs to start recruiting for 2014 or we’re going to be in big trouble.”
The “I Don’t Comment a Lot But Just Want To Say This” Guy:
Distinguishable Traits: Doesn’t comment a lot, but just wants to say this. Also a natural enemy to the Late Night Internet Crawler.
Common quote: “I don’t comment a lot, but I just want to say this. I can’t believe you guys are all harping on Terrence Jones. He’s an incredible player and he’s going to lead this team in the stretch. You guys are all crazy if you think he’s not as good as he was last year.”
The Today-is-the-Current-Status-of-the-Program Fan
Distinguishable Traits: The TITCSOTP can’t be bothered with preparing for the future, because it lives entirely in the moment by the previous night’s win or loss. This is why its mood is constantly in flux and, when riled, can be extremely dangerous. Often found in: barbershops, office breakrooms and backyard get-togethers. DO NOT approach the TITCSOTP without first consulting the most recent boxscore.
Common quotes: “That’s it. It’s over. These guys are terrible. I can’t believe they were down at the half to Arkansas-Little Rock. You think this team can beat Syracuse playing like that? No way.” AND/OR “These guys are amazing. Did you see that alley-oop last night against Loyola? We could totally beat Syracuse playing like this.”
The Guy Who Always Says We Might Lose
Distinguishable Traits: Known for a decidedly morose disposition, this fan feathers its nest against the worst possibilities. It often believes that losing is “good for them.”
Common Quote: “I tell you, I think we’re gonna get caught by Auburn. I just have a feeling. But might be a good thing for them to lose to someone like that, so they’ll take things seriously.”
The Middle-Aged Lady Who Creepily Latches on to One Player
Distinguishable Traits: Often disguised as a mother, grandmother or office secretary, the Middle-Aged Lady Who Creepily Latches on to One Player can be a slightly offputting creature, giving the veiled impression that she might like to mate with the object of her odd affections. Often the player in question will be slightly handsomer than the other players on the team, or seem like a particularly good person. Environmental note: the winter and spring of 2011 saw excessive growth of these creatures coinciding with with Josh Harrellson’s on-court successes.
Common Quote: “You know who I like. That Jarrod Polson. Calipari should play him more.”
The Guy Living Elsewhere Who Gets Things UK-Related from His Family for Christmas
Distinguishable Traits: Perhaps once native to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Guy Living Elsewhere Who Gets Things UK-Related from his Family for Christmas has migrated to other climes yet still continues to get University of Kentucky-licensed apparel, hats, mugs and blankets from his relatives still in Kentucky. This creature may or may not actually be a UK fan, but after being spotted and spoken relentlessly to by Kentuckians visiting his habitat will eventually appear to take on the behavior of a fan.
Common quote: “Yes, I grew up in Bowling Green but don’t get back there often. I sort of keep track of the Wildcats but it’s hard to do from Seattle, you know? I hear they’re good this season. I’ll have to catch them on TV sometime.”
The Doctor or Lawyer Who Wears a UK Sweater Vest to Games
Distinguishable traits: Greying, well-to-do, wears a sweater vest emblazoned with a small UK logo to games. Generally docile, this fan has inherited season tickets from The Septugenarian and, in later years, will begin to take on a similar appearance.
Common quote: “We should get going early, before the traffic starts.”
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