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June 18th, 2019

KSBar’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

KSBar and Grille is the place in Lexington to catch University of Kentucky games (pre and postgame too) as well as other events such as the NBA Playoffs, UFC fights, the World Cup, MLB games, PGA tour events, and more.

KSBar might be known for their smoked wings but don’t miss out on the brisket platter, fried katfish, chicken and waffles, and the great assortment of burgers. Start off with the house chips loaded to the ceiling smothered with pulled pork or chicken straight off the smoker topped with the house BBQ sauce. 

Head to the KSBar and Grille website ksbarandgrille.com to see a full menu and drink list. 

Be on the look out for different specials and events.

KSBar and Grille is located at: 1030 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504


You can be a part of KSR’s 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 Cody Fannin

I’ll never disagree with a post like this.

#9 Chris Heringer

What he said.

#8 Loyal BBN Fan

And a salute to you, sir.

#7 Leigh Anne Claywell

I approve of this purchase!

#6 A D A M

The numbers NEVER lie.

#5 Alec Usleaman

Another purchase I approve of! Now I just need to get me one.

#4 Not Jerry Tipton

Just hand him the damn thing!!

#3 Sammy Reed

As mentioned earlier, Lynn Bowden is very good.

#2 KY Clips

A couple of suave young men.

#1 Everything Kentucky Football

Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Brown, Georgia on my mind,  The Devil Went down to Georgia, don’t matter, Cats by 90.


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Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 NBA Draft

Let’s be honest, it’s been a longgggggggggg few weeks for those of us who love college basketball.

Sure, the spring was filled with all sorts of excitement – the NBA Draft deadline, the transfer portal turning into a wilder scene than Cancun during spring break, and a bunch of elite high school players making their college decisions. Yet since that draft deadline back in late May, it’s been slim pickings for us college hoops fans, just a couple of meager Kerry Blackshear visits, and that’s really about it.

Thankfully, the NBA Draft will give us something to talk about this week.

Sure, the NBA Draft isn’t technically college basketball content, but at the same time, it isn’t not college basketball content either (how did you like me dropping a triple negative there?). Instead it’s kind of the gap that bridges the two sports, the chance for those of us who’ve followed these kids from their high school days to the college level to see them make the final leap in their basketball journey. To quote John Calipari, it really is their graduation day, a moment where we hand our beloved Zion Williamson’s, PJ Washington’s and Ja Morant’s to Adrian Wojnarowski for safekeeping.

So with the draft now just a few days away, what do you need to know? What are the big storylines and question marks, both for college basketball and NBA fans?

Here are the biggest questions, my favorite players and a few other things to keep your eyes on.

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Four Albums To Blast In Your Car This Summer

I have discovered that my routines and tastes are seldom dictated by season. My girlfriend asked me recently what my favorite summer food was, of course thinking in terms of bar and grille food that people love to make during summer cookouts. But burgers, hot dogs, wings, cheese sticks, and other greasy gastrointestinal nightmares are the bulk of my diet year round (and my rapid consumption of such food is the reason I will inevitably join the 27 Club).

Music is the exception to my season-ambivalent taste. My music interests skew toward pop in general, but the summer is when I find myself replaying the same ten or so records repeatedly, screaming along to them and dancing incessantly in my car – much to the chagrin of my neighbors and passengers. Summer is a time for unabashed joy, and listening to energetic music is the best way to achieve the bliss that summer requires. Narrowing my favorite summer records down to four was a painstaking task completed with the spillage of blood, sweat, and tears by the gallons. But injuries aside, below are my four favorite records to annoy my neighbors with as a blast them down the street with the windows down.

You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band (2010)

Zac Brown Band shot to fame in 2008 by pandering to country music’s worst tendencies with their torpid single “Chicken Fried,” a glorified listicle of all the things mindless country songs must bow to: fried chicken, cold beer, jeans, pecan pie, what have you. I would normally take this song as a warning that ZBB was only interested in appeasing the mainstream country music fanbase but their first album The Foundation ­– from which “Chicken Fried” cursed the land – had astounding promise. Songs like “Where the Boat Leaves From” and “Jolene” showed that they had influences ranging from reggae to blues ballads.  While The Foundation  was more often cliche than not, it had some gems.

Thankfully, Zac Brown Band used their massive platform in 2010 to create a genuinely unique record that country radio was not prepared for. At its absolute worst, You Get What You Get What You Give is boring: “I Play the Road” and “Colder Weather” are fine songs, but fall too close to feigned schmaltz. The rest of the record, though, is Zac Brown Band doubling down on their love for beach bum reggae and stadium rock, almost eschewing their ties to country music. “Knee Deep,” one of the band’s many odes to the breezy ocean shore, opens with a deceptively complicated to play (but easy to listen to) lick that opens the doors for Brown’s sultry voice to remind us why sitting in a chair, mind still and effort nonexistent, is a good thing to do from time to time.

Just as easily as they uplift relaxation through soothing reggae, they show their rock chops in “Quiet Your Mind,” the band’s best song to date that would animate a packed-arena crowd like few other country acts would. “Quiet Your Mind,” despite its pounding electric slide guitar, is embedded with the same message that the whole album, musically and lyrically, carries: just take a breather.  You Get What You Give is a testament to the power of rest. And even though the majority of the songs are remarkably bouncy, they make you calm and peaceful because the band is constantly reminding you to forget your stress. It is the perfect summer album because it  is the embodiment of vacation: replenishment through activity.

Summerteeth – Wilco (1999)

In an interview promoting Summerteeth, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy said pop music could be “subversive in some ways,” because it allows one to embed dense ideas that may be off-putting to a listener on their own within happy-go-lucky tunes. Pop can be used as a massive bait-and-switch, because “people would be humming [the song] for a year or maybe a week… before they fully get what the lyrics are about.”

If Summerteeth was conceived as the Thinking Man’s Pop Record by Tweedy, the project deftly succeeds. Summerteeth, lyrically, is one of the more frightening records I have ever listened to. It is a contemplation on the aggression that romantic relationships, if kept off-guard, can easily drift towards. “She’s a Jar,” a song indebted to the easy listening styles of Bob Dylan, presents itself as a “Hey There Delilah” song written by and for wistful college lovers – that is until it takes a dark turn toward being a song on domestic violence. But the shift is so easy to miss once locked into the music’s trance. Such musical skill, though on subjects often less brutal, is used throughout the whole album. It demands multiple listens because it easily sneaks its poetic ruminations past you through its relentless sonic joy.

Of course, the album isn’t all masked gloom and doom. “Via Chicago,” the album’s darkest song, marks an important shift: if all the songs up to and including “Via Chicago” are about how relationships crumble, all the songs after “Via Chicago” are about picking the pieces back up. Summerteeth is a very hopeful album, even if it takes time to get to its optimistic side. But the road there is seamless, and the kineticism of songs like “A Shot in the Arm”  and “I’m Always in Love” make for some of the most summertime driving songs out there. They are reminiscent of Wilco’s alt-rock contemporaries Weezer and Coldplay, except Wilco’s ambience is coded with enough technical skill to keep it from sounding like plodding anesthesia (sorry not sorry Coldplay fans). Summerteeth is a purposefully deceptive record, but even at its bleakest Wilco manages to make it an obvious album to turn on when the sun is out and the grills are on.

Malibu – Anderson .Paak (2016)

I doubt Anderson .Paak is a huge Wilco stan, but Malibu follows a very similar philosophy of putting unapologetically confrontational subjects in a blindingly sunny setting. .Paak is a bit more direct with his intent, using the mid-tempo opening track “The Bird,” to establish his character. He grew up in a fatherless house with a gambling addicted mother, with the only luxury of his poverty-stricken youth being love. The rest of the album tracks one relationship and the ways in which .Paak’s arrogance, sexism, and proclivity for cheating ruin his romance. Concept albums seldom work, but .Paak manages to make this single-story LP deeply impactful.

While it is the best written album on this list, the true reason to turn on Malibu is to be transported to the city itself. .Paak combines influences as diverse as The Beach Boys and Stevie Wonder to create an R&B album drenched in the sweat of a surfer. Several audio clips from various documentaries about the thrill of surfing punctuate songs, and the music itself carries listeners over waves with its endless breeziness. Malibu is always groovy but never pounding. “Parking Lot” almost makes you smell the salty Atlantic, overlaying a windy synthesizer over the funky pace of his drums.  “Put Me Thru” and “Am I Wrong” are the most danceable tracks (and you certainly will dance), and both display the wave-like range of .Paak’s voice: he can shift effortlessly from pit-patter rapping to skillful harmonies that rival any church choir. If Zac Brown is sitting on the shore drinking a beer, Anderson .Paak is riding the ocean blue in front of him.

Recreational Love ­- The Bird and the Bee (2015)

I am an English major and a regular writer here at Funkhouser, so I generally have a relentless urge to read into everything I consume, from books to movies to music. Even in this list that is supposedly about the best albums to blast in your car mindlessly, I have dived deep into the waters of interpretation. It is an uncontrollable tendency.

With that said, I have no clue what The Bird and the Bee’s Recreational Love is about. And frankly, I don’t care on bit. For me to like a song, it only has to accomplish one of two things: make me feel something emotionally, or make me dance. Thankfully, given my criteria, Recreational Love’s one and only goal is to make people dance. And it succeeds with flying colors.

An unofficial genre of music exists in my mind called “Department Store Pop.” Department Store Pop is the music you hear in American Eagle or Aeropostle. Its electronic beats and simple melodies sound so pastel and bright that you think you will go insane from how hard it is trying to make you happy. Recreational Love is Department Store Pop as made by geniuses. “Young and Dumb” begins with the synthetic bops of the Nintendo Wii’s homepage music set against a typical bass-clap drumbeat. But where most Department Store Pop would take these components and maximize them to the brightest setting, Greg Kirsten (the man behind the beats, who has produced music for the biggest names in music, from Sia to Adele to Paul fucking McCartney) keeps “Young and Dumb” remarkably minimalist. Even Inara George, a relentlessly talent vocalist, keeps her performances smooth and low. It has just enough to compel involuntary dancing, and that’s all it needs. Recreational Love keeps this minimalism intact throughout its brief 35 minute runtime. Songs like “Los Angeles” and “Runaway” bring the cheeriness of 80s pop to a modern setting while shunning the overwhelming indulgence of 80s music. It is the happiest album I have heard, and to play it in the beaming sun of summer is to create the ideal marriage between sound and season.

Honorable Mentions (As Picked By Twitter)

I asked Twitter followers what albums they blasted in the summer. Recommendations by my very tasteful followers include:

Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles (you may have heard of them)

Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper

Cosmos Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Life and Times by Jim Croce

High as Hope by Florence and the Machine

For more of Adrian’s excited rambling on songs of the summer, follow his radiant Twitter feed @APBryant32.


PODCAST: Kentucky Football coaches take over KSR

Miss today’s show? Stop what you’re doing and download the podcast because the Kentucky Football coaching staff killed it.

Associate head coach/tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow hosted hour one with special guests Lynn Bowden and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, while new defensive coordinator Brad White hosted hour two with appearances from Josh Allen, Kash Daniel, and head coach Mark Stoops. We’ve shared plenty of highlights from the show so far, but be sure to listen to it all on podcast:

Get ready for more football tomorrow as Charles Walker and Austin MacGinnis join Ryan, Drew, and Shannon in studio. Matthew Mitchell gets his turn on the mic on Thursday, while ESPN’s Laura Rutledge wraps up the guest host schedule on Friday. Matt will be back before you know it.


Vince Marrow pissed off the national media is still overlooking Kentucky

Over the past several years, we’ve seen how Kentucky’s coaching staff and players have used low expectations from the media as fuel to reach new heights. Even though Kentucky won ten games last year and went to a New Year’s Day bowl, the “disrespect” continues, with many college football writers predicting the Cats will slide back to the SEC cellar. As you might expect, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow had plenty to say about that on today’s Kentucky Sports Radio.

“I’m knocking down doors to national media because these guys are really pissing me off,” Marrow said. “It’s pissing me off.”

The most recent example of this is Phil Steele not including Kentucky on his list of SEC teams he expects to go bowling this year, but Marrow’s anger was directed towards another media member, ESPN Radio Nashville’s Braden Gall, who ranked Terry Wilson as the worst quarterback in the SEC.

“I was listening to Tom Leach and, those guys — I should stop listening to radio. I guess they said Terry was the last rated QB in the preseason? We should start a poll, and I’m going to talk to the BBN, just like coaches get fired for wins and losses, when all these reporters come out and say, hey, this team is going 4-8 and this team ain’t gonna do that. If they’re wrong, they should get fired.”

Hoo-boy. Lynn Bowden said those articles have made their way around the locker room as well.

“I see a lot of things that are going to be overturned, opening people’s eyes. We’re not even ranked, I think. That’s crazy…Some people do [use it as motivation]. I kind of look at it like, dang, they really just don’t like us. It’s just got to be because we’ve got Kentucky on the front of our uniforms or something. It’s like, why hate us?”

Marrow has a fun theory.

“Don’t get it twisted; I think our head dog is pissing them off too,” Marrow said of his boss and lifelong friend Mark Stoops. “I think people think — I’ve known Mark for years. I think people think because he’s a fun-loving, jovial guy that there ain’t no toughness in him. He’s more tougher than — look, he’s from Youngstown, man. He’s from Youngstown. Trust me. When it’s time to be tough, he’s going to be tough. When it’s time to be something else, he’s going to be something else.”

Listen to Big Dog host Hour 1 of today’s show below:


June 17th, 2019

REPORT: There is “major” mutual interest between Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Kentucky

Glenn Beil | USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. is expected to officially visit Kentucky on Tuesday.

And if the UK coaching staff has it their way, he won’t be leaving Lexington without signing on the dotted line.

According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com, the same reporter to break the Blackshear visit news last night, said that there is “major” mutual interest and Kentucky is confident they can land the 6-foot-11 forward during the visit.

KSR has confirmed Weingarten’s original report that Blackshear Jr. is expected to be in Lexington for an official visit starting tomorrow evening. I will have more on Kentucky’s growing confidence in landing the top graduate transfer on the market in this week’s edition of Pilgrim’s Insider Notes, which will be published tomorrow around lunchtime.

Blackshear, a Second-Team All-ACC selection last season, averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He also led the Hokies with 28 blocked shots and ranked third with 83 assists.

Before his visit to Kentucky, Blackshear visited Florida, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

Bring him home, Coach Cal.


Will 2021 phenom Terrence Clarke reclassify to 2020? He says he’ll be looking into it soon

John Calipari and the UK coaching staff is focused on reeling in some of the elite prospects in the class of 2020, but there are two rising juniors that have been so impressive that they’ve already earned scholarship offers from Kentucky.

Those individuals? Consensus top-three prospects in the class of 2021 Jonathan Kuminga and Terrence Clarke.

While the former wasn’t able to participate in the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA this weekend, KSR was able to catch up with the latter at the prestigious event about his recruitment and what he thinks of Kentucky’s early offer.

Clarke, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard out of Boston, MA, has received nine offers over the last week to add to his list of 26 overall. The No. 3 prospect in the nation says he has no idea where the recent spike in interest came from, but he’s certainly appreciative of it all.

“I got a couple [new offers] this week, yeah,” he said. “To be honest, I have no clue [where it came from]. I’ve been hearing of a lot of offers coming in, coaches wanting to talk to me. But I always like hearing of new offers and interest.”

During the Nike EYBL regular season this year, the Brewster Academy guard averaged 17.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Playing against the best rising seniors in the nation, Clarke proved to be not only one of the best players in his class, but all of high school basketball.

As a result, the question being asked about Clarke isn’t necessarily where he’ll going to college quite, but when. 

Like we’ve seen time and time again with elite prospects over the last several years, there are rumblings that Clarke is a serious reclassification candidate for 2020. And after seeing him this past weekend in Charlottesville, it’s obvious why, as there isn’t much doubt that he’ll be ready to play college basketball in a year from a physical standpoint. He could probably play this year, if we’re being totally honest.

When asked about the rumors, Clarke said it’s not something college coaches have been asking about quite yet, and he honestly hasn’t thought too much about the idea of it.

“Coaches haven’t really been talking to me about [reclassifying] and I haven’t focused on it much either,” he said. “It’s not really popping up that much yet.”

That being said, the 6-foot-7 five-star says the discussions are coming soon.

“I’ll probably explore it soon, most likely,” he said. “Just to see if I can, see if it’s a possibility that’s in my favor. If it’s not the situation that’s not good for me, I probably won’t do it, but I’ll definitely go over it with my coaches.”

After talking to a source very close to Clarke this weekend, while the 6-foot-7 star is confident he could thrive at the college level a year early physically, there are concerns that he would not be able to meet graduation and NCAA requirements from an academic standpoint in just three years. While other reclassification candidates in the past were held back a year when they were younger, Clarke is true to his class and age. To put it simply, while his grades are in great shape, it would be a tight squeeze to fit in two years of school work over the next year, even including potential summer classes.

Nonetheless, it’s noteworthy that he will at least attempt to explore the possibility.

Moving on to specific schools of interest, Kentucky, who offered back in May, has always been associated with Clarke as a possible destination. He’s visited the school, the UK coaching staff has already visited him personally on two separate occasions, and they go out of their way to watch him play on a regular basis.

When asked about his interest in the Wildcats, the elite wing said his interest with the blue blood program is serious and he will “definitely be staying in contact” with the coaching staff.

“I’ve talked to a lot of [guys at Kentucky] like Kenny Payne, I talked to Coach Cal before,” he said. “Just having them offering me, it’s fabulous. With them being a blue blood school, a ton of pros going there, I’m just honored, blessed, everything. I definitely talk to them here and there, and I’ll definitely be staying in contact with them.”

Clarke, who visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness back in October of 2018, said his recent trip was “crazy.”

“It was great. Kentucky’s Midnight Madness, it was just crazy,” he said. “Just the atmosphere, seeing those guys out there competing, even if it was just like an All-Star scrimmage, it was just a great experience.”

So what will it take to win out in the end for the five-star prospect? What is he looking for in a school?

Go figure, he hit a Calipari buzzword.

“Just seeing how I’d fit in that system,” he said. “Basically, since it’s a positionless game now, I just want to go out there and be able to show I can play any position. Show my versatility, my skill, be a playmaker. Just be the best player I can.”

In terms of what he brings to the table, Clarke says he love showing his versatility and playmaking ability.

“I think when I’m out on the floor, I’m a playmaker,” he said. “I can go out there and score, but I love to get other people involved. Everybody says I’m a wing, but I think I’m a guard because I can definitely help other people get open and stuff like that. Me driving into the lane, people come to me, I can kick it. I think I’m a good passer, I just like getting everybody else better.”

This past weekend at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, college coaches and NBA scouts filled the sidelines and stands to see the participants in action. For Clarke, it was an opportunity for him to show what he is capable of not only in the college ranks, but how he projects as a professional basketball player.

“First impression is the best impression,” he said. “I just wanted to go out there and show them everything I’ve got. I wanted to show off my skill, highlight my playmaking ability, everything I can do on the court. That’s the main thing, I just wanted to show them what I can do [at the college level] and when I get to the league.”

So what’s next for Clarke in terms of his recruitment? Does he plan on cutting his list anytime soon?

“Right now, I’m just listening to all the offers I’m getting,” he said. “But I’m sure sooner or later I’m going to want to cut my list, but I don’t really know yet. I’m just really focused on getting better.”

While it’s to be determined when he’ll be playing college basketball, it’s evident that Kentucky will have a decent shot when it comes time for a decision.