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August 27th, 2016

One Week Till Kickoff: All You Need To Get Hyped

"Get Hyped BBN!" - Boom Williams, probably

“Get Hyped BBN!” – Boom Williams, probably

No matter how cool the KY Wildcats TV 2016 hype video is, every year I’m obligated to peruse through the YouTubes for the Kentucky football videos that get your blood boiling for all the right reasons.

Whether it’s a huge hit, a monumental win or Tom Leach’s “TOUCHDOOOOOOOWN KENTUCKY!” the following clips should be on every football fan’s preseason playlist.  If I missed any, leave a link in the comment section for all to enjoy.

Dicky Lyons Jr. Killed a Guy

I ca not think of a more infamous hit inside Commonwealth Stadium.  The best part?  Hearing the crowd “OOOOOH” when it’s replayed on the video board.  God bless Dicky Lyons.

Taylor Wyndham T.K.O.’s Tim Tebow

I spoke to soon.  Knocking out Tebow is a more infamous hit inside Commonwealth Stadium.  It would have been a lot cooler if the game was actually close.

Stevie Got Loose

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Boom Opens the New Commonwealth Stadium

Entering the season with unbelievable hype and optimism, the BBN’s expectations were surprisingly met on the first play of the game.  Even when it got close at the end, the awesomeness of the first play took the poor taste from everyone’s mouth.

Myron Pryor Finishes Louisville

Remember when Kentucky used to take out Louisville Mortal Kombat-style?  Those were the days.

Bud Dupree Beats South Carolina

It doesn’t get much cooler than winning a game on a defensive touchdown, except win it’s a come-from-behind victory, and it’s a sold-out blackout with chrome domes, and it’s against Steve Spurrier.

Derek Abney Breaks the Punt Return Record

Watching Abney chase the record as a child was reminiscent of the homerun records baseball’s roid users chased in the late 90’s.  Not only did you want to see history made, but you wanted the little white guy to be the best at something.  It was also the year the Cats were banned from the bowl, making Abney’s run even more important.  As the year stretched along, I worried he wouldn’t get that last one, until his teammates helped him make the final push.

JoJo Changed the Game

It was the kind of postgame speech that rarely happens without a script, yet the freshman who gave it all was there to deliver a powerful message to the fans.  Hopefully he finishes his story this year on a high note.

A Game-Saving Stiffarm

The best touchdowns are fat guy touchdowns.  What’s better than a fat guy touchdown that wins a bowl game? A fat guy touchdown with a mouthpiece-removing stiffarm that wins a bowl game.

Blake McClain’s Hit Stick

This Miss. State man regrets the decision to come across the middle on McClain.

Boom (almost) Beats Florida

I hate to bring up what happened after this play, because this would have been arguably the biggest play in the history of the program if it was the game-winner.  Can you remember a time when a Kentucky player could outrun Florida players from sideline-to-sideline for a 25-yard diving touchdown?  I can’t.

Randall Cobb’s Touchdown Beats Spurrier

I was so happy I should have been arrested.  Instead, my friend got arrested.

Beware of the Jailbreak Screen

When I asked fans for their input, most responses had already made the list, but I’m glad Kyle Churchman was there to help me remember one of the best hits laid in the last decade.  Myron Pryor put that receiver to sleep before Brooks’ Cats took down Georgia, the last time the goalposts were torn down by fans at Commonwealth Stadium.

Jeremy Jarmon shares a fond memory from this moment on the KSR Football Podcast that will fire you up.

Dorian Baker Peels Back

People love to critique what he does what his hands, but they can’t deny that he lowers his shoulder better than most wide receivers.  The first time got him in trouble.

The second time was just as gratifying.

It’s LIT

The only play that wasn’t a play, I can’t think of a cooler moment at Commonwealth Stadium in the Mark Stoops era.

How Courtney Love’s Troubled Past Turned Him Into A Leader


Inside linebacker Courtney Love is arguably the defense’s most important player.  A transfer from Nebraska, there are high expectations.  Despite having never played a snap in blue and white, he’s considered the leader of the defense.

His teammates and coaches have not stopped praising him since he attended SEC Media Days in Birmingham.  He doesn’t just put pressure on the stars to be better, he looks out for everyone.

“There’s nobody that’s going to be left behind when we’re on the same team,” Courtney said when asked about it. “I don’t want anyone to think, ‘He’s some big jock, so he’s too good. I want to treat everyone on every team the same.’”

That quote comes from another fantastic piece from Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader.  How he became the man he is today is a story filled with heartbreak and abandonment.

He ran away from home at age 8, leaving his mother to live with his father.  There he found structure, until he was once again left alone.  His father was sent to prison for two years on drug conspiracy and trafficking charges.

“His dad and my dad were incarcerated together at that time” and involved in the same incident, Love’s cousin and UK teammate, Marcus McWilson said. “Definitely caused him to grow up a little bit more, me to grow up a little bit more on both our parts because we didn’t have a father figure that was there all the time. There are stepping stones in life.”

A network of support helped him recover to get to where he is today.  It’s a fascinating story that cannot be captured simply from this post.

Jen Smith: Once abandoned himself, Kentucky linebacker never leaves a teammate behind

Zero words about today’s UK Basketball Scrimmage at Calipari Fantasy Experience


Day two of John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience was filled with fun and excitement, a few tough injuries by campers, and some crazy back and forth games, but none of it compares to the (roughly) 45 minute UK basketball scrimmage we were all treated to after lunch. As I awkwardly stood up to snap a few photos of the five on five exhibition, someone on the loudspeaker asked for no video or photography, so sorry, no can-do on any videos of the action.

Because I would very much appreciate coming back to this wonderful event next year, the most I’ll be able to give you guys based on the scrimmage and overall feel on the court are these emoji and gif hints.

Analyze away:

Malik Monk:

De’Aaron Fox:

Bam Adebayo:

Isaiah Briscoe:

Wenyen Gabriel:

Sacha Killeya-Jones-

Isaac Humphries:

Derek Willis:

Dominique Hawkins:

Mychal Mulder-

Tai Wynyard-

Brad Calipari- 

Overall team:


Karl Anthony-Towns:  (Seriously, it’s impossible to not miss this kid. And in case you forgot, he’s really freaking good.)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:  (He didn’t play, just chilled on the sideline next to Coach Cal. It’s really great seeing him back on campus, though.)

(Both of them)


Hopefully these hints help tide you over until we get some real practice reports and videos in the next month or so. If you weren’t excited for basketball season before, you most certainly should be now.

Bristol Speedway is Football Ready


In two weeks Virginia Tech and Tennessee will play football in front of 160,000 fans at Bristol Motor Speedway.  The Battle at Bristol will break all college football attendance records.

It leads me to think, “Could Kentucky every do something like this?”  In football, the answer is no.  Even in the rivalry against Louisville, you wouldn’t be able to find enough people to go, or the proper venue (even though it would be pretty cool to watch a football game at Churchill Downs).

In basketball, the answer is yes.  In fact, they’ve done something like this before.  In 2003, the Cats beat Michigan State 79-73 in the “Basketbowl” at Detroit’s Ford Field.  With  78,129 fans in attendance, it still holds the record for college basketball attendance.

At the time, it was the most to ever watch a basketball game live, but the 2010 All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium passed the mark with 108,713 in attendance.  If you hate that all Final Fours are played in domes, you can blame the Basketbowl.

However, I think we can take it one step further.  Now each season opens with the Armed Forces Classic, playing games on aircraft carriers or in military air hangers.  Kentucky find a happy medium by playing a basketball game at an outdoor football stadium.  Or better yet, they could host Big Blue Madness at Commonwealth Stadium.  Am I crazy to think this would work?

Arrogate Dominates Saratoga’s Travers

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Ahead of the Breeders’ Cup, there aren’t too many races bigger than the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.  Nobody has ever won bigger in the race infamously known as “The Giant Killer.”

With Mike Smith aboard, Bob Baffert’s Arrogate went wire-to-wire to break a track record.  The impressive 12-length victory demolished foes with Triple Crown experience: Gun Runner, Exaggerator, Destin and Creator.

Win — Arrogate | $25.40 | $12.60 | $8.40

Place — American Freedom | $6.70 | $4.60

Show — Gun Runner | $6.80

Worms are Found in Burgers at Two Kentucky McDonald’s

If you’re enjoying dinner, you might want to look away.  Worms were found in the food at two different Western Kentucky McDonald’s this week.

Madison Stephens told WPSD-TV that as she was going to take a bite out of her burger from Mayfield McDonald’s, a worm fell out of her hamburger.  Two days later, another person reported a worm in their food 25 miles away in Draffenville.

One of the infamous worms.

How did Mickey D’s respond to the nastiness?  They sent Stephens a $10 gift card, investigated the claim and said, “(we) have been unable to substantiate this claim.”

Watch Randall Cobb’s First Preseason Touchdown

David Welker | Getty Images

David Welker | Getty Images

The 2015 season wasn’t too kind to Randall Cobb.  Preparing to rebuild after an injury-plagued season, Cobb used last night’s preseason game vs. the 49ers as a tune up.

His production proves he’s ready to play.  Cobb caught all three passes thrown his way, including this hard-fought ten-yard touchdown.

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He finished with 30 total yards after only a couple of drives.

KSR Preps Recap: St. X Tigers rally to win 42-28


KSR Preps Game of the Week

St.Xavier 42 Lexington Catholic 28

Lexington Catholic stormed out of the gate playing like they had something to prove in their annual Traditional Bank Bluegrass Bowl. Senior QB Kirk Fagot started the game in full control of the offense connecting on two slant passes to Senior Receiver Sam Hodges and Sophomore Receiver Nathan Schnurr for touchdowns to open the game. St. X struggled to get anything going offensively early, failing to score until the 6 min mark in the second quarter.

For a defense that lost two of their starters the Knights did not play like it in the first half, Corner back Jake Topley made a great break on an out route to intercept Jack Albers pass and return it for a 91 yard touchdown.

At this point the atmosphere in Joseph K. Ford Stadium was at an all time high, Coach Mark Perry stressed to his team how pivotal getting a running clock could be.

St. X was able to slow down Fagot and the Knight offense by possessing the ball for 9:20 in the second quarter. The Tigers ran a vanilla offense for much of the night using the same set of plays to move the ball. Senior Running Back Sam Taylor got the Tigers on the board in the first half with a 3 yard run. Lexington Catholic went into the half with a 28-10 lead.

Cramps hit Lexington Catholic hard in the second half with many of their guys missing extended time. This gave St. X an opportunity after Senior Middle Linebacker Austin Pedroche went out of the game, Coach Will Wolford took advantage and pounded the ball down continuously in the second half. The Knight offense struggled down the stretch, unable to make the big plays that they had in the first half.

Sam Taylor carried the ball 17 times for 211 yards just in the second half on his way to making the biggest run of the night a 46 yard touchdown with 10:02 remaining.

After that touchdown the Knight sideline seemed flat but Seniors Will Roden and Sid Sharp would not give up. Each of them were running sideline to sideline making tackles for a defense that needed people to step up. Coach Mark Perry said that at one point in the game his team had to use their 6th linebacker due to injuries.

A 3 yard QB keeper for Jack Albers gave St. X the lead and they would not give it up the rest of the night. Taylor finished the game rushing 32 times for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns, he received the game MVP award after a dominating performance.

In a losing effort Kirk Fagot was exceptional throwing dimes to his receivers and finishing the game going 14 of 32 for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sid Sharp was named game MVP for Lexington Catholic stepping up big with so many injuries on the Knights defense.

Lexington Catholic tries to build on their performance next week on the road against a good Johnson Central team. St. X faces off against Bowling Green in a match up that never disappoints.

Other Scores around the State

Ryle 34 Henry Clay 28 – The opening game of the Traditional Bank Bluegrass Bowl was an exciting game in its own right. Ryle jumped out to a 18-0 lead at halftime but Henry Clay came clawing back to close the gap 34-28 with 8:24 left in the game. The Raider defense stepped up and would not allow Henry Clay to score the go ahead touchdown. Tanner Morgan finished the game 16 for 26 for 153 yards and a touchdown.

DeSales 17 Butler 0 – DeSales has not allowed a single point scored this entire season and got their run game going to win a hard hitting contest. Butler is much improved this season but they just didn’t have enough offensive firepower to score on a stifling DeSales defense.

Corbin 20  Louisville Central 14 – In this class 3A match-up the teams were basically even and the score reflected that until Corbin scored the go ahead touchdown with just 51 seconds remaining. Corbin hopes to continue their hot start next week against Clay County in the Appalachian Bowl.

Belfry 48 Tates Creek 12 – This Belfry team is a scary bunch right now getting a running clock just 4 minutes into the second quarter. The Belfry offensive line overpowered Tates Creek defenders as the ball moved effortlessly for the Pirates. Derek Wellman was the MVP for Belfry scoring two touchdowns on the ground and intercepting a Tates Creek pass.

Danville 35 Southwestern 34 – This game had big expectations going in and boy did these two teams deliver. Southwestern drove the ball 81 yards with 51 seconds left to come within one point of Danville. Coach Larry French went for the win and but their 2pt attempt was stuffed just inches from the goal line. Danville pulls off the upset in one of the best games of this young season.

Scott County 48 Pulaski County 19 – Pulaski County came out strong Friday night but Scott County opened the second half with two defensive touchdowns and they never looked back. Scott County starts a tough three game stretch this week as they travel to Fort Thomas to face off against the Highlands Bluebirds.

Will the Southern Miss Defense Bring Havoc?

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Matt Jones was recently a guest on a Southern Miss based podcast when the host discussed Southern Miss’ Havoc Defense. In football terms havoc refers to disruption, pressure, and forced explosive plays. I became obsessed with the football term and immediately researched Alcorn State.

Why? In order to analyze new USM head coach Jay Hopson and defensive coordinator Tony Pecoraro’s schemes, patterns, trends, and production. Here’s what I found from their previous stop:

2015 Alcorn State Havoc (Explosive Plays) Statistics

QB Sacks: 46 (Kentucky-17)

Tackles for Loss: 119 (Kentucky-53)

Interceptions: 11

3rd Down Conversion Percentage: 28.65%

Projecting Hopson/Pecararo’s Patterns

Southern Miss will blitz, play man-to-man, and be extraordinarily daring when the Wildcats have the football. The old football saying states, “Blitz us and die” was coined during the early advent of defensive schematic evolution. Hal Mumme is credited with conceptualizing and implementing the “Air Raid” offense. However, a look back at history and real-life experience tells us that Bobby Bowden and Steve Spurrier were the modern-day sculptors of the blitz pickup.

Let me explain; Bowden and Spurrier constructed sight adjustments and route conversions to counter blitzing defense. Thus, when faced with a blitz both made defenses pay dearly for playing risky.

Big plays for the Cats will ensue if it effectively blocks the blitzer and runs with power straight at the USM defense. Remember, blitz heavy teams normally play man-to-man coverage. When/if UK running backs break the line of scrimmage, one move to make a single defender miss could lead to a track sprint to the end zone. Wildcat outside receivers will have a significant size advantage. Early and costly receptions by Dorian Baker, Kayaune Ross, Tavin Richardson, and crew will force USM to go away from Havoc.

Southern Miss features the most “Havoc” safety duo the UK will face since going against Florida’s finest: Keanu Neal and Marcus Maye. D’Nerius Antoine and Picasso Nelson are excellent tacklers and blitzers. Both will be extremely active on September 3rd. When playing “Havoc”, safety production is critical as confusing or intimidating opposing quarterbacks play a key role in chaos. USM has a pair of Dogs.

Havoc is a high risk defense. Kentucky will need a proactive, attacking game plan to counteract Southern Miss’ dangerous defensive style.

UK Fans of the Day Want Friday Night Highlights from UK Football Commits


Nobody had a better night than Springfield, Ohio running back Bryant Koback.  The preseason All-State selection rushed for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough.  He returned a kickoff for a score to total 424 all-purpose yards.  Not too shabby.

Georgia dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams didn’t get the win, falling 34-13, but he still had a solid outing.  The junior QB completed 24 of 39 passes for 302 yards and the team’s only 2 touchdowns.  

Wide receiver Javonte Richardson had three catches and a touchdown, but was rested after the first quarter in a blowout.  He almost took another one to the house on this kick return. 

Defensively, future Wildcats got familiar with the end zone.  Linebacker Jamin Davis was only a few yards away from a scoop and score.

Florida cornerback Cedrick Dort jumped the slant route for an impressive Pick 6.

Karl Towns and MKG made it to the Craft Center


While the campers take a lunch break, the players are putting in work.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist put up some shots with Cal in his ear.

After knocking down some shots, the Kidd grabbed a seat on the bench while Karl helped split up teams for some pickup.  It’s just some pickup, but it’s still pretty freaking awesome.  As much as I want to break the rules and give you video from the game, rules are rules.

De’Aaron Fox: The Next Willie Cauley-Stein?

Kentucky’s next point guard is more like Kentucky’s last All-American center than you’d think.

During Willie Cauley-Stein’s three years on campus, we saw more hairstyles from the skilled center than you can fit into an Instagram layout.  You never knew what you were going to get when you saw him take the court.  After spending two days at the Joe Craft Center, the same can apply to De’Aaron Fox.

Yesterday, he was almost unrecognizable.  Hidden beneath this bunch of braids, it took us more than an hour before we realized it was De’Aaron.


It didn’t take long before the braids were gone.


I think we can all agree that the change was for the best.  Who knows what we’ll see next from Fox?  Maybe blonde?


The Red Bull Flugtag’s Saturday Morning Wakeup

We’re still waiting for one to fly, via Red Bull.

An honest blog.  We are not afraid to admit when we have messed up.  Today, we dropped the ball.  The Red Bull Flugtag is at Louisville’s Waterfront Park for the first time and we should be there, jumping a giant KSR-mobile off a 30-foot platform into the Ohio River.

We may have messed up, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss it. The nonsensical leap is an annual event that occurs in cities across the country, proving that Red Bull does not in fact give you wings.  The madness begins when 35 teams take the stage, starting at 2:00.

If that isn’t crazy enough, Louisville is hosting a zombie walk on Bardstown Road. I’ve been a part of the Michael Jackson Thriller Parade and I had no idea how much fun it would be to get drunk and look dead for a night. Word on the street is that they’re expecting upwards of 40,000 people. Bring the blood; it will be fun.

The Coach Cal Fantasy Camp Continues

Instead of being dead in Louisville, I’ll be balling at the Joe Craft Center. Well, I will only shoot around from time to time while the experts show us how it’s done.

Day One provided plenty of entertainment. It wasn’t exclusively old guys; Cris Carter still has some athleticism, but he can’t hold a tune to the guy who dunked it twice during the tryouts. I’m sure there will be more shenanigans throughout the day, like this:

Did You Miss Mark Stoops on KSR?

Kentucky’s head football coach joined Matt and Ryan at All Sports in Fayette Mall to give the BBN something to look forward to a week away from kickoff.  He discussed Drew Barker’s progression and looked ahead to Southern Miss, something Freddie Maggard will touch on later today.

One Week Till Kickoff

It’s hard to believe it’s almost here. After almost six weeks of preseason, it’s finally game week. If you aren’t geeked yet, I’ll have something later today that should do the trick.

A Podcast Update

I’ve had a few goof ups since I started full-time a year ago, but I have never had a trainwreck like the one I was steering on Thursday. From bringing the equipment, to recording it, to editing it, I did whatever I could to make it terrible. Yet, it’s still one of the best things we’ve ever recorded. Please forgive me and give it a shot. The stories are some of the best of the best.

Also, keep your ears peeled for Freddie’s first Depth Chart Podcast, entering the airwaves Monday evening. It will be for football nerds, but it will also be enjoyable to hear Freddie out on his own, preparing you for Southern Miss better than anyone. Just remember: It’s not personal, it’s personnel.

Cats or Cougars?

For all the Crooked K haters.


Regis Meant is No Longer Enrolled

Before practice began a UK spokesperson revealed that Regie Meant is no longer enrolled in school, effectively removing him from the roster.  Although expected, you could only hope the “indefinite suspension” wasn’t permanent.

For more optimistic notes from practice, like Boom Williams saying he’s in the best shape of his life, check out these notes and quotes from last night.

Scores from Friday Night Football

  • Ryle 34, Henry Clay 28
  • Danville 35, Southwestern 34
  • Corbin 20, Central 14
  • North Hardin 25, John Hardin 10
  • DeSales 17, Butler 0
  • Bethlehem 14, Thomas Nelson 13
  • Campbell County 24, Highlands 21
  • South Oldham 34, Doss 26
  • Madison Central 14, Dunbar 12
  • Trinity 35, Brentwood Academy 21

Another Large Water Balloon Fight

The start of the fall semester means eleventy gajillion water balloons were thrown on the Johnson Center Fields last night.  For freshmen, it’s a can’t-miss event, including our own Maggie Davis who saw plenty of celebrities at the annual event.

If there was a Sportscenter Top Plays for Water Balloon Fights, Maci Morris chasing down Bam Adebayo would be No. 1.

Don’t Forget to Vote in the Tailgate Bracket

You have the rest of the weekend to have your voice heard in the Final Four of the KSR Tailgate Food Bracket.  Wings have a commanding lead over Queso, but the Sausage Balls still have time to come back to upset Fried Chicken.  As Diddy said, VOTE OR DIE.

Get Tickets for the Celebrity Softball Game

There are approximately 757 reasons you should go, but here are my top five:

  • Karl-Anthony Towns will be there
  • $1 Beers
  • If it rains out, you get to see an open practice
  • Proceeds go to help Louisiana Flood victims
  • $1 Beers

Get your tickets HERE.

August 26th, 2016

Water Balloon Fight 2016 Makes a Splash on Campus

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Since 2008, the Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky has hosted “the world’s largest water balloon fight” annually. After starting with 58,000 balloons in 2008, the event has now grown more than 12 times that size. This year, it was announced there were 750,000 balloons, and the fight lasted well over half an hour.

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The event was restricted to UK students only, and several UK athletes made their way onto the field, including Sacha Killeya-Jones, Tai Wynyard, Brad Calipari, Bam Adebayo, Bennie Snell, Maci Morris, among others.

World Largest Water Balloon Fight 🎈💦 #BBN #1Of1

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The men’s and women’s swim team won the spirit award for “most appropriately dressed,” for obvious reasons.

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Some other UK football representatives:

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Even alumnus Jarrod Polson made an appearance as one of the crew members.

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This event has become a staple in the university’s “K week,” a week of activities designed to get freshmen involved on campus. The water balloon fight is the biggest event of the week with an estimated 5,000 students in attendance. If you were one of them, be sure to include #WBF2016 in your posts.

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


The one and only Wendy’s Baconator is a meaty masterpiece in its
own right. Composed of six strips of thick cut, applewood-smoked bacon;
cooked in an oven. Two quarter-pound patties* of fresh, never-frozen,
North American beef raised close it never sees a freezer. Only Wendy’s
has the fresh beef and thick bacon to give you a hamburger worthy of the
name Baconator.

You can be a part of Wendy’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. Now. On to the tweets:


#10 Ricky

Media dopplegangers are the best.


#9 Trey Minton

Because you eat out of a bowl?


#8 Matthew Mahone

Now that is truly the Drew Franklin burger.


#7 funKYcat75

There’s always a chance. Okay, yeah. Not really. 


#6 Justin Armbruster

He doesn’t even get a chance.


#5 Kindsey Bernhard

If you’re ever wondering what it would be like if I covered basketball, this would be it. I’m proud of myself for this. 


#4 Twillie Stein

There is not a time when this picture is not appropriate.


#3 David Diersen

I don’t know what this, but it has Katina Powell on it so it’s funny.

#2 Nick Carroll

But doesn’t he always?


#1 Hunter Pass