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May 26th, 2019

The voice of Auburn football and basketball passes away

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Rod Bramblett, the “Voice of the Auburn Tigers,” and his wife Paula both passed away due to injuries suffered during a tragic two-car accident on Saturday night in Auburn.

Bramblett was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham where he later passed away.

Auburn Athletics released the following statement Saturday night:

Rod Bramblett, the Voice of the Auburn Tigers, and his wife, Paula, were involved in a serious car accident early Saturday evening in Auburn.

“We ask the Auburn Family to keep the Bramblett family in your thoughts and prayers.

Bramblett was famously known for his call during the 2013 Iron Ball or “The Kick Six.” His line, “Auburn’s going to win the football game,” is one of the most famous lines in modern college football.

The Big Blue Nation sends our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of both Rod and Paula Bramblett.


Today on KSR: So, What Now?

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Last night, Kentucky’s softball season ended in the Super Regionals for the third straight season, ending all major spring sports at UK this season and sadly, the party is over. We now enter the worst time of the year for college sports fans as we await the return of college football in 98 days.  So, what do we as Kentucky fans do now?

How about looking back on the fact that the 2018-19 season in athletics was one of the best, if not the best, in Kentucky history.

  • A thrilling 10-win football season, that was capped off with a Citrus Bowl Victory.
  • UK started 2019 Nationally ranked in 10 different sports.
  • A share at the SEC title in Volleyball for the second straight season
  • A Conference USA championship in soccer with an appearance in the elite eight
  • An elite eight appearance from Kentucky basketball team with big wins over, Kansas, Tennesee, North Carolina, and Louisville.
  • A farewell to one of Kentucky’s beloved athletes Maci Morris
  • Another historic season for softball with record-shattering performances by players like Abbey Cheek and Alex Martens
  • The opening of Kentucky Proud Park.
  • A Succesful NFL draft that saw Josh Allen go in the top 10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Mitch Barnhart winning Athletic Director of the year.
  • Oh yeah, and we watched all of this at KSBar.

What a year. Don’t be sad that it’s over, just be happy that it happened.

Now, here’s what’s on the docket for today.

Jodie Meeks and The Raptors are heading to the NBA Finals

Last night, as I took a pre-game nap before the Kentucky softball game, The Toronto Raptors won their first Eastern Conference Championship in Franchise history, as they beat the Bucks 100-94. Toronto will go onto face the Golden State Warriors (sigh) in the NBA Finals.

For the first time in seemingly ever, Kentucky will have a player in the NBA Finals. Jodie Meeks will head there with the Raptors, and Boogie Cousins makes his first finals appearance as well with Golden State. The only question for Boogie is if he is healthy enough for a return in this season’s NBA Finals.

This also means that we will have another week full of Drake memes and sideline antics, but hey if Toronto can somehow beat the heavily favored Warriors to end the Drake curse so Kentucky can win another national championship, I’m all for it.

Not only does all of America root against Golden State, but it looks like all of Canada will be too.

Giannis is Confused

The NBA is so fun to watch, just for the funny little things like this.

Most times when players walkout mid-press conference, it’s usually through frustration, but it’s evident in this video the Greek Freek just misunderstood Khris Middleton in their season-ending press conference. Middleton gave Giannis the go-ahead nod to answer the question while Giannis though Middleton was signaling him to leave. The confusion on Middleton’s face says it all, and I can’t stop laughing.

What Will EJ Do?

On a more serious topic, it has lately become evident that EJ Montgomery may be closer to the draft than we thought. Once EJ put his name in the draft, we thought he would for sure test the waters, then return for this sophomore season at UK. But, as time has gone on, it’s become more evident by the day he may be leaning towards staying in the draft.

He is lowering the bar for himself, seemingly by day for reasons to stay in the draft. It went from first round draft pick, to now he wants a second round guaranteed deal to remain in the draft. Tony Delk even came out yesterday and said he believes EJ will stay in the draft.

UK on one shoulder, NBA on the other, what will EJ do? He has until the end of May to decide.

The best thing from the internet you’ll see today

Think your favorite teacher is the coolest? Nope. This professor in this viral tweet has taken that claim. With his resemblance to Walter White and these awesome in-class experiments, it has me thinking I may transfer to whenever this guy is teaching. So watch this to start your Sunday on a positive note.

Happy Sunday, BBN!


KSR Shop: Register to win a special gift package!

The KSR Shop and Kentucky Branded have a neat gift offer right now. Through Monday, you can register to win a Kentucky-Americana gift set valued at $100! Package includes a watercolor racing flag, Kentucky graphic tumbler, Kentucky watercolor flag tee, and a fun Kentucky trivia book.

But that’s not the only offer this Memorial Day weekend. The KSR Shop and Kentucky Branded are also offering 20% off on everything else.

Hurry and sign up for this great gift package before Monday. Also stock up on KSR, UK, and State Pride apparel to complete your summer wardrobe.

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May 25th, 2019

Jeff Badet set to compete for title of fastest player in the NFL

Former Kentucky receiver Jeff Badet thinks he’s the fastest player in the NFL, and he’s ready to put his money where his mouth is.

The 24-year old wideout out of Orlando, FL is set to participate in “40 Yards of Gold,” a tournament-style speed competition set for June 29.

Badet, who was on the Minnesota Vikings Practice Squad last season and was brought back by the team again for 2019, will compete against 23 other players in a head-to-head battle.

In “40 Yards of Gold,” 12 offensive players and 12 defensive players will face off, with the winner of each division facing off in the final. From there, the title of “fastest player in the NFL” will be named.

Here are the confirmed participants:

Offense: Ted Ginn Jr., Alvin Kamara, Jeff Badet, Corey Coleman, Robby Anderson, Richie James, Damiere Byrd, Mark Ingram, Kevin Snead, Christian Blake, Jacoby Ford, mystery participant

Defense: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Trae Waynes, John Franklin III, Kevin Byard, Quinton Dunbar, Rashard Robinson, Terrell Sinkfield, Jerome Baker, Jalen Myrick, Budda Baker, Donte Jackson, Charles James II, mystery participant

Badet played three seasons at Kentucky, where he managed 82 total catches for 1,385 yards (16.9 average) and seven receiving touchdowns. The 6-foot receiver then transferred to Oklahoma as a graduate transfer, where he accumulated 400 yards and three touchdowns on 26 receptions.

The former Wildcat, who reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds at Oklahoma’s Pro Day last year, was best known for his ability to burn defenders on the outside for deep balls.

Does Badet stand a chance against some of the fastest players the NFL has to offer?


Kentucky softball’s Super Regional game has been pushed back to 11 PM

Photo by UK Athletics

If you were planning on staying up and watching the Kentucky softball team tonight, you better get an extra cup of coffee ready.

Due to rain in the Seattle area, Game 2 of the 2019 Seattle Super Regional has been pushed back to an 11 p.m. ET.

The game will still air on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app as scheduled with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Danielle Lawrie (color commentary) on the call.

Kentucky fell to Washington in Game 1 last night by a final score of 3-0, where the Wildcats left nine runners on base and four in scoring position.

If Kentucky wants to keep their Women’s College World Series hopes alive, they will have to win both tonight and tomorrow to move on to Oklahoma City.

Lexington, KY considered eighth-best college basketball city, No. 33 in basketball overall

Kentucky has always been considered a basketball state, and according to a recent study by, we have the numbers to back it up.

WalletHub, a financial help resource, put together a list of all of the best (and worst) basketball cities in America. According to the website’s description, the study put together an equation that factored in attendance, fan engagement, stadium accessibility, and ticket costs, among 21 total key metrics.

Out of 290 total cities, Lexington, KY was rated as the eighth-best college basketball location and No. 33 in basketball (professional or college) overall.

Here is the entire list of top 25 college basketball cities in America:

  1. Durham, NC
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Lawrence, KS
  4. Philadelphia, PA
  5. East Lansing, MI
  6. Storrs, CT
  7. Chapel Hill, NC
  8. Lexington, KY
  9. Fayette, MS
  10. Loretto, PA
  11. New York, NY
  12. Morgantown, WV
  13. Kingston, RI
  14. College Park, MD
  15. Washington, DC
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. Bloomington, IN
  18. West Point, NY
  19. Boston, MA
  20. Charlottesville, VA
  21. Cincinnati, OH
  22. Fayetteville, AR
  23. Lewiston, NY
  24. South Bend, IN
  25. Buies Creek, NC

Beyond Lexington, six other cities in Kentucky made the list, but they might not be in the order you expected. Surprisingly, not only is Louisville not the No. 2 basketball location in the state, they’re not even in the top three.

Here are the rankings of Kentucky cities based solely on their status as a prime college basketball location:

  • No. 37 Murray, KY
  • No. 40 Highland Heights, KY
  • No. 44 Louisville, KY
  • No. 96 Morehead, KY
  • No. 119 Bowling Green, KY
  • No. 174 Richmond, KY

And the rankings of those same cities in terms of both college and professional basketball combined:

  • No. 57 Murray, KY
  • No. 60 Highland Heights, KY
  • No. 64 Louisville, KY
  • No. 112 Morehead, KY
  • No. 132 Bowling Green, KY
  • No. 184 Richmond, KY

Murray AND Highland Heights ahead of Louisville? Ouch.

What do you guys think of the lists?