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Apr 30

TGR On The Leach Report

Posted by: Ryan at 9:02 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Random Notes

If you missed yesterday when Rob repped’ TGR on The Leach Report don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

Click here to listen to radio magic!

Apr 29

Legend Cobb to the World Champion Packers!

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Category: Football

Randall Cobb goes to the world champion Packers with the last pick of the second round #64.

Packers like “Legends”!

Congrats Randall!

Apr 29

Please Don’t Let It Be Cleveland!

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:04 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Football

With tonight being the NFL’s 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NFL Draft, why not mock it up, right? That is exactly what Don Banks of SI.com has done. As we search for the landing place for our ‘Legend’, Randall Cobb, Don manages to put a damper on our mood.

There are only a few cities in the NFL that I would refuse to play in, no matter the money. Actually, there is only one, when I think about it. Don has our Cobb going to that exact city, f’ing Cleveland, Ohio. That’s right ladies and gents, Don projects Randall to Cleveland tonight with the 59th pick over-all. If you just puked in your moth, you are not alone.

Here is to Cob going to any city in the United States other than Cleveland. We all know how that city and organization can kill a Kentucky boy. Good luck Randall!

Apr 29

TGR’s “Looker of the Week”

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Category: Looker of the Week

Normally Rob comes through on the “Looker of the Week” post but he was too busy this A.M. in front of the mirror working on his radio voice…..

It’s been a wild and crazy 3-4 weeks for us Kentucky fans, from the roller coaster ride of a basketball season, to the Final Four, to the guys entering the draft, to the spring game, to Coach Cal pressing on the brand like none other, to Jorts doing promo tours in Whitesburg, we’ve about seen it all in a short amount of time.

Honestly, we’ve been looking all week for a “looker” to emerge and have been reluctant to dish it out because it’s such a prestigious award. We thought about Ryan Lemond for his Rascall Flatts deal, seeing them in concert a fan record of 7 times, but decided that would be too harsh on a guy we only know through acquaintances. We also thought about giving it to the damn weather we’ve been having but feared some might mistake it for being negative to the misfortunes of many southerners.

Then Thursday night came and went and…………………. ding, ding, ding, ding! We have our looker!

The NFL Draft.

Seriously, most of us are football guys, we do the fantasy thing to a degree, but when it comes to the NFL something with me just begs to be desired. I guess that’s the Bengals fan in me just sounding off but last night’s NFL draft can be summed up in one word……….HORRIBLE.

Most of you probably wasted 3.5 hours of your life sitting in front of ESPN waiting to see who would go next. I can regretfully say I only could muster up about 1.25 hours of it before I had to turn it off. Teams passing on picks (Ravens), Cam Newton getting the number 1 pick when we all know he rode in on the $200k Bentley Auburn bought him, no running backs being selected until the 24th pick (Mark Ingraham – New Orleans), 7 minutes or whatever it was for each team to drag out who they were going to select when you knew it was going to be the next SEC guy on the list, and finally, each team passing up on Randall “Legend” Cobb.

It was miserable, all in the face of a looming lockout.

For this misery I and many of you have suffered through, the NFL draft gets the honors of being the TGR “looker of the week!”

Apr 29

UK Students Help Out the Alabama Tornado Victims

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Category: General News

Apr 29

TGR On The Leach Report @ 12:15

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Category: Random Notes

Rob told you about it earlier in the week, and for the first time in our short history we will make an appearance on the radio! We’ve always kept a low profile but Tom came-a-callin’ and we couldn’t refuse, who would pass that opportunity up?

Around 12:15, Robby Rob will be a guest on The Leach Report on 1080 AM WKJK Louisville. The show is normally hosted by the voice of the cats, Tom Leach, but Ryan Lemond will be filling in for Tom today.

We hope you will tune in!

If 1080 isn’t available in your area click the media player below to listen.

http://www.talkradio1080.com/mediaplayer/

Apr 29

Draft Express On the Departing Cats

Posted by: Ryan at 10:05 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Basketball

Jonathan Givony of SI’s Draft Express breaks down this year’s Kentucky entrants into the 2011 NBA draft. We all know this could change come May 8th but it’s worth the look:

The no-brainers:

Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Freshman, Kentucky
A likely lottery pick despite seeing a sharp decline in production over the second half of the season, Jones’ decision became easier with each projected lottery pick that elected to return to school leading up to his announcement.

Enes Kanter, PF/C, Freshman, Kentucky
Kanter never played a game for the Wildcats, as he was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA for receiving more than $33,000 in impermissible benefits while playing for a Turkish club team. But he’s still one of the best bigs in the draft and a projected top-10 pick.

Brandon Knight, PG/SG, Freshman, Kentucky
Potentially a top-five pick after a strong NCAA tournament run, Knight had a lot more to lose than gain by returning for his sophomore season.

Could have gone either way:

DeAndre Liggins, SG/SF, Junior, Kentucky
A top-rated high school recruit who took a little longer than expected to make the transition — partially due to coaching changes — Liggins blossomed late in the season and is known as one of the best perimeter defenders in this group. He may not have shown quite enough to secure himself a spot in the first round, though, which could force him to return to Kentucky for his senior season.

Apr 29

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

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Category: Random Notes

A day and night of dry weather was much needed around the TGR tailgating area. Having to tip over your drink to let the water out has become highly annoying.

– If you are sick of hearing people complain about how much money is being spent on the royal wedding because times are so tough, I am with you. Just because you are broke doesn’t mean we all have to remove all forms of entertainment and fun from the world. This brings me to my first UK point… After Mitch Barnhart announced he would approach the school for a $3.1 million loan for new scoreboards and a new sound system for Commonwealth Stadium, professors became upset. Somehow, faculty and staff became incensed when it was proposed that the loan be made to the UKAA. The loan would be paid back, making it a loan and not a gift, and interest would be paid on the loan. I am guessing that many of the faculty and staff who complained about this are also bitching about the expense of the royal wedding. The UKAA will now finance the $6.25 million project with private funds.

– Brandon Knight made a trip to my hometown of Winchester yesterday to speak to the students of Conkwright Middle School. As any good Clark Countian would do, no matter their age, he was met with chants of “one more year!” While answering some questions put forth by students, Knight was quoted by Keith Taylor of the Winchester Sun as saying, “I’m still 50-50,” he said. “I haven’t really made a decision yet.” If Knight returns to school, I want all of Big Blue nation to properly thank Winchester and it’s residents.

– As was expected, the SEC dominated the 1st round of the NFL draft. 10 of the first round picks were from SEC schools, short only 1 from the conference’s 1st round record of 11 picks done in 2005 and 1998. Randall Cobb could be the SEC’s 11 draftee early in tonight’s 2nd round.

– In a continuing attempt to kill all the fun and excitement of college athletics, theca Board of Directors has moved the date in which players have to withdraw from the NBA draft from May8, to mid-April. This end’s the practice of exploring yore options without hiring an agent, and leaving open the option of returning to school. This new rule would make it impossible for Knight, Liggins, or Jones to possibly come back to Lexington.

– I hope that we will all continue to support the victims of the tornado outbreak, in and around Alabama. If you would like to help with the clean-up, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

I swear we will put the fun back in TGR, right after this post. Fertig is on the way with a post on his disappointing night of not being drafted. Ryan will also review Kate’s wedding dress and her flower girl’s hair. Keep it locked! C! A! T! S!

Apr 28

1st Round of 2011 Draft Ends, Cobb Still On Big Board

Posted by: Ryan at 11:47 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

We all know our man would be a valuable asset for any team in the league, he will just have to wait until the Draft resumes tomorrow night in the second round.

The SEC has owned the draft so far. Cam Newton went 1st and then Marcell Dareus 3rd, AJ Green 5th and so on. In all the league had 31% of the picks, 10 in all.

The draft resumes @ 6pm  for the second round and so on. Now the question becomes will Cobb go early or late, because we all know he won’t fall to the third. Or, at least we hope so.

Cobb sits at Mel Kiper Jr.’s 11th “best available” remaining on the big board. Not sure how that works considering he was higher in the night. Anyways, the Patriots have the first pick of the second round. Cobb to replace Danny Woodhead? We will just have to wait and see.

Apr 28

Coach Cal Introduces the KY Combine

Posted by: Ryan at 8:57 pm | Leave a Comment (6)
Category: Basketball

You are probably asking yourself, “a college basketball combine?” I did. Come on?

Well, apparently Coach Cal has set up an NBA combine at the Joe Craft Center inviting all NBA team scouts to watch DeAndre Liggins, Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson perform drills conducted by NBA personnel  on May 2nd and 3rd.

The combine is designed to let the players get a true evaluation by the pros prior to the May 8th deadline to withdraw their names from the 2011 draft. Here’s Coaches statement below:

“My preference, of course, is to again coach all three of these underclassmen but we also have the obligation to these young men and their families to help them make the best, most educated decisions for their futures.

There are basically three things that led us to creating this first-of-it’s-kind combine:

1. NBA teams are prohibited from working out or having contact with any players until after the Declared List is released, which happened on April 28.

2. This means players have only just over a week in which to meet with and workout for teams before an ultimate decision must be made.

3. The players are not allowed to miss class during the week to travel to workouts or to visit with teams.

Because of these limitations and our unending desire to always be a players-first program, we have arranged for these two days of workouts and accompanying one-on-one interviews after classes so that NBA personnel can get a complete picture of the type of student-athletes in our program at the University of Kentucky.

My hope is this will allow our players to get direct feedback from NBA decision-makers and hopefully create a clearer picture of what their NBA potential may be. Instead of us telling them what we are hearing, they can hear directly from the clubs.

(All of the underclassmen are taking the necessary precautions to protect their future collegiate eligibility under NCAA bylaw 12.2.4.2.1.1 which would allow them to return to UK.)

I also think that for a player like Josh, these workouts will allow NBA teams to see the type of commitment, skill and determination he showed the Big Blue Nation all season long.

Lastly, I want to thank our Athletic Director, Mitch Barnhart and his staff for helping to formalize this unique combine and opportunity for our student-athletes. It is yet another example of how Kentucky basketball is the gold standard.”

Atta boy Cal, promote the brand!!!!!!