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Jun 15

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:50 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

We went from the rainy season, to middle of summer conditions, and now to beautiful spring time temperatures in Kentucky. Last night’s weather in and around Winchester can not be matched by any other location on the globe…

– The story of the NCAA asking UK to apologize for celebrating John Calipari’s 500th victory as head coach in college basketball has made it national. Yesterday on my wife’s favorite television program, PTI, Michael Wilbon said that if he were UK he would tell the NCAA to “go to hell”. I find myself believing that “hell” would be a much nicer destination than the NCAA deserves.

– Kentucky football fans who follow Gene McCaskill on Twitter got good news yesterday. Gene Tweeted, “Guess what BBN IM BACK RUNNING FULL SPEED SO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEAN” Gene I can only hope that means you are about ready to catch some passes and to run as fast as you can towards the end zone for the blue and white. Lord knows we need you.

– Eric Bledsoe, of “getting’ shit right” fame, had his option picked up by his current employer, the Los Angeles Clippers. The 2010-11 T-Mobile All-Rookie Second Teamer is now signed through the 2012-2013 season with the Clips.

– Enes Kanter is scheduled to work-out for the Minnesota Timberwolves Tomorrow. If they could not be consistently successful with Kevin Garnett, the T-wolves will NEVER be a long term winner. Please Minnesota, leave our Enes alone!

– The TGR-MLB Review… The Cincinnati Reds got a second straight win last night over the Dodgers, 3-2. The Rays got a 4-0 shutout of the Boston Red Sox. Finally, the Braves dropped a second straight, with a 4-3 loss to the Mets.

Fitz should be around this morning for some mid-week Reds news, Fertig will be here with some news that will even surprise me, and I will just be around. TGR baby!!

Jun 14

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:24 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

Things are becoming very comfortable weather wise in the Bluegrass. It is great weather to go pantless!

– Game times for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off were announced yesterday. The 2011 tournament will take place from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and include Long Island University (Northeast), Marist College (MAAC), Old Dominion University (CAA), Penn State University (Big Ten), Radford University (Big South), University of Kentucky (SEC), University of South Florida (Big East) and the University of Vermont (America East). Kentucky will tip-off the tournament at 12 noon on Saturday November 19 against Penn State. I have no clue why Kentucky is playing in this tournament. Someone at UK must enjoy playing the slots.

– Congratulations to the George Rogers Clark Cardinal baseball team for their, what I would consider to be, unlikely, run in the post-season. Coach Allison and his 22-12 Cards fell last night in the Kentucky Insurance/KHSAA State Tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to the Central Hardin Bruins (33-4). The CHHS offense over powered the Cards for a 9-0 victory.

– Not all was bad involving Central Hardin High School and TGR yesterday. Patrick Graffree, a 6’4″, 245 lb. defensive lineman, gave his verbal commitment to Joker and the Cats for 2012. Graffree was receiving interest from several schools, including Louisville. Aaron of Bleed Blue Kentucky says that Graffree was under the radar because he has only lived in Kentucky for 2 years.

– Kentucky utility man, Neiko Johnson, signed a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros this week. Johnson was injured for the most part of 2011 with a finger boo-boo, but was productive while he was on the field. From the first time I saw Neiko play for the cats, I thought he had a great shot at being a Major Leaguer. Neiko will have a shot now of playing for the Lexington Legends, which would make him the first UK player to strap on a Legends jersey in the team’s history.

– The TGR-MLB Review looks like this… The Braves lost to Houston lat night, 8-3, but have won 7 of 10 and are only 2.5 behind the Phillies. The Reds did not play last night, but have worked there way back above .500 and 3.5 games back in the NL Central. Tampa is 4.5 games back in the AL East after winning 6 of their last 10 games. It has to suck to play in the same division as the yanks and Sox.

Keep it here today for some Tuesday Tweets action, nudity, and more! C! A! T! S!

Jun 13

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 9:16 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

We got some much needed rain this weekend in Clark County and we got some bright sunshiney weather too. It was the best weekend of all time! No, seriously, all-time. We will cool it off this week for what could be known as the best week of all time! Dramatic? Naw.

– News broke this weekend that UK is working on a long term contract extension with Coach Cal. Mitch Barnhart Tweeted this, “We are working on an extension with Cal to ensure that he has long tenure at Kentucky. Cal and I are the same age and share some of the same thoughts on our careers and I’d like to align his contract with my current 8-yr deal.” As we all know, contracts mean about as much as a contract in college athletics means about as much as a LeBron James 3-pointer late in Game 6, not much. But, I applaud UK for showing some effort in locking down Cal in the bluegrass.

– Jerry Tipton reported that the NCAA has asked UK to release a statement regarding the celebration of John Calipari’s 500th victory last season. Due to the 42 vacated wins cal had at Memphis and UMass, the NCAA says UK incorrectly celebrated the 500th win and should apologize. Fertig and I discussed this issue last season when the celebration happened. I am not sure if it was written, or if was purely an off the record conversation. No matter, is the NCAA serious? Instead of using its precious time to investigate the well-being of NCAA student-athletes and improving it’s association, it is worried about celebrations? Tipton’s report said a 5 page letter was sent to UK explaining the reasoning for feeling UK should make a statement. Was it worth the paper it was printed on NCAA? You seriously need to look in getting a life.

– Joker and the football staff held their 2nd Sunday Showcase camp in as many weeks in Lexington yesterday. May talented high schoolers were in attendance and I am sure some offers were made by UK. This camp was the driving force behind the several 2012 commitments last week, so look for some more commits this week.

– I watched a good d deal of the NBA Finals game 6 last night, probably more NBA than I have watched all season, and I went to a game. The Mavs took the title, 105-95 over Jamaal Magloire and the Heat. Jamaal did not play, as we all became accustomed to in the playoffs. I will have more this morning on LeBron and my t thoughts of his treatment by the media during the season. Stay tuned, it will be epic.

– You may not have ever heard of Colin Boevers, but he is a relevant athlete this morning. Colin throws the discus for UK track and field. This weekend he competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships and grabbed a 4th place finish in the discus. The reason you should care? Saturday’s final in the track and field event was the final UK event for the 2010-11 athletics year. Much love to all of the UK athletes for giving us a great 2010-2011 athletic season, all the way around! You give losers like us something to talk about, write about, and whatever else we do. You made us proud this year and we greatly appreciate your efforts! Go Cats!

I hope we can get off on the right foot this week, or the left foot, if the situation requires it. Nasty Nate will be around this afternoon with the TGR Looker OF The Week, Fertig will do his best, as always, and I will drift in the wind like a lonely flag in the middle of nowhere. Yes, flag. C! A! T! S!

Jun 11

Big Blue Morning Review Saturday Edition

Posted by: Ryan at 1:10 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

Ah, feel that? The difference between 90+ temps, humidity and stagnant air yesterday to the 80’s today… Whatever, who’s ready for a Saturday edition of the Big Blue Morning Review?? Me neither. I’ll make it short and sweet so you can catch that yard sale:

– Marquis Teague took time out from summer school to hit up the gym at Bellarmine (across the street from my G-ma’s in the highlands) and take on the Kentucky All-stars all by himself. Not really, but that would be cool. Anyways, Teague hit the game winner with .9 on the clock in his last game representing a state of people that don’t know how to drive. Teague finished with 20 in the 105-103 win.

– The big news of the night was obviously the contract talks of Mitch Barnhart and the news that he will stay put in the bluegrass. He also hinted that he would like to align his with Cal’s new contract (which extends 8 years). That makes me happy, so does meat balls and macaroni.

– Folks are reporting that Tony Woods is a done deal to Texas. Contrary to that, Marc Maggard is saying that Woods has not picked a school yet. Who do we believe? Who knows!

– Former Cat Ramon Harris had 16 points, 7 boards and 3 steals in his first game in China where he is now playing for Ningxia Hanas. RAZOR!

Jun 10

Barnhart Assures He Isn’t Going Anywhere Via Twitter

Posted by: Ryan at 10:03 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

Every time I shut down for just a few hours to enjoy my day something worth putting up on the site happens. Poor me. Anyways, while we were all headed home after work Mitch Barnhart put all the UT talks to bed via Twitter and he also hinted that maybe him and Coach Cal’s relationship is a bit better than we all think… Here’s his sequence of Tweets, the most I have ever seen from our AD which is saying something:

Mitch Barnhart: Let me reiterate that Kentucky is where I want to be. I’ve got good coaches at UK, I have a family that has settled in here, I have a son who is about to be a senior in high school. As I said before, I have unfinished business here and this is where I plan to be until I decide on my next path. That will be something that will probably be outside of athletics when I’m 60 years old. We are working on an extension with Cal to ensure that he has long tenure at Kentucky. Cal and I are the same age and share some of the same thoughts on our careers and I’d like to align his contract with my current 8-yr deal. Once we get a finalized contract, we’ll make a formal announcement.
Jun 10

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:56 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

It is still hot, but the heat did not prevent my nephew and me from hammering down on some unsuspecting fish last night. No, “fish” is not a new-fangled word for hot chicks; we actually fished for bluegill and bass. A mess of bluegill and a few bass later, we were productive.

– UK made the transfer of Ryan Harrow from NC State to UK official yesterday. According to the UK release, A graduate of Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., Harrow was a third-team Parade All-American, the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year and the Georgia 5A player of the year as a senior. He was rated the 19th-best overall prospect and No. 7 point guard by Rivals.com in the class of 2010 and was rated No. 25 and No. 39 overall by Scout.com and ESPN Recruiting, respectively. Cal has this to say about Ryan, “Ryan has tremendous ball-handling skills and offensive awareness and is a great addition to our team,” Calipari said. “He’s a great student of the game as well as in the classroom. He’ll have a year to grow in our system and should be ready to be a major contributor in 2012-13.”

– The athletic directors of WKU and UK believe that the crowd in Nashville for the two schools football openers will be large. According to a story by mark Story, Mitch Barnhart thinks the crowd could be as big or bigger than the one who traveled north to Paul Brown Stadium to see UK open against Miami-Ohio a couple of years ago. He told Story that he thinks the UK-WKU game “will draw a crowd close to that Miami game, 42,000, maybe up to 45,000, maybe even more,” It is my opinion that Mr. Barnhart is wrong. The game is kicking off after 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. I predict around 20,000 to 25,000, which I would consider a good crowd considering the circumstances. Mitch also said yesterday that he is “not interested” in the Tennessee athletic director opening in Knoxville.

– According to Matt Jones at KSR, “Tony Woods will not play at Kentucky next season.” A source has told KSR that “Woods did not enroll at Kentucky this week and is likely headed to Texas next season.“ This is obviously opposite of reports that he was coming to Kentucky.

– Jamaal Magloire was unsuccessful in his bid to put his Miami Heat back on track last night in Dallas. The Mavs took a 3 games to two lead in the NBA Finals with a 112-103 victory. Magloire did not score or anything, but then again, he did not play. The series heads back to South Beach for the final two games of the series, if they need both.

– Finally Coach Cal, John Robic Mitch Barnhart and Mark Coyle have finalized the 2011-2012 schedule for bball. We will have to wait until it’s out to share it with you but you will probably already know when it’s out. As we were first to mention earlier in the week (rarely get credit for that) UK will play Samford, Louisville, IU, UNC, St. John’s, and all the regular SEC speedbumps.

Finished our 2011-12 schedule. Thanks to Mark Coyle, John Robic & Mitch Barnhart for helping get it done.

The TGR-MLB Review looks like this… The Reds got a must needed victory last night over the Giants, 3-0. The Braves won a 3rd straight, 3-2, over the Marlins. The Rays headed to the beach and did not play baseball.

We hope to have everything you need to drift through your Friday today. I am planning on unleashing some Flatulence and will use an entire post to brag on my alma mater, again. Fertig will probably do something too. C! A! T! S!

Jun 9

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 9:05 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

After praying for warmth for most of 2011, we have gotten what we asked for Kentucky! It is smokin’…

– John Calipari has won, and been called, many things, but an Emmy winner? Well, that would just be silly. Actually sir, it may happen. Cal was nominated for a regional Emmy for his work on the WKYT (Channel 27) Hoops for Haiti telethon. The telethon which raised over 1 million for earthquake relief in the third world country was nominated by WKYT and puts cal in the running for the award. If he does win, will he consider regional Emmy night the greatest night in Kentucky’s basketball programs history?

– Another Kentucky Bat Cat was taken in the 2011 MLB draft yesterday when the defending World Champs, the San Fran Giants, took catcher, Michael Williams. The junior catcher was taken in the 37th round.

– UK announced yesterday that former Scott County, Purdue University, and Los Angeles Sparks star, Ukari Okien Figgs was named assistant athletics director for women’s basketball at the school. Figgs led the Scott County girls’ basketball team to a state title in 1995, and she was named Kentucky’s Miss Basketball. This shows the commitment by the school to Matthew Mitchell’s program. Welcome back to the bluegrass ma’am!

– Brian Eldridge of Scout is reporting that one of Joker’s top recruits in the class of 2011, Christian County’s Marcoreyon “Bubba” Tandy has not qualified academically and will attend Junior College this fall. He will head to Copiah-Lincoln, in Mississippi.

– I am not sure if new Kentucky b-baller, Anthony Davis, is in love with McDonalds food, or if he has a secret endorsement deal. Either way, he is blowing up the burger joint on Twitter since arriving in Lexington. Here are a few of his most recent Tweets, “Man that strawberry lemonade from Mickey D’s really hit the spot!! “ “Craving some McChickens from Mickey D’s and a frozen strawberry lemonade!! “ “Man I need my McChickens and strawberry lemonade but McDonalds is closed…only can go thru the drive-thru!! SMH!!“

Can someone please get this brother some strawberry lemonade and a McChicken, he is starving over there!

– I know I am not the only one in Big Blue Nation enjoying the chaos that is University of Tennessee athletics right now? They fired Pearl, they have now fired athletic director, Mike Hamilton, and it looks like former football coach, Phillip Fulmer might be interested in being the new AD. This entire thing makes me smile. Good morning Knoxville!

– Here is the TGR-MLB Review… Atlanta won a second straight over the Florida Marlins, 3-2. The Reds lost to the Cubs yesterday, 4-1. The hottest of the three, Tampa, won a third straight, 4-3 over the Angels.

Fertig brought a Slip’n’Slide to the tailgate this morning, so watch out! He has 2 gallons of cooking oil and you never know what he might lube up!

Jun 8

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:58 am | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: General News

We are currently experiencing a very comfortable morning in the bluegrass. I hope you and yours are doing the same, no matter your location. Unless, you are at the beach, and I hope it is raining. Holla!

– As you may know, former Kentucky football player, T.C. Drake was in a terrible motorcycle accident recently. He remains in critical condition after suffering massive head trauma. His mother has updated the friends and family of Drake on his FaceBook page. This was posted by her last night, “Quick update on TC…. No major changes yet, he has had a roller coaster ride for a few days but is stable again. Still critical. Thanks for all the prayers and concerns… TC is one blessed young man to have all the friends he does… Keep the prayers coming…. Thumbs up TC…“ We are still thinking about you here T.C.

– After Alex Meyer was taken by the nationals in the first round of the MLB draft Monday, 4 more cats showed up in the 2011 MLB draft yesterday. With the 287th pick over-all, the Detroit Tigers chose outfielder, Chad Wright, in the 9th round. The Boston Red Sox chose Braden Kapteyn in the 15th round. The Phillies chose shortstop, Taylor Black, in the 16th round of the draft. Finally, the Pittsburgh Pirates chose right-hander, Jordan Cooper, in the 23rd round yesterday. Good luck to all of the future star cats in the professional ranks!

– Kentucky scheduled three basketball games with Samford, including one in Birmingham. According to al.com, new Samford athletics director Martin Newton has wasted little time tapping into his UK connections. According to the site, “Samford has a signed contract to play three basketball games against Kentucky the next three seasons, with two of those games at Rupp Arena in Lexington and the final one here in Birmingham at either the Pete Hanna Center on the Samford campus or at the BJCC Arena downtown.“ The first game will take place at Rupp Arena this season on December 20. The series will continue in 2013 and 2014.

– In very sad news, former Duke guard, Thomas Emma, jumped from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in NYC to his death. The New York Post is reporting that the 49 year old former Duke team captain was recently dealing with health issues, but could not provide further details.

– Dallas, once again, made a 4th quarter rally to lock-up the NBA Finals at 2 games a piece. The Mavs shutdown King James and the heat, 86-83. LBJ had 8 points? In the entire game? Am I the only one who smells a fix? If the King’s 8 points doesn’t point that out, maybe the fact Jamaal Magloire did not play again does? Fishy.

– The TGR-MLB update… Tampa won their 2nd straight, 4-1 over the Angels. The Reds won their 2nd straight, 8-2 over the Cubs. The braves shutout the marlins, 1-0. None of the 5 cats taken in the MLB draft will play their entire careers with a TGR favorite, b/c none of them were drafted by either of the three.

Fertig has big things planned for you today! He was talking about removing an article of clothing each time someone commented on one of his posts, but I am snot sure if he is still down for that. C! A! T! S!

Jun 7

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 9:02 am | Leave a Comment (9)
Category: General News

I just heard a report on the news that it is going to get so HOT today, the National Weather Service is advising every single hot girl in the country to not wear a shirt. Shirts for hot chicks will be very dangerous to the well being of everyone and are not to be worn today. Just saying…

– UK junior right-hander, Alex Meyer, was selected with the No. 23 overall pick in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft last night by the Washington Nationals. According to UK, Meyer becomes the school’s 4th first round selection in the MLB draft, and the highest pick since Chad Green was taken 8th over-all in 1996. With 110 strikeouts in 2011, Meyer became the 10th player in program history to fan 100 or more in a season, ranking eighth in UK single-season history. Meyer, who ranked No. 9 in the NCAA in strikeouts, owns a 13-12 career record in 211.1 innings, striking out 253 the fifth-best total in UK career annals. Good luck when you are not pitching against the Braves!

– Marquis Teague and his Indiana All-stars played an exhibition game last night against the Indiana Jr. All-stars at Washington High School. When Marquis was introduced to the crowd as being a Kentucky signee, he was booed by the damn filthy Hoosier fans in attendance. Marquis took the high road and smiled, according to reports, but in his mind, I am sure he feels that they are just inbred idiots as I do. According to Jody Demling, Teague was 10 of 17 from the field. He finished with 24 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, four steals and five turnovers. Marquis will be heading southbound on I-65 to God’s country today to his new home in Lexington.

– The Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana Pacer interim head coach, Frank Vogel, was told that if he is hired as the Pacers permanent head man, his assistant, including Walter McCarty, would have to be changed. Maybe cal has a desk job for big Walt somewhere.

– The BCS voted yesterday to strip Southern cal of their 2004 National Championship. Reggie Bush can not be waking up with a good feeling of himself this morning.

– In TGR-MLB news, the Tampa Rays won last night5-1 over the Anaheim Angels, the Reds beat the Cubs 8-2, and the braves lost their second straight to the terrible Mets, 6-4.

It is Tuesday, which means you survived Monday! Keep it locked today for all that is UK and our world famous, TGR’s Tuesday Tweets! Except no imitators from any other sites my friends! Yeah, I was told about you honey. C! A! T! S!

Jun 6

Big Blue Mornin’ Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:55 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

The first full week of June is upon us and that means only one thing and one thing only… it is no longer May!

– The biggest news of the weekend came late last night when several sites reported that the Blaylock twins of Georgia, Zack and Daron, have committed the Joker Phillips and the University of Kentucky. Daron projects as an outside linebacker and Zack a strong safety in college. The two chose Kentucky over several ACC schools and some SEC pursuers. The two are said to be great tacklers and high level athletes. They are also the sons of former Atlanta hawk star, Mookie Blaylock. I will have more on them later.

– Game 3 of the NBA Finals came and went last night with the Heat taking a 2-1 series lead with an 88-86 victory in Dallas. Jamaal Magloire did all he could to lead the Heat to victory accept play in the actual game.

– Today marks the first day of Kentucky’s summer session which means that all of the incoming freshmen are welcomed onto campus if they choose to attend. This is significant UK sports news because Kyle Wiltjer, Anthony Davis, Mike Gilchrist, and marquis Teague will all be making their first appearances around Lexington real soon. If you catch a peak of one of the stars, send a pic to Fertig (ryanf@tailgatereview.com), he loves that stuff.

– In TGR’s MLB news our 3 teams are not fairing very well as of now. Tampa is 4-6 in their last 10 and fell 4 games behind New York after a 9-6 loss to Seattle yesterday. Atlanta is 5-5 in their last 10, 3 ½ games behind Philly and lost to the Mets yesterday, 6-4. The Reds have lost 6 of the last 10, they are 5 ½ games behind St. Louis and lost to the Dodgers yesterday, 9-6.
All three of our teams made the playoffs last year; I think the odds are very slim of repeating that feat this season.

– This sentence is all of the real-estate I will give the Calipari to the Knicks rumors on this site, ever.

In odd news, Former Cat, Rhoderick Rhodes, has added another possible high school he might coach in the state of Kentucky. The Harlan Daily News/Jeff Archer of WYMT/Scott Anderson of Nation of Blue report that Rhodes is interested in the boys coaching vacancy at Harlan High School. Rhodes has already applied for the coaching opening at Owsley County High School.

Stay tuned today for several interesting stories. At this point, I am not clear on what they will be, but I am sure something will happen. C! A! T! S!