Ask Anything Mailbox, Vol. 1: Naming babies, Reid Travis and getting fired

Drew Franklinby:Drew Franklin05/21/18


Hello there and welcome to the very first edition of the "Ask Anything Mailbox." In this Volume 1 of the anything-goes Q&A, I answer 10 of the many questions submitted by you, the loyal KSR readers, over the last week. I'll get to the others in due time, but your response to my call for questions was quite enormous and I can only write so many words in one sitting. So here we go, Ask Anything numero uno...  
My wife and I are expecting our first child in October and it's a boy. Naturally we have been kicking around baby names. Question is: What do you think of the first name "Rupp"? All my friends agree with me that it would be awesome and all her friends think I'm crazy. I'm campaigning hard for support. What do you think? Congrats on the sex. If you're wanting to name your boy after Rupp, I much prefer the name Rupp over Adolph. In fact, I highly recommend staying clear of naming him Adolph. However, I do think there are better options out there. I would consider Doron or even like a Deelamb. You should also see what your wife thinks of Tayshaun or Heshimu or Nazr or Karl-Anthony. I like all four of those.
When is the last time UK had a winning SEC record?  I assume you mean football and the answer is 1977. Fran Curci's Wildcats went 10-1 and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference with wins over Mississippi State, LSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Florida and Tennessee. Also, Google is your friend.
Hey Drew and gang - Lexington born and lifelong UK fan writing from San Francisco! Classic would you rather for ya - Would you rather: Eat tacos with Boogie Cousins OR watch Rick Pitino fall down a flight of stairs? As much as I love to laugh at Rick Pitino, I do not wish bodily injury on anyone. Now if I got a pre-fall guarantee that he wouldn't get hurt, I'd take the fall. But if there's any chance Rick would injure himself, I just can't pick that one because I'm not a bad person. Can I pick tacos with Pitino?
Honestly, did your parents earn their pensions in the 80's from Pepsico or something?  I eat Taco Bell also but let's face it, it's a bad example of tacos and frankly limits your credibility on the taco subject, Tex Mex, and even BBQ  Why BBQ?   Because if you have no Tex Mex credibility it means you really have no Texas credibility either which limits you on brisket, an entire segment of delicious BBQ. It's like dominoes or paying hush money to a porn star, it eventually touches everything. I remember once being on a plane early in my career traveling from Chicago to Louisville returning to home in Lexington.  At the time I had recently relocated to Chicago and was apartment hunting in advance of my wife joining me.  I was seated next to an executive from Papa Johns who was lamenting the fact that the PJ franchises were having a hard time cracking the Chicago market and he did not understand why.  I was unapologetic in my description that compared to mom and pop Chicago pizza restaurants and chains, North or South side, that his pizza was horrible!  It was like a slap in the face but truth that he desperately needed.  I went on to explain, all pizza is delicious, even shitty pizza, but great pizza is euphoric.  Geno's East, Aurelio's, and Lou Malnati's are all places that no self respecting human being would every fore go for an inferior product like Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars or Dominos if you lived in Chicago.  I told him to focus on markets that do not have strong family chain presences or he will be having the same discussion 20 years later with someone else on the flight.  I also told him he could compete with the late night but still delicious burritos as big as your head market after the bars close with a pizza by the slice strategy.Now, how does that relate to Taco Bell.  Because it is the exact same example.  Taco Bell is good because even even crappy tacos / pizza are considered delicious.  At the same time, pretty much any other stand alone taco joint in the world serves better tacos then Yum Brands flagship Taco Bell.  Hell, I even had one at a Jack box 20 years ago was better then TB and they are the same company and used a slice of cheese reserved for the burgers instead of shredded cheese. You also can't say it is strictly price based as I fed an entire fraternity rush part for $80 bucks and it included a 100 tacos, 100 bean burritos, and a free t-shirt (that I kept) all from a lonely Taco Tico in Lexington. I can appreciate loyalty to a high degree but I think your readers deserve an explanation as it can not possibly be because of the food.  Did your parents meet at TB?  Did your mother birth you at a TB?  Perhaps you shared your first kiss over a mexican pizza at a TB?  Fill us in Drew as something is clearly missing. First of all, I don't like your attitude. You're coming at me with this Taco Bell slander and I find it offensive. Secondly, I don't believe your airplane story. You made that up. And so you know, my mother gave birth to me in a hospital and I hate the Mexican Pizza. Your Ask Anything Mailbox submission was the Mexican Pizza of Ask Anything Mailbox submissions.
Since Ryan loves to save money why didn’t he have his hair replaced with pubic hair. This would save him major $$$ on haircuts because it only grows to about an inch and stops growing after that. I'll let you take that up with Ryan. That is a mental image I don't need.
My super senior year of college was the 38-1 season. In the second semester there were rampant rumors about Devin Booker and porn star Lisa Ann potentially being a thing. Like they were texting or they hung out. KSR might have even mentioned something about it on the radio show. Was this true? We heard she broke it off right before March Madness and he coincedentally started to play terribly for the remainder of the year, so me and my buddies always blame her. Any insights are appreciated. I wouldn't blame Lisa Ann for Kentucky losing in the Final Four that year. I would blame Kentucky for crapping the bed in the final minutes of a close game. But there might be a little truth to the Lisa Ann/Devin Booker "friendship." She said in a radio interview that the two texted back and forth before and after his games. Whether or not that is true is not for me to discuss, but she did say they exchanged texts on many occasions. She also said she wanted to have a threesome with the Harrison twins.
If we lose 2 of the 3 guys still in the draft but not projected as picks, what % is  your confidence level we get the Travis kid from Stanford? I think it's very likely Kentucky lands Reid Travis if two or three leave for the draft. If only one leaves, Calipari may be content with what he already has in the frontcourt.
What does Drew actually do for KSR besides being a late 30's creepy, drunken mascot? I hate to break it to you, but I am not in my late 30s, nor am I even in my mid-30s. You would also be very disappointed to know how often I actually get drunk. As for the creepiness, I cannot think of any creepy activity I've engaged in, but thank you for the kind words and I'm sorry I'm not the person you want me to be. My work with KSR includes but is not limited to writing 30+ posts on the website each week; staying on top of breaking news; co-hosting the radio show twice a week, although that will soon be three times a week; co-hosting all pregame shows; moderating the KSR live blog during all games, both football and basketball; co-hosting the KSR Football Podcast; weekly appearances and field packages for "Hey Kentucky!"; assisting in behind-the-scenes business operations, from generating revenue to planning for the new office; sinking the KSR Bowling Team's point total each Wednesday; laughing at comments and messages to the KSR Facebook Page; and many other day-to-day tasks to further develop the brand and take over the world. On Sundays I sleep. A lot.
Drew, Personally, I think the radio show is the best when you are there to add your knowledge and quick-witted humor. Who dictates when you make a radio appearance? Do you get to do whenever you want or does Matt ask you to do specific days? My current agreement with the good people at iHeartMedia, Inc. is to appear on two shows per week. I usually pick the days based on my own availability, my other KSR obligations, and what Matt has planned for the show for the week. A third day will be added to my weekly radio schedule later in the summer.
What’s the closest you’ve come to getting fired from KSR? I don't think I've come close, as far as I know. My nine years have been pretty free of controversy with Matt, Hubby and the rest of the crew. There has been plenty of public controversy (beginning with the Samantha Ryan incident early in my career) but never anything between me and anyone on the KSR team. That being said, I can see the Ask Anything Mailbox getting me fired one day for revealing company secrets.
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