The KSR Mailbag, Vol. 1, No. 10

Mrs. Tyler Thompsonabout 9 years


Welcome to the KSR Mailbag! The idea for this feature wasn't born from the many, many mailbags associated with sports blogs and TV shows...oh, no, that's way too cliche. The KSR Mailbag was born from the halftime break in KSR's live blogs, during which I would take over for the guys while they went to use the bathroom or flirt with the lady in charge of the nacho cheese dispenser. During those halftimes, you and I talked about just about anything: life, love, the pursuit of happiness, Triscuits vs. Wheat name it, we covered it. Heck, sometimes we even talked about sports. So think of this as the "halftime" of your week. Starting on Thursday of each week, tweet your questions to me @MrsTylerKSR with the hashtag #ksrmailbag, and if they're worthy, they'll make the cut and will be posted on Wednesday's KSR Mailbag, along with my response. Leggo! If they beat the Cards on September 2nd, a trip to Gatti Town is totally deserved.
"Music City Cat Fan" emails: "Mrs. TT, you live in Nashville too, how do you feel about James Franklin?"
I want to not like him, I really do. But he makes it so. freaking. hard. I pretty much despise everything about Vandy: the fans, the students, Kevin Stallings, that hilarious fog horn they set off every time they do something right. But, James Franklin is robbing me of the only thing I loved about Vandy football: the fact that they were worse than we were. For the longest time, Vandy hung out in the SEC cellar with us and Ole Miss, disgruntled, yes, but aware of it's place and how hard it is to escape (I'm starting to think of it as the prison cave in "The Dark Knight Rises"). Now, like that kid in Batman, they're finding a way out, which, as a fan of a program that's been told that's not possible for the longest time, is incredibly frustrating. James Franklin is great. So great that I might have to watch all of Vandy's game this year. "Music City Cat Fan," I'm assuming you're asking this question because you're having the same conflicting feelings that I am. Oh, it's just Vandy, it'll never last, Franklin's first year was just a flash in the pan. But, with every four-star recruit and inspiring interview, Franklin is quieting critics and building something scary on West End. Vandy's slogan this season is "Anchor Down," and no matter how hard I try to mock it, James Franklin's success makes each joke feel hollow. Let's get a side-by-side comparison: They say beards reflect their owner's personalities, and I can totally see that with Bearded Guy's frizzy red chin fro. It's wild, wirey, and probably could double as a pocket it would hold so many things. Bearded Guy is pretty much Hagar the Horrible in a UK hoodie. Harden, on the other hand, looks as though he puts way too much thought into his beard, which is a little alarming. Yes, it's nice and full, but how long did he have to spend to get it looking like that? On that alone, I'm voting for Bearded Guy's beard, which just looks more fun and carefree. But, for the record, I am anti-facial hair. Yes, although I'll admit his little celebration in the final minutes of Team USA's victory over Spain was pretty endearing. I expect that to wear off soon in preparation for November 13's matchup in the Georgia Dome. Ole Gold? Goldenbrow? Best Chain ever? His National Championship ring has no need to be jealous; Anthony can wear them both at the same time. Oh, lordy, brace your livers. The obvious place to start is 2nd and Broadway. Have a nice meal at Merchants, a bushwhacker at Broadway Brewhouse, and then release yourselves on the honky tonks. I'd encourage you to visit other lesser-known parts of the city, like East Nashville or Midtown, but the simple fact is, with a huge group of girls, Broadway is hard to beat. Even though it doesn't sound like you're doing a bachelorette party, you'll still get plenty of attention, and most likely, free drinks. Just keep an eye out for Abraham Lincoln, the Big Bang twins and please, if you've been drinking, take a cab. There's one that offers karaoke if you're not quite ready for the party to stop. Right? You have to wonder if ESPN had any idea how ridiculous the Tebow love fest was in retrospect. Probably not, they're too distracted by the UNC academic fraud scandal...oh wait. Never mind. #364daystilTebows26 Well fed on high preseason rankings, I expect the Cards to chirp right up until the December 29th matchup with the Cats. If they don't lose a game before then, trash talk may be at an all-time high that week. But, bring it on. Cal's never lost to Pitino (at Kentucky), and even though this will be Rick's best chance to beat him possibly ever, I just don't see it happening. I'm not guaranteeing victory or anything, but even if Kentucky loses in the Yum Center, we'll always have that win over them in the Final Four. Only two weeks of mailbag left...get your questions in before it's too late! @MrsTylerKSR

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