The KSR Mailbag, Vol. 1, No. 7

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! Swimming for sure. I swam growing up (Go Aqua Ads!) and therefore tend to completely geek out over it. I'm wholly invested in the Ryan Lochte vs. Michael Phelps rivalry, with both feet solidly in Team Lochte's camp. Michael has changed the sport and is still astounding to watch, but Lochte's transformation over the past four years has been inspiring to watch. He's no longer content to play second fiddle to Phelps, and while they both will make America proud, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't rooting for Lochte to hit the wall first in the 400 IM. Plus, he's hot. Other than swimming and basketball, I'm looking forward to track and field, gymnastics (not rhythmic, the ribbons freak me out), and even a few random sports, like trampoline and race walking. That's right, race walking is an Olympic sport. In fact, it's been one since 1904. Scoff if you must, but these are not your average old ladies power walking the mall on a Saturday morning. Race walkers are legit. The world record in the 20 km race walk is 1:17:16. That's a 6.2 minute mile. Pretty impressive. If you're like me and wonder how they tell the difference between a fast walk and a slow jog, here you go: race walkers must have one foot on the ground at all times, and the supporting leg must straighten from the point of contact with the ground and remain straightened until the body passes directly over it. If that's not enough to convince you to tune in, just watch: Sashay! Although Anthony would definitely have the stride advantage, I don't think he has the hips for race walking (how many sports can you say that about?). But that doesn't mean I don't want to see him try. I don't blame Maker's Mark for donating money to UofL...Bill Samuels, Sr. and his wife did graduate from there after all. Besides, who's to say they haven't been interested in donating money to Kentucky at some point, either? However, I understand the ire that comes with a Kentucky brand shilling for the Cards, so if cracking open your collectors bottles soothes your anger, then go for it. Even better? Crack that red wax seal once Kentucky beats Louisville on September 2nd. It's okay, Monday is Labor Day, so you can sleep off your hangover. I can't answer for Mr. Franklin, but I've always been a Woodford Reserve girl, or if someone else is paying, a Pappy Van Winkle lady. This does open up a good discussion though: what's your favorite Kentucky bourbon? You're off to a great start. I think a John Short fathead, a pack of screaming kids, and maybe some of those Thunder sticks would do the trick. Sure fire way to get on the radio? Bring the real Nate to the show and have him explain why he hates Matt. That would be awesome radio. You might expect a basketball coach to be confused when they find out the "Peach Schnapps Jam" isn't really an AAU tournament, but instead a jam band music fest in Gulf Shores. Billy, however, didn't seem to mind. In fact, he signed a whole team of new recruits, which were oddly, all named Amanda and specialized in body shots. See above, after twelve peach daiquiris. Ugggggggh, I'd have to say 49-49 against UofL, but it's close. Know what I did when wedding planning got really stressful? Watched Kentucky highlights on loop. In the end, what's more important: the tablecloths at the reception (that people will barely notice) or Kentucky bringing home #8? Exactly. It's all about perspective. For those of you struggling through wedding planning, I'll be releasing "Mrs. TT's Wedding Planning for Kentucky Fans" this fall, which will include classy ways to incorporate the Cats into your special day, a breakdown of the John Wall dance for the reception, and proper C-A-T-S arm positioning for photos. Look for it on The KSR Shop! Probably because you submitted their beloved coworker's song up to KSR for everyone to see and make fun of. Trust me, you're better off. Awesome job this week. Keep the questions coming... @MrsTylerKSR.

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