The NCAA baseball tournament starts play today and Kentucky and Indiana will both start their march to Omaha in Lexington, Kentucky this afternoon.

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You will be able to catch the Cats on ESPNU today at Noon and all other games including the Indiana/NCState game can be found online via ESPN3.

Here are the links to listen if you are on the go.

Kentucky Wildcats Audio

Indiana Hoosiers Audio

 

 

Unknown-11Well this is fun.  I want to first thank everyone that has sent messages today excited about the news regarding the KSR Summer Host contest.  This has always been a dream and would be so much fun so I am just trying to enjoy the ride.

Here is what Matt Jones had to say about the contest today on KSR.

 

 

So I guess now we wait to see what Matt thinks of the clip I sent.  But if anyone wants to send him suggestions of who he should choose his Twitter handle is @KySportsRadio.  Just saying, wink wink.

The Finals Prediction Is In!

Posted: June 1, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump / @Hoosier_Hoops

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Wake up!  It’s time.  Don’t hit the snooze button!  In case you’ve forgotten, the NBA Finals start tonight.  Finally.  What an absolutely ridiculous delay between the respective Conference Finals and the championship round.  Can you believe that almost a week and a half has passed since Golden State battered and swept the Spurs and a week since Cleveland punked the Celtics in 5?  Can you?  It’s crazy.

Here’s the good news though – The Finals are going to be off-the-charts nasty.  It’s going to be a show on a whole, ‘nother level.  LeBron, KD, Steph, Draymond, Kyrie, KLove and Klay.  Whoa!  There’s no chance I could have waited any longer for this series to start.  Just one more day and I might implode.  But here’s the thing – after about the first 5 minutes of Game One, you’ll have forgotten how long you had to wait to get here.

Golden State has been stewing in a broth of hatred and revenge for 12 months after Cleveland’s favorite son, LeBron James, lead the Cavs back from a 3-1 Finals deficit to deliver Northeast Ohio’s first professional championship in what seemed like 350 years.

So, how upset were the Warriors over their colossal meltdown?  Well, they added the 2nd best basketball player on planet Earth to their mix.  Kevin Durant is the piece that obviously didn’t exist during last year’s championship series and he’s the reason that most experts believe Golden State is the pick to win their 2nd title in the last 3 years.

Here’s the thing though:  It’s not sexy but I promise you that the key to this series for Golden State is Draymond Green.  Like I said a few weeks ago, when Green plays really well, the Warriors are almost unbeatable.  And I believe that.  KD and Steph are gonna get theirs’, and Cleveland knows it – so it’s the Cavs not letting Green control the game and ultimately the series, that will tell this tale.

However, I’m not sold just yet that they’ll walk right through the Cavaliers.  LeBron James is the best player in the world and the gap between him and #2 isn’t close.  I truly think he’s playing better, more consistently, than ever.  Think about that for a second.  LBJ has played some incredible basketball over the years but what he’s doing now is outer worldly.  It’s mystifying.

I mean, LeBron’s trying to win the 6th grade talent show by conducting the London Philharmonic while his competition is trying to juggle three oranges.  He’s flying a spaceship while the rest of the Eastern Conference is praying their biplane doesn’t fall from the sky.  He’s a wrecking ball swinging through single-ply toilet paper.

Thus far, it hasn’t been a fair fight.

So, unlike a majority of the experts, I think this series plays itself out for quite awhile.  It makes a ton of sense to pick the team that has legitimately four of the best 10-12 players in the world in their starting lineup.  There’s a very real possibility that the Warriors have the three best shooters in the league.  I mean, that’s almost laugh out loud funny.  They’ve already won a World Championship and now they added KD?  To that team?  Damn.

But I’m picking LeBron.  In Six.

It’s time.  Wake up!

1bThere is nothing better than the finger.  You don’t have to say a word, there doesn’t have to be any emotion or facial expression accompanying the gesture and everyone from ages 8 to 88 know exactly what how you feel.

We have seen many athletes, coaches and fans over the years tell someone they were #1 but have we ever seen a mascot???

That’s right, Mr. Met let it fly last night and if you ask me I liked his style.  He used the old, two handed single bird and I thought it was brilliant and well timed.  What could have been a problem by his lack of fingers to properly get his point across was solved by bringing in the other hand to cock the hammer of the bird.  Nice touch indeed.

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So I ask you which New Yorker did it better?  Here is the last bird by a well known NYC native to rock the sports world.

Rick Pitino

 

Both were given on the way out after their teams were just beat down.  One turned and faced the target while the other let it fly as he slid out.  So I ask, who did it better?

Jason Klee (aka Backdoor Slider) hosting one of the most listened to sports radio shows in Kentucky?  The dream is one step closer and I would love your help and support as I chase this dream.  

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I know, sounds crazy right?  Let me start at the beginning.

A few years back my wife made the wonderful mistake of buying her loving husband a MacBook for Christmas.  Now she had no idea how many hours I would spend with my nose continuously in the laptop attempting to win my fantasy baseball league and going to KentuckySportsRadio.com to stay connected to BBN.  My new joy might have led to a minor disagreement or two but once I was able to convince her I loved her as much as Kentucky sports (I’m not sure she completely bought it) she convinced me to start my own blog.  I have to say I never would have started Backdoor Slider if it wasn’t for Matt Jones and the crew at KSR.  Years later the blog is still going as you can see and I have also done a handful of podcasts over the years that was recently relaunched.  It has been a labor of love and a very nice hobby up to this point but when I heard about the chance to host KSR for a day this summer while Matt was away on holiday I thought why not.  You can never score if you don’t shoot so I submitted a portion of the most recent podcast I did with BDS contributor, Chad Schrump @cschrump, and thought why not me.  Well, tonight after a very long day I was checking KSR as I always do and to my surprise and delight I saw the following.

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So I am not sure what is in store going forward and where this journey will take me but I am super excited for the opportunity and hope everyone will support my chances to host KSR for a day.

Stay tuned as I will share information as I get it.

When Does the Fall Finally Stop?

Posted: May 30, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump / @Hoosier_Hoops

I was home, sitting in my recliner late last Wednesday night and as I’m prone to do, checked the ol’ Twitter machine. There, I found an update on Tiger Woods.  That interested me greatly because even through his craziness, and my God, has there ever been anyone with more craziness …he was still one of my favorite athletes of all-time.  “What’s up with Eldrick,” I wondered?

Tiger said he felt as good as he’s felt in a long time and couldn’t wait to compete again. I kinda shook my head and wrote a quick email to myself that said simply, “TW – Write.” I’d been wanting to write something over the weekend and thought that Tiger Woods would be as good of a story as I could think of even though he’d kind of gone off the radar for a spell while recovering from yet another back surgery.  My reminder, so I wouldn’t forget about writing about Tiger Woods, was sent.

After this past weekend, that reminder email to wax poetic about Woods was a complete waste of time as all hell completely broke loose in Tiger World. Woods instantly became story 1A, 1B, and 1C.  A DUI in Jupiter, Florida.  Are you shitting me?  You’ve seen the mug shot.  Jesus, we’ve all seen the mug shot. Damn! It should be captioned with, “Life comes at you fast!”  That’s literally one of the worst pictures I’ve ever seen.  Ever.  His eye lids look like they’re tied down with regulation size bowling balls.  A national punchline – no, oh no – a worldwide punchline staring blankly at a police camera for all of the world to take in.

What the heck, Tiger? Did the police give that wispy hair a noogie on the way to your booking?  You look like a southern Indiana meth head.  What’s happened to you?  Other than Michael Jordan, I have never seen a prouder athlete.  You were above it all.  Now this?

Last Wednesday, Tiger said he felt really good and wanted to think about competing again. Well, after Sunday night’s escapades, no wonder!  That dude’s been feeling good because apparently, he’s been getting higher than a kite.  Hard to feel back pain when you aren’t sure what planet you’re currently inhabiting.

Tiger came out yesterday in an attempt at damage control saying, “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

Uh, okay. This man is mixing medications, now?!  This guy is taking so many prescription pain killers that Monday morning, he looked like he was dredged up from a lagoon! He’s so high on painkillers that he can’t drive his own damn car without the cops stopping him?  Wow.

This is turning into such a sad, sad story. Tiger Woods was once one of the most iconic figures in the history of sports;  one of the rare athletes that could transcend across all lines – color, religion, economic, gender, etc.  He was appointment television.  He blistered golf balls almost as much as he blistered television ratings.  He collected major golf championships the way children collect seashells on a beach vacation.  How long ago was that, anyway?

We’re all aware of Tiger’s marital transgressions. There’s not been one major championship won since the affairs were exposed for the world to see but even then, a busted marriage happens, right?  Even the world’s best and brightest sometimes fail at marriage.  But this?

It pains me to say but it is apparent that Eldrick Tiger Woods, one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever seen, needs some help.

And for the first time in a very long time, I’m not talking about his golf game.

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Image  —  Posted: May 29, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized