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Jay-Z, Drake, and Matt Jones: The Rebirth of Big Blue Nation

Behind the 69-62 final score, something bigger happened Saturday afternoon in Lexington. It wasn’t Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Russ Smith’s stat line. It wasn’t the horrid officiating. Jay-Z, arguably the most popular rapper in the world, sat courtside at Rupp Arena. If you aren’t familiar with Sean “Jay-Z” Carter, you may know his pregnant wife Beyonce. Or perhaps, his current collaborator, the ever controversial Kanye West. A friend helped it sink in at a New Year’s Eve party. “Why would Jay-Z spend his New Year’s Eve in Lexington, Kentucky?” The answer is simple, but the ramifications are boundless. Thanks to John Calipari and his mega-teams of…

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Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Scene

Herre’s what’s got me thinking or scratching my head today. . . PATRIOT GAME: Tonight a team of police officers will take on fireman in a game of hoops downtown. It’s a $10 ticket, but the money goes to a great cause — the Healing Place. Our own Billy Reed is a board member. A few years back, the event also featured a media team coached by Reed taking on ringers from the Metro Council. I was on the media squad, and we stunk. I miss that. Another Bike Hit-an-Run: This is disturbing. A 26-year-old man was riding his bike…

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Billy Reed: A Big Blue Post-Mortem

Here’s Billy Reed’s analysis of the state of the UK basketball program after Saturday’s disappointing one-point loss to Connecticut in the Final Four in Houston. Lexington, Ky., is about the last place in Basketball America where you would expect to find a team that’s easy to wrap your arms around and love like an underdog. That’s because University of Kentucky basketball long has been the poster child for overemphasis. Going back to 1930, when Adolph Rupp began building the game’s first national dynasty, to Saturday night in Houston, when John Calipari returned UK to the NCAA Final Four, Kentucky’s obsession…