There’s been a slight change of plans and the home softball game against MTSU has been moved to today at 5 PM due to the high probability of "inclement weather" this weekend. I suppose the forecasted weather is calling for a little more than a light jacket/umbrella combo after all. Thankfully Coach Hudson doesn’t get paid on Saturdays and is still covering the entry fee tonight! See you there Hilltopper Nation!
When your Hilltopper softball team sits just 2 wins away from clinching their first ever conference championship and they just happen to be playing rival MTSU in a double header at home on Saturday, they deserve to play in front of a sellout crowd, right? “You’re darn tootin’!” said Travis Hudson in an imaginary interview I made up for this article. In a letter written by Hudson addressed to Hilltopper Nation (shown below) he shows that his devotion and love for WKU expands far beyond the realms of the volleyball court. He does his best to ensure that the diamond girls have the crowd they deserve show up to Saturday’s double header. Every problem and excuse has been solved for you, mostly by us here at Topper Talk, but Hudson is doing his part as well.
-Problem 1 = It’s gonna be rainy!
-Solution 1 = Rain coats and umbrellas are a neat invention, try one.
***Solution courtesy of Topper Talk, you’re welcome.***
-Problem 2 = It’s Derby Day!
-Solution 2 = Games are at 1:00 and 3:00; Derby is at 5:24. How convenient.
***Solution courtesy of Topper Talk, or anyone else who can tell time.***
-Problem 3 = I don’t know much about the game of Softball.
-Solution 3 = You cheer against the other team. Got it?
***Solution courtesy of Topper Talk’s newest writer, Captain Obvious.***
-Problem 4 = It’s my grandmothers birthday.
-Solution 4 = I’m sure she’s had like 87 before this one. It’ll be ok to miss one.
*** Solution once again provided by us here at Topper Talk. We’re here to help friends.***
-Problem 5 = I am flat out BROKE!
-Solution 5 = Tell them that “Coach Hudson is picking up the tab!”
***Solution courtesy of Coach Hudson. Someone else had to chip in and help us out a little.
Now since there really aren’t any more excuses of value there’s no reason to not come out to the games Saturday and support our girls in red as they battle it out with the Blue Raiders. There are few things in life better than watching Hilltopper sports. One of these exceptions would be watching Hilltopper sports for free!
Thanks Coach Hudson!
Broke Hilltopper Fans everywhere
(Below is the original letter written by Coach Hudson letting Hilltopper Nation know that Saturdays tickets were going on his tab.)
Hello, Hilltopper Nation!
This is Travis Hudson, head coach of your WKU volleyball team. I am writing you about our WKU softball team. They have a huge day coming up at the WKU Softball Complex this Saturday, and I NEED YOUR HELP!!! I have been friends with our softball coach, Tyra Perry, since she arrived on The Hill, but a year or two ago I started to really get to know a lot of her players. They are tremendous athletes, great students and even better kids! I have truly become a fan of their program and never miss their games if I am in town. I see a lot of similarities in their program and where our volleyball program was when we were building it to a championship level. This is such an important and exciting time!
With three weeks to go in their season, they were sitting in first place, and I told them if they swept their road trips to Troy and FIU, I would PERSONALLY GUARANTEE that the stadium would be full when they play for a championship right here in Bowling Green. Well……..they did their part!!! So, now it’s on me, and I need your help. It’s time for Hilltopper Nation to come out and support these kids as they try to make history! With two wins this Saturday, May 4, they will be SUN BELT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS for the first time in program history!
Our marketing department does an amazing job for all our sports here at WKU, and they already have made Saturday a RED OUT and are giving away T-shirts to the first 250 people through the gates. It is also Senior Day for a program-changing group of student-athletes on the roster and if that isn’t enough…..it’s a doubleheader against rival Middle Tennessee!!!
Lastly, if you’re wondering how much it costs……don’t worry about it! All you have to do is go to the front gate and tell them that “Coach Hudson is picking up the tab!” because I have agreed to buy tickets for any WKU fan who comes to the games on Saturday, so NO EXCUSES! It’s times like these that make me proud to be a Hilltopper, so PLEASE, come out and support our softball program as they try to make history on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
As I’m sure most of you have already heard, several NFL teams have added some former Hilltopper favorites to their rosters.
*Quanterus Smith – Denver Broncos (5th Round)
*Adam Smith – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (UDFA)
AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE PICKUP….
*Jack Doyle – Tennessee Titans (UDFA)
I am a big Titans fan and was pumped to hear that a Hilltopper landed there! I was even more excited to think that I might get to watch Jack catch some passes next season instead of watching balls hit the ground time and time again like last year. (Yes, I’m aware the Titans have played subpar the past few seasons.) As I was skimming through some articles and blogs trying to see what others thought about the Titans signing him I ran across an article by www.bleacherreport.com that spoke very highly of Mr. Doyle. Thought I would pass along the link so you could hear what the writers over there have to say about Jack’s potential as a Titan. You already know how much we love him here at Topper Talk, no matter where he landed. Enjoy!
Is that a sweet logo or what?? Not sure if you guys have heard yet, but Bowling Green is in the professional sports business again. Sort of. OK, not really, but it's still kind of cool. The Bowling Green Hornets are a semi-professional basketball team based in Bowling Green, and will have a few familiar faces playing for them.
The roster was released today, and former Toppers Jamal Crook, Teeng Akol, and Kahlil McDonald will all be suiting it up for the Hornets.
You can check out the rest of the roster here.
There are also a few former High School legends from around the area, and none with a more legendary High School career than Russellville's own Tony Key. If yall didn't know, I am from Russellville and played ball at Russellville High. Tony might be the biggest legend/letdown in all of Russellville. He was a top 40 player in the country as a junior in the 99-00 season and led little old Russellville to an appearance in the state semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Elizabethtown by 1 because of a missed goal tend call. He is most well known for shattering 3 backboards in his junior year. Two at Russellville and this ridiculous throw down at Glasgow.
Tony was receiving looks from UofL, UNC, and many other schools. Unfortunately for him he couldn't keep his grades up and ended up moving to California. It was a good while before I heard much about him after that, but a few years ago he resurfaced in Russellville, and now he's gonna be suiting it up for the Hornets. You can tell in the video, but Tony was a straight monster around here back in the day. It's going to be a lot of fun watching him play again.
The Hornets will be playing their games in Russellville at RHS. If yall are looking for some entertainment on friday night come on down to Russellville and check out some good hoops action. Let me know if you're coming and I'll show yall around town! It'll only take a few minutes.
Apparently 9 innings of play has become too mainstream for our dear Hilltoppers who gave the fans a “2-for-1” special last night and battled it out 18 innings against in state rival Kentucky. In what is thought to be the longest game in the history of WKU baseball, the Tops came out on top 3-2 with a walk off blast in the bottom of the 18th by the homegrown Freshman Trevor Lowe. The “shot heard round the Hill,” as we have dubbed it here at Topper Talk, gave WKU their second W against the Wildcats this season, sweeping the series and keeping their BG ballpark regular season record perfect at 6-0. (All of which have been against either UK or UL) This victory over 24th ranked UK marks the third time this season the Tops have defeated a top 25 team. Oddly enough, all three of these victories have come against UK or UL. (Won 6-3 vs 8th ranked UK on March 19th, won 6-5 vs 8th ranked UL on April 9th, and won 3-2 vs 24th ranked UK on April 23rd)
WKU is playing like a team that wants to prove they are the best in the state and with the upcoming game against UL on April 30th the Tops have a chance to do just that and fully sweep the Cards and the Cayyuts for the first time since the ’96 season.
In baseball it’s hard to dream up a better feeling than hitting a walk off homer. As a kid, it’s one of those scenarios you just make up in your head and replay it over and over again in the yard. But for a hometown kid like Lowe, I’d say a walk off homer against in state rival UK, in the bottom of the 18th, and in front of his hometown friends/family at the local Minor League ballpark was probably more than he ever bargained for in his wildest dreams. We here at Topper Talk tip our hats to you Trevor, and in honor of your heroic feat we would like to propose to unofficially rename the left field deck at BG ballpark to “Lowe’s Landing”. You did good my man!
I wanted to share this story with all of you guys. It was originally written in 2011 on SB Nation. I thought it was time to share it now that the Sun Belt will never be like we once remembered it. Enjoy!
Deep within the bowels of a Ryan's Steakhouse, the precise location of which is known only to a select few, a sinister cabal gathers to plot doom and destruction. The group is led by a shadowy figure known only as "Mr. Big." With the unsuspecting restaurant customers enjoying their hot fruit and whipped topping above them, he calls the meeting to order.
MR. BIG: Gentlemen! Gentlemen, please, if I may. As you all know, the foundations of college football are crumbling all around us. Storied programs, revered coaches, time-honored traditions - they are all in peril! The media would have people believe the sport is itself inherently corrupt. Let them feed the pitiful masses this lie. The true credit lies with us, brothers - Saboteurs United for Bedlam, Extortion, Lawlessness, and Terror!
(the group lets out a savage whoop)
MR. BIG: Yes, whoop indeed! Now, let us start with old business. You will recall that we previously allocated ten million dollars to Florida Atlantic - notably not present tonight - for Mr. Schnellenberger's robotics program. Unfortunately, it would appear that the SCHNELL-E he designed to serve as his doppelganger is certainly not the "killing machine" he promised us. As Commander of S.Un.B.E.L.T., I have terminated the SCHNELL-E program and dispatched our prospective member, South Alabama, to the Indian subcontinent in search of Howard and what I would estimate to be $9,998,457.
Ahem. NEW BUSINESS! Middle Tennessee, your report!
NEGASUS: FROM THE FIERY PITS OF MURFREESBORO I BRING YOU TIDINGS MOST EVIL AND DISTURBING, COMMANDER. THE BLUE RAIDERS OFFER YOU THE HEADS OF ACC MEMBER MARYLAND, CIRCA TWO THOUSAND EIGHT AND TWO THOUSAND NINE ANNO DIABOLI.
MR. BIG: Negasus, I have told you, S.Un.B.E.L.T. cannot succeed by resting on past embarrassments of "more legitimate" programs. Did you not suffer defeat last year at the hands of Minnesota, a team so awful it caused residents to utter "Well, at least pitchers and catchers report soon!" Did you not just allow Purdue a last-second victory via field goal?
NEGASUS: MY LIEGE THE MAKERS OF BOIL WERE THE MOST BEWITCHING DEMONS THESE EYES HAVE SEEN SINCE THE DAYS OF PLAGUE. THEY MOVED AS PHANTOMS, DEVOID OF EXISTEN -
MR. BIG: Enough of these excuses, Negasus! What plans have you for the approaching match with Tennessee?
NEGASUS: WE WILL CRUSH THE HEARTS OF EVERY VOLUNTEER BY EXTENDING AN INVITATION TO CHARLES WOODSON TO WALK THE SIDELINES AS OUR GUEST.
MR. BIG: Excellent. Goldpanther, what update can you offer on Operation Jetski Dump?
GOLDPANTHER: As you know, Mr. Big, we at Florida International invested significant time and funds with a special operative who promised he could destroy the University of Miami from within. We feared we had closed the mathematics department for no reason when that operative was placed in federal custody, but now it seems we are seeing some returns.
MR. BIG: And how would you qualify these initial returns, Goldpanther?
(Goldpanther puts a photograph on the main projector.)
GOLDPANTHER: Au79spicious, Mr. Big. Most au79spicious.
MONROE: Monsieur le Grande, as you know I attempted to run our Lyles scheme - which is working so well in Eugene - on our local SEC cocodrie, Les Miles. He has proven to be more...slippery than we expected.
MR. BIG: Meaning?
MONROE: Meaning somehow he convinced me to give him $50,000 to invest in the Forex market. He promised me triple my money in a month. That was six months ago, and yet I - I still trust him.
MR. BIG: Lafayette, for your brother's sake, I trust you have something more promising to offer...
LAFAYETTE: Merci beaucoup, boss, I do. I must confess, I always lacked Monroe's subtlety, so one night I just strolled down to Shady's and who do I spy but Jordan Jefferson himself. Well, I know how JJ loves a good bet, even if that boy couldn't crap out with a pot of coffee and an hour to spare. So I says to him, "JJ, you see that sleepin' Marine over there? I'm gonna hold a football right next to his ear, and I'll bet you FIVE DOLLARS you can't kick that ball more than fifteen yards." JJ let loose, and next thing you know, he's off to the hoosegow.
MR. BIG: Splendid, Lafayette! And I presume LSU has suffered on the field as a result?
LAFAYETTE: Well, um, it's, uh, early in the season still, and uh..
MR. BIG: I see. (exhales loudly). NORTH TEXAS! Please tell me YOU have accomplished something since we last met.
FORMER CHILD ACTOR PATRICK RENNA: Um, I'm not sure why I'm here in the first place.
MR. BIG: To represent the University of North Texas, an essential cog in the S.Un.B.E.L.T. Doomsday Machine!
PATRICK RENNA: No, I get that. I just don't know why you all hired me. I didn't even go to UNT.
MR. BIG: Well, you appeared in "The Big Green," and North Texas is the Mean Green, so I'm sure you see the connection.
PATRICK RENNA: It seems sort of tenuous, that's all. Most people just think of me as the catcher from The Sandlot.
MR. BIG: Tenuous?!?!? The Big Green was number FOUR at the box office opening weekend! It made over seventeen million dollars and co-starred Steve Guttenberg! It is widely thought to be the fifth best soccer movie, between Ladybugs and Air Bud: World Pup!
PATRICK RENNA: Look, whatever, I just need the paycheck. Anyways, I met up with Mack Brown at the East Plano Carrabba's like you told me.
MR. BIG: Did you ply him with liquor and deliver to him the key tof his own destruction?
PATRICK RENNA: Yeah, dude was nice and plastered. He kept ordering Redheaded Sluts and winking at me. And at one point I'm pretty sure he tried to undo the bra I didn't have on. I forgot to bring a pen, so I had to show him the plan using one of those crayons they let kids use on the paper menu.
MR. BIG: Fantastic! That doddering hillbilly will be so smothered by his own hubris he won't even notice the conference disintegrating beneath his very feet! Well done, Big Green. Well done indeed. Let's hear from Troy, now. Coach Blakeney?
SIR LAWRENCE THE UNDYING: For centuries I have served as steward to the Trojan Army. Immortality has forced me to watch every friend, every lover, every enemy who ever crossed my path die while I was left behind. In 2001, I prayed the jump to the FBS would grant me freedom.
SIR LAWRENCE: Yet I carried on, some perverse Ancient Mariner of Southern Alabama. RELEASE ME, YE GODS!
MR. BIG: Shhh. Easy, Larry. Easy. Arkansas State, why don't you take over for Troy?
WOLVERFREEZE: Yessir, Mr. Big. Um, first off, I'd like to say "hiya" to everyone, as the new guy here taking over for Coach Roberts. My name is Hugh Freeze but, if it's not too much trouble, I'd just as soon that y'all called me Wolverfreeze.
MR. BIG: Wolverfreeze? Why the hell did you pick that name when the Mr. Freeze angle would have been so much more natural?
MR. BIG: It didn't even occur to you, did it? Is that headpiece part of a child's costume?
WOLVERFREEZE: Look, they were all in one bin at Party City and my wife said we had to get going and I just PANICKED! GEEZ! Um, anyways, you've probably heard how I helped bring Bobby Petrino in to Arkansas, which, you know, we figured he was gonna leave those boys high and dry in two, three years tops. It, well, hasn't worked out that way. I keep sending him fake job announcements hoping he'll bite, but he says the Chicago Cardinals haven't been an NFL team for 50 years, so I'm thinking maybe we just gotta wait for this 'conomy to turn and the-
MR. BIG: ENOUGH! How do you all expect to dismantle college football with these half-baked schemes and sophomorics? These conferences - these Big Easts, these Pac-12s - they look at us as subordinates, surviving only off of the scraps of money which come dribbling out the sides of their gaping maws! We formed S.Un.B.E.L.T. to destroy them! Not to censure them, not to degrade them - to ERASE THEM FROM HISTORY ITSELF.
PATRICK RENNA: Um, why is that the goal, anyways? College football is making tons of money, and we just got that sweet tie-in to the GoDaddy.com Bow -
(Mr. Big presses a button which liquefies Renna.)
MR. BIG: Excellent question from the late Mr. Renna. Let me remind you all why I put every ounce of my lifeblood towards this goal.
In 1979, Herbie Husker and Otto the Orange were both attending the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Herbie and Otto spent one drunken night together, and, thanks to Otto possessing both male and female sex organs, I was conceived. Otto knew she wasn't fit to be a mother, as she couldn't even afford air conditioning in her home, so I was sent to live with Herbie.
Herbie took me in but made it clear that I would never be kin to him. Many was the night he would come home late from a Nebraska victory, drunk with power and grain alcohol, and call me "the only monster that sleeps on top of the bed."
When I turned 14, I went away to summer camp, but Herbie never picked me up from the bus stop on my way back home. I walked seven miles home, only to spy my "Lil" replacement at the dining room table, playing with my favorite toys.
Ever since that day, I knew that I - that WE - would never be accepted by those fortunate enough by the sheer random chance of birth to be Automatic Qualifiers. I swore that Herbie, and all those like him, would one day be brought down to our level. Nebraska may have narrowly escaped the destruction of the Big 12, but they have only delayed their fate.
Chaos is the only answer. Chaos makes equals of us all, gentlemen.
(Mr. Big steps out of the shadow which has previously concealed him.)
Original article link here: http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2011/9/15/2426444/s-un-b-e-l-t
It's never too early to go ahead and look at next season right? Only 181 days until midnight madness! Let's go ahead and take a look.
With the word coming out today that WKU will likely be adding Fredrick Edmond to the roster for next year, it's time to take stock of what players we're going to have suiting up for us next year. Harper may or may not be trying to add another player after Edmond, but for the sake of this article we will pretend like Edmond is it. So here is what our roster will look like next year.
That gives us 16 players on the roster next year depending on what happens with the Kene Anyigbo situation. As it stands right now we would be one scholarship over, but as we always say those situations tend to work themselves out. But if that is the roster that we come into next season with, I think we should have high expectations for our boys. 11 of those players have already seen significant D1 experience, and thats not really counting Alcantara who had his best game against the national champs this year. It's also not counting any of the freshmen, and CHD and Edmond can probably come in and contribute right away.
I've been coming to games in Diddle for a long time yall, and I'm having a hard time remembering a team that has had this much depth. We are really starting to see the roster shape up with the style of players that Ray really wants on his team too. This team will be able to change defenses all the time depending on who is on the floor, and will present several mismatches on the offensive end as well.
I know it's still 181 days away, but it's hard not to get excited about the product that is going to be on the court in Diddle next year. Hope you guys are getting as excited about this team as I am!!
It looks like the Hilltoppers will land 6-foot-4 guard, Fredrick Edmond.
That is, if he qualifies. As of right now, Edmond doesn't appear to be academically eligible to play for WKU next season.
Ray Harper and Edmond's family are going to try to work out the kinks on the academic side of things, but in an interview I had with Edmond this afternoon he said he will commit to Western Kentucky on Friday.
Edmond, who hails from Kingdom Prep Academy, has had his academic status questioned for the upcoming season. Many people think that he may have to sit out a year and work on his grades to become eligible. When I asked Fredrick about his eligibility for next season he said, "When my stuff goes through I will be able to play next year." Hopefully everything will get squared away for Edmond's eligibility next season.
Edmond plays the point but with Kaspar coming back and the addition of Chris Harrison-Docks, Edmond will likely play from the two-guard position.
Edmond closed our interview by saying, "We going to win a lot of games this upcoming year, I promise that."
Sounds like Edmond is a guy that knows what the Western Kentucky program is all about.
Go follow Fredrick "Boo Man" Edmond on Twitter: @eqbooman_
One thing I am certain of, we all have friends that are UK fans. It’s just a fact of life, if you live in my ol’ Kentucky home you’re going to be linked with UK fans. If you say that you don’t associate with their kind, well you probably don’t have many friends. Another thing I am certain of, this said UK friend probably posts a lot of UK stuff on Facebook. I’m not knocking this, because I myself post a lot of WKU related information. (How else will the world know the truly magnificent events transpiring on the hill?) This morning during my “I need to wake myself up, so I’m going to read Facebook for a few minutes before I get in the shower and get ready for work” time I came across one of these UK posts that linked me to an article by Athlon Sports. (http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/ranking-all-125-college-football-head-coaches-2013) The article ranked all 125 college football head coaches for the 2013-14 season, and this fan was elated that ol’ Stoops found himself ranked at 71st.
“71st and he hasn’t even coached a season yet! BBN!”
-Anonymous UK friend
I know what you’re thinking, 71st isn’t bad for a first time head coach, but it’s not really THAT impressive. I also know what you are really concerned with…where is Bobby P. ranked? Well Pimp Daddy P rolls in at a smooth 8th place ranking. Yes, you read that correctly, the new head coach of your beloved Hilltoppers is ranked as the 8th best head coach in the nation! I would like for you to take a moment to sit your laptop down and slide off the couch, scoot your chair back from your desk in your cubicle, or whatever you have to do to get on your feet and give a standing ovation to Todd Stewart. God bless ya, Todd! And all of Hilltopper Nation said…AMEN!
To put Petrino’s ranking into perspective, take a look at some of the company he shares the top 10 with. Names like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Steve Spurrier, and the superior Stoops (Big Brother Bob) are ranked just above our new coach. To break down this impressive ranking even farther I decided to compare Petrino to the head coaches he will be matching up against this season. The next closest ranked coach is ULL coach Mark Hudspeth coming in at 34th.
Kentucky: Mark Stoops (71)
Tennessee: Butch Jones (41)
South Alabama: Joey Jones (110)
Morgan State: Donald Hill-Eley (Unranked)
Navy: Ken Niumatalolo (76)
Louisiana Monroe: Todd Berry (96)
Louisiana Lafayette: Mark Hudspeth: (34)
Troy: Larry Blakeney (83)
Georgia State: Trent Miles (91)
Army: Rich Ellerson (107)
Texas State: Dennis Franchione (92)
Arkansas State: Bryan Harsin (97)
With Petrino at the reigns, and plenty of talent returning for the Toppers including experienced leaders on both sides of the ball like Antonio Andrews and Andrew Jackson, it is sure to be a fun and exciting season! If you haven’t already made plans to come out for the Red/White Spring Game this Saturday night (April 20th at 2:00 PM) you should probably reevaluate your lifestyle choices. Show up, be loud, and GO TOPS!
"With great stache, comes great responsibility." This much has always been known for those who are follically gifted. And no Topper is more gifted in this area than Ryan Huck. His season on the diamond is quickly reaching legendary status. Not only is he putting together some outrageous numbers like his .345 batting average, 34 RBI, and an absurd 11 Home Runs (good for 7th in all of the NCAA), but he has grown one of the most glorious mustaches i've ever seen. I mean just look at this thing!
Not everyone can pull of a mustache, but when you're tearing the cover off the ball like Huck is lately you're pretty much free to do what you want. I don't know if the Huckstache has super powers or what, but whatever it is that his him going has been much needed this season.
It really should have been a transition year for the Baseball Tops. The roster is full of talent, but most of that is underclassmen. A lot of those guys have showed up ahead of schedule, and their talents combined with the incredible powers of the Huckstache have the Tops sitting in a tie for first place in the Sunbelt. Unlike most other sports, the Sunbelt is a conference to be feared in baseball. We put several teams into the tourney every year, and this year will be no exception. If WKU can keep riding their young talent and keep the Huckstache rolling, we should see the Tops making some noise in the postseason.