Charles Kelley the latest to take the icy bucket challenge

By now you’ve probably heard of this…the Ice Bucket Challenge.  It’s where you, after being challenged to do so, allow a bucket of icy cold water to be dumped on you.

It’s all for a great cause…to raise awareness in the fight against ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is the latest country star to take part.  He allowed bandmate Dave Haywood to do the honors.  He joins Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Cole Swindell, and Randy Houser as country singers who’ve taken the “dump”.

But it’s not just singers that are doing this.  Athletes, actors, even athletic directors are getting in on the action…just check out K-State’s AD John Currie getting doused (his in support of the Kay Yow Foundation).  We might have even set up a football matchup with Mississippi State in the process!

The other part of the challenge is that you then get to nominate three others to get the freezing bath.  Charles nominated Kate Upton, and for that I say to him…THANK YOU!!

Big 12 releases mens basketball conference schedules

The wait…is finally over!

The Big 12 conference has released the conference portion of the men’s basketball schedule for 2014-15, finalizing Bruce Weber’s squad’s upcoming slate.

The Cats will open Big 12 play on the road against Oklahoma State on January 3rd, and then come up for the conference home opener against TCU on January 7th.  K-State will celebrate Senior Night on February 28th at Bramlage against Iowa State, and then wrap up the league round-robin on March 7th at Texas.  The Wildcats will make a school record 17 appearances on national television.

Oh, and of course there’s that “Big Monday” showdown against the squawks.

So which game are YOU most looking forward to?

Country Superstars Participating in the Cold Water Challenge for ALS

Some of the hottest Country Music Superstars are participating in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. Cole Swindell challenged Luke Bryan who challenged Charles Kelly of Lady A. Then Dustin Lynch went on to challenge Keith Urban who challenged Eric Church, & Tim McGraw. More have gotten in on the action, too…we can’t keep up!! See some of the vids below.

This Day In History – August 14


U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.


The act created unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.


U.S. President Harry S Truman announced that Japan had surrendered to the Allies during WWII!

Thousands of people ran into the streets throughout the United States to celebrate V-J Day. The official ratification of the surrender didn’t take place until September 2, in Tokyo Bay aboard the “USS Missouri”, but it was all over on August 14.


The first meeting to organize the American Football League was held.

The Foolish Club, as they were then known – because they were foolish to “take on the NFL” – formed their own football league, one that would eventually merger with the NFL. This group of eight original owners included Lamar Hunt, the founder of your Kansas City Chiefs! He was actually such a key figure in both the formation of the AFL and the merger with the NFL, that the champions of the AFC every year receive the Lamar Hunt Trophy!




The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended.  The halt marked the official end to 12 years of combat in Indochina by the U.S.

Direct U.S. military involvement ended as the Case–Church Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress


A charity picnic and softball game was staged to raise money for a new softball field and for the Community General Hospital in Monticello, NY. Gager’s Diner and Bend ’n Elbow Tavern fielded competing teams (a total of 50 men and 20 women) to play a 365-inning ball game!

The game began at 10 a.m. and was finally called because of rain and fog at 4 p.m. the following day! The score was Gager’s Diner 491, Bend ’n Elbow Tavern 467. Goodness!


Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the rights to 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney. The winning bid was 47.5 million dollars

The real question was, how in the world did Paul McCartney lose ownership in the first place?! 

and then lastly…


The Backstreet Boys sold all 765 thousand tickets for their North American Into The Millenium tour in just one day. That’s over 30 million dollars!


All the tickets for the 11-week, 39-city tour went in an hour. This tour was so big, the concert at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, was the 5th most attended concert in American history – and the biggest ever for a pop group!

Talk about superstardom! 

-Tyler Jackson 

America, THIS is Why You’re Fat:


The list of calorie counts around the world is out… and the US has come out on top! We take in more daily calories than anywhere else in the world. Our average of 3,770 calories per day is well above the suggested daily intake for a healthy lifestyle – 2,000 a day for women and 2,400 for men.

Here’s how the rest of the top 12 shake out:

1. USA – 3,770 calories
2. Austria – 3,760 calories
3. Italy – 3,660 calories
4. Israel – 3,540 calories
5. Ireland – 3,530 calories
6. UK – 3,440 calories
7. Czech Republic – 3,320 calories
8. New Zealand – 3,150 calories
9. Argentina – 3,000 calories
10. Nigeria – 2,710 calories
11. India – 2,300 calories
12. Democratic Republic of Congo – 1590 calories

Read more here!

Most Illegally Downloaded Shows Per State

A website looked at what TV shows, movies and video games each state illegally downloaded over the course of 40 days.“Game of Thrones” was the most popular downloaded show in the country and in 15 states including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Arizona.Other popular downloaded shows include “Californication,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Fargo.””Watch Dogs” was the most illegally downloaded game in the country.


This Day In History – August 13


The teenage coming-of-age comedy flick Fast Times at Ridgemont High opened in theaters!


The engagement of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger was announced!

1991 - Brooks & Dunn‘s debut album, Brand New Man, was released!

Here’s my favorite song off that album:


John Michael Montgomery earned a number one with Be My Baby Tonight!


South Park debuted on Comedy Central.

Here was the very first episode ever:


and then lastly…


Seven people were killed and more than 40 were injured when a stage on which Sugarland was to perform collapsed in high winds at the Indiana State Fair.

So, so incredibly sad…

-Tyler Jackson

Lee Brice Shows Off the Vintage Guitar His Wife Bought Him on “I Don’t Dance” Album Cover

Image Courtesy Curb

The guitar Lee Brice is holding on the cover of his new album, I Don’t’ Dance, is much more than just a prop. It’s the actual 1948 Gibson J-45 guitar his wife, Sara, gave him as a wedding present before they tied the knot last year.

Lee tells ABC News Radio, “My buddy in South Carolina, he’s got a bunch of old guitars like that, and I just fell in love with one that looked just like that, and he found me one, for [Sara to give me], out in California, and it’s just amazing.”

The guitar’s long life can be seen in the scratches on the finish, but its age also gives the instrument a much richer tone.

“The older it gets, the dryer that wood gets, and the more it resonates, the more it vibrates,” Lee explains. “So, it actually sounds better and better the older it gets.”

Lee’s also playing that vintage guitar in the video for “I Don’t Dance.” His album of the same name comes out September 9.

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