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Joseph Conrad’s Monday News and Views


Today’s birthday comes an author more famous for the movie he inspired than for the classic books that he wrote. Joseph Conrad was an author that as a high school student I equated with the adjective “awful”, thanks to a particular English teacher I wasnt fond of insistence on making us read “Heart of Darkness” during a period when I was much more focused on trying to win a team state championship in golf (we didnt). Conrad’s best known work is a dark novel about the human psyche and was the basis for the classic film “Apocalypse Now.” However at the time I read it, I found it amazingly dull and was only mildly interested in it for the fact that Conrad was a Polish born writer who learned English in his 20s and then wrote all his novels in that language… amazing achievement. However when I got older I picked up “Heart of Darkness” again, read it….and found it much more impressive. If you like watching Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando and a young Laurence Fishburne in “Apocalypse Now”, you should check out the book that spawned it. Granted, its not as consistently entertaining as an episode of “The Hills”, but it has its worth.

To the news……..

(1) BOWL BIDS — Today came the official news that Cats fans had been anticipating for about a week now….Kentucky will be in Nashville on New Years Eve to play in the Music City Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles. There is a lot to be excited about with this game, including the ability to compete against a name opponent, with lots of talent on the field. Plus you play the ‘Noles and you get Bobby Bo….entering the game with his 80 year old tan and the ability to make Old Man Brooks the young coach in the game for one of the very rare times of his career. Finally, any time you get the Cats in Nashville for anything you get a good time and spending Dec 30 and 31 (including New Years Eve night) in Nashville with the Kentucky Sports Radio crew is not a bad gig at all. While there may be some disappointment in the game, I will take the CrimiNoles in Nashville over Clemson again in Atlanta. The ghost of Marty Moore lives too strong…..

(2) UNC FALLOUT — As the UNC game fades into memory, three things stand out going forward. First, I was amazed at just how positive Billy Clyde was after the game. He expressed a belief to the media that this was the best performance of the year and that view carried through to the players. To a person, all mentioned how positive they were about the game and how they thought they could play UNC. Ramel and Joe even expressed a hope they would see them again come tournament time. Second, everyone involved, especially those from UNC, raved about Patrick Patterson. Roy called him “special” a number of times and the UNC beat writers spoke about how he was one of the best young big men they had seen in some time. His effort is unbelievable and players and coaches from other teams do appreciate it. Finally, I was struck with the distribution of minutes. While the crowd chanted for Legion and some of the UK legends I sat with wondered why Stewart didnt get more PT, Coach Clyde stuck with Porter and Coury and showed that whatever it is he is looking for, it will be the determinative factor in playing time. That shows resolve from the coach and determination to stay with his gameplan.

(3): SCOTTY HOPSON: — Very interesting news coming out of the Scotty Hopson camp this weekend. Jerry Tipton (who to his credit has been on a mini-roll this week) spoke with his mother, who confirmed he will wait until the Spring to sign. She also stated that UK was interested, as seen by the fact that Billy Clyde, Cyprien and Webster were all at his game this weekend. But much more interesting to me was the comment that Billy Clyde had one-upped Mississippi St’s two-year plan to get Hopson to the NBA by coming up with a ONE YEAR plan to make it happen. That answers a question some have wondered about Gillispie, whether he would go after one-and-done guys. The answer is yes, and it is not only clear he will go after them, he is going to SELL them on that fact.

(4) RAMEL’s LIP: — The most striking scene after the game was the sight of a bloody Ramel Bradley, with a swollen lip with five stitches, thanks to the shot he took at the end of the game. While Ramel was worried about the hit (asking me if he “still looked pretty”), he was more confident about the team. “We are close, we really are,” he said. “I like what we are doing and we are going to surprise people.”

Today we will unveil a new feature, which finally has a great person to make it work. Brian the Intern from the radio show will be starting his links from the internet. Everyday he will search the net for UK stories, pick the best ones and link them here every morning between 10 and 11. That way you can get your whole UK fix in one-stop shopping. Check it out this morning.

Until then, scroll down and see what you missed this weekend…..Shawn Bridwell let you know what football players were on redshirt and what they can give next year and Darius Miller has quite a dunk. More later……..

Article written by Matt Jones

25 responses to “Joseph Conrad’s Monday News and Views”

  1. Robshairgel

    The FSU game will kick some serious butt!!And I’m not concerned with Hopson and where he goes.I’m just real pumped about the chance to beat the Criminoles!!!

  2. GregJ

    What Gillispie wants, he shall get. Miss St. fans have got to be cursing him right now.

  3. bowhunter


  4. muzzy

    great news about hopson…if true. matt, when are we gonna get some news about the marshall county hoopfest taking place this weekend. i know darius miller, scotty hopson, dakotah euton, and joe jackson will all be there. but i know there are other big names im missin. i have a full session pass for all three days and plan on seeing as many games as possible. are any of the sports radio guys gonna be there?

  5. UKNation

    far be it for me to question recruiting but since I am a UK fan that inherently gives me the right. Doesn’t going after the “one and done” kids hurt the graduation rate percentage thingamabob? Plus I just don’t want one of those kids, give me the Tayshuns of the world.

    This could also be a reason that I am not on the UKbasketball payroll too.

  6. Scotland

    1 & Done players who leave still “earn” 3 points out of 4 if they stay OK academically. That’s 75% APR – you need 92.5% APR as a team.

    So one or two being 1 & Done won’t hurt.

  7. AlohaStateWildcat

    The horror… the horror…

  8. ukcatsfan2

    1) Football bowl bid in the Music City is a good thing.
    2) UNC Still Sucks – and they even brought their own referees!
    3) Hopson will be a cat. somehow. someway!
    4) Fat lip or not, Ramel never was very pretty.

  9. Chris in Louisville

    Tell Brian the Intern to look at aseaofblue. Tru puts his list up by 7 or 8. He can glean from there.

  10. jay t.

    whats up with Pat P. being hassled by refs?

  11. wildcatter

    I hate to break the news to Scotty, but He is not a one and done prospect…I know he might like to thank he is that good. but he is not.
    He is good, not great.
    Darius Miller is the best player in the state.
    Darius could leave for the NBA after 2 or three years.
    Scotty Hopson plays great against average players.
    When he plays against talent that is great like Darius type players,
    then Scotty looks just like an average player.
    We need athletic players on the team. So lets sign him. If he needs
    to be told that he will be a one and done player, then let’s tell
    him what he wants to hear, But he is not.

  12. Al Purnell here

    #10, It has something to do about boogers?

  13. gatoferoz

    aaron’s hoops blog is a good spot to get the scoop

  14. Clandestine

    why wouldn’t a playoff bracket where the games are labeled as bowls work?

  15. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPutOnTheGuyThrowingTheBallInBounds

    Hey Matt… we need you to make fun of Duke or show something potentially embarrassing about them in order to prove to us that your not a yellow bellied two bit trader. If you could then keep them coming at least once a month that would also help build your case.

    C’mon, at least it will make us feel better after the NC loss.

  16. CatfaninaHat

    1) Nashiville Here WE Come Baby!
    2)Ramel looked better w/ the fat lip….maybe he should botox it permanently that way!
    3) PPat is da man!
    4) Cats should have beat NC, even w/ their refs. But alas we fall into the “UNABLE TO FINISH” category on offense.
    5)There is HOPE for the BCG style yet!

  17. Al Purnell here

    “University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.”

    Boogers would fall in the most ridiculous manner category, I think. Unless you are a booger eater, then you may be offended.

  18. 2 Wycked

    Make sure to call the Music City Bowl the “Methuselah Bowl.” Your friends will think you’re hilarious. I know mine do.

  19. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPutOnTheGuyThrowingTheBallInBounds

    Rub it into your chest Matt… this is that same funny bone you got Patrick on.

  20. sammysays

    the distribution of minutes was clearly dependent on one’s ability to play the best defense. considering the talent level that Coury was guarding, the guy did an outstanding job, especially considering the guy is a walk on. Porter must be better at stopping the dribble drive during practice. Point guard containment. Near the end of the game, BCG was substituting Legion & Porter for offensive/defensive possessions. You can also see the definite defensive potential of Razor Ramon. He played well for having missed practices and still being gimpy.
    I loved the energy and the hard nosed play of all the cats. Crawford needs to be able to finish drives better. If Meeks gets back to being 100% later on in the season, then I suspect you will see Crawford as his backup. And rightly so. Hate to see sloppy turnovers far from the basket, but that is representative of where we are at currently offensively. Legion and Stewart should have no doubts about what it takes for them to get playing time. Hopefully they will step up their defensive efforts in practice so we can see them more during games. Either way, I was proud of our effort.
    If our health improves, we will surprise people in the big dance.

  21. Bulldog08

    I believe Scotty will be attneding MSState next year because he knows he can go there and play immeditly. UK he won’t start and Uk has to many people at his position alread. UK needs a PG and C for next not another SF.. Im wanting some info about the Hoopfest this weekend??

  22. CatsFan4Life

    It appears that the Music City Bowl is already SOLD OUT. Can anyone confirm this?

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