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Richie/Heavy Hitter’s Monday News and Views


While standing on the sideline during the third quarter of Saturday’s game, I felt a hearty slap on my back and turned around and saw potentially the state’s newest dynamic duo, Richie Farmer and the Heavy Hitter, Darryl Isaacs. I got to know the Heavy Hitter about a year ago and can attest to the fact that he is one of the nicest, most genuine people you will ever meet and one of the biggest Kentucky fans around. He is friends with Richie, who in addition to being the State Agricultural Commissioner, is also my childhood hero from Eastern Kentucky. The two guys were on the field soaking up the UK atmosphere (and were able to wear UK shirts, which I am not at games) and helped me produce one of my favorite pictures in a long time. After the game, I showed the picture to about ten people and all ten of them knew one of the people in it….the Heavy Hitter. Richie had a Q rating of about 60 percent, but the Heavy Hitter was known by all…proving that he truly has become the unofficial celebrity of the state. This picture now joins my favorites list, along with my picture getting down with Janet Reno at a dance party (you read that correctly). Three big Cat fans, all with a bit of absurdity….

To some news….

(1): The biggest news of the night is that we are winding down on the Stacey Poole recruitment. He came back from his UK visit and did an interview with Dustin Rumbaugh, which you can read below. Basically Stacey said he had a great time and UK is going to be his only official visit. He plans on making a decision sometime this week and it could be by Tuesday. Most everyone has thought that UK was the leader for Poole for a long time and all signs point to him pulling the trigger and picking the Cats. However in recruiting, it isnt over till its over and as of yet, its not over. But all have wondered when the first 2010 commitment will take place….it might be worth hitting refresh over the next two days to find out.

(2): Brandon Knight was also on that visit, but less is known about his time. Most everyone who saw Brandon (as I said before, judging by pictures taken, everyone did), seems to say that he had a good time but as of yet, no one has done an interview with him about the trip. Knight has such immense talent, that he is going to have options with UCONN, Kansas and Miami and it is very well possible that it could be the “roller coaster” recruitment of the 2010 class. However UK got to showcase its best foot this week and I am told that most of his visit was spent with John Wall and DeAndre Liggins throughout town. Knight is expected to come in and take over the PG position if he comes here, so it will be interesting to see what the results will be of his trip.

(3): Also tonight we had the potential for one of those “changes in the way its done” things in recruiting. UK and Duke recruit Kyrie Irving did a webtv chat with the fans for over 2 hours tonight, talking to Duke and Kentucky fans via streaming video on the internet. Over the course of those two hours, fans of both schools alternated between asking questions, talking trash and acting silly, but throughout Irving showed composure, intelligence and illustrated why both schools are so interested in him….at least for the ten minutes I watched. In the streaming, he said that he would decide in November, announce via Twitter and basically gave few clues as to where he would go. More significantly longterm however, one has to wonder what this event will lead to. Because the NCAA has the unenforceable rule that fans cant try to convince players to come to their school, both team’s fans could conceivably be in violation based on tonight. But it isnt UK or Duke’s fault that it occurred and Irving seemed to be having a blast with the experience. This really could be the start of a new era in recruiting and Irving may be a bit of a groundbreaker in the process…but the compliance officers at the schools may be shaking in their boots in the process. Technology has rendered the NCAA’s current rules inadequate…we will just have to wait and see when they figure it out.


(4): How about a chance for a teaching lesson for UK? The above picture shows Derrick Locke on his kickoff return, letting the ball loose just a split-second before he entered the endzone. The referees made no call and so its a “no harm, no foul” kind of thing. But it might be a good teaching tool to use with the team in the coming weeks. As Brooks said afterwards, better to teach after a win than a loss, but Locke may want to hold onto the ball a bit better in the games ahead.

We have a full day of stuff for you coming, but we also have this, a picture from Pat Appleman of the Army Corp of Engineers, who is currently serving in Iraq. He got members of the Iraqi army to take this picture after the UK-UL game. Its yet another picture that I love and gives the Bluegrass rivalry a worldwide appeal.

More later….


Article written by Matt Jones

42 responses to “Richie/Heavy Hitter’s Monday News and Views”

  1. Gogh Big Bleu


  2. Black Label Wildcat

    Matt looks Jorts tall

  3. dhwildcats10

    Anybody else have Chris Johnson in their fantasy football league? He was money this weekend

  4. KYStout

    Good no-call by the ref!

    Also…I’m sure the UK/UL rivalry is super important to those Iraqi dudes.

  5. bmwuk

    No idea who Darryl Isaacs is until I just googled it. I assume he has massive commercials and billboards? Sorry living down in Houston for 5 years doesn’t allow me to follow the ongoings up north.

    As for Derrick Locke, I thought “Oh ****, Deshawn Jackson” when he did it. But no call.

  6. bmwuk

    Oh kudos on the pic of the Iraqi picture.

  7. WildcatScratchFever

    Even flat bills are popular in Iraq.

  8. gossie21

    Good thing Locke got rid of the ball when he did, it’s such a pain to hold onto it for two more steps. I always say it’s best to try and time it so you can throw the ball away the very instant you cross the goal line.

  9. TayPrinceJr.

    Wow! Now that I’ve seen a picture of him, I can connect him to some advertisements I saw last time I was in lexington last year. I finally know who the Heavy Hitter is

  10. BPsycho

    I always liked the running drop kick into the endzone, but those damn refs always throw the flag.


  11. Flop

    That Iraqi soldier pic is priceless.

  12. TayPrinceJr.

    Matt, while you were busy meeting celebrities on the sidelines, I did too. Kige “liked” my facebook status; in fact he was the only one because I don’t have many friends. I’m not like Casey Johnson, apperently people know him…

  13. unioncowrestling

    I have Chris Johnson. Him and Matt Shaub basically won my game for me this weekend, kinda funny they played each other

  14. Drew Franklin

    Could Iraq be a new recruiting pipeline for Kentucky? Coach Cal, forget about China, they’ve got no size. Iraq is full of future Wildcats.

  15. danbrookswildcatfan

    i’m happy that we beat louisville!

  16. Gina Head

    One call, that’s all.

  17. slappy

    The Heavy Hitter might be a good guy, but he’s a
    cheap tipper.

  18. mashburnfan1

    Cameron Clark, 30th best player for 2010, gave a commit to Oklahoma per Gary Parrish.

  19. TayPrinceJr.

    If any Tard fans say we got lucky, just tell them Edgar Sosa was a lucky SOB last year and he’ll be lucky to leave Rupp Arena standing this year.

  20. SagaciousMind

    19, completely agree with you. Wall and Bledsoe will destroy Sosa and Siva and I cannot wait for it. But Lville got lucky they were even given a chance to stay close in the game…woulda never happened if not for 3 straight turnovers, and even then they could only produce 10pts. And Matt, why cant you wear UK gear at the games?

  21. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS

    #20–Matt sat in the booth rubbing elbows with the “press”. Individuals are not allowed to wear shirts with an affilation while in the booth.

  22. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS

    Oh and by the way—-the CATS come in at………36th.

    Dropped from rankings: Georgia Tech 13, Utah 16, OREGONST 24

    Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 148, Pittsburgh 68, Utah 63, Auburn 62, Iowa 58, Washington 42, Notre Dame 38, UCLA 38, Oregon 34, Texas Tech 22, KENTUCKY 16, South Florida 12, South Carolina 7, Oregon State 6, Colorado State 4, Wisconsin 2, Minnesota 1,

  23. Gaytor Hater

    I think more is being made about Locke’s TD than need be. First of all only the ref in that picture had a proper view of it. He called it a TD so it’s a TD which means the ball crossed the goal line. Was it a close call? Definitely and shouldn’t be repeated. However, the ref had the only good view and ruled it a TD. That picture and the tv cameras did not have an adequate view. From those views it looks like he didn’t cross the goal line. But common sense tells you he did. You can tell his foot is at or just touching the goal line which means that his extended arm would be crossing it. At that point he released the ball. Plus the ref is starting to raise his arms in that picture. The ref would not do that if it were not a TD. It’s a TD and people need to move on.

  24. CalifCatFan

    I recognize Richie Farmer and the Heavy Hitter, but who is the guy in the middle? Whoever he is, he needs a decent haircut. 🙂

  25. Secretariat

    Any more word on swine flu in Florida? (Just wondering how big of an impact it could have on next week’s game).

    And is a response from the NCAA expected on the Irving issue? What could they possibly do, since there was not a singlular school involved and the recruit took the initiative? Could they possibly end up punishing whichever school he chooses? (would seem unfair, but it IS the NCAA). Its reached a point where the ENTIRE recruiting guidelines need to be scrapped and they should start from scratch. Technology has made the current regulations untenable.

  26. Waitin' on 8

    I totally noticed that Locke didn’t cross the goal line before flipping the ball. He got lucky.


    I wouldn’t know who the Heavy Hitter was if Richie Farmer was wearing a shirt that said
    “—-> I’m with Heavy Hitter”! I’ve heard Matt name drop this guy 100 times this year and still the name means nothing to me. Looks like a dark haired Kige to me.

  28. Waitin' on 8

    ESPN poll for preseason #1.

    GO VOTE!!!

  29. lexslamman

    Kyrie Irving seems like a very bright and interesting young man. Social networking pretty much renders a lot of NCAA rules about contact with recruits null. We have already had issues with e-mail, MySpace, and Facebook. Now Twitter and other instant social networking tools has shattered the fan/recruit barrier the NCAA endeavored to maintain. I’m not sure whether that is what Kyrie was intending to do, but he certainly showed an interesting side of himself in the less-than-10-minutes I watched. It really sounds like it is between Duke and UK for his services and that the guy is really close to some of the coaches at Duke.

    I don’t think anyone told him that Durham, NC is a racist sh*thole, though.

  30. Philthy Phil

    Matt, I believe you could post-up Richie


    #29 Lexslamman, I hate Duke as much as the next guy but I don’t believe that Durham, NC has any more race issues than any other Southern City.

  32. lexslamman


    It is true that there is a bevy of ignorant racist hicks in Kentucky but it is nothing compared to the intolerance and tension of Durham – you have Duke, the most pretentious buttermilk white university in the region planted squarely in a city known for its ghettoization. It is a bad scene. I have been to other ‘bad’ cities with these issues like Charlotte, Memphis, Charleston, and Baton Rouge, but nowhere is it as clear and prevalent as in Durham, NC.

  33. 42

    I noticed when Locke let go of the ball. That drove me crazy. Thats just like when players make a catch, and almost immediately throw it to the ground and start celebrating. It makes me think they didn’t hold on to the ball long enough. Oh well. Good no call by the refs though.

  34. dchagy

    Guys, I’ll admit right off the bat that I probably know about as much “technical” football to be dangerous, but could someone answer a question? Why does it seem that UK never has any type of pass rush? I understood that in the past because they didn’t have the safety personnel to cover much of anybody. Such is not the case now. And yet UK seems to NEVER rush the quarterback. I know you don’t rush on every play, but you don’t let the opposing quarterback set back there and pick you apart all day, either. Any suggestions?

  35. WildcatScratchFever

    29. I live in Durham and have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.

  36. bluemadness

    Didnt i see the HEAVY HITTER as an UMPA LUMPA.

  37. Old_Pogue_Bourbon

    The photo at the top reminds me of a medical chart I once read that described the patient as “a well nourished male”. We got three in that photo!!

  38. bluemadness

    And now for your starting offensive line………….


    35) Hahahahahahahah…..Thats what I was thinking..Down with Whitey!

  40. Laker Cat 18

    Have I missed something on Tobias Harris? Is there no longer interest between him and UK? We’re not on his list of schools on rivals.


    Ask any lawyer in Louisville the Heavy Hitter got his job from his dad. He failed the bar how many times before he passed? Im not hating word is that he took his dad’s firm and made it into the media blitz success that it has become. Ive also heard the guy has a good personality. Congrats to the Heavy Hitter for becoming successful. GO CATS!

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