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More Bulletin Board Material for the Kentucky Football Team


Critics love to pile on the Kentucky football team.

You might find a few positive prognostications, but national media members prefer to take shots at Mark Stoops’ football program.  Players and coaches will say publicly that they don’t pay attention to the outside noise, but let’s be honest, it adds fuel to the Cats’ fire.  This week there are two especially egregious instances of shade thrown Kentucky’s way.

Jerry Palm is the resident Bracketologist/Bowl Projectionist for CBS Sports.  In Palm’s preseason picks, he does not believe Kentucky will go to a third consecutive bowl game, even though the Cats have 18 players on the roster who started in last year’s Music City Bowl.

While that slight is probably inaccurate, it’s at least fair.  The same cannot be said about one USA Today handicapper.

In a piece for Cigar Aficionado magazine (a publication that sounds like something Michael Scott would tell people he subscribes to), David Sheridan ranked Kentucky as the fourteenth worst team in college football.  But wait, it gets worse.  Sheridan filled four paragraphs with snark, like…

In 1953, Bear Bryant led the Wildcats to their third straight bowl bid, and then he promptly left Kentucky, because he felt football would never be a priority over the school’s basketball team. Even George Orwell could not have predicted the future with such accuracy.

Sheridan thought he was really clever when he called John Calipari, “St. John of Lexington,” but that’s child’s play compared of his description of UK’s wide receivers: “about as reliable as a loan repayment from Lenny Dykstra.”

If that doesn’t fire up the Kentucky football players, nothing will.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

23 responses to “More Bulletin Board Material for the Kentucky Football Team”

  1. runningunnin.454

    Can’t believe I missed that issue of Cigar Aficionado, LOL.
    Maybe he can get in some of the Wine mags.

  2. az1006

    That Sheridan guy can say what he wants about the Cats, but to say he thinks they’re the 14th worst team in the country is asinine and shouldn’t even be remotely taken seriously.

    1. david8577

      Agree with this. Saying UK is 14th worst in the country is just proving this guy has no idea what he’s talking about.

    2. J-Dub421

      Lol, I’m sure all the best and most knowledgeable sports writers write for Cigar Aficionado.

    3. Luether

      Cats need to prove how good they are ON THE FIELD…

  3. Wade

    We’re top 5 n the sec east he can suck a cheap cigar…

  4. Ben27

    We know that we are going to have a great team! Our track record over the last 50+ years makes it impossible to get the benefit of the doubt from any outsiders. I really do not blame them, if we want to change our culture, it needs to start this year. Then 7 more years of going to a bowl, mixed with a year or two of double digit wins will cause our culture to change.

  5. BBNBRIAN

    Our players aren’t the issue. Coaching on the other hand….

    1. crazycatfan65

      How many tickles or sacks did Stoops have last year? How many rushing TD’s did Gran have last year? Oh that’s right, coaches coach but it’s the players job to produce on the field. Sounds like you need to change your name to ULBrian.

    2. BobKYCats

      Thanks to crazycatfan65, I now have a mental image of Mark Stoops tickling Eddie Gran on the sideline.

      If the receivers improve, we could see 5, maybe 6 tickles for Stoops this year.

    3. Realme

      Comment of the day, BobKYCats!

  6. CatManDo

    Pompous writer blowing smoke (pun intended) for a pompous magazine.
    Probably doesn’t know the difference between a 3/4 or 4/3 defense but is writing articles on football.

  7. steve simpson

    Now he will get a lot of attention. Poking the bear is how clowns like him stay relevant.

  8. Adam From Awesome Trot

    The article was written by Danny Sheridan, not David. He is a well known sports analyst and handicapper. His segments on Finebaum are excellent. Especially his one with Matt last week.

    1. krautdog

      Thanks!

  9. bigbluejon

    Blow that up on a poster Stoops

  10. kjd

    The WR’s have been called out. Will they respond? Time will tell. (Of course, the QB factors heavily into this equation.)

  11. dukeisking

    If it was as easy as having 18 starters back on the squad then every team with a large majority of starters returning would be good. I’m football will always be a mediocre program until THEY PROVE OTHERWISE!! Shut up and just play..

  12. dukeisking

    Uk football will always be mediocre until proven otherwise.. typo

    1. Skooms

      As irrelevant as all sports at Duke besides men’s basketball?

    2. Skooms

      By the way, the proper statement would be “UK football will be irrelevant until proven otherwise.” You can’t say always and then follow that with until.

  13. shepdog3720

    The over/under at Westgate Casino in Vegas, which happens to be the biggest sports book in Vegas, has the win/loss total at 5. If you are a gambler, then you know that means if UK wins 6 or more games, then you are a winner. If UK wins 4 games or less, you are a loser. UK wins 5 games even, it is a push. That # seems very low to me, especially with 5 wins being a push. The bet it -140, so it takes $7000 to win $5000, so if you are in Vegas, might be a great time to take advantage….

  14. CoachCat

    Wait. So this guy writes for a magazine in which it’s readers take long round things and puts it in their mouth to suck on. Yep. He’s reputable