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Arlen Specter’s Monday News and Views


If you were around a television this afternoon, chances are you at least caught a few minutes of the Red Bull jump from space that was one of the most oddly terrifying and fascinating things I have seen on television in a long time. But you also may have heard of the passing of one of America’s most noted recent former Senators, Arlen Specter. Specter served as one of Pennsylvania’s two Senators in the United States Senate for 30 years. His career was best noted for being remarkably varied as his role as a moderate Republican found him in the middle of nearly every major political moment of the last 30 years. He was on the Judiciary Committee during contentious Supreme Court nominations and played a major role in keeping Robert Bork off the court and helping Clarence Thomas make his way on. He investigated Iran-Contra, was the main opponent of Clinton’s Healthcare plan and found himself as the key Republican vote on Bush and Obama’s stimulus plans. His votes were never easy to pin down by party and he seemed the type to genuinely make his decision based upon his beliefs, rather than the party line. Towards the end of his career, his party turned on him and he became a Democrat in 2009 to avoid losing his party’s nomination. The same fate however befell him as a Democrat and he lost a primary in 2010. He died at the age of 83, living a public life that began as the prosecutor who came up with the “one bullet” theory as a lawyer with the Warren Commission that became the accepted version of the JFK Assassination and ended as one of the last true Senators able to cross party aisles to get legislation passed. He lived a long life of public service and one that deserving of much respect.

To the news:

— If ever there was a weekend that better symbolized the dichotomy between the status of the UK basketball and football programs, I don’t ever remember it. Big Blue Madness was once again a tremendous show and celebration of Kentucky basketball’s status on top of the college basketball world. An amazing techno-light show that turned Rupp Arena’s floor into a big screen dazzled everyone in the arena, as John Calipari’s fourth team was finally unveiled. We learned very little during the actual scrimmage that followed, besides the fact that Kyle Wiltjer is going to score a lot of points this season. But the night did remind everyone just how important and historic this basketball program truly is. UK made the tremendous decision to bring back at least one player from every Kentucky national championship team and the sight of players from Wah Wah Jones to Ron Mercer, raising the eight UK banners was one for the history books. And perhaps even more importantly, John Calipari brought Cliff Hagan back into the UK folks, after 25 years in which his name was rarely brought up in UK circles. It was a tremendous moment that symbolized what is great about UK basketball and its important meaning to the Commonwealth. And oh yeah…Kentucky is going to be pretty good this year as well. They may only have 7 that play…but those 7 can play.

— With such a big night in Lexington, it became yet another recruiting show for Calipari and his troops. UK had at least 9 recruits on campus (maybe more) and they all seemed to be having a grand old time if you believe their Twitter accounts. Throughout the weekend, all of the nine (which included UK’s four 2013 commitments, Marcus Lee, Trey Lyles, Karl Townes, etc) tweeted positive thoughts and their presence was obvious everywhere in Lexington. Per NCAA rule, we cant report on their visit and thus pictures of the recruits out and about at Keeneland and the rest (which you folks sent to us in buckets…we do appreciate it) cant be put on the site. But needless to say, it does seem that everyone had a grand old time. If you werent impressed by the show in Rupp on Friday night, I am not sure what could impress you. And if the difference between UK and everyone else, especially when Kansas had Bill Self on a bike and UNC had players in tutus, couldnt be seen…well then you aren’t looking.

— So much for the good news. Then there was UK football. Saturday may have been one of the lowest days in UK football history. I know that seems like a strong statement, but think about it for a moment. Arkansas is terrible, coming into the game 2-4 and playing for an obvious lame-duck coach. Yet they pounded UK into submission, leading 28-0 at the end of the first quarter and 49-7 when the game mercifully ended. The Razorbacks dominated Kentucky so thoroughly that UK’s best first half play involved faking a timeout and then running for a first down. The Cats looked totally out of sorts and unable to make even the most basic plays. While the team was surely young, nothing excuses the lack of basic skills shown and the defeatist mentality that made the game nearly impossible to watch. I think we all had this feeling:

When the bizarre storm delay began to linger, every UK fan I know, and likely the coaches and players, wanted the travesty to come to an ending. Even though the SEC said such games cannot end until midnight local time, they made an exception for the mauling that was taking place in Fayetteville. Even the SEC league office gave us sympathy and we walked off the field with as low a moment as I can remember. If there was any doubt before, after Saturday, it was finalized. Change has to come. There is just no other way to state it.

— Going into the seventh game of the season, here is where UK ranks out of the 120 FBS teams in the nation:

Rushing Offense: 106th (106 yards…Army #1 with 385)

Passing Offense: 93rd (199 yards…Baylor #1 with 398)

Total Offense: 113th (306 yards…Ok State #1 with 601)

Scoring Offense: 112th (18.5…La Tech #1 with 53.8)

Rush Defense: 87th (183 yards…Alabama #1 with 55)

Pass Defense: 111th (149 yards…Alabama #1 with 80)

Total Defense: 77th (415…Alabama #1 with 181)

Scoring Defense: 98th (32.8….Alabama #1 with 7.5)

Not much else you can say. We just can’t have this.Our only stat in the Top 30 nationally? Net punting where we are 27th. We do have a hell of a punter.

So as to not end on a negative note, here are two pictures I like from this weekend. One is of a rival coach getting the three goggles and one is of Bruce Pearl’s awful jacket at NC State’s Midnight Madness. Both were strong work:

Article written by Matt Jones

54 Comments for Arlen Specter’s Monday News and Views

  1. Shampoo
    10:36 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino loves him some Molly’s St. Matts

  2. PsychOfMSE
    10:38 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Hahahaha nice! My Joker Meme got noticed!

  3. texasmug
    10:50 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    It’s Alabama Face Guy’s twin standing behind Pearl!

  4. Kevin C.
    10:58 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Green Bay is thumping Houston, going into the 4th qtr, in large part to Cobb’s huge night. Current stats are:

    Cobb 7 rec 102 yds 14.6 avg

  5. RKA
    11:01 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for the credit today Matt with the tweet verifying the news about Jaycee Coe.

  6. Musehobo
    11:05 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    3) Noticed that, that guy is definitely tryin to do Alabama Face’s look.

  7. SoCal Will
    11:06 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Remember when John L was Louisville head coach and he disdainfully labeled BBN as “blue bellies”. Mitch has got to end providing “haters” moments of joy at the grid Cats expense….

  8. The Jokester
    11:11 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    4 – And I bet Cobb is wondering…why in the hell did I go to UK?

  9. bigbluejon
    11:15 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks again Tracy Morgan. That’s the GIF that keeps on giving

  10. tdogg40330
    11:45 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    8) He didnt even get used properly while at UK and still was a standout. He’s
    that damn good ….

  11. Wildcatsteeler
    1:00 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Arlen Specter. Probably the last rational Republican. So they are now extinct. Farewell Arlen. You’re better off for not having to see what your party continues to deteriorate into.

  12. Lol
    1:03 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    He was a liberal democrat u idiot… Geez

  13. JC
    1:27 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lol needs to read a book because that middle school girl doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about. He got sick of the Republican party and moved to the center. But, since Republicans want their people to be uneducated, that is what they get.

  14. TheFatalConceit
    1:33 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    We all think we are smarter than
    everyone else. But each of us is
    dumber than all of us.
    Read Hayek and weep.

  15. Scooper
    1:37 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Maye he was genuine about how he conducted his votes. But, it funny that he voted with the democrats 60% of the time as a Republican then when Pat Toomey challenged him in the primary, he only voted with the dems 16% of the time. Regardless, he will be most remembered for meddling with the NFL, and spygate along with telling Michelle Bachmann to act like a lady, and pointing out that she is a lady so she should act like one. Finally, FIRE JOKER!!! That was horrible, first we lose to Western, now we get beat by a team that lost to Louisana Monroe… Just sad…

  16. Scooper
    1:38 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    14, Love it.

  17. The Rock
    1:39 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    14- Salma Hayek is an absolute genius. I loved her work in Grown Ups

  18. Buckets
    1:51 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, why’d you have to go and mention politics? You know the children around here can’t even read the words “republican” or “democrat” without ranting against the other side. 11 and 12 prove that with their comments. The comment sections become unreadable once the nutbags out there start spewing their hatred of everything either red or blue. I prefer the other nutbags who fight over the other red and blue, the universities Louisville and Kentucky.

    Though I’d rather talk politics till I’m blue in the face than read, talk about or watch our football team. I’ve had more than enough UK football this season.

  19. SeaCat
    2:14 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Call me crazy, I can take it,
    But this team might be as good
    as last year’s.
    Noel, WCS, Poythress, Goodwin,
    phenomenal athletes!!!
    Throw in a little Harrow, Mays, Wiltjer…
    After Cal stirs the brew…

  20. Specter
    6:26 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    “found himself as the key Republican vote on Bush and Obama’s stimulus plans.” – Don’t you tie that miserable idea that was the stimulus to Bush. Didn’t Obama say if we passed it that unemployment would be around 5.4% now.

  21. Can't watch UK football
    7:05 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Total beat down in Arkansas. Tired of hearing how young the team is. It’s all coaching! 49 points and then the rain came. Arkansas could have scored 100 points. That is coaching. First play of the game and Arkansas scored on a 70 yard swing pass. Several series later they ran the exact same swing pass play to the opposite side of the field and scored again. Not a young team, horrible coaching. Horrible coaching. Offense, is 113 of 120 this year, after 119 of 120 last year. How does the young bs fit here? Quit making excuses. Suggestion: Get rid of Sanders and Minter today. Let the Graduate Assistants coach. Your play calling on both offense and defense is horrible UK.

  22. lexslamman
    7:26 am October 15, 2012 Permalink


    Bush’s stimulus was the checks that everyone received in the mail that bankrupted our economy. Obama’s stimulus has created just short of 5 million jobs.

  23. tankercat
    7:28 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Spencer County High called Mitch, they need a beatable opponent for homecoming next year,figured UK was just the trick.

  24. James K
    7:35 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I am a Spencer County grad. Sigh… we do suck at pretty much everything.

    But seriously, there would have to be something wrong with you to not accept a scholarship from Cal right now.

  25. harry
    8:12 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    21. I agree with what you wrote, except that no one should be fired in mid season. That will make next coaches job a bit more difficult.

  26. fairplay
    8:13 am October 15, 2012 Permalink


    You just can’t resist the politics. Well, it is your site but I go to KSR for the UK sports and not for propsganda. Just one person’s thought.

  27. Mr Obvious
    8:13 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why even write anything about UK football? No one cares enough to even read it.

  28. harry
    8:17 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    i not a big fan of Mitch, but one good thing he did was to fire BCG after the season was over. I know professional teams let go of the coaching staff mid-season, but universities usually dont go down this route.

  29. harry
    8:19 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    27. and that is a personal delimma, I love football college not UK football.

  30. UK Recruiting
    8:21 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think Marcus Lee may be hinting that he committed to the Cats this weekend according to his twitter. Check it out!!

  31. gr8ness
    8:32 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t usually talk politics but when I do I speak the truth. The reason the country was on the trend of going bankrupt was the threat of Obama Care and what the repercussions would mean for every small business in the country. I will lay off 4 of my employees if Obama is re-elected.

  32. Butch Rankin
    9:04 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Jones, you’re the clown that always wants to bring politics onto this board. Why can’t you just keep it to UK Sports?

  33. catzlla
    9:15 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, go back to your Mothers apron… Now take that down CLOWN!

  34. Mr. Obvious
    9:16 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones – needs UK to win out to win his bet in Las Vegas. Matt, please suggest to Coach Phillips to get every player wrist bands with the plays on them for the Georgia game. Call a play and keep it at that. Your funky chicken hand play caIt ain’t working Randy Sanders, it ain’t working. Change is good. Your offensive play calling is stagnant. You haven’t scored in the first quarter in 20 games, 20 games. It isn’t young talent, it’s coaches that are stone headed and refuse to change, period!

  35. barn
    9:20 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    why can’t the moderator delete all political comments?

  36. UK Fan
    9:24 am October 15, 2012 Permalink


    You are obviously too young and/or too ill-informed to offer intelligent commentary about Arlen Specter; a senator who perpetrated one of the greatest frauds in history on the American public. His single bullet, or better known “magic bullet” theory, which you say became the “accepted version” of the JFK assassination, was nothing more than the ludiccrous linch-pin of an otherwise factually-bereft version of events so that the government could have its lone-nut killer and the CIA could escape culpability for their multi-layed conspiracy to overthrow the then exisitng US government. You do yourself and your fellow countrymen an enormous disservice by continuing to spread the “big lie” about the JFK assassination. Stick to sports Matt. You don’t know of you speak when it comes to subjects like Arlen Specter…a long-time traitor to this great country.

  37. UKBlue1!
    9:26 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhardt needs to go. He made his dicision to keep Joker before the UT game last year. This has been a train wreck since the 1st year. It will take us 3-4 years to get back to a bowl game. Unbelievable!

  38. dentaldude
    9:33 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Specter needed a better toothbrush. Old Yeller! Is he British?

  39. Bobbum man
    9:42 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    36- You mad bro?

  40. keith
    9:47 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    #39….your name cracked me up. thanks

  41. Censored in America
    9:48 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I thought you wanted to talk politics today, lol. I don’t know about all the bullet business but the last sentence of #36 is dead on.

  42. Old School sux
    10:07 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    #36, Apparently you know way more. Should I get the tin foil out?

  43. trustb
    10:13 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I love matt jones, but I am happy he votes in Kentucky. #Romney2012

  44. Crotus
    10:17 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Obama is as least as smart at Palin. Oh, he’s also from the devil. Liberal Demorcats are from the Devil. The ACLU is from the devil. Joker Phillips is from the devil.

  45. Snake Belly Low
    11:15 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Were we obligated to not finish the game? As a former player I would have rather taken the beating and finished. It just feels like we quit when we didn’t continue. Just wondering if we had a choice to cancel or play on?

  46. BenFletcher
    12:58 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Neal Brown, OC for Texas Tech; played for Mumme/Leach; from Danville. Early 30s but appears to be mature and ready to become a head coach in SEC. Joker needs to resign at end of season; players have quit on him; as UK alum he needs to do the classy thing. As for Specter, he was a weasel who is Exhibit A for what’s wrong with Congress…stayed too long and would do ANYTHING to stay in power. It amazes me you celebrate this guy’s career.

  47. shullanbonesdiss
    1:16 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    42 & 43 =shallow intellect with Lemming traits and authoritative personality disorder…….enjoy the video:!

  48. trustb
    2:22 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    46-that might be offensive, but it came from a puppet who forms beliefs based on youtube videos

  49. humboldt
    2:47 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t hate; Pearl’s jacket is awesome.

  50. Deserving of Much Disrespect!
    3:28 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    This Dishonorable Specter was about as corrupt and unAmerican and typical as most U.S. Senators.

    His claim to fame? Like Matt said, he was one of the key lawyers behind the magic bullet theory. I don’t know who believes that but the completely dumbed down, but the fact that Specter would put forward this bad lie PROVES he did it in exchange for political and accompanying financial incentives (bribes).

    He also supported the tens of millions of abortions over the last several decades) and he was for the destruction of our Bill of Rights (like voting for the Patriot Act), and the list goes on.

    I get it that there are writers and readers of this blog who are for corruption, that they worship anything the state does, that they like politicians like this crook, that they are for a centralized government that behaves like a police state to catch the “terrorists” while their own military (NOT in the name of freedom) invades country after country. I get it. But I am not like those writers, and only wish their were more patriots like myself who had a soapbox and if they were going to post something political, that they’d err on the side of supporting Freedom and the Constitution, instead of the corrupt ilk of Arlen Specter.

  51. ThomasJefferson
    4:19 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    #49…well said. We have become a nation of lemmings. Arlen Specter was a piece of shit who sold this country down the river on many an occasion.

  52. Censored in America
    4:44 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    You said it 49, Specter was political opportunist whose loyalties changed with the wind and was the poster boy for what is wrong with American politics.

  53. skullanbonesdiss
    5:10 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    47.,,not even a nice try, it is called reading, listening and logical comprehension, I would suggest you try it but from your stellar remarks it is apparent you are not capable…enjoy the Orwellian world lemmings like you have created!

  54. skullanbonesdiss
    5:18 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Last but not least: “These Guys”