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Beer’s Tuesday News and Views

It’s been almost exactly 35 years since Rupp Arena opened its doors and welcomed in the Kentucky basketball program.  Over the course of the 520 games played inside the arena since, there have been countless players that have stolen the show and captured the hearts of the most die-hard Kentucky fans.  Monday night, the biggest name in the building was beer.  The Kentucky Pros team was sponsored by Bud Light and fans were given the opportunity to purchase the beverage at Rupp Arena, pleasing at least the 150 or so people who have emailed us over the past few weeks asking that one simple question.  I’m not saying that the beer is why the crowd was so fired up or why so many people were tweeting that the refs were hearing a few select word not fit for repeating, but I don’t think it hurt.  Feel free to give it another run tonight in Louisville. 

A few UK notes…

 – Right from the start, it was clear that this wasn’t our typical exhibition game.  If there was any chance that having Calipari on the bench was going to give the Dominican team and their familiar names a free pass from the Rupp Arena crowd, it dissolved the second they stepped on the court.  Francisco Garcia and Edgar Sosa were booed passionately by the Lexington faithful and Al Horford got the same treatment, though he playfully responded with a Gator chomp.  The Kentucky Pros team was welcomed like returning heroes and the spectacle created an NBA playoff-like atmosphere that, according to Calipari, blew veteran NBA coach Del Harris away.  It was a big-time start to what turned out to be a very competitive game (more on that in a second) in front of a wild crowd.  Let’s hope that type of energy from the start can be duplicated when the actual team takes the court this season.

 – When the game was announced several weeks ago, it was billed to be more than just a way for Calipari’s national team to practice.  Cal said he expected the Kentucky Pros to come out and play hard in front of the Rupp crowd and that’s exactly what he got.  Though the defense was suspect for the most part (that tends to happen when teams are just thrown together), neither team was prepared to walk out of that arena with a loss.  The Cats opened with Tayshaun Prince knocking down a pair of threes and Jodie Meeks getting one of his own and the competitive fire continued throughout.  DeMarcus Cousins played nasty the entire game and battled anyone and everyone that came within elbow distance, including Sacramento teammate Francisco Garcia, who got a little toss from Boogie in the second half.  Even when the Pros team was down by double digits, John Wall flashed back to that 2009-10 form and tried to will his team to victory.  With both teams playing so hard, it made it easier for the crowd to stay involved in the game and made it a night to remember for the fans that were in attendance.

 – I guess we should start by congratulating all University of Louisville fans, who are apparently treating a victory by John Calipari’s team as their greatest sporting accomplishment in recent memory.  The game wasn’t even over yet when the trolls came to play in the comments section, ready to celebrate a pair of former Cards finally benefitting from decent coaching.  In all seriousness, though, I’m not sure anyone should have expected a different outcome than what we saw Monday.  The Dominican team is made up of professional players that have been together for two years and took on a team that got together the day before and was coached by an 82-year old man that retired 26 years ago.  So why are you so excited about Calipari’s team winning?  Because you’re little brother, that’s why. 

 – Even in defeat, having Joe B. Hall as a part of the event was simply fantastic.  Getting the chance to serve as an honorary coach was a tremendous honor for Hall and having his close friend on his staff meant it was a great night for him to return to the sidelines.  After the game, he joked that it was past his bedtime and worried that he’d be hung in effigy today across town for losing the game.  It wasn’t too long ago that it looked like he would not be able to participate in these two exhibition games, but John Calipari found a way to make it happen and Hall’s presence was yet another reason why the night was so special to Kentucky fans.

 – Joe B. Hall wasn’t the only person who felt honored by being welcomed back to Rupp Arena as the former UK players also lumped tons of praise on Coach Cal for setting up the game.  Keith Bogans said he didn’t think he would ever get the chance to play on the Rupp Arena floor again and Tayshaun Prince summed it up by saying, “Calipari is special. He’s special in every sense of the word.”  For all of the things Cal has done to create a bright future and formidable present for Kentucky basketball, his appreciation of the history and willingness to embrace it has been fantastic.  Only a handful of schools have the following and former players to consider putting something like this together, but none of them have Calipari.  Like Prince said, he’s special.

 – There’s still one more game to go in the exhibition series, but the postgame attention already turned to whether or not this type of thing should become an annual affair.  Nearly all of the players involved were directly quoted as saying they’d love to participate in an annual alumni game and given the success of Monday night’s display in Lexington, that possibility seems real.  Just imagine that instead of eight former UK players returning, there were 16-20 former Cats taking the floor and giving some big time basketball for the Wildcat faithful.  It might be harder to do contractually and logistically when there’s not an NBA lockout taking place, but there’s at least a chance that it could happen again in the future.

 – At this point, it appears that Eloy Vargas is going to be spending the summer in Lexington with his college teammates.  John Calipari said a few weeks ago that Eloy would not make the trip unless he was able to crack the rotation and give minutes and he did not do that Monday.  Even with Charlie Villanueva out of the game with an injury, Eloy didn’t enter the game until there was less than a minute and a half left on the clock and got welcomed in a very rude way by DeMarcus Cousins.  He might get an extended opportunity Tuesday in Lexington, but as of now, it looks like it’s going to be a Lexington summer for Eloy.  And considering the Cats have big plans for this season and Eloy could become a factor in those plans, that might not be a bad thing for him or the team.

 – His 29 points will probably be the headline, but Edgar Sosa also had nine fouls.  It was an unfortunate line for Sosa and the fans at Rupp, who were eligible for a free Papa John’s topping if he reached ten.  Keep trying, Edgar.  There’s always Tuesday.

That’s it for now.  Make sure you stick around all day as we recap an incredible evening at Rupp and get you all geared up for round two in Louisville.  As is the usual, Matt Jones will get things going with Kentucky Sports Radio at 10 am on Talk Radio 1080.  We’ll try not to mess it up from there.  See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

52 Comments for Beer’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Prolly not
    11:54 pm August 15, 2011 Permalink


  2. Prolly not
    11:55 pm August 15, 2011 Permalink

    I was first, now I’m second.

  3. GoCats2
    12:00 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    I am sure a great time was had by all and it only makes me wonder why UK does not figure out a way to play basketball all year round. Ok fine if you just want to have one or two games in the summer thats okay too. But as all diehard UK fans know, basketball season should never actually end.

  4. ??
    12:01 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone know who the two kids were on the front row across from the Legends bench sitting near Calipari’s wife were ???

  5. Cat fan
    12:07 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    5th! Lol.

  6. TD
    12:09 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    One hell of a night for Cal and Kentucky basketball fans! Rupp packed to the rafters in August! Crazy, exciting atmosphere, former Kentucky players who never dreamed they’d play in Rupp again, UK fans that never dreamed they’d ever see those guys play again in Rupp. A couple of legendary coaches who never though they’d coach in Rupp again and fans who got to see it and some of us who passionately follow our Cats have never been in lower arena for a game. I hope the Dominican team succeeds and hope that we get to see more UK alumni players in Rupp playing again, in the future! Way to go Cal, again! I am thrilled to be alive during the Cal term as coach… what an incredible time to be a Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan!

  7. Cousins Fake Teeth
    12:10 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Vargas = 1 minute, 4 points, 1 foul, 1 rebound, 0 turnovers. Not a bad line IMO.

  8. Cousins Fake Teeth
    12:10 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    4) Ones next to WWW? Would like to know as well, I couldnt make them out very well

  9. ??
    12:16 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    8… Is that who that was ?? WWW ?

  10. Good Times
    12:16 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Best part of the night….. Dominican starting lineup…. Sosa (crowd boos) Garcia (crowd boos) Holford (crowd boos) next guy everyone cheers. Hilarious! Coach Cal and the Kentucky guys got a big laugh out of that and Sosa just threw his hands up like what the hell. That’s what you get for being a card and a gator when you come to Rupp. Really fun night and a great present for my bday!

  11. BradUKfan
    12:16 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    UL fans have to try to find a way to be apart of BIG BLUE NATIONS NIGHT, that’s why they are coming out and trolling! It’s pure jealously

    Fact is this was a night of celebration of two things 1) UK basketball and 2) Big Blue Nations part in helping the Dominican Republic build a basketball program

    It was a GREAT NIGHT!!

    and thanks to Calipari Edgar Sosa might have a chance to now fulfill his dreams of playing in the NBA…the dream that “Pitino First” tried to ruin.

    Great Night for UK and Dominican basketball! I’m very proud that Big Blue Nation can be a big part in building a countries program (something UL fans will never be apart of)

    How about Calipari? He “Gets it”!

    and he can’t be beat in Rupp

    what a great coach

  12. BradUKfan
    12:19 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    www is always at events with Calipari. He even works at Cal’s basketball camps around the state and in Lexington during the Summer.

    Why is he so out there now? Because he can now be out there in the open bc there is noting he has done wrong. Now he can just be himself.

    It’s not like he was a runner or anything like Tim Fuller (whom UL hired without any real coaching experience)

  13. BradUKfan
    12:21 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    anyways, what a great night and celebration of the greatest program in college basketball!

    Thanks Calipari for putting this event on and lets hope it’s a yearly event

    really enjoyed it

  14. CATS
    1:06 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    8) I believe one of them was Jason Thompson from the Kings.

  15. Jennifer
    1:12 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Since I am both a Kentucky AND Louisville fan (yeah we’re out there), I think it’s safe to say the majority of Louisville fans (99 percent) didn’t even know this game was being played, or if they did, could care less. Your handful of trolls, the one percent, are always going to come out of the woodwork, from every fan base, UK included, for events like these. We all know that.

    The UK Pros would have probably won had they even a tiny bit of prep time and getting the right line-ups on the floor. Playing Wall and Rondo together was just plain dumb, neither can shoot. It was a good night of fun for all. Glad I went. And how can anyone not like Garcia? What a baller. Sosa, I can understand how he’s a turn-off, but Garcia is what hoops is all about, and should be appreciated, even if he went to Louisville.

  16. Baby Fatt Jones
    1:29 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Loving all of the excuses and the way Kentucky fans are trying to twist this to not be embarrassing. You got beat. By 18. By Garcia and Sosa. Deal with it.

  17. wd
    1:58 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    These games are worthless.

  18. frizzle
    1:58 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    16 – Yep, we got beat. By a team led by our coach making players from other schools look like unrealized superstars. With our only current player on the winning team.

    With Denny Crum on the losing bench.

    Wait, what was your point?

  19. Rest in peace Mel Turpin
    2:01 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    #16 Baby Fatt – You lost to Morehead State. That’s got to still be eating at you.

  20. Rest in peace Mel Turpin
    2:14 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Cards, do you realize that UK leads the series with UL by 28 to 14?

  21. dontgoanywhere
    3:08 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville bragging about winning with our coach–how cute

  22. Buckets
    3:16 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    15 – U of L fans don’t know this game was going on? LMMFAO!!! Get a clue, lady!!

  23. Irishhooliganx
    6:15 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Had Sosa and Garcia played for Cal their pro careers would have been a lot different.
    3 stacks quelled their chances at great success.
    Not that Sosa is a superstar.

    Horford was always a baller.

    I love reading that all three were booed.
    BBN might let you play on our floor with our coach,
    but you don’t get a pass.

  24. BowelMovement
    6:22 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    There are a ton of hicks making excuses for the supposed “UK Legends.” I love the excuse that the uofl players were being coached by Cal, so that is why they have improved. Last time I checked Garcia has a 20 million dollar deal with the Kings and it has nothing to do with Cal or his gut. Sosa will likely make the Hornets roster when the lockout ends. Some coaches have to actually recruit players on their own. They don’t have a pimp/agent hadning delivering players. No need to get your mullets in a bunch. “The legends” were beaten by 2 cards and a gator. The fact that you had to get a third loan on your pickup to go to the game is no reason to get upset.

  25. BowelMovement
    6:28 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    There are a ton of hicks making excuses for the supposed “UK Legends.” I love the excuse that the uofl players were being coached by Cal, so that is why they have improved. Last time I checked Garcia has a 20 million dollar deal with the Kings and it has nothing to do with Cal or his gut. Sosa will likely make the Hornets roster when the lockout ends. Some coaches have to actually recruit players on their own. They don’t have a pimp/agent hadning delivering players. No need to get your mullets in a bunch. “The legends” were beaten by 2 cards and a gator. The fact that you had to get a third loan on your pickup to go to the game is no reason to get upset. No need to cry.

  26. Naitch-a-boy
    6:35 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Wooooo! Coach Cal is the best thing going………..Tuday!

  27. Cale Barr
    6:44 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    #25 Perfect name for yourself. You are a Bowel Movement.

    Probably the biggest myth in recruiting today is that WWW delivers players. Oh and what was Tim Fuller supposed to be. Just didn’t quite work for Rick. Its all about the head coach and dealing with the guys that deal with these young players. If you believe anything else you just have no clue what you’re talking about.

  28. SexnNursinHomes
    6:57 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    There was beer in Rupp???? no effin way. Beer in Rupp, huh? I’ll be damned..

  29. true blue through and through
    7:48 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hell, it looks like to me that Kentucky doesn’t even exist in Louisville.(If that makes any sense at all….and it doesn’t)We’ll see if they remember that big blue exists on 12/31/2011. I bet they will notice the little tiny blue school then. lol. Louisville fans… Give me a F***ing break please!!!!

    1. Calapari was coaching the winning team
    2. They have played together for 2 years and all players are pros
    3. Let the UK legends team play together for 2 weeks and there will be a way different outcome.
    4. Louisville is “little brother” and always will be
    5. Give up your dream that you will ever be better than us. It’s not gonna happen
    6. Quit stealing stuff!
    7. Stay out of jail so you can watch all the games. Then you might realize which team is really better.
    8. Tattoos are not as cool as they seem to you!
    9. Sosa might, maybe, possibly make the NBA… Come on!
    10. You can have a lot of fun in 15 seconds.

  30. BPsycho
    7:49 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    #28 Yes, yes there was…..

  31. SexnNursinHomes
    7:51 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    30- #FreeBeer

  32. Edgar Sosa
    8:28 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Now you know why I love playing for Coach Cal

    I can’t lie

    Because of Coach Cal I now might have a chance to reach my dream of the NBA

  33. Drexel Fans
    8:29 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    UL Trolls shouldn’t be saying anything

  34. Morehead St Fans
    8:30 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    #33 I agree

  35. uofl media guide
    8:33 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Where do we place this win? UofL win column, Pitino win column, or both?

  36. bluesince66
    8:37 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    The longer teams are together the better they get. It’s really pretty simple. As a UK fan I could give a crap who won last nights game. It was nice to see our former stars back, and the Dominican team may actually have a shot at making the Olympics, that would be pretty cool, our coach leading them there for the first time.

  37. TreyDay
    8:37 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Edgar Sosa getting a technical last night= Priceless.

  38. Kurt
    8:38 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Fact is, last night had nothing to do with UL nor their fans, and they can’t stand it. They want to be like UK so bad they will find any little thing to hang on.

    Fact is that last night as a celebration of UK basketball, Big Blue Nation, and the upstart Dominican Team. Nothing to do with UofLoL!

    It was a great August event that only could be pulled off when you have a fan base like Big Blue Nation and Coach Cal.

    Pitino and the UofLoL fans couldn’t pull anything like this off, not even close.

    For the UofLoL troll talking about street agents/runners, how do you think Tim Fuller made his name, got his start? Pitino basically hired a street agent when he hired Fuller. Why do you think you had several commitments that decommited when he left? Think about about it, if that’s possible

    Last night was a great night and a celebration of BBN

    I love that we can be apart in helping build basketball for an entire COUNTRY!!! Think about that!

    What a great night it was

    UofLoL fans just want to be apart of it so bad they got to find something to hang on too, that’s why they are UofLoL

  39. Terrence Jennings
    8:40 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Can I play for the Dominican team and coach Cal

    I really like to play in the NBA one day

    Help me Coach Cal like you have helped Edgar Sosa

  40. Mr. WhatYou'reReallyThinking
    8:42 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not sure i agree with the “neither team wanted to leave with a lose”…. My Pros folded up faster then Rex Ryan’s lawnchair after along day. It was like watching that part in Superman III when he loses all his powers.

  41. cracka
    9:09 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    are losers from other teams really on here trying to talk smack about the dom rep team winning? sosa had 29 and NINE fouls … are you kidding? the pros got to practice ONE time together and is a team thrown together with centers and guards, tayshaun was the only forward we had and he’s 31. the uk team didn’t have a coach or a gameplan.

    anyway … i dvr’d the game on directv after all the talk about how it wasn’t going to be on unless i bought some spanish package or whatever. the game was on ch 27 on my directv.

  42. Louisville Sucks
    9:23 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Here’s an idea UL ish talkers:

    The Pros want to play every year so I say we vote for a ten man roster for UK every year while UL fans vote for their ten man roster. There’s your annual state of Kentucky alumni game. One game is played in Rupp and one game is played in the Yum! Center. Boom. Louisville sucks again.

  43. FU of L
    9:26 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Really? There’s a troll named “Bowel Movement” talking junk on this forum? REALLY!? Bowel Movement fits this clown like a glove.

  44. FOADS
    10:16 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think it is funny how this has turned into a UK vs. UL thing. I was excited just to see he former Cats play in person again. The player introductions by themselves were worth the price of admission.

  45. Captain Obvious
    11:21 am August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Funny thing to me is that all of Louisville was supposedly oblivious to these games, but now that they can hang their collective hats on two alumni in the game, it became some kind of moral victory for the Dirty Birds? Little Brother personified……lol!

  46. Not an old person
    12:10 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    Really wish the crowds could be like that during an actual game. I mean all of this talk about a new arena doesnt mean jack if the season ticket holders dont get up off of their A$$. I know the season tickets holders give lots of $, but the real fans show up when the tickets are available to everyone! That place was nuts!

  47. It's a Celebration
    12:30 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    LOL @ the only way Cards fans can celebrate these days is with our coach coaching a national team with two UL alumni on it. Sosa has never looked better because he’s not being coached by Pitino but by a real coach that has a players first mentality and a system that plays to the player’s strengths. Garcia was always a good player but has gotten really good since leaving UL. What does that say about Pitino and UofLoL?? Ol’ Denny seemed to be enjoying himself in a real basketball atmosphere too. I’m sure he appreciates the way UL forced him out for Pitino.

  48. JDubbs1983
    12:34 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    You are right #46 OLD PEOPLE SUCK!!!! Yeah I said it and dont care what people think. I still beleive in the old adage “respect your elders” talk but……ok respect the program and get off your asses. They need to appreciate the opportunity they have and what all that hard work and bank roll got them. Die hard fans would give anything to sit where my wife and I got to sit last night. Sad thing is we know it will never happen again. Season ticket holders, scalpers, and students always get the good seats.

  49. Patrick
    5:57 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    What I think is funny is where do these Louisville fans think the next Horford, Garcia, or even Sosa is gonna wanna come play ball. Hint it ain’t gonna be for Ricky P. Plus these two that they are lauding today were getting bashed a few days ago. The DR team had all the advantages, and tbh there is no way they shouldn’t have won. Calipari is using this as motivation and confidence building. The pros looked at it as an exhibition/all star event. The DR team looked at it as opportunity. The outcome of tonight’s game should be close to the same.

  50. jefres
    6:35 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    kentucky legends are so weak that they got whoopt by 2 guys sosa and garcia…but hold up those 2 guys was whooping kensuckys ass on regular bases take that in rupp arena 2 cardinals shine in your face lol

  51. jefres
    6:51 pm August 16, 2011 Permalink

    stop hating…sosa and garcia had great game thas it ,,,he this he that you being a litle bitch simple as that

  52. true blue through and through
    12:17 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    jefres…By the way you spelled that stuff, there is no way you’re from anywhere but louisville!