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Blue Notes


Well, here we are (again). Another road loss, another dreary sky, another day of dealing with obnoxious rival fans while, at the same time, trying to figure out what went wrong and what can be fixed with this team. With that said, let’s all take a step back and wipe off the tears/fix that hole in the wall. Take a seat, lay down, and push play on some good ‘blue’ music to help you cope with today. After a good wallowing, we can all move on with our lives and hope the team does something similar as they close out the season.

* Elvis – Kentucky Rain: A twitter follower said it best with, “It’s raining in Lexington today because God hates when Kentucky loses” (via @thereallordbyro). The day after a loss always strings. It hurts even worse when we had our hopes that this team was ‘road ready’ possibly for the first time, only to have those hopes shot in the foot.

* Joni Mitchell – Blue: I certainly feel blue today. I am sad we lost and disappointed in went down in near identical fashion to every other disappointing road loss. In fact, I am so sad that I might write and record an entire folk album about my blueness. Excuse me while I light this candle and get emo by refusing to roll out of bed.

* Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee): Okay, well… I thought about it for a while. It is just silly for me to be this upset over a basketball game, and this song reminds me that being blue can be really goofy and odd to those not experiencing it.

* Animal Collective – Bluish: I came to my senses, but I am not over it. I went from ‘blue’ down to merely ‘bluish’.

* B. B. King – The Thrill is Gone: No Blue Notes is complete without some blues music. B.B. shouts a phrase that we all feel at one point in our lives; “the thrill is gone”. This mirrors the feeling of ‘malaise’ that Matt and others have discussed as floating around the fanbase and program. This team came out looking strong, but the road woes have really bogged us down and makes us question whether there is any thrill left in watching this team. Despite this crossing my mind, I know these Cats have some thrill left in them.

* Stevie Ray Vaughan – The Things That I Used To Do: The legend goes like this: the gods invented blues and handed it down to the African-American population, who perfected it. Then, white people stole the blues. Eventually, Stevie Ray Vaughan, as a non-human entity, took it back and then delivered it back to the gods upon his death. The struggles of this year’s team make me think back to last years team and the ‘things that they used to do’; such as rolling through the SEC with only two losses, and whipping bad teams on the road with heart and passion. But, as we have harped on all year, comparing this year’s team to last year’s is just a way to cause yourself unnecessary frustration. If we want to compare ‘things we used to do’ and feel good about where we are now, then we need only look back two years ago when we missed the NCAA tournament under Gillispie.

* Ben Sollee – How To See The Sun Rise: Ben Sollee (accompanied here by the great Craig Wagner), apart from being an amazing local musician from Lexington, really puts certain emotions into words/song well. Here, he provides us with a hopeful message we can all grasp onto going into the final stretch of the season.

Article written by Chris Thomas

16 Comments for Blue Notes

  1. Joe Dirt
    5:02 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones got beat up by Brian Brohm. Thats funny.

  2. UKreal
    5:06 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    so…now that Lamb has left, 5 man rotation?

  3. Max Cady
    5:15 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    What’s up with Lamb?

  4. duhville cat
    5:18 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    2) Yeah, …. at your mom’s house.

  5. reel
    5:19 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    i’m just going to say this to say it, when it first came out that there was in issue with bledsoe, it was ignored, until it was Thamel-ed…now the rumors are out about team dissent, etc, centering on Lamb, just saying … smoke?…he has made it known apparently he wants to go pro asap … but if true, what are his chances of making a leap w/o UK .. he certainly isn’t going to sit out a year and transfer if he wants to go to the lg so badly

  6. reel
    5:19 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    @4 NICE!

  7. thomas thompson
    5:24 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Every picture tells a story so make the best out of a bad joke and laugh it off. Rod Stewart

  8. NBA league pass
    5:25 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    5) I wouldn’t be surprised if Lamb goes pro if he wants to go that badly. he’ll be a late second round pick from what I’ve seen. I think the chance of Lamb leaving is the reason we’re going so hard after Lacey.

  9. bung
    5:29 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    lamb looked good at recess today

  10. Jim
    5:42 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    My comment didn’t show up so I’m posting it here…again…

    With John Wall we were spoiled.

    In close games, he would take over…
    We’d spread the floor and he would drive and get a basket, get fouled or find the open man. He didn’t shoot 3’s as well as Knight, didn’t shoot FTs as well as Knight but he didn’t go 8/23 or 1/8 from 3 ever…

    But he took games over…

    Neutral game – Miami OH, Wall’s first game — game winning shot
    Neutral game Stanford Game – Wall scored our final 4pts to send it to OT
    MSG – UConn – Wall scored 6 of 7 of our final pts including a 3pt play with 31 seconds left
    home UNC – Wall hits 2 FT’s with 30seconds to go…to ice the game…(UNC did hit a 3 as time expired)
    @Vandy he scored our last 5pts and had a legendary block
    Miss St. SEC championship game, he scored 7 of our 11 pts in OT

    Translation — Wall was/is phenomenal.

    Matter of fact, no one ever had 23 attempts last year. But that isn’t all Brandon’s fault, Cal should have played Lamb more…

    “I think we’ve got two guys when the game is on the line they are not afraid to make plays, which bodes well for us,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “You saw once again that late in the game I’m not calling a timeout. I don’t need to be a hero, let those guys be the hero.”

    Well Cal, that is not the case this year. Take a damn timeout. Draw up a play. BE A COACH.

  11. Taxi Cab driver
    5:45 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Doron Lamb wants me to take him home. He said he’s done with this F’ing place. Where should I take him???? He bugs me… I can’t tell if he’s staring at me or not…. creepy.

  12. Jim
    5:47 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    That quote was after the Stanford game last year.

  13. rodneikneerod
    6:07 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink


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  15. David
    8:56 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    “Gods” (Stevie Ray Vaughn paragraph) should be written with a small g,(gods)……as in false idols, not with a capital G, as many people forget to use when referring to our heavenly father. Thank you.

  16. 4-8-15-16-23-42
    9:54 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I can definitely dig the Animal Collective….awesome band