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Bobby Bonilla’s Wednesday News and Views

I know what you’re thinking.  Hitting you this early with a surprise shot of a Donruss Diamond King is probably a little too much to handle and the tears that will surely pour over that baseball card collection that went missing years ago might get you off to a rough start.  I apologize.  What I won’t apologize for, though, is starting your Wednesday off with a celebration of former Major Leaguer Roberto Martin Antonio Bonilla, who turns 48 Wednesday.  The man they call “Bobby” is remembered for forming the last feared Pittsburgh Pirates team, along with names like Barry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke, Doug Drabek, Don Slaught, Jeff King, Jose Lind, Mike LaValliere, Stan Belinda, Bob Walk…you get the point.  But, merely being a part of an impressive team isn’t good enough to get you top billing here.  Instead, we’ll celebrate the way Bonilla was able to beat the system and turn a disappointing Mets career into a lucrative lifetime of unearned cash.  Just over a decade ago, Bonilla’s $5.9 million contract was bought out by the Mets with the agreement that he would receive just under $1.2 million per year between 2011 and 2035.  After 10 years of waiting, the pudgy former infielder is now getting set to return to the Mets’ payroll July 1st and cash an annual seven-figure check for the next 25 years.  For that, we salute him this morning.  Don’t get any ideas, BTI.

Now onto a few UK notes…

 – What was once the most daunting road trip in the SEC and guaranteed must-see basketball between two of the nation’s elite programs is now simply another shot for Kentucky to win a road game and break free of the funk that has plagued their conference schedule.  After playing an encouragingly complete game against South Carolina Saturday, Kentucky again faces an opponent who offers little in terms of comparable talent, allowing the Cats to challenge themselves again to play a full 40 minutes in a hostile environment.  On Tuesday, Coach Cal was asked why his team seemed to play better the last two games.  He said it was because they were at home.  Considering they haven’t won a road game in over a month, the logic seems to be there.  Wednesday’s game seems to be set up nicely for a much needed victory away from Lexington.

 – If the Cats are going to leave Fayetteville with a win and cruise comfortably beyond the seven-point spread, they’ll have to do it with an improved perimeter defense against a team that loves to shoot the three.  The Hogs have a handful of guys who shoot the ball well from downtown, but Rotnei Clarke is unquestionably the most important piece of their offense.  He’s also a player that the Cats can easily shut down.  Clarke’s scoring has been up-and-down in conference play, though he’s heated up from downtown in the last two contests and nearly doubled his 13.8 ppg average.  The Cats have the luxury of putting throwing a number of defenders at him who can deny him the ball or have the athleticism and length to make it difficult for him to get good looks.  It’s the same way that Florida defended him and he went scoreless in 28 minutes.  If Kentucky can make it difficult for him, it will be troublesome for the Razorbacks to score enough points to be competitive.

 – There is a jinx alert, however.  Eddie Sutton will be at the game.  Kentucky never beat the Razorbacks while he was coaching the Cats.  Of course, they never played.  Still, the jinx alert remains high.

 – With no game on the schedule for the Cats Tuesday, it brought one of the most ridiculous arguments of recent memory to the forefront as the four 2011 commitments issued a joint statement about their decision to pass over the Derby City Classic after criticism seemed to grow.  The fact that they took the time to issue a statement at all speaks volumes about their respect for the program and the fans, but the feeling that they even needed to do so is absurd.  Matt talked about this at length already and noted all of the advantages of playing in the more prestigious national games, but it should also be noted that their decisions about which all-star exhibitions to play in is also essentially the last choice they’ll get to make for themselves in the next 1-4 years as a college player.  Complaining because a kid’s choice to fulfill a dream and do what they want to do because it adversely impacts your ability to see them in person a few months early is just plain stupid.  Don’t be stupid.

 – Don’t look now, folks, but the Cats are sitting pretty in their quest for the #2 seed in the SEC Tournament after Tennessee knocked off Vanderbiltat Memorial Gym.  The Cats and Commodores are now tied in losses, with Vandy holding a temporary tie-breaker.  However, if the Cats can go 2-1 down the stretch with a win against the Commodores on Senior Night, they will possess the bye.  Jorts Day just became even bigger.

 – I hope they savor the victory through the night because Wednesday is going to be an unpleasant day to be a part of that athletic program.  The NCAA’s to Tennessee outlining their infractions will be made public Wednesdayand, according to ESPN, Bruce Pearl is going to be hit the hardest in findings that will include his program, as well as the Vols’ football and baseball team.  The ESPN report says that Tennessee will go in front of the infractions committee in June and Pearl’s punishment will not be known until later in the summer.  If it’s as bad as expected and results in teh head coach’s firing or a suspension of a year or more, the late decision could become even more costly the closer it gets to the season.  Hope it was worth it.

 – If Pearl is fired or suspended, it is believed that he will be living in a van down by the river.  (via @bubbaprog)

 – Tuesday evening, the Courier-Journal’s Rick Bozich wrote that Steve Masiello could be the next coach at Western Kentucky.  Hahahaha…..Masiello could potentially….hahahaha…..can you imagine….hahahaha….selling tickets….hahahahaha…..bed head….hahahaha….what a douche….hahahaha

That’s it for now.  Stick around throughout the day as we get you all set for the Razorbacks and let the excitement build until a Live Blog at 7:30.  As usual, the fun gets going on Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am on Talk Radio 1080.  In the meantime, in Fake Gimel’s honor, try to figure out which Star Wars character is living inside Steve Spurrier.

steve-spurrier-daytona via SportsByBrooks

See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

67 Comments for Bobby Bonilla’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. Chris Thomas
    11:31 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    The ‘champagne of coaches’

  2. Whatshouldido?
    11:31 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    That pic should be NSFW

  3. SexnNursinHomes
    11:33 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Spurrier needs a breast job. Like ASAP

  4. Shawn
    11:34 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    UK Is not tied with Vandy unless they win their game tomorrow. Reguardless of tiebreakers 7-5 still Is a half game behind 8-5.

  5. WildCobb Salad
    11:37 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

  6. macon_volfan
    11:38 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    That’s totally from the 1988 Donruss series. I got whole set from my uncle on Christmas. Still at my parents house. Probably worth a cool $50 now for the entire set…..

  7. Shawn
    11:40 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Macon I got the same set for Christmas myself. I wasnt too attached to the commons that came In that set so I thru them away. Still have all the cards from the superstars though.

  8. macon_volfan
    11:41 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    or 1989. and it’s worth a cool $13 on amazon. I think my uncle paid more for it in 1989.

  9. Shawon
    11:41 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    TJ – Didn’t UK beat an Eddie Sutton-coached Arkansas team in the 1978 Final Four?

    Nice pic of Shirtless Spurrier! Gag.

  10. Rob Bromley
    11:42 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t care how you look at it……..Steve Masiello is a real prick and he deserves nothing but complete failure.

  11. Shawn
    11:43 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Macon, they sold them at the dollar store for like 10 bucks back then. So you got a $3 return on his investment lol.

  12. Busterqbundy
    11:43 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky beat an Eddie Sutton coached Arkansas team in the NCAA tournament in 1978. You stand corrected sir.

  13. JuJu
    11:44 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Why does everyone hate Masiello so bad? Yeah he played for UK and Is now coaching at UL. Is that the only reason?

  14. Thomas Beisner
    11:44 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    I meant while he was the coach of Kentucky. Should have made that more clear.

  15. lexkyman
    11:44 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Not so sure about a Star Wars character, but that gut could pass for a Yip Yip

  16. GoCats2
    11:44 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah Macon I am disappointed in you that is definitely 89. You are correct also in saying in 89 the set probably cost you about 30. That was the gold rush years of the baseball card industry.
    How about some love for Patterson? Career night on his first night back after visiting Rupp, coincidence?

  17. PattersonFan
    11:46 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Beis, I can not believe you didnt mention P Pats big game tonight against the heat. Shame on you…

  18. Really?
    11:49 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Is that a picture of the dour Americans murdered by the pirates?

  19. 4-8-15-16-23-42
    11:50 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    I have about 30 copies of that Bonilla card…Fake Gimel back in the fold?? It’s about time!!

  20. Thomas Beisner
    11:51 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    17, I have about 350 posts to make tomorrow. I’m keeping that one in the back pocket. Let’s keep that between us and hope no one else noticed.

  21. uk97
    11:51 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    13- he is a d-bag….you’ll just have to trust me on that.

  22. 11087
    11:51 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing about Patterson?

  23. old_school
    11:52 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    You’re making light of four Americans killed? The internet has really lowered humanity a few notches!

  24. Scott in ATL
    11:52 pm February 22, 2011 Permalink

    Spurrier has eaten Jar Jar Binks….no doubt about it!!

  25. Mattius00
    12:00 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    In that set, the Griffey Jr., Sheffield, Johnson, and Schilling Rookies make up the entire value of the set.

  26. Epps2Shep
    12:07 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    taking the UK loss hard obviously

  27. BPsycho
    12:08 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Foley gif is ******** genius.

  28. Eloy Po' Boy
    12:09 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Nice! The banquet beer!!

  29. trav
    12:11 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Juju, believe me, maseillo is a huge prick.. i have a story too long to write on here but suffice to say if what goes around truly comes around, stand clear of that d bag. He’s due a lot of negative. I wish he never played at uk and i dont say that about anyone

  30. R U Fo Real
    12:12 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    23. go away. nobody likes you.

  31. WKU hilltopper
    12:15 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    The WKU job isn’t open?

  32. level 9 pissed
    12:15 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Nice tits!

  33. Sy Snootles
    12:18 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

  34. Rob Bromley
    12:26 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    13_ I am just one of many UK fans that can attest to the true, [email protected]$$, good for nuthin, prick @$$ munchkin land dweller that Masiello truly is.

    This from inside the huddle.

  35. BPsycho
    1:25 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Did Steve Masiello really tag Anna Burns?

  36. Women Everywhere
    1:33 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Ole Ball Coach needs a training bra.

  37. Rich
    2:21 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    UK needs to finish 3-1 and beat Vandy…and Georgia has to go 2-2 and then we finish 2nd in the East.

    If all 3 teams finish 10-6 then UK will be 3rd. The 1st tiebreaker would be W/L in games among the 3 teams. If Vandy finishes 2-1 and we finish 3-1 with the loss being to FL/UT but winning against Vandy, then Vandy would be 3-1 in GA/UK games and we would be 2-2…tiebreaker goes to Vandy.

    If UK/Vandy tie at 10-6 then we win b/c of better record in the East, that is, if we beat them at Rupp.

    Or we could simply win all 4 games and that would settle that.

  38. Rich
    2:25 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    I’m really hoping for a 4-0 finish. This team can do it. We should handle Ark and win both home games especially considering we only lost by 2 to FL and Vandy. If we play good defense and Jenkins doesn’t pull a Jodie Meeks on us…we’ll win. I’m not real scared of FL…

  39. martinbluther
    2:28 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Spurrier is… Booba Fatt.

  40. AKA cold buckets
    2:30 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    PPat did the damn thing tonight. Sounds like he took over in the 4th to get them the win.

  41. iWantToGrowUpAndBeTheDrewFranklin
    3:14 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Eddie Sutton will stumble onto the court at halftime hammered like Shooter from Hoosiers.

  42. Not_old_school
    3:28 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    23) Here’s a thought for some late night fun: Put on your best Red & Black sweat suit and go jogging across the Watterson.

  43. gawdi
    5:47 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    96 Denim Uniforms for Jorts Senior Day !!!!!!!

  44. bluesince66
    6:12 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Old school does deserve to have his chops busted most of the time, but I do have to agree with him on this comment.

  45. Gator Chomp
    6:25 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    We are going to sweep you [email protected] Billy D > Coach Cal. Billy has two national championships and Cal has two vacated final fours.

  46. WildcatsOne
    6:40 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Okay. Apparently Spurrier is holding something in his hand that only a nerd would recognize. What is it exactly?

    On the other hand…Spurrier needs a “Bro”

  47. bluesince66
    6:43 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    46 I hope you didn’t hurt your brain coming up with that original comment. Best I can remember Cal’s 2-1 against Donovan as UKs’ head coach.

  48. Boggie
    7:17 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    I am strangely drawn to the photo of Spurrier…don’t judge me!

  49. Fake Gimel
    7:18 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Hey, what happened to the blurb about me that was here earlier?

  50. Al's IndiCats
    8:04 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Eddy will be at the game? I kinda wonder if Sean will be there giving him his Meds.

  51. tenacious_j
    8:15 am February 23, 2011 Permalink


  52. JimmyDykesSchtick
    8:19 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    bobby bo-nil-lee-ya if you’re “the ol’ left-hander” … bobby bo-nee-ya if you aren’t

  53. NotTheSlickistRick
    8:21 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    48) Doubtful that he is actually a gator fan. More likely a disgruntled filthy Tardinal fan. They are all in an uproar with the fact that our recruits are skipping the Derby Classic.

    After reading about 50 of their asinine comments I posted the following on the CJ site this morning:

    I love it that these players are already driving Cawd fans into a delusional state even more irrational than their norm.
    Try to worry about your own recruiting class, which if historical trends hold will have about 80% actually enroll.
    Also you might worry about your transfer not breaking any more baby mama’s backs.
    UK fans are fine with decision and wish the best for these recruits. Ual fans are simply afraid that the lack of UK recruits will ensure the lowest attendance ever at one of these games and expose the Tardinal Nation (county) as the loud mouthed drunken louts that they are.

  54. JimmyDykesSchtick
    8:32 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    bobby bo-nill-lee-yah if you’re the old left hander

  55. BrandonstocktonsmustacheisnowAnthonydavis'unibrow
    8:40 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    In tonights game honoring Eddie Sutton they will be trying Gillespie cam. It will be slightly blurred and shaky and will miss a lot of the action due to focusing in on coed cleavage.

  56. RealSECbreakdown
    8:54 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    After TN’s win last night, the 2nd seed is not locked up if UK goes 3-1 (w/ loss @TN). TN has only MS St, @S.Car, and KY remaining; Vandy has @LSU, @KY, and Fla remaining. Assuming UK beats all but TN on the way out, and assuming TN wins out (which they should outside of UK game) and Vandy losses to UK and Fla at home (Root for Fla), UK, TN, and Vandy finish at 10-6 in SEC. The tiebreaker for a 3-team tie is based upon a comparison of each team’s records against the other two tied teams. Between UK, TN, and Vandy, UK would be 2-2, Vandy would be 1-3, and TN would be 3-1. TN wins tiebreaker and gets 2nd seed in the East. This is why everyone should have been rooting for Vandy last night afterall. GO CATS!!

  57. TommyTurtlenecksPitstains
    9:03 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Spurier needs to put those moobs away, however the coors original is awesome. Who doesn’t love the banquet beer?

  58. BlueFins
    9:07 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Masiello is a d-bag and the illegitimate son of one Rick Pitino. Can you imagine the spawn Rick would have had with Sypher had it not shot it on his leg?

    As for this stupid two bit Derby festival game, has anyone even been to one of these? Even the festival organizers don’t give it much thought, they have removed “Kentucky” from the whole festival.

  59. bluesince66
    9:14 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    57 I understand your breakdown, but you’re putting an awful lot of faith in a very inconsistent Tennessee team. I like our chances. I can see UT overlooking South Carolina at SC and getting beat.

  60. bluesince66
    9:17 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve been to two Festival games and am going this year just to see the Yum Center. Went when Orton, Bledsoe, and Hood played, and when Maglore played.

  61. thehag
    9:23 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Where’s the love for PPat???? Career High and won the game????

  62. Rich
    9:41 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Admiral ackbar! Admiral ackbar!!!!

  63. bluetooth
    9:58 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    ole ball coach in a transition time … soon will be the first transgender coach in the sec

    10:38 am February 23, 2011 Permalink


  65. Nassau65
    11:16 am February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Coors? doesn’t surprise me. mop water.

  66. load testing
    7:01 pm February 23, 2011 Permalink

    Coors causes moobs