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Boss’s Day’s Tuesday News and Views

Happy Boss’s Day!

Yep, it’s that time of the year when you show up to work empty-handed, only to find out that everyone else in the office brought coffee mugs, ties, and fancy ink pens to give to the head honcho. It’s National Boss’s Day 2012, the 55th of its kind.

It all started when Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary at State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, Illinois, created National Boss’s Day in 1958 in honor of her white-collar father, who she said helped all of his children with good advice throughout their careers. In honor of his birthday, Patricia registered the day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Four years later, National Boss’s Day was backed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, who officially proclaimed the day in 1962. The day quickly picked up steam across the country and is now observed in England, Australia and South Africa.

So, this is your reminder: Be nice to your boss today. If you feel like it.

 

I’m all drugged up (the legal kind; I’m sick) so let’s run through this before I pass out…

 Good news, basketball fans… Tickets for Kentucky’s first five home men’s basketball games will go on sale Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.  That’s Kentucky’s two exhibition games (Northwood, Nov. 1 and Transylvania, Nov. 5) and first three regular season home games (Lafayette, Nov. 16; Morehead State, Nov. 21; Long Island, Nov. 23). Tickets will first be available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Any tickets remaining after Tuesday evening’s sale will also be available to purchase through the UK Ticket Office on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Tickets made available are from the unsold student ticket allotment. Lower level tickets (based upon availability) will be $50 each and upper level tickets will be $42 each.

Also, tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on October 24th are still available.  Lower level tickets are $10 each and upper level tickets are $5 each.  Scrimmage tickets may be purchased through the UK Ticket Office (800.928.2287), Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) and Ticketmaster (800.745.3000).  Fans may also obtain scrimmage tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or at statewide Ticketmaster outlets.

  Switching over to football, the big news of the day is the status of Patrick Towles’ high-ankle sprain. In his Monday press conference, Joker Phillips said Towles has been upgraded from out to doubtful this weekend against Georgia. That’s news, right?

“He’s one that could now get up on his toes, and that’s usually a good sign when you have a high ankle sprain,” Joker told the media. “So we’ll take a look at it, probably about Wednesday, see what he can do.  He moved around a little bit, not great today.  But we’ll take a look at it tomorrow and Wednesday, also.”

With Georgia coming in as a 27-point favorite, there’s no need to try to push Towles out onto the field if he’s not back to 100%. Kentucky should stick with Whitlow and whatever happens, happens.

  Joker also talked about the decision to call the game in Fayetteville, one he originally opposed but caved once he realized the severity of the situation.

He said, “Originally, because we had so many young guys, I originally wanted to continue playing. But after you think about it, those guys had not eaten since two o’clock.  I don’t think the weather broke â€‘‑ it couldn’t have broke before we got off the ground, because the way the plane was shaking.  So it had to be â€‘‑ again, kind of tossed us around a little bit.”

“So you’re talking, you said one o’clock (in the morning)?  We then have to hold us until one o’clock â€‘‑ we called in Chick‑Fil‑A ‑‑ we called in for some sandwiches, and so we would have gotten fed, possibly.  But one, two o’clock, I think it would have been ridiculous to continue to play that game.”

You can talk experience for young guys, hunger, lightning and Chik-Fil-A sandwiches all day, but that game needed to be canceled to save UK further embarrassment. Arkansas was on pace to put up record-breaking numbers and there wasn’t a single person in Big Blue Nation who want to see that beatdown continue.

  The injuries have taken a huge toll on UK’s season, but the strength of schedule isn’t doing the team any favors, either. According to a release from the university, three BCS computer rankings have UK with the nation’s toughest schedule. UK took a look at the rankings, which were released Saturday, and Kentucky has played the nation’s toughest schedule according to Anderson and Hester, Colley Matrix and Massey ratings.  The Sagarin Ratings have UK at No. 5 in strength of schedule. (The Billingsley and Wolfe ratings do not display a strength of schedule.)

The seven teams that have played Kentucky have a combined record of 37-7, with three of the opponents still undefeated and three having only one loss. UK will play its fifth ranked opponent of the season Sunday when the Wildcats play host to the Georgia Bulldogs.  This is only the second time in school history that UK has played five ranked opponents in the first eight games.

  It was an ugly weekend for UK football, but there are a lot of good things to say about Kentucky basketball after yet another impressive Big Blue Madness. On Monday, Bryan Lee, the older brother of UK target Marcus Lee, told Rivals that Marcus and the Lee family were very impressed by the visit. He credited the timing of the visit — being in town with UK’s four commits from the class of 2013 and their families — as the reason why they enjoyed it so much. Marcus Lee will take an official visit to Cal next weekend and then we should expect to hear a decision very soon. If his tweets and Instagram uploads from Sunday night are any indication as to which school he’ll choose, Kentucky fans should get ready for another big commitment.

 Aaron Harrison Sr. told the Herald-Leader that Andrew and Aaron have known Marcus Lee since they were 8 or 9 years old and Lee has worked out with the twins a couple times in Texas over the past few summers. “He feels comfortable with him,” Papa Harrison said. “He sees what they have done (with their AAU teammate Derrick Griffin) and he feels like he can fit in very well with that.”

Come on down?

 With a potential commitment from Lee right around the corner, some fans are worried it’ll affect Julius Randle’s recruitment. Yes, it would have an effect, but it won’t kill UK’s chances. The power forward spot on Kentucky’s 2013-14 roster is Julius Randle’s if he wants it. Marcus Lee, though talented, isn’t going to cut into Randle’s minutes.

And on those rumors that Randle doesn’t want to play with the twins, Aaron Harrison Sr. told the Herald-Leader, “When they committed, Julius called them and he tweeted his congratulations. They’ve known him since they were 8 years old. His mother is a great lady, a really nice lady. All the reports that people heard are so far from the truth. They get along very well. They compete against each other, but then after the game’s over they hang around and talk.”

  Don’t forget, the first episode of the All-Access Kentucky will air Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN. The series will provide a never-before-seen perspective of the Wildcats preparation for the basketball season.  The episodes will chronicle teaching six new players the Kentucky system and trying to mold high school superstars into instant national champions, all while recruiting the class of 2013.  The cinéma vérité series will showcase what life can be like on a top-level collegiate basketball team, providing a unique window into the first step in building a national champion.

The series will be a trip inside the lives of Coach Cal, his staff and the players, the fight for playing time, what happens in the weight room, the inside jokes and pranks. All-Access Kentucky will highlight UK’s seemingly unrivaled ability to land top players and quickly build them into a cohesive team, as they try to repeat as national champion with four freshmen and no starters from the previous season.

(That was copied and pasted from the official press release, if you couldn’t tell. I would’ve described it as “that new Hard Knocks show about Kentucky that is going to be awesome as sh-t.”)

  Another programming note: Homeland is great. Watch it.

 

That’ll do it for now.

Cats.

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 Comments for Boss’s Day’s Tuesday News and Views



  1. tdogg40330
    11:13 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    heres a name that should be thrown into the football coaching mix, atleast as offensive Co

    http://www.texastech.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/brown_neal00.html



  2. Rick
    11:34 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Joker’s comments to the press anymore are always rambling, half-coherent at best, and only make sense if you’re at least half drunk. So I understood what he said perfectly. But a couple of hours ago I’d have been scratching my head saying, “I don’t know wtf he said, but damn, Chik-Fil-A sure sounds tasty.”



  3. Badams
    11:38 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Most services have Lee listed as a center so I think it will be ok. I know Cal is the hometown school, but he’d be crazy to pass on us. Just another talented player, one that may stick around ore than one year.



  4. Smart Alex
    11:47 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I looked up the term “add insult to injury”… It simply said PLAY TOWLES THIS YEAR



  5. Han
    12:10 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Regarding Homeland, I was so happy with how that episode ended. I was really worried they were going to cop out. You can’t have much of a series when your lead character is a complete basket case incapable of being involved in the plot.

    2) The point of the guys not having eaten was better than the experience one. Yeah, minutes are minutes, but there’s not a lot that can be gained in continuing a slaughter that you have no ability to address. This wasn’t a team that just got jumped on and forgot all their training. This is a bad team because the coaching staff has done a bad job. More plays and games aren’t going to suddenly change that. The playcalling is going to remain suspect, even if the players’ technique improves.



  6. Ktucky084
    12:19 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Roll Tide!!!!!



  7. SeaCat
    12:35 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Nice Quality post!
    Thanks, big guy



  8. War eagle
    1:29 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 6- WAR EAGLE!!!



  9. Amaze Pants
    2:11 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    So, according to Papa Harrison, the twins have known pretty much everyone since they were 8.



  10. UKus2012
    2:40 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    If we get Lee, it’s shouldnt affect Randle one bit.



  11. [email protected]
    6:29 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Now here is a formula for bad results: 1. Historic UK Football Tradition, + 2. Toughest Schedule in Nation, + 3. Inept Coaching Staff, + 4. Multiple Injuries = A Really, Really, Really Bad Season.



  12. Beavis
    6:42 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    A tough schedule has nothing to do with the players being out of position on D,,,offensive play calling,,,defensive play calling,,,,etc. That’s poor coaching. The players we have should be at least competitive on the field. Are we going to lose to top ten teams,,,more than likely,,, yes. Should we look like we never have played a game ? Ray Charles could see the problem with UK football.



  13. Joe
    6:54 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Oh I see, now Mitch will try to keep the Joker because of a tough schedule. Well, guess what Sherlock, it is that way every year in the SEC? I bet you Mitch brings Joker back and UK fans will endure yet another year of losing.



  14. James K
    7:27 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    I like the copy you wrote for All-Access better, Drew.

    Also, saw you on Friday. You were strolling in front of Rupp, and you looked pretty content, haha.



  15. RealCatsFan
    7:42 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Me thinks the UK football team needs to fire their boss…



  16. Meh
    8:06 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Not everyone has HBO or Showtime like you KSR bigshots.



  17. johnblinkybolton
    8:07 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Big props to the UK fan on The Today show, 8:05



  18. barn
    8:12 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    i spoke to edgar cayce last nite in a dream and he told me joker will get another year because of all the hardship he’s endured this year. and he said to play 389 today and back it up



  19. Benny Rodriguez
    8:19 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    18- Well I just spoke to Babe Ruth last night in a dream, and he told me that I would jump over that fence and get that baseball!



  20. asf
    8:32 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    UK Football is stuck in a perfect storm. A weak team to begin with, the worst injuries in the nation, and the nation’s toughest schedule. Ouch.



  21. Raazoul
    8:34 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Fully Fully agree with Drew… Homeland is a GREAT show. So is Dexter. Showtime is kicking ass right now.



  22. James K
    8:43 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dexter jumped the shark a long time ago.



  23. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:49 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    22- I personally think Dexter is great, especially this season. I am curious though, at what point in the storyline do you think it jumped the shark?



  24. Matt in Franklin
    8:54 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    BOSS DAY=HORSESH&T!!!



  25. SUPREMECATS
    9:01 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    by UK’s unrivaled ability to land top recruits, you mean Cal’s right? I hope everyone is aware why they come…not complaining, just sayin…



  26. James K
    9:10 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    There were a lot of problems with the way the Julia Stiles plot ended, in my opinion, and I feel like the last REALLY strong season was season four. I just think the writing has progressively gotten weaker. It’s harder to care about the characters. Just my opinion.



  27. Will S
    9:12 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Homeland is AMAZING!



  28. Jones Returns
    9:12 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    I really do want Randle…I believe he will be the difference maker in this class…I’m starting to feel as though Wiggins will decide not to reclassify… With all of the investigation going on with Nerlens reclassification it may be swaying his decision…that last thing he would want to happen would be to go to college and have to sit out an entire year.



  29. Curious Dexter
    9:20 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    @ 21, 22, and 23… has a former Dexter watcher a few years ago i am curious… has he been caught? Does his sister and other people know what he does? sorry, just haven’t seen it in awhile and was just wondering!



  30. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:29 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    29-******Spoiler for anyone else reading*********
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    .Last season ended with him getting caught by Deb. This season, so far has been about him explaining to Deb why he is a serial killer, and how she is struggling with whether she should turn him in, or cover it up.
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  31. Curious Dexter
    10:10 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    @30 thanks man.



  32. SecCellerDweller
    10:59 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Here is what Howard Schnellenberger had to say about yewkay.

    They have to do what Louisville did (in 1984), take a long hard look at themselves, admit they have a problem and need help, the way an alcoholic does,” Schnellenberger said.

    “They have to commit themselves to getting well, refuse to surrender and place their trust in a higher power. They have to go through the entire 12-step program like we did in Louisville. It’s not easy to admit, but it has to be done.

    “They have to get the right group of people leading the charge, develop the zeal to line up behind the recovery and climb to the top of the mountain. Everybody has to get behind the person in charge with an undisputed unison. They have to give the football program the resources to be great. That’s where it starts.”



  33. kybigblue
    11:44 am October 16, 2012 Permalink

    If Lee comes to UK and it sends Randle to UF it could make for a nice matchup since UF then would have 3 of the top 10 recruits.



  34. j a brooks
    3:21 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    The pf spot is randles if he wants it? What about Wiltjer? Not sure if your aware but wiltjer will put up about 14-16 ppg this year and is one of the most skilled players in college basketball… add Marcus Lee and u still don’t think randles minutes will be affected? If we get randle something very odd will have to happen in order to play randle lee wiltjer and wcs as much as they all deserve… if u play wiltjer at the three where he’s a defensive liability u cut into aaron harrison or youngs pt. Its a good problem to have but getting lee makes more sense. He can be the 6th man and back up both the 4 and 5. Randles a beast but I hate the idea of benching wiltjer unless randle plays the 5 and we keep cauley on the bench