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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Can history repeat itself?

I get it.  Joker Phillips has about a 1% approval rating right now with the UK fanbase.  Some people can not be convinced that anything but termination is the solution for the downgrade of the UK program.  And I can honestly understand that frustration.  This season has a Billy Gillispie type feel to it, where you just can’t fathom a way this season ends anything but badly.  But, I want to take you back to a different time and date not too long ago, in hopes that you might step back from the ledge. 

October 14th, 2006: LSU 49, Kentucky 0

That was the worst loss that Kentucky had taken in over 10 years.  At that point in the season, Kentucky was 3-4.  They had lost by 31 to Louisville, and lost another game to Florida and another game to Steve Spurrier and South Carolina.  At that point in his tenure, Rich Brooks was 12-29 in his 3+ years in Lexington.The offense under Andre Woodson was sluggish.  People called Rich Brooks a lame duck coach and the “Ditch Mitch and Rich” bumper stickers were all around campus.  It was hard to find a soul in the world who thought Brooks would be back for a 5th season.

And then the Cats beat Mississippi State in Starkville. The next week they beat a ranked Georgia team at home, a win that I still think was the biggest in Brooks’ tenure and may have saved his job.  The Vanderbilt fell, and then Louisiana-Monroe was beat, and the Cats were suddenly 7-4.  Just 34 days earlier, Brooks’ approval rating was basically 0-percent.  A month later, fans were back on board. It can happen just that quickly.

The thing that keeps me with just the slightest bit of hope is the amount of games this season that can truly turn this season around.  Even if the Cats lose the next 3 games, pushing them to 2-4, they still have swing games in Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. I truly think that Tennessee game, with a win, could be the game that gets the fanbase back on board, especially if it happens to give them a 6th win.  It would be Joker’s Georgia.

It is hard for me to ask fans to still have hope, and to pull back on the anger just a bit.  This season has been embarrassing, even during wins.  And the “improvement” just doesn’t seem to be happening.  But sometimes, as fans, we want to win so badly and so quickly, that we jump to the worst conclusions we can.  In this case, that the program is screwed and Joker needs to go.  I simply point to the coach right before Joker.  A coach that will someday have his name in the Ring of Honor.  A coach that some consider the best at Kentucky since Bryant.  A coach that we all wanted fired in 2006. 

Let’s let the season play out.  If the team goes 3-9 and doesn’t have a single win to hang our hat on, then fire away.  But at least give the coaches and players more the 1/4 of the year before you quit.  At least give them the chance to prove us wrong.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

64 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Can history repeat itself?

  1. lh4ne
    9:03 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Unrelated but gotta love that Archie Goodwin is trending in Lexington right now and you know what is trending in Louisville??? #youknowyoughetto. HA.

  2. John Boy
    9:08 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    We are staring 3-9 right in the face. That is totally unacceptable. With the conference expansion going on we will be left in the dust in recruiting. I wished Joker the best, but the product he is putting out is pathetic when compared to the fan support he the football team receives. We are top twenty five in attendance year in and year out, but look how far outside of the top twenty five program we have. Even a 4-8 season should be termination.

  3. Tigolbitties
    9:08 am September 21, 2011 Permalink


  4. john
    9:12 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    People have to stop comparing the turn around of the program that Rich Brooks did with the nose dive the program is taking under Joker. They are not comparable!! Rich Brooks was developing new young talent that he recruited over the past three years after the program was devastated by probation.

    Some of the talent on this current team is young, but not nearly as young as the talent Rich Brooks was grooming. Furthermore, this Kentucky team has known success, unlike that Rich Brooks team. But most importantly, as bad as that team looked 2006 against Louisville and LSU, they didn’t look near as bad in their wins as Kentucky did this season against two of the worst teams in Division 1- WKU and CMU.

    Besides, BTI you wrote this article three weeks too early- the next three weeks are going to be those beat downs that happened in 2006 (Remember, Louisville in 2006 was very, very good).

  5. Lou eaton
    9:13 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    So…are you saying that if we are just patient for four more years then Joker learns how to coach????

  6. Lycanthrope
    9:14 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Yes, see what you are saying. But this is DIFFERENT. It’s JOKER and it’s HOPELESS.

  7. Opti
    9:14 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    The Best coach at Kentucky other than Bear Bryant was Fran Curci and if you compare the number of major OOC games won during the Curci era…Oklahoma, Penn State etc…you could argue Fran Curci may have been the best coach in UK history.

  8. Buckets
    9:15 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    4 wins would be a freakin miracle.

  9. btowncatfan
    9:20 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Actually most of the top talent (Woodson, Burton, Tamme, etc.) were juniors in 2006 not freshmen or sophomores. Much like this team with Newton , King, etc. The only question is will this team turn it around like 2006? I hope there is a turnaround although certainly nothing we have seen so far seems to suggest it. All I want to see is improvement over the next three weeks and be competitive and maybe, hopefully pull off an upset against either Florida or SC. LSU is beyond a dream, they are the best team in the country right now.

  10. Buzzard
    9:20 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    if we can give Bill Curry seven yrs, Joker deserves at least 4 yrs. Go Football Cats!

  11. RJ
    9:23 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Love the optimism, but you are delusional.

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    9:25 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

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  13. kycatfl1
    9:27 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    3-9 is what we are looking at. I like Joker but he has no chance. Cats have and always will play too conservative under Joker. Nothing to lose, play wide open and take some chances!

  14. Opti
    9:28 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    It is probably “fair” to give Joker four years to establish his program. It is the fair to the coach. The question is whether that is also fair to the UK. Perhaps it is and I would love for him to be successful as it would make a great story. The problem is that — The longer you travel down the wrong road…the more lost you become.

  15. the truth
    9:29 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    There is NO WAY IN HELL that we beat uf. No way. UK football has turned back into a joke. Thanks Joker, ya bung hole.

  16. visiting Louisville
    9:30 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    History is repeating it’s self again. UK football stinks, year after year after year.

  17. btowncatfan
    9:31 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Not sure where you see optimism in my comments. I just refuse to be drawn into the mob mentality with the rest of the “fan” base. I am rooting for Joker and the team to turn it around rather than get rid of everyone and start over which would be disasterous. Whether it happens or not will be known very soon.

  18. Joker sucks
    9:35 am September 21, 2011 Permalink


    Yes it can and yes it will!! UK will lose to FL and TENN this year (as always) and that will not change as long as this joke of a coach is in control. Joker sucks.

  19. minton
    9:36 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    We are too quick to judge. Give joker a chance to build. Might take a few rough years, but that’s the nature of it.

  20. the truth
    9:36 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    #14 – college football ain’t fair. If its fair to hang on to Joker, when we know he sucks and will not get the job done – then it is only fair to give my 38 year old azz a scholarship to play on the team. Sure, I’m old and a little outa shape – but let’s be ‘fair’ and give anyone a shot at playing in the SEC. P.S. my arm is just as good or better than Morgan’s, and that’s THE TRUTH.

  21. David E.
    9:37 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    BTI made a very good point and it’s obvious that most of you missed it completely. My guess is that it went over your heads.

  22. That Gator Ate My Wildcat
    9:37 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    So you’re saying there’s a chance. The learning curve needs to flatten soon, Joker is really in his third year as “Coach we are waiting”. Tailspin to whirlwind, I like it.

  23. the truth
    9:41 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    #19 – really? Joker was the lead recruiter all the years Brooks’ie was here. If the players aren’t good enough, then that’s on Joker. If the talent is the same but the product is worse, then that’s on Joker. Joker is the man – it all on his shoulders, like it or not. Dude is in over his head.

    9:42 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Okay so our football program has problem… well guess what!?!?!? Look at our basketball team and the money we spend on it. CAL makes millions and millions of dollars, he has a track record, is a recruiting wiz, and has connections all over the nation. We pay big bucks for a good coach and look what happens, John Wall, Big Cuz, Bledsoe, Jones, Knight, Lamb, Davis, and so on = FINAL FOUR!!!!! Football get a clue… hire big time coach i.e. Urban Myer… hire someone who is still somewhat young, isn’t coaching anymore or whatever… John Gruden!!!! Just do it spend the money, it will pay off!!!!! WE WANT WINS, WE WANT TO BE GOOD, WE WANT TO MEAN SOMETHING!!!! KY Football can be a powerhouse, just spend the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Money = WINS!

  25. Dr. Dick Fitzenbutts
    9:42 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    3- That’s brilliant. Totally agree.

  26. C-Bone
    9:44 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Exactly right, BTI. Let the season play out. The team has looked terrible so far, but it’s been 3 games.

  27. Al's IndiCats
    9:48 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    I agree #17. I’ve been a UK fan from way back into the late 50s. I tried to listen to every game that was on radio and watch every game that was on tv….(2 channels in my time). I can’t imagine what Joker’s stress level is at right now, but you can bet his back side is really feeling the heat at this point of the season. I read where Coach Sanders said in practice the kids do all the right things but in the game itself they miss blocks, drop balls, fumble like the football is covered in grease. BUT the one thing that is the coach’s fault is the predictable play calling. If my wife (who by the way is no football fan) can tell what the offense is going to do on 2nd or 3rd and long, any Pop Warner coach can also. Joker and offensive coaches are going to have to mix things up for us to have even a snow balls chance of staying in the game from this week on.

  28. KyTom
    9:53 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    6-6….7-5 and a mid level bowl is still mediocre. It was actually a special mediocre back then. Now, it is just stuck in neutral. This team and staff have no fire in them. Joker’s situation is not comparible to Brooks.

  29. KyTom
    9:56 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    #17, Yep, getting rid of Billy Clyde after 2 years was going to be disasterous…..

  30. I think I pulled my Joker
    9:56 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    3 games, really? After what we’ve seen, I have no idea why anyone would think we can get to 6, much less 7 wins. We have arguably played 3 of the weakest teams in the country (yes, uofl too). We haven’t even started our ‘run’ against the toughest division and league in the country. We will be lucky to beat Vandy. Thanks Joker.

  31. crackerhillbilly
    9:59 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    It would be very interesting if UK made an inspired (not insipid) hire at FB coach. Would the cult of personality of an Urban Meyer or the up and coming talent of a Skip Holtz turn us into a good program after such a long history of mediocrity? Even SC and Ark had some good history for Pricktrino and Spurrier to build on. With Auburn now likley headed east, we will never see another bowl game unless we try. So, sotty Joker, but time for you to move on and time for Mitch to get a clue.

  32. Go roundball
    10:01 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Some thought we should give Billy G. at least four years. Do you think That we would have been better off? I don’t think so. Joker is more compairable to that situation than Brooks’ situation.

  33. HIRE ME$$$
    10:05 am September 21, 2011 Permalink


  34. Ben
    10:12 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    We have zero chance of beating TN! Have you seen them play this year? The are light years ahead of us. 3 to 4 wins max for our team this year. I hate to even think about next year. We will have a great freshman quarterback, but Morgan will be the senior and get the start. As a long term KY Football supporter, I am tired of waiting just a few more years. Is anyone out there having fun this year?

  35. KyTom
    10:17 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    #30, we will NOT beat Vandy. Have you seen them? They hired a hot, young coach and the players would go through a wall for him. They beat the crap out of Ole Miss 30-7.

  36. bluesince66
    10:17 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    People really need to quit comparing when Brooks took over to Joker taking over because there is none. Joker was named coach in waiting to avoid a drop off. After the bowl game and first three games this year it doesn’t seem to be happening. Please don’t bring up losing Cobb nad Locke, because we went 6-7 with them.

  37. Big D
    10:20 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Hey BTI, since we are playing florida this week, please give us a comparison on blocked kicks. Especially since we had one last week, and florida always seems to get one against us. thanks

  38. JDH
    10:22 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    No way we would ever get John Gruden or Urban Meyer. It’s just not gonna happen because UK will not spend enough money to get football coaches of that level. Basketball is king and always will be.

  39. rick
    10:36 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    I dont want Joker fired but this is the worst team at ky since the Bill Curry era. Not counting the cards lost, the first 2 games were awful.

  40. Kanter Banter
    10:43 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    12) are you kidding me…people are giving tickets away.

  41. El Dude
    10:53 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    I want to know why anyone thinks we can have an SEC competitive team, year in and year out. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN AT KY. Many reasons why it won’t. Are you all so delusional that you think this team will EVER win the SEC? WHY?

    If Joker can’t turn in a top 20 recruiting class (come one, come all…lotsa playing time to be had) then he should be gone. But please, you could have God coaching KY and the best we’d do is the Outback Bowl. Give me a break.

  42. Sheeeeiiit
    10:54 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with the people who say that Joker is too safe. He lost the TN game last year on that crap…punting on third down in the fourth. It’s like he doesn’t know how to manage the clock. I think we need to be known as an F-it we normally suck so we are going to put it all out there team. The only thing opponents should be able to predict about UK is we are unpredictable. Our only advantage is we are an underdog and as a football program we have nothing to loose. So we can be a little reckless and unique. Instead we have Jokster doing the most basic and boring stuff and teams know how to compete against that. I think the times we looked promising in the UL game we were playing the hurry up offense. So why not use that more at random times just to throw the other team off. We need to do something different and mix it up but Joker isn’t going to do that.

  43. rick
    11:00 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Worst team since the 1-10 team . After the Western ky game you could tell this team was bad.

  44. R. Smith
    11:01 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t understand the logic behind saying Joker should be given a chance to build his team.

    I thought the whole point of anointing him coach in waiting is that we had a seamless transition from one coach to another, and that he’d have a working knowledge of each player and their development when he took over

    Letting him build the program is the same as just hiring a new guy off the street.

    Lets face it, the $$$ was right for Joker as coach and the UK administration was just hoping for status quo in his hiring.

    They didn’t even get that.

  45. Big Blue 4
    11:06 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Well said, BTI. The voice of reason. Give Joker a chance people–it’s only the start of his second year. Success takes time. While not pretty, we’re still 2-1. Take a deep breath and R-E-L-A-X. We will be OK.

  46. Brandon
    11:17 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Two points about this post. A) Its not good writing and lacks persuasion when you base most of your argument by comparing Joker to Rich. You make one comparison that is fair by correctly pointing out that initially the fan base was against Rich Brooks and it turned so it is possible the same scenario could play out with Joker. That is a fair point. What is not fair is that you leave out two important differences between the two coaches. One is Rich took on a program on probation without depth at all and seemingly low talent. Joker took over a much better situation and supposedly UK has been recruiting better over the last few years. You cant compare them and try to make a case for Joker. Also, if you say the fans are too quick to throw in the towel on coaches you could also make the argument easier for Rich Brooks than Joker because not only did he inherit a worse situation, Rich Brooks also had a head coaching track record where Joker does not. It doesn’t make your arguments for Joker very convincing when you conveniently leave out these aspects. B) Joker is going to get his chance the rest of the season to prove fans wrong no matter what anyway. So, I really don’t understand the point of the article unless somehow the point is that the only way Joker can succeed is if the fans are behind him. Going back to BTI’s own flawed comparison, Rich turned it around without the fans support as he points out in 2006. So, that proves Joker doesn’t need the fans supporting him personally in order for his team to win so what is the point of this article? Also, anything is possible to be fair so the chances this UK team wins 6 games is about 1 percent. The UK football fans have been through enough. Don’t get on them because maybe they don’t believe or have hope in 1 percent. Any article about UK football right now should be directed at the coaching and UK administration for NOT being able to capitalize on the first time they have ever been to 5 straight bowl games and taken the program to a better place as a result. Leave the fans alone. Right now, Joker is getting what Joker has earned so far on the job. The fans are getting less than they deserve and over the course of history with this program has been the case far more often than not.

  47. UKGrad83
    11:26 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Success wasn’t supposed to take time, that’s why Joker was named “coach in waiting”.. He was supposed to step into a program that had been somewhat rebuilt under Brooks. These are Joker’s recruits. It was obvious last year that the team was missing something – going 6 and 7 and losing to Pitt while failing to use Cobb properly. I have nothing personal against Joker or anyone on staff but it’s plain as day they aren’t ready to run a successful college football program.

  48. Brandon
    11:38 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    To #41 El Dude………… Come on yourself. First of all, I don’t hear too many people saying we should compete for SEC titles every year. There is a difference between trying to inspire to a consistent 7 -9 win football team and trying to inspire to a “compete for an SEC title every year”. I hear this all the time and its a crap defense and argument you are making. 99% of even the angry fans don’t have expectations of competing for an SEC title every year. But it is certainly a fair expectation to try and get to a 7-9 win capable team every year with 5 and 6 wins being our bad years. That still doesn’t mean they are always going to do it, but that is a fair hope and expectation. It is also a fair expectation that UK doesn’t get beat by two teams in their own division 20some straight times like they have currently. That is beyond pathetic and should not be regarded as just the way it is. That kind of thinking and that low of expectations is one of the reasons this program has never been good.

    Also, it does not take God coaching our team to get us to the Outback bowl unless you consider Hal Mumme God. You give me a break. UK could hire Mike Leach (guess what, he is probably better than Mumme) right now with his gimmick offense and he could probably get UK to an Outback bowl once every 3 or 4 years. It comes down to who your coach is and granted UK is not going to be able to go get a lot of top coaches. That’s true but money talks and if they really wanted to dish out the cash then they could get a coach like Mike Leach or maybe some other up and comer who would gladly take a lot of money and an SEC job and get us to an Outback bowl every 3 or 4 years. Hal Mumme did it with no defense and no special teams. It doesn’t take God. It just probably takes someone better than Joker.

  49. KyTom
    11:39 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Hey if ANYBODY in the country knows bad football when they see it….it’s a UK football fan. This year has been BAD football.

  50. DerbyDemon
    11:55 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Well, then, please oh learned #21, share what that obvious point was since the rest of us are obviously too stupid to figure it out…

  51. ZZbottom
    11:59 am September 21, 2011 Permalink


    Bla bla bla is all I hear on both sides. It’s simple. It’s the same issue Tubby had..


    They got ’em. We Don’t.

    End of story.

  52. Dicky Isn't Walking Through That Door
    12:33 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    The way I see it, if your coach is near the bottom of the league in pay and your recruiting is near the bottom of the league every year, why should you expect to see a better product on the field? Realistically, how high should we expect to finish every year? Would a coach like Gruden or Leach even talk to us? I don’t know if we should just accept mediocrity as the standard. I always hold out a glimmer of hope when I see a team like Auburn come from nowhere to win the SEC (hell, we beat them the year before). We have just never, and I don’t know if we ever will, put together a complete team from top to bottom. The defensive players riding the bench at Florida could be starting for UK. Other schools actually have receivers (and a receivers coach to boot) that have been playing the position since pee wee. They don’t recruit 15 tight ends and convert half of them to defensive ends. Brooks didn’t recruit any better than Joker I don’t believe, but I think he “lucked” out on a few players like Cobb that were highly underrated. He also did really well with the home grown kids (Woodson, Burton, Tamme) and did well in the JUCO ranks (Stevie). That team had a decent defense to offset the offense, but we still only went to the Music City Bowl. The best we could do with Mumme was the Outback Bowl, but it proves at least that the quirky offense can win games because you’ll likely be able to outscore a lot of teams on your schedule.

    I know it’s too early to give up on Joker, but considering we have nothing to lose at this point, I agree that he should just open things up–especially in the next few games. I liked how we played in the hurry-up when our backs were against the wall. Get some damn rhythm to this offense and keep the defense off the field! Maybe creative coaching is all it takes to overcome some of the things we lack in. Something has to change; however, I can’t see anything changing. That would be my whole gripe with this administration, things are set in stone. It’s almost an “I’m gonna do it my way” mentality whether it works or not.

  53. Jimmy Buffett
    12:58 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    what now

  54. Brer Rabbit
    1:01 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Listening to Joker is so motivating, he makes a snail teaching a slug to crawl faster exciting!

  55. RJLex
    1:07 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Well written BTI.

  56. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    1:34 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    I would love to give Joker a chance, I really would. But he is just a bad coach. He goes about everything all wrong. In the offseason he talks about how much better we have gotten, when obviously, we haven’t improved a bit. He got the fanbase excited about the season with our new slogan.. only to disappoint us after the first game. He talks about playing new guys, (E.J. Fields, before the CMU game) then the kid only sees one snap of offense.
    The worst part of it is, he can’t evaluate talent to save his life. Josh Clemons has a break out game against CMU and proves he is the better RB, then Joker turns around the next day and says Raymond Sanders will start against Louisville (before Sanders’ surgery). E.J. Fields shows out against Louisville and never even got to see the field (other than the 1 play against CMU) until mid 2nd quarter. And don’t get me wrong, I like Morgan Newton.. but I have had conversations with plenty of the players and former players and all of them say Mossakowski was the better QB.
    Joker CANNOT return for the 2012 season.

  57. JDH
    2:18 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    Why is it that I cannot see any comments after my first comment to any of the stories on KSR?

  58. Matt in Franklin
    2:51 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    My TN fan friend said it the other day, Randy Sanders ruined TN football, now he’s in the process of ruining KY football, not that it had far to go anyway. Good QB coach, bad offensive coordinator. FL is going run it down our throats!

  59. Opti
    3:18 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    The problem with that logic Bryan is that the “Coach in Waiting” created a fan expectation of continuity and building on the successful foundation Rich built. Joker recruited these players. He already has his players on the team.

    If we were going to start a 4 year rebuild process we should have conducted a wide open search for a new coach when fan expectations would have been different.

  60. Dicky Isn't Walking Through That Door
    3:22 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    I at least liked it when Papa Brooks would get pissed off at the refs. Joker does just stand there like a deer in the headlights most of the time. Watched Florida and Tennessee play, and Dooley and Muschamp were going crazy the whole game. We need some passion, too. How are the kids gonna get up to play when the coach can’t?

  61. greg
    3:33 pm September 21, 2011 Permalink

    as i sat in the corner of commonwealth and watch us put up our first 3 points, a feeling of gloom set in. i stayed the whole game, and i didnt see a single positive. a lot of people throw currys name around, but having family on the team then, i sat thru every second of every home game then. what i saw against lousyville wasnt far off. the program has lost all momentum built during the brooks “era”, and it has lost my money until i see some positive change.

  62. erniecat
    12:26 am September 22, 2011 Permalink

    I get so tired of these people saying they’re such great fans. If I was a player I wouldn’t want them backing me,because they don’t back anyone. When you lose your best players and you wasn’t that good to start with,you should expect to strugle. I thought they looked better the last game from the first two,they are not good enough to turn the ball over and not score when inside the 5 yd.line. My advice is to find a team that wins if you can’t take losing because thats how Ky football is;).Has been all my life.

  63. JDaws
    2:24 am September 22, 2011 Permalink

    Kinda funny BTI I’ve though since the first of the year that this season could be very similar to 2006. First of all Newton and Woodson very similar as far as how they command the offense at this point. Two completely different QB’s that can get it done in different ways but they Woodson then and Newton now were just starting to understand what this offense is about. Secondly I’ve always looked at this years LSU game as a big time blowout just like in ’06. Also the fact that we get all the really tough games off the schedule after the next 3 weeks. Sure the schedule is still tough but with UF, LSU and USC off the schedule it gets much easier. I’m sick of the whoa is us crap. I’ll support Joker until the admin thinks its time to make a change and then I’ll support the next guy. I really think the season is setting up for us to make a late run. Over the next 3 weeks it would be nice to pull out a win but damage control is in order. Can’t come out of these next 3 weeks extremely unhealthy. We’ve been extraordinarily unhealthy on offense this early in the year. Another reason why I think its setting up for a late run to end the season. GO CATS, baby!! Having a good year in football is just a bonus its certainly not guaranteed. When our fans going to understand this.

  64. dano
    6:27 am September 22, 2011 Permalink

    It’s not the same. Brooks took a team on probation, with a limit on scholarships. Joker has been the joke in waiting, and has recruited these players the last few years. The gutless call against UT last year, the stupid call against UT 2 years ago, and the bowl game against Pitt are just a few of the reasons he has to go. His “we have to establish the run”, and “have to run more” comments are idiotic. If you can’t run against the Tards, CMU and WKU, how are you going to get a push against ANY SEC team.