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Charles Haley’s Tuesday News and Views

Getting screwed by the Hall of Fame.

Good morning, sweet KSR readers.  Matt is out doing the things that Matt does and won’t be able to join us for this early morning post so I’m going to do my best to get you geared up for the first Tuesday A.S. (After Sosa).  And, after thinking long and hard about giving all kinds of mad props to my stepdad on his 47thbirthday (probably doesn’t want his good name to be associated with this) or maybe even a good shout-out to John Singleton (why did have to direct 2 Fast 2 Furious?), I’ve decided to honor one of the heroes of my youth, the great Charles Haley.  While the trio of Aikman, Irvin and Smith got nearly all of the attention for winning the three glorious Super Bowls of my Cowboy-loving childhood, had it not been for a dominant defense anchored by Haley, my beloved Cowboys would not have become a dynasty.  Haley has more Super Bowl rings than anyone in history (five) and over 100 career sacks but, for some awful reason, can’t even make it as a finalist onto the Hall of Fame ballot.  A lean, physical player, Haley was one of the first players to dominate purely as a pass rusher and could single-handedly shape an opponent’s offensive game plan.  Also, he bought me a Snickers at my sister’s ballet recital when I was 10 or 11 (now you know why my stepdad isn’t getting acknowledged, that junk food-hater) and if that’s not Hall of Fame material, then I don’t know what is.  Let’s hope they get it right next time around.

Now, onto the UK news of the day because that’s what you’re here for.  Well, that and Matt’s opinions on the NBA scout’s assessment of the UK roster.  Sorry, but that will have to wait…

 – We’re moving past that whole Sosa incident and will soon stop mentioning it, I’m sure, but as I tried to catch up on all of the work emails I missed while I was on vacation, I didn’t have a chance to throw in my two cents yesterday about a certain part of the game:  Michael Porter’s end of the game defense.  Immediately following the game, the message boards here, as well as my cell phone, were hit with a number of frustrated fans claiming that Porter shouldn’t have been in the game and that his defense was responsible for the Sosa lucky heave game-winner.  While you could argue that a taller, more athletic DeAndre Liggins or Kevin Galloway might have been a better defender for that time of the game (still debatable), you can’t blame Porter for anything that happened.  If I’m a coach and the opponent’s drive-happy point guard is running down the clock by dribbling in one place, I’m one happy son-of-a-gun.  Michael Porter did exactly what he should have done and, ultimately, forced a very bad shot….that went in.  We all know Rick Pitino’s X’s and O’s abilities are somewhere between terrible and Isiah Thomas, but no one in the world (except maybe Fake Gimel) expected a give-up heave.  You see, there’s this blind squirrel and then there is this nut.  And, sometimes….

 – The Filthy Cards got some more good news after the game as they got commitments from two of the three recruits in attendance – both members of the storied Lawrence North team.  Forwards Michael Chandler and Ryan Taylor (both in the class of 2011) decided to take their game to Louisville shortly after Sosa’s lucky heave game-winner went through the net.  Both players were getting some attention from the Cats and rank highly in the class of 2011.  The 6’11” Chandler rates as a 4-star and the 4th best center in the country according to Scout.com and the 6’6″ Taylor is a three-star prospect according to the same site.  They join big man Stephan Van Treeseand forward Justin Martin (both class of 2009) as future Filthy Cards on the Lawrence North team.  Poor Dominique Ferguson. 

 – As Matt mentioned the other day, Sunday was the deadline for a player to announce a transfer and be eligible to play in the second semester of next season.  There were rumors online a few weeks ago of a possible transfer to UK but, up to this point, nothing has materialized.  This deadline doesn’t mean much if a player has already declared that they’re leaving and decide to head to Lexington later.  But, if they haven’t announced their intentions to leave yet, it would mean that they wouldn’t be suiting up until 2010-11.

 – You have to be getting pumped about the Vandygame on Saturday.  We’ll certainly dive into it much deeper as the week goes on, but one interesting thing to think about as the Cats get ready to take on the team responsible for what was the most painful UK loss that I can remember (agree with me to the right —>), is how drastically different of a team they are now than they were at this time last year.  Even putting the records aside, the Vandy game last year marked one of the most disappointing efforts I’ve ever seen from a group of young men.  The term “heart” is used a lot in college athletics, but the way the Cats played against Vandylast year was completely void of heart or hustle and was the ultimate give-up game.  This year, the Cats enter with one of the most mentally tough and hard-working teams that I can remember seeing – here or elsewhere – and even in the unlikely chance that they find themselves getting thumped early, you won’t see them pack it in.  That’s obviously a testament to Gillispie and the leaders on the team, but hard work can only get you so far.  Defense and execution will provide a sweet redemption victory against the Commodores.

 – Patrick and Jodie got slighted, but Victoria Dunlap of the UK women’s basketball team was named as the SEC Player of the Week.  The sophomore from Knoxville averaged 15.5 ppg and 13.5 rpg in the Lady Wildcats two victories over Miami and NC A&T.  DeForward hit on 62.1% of deShots, helping deCats extend deWinning streak to 5 deGames.  Oh, Mickie DeMoss left and we’re done with that ridiculous marketing campaign?  Sorry.  Congrats, Victoria.

 – Viva Quan Cosby!!!!  If it wasn’t so late for this pathetic old man, I’d bump ole Charles Haley to the side and give Quansome love because I have an unhealthy hatred for Ohio State and all of their fans, mostly based on former roommates from Columbus.  Can we please stop sending them to the BCS?  Seriously, we all know how it’s going to end so we can start giving the nod to a team with a chance to win?  Sending the Buckeyes every year might be the biggest waste in the history of the world if it weren’t for the Taco Bell drive thru ladies giving me 30 packets of hot sauce everytime I order two tacos.  Very unneccesary.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned for more throughout the day as we get ready for the Commodores trip to Rupp Arena and probably some other stuff too.  I think.  See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner