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Denny Hamlin’s Friday News and Views


This still doesn’t feel right.  Matt is the one popping up with the unnanounced uncensored live blogs, getting everyone fired up, and I’m the one left to clean up the mess with a weak-ass roundup of the day’s news?  This is not the way it’s supposed to be.  But, it is what we have and in honor of Matt’s reappearance Thursday night, we might as well kick Friday off with a subject I’ve never written on in my entire life and one that I’ll likely never write about again.  Yes, we’re talking NASCAR.  More specifically, we’re talking Denny Hamlin, who inked a deal with the Jordan brand this week, allowing Michael Jordan’s dunking likeness to finally find its way to a NASCAR jumpsuit.  I won’t pretend to know if this is cool for NASCAR or not.  I’ll just casually inform you Jordan is also apparently the name of Hamlin’s girlfriend and Googling “Denny Hamlin Jordan” yields some interesting results.  I’d just politely ask that you at least finish reading the posts before you dash off to Google.  Please?

Now onto some UK notes…

 – If you missed it, Vandy escaped with a victory at home against Alabama thanks to three questionable calls in the final two minutes.  Thanks to the curious whistle-blowing and an intense burst of profanity from Alabama coach Anthony Grant, the world now knows the name of offical Tim Higgins, which is pretty much the sign that you’re awful at your job.  If you’re going unnoticed as an official, you’re doing it right.  If people know your name, it’s generally not a good thing.  Nonetheless, the victory over the Tide allows the Commodores to remain tied with the Cats for second place in the SEC East and makes Saturday’s showdown slightly more important.  Right now, with their thin roster, it’s critical that the Cats land one of the top two East seeds in the SEC Tournament and bypass the first round of Thursday games.  No matter the outcome of Vandy’s game against Bama, Kentucky already needed to win Saturday to remain in second place.  Let’s just hope the “Memorial Magic” jar is empty after Thursday’s game against Anthony Grant’s team.

 – If there’s a matchup to watch Saturday in Nashville, it will be the DeAndre Liggins vs. John Jenkins battle.  Liggins is lauded as one of the best defenders in the country and he’ll be put to the test Saturday against Jimmer Freddette Lite, who has reached double-digits in points in every game this season and leads the conference in scoring.  Jenkins is among the best pure scorers in the country and, though he’s struggled with his three-point shot in the last five games, has adjusted and started attacking the basket more and drawing fouls.  He’s shot just under 40 free throws in that stretch (UK has five guys who have shot that many all year) and hits them at a 90% clip.  It will be important for Liggins to keep Jenkins in front of him to keep the big guys from picking up fouls and make Jenkins shoot contested jumpers.

 – It seems to be repeated before every single game at this point, but this game presents another opportunity for the Cats to break through and take the next step to realizin their potential.  Memorial Gym won’t be the rowdiest or most intimidating arena they’ve played in this year, but it’s unlike any other the team’s young stars have seen to this point.  As is the case in every road environment, the Cats need to be ready to play from the start and avoid letting the crowd become a sixth man.  The Commodores are a team full of experienced players, which makes it even more important.  This is the point in the season where everyone expected UK’s freshmen-driven team to have grown into a veteran squad, but they’re still making too many silly errors.  We’ve heard a lot about how this team has as much potential as any unit in the country and they’d develop into a force before the postseason starts.  Breaking the strange road hex they seem to be under would be a nice piece to add to a fairly strong foundation layed against Tennessee Tuesday.

 – One of the most perplexing things to me about the Commodores is that they seem to be surprisingly unhateable despite their recent successes against the Cats, including the absolute beatdown that I still think was the worst loss of the Billy Gillispie era.  No SEC team seems to make Kentucky fans more neutral than the Commodores.  Is it because they share the pits of the East in football with us?  Is it the lack of an athletic department?  The impressive ratio of hot girls to dorks on their campus?  I don’t know.  I just know that each year, we make fun of Vandy as we do every team and we get the same comments from UK fans defending the Commodores.  It almost makes you want to hate them more.  But you can’t.  It’s weird.

 – In case you missed it, Steve Brown interviewed for the UCLA defensive coordinator job.  He seems to be the leader at this point and head coach Rick Neuheisel says that he’ll hire someone by this weekend.  I have a feeling Brown won’t be getting one of those Tee Martin packages to stay.

  – Speaking of defensive coordinators, Randy Shannon has been offered the position at Maryland.  If he accepts, you have every right to ask if UK actually pursued him.  When his name was floated as a candidate despite pretty strong indications that Rick Minter was a lock, it seemed like something put in the media to appease a group of fans clamoring for him.  The position at Maryland is certainly not better, though it might not be worse, and it’s ok to still lust a little bit.  Just don’t tell Minter.  That dude is intense.

 – Here’s my Friday confession:  I’ve gone to the library in each of the last two weeks.  I’ll never deny having old man tendencies, but the library isn’t that obselete, right?

 – For your Thursday television tidbit, let’s just all agree that this Michael and Holly romance thing  on The Office has the potential to derail things just as the Pam and Jim relationship did for several episodes.  Holly has to be one of the worst television characters since Torrie on Saved By The Bell.  I say they should just give us 20 minutes of Creed monologue every week.

That’s it for now.  Stick around throughout the day for all kinds of exciting discussion about Vanderbilt and Kentucky.  The fun gets going with Zach and Zach only at 10am on Talk Radio 1080.  Make sure you check it out.  In the meantime, try to figure out how someone could call this out of bounds:


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

59 Comments for Denny Hamlin’s Friday News and Views

  1. trey
    12:00 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    WHY ISNT CAL TAKING LOOK AT BRAD BEAL?? Cal could get him from UF easily

  2. Jeremy
    12:00 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, first on accident.
    Holly is the worst.

  3. Jeremy
    12:01 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Yep….not first

  4. Nodef
    12:03 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    With Brown’s resume, how could UCLA turn him down?

  5. mattcat68
    12:09 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    You really have to bring your A game on the SEC road this year because you’re playing against 8.

  6. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    12:19 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Watching Dawn of the Dead right now. This really has nothing to do with anything. Just thought y’all should know.

  7. R U Fo Real
    12:22 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Higgins is so bad. He should be suspended.

  8. BPsycho
    12:30 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    #6 The original or the remake? “I like both” just wondering.

  9. 4-8-15-16-23-42
    12:36 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    It’s not hard for me to hate Vandy fans. I go to the bball game every year down here and the football game every other year, and their fans suck! The amount of dorks at the bball games is staggering and I’ve been cussed out on more than one occasion just for standing up and cheering on the Cats. It’s a good atmosphere, but I really hate their fans. I was at the 40 pt blowout and that was the worst I have ever felt about a UK team…just demoralizing.

  10. KevinC
    12:40 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner doesn’t seem to understand how the conference champ. race works. Vanderbilt winning tonight actually (potentially) HELPS Kentucky. We still have 2 games VS Vandy yet…with = records right now… but we lost to Bama, who is tied for 1st with Fla. The only chance UK has of winning or tying for the SEC Champ., is if Fla. and Bama lose AT LEAST 2 more games, and UK sweeps the rest of the season. With Bama’s remaining schedule, a win at Vandy tonight pretty much makes that an impossibility…but Tim Higgins likes to be in control of UK’s destiny, when possible. He’s one of the worst officials in NCAA history, and UK has been victimized by him many, many times. 😮

  11. Soap MacTavish
    12:42 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    He’s touching the line that borders the paint, which is connected to the end line, so maybe that’s the rationale? Who knows. I is perplexed.

  12. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    1:03 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    The remake. But just finished it, pulling up the original on netflix

  13. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    1:04 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    11. If that idiot in the white shirt wasn’t directly in the way we would know for sure. Imbeciles!!!

  14. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    1:06 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    And I mean that because that is the one place on the floor where the baseline extends six inches further onto the court. Makes sense? No. But then again, nothing in that gym does.

  15. big g
    1:16 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    not only the line thing, but the bama dude got slugged in the head a few plays before that. he was staggering like charlie sheen to the bench, and all the ref did was smirk. nope, on the road you don’t get nuthin…not even a timeout when you ask for it.

  16. Han
    1:17 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Every time I go to the library, I feel like I’ve traveled into my own past. Despite them having slightly better terminals and wi-fi, the place hasn’t changed in my memory.

  17. Old men tendencies?
    1:18 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Reading is an old man tendency? Really? You’re what’s wrong with people.

  18. Oliver Simmons
    1:25 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    denny hamlin’s girl is hottttttttttt

  19. BigTimin
    1:48 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Probably because that ref is like 97 years old and belongs in a nursing home, not officiating major Division-1 basketball games.

  20. Women Everywhere
    1:59 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    It’s called Home Cooking

  21. Tim Higgins
    2:51 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    How can you expect me to see that with my cataracts? We are having jello tonight, and a movie. What time is it? I made a poopy!

  22. Jonny Mcfly
    3:02 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Michael will be gone after this season…why not let him fall in love and be happy. just saying Free Michael

  23. Wrap
    3:40 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Roger lee Hayden from Owensboro KY races for Jordans AMA Superbike Team

  24. BravoBigBlue
    6:07 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    College refs are incompetent when it comes to “homer” calls. They act like it’s an unwritten rule that the visitor gets screwed when the game gets tight near the end. Happens all the time. Have to disagree about Maryland football. Being the D-coordinator there is a better job than at Kentucky. That program has the ability to get much better and compete for their conference championship. Kentucky is stuck where they are, in a rut and at the bottom of the SEC every year.

  25. David
    7:11 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Michael and Holly is happening because it is likely the vehicle by which Steve Carell is leaving the show; They’ll get married and off into the sunset, etc.

  26. reedwizard
    7:20 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Tim Wiggins is horrendous because he ‘controls’ the game and makes it sway his way as much as possible. If you had to investigate refs on the take, he’s probably not one of them though. Seems drunk with power.

  27. Geaux Cats
    7:32 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    For the record…I hate Vandy. I hate their sorry ass gym, their snobby fans and their dorky students. They need to be treated as the SEC little brother. Wake up BBN…Hate Vandy!

  28. Players fan
    7:33 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Alabama has perfected the talent of pushing, slashing, and bumping just enough to not get a foul called, but enough to kept opposing players off balance when trying to dribble, pass, or shoot. They have been successful every game I have watched including last night. One reason, Alabama might have gotten some calls against them, was that Grant was actually in the middle of a play under the basket, when both teams went for a ball out of bounds. He was warned, and didn’t take it well.

    Vanderbilt did well last night because they were successful on a lot of outside shots, not given Ala a chance to do their foul thing, but Vanderbilt played terrible defense. If KY doesn’t score 90 points its will be a bad night. Also, Vanderbilt scored 4 points for Alabama, with a uncontested tip in and a defensive tip to a Ala player open under the basket.

  29. Bruce Pearl's Intellect
    7:34 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    After listening to the pod cast yesterday I was pretty dog gone surprised at MJ’s take on Libraries. I go there to pick up young thangs with daddy issues.

  30. Even Steven
    7:50 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    I used to work with a couple of guys from Vandy. I can honestly say I hated them more than ANYONE that went to IU. They KNOW everything, and was never interested in anyone else’s opinion other than their own. We all knew to never give them an idea because they run it as their own.
    To make a long story short, one of them was fooling around on his GF, (A real sweetheart. AKA….BITCH) so we set him up for where he’d get busted in Cinnci. It was close to his birthday, and we were at a meeting in Cinnci when his Co-hort let it out he was meeting his “one on the side”. So we told his GF that we were throwing him a surprise B’day party at the Riverboat. Lets just say throwing him a party wasn’t the only thing thrown at him that night.

  31. Al's IndiCats
    7:52 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Vandy’s in Tenn, so that means they some low down dirty snitche’s little brother…..RIGHT?

  32. BH
    8:02 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Total disagreement…..Holly is a great character!! The best line of the night was at the end when Michael and her were talking and asked what they were going to do when they got home and she made the squeaky bed noise….

  33. Al's IndiCats
    8:05 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Man….That dude at the top has got one helluva melon on his shoulders. It looks like he’s need one of those hats from Steak and Shake to fit on that big genius head of his.

  34. Hey Beez
    8:13 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Luckily, you won’t have to worry about the Michael/Holly storyline for much longer… Carrell only has like five episodes left total (he’s leaving even before the season ends). The show is barely still worth watching, as is… think about how putrid it’ll be without it’s main character. I give it a season after Carrell leaves. Agree on giving Creed his own show… he’s easily the funniest character.

  35. Tobias Funke
    8:29 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone knows will ferrel is fillin in for michael on the office’s last 4 episodes right? Should be epic. Justified got off to a good start. That crime family is no joke.

  36. Will Lentz's roommate
    8:29 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    I usually like you Beisner, but Holly is one of the best characters on that show.

  37. Escape Goat
    8:40 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Alabama got totally screwed. Anthony Grant had every right to be pissed and throw a fit, which is why they didn’t call a technical on him. The refs knew they screwed Alabama over.

    And there are very few hot women at Vandy compared to other SEC schools, trust me. And it is very easy to hate Vandy when you grew up in Southern Kentucky.

  38. Escape Goat
    8:42 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    And as for the picture above, not only is he clearly in bounds, but the Vandy player fouled the crap out of him on that play. Officiating completely ruined that game.

  39. BillDozer
    8:42 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    John Jenkins wanted to come to UK, but Gillispie said he wasn’t good enough. True story.

  40. tdr76
    8:43 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    My suggestion is that the ncaa stop wasting their energy looking for reasons to prohibit quality young people like Enes Kanter from playing in college and start to investigate some of their own refs who consistently give the home team an obivious advantage. These refs could honestly be on the take, does anyone monitor them?

  41. Geese
    9:04 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Um, you can’t hate Vandy? FALSE. Obviously never been to a game at Memorial. I despise Vandy, and everyone else should, too. Stallings is a super grade A prick who can’t stand us, their elitist fans look down on us for being inbred offspring of Raylan Givens, and their awful venue is neither cool nor magical. It sucks. Vandy sucks. Get your ish together, Beisner.

  42. Nashville Cat
    9:04 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    I agree that UK fans are “meh” when it comes to Vandy, but as someone who has lived in Nashville almost 7 years, Vandy grads/fans/people are the worst. In general, the ones I’ve known and have been around are 1) spoiled, 2) entitled, 3) lazy, 4) incredibly self centered and, worst of all, 4) think they’re superior in all ways. Spend one game in that gym dealing with their fans and you’ll come to hate them, a most other fan bases do.

  43. CollegeBBrefsSuk
    9:11 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Prediction…The Cats will get screwed by the refs at Vandy. Tough call, huh?

  44. The Dykster
    9:12 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    More Creed! More Creed!

  45. Jimmy Dykes' Vocabulary
    9:21 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    The Office is done. The show has been terrible since the Jim and Pam relationship thing started. Someone drive a nail into it and let’s finish this thing. A new show will come along and take over and do even better because the second mouse gets the cheese.

  46. The problem
    9:23 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    35- Are you for real about Will Ferrell? That would be awesome. And yeah I predict Michael will go back with Holly at whatever branch she came from and make cameo appearances to visit in future season(s).

  47. ukfaninwv
    9:24 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    There’s nothing that burns my butt more than poor officiating. I mean look at that picture…Higgins is looking straight at Green’s feet and he still missed the call. And that touch foul they called for Tinsley was so weak. But I guess grazing someone with a fingernail IS a foul. Still nothing comes close to the rape job we got a Georgia this year. That is without a doubt the worse officiated game I have ever seen.

  48. UK
    9:44 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    honestly feel sorry Higgins. 5 game in 7 days playing in 5 different states. I blame NCAA for having the officials having to ref that many games per week.

  49. john4uk
    10:19 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    These refs should be banned for life from officiating college basketball games:”Blind”Carl Hess,Tim Higgins,Gerald Boudreaux,Tony Green,and Ted Valentine.The only officials thnat may be worse are the ones who officiate the womens game.

  50. wildcatmatt
    10:48 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    46 – Yep. Will Ferrell will be finishing out the season when Michael leaves in a couple of weeks. Also expecting back Todd Packer as a possible replacement for Michael in the coming seasons…………

  51. Positive Spin
    10:51 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Move to nashville, listen to the local radio guys, listen to the Vandy game on the radio and you will hate the commodores. Every game they ever lose is someone else’s fault. Every call that goes against them is the worst call in the history of the game. Its very annoying.

  52. Al's IndiCats
    11:37 am February 11, 2011 Permalink

    That gym should be put to rest like they should put Bobby Knight to pasture. Went there a few years back while on retreat with my company. The were playing Georgia. I wore my UK hat and I caught more crap for the hat than the Guy from georgia with his shirt on. It felt GREAT to be hated that much. I’ll have to say this though, the females had more balls than the guys did, because they didn’t let up after a threat or two ha ha ha.

  53. dark helmet
    12:16 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Wrong I hate vandy and they are hateable. and yes it makes me hate them more

  54. Justin G.
    12:38 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    The truth of the matter is that Randy Shannon was going to sign with UK, and was already finishing the details, but then the Texas defensive coordinator position came open. Not many schools can compete with Texas, when a job like that opens up, so Shannon withdrew his name, and pursued the Texas job. UK then went with Rick Minter. UK has slowly been building a program, in a conference that is hard to do so. Maryland is a worse program, because they have never done anything in the ACC, even when it has suffered in the last 5 years (florida schools are not the same). Yet, will they ever be able to do anything? Both Florida St. and Miami seem to be getting on the rebound, while Clemson seems to be pulling in another great class (just wonder if they will do something with it this time?) I love how people say that because Maryland plays in a semi-easier conference they will attract someone like Shannon. The good Coaches want to be somewhere where there is a challenge, but also a great conference, and a passionate fanbase (loyal!). If he could do a good job at UK against the powers that reside in the SEC, then he would be given some serious attention.

  55. Bundy
    12:47 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    That ref made 2 huge, obviously bad calls at the end of the game last night, that pretty much handed the game to Vandy. At the risk of sounded like a conspiracy theorist, I could swear he through the game to Vandy. He was looking directly at Green’s foot, which was not even close to being out, but still made that call. I couldn’t believe it.

  56. cracka
    1:12 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    the floating espn logo was obviously distracting him, floating just a tad out of his line of sight in his peripheral just enough to bother him

  57. ksrfan
    3:27 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Todd Packer is annoying. I really hope he doesn’t take over. And, my wife is pissed at everyone who is criticizing Jim and Pam. haha

  58. Geaux Cats
    4:16 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    I bet Holly could suck the chrome off of a trailer hitch

  59. T-Rowe
    9:07 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    People who complain about officiating are sore losers and crybabies. Get over it. There are tough calls being made during the entire game. People only focus on the calls against their team. If an official wanted a certain team to win then they would make sure the game didn’t come down to the wire and be that close. I officiate little league games and some coaches think I’m against their team. Hilarious. Like I really care which middle school team wins.