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Helen Thomas’s Monday News and Views

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This past weekend saw the passing of one of the true female pioneers in American life, and one that was born in Kentucky, Helen Thomas. Thomas was born in Winchester in 1920 and after leaving Kentucky with her Lebanese family soon thereafter, she grew up in Detroit, studying to become a journalist. In a field dominated by men, Thomas quickly rose as the leading “female voice” in Washington, writing for UPI (that once meant something in the pre-internet days) as their most important “woman’s issues correspondent.” But Thomas quickly grew tired of that role and beginning in 1961, she started on the White House beat, covering John F Kennedy. Over the next 48 years, she covered every United States President from Kennedy to Johnson to Nixon to Ford to Carter to Reagan to Bush to Clinton to Bush to Obama. She sat in the same seat for virtually all of those years, on the front row ready to pounce, a White House Jerry Tipton asking the first question. She was considered by many to be mean and gruff, but she also fought for respect for women in a profession where it is not given easily. Over the years she was part of many controversies, often for making offensive comments, especially in her latter years. But at her peak, she was one of the press’s biggest checks on the United States President, giving Republican and Democrat Commanders in Chief tough scrutiny of whatever actions they were undertaking. In a world where nearly all news is partisan and most “questioning” is simply political ideology masked as journalism, Thomas stands out as a different breed. She seemed to hate everyone equally, and that made her effective. She passed away Friday at the age of 93, a journalistic trailblazer, whose snarl helped an entire generation of women that followed her have the chance to share the same space as their male colleagues.

This weekend has some (but not a ton) of news, so with that we will break this into four parts…the four news stories worth talking about, followed by 4 recommendations of non-sports entertainment you might like and 4 pictures that could make you smile. Let’s get going:

1. 2014 Basketball Recruiting Goes Deeper: The John Calipari era has been characterized by one constant over the past five years…the ability to lock up the best recruiting class in America and turn “basketball recruiting” into a no-worry follow for UK fans. As our caller Scott in Shelbyville always says, the phrase “trust in Cal” has proved 100% correct and it has caused most recruiting “news” in basketball to be relatively thin. But this year we are seeing something different. Kentucky is offering more players in the 2014 class than at any point during the Calipari era. At this point, by my count, Calipari has offered Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Rashad Vaughn, Cliff Alexander, Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Josh Perkins, Emmanuel Mudiay, Myles Turner, Angel Delgado, Kelly Oubre and Justise Winslow…in addition to the commitment of Karl Towns. That counts for 14 outstanding offers, which is the most of any class since Calipari has been in Lexington. The reason for this is simple…the top players are considering more schools, and a greater variety of schools, than any group in recent years. Part of this is because of Duke, Michigan St and Arizona’s decision to follow Calipari’s lead and go full out for the “one and done” kids. This is causing tremendous competition for the elite guys. But also it is due in part to the oddities of this class…players see themselves as package deals (Okafor/Jones and Mudiay/Turner), meaning the risk/reward for the top guys is higher. Kentucky is still going to end up with a great class, but the news this weekend that Calipari has offered Justise Winslow suggests that he is reaching to a different type of player, in part to try and grab an elite class with top flight talent (some say Winslow may play with Okafor and Jones). The smart money still says UK gets one of the top two classes in college basketball (Towns, Mudiay, Turner, Lyles, Johnson and Vaughn seem like the strongest potential commitments now, but honestly any of the above 14 besides Okafor/Jones would not be a surprise). However everyone is having to put in a bit more work and cast their net slightly wider to make it happen this time.

— This is the best time for television in the history of the genre. If you can’t find a good show to watch from the past decade (“The Wire”, “Sopranos”, “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men”, “Game of Thrones”, etc), then that is on you, not the makers of television. But the last couple of years have seen only so-so new shows, making me wonder if the golden age is winding down (“The Newsroom” makes me cringe…and not only because people say I remind them of the Jeff Daniels character). However the first two episodes of the FX series “The Bridge” shows a lot of promise. The show is centered on the El Paso/Juarez USA/Mexico border and involves a crime that brings the two countries together. If you can get past one serious deficiency (I am not sure they could have made the female lead character less likable if they tried…and it makes the show hard to watch), the storyline and the themes are very well done. I am not sure if it will stay good…”Homeland” is an example of a second season gone awry. But as of now, it is worth catching up and following Season 1 as we head towards the third episode.


This picture of Yao Ming and a 4’11” woman from Deadspin makes me very happy.

2. UK Football Recruiting Continues to Amaze: I will be the first to acknowledge that I was the biggest naysayer of all when it came to UK football recruiting. I accepted what was thought to be the commonsense notion of recruiting to Lexington, assuming that it simply couldn’t be done at an elite level. Mark Stoops is proving me wrong daily. The latest example was the somewhat surprise commitment of 4 star Defensive Tackle Cory Johnson, who picked UK over a host of top rated schools. The Juco DT was coveted by Miami, Tennessee and Nebraska (who really must hate us now) among others, and Stoops, Marrow and company convinced him to be part of a UK recruiting class that is starting to sniff a top ten ranking. With other commitment possibilities looming over the next week, it is starting to become a likelihood that UK will be all but done with recruiting by the season’s open, leaving only a handful of spots for the late fall and spring. The pictures that came out of the Friday Night Lights Camp this past weekend showcase in part how this is happening, as Stoops was surrounded by players smiling and encouraging the creation of a bond extending throughout the class. Drew Barker, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Boom Williams and others are making a culture where UK football is cool and it is shocking the world, as seen by the comments of other SEC coaches at SEC Media Days. A few big targets remain (such as Matt Elam pictured below), but Kentucky is certain to (a) have the best recruiting class in its history (b) substantial buzz going into 2015 recruiting and (c) a group ready to make history as the “class that turned it around.” It is amazing what Stoops has accomplished already, without even playing a game.

— After hearing about it for weeks, I finally checked out Jerry Seinfeld’s new web show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” this weekend and I am a huge fan. I already went through the David Letterman, Chris Rock, Larry David and Don Rickles episodes and each of them I found fascinating and funny. The series is what the title says…Seinfeld drives around with comedians, talking and getting coffee. Each is about 20 minutes and each will make you laugh and get to know guys/women you probably already like. Check it out when you have some time to kill. I am doing Sarah Silverman tonight after we finish this post up.


Matt Elam is entertaining to me. He will be a fan favorite if he picks UK over Alabama…and he is also huge. This picture by a fan makes me feel sorry for all those that play John Hardin this year.

3. Change is Coming to Commonwealth Stadium: This weekend was yet another example that there are some serious changes coming to the UK football experience. If you missed it earlier, Matt Elam tweeted out a picture of the new grey uniforms (which I thought looked very cool), and set the UK social media world buzzing with comments. Most people seemed to be in favor of them, but there were the dissenters (usually with the predictable…”our colors are BLUE AND WHITE” refrain). On Sunday night, it came out that Mark Stoops was instituting a “wear suits to the game” policy for home and road games this year. This mindset, “we are going to work”, is par for the course for this group and will certainly make the Cat Walk a more fashionable affair. None of this is surprising if you know Stoops, but it is part of an overall change that fans need to get ready for. Commonwealth Stadium and the gameday experience will not be what you are used to in the past. I expect much more modern (aka rap and hip hop) music and a different mindset in the stadium that gears the experiences towards recruits and making this a “cool” team. You will see it in the uniforms, the helmets and the attitude and it may lead to some sacred cows being sacrificed. I have advocated this mindset for some time, but we have been stuck in an “old school” football mentality. That has ended…gameday as a party is beginning and people should be ready for what is ahead.

— I have given you a tv show and web series, so now how about some reading. I just finished Dave Eggers’s “A Hologram for the King” and it is one of the best novels I have read in the past two years. Eggers, who you may remember from “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” focuses his story on a middle-aged American businessman sent to Saudi Arabia to try and sell an American product to the King. What follows is a reflection on the difficulty of American labor in the modern world and how individuals in the working class deal with a global economy that increasingly leaves them out of the bargain. It is a great story, exquisitely executed, while also having light enough moments to remain entertaining. Check it out if you so please.


Geraldo Rivera turned 70 this weekend and posted this selfie of himself to showcase what good shape he is in. We can all admit he is in good shape…but we can also admit that it will be hard to get this awful image out of our brain…you might need the “Night Court” theme.

4. Another Example of NCAA Shams with Players: The story of Florida women’s basketball player Sydney Moss would obviously be of interest to us for obvious reasons. Moss was the Miss Basketball for Kentucky in 2011, is Randy Moss’s kid and is interested in transferring to Kentucky. Florida coach Amanda Butler however is limiting the schools she can attend, specifically focusing on Kentucky, one of the four schools for which Moss asked to be able to get a transfer. Butler is limiting Moss from attending Kentucky (likely because they are in the same conference) and now Moss is probably going to go instead to Division III Thomas More because she doesn’t want to sit out the year to go to a school outside of the state. The issue obviously is important to us because of the Kentucky connection, but the problem extends beyond that. It is yet another example of how schools retain way too much control over kids, their lives and their academic/athletic futures. Why shouldn’t Moss be able to go to Kentucky? If a SEC school wanted Coach Amanda Butler, nothing would stop her from taking the job. So why is it fair for a player not to have the same freedom? There are internal problems at Florida that are contributing to Moss’s decision to transfer (some believe the coach is on the rocks). If the coach is gone, Moss will have no choice in her coach, and she should have the right to go play where she pleases. To set a restriction is, in my view, unfair and another example of the “ownership” mentality of players that I hate in college sports. When Kyle Witljer left Kentucky, Calipari put out no restrictions. When Marvin Stone wanted to leave to go play for LOUISVILLE, Tubby Smith let him do it. Both of those coaches won titles. Butler shouldn’t be so petty as to let her relative lack of success cause her to infringe on a player’s right to have a happy collegiate experience.

— I am a sucker for old magazine articles…I bought a series of books on Kindle of the best articles from Esquire magazine. One of my favorites is this profile of Mr Rogers from the 1980s. The author follows Mr Rogers around and showcases how he wasn’t just a television persona, but also a genuine person showcasing the best of human emotions in his life. If you don’t read it and strive to be a better person yourself, then there isn’t much I can do for you.


Dick Vitale was in Colorado this weekend and saw John Mayer perform. Here is a picture of the two of them…I find it hilarious.

The KSR TOUR is in its final week beginning Monday morning in Glasgow. We will be at the Glasgow Country Club ready to talk about all the news of the week and give away some tickets. Check it out and if you can, come see us in Danville, Maysville, Lexington or Louisville for our final stops. We leave for Alaska Saturday, so we have a big week to get ready. See you around the way…

Article written by Matt Jones

73 Comments for Helen Thomas’s Monday News and Views

  1. Andrew
    10:31 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t agree with you about the 2nd season of Homeland, not really sure how they could have done it any better. I do mostly agree with you on your TV choices. I would put Sons of Anarchy on the lest of good stuff in the past few years, but obviously its not on the Breaking Bad, Wire, etc list.

  2. kybb
    10:32 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    The new Karl Towns documentary, in case you missed it:

  3. dcgirl
    10:34 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Oh how I love a Matt Jones News & Views 🙂

  4. Matt Jones
    10:37 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    #1 the last season was so ridiculous and so outlandish that it lost all connection with reality. What I liked about the first season was its connection to what could happen…in the second, they completely got away from that and it became a silly action show. That is fine, but the first season was much more than that.

  5. AmElBe
    10:38 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    In my opinion, Thomas’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish comments make her unworthy of any praise and forever taint her career accomplishments.

  6. Andrew
    10:46 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    I very much agree with you on that point. Most people think of the show as something that really could and really does happen behind the scenes in government agencies and it was a little far fetched the 2nd season. Characters are great though.

  7. BigBlueSexMachine
    10:47 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Great read. The NCAA is pathetic. It’s as bad and outta touch as the government

  8. BigBlueSexMachine
    10:51 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    If we had REAL journalist today that Would hate everyone equally we might be in much better shape. Hold both sides of the fence accountable instead of all this round table, opinionated discussion bullish. News used to be news. Not a race for ratings. It’s not suppose to be entertainment

  9. They Feet
    11:00 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    I wish I was gonna be “doing Sarah Silverman” tonight after you finish this post up.

  10. Bleed Blue
    11:02 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Myles Turner, Josh Perkins, and Angel Delgado do not have offers from us. Also I think we will add Perkins to this class as a back up to Mudiay. I think we end up with a class of Towns, Mudiay, Johnson, Lyles, Booker, Delgado, and Perkins. The class also depends on who stays, but most of these players won’t decide till spring so we have time. Also I think that we will add Exum after December of this year.

  11. Sexington
    11:07 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    You’re doing Sarah Silverman!!!!

  12. Slappy
    11:11 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t wait to hear the old fogeys complaining about the new CWS experience. The increased energy & swagger will be a GOOD thing, people. Embrace it & get with it or get out & make space for the younger generation.

  13. Josh
    11:36 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s take a poll.

    What gets completed first?
    A – Rupp renovation;
    B – Commonwealth renovation; or
    C – KSR site re-design launch.

  14. Plython
    11:40 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Heard Geraldo Rivera was starring in Weekend at Bernie’s III

  15. Kev
    11:42 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

  16. Wedding planner
    11:51 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    What?! The second season of Homeland was awesome.. every episode had the suspense of a season finale. Great show..

    I agree with the other post about Sons of Anarchy.. the plot in the season where they get revenge on the FBI agent was TIGHT

  17. lol
    11:51 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    I applaud Helen Thomas’ bravery in voicing her disapproval of Israel’s foreign policy (and our country’s unfortunate kowtowing to its Washington lobby), even if it took her 89 years and a small dose of senility to do it. A great woman and inspiration to all in her field.

    (This is the place to engage in hyperpartisan and nonproductive political discussions, right?)

  18. RJ
    11:59 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    My brain is having a hard time processing why I am seeing a half-naked Geraldo. It’s not that it can’t understand why — it just doesn’t want to.

  19. Buckets
    11:59 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, I seem to recall you making fun of “Game of Thrones” without ever having seen it. Does this mean you’ve seen it and have since changed your tune?

  20. tltaworl
    11:59 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    15. I remember we wanted Barber pretty bad. Never did understand why he went to Auburn. Too bad.

  21. kuhlkat
    12:06 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    13 I’ll take A

  22. iinlexh
    12:29 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Any player should be able to attend any school he or she wants to. They should not be OWNED by a NCAA coach or school period. Support freedom for college students.

  23. vinnny V
    12:47 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    So I will NEVER FORGIVE YOU for posting that pic of Geraldo!
    You can’t “un-see” that!!!!

  24. ciggy
    1:01 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    If i remember right, wasn’t ms thomas caught on video slamming jewish folks? I always liked her, she seemed to be a pretty awesome lady, and didn’t hold back on anyone. She was a throwback to how reporters SHOULD act. Folks slammed her for the comments she made, but she was entitled to her opinion. I respected that.

    That pic is crazy of yao. jebus.

  25. SeaCat
    1:03 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, nice post.
    Although it was longer than Moby’s Dick
    per Herman Melville (he should know)
    and Capt Ahab (he should really know)!

  26. Kev
    1:03 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    20. One of Tubby’s misses. Seemed to go downhill from there as far as recruiting.

  27. SeaCat
    1:06 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    FYI, Helen was Jewish.
    Just to add to the confusion and conflict…

  28. blublood
    1:08 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Alaska is amazing! The family and I spent a week there last summer, rented a car and drove over 1000 miles. Anchorage, Whittier, Seward, Healy, Denali, Fairbanks, love, love, love it (in summer of course). Have a great trip 🙂

  29. Doc
    1:38 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #27, Helen Thomas was of Arabic descent(Lebanese, specifically). She told a rabbi attending a gathering on the White House lawn that Jews should get out of Palestine and go home to Poland or America, among other things. She also gave speeches to Arab groups stating America is run by Zionists, showing little difference in rhetoric from many of the current ME power brokers. Her noteworthy accomplishment was being part of the White House Press Corps and having two X chromosomes.

  30. SeaCat
    1:47 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Doc 29, I still think I was correct.
    I will double check tomorrow.

  31. SeaCat
    1:52 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    29) I am pretty sure she was 1) no fan of Isreal and
    2) Jewish

  32. SeaCat
    1:56 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    ^^^ Israel

  33. jeremy
    2:22 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Helen Thomas was the most unpleasant person I have ever met or worked around. She was a laughing stock among the WH press corps. When someone passes, I always offer praise for their life but in her case, I can find no positive words. The world is better off without her.

  34. Bob
    5:00 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    speak the truth about those in Israel and you get hit with anti semitism which means absolutely nothing. only in the U.S.

  35. teddy bridgewater
    5:01 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Geraldo is a hot piece of latino man meat. I would like to sample his buritto!

  36. Do whut?
    5:56 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Every time a kid wants to transfer and is denied going to a specific school(s) the same worn out “hypocritical” line is trotted out. Apples to oranges. You’re comparing university employees to students. One might note that coaches are also paid into the millions of dollars while student athletes are at best rewarded with scholarships and room and board. It’s really akin to saying parents are hypocrites for not adhering to their children’s bedtimes. The argument can be made but is it a sound one? A coach isn’t a student and a student isn’t a coach.

  37. Do whut?
    6:16 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Matt while I certainly appreciate your admission that you were wrong about the ability to recruit at a high level within the realm of Kentucky football what I never understood was your trumpeting of the Fellowship of the Miserable line that it couldn’t be done. I’ve heard that same claim my entire life and to this day have never heard a cogent argument as to why this would be the case. “Well because we never have” and “we’ll always be a basketball school first” don’t even qualify as reasoned arguments. One might as well say, “because I said so”, and save some time.

  38. jumbojulep
    7:22 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Helen Thomas AND Whorealdo in one post? Good grief. And Thomas was a Jew hating biased old bag and NOT someone to be admired and slobbered over.

  39. kentuckyjoe
    8:08 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Helen asked George W. the one best question of the whole Iraq debacle – ‘Mr. President, what was your real reason for going to war?’.

  40. D
    8:10 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Helen Thomas was not Jewish. She was anti-Israel.

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    8:26 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

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  42. thats budda
    8:28 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    IF Elam comes here I can’t wait to see what Korem and the staff can do to that body. Also Sarah Silverman was the best of those in my opinion

  43. James K
    8:30 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    First of all, you should definitely listen to #40. You need bass lessons, Matt, because I’ve heard you and you’re terrible.

    Secondly, have you tried Jeff Garlin’s podcast? It’s called “By the Way” and he only has good guests because it’s basically only people that he likes. He doesn’t really use the show as a promotional tool for comedians or anything like that. There’s an episode with Conan, Larry David, Matt Weiner, JJ Abrams… good stuff. I know we have similar podcast taste so I thought I’d recommend.

  44. brad
    8:38 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    The last few years, before she was fired/retired, Thomas was more of a joke than anything.

  45. barn
    8:49 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    22–I thought any player can attend any school he or she wants to. has something changed that I missed?

  46. tuxedo park
    8:53 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Marc Maron’s WTF is the original (and best) podcast of that ilk. And Homeland went into Dexter territory last season. And I mean that derogatorily.

  47. Fat Cat
    9:00 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Helen Thomas was partisan, anti conservative, and anti Israel. To imply she was a critic of all and check on the Executive branch is in itself blindly partisan and ignorant. Leave this crap off the site Matt.

  48. Hoho
    9:07 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry Matt, but TV these days is the worst that it’s every been. Full of remakes and retreaded jokes from the 70s and 80s. Hollywoods lost all its creativity and replaced it with queers and vampires.

  49. paducahfan
    9:12 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Matt – the best old magazine articles are in Vanity Fair. Read “Sinatra Has A Cold”, by Gay Talese (I think)

  50. Adam
    9:15 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I read the leading character in The Bridge has aspergers(probably spelled wrong) which is a form of autism. That actually makes character more interesting to me

  51. tom
    9:23 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    51. Amen and amen

  52. lol
    9:27 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    If Helen Thomas had said Palestinians should “get the hell away from Israel” as an 89-year-old woman, she would’ve been praised at home and never labeled as anti-Muslim.

    Such is the power of Israel’s lobby: the country’s awful foreign policy can’t be criticized without turning its dissenters into modern day Henry Fords.

  53. CATandMONKEY
    9:36 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    It is a toss-up as to which image will leave more permanent scars: Naked, 70 year-old Geraldo or the lovely face of Ms. Thomas. Sorry, while I respect her voracious tenacity as a correspondent I generally find her disagreeable in every possible aspect.

    The NCAA should be disassembled immediately.They make the Federal govt look competent, wise , fair and effective.

  54. GummyBear
    9:38 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Is it just me, or does Jerry Seinfeld look more and more like Gilbert Gotfried every day?

  55. BPM
    9:54 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    The Bridge is definitely promising but I agree that the female lead character is awful. I hope she gets killed off and Jamie Gumm/Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs gets more involved. FX has been strong lately. I thought the Americans was a great new show.

  56. For Real?
    10:00 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    That mug of what appears to be a female has to be the ugliest woman to serve as a “journalist”. A Kentucky Babe? The world is indeed a better place with her having gone to meet Allah. Matt Jones has done it again, mixing liberal politics at it’s worse with good ole Kentucky sports. Shame on Mr Jones.

  57. Greg
    10:23 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    While I agree that there are more teams in for the top talent I think we’re also seeing a change in Cal’s recruiting ideas after last year. He wants to make sure he’s got competition and probably expects a huge exodus in 2014. He’s got a lot of spots to fill.

  58. Ohiocatfan
    10:26 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Why is it that when anyone criticizes Israel, people assume they are anti-semitic??? It also seems that when anyone in this country says something positive about the Palestinians, it is assumed that they are pro-terrorism and anti-U.S./Israel? The fact is, if you go back and FAIRLY research the Israel/Palestinian conflict, you will find that both sides have committed horrific and criminal acts. Unfortunately, in this nation, being objective on this issue and criticizing Israel AT ALL is a major no-no. I for one have nothing against Jews (other than the same criticisms I have against ALL religions) but am not a fan of the government of Israel.

  59. Ohiocatfan
    10:29 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    56. You are the kind of person that person that makes UK fans look stupid. Our fanbase will be much better off when YOU go meet your maker (that doesn’t really exist!)

  60. nowis
    10:44 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    One less ugly bigot

  61. wayne
    11:11 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    EL. Thomas was an embarrisment to kentucky , a flaming liberal .

  62. Dexter Morgan
    11:12 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    If you are looking for a good show to watch that isn’t on your list, Dexter, Ray Donovan and Sons of Anarchy are all good.

  63. garric
    11:18 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    U missed alot of good shows Justified, Dexter, Sparticus, Rome, The Tudors,Deadwood,Frindge,Walking Dead,Boardwalk Empire But to your point they are all shows in the last decade, u may be right that the newer shows may fall a little short

  64. Myiogi
    11:25 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Ms. Thomas is a perfect example of someone that was in her job way too long. She was biased and it showed. I know she was Lebanese, but her sexual orientation should have nothing to do with this article.

  65. Marcus L Owens
    12:41 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Josh Perkins’ father said UK is still staying in contact with the family, but Calipari has yet to extend an official scholarship offer

  66. LindaS
    1:07 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    The pic of Geraldo is exactly why I don’t want someone in my age group. I want someone 15 years youger!

  67. African starving people
    1:39 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I look like Geraldo with NO workouts (which, he is not inclined). It is great that the man is thin, it is however, his choice.
    PS, No need to let the towel hang that low.

  68. jg714
    1:56 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Randy Moss’***

  69. Teachable Mo'
    2:04 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Thomas wasn’t a Jew hater. That’s ridiculous. Hating the occupation of the West Bank is hardly anti-Semitic.

    A two state solution is (IIRC) the official policy of Israel and is supported by a majority of the population in Israel.

    There are people in this country who think they understand the situation better than Israelis themselves.

  70. Bunny
    3:04 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Helen Thomas was a far left zealot who hated Israel and Jews. Her obvious biases preclude her from being ever called a journalist. She has NO BUSINESS being mentioned on a Sports Blog. Matt, please keep your politics out of KSR.

  71. ohiocatfan
    4:22 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Bunny… First off, if you don’t like the site, start your own. Jackass.

  72. ohiocatfan
    4:23 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    and second, never start a post with “first off” if you only have one thing to say!

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