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If Boogie is happy, then I’m happy. (Game recap)


It’s late, so we won’t go too hard.  Besides, Boogie is getting the game ball anyway.  Here are a few notes for you….

 – So Morgan Newton might not be all the way there yet, huh?  After months of hearing UK’s coaches and the media rave about how the junior signal-caller looked like a completely different player than we saw in the Compass Bowl in January, he looked pretty familiar.  In fact, he looked a little worse.  Newton struggled in nearly every area of the game.  He held on to the ball too long, threw it into coverage, failed to avoid the rush and finished 7/18 for 97 yards with a touchdown and 3 interceptions.  Hell, he even tripped over his own feet one time.  Newton’s first game as the unquestioned quarterback could not have gone any worse, though he did provide a glimpse of what he can be for Kentucky when he put the game away in the fourth quarter witha 58-yard run and a 31-yard touchdown pass.  He’s clearly Joker’s guy (if he wasn’t, Maxwell Smith would have played like Joker said he would), so he’ll have a chance to fix those mistakes.  For Kentucky to have any sort of prayer for bowl eligibility he’ll have to do it quickly.  If he plays like he did Thursday in Nashville, this thing will go south in a hurry.

 – Ok, you can believe the hype – even if it’s just for one night.  Winston Guy is a bad, bad man in Rick Minter’s new defense.  Guy was the non-special teams star of the game against WKU, registering 10 tackles (2.5 for loss) and picking off two passes.  More importantly, Guy was the opposite of what he seemed to be so often last season.  Instead of being the player getting beat deep or getting dusted off by a running back, he was the defender forcing the back to change direction or pressuring the receivers in the flat.  His final interception came on the game’s final play, which technically makes it a garbage pick, but he definitely earned a little paddin of the stats with his play.  Great game for #21.

 – Joker tried to warn us, but I don’t think anyone really believed it was going to be like this.  The offense is bad.  It’s bad bad.  There was no running game.  There was no passing game.  The Cats went three-and-out eight times.  They had four first downs.  It was beyond bad.  I don’t even want to talk about it anymore.

 – Conversely, Rick Minter’s defense wasn’t too shabby.  There was still a little bit of the “bend but try not to break” feel to it and Bobby Rainey did surprass 100 yards again (108), but the unit was actually pretty darn good.  They intercepted four passes and held the Hilltoppers to only three points, which is impressive no matter who the opponent is.  Minter’s blitz packages were effective and a number of guys got a good shot at WKU’s quarterback.  I’m not sure it can carry the offense in every single game, but it looks to be at a point where the Cats can win more than a handful of games if the offense advances past gut-wrenching pathetic mess.

 – Ummm…..anyone else think the offensive line might be slightly overrated?  The unit that was supposed to be far and away UK’s best and maybe one of the best in the nation was pushed around by the Sunbelt team Thursday and had little besides Stuart Hines’ reception to be proud of.  The Cats averaged only 2.3 yards per carry on the ground and Morgan Newton was regularly running for his life.  If there was a reason to feel good about what UK’s inexperienced offense could do this season, it was the strong line giving them space to run and Newton time to make plays.  They got neither against Western.  Again, it’s something that needs to change ASAP.

 – In what seems to be the case every season, the special teams were again special and punter Ryan Tydlacka put together a hell of a game.  He booted seven punts for an average of 47.5 and said after the game that he was exhausted.  Teams with a good offense can ride a strong defense and special teams to championship contention.  Teams with bad offenses hope to ride them to bowl eligibility.  That looks like what might be the case here.  The special teams were again solid.

 – The wide receivers, as an entire unit, were atrocious.  Joker Phillips echoed that sentiment in the postgame press conference when he voiced his disappointment with a group that really isn’t all that young.  Morgan Newton did more than enough to stall out the offense, but his wide receivers certainly did their part in failing to make plays and letting their balls drop like it was seventh grade all over again.  Much like it was with Mike Hartline two seasons ago and Andre Woodson a few years before that, an inexperienced quarterback’s learning curve is considerably more steep when his wideouts can’t pull in a pass.  The good news is that they seemed to be in sync in terms of timing.  These guys just have to catch the ball.  We’ll blame it on Tennessee and hope for a better showing next week.

 – It’s still very, very early, but it looked for a bit like there might have been a changing of the guard at running back already.  Freshman Josh Clemons relieved Raymond Sanders, scored Kentucky’s first touchdown, and then seemed to handle the majority of the carries before Sanders reappeared.  They both finished with similar numbers (Clemons: 11 carries for 39 yards, Sanders:  13 for 35) but the freshman seemed to be the one most comfortable hitting the holes and running with a purpose.  It will be interesting to see how this battle plays out.  Kentucky might just go with shared duties in the backfield.

 – The attendance for the game was officially announced at 25,499.  That was changed to 25,510 late in the fourth quarter when UK’s offense showed up.  Either way, it’s not exactly an impressive crowd to kick off the season.  The good news?  We get to do it again in two years! 

 – Injury news:  Morgan Newton has an injured thumb on his left hand and Collins Ukwu, who left the game, has a bruised chest.  Neither should be a big deal.

That’s really it.  In fact, I’ve probably said to much.  For now, forget how ugly it was and enjoy the victory.  And patiently wait for a post from Buzz Baker – yes, Buzz Baker! – in a few hours.  Goodnight.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

81 Comments for If Boogie is happy, then I’m happy. (Game recap)

  1. Hmmmm
    1:50 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Mychal Bailey doesn’t make the trip to Nashville (or whatever reason) so he goes out & parties with Mike Hartline?

    I_Am_HitStick41 Out witmy boy Mike Hartline

  2. Fear the Lamb
    1:53 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I will golf clap when they win. There will be no surprises!

  3. UKGoBigBlue
    2:02 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Hot Damn We weren’t cooking with gas to night !! I really wonder what they have been doing in practice !! Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders, holy hell what a horribly called offensive game. Lord Help us

  4. ebell55
    2:02 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I would play Coshik Williams over Sanders. Sanders just doesn’t have it I hate picking on one player and the line didn’t create many holes but sanders is at best our 4th best back. Also I saw so many fans with bad attitudes that it made me sick they act like everything that goes wrong is Jokers fault. I saw one guy who wouldn’t even cheer win we scored!

  5. RonH
    2:10 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I saw the Real Deal and the future of UK football tonight in Patrick Towes vs Dixie Heights. The sooner Towes starts at UK the Better!!!!!

  6. bubbles
    2:35 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Towels plays tomorrow, besides Dixie heights has Zeke pike, an even better player going to Auburn

  7. dontgoanywhere
    2:48 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    who is the chick with Boogie?-she looks tiny next to him

  8. Tyler Durden
    2:57 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    And now, here’s your 3 second .gif post game wrap up report:

  9. Hammered Guy
    2:57 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Best part of the game was they sold beer.

  10. JDaws
    3:15 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    The staff ruined Sanders. He came in as a scat back that could make people miss running outside and catching screen passes in space. Would have made a great Punt returner as well. Now he just looks like a little fatty. He’s 5’8 205. Thats similarly proportioned to a midget. After the staff got Gainer and Clemons they should have got Sanders back to his original weight. He’s clearly lost all his speed and elusiveness. Just sayin since someone mentioned him.

    He certainly wasn’t the problem tonight.

  11. JBR
    3:17 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    It is Joker’s fault…he is a horrible coach. I was going to give him this season, but with a weak attitude, and the worst game preparation of any college coach that I have seen, he is simply awful. There is a reason that a team comes out flat and terrible in their games, and that is a lack of preparation and attitude. I thought that Minter may make a difference, and the D did look a little better, but our overall prep is still awful. Face it, Joker may be one of “us”…but that “us” i.e. UK football, have been losers for generations. He knows how to underachieve…time for some new blood in here from somewhere that knows what winning tastes like.

  12. Your Dad
    3:26 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    There’s so many closet racists following this team it’s just sad to watch the comments anymore.

    Newton had a bad game. The recievers had a bad game. The offensive line didn’t play like they should (one of our strengths).

    People have bad games. Everyone else is given the write off. But not KY football.

    You act like this team is the bad news bears and hasn’t been to 5 straight bowl games.

    Get over yourself and quit bitching, you girls sound like an estrogen choked PTA meeting.

  13. Loki Van Coonter
    3:28 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    And as soon as that “winner” tastes winning at Kentucky he’s out the door. And I’m not talking about winning big. 8-9 win season and a decent job opens up? He gone baby gone.

  14. Your Dad
    3:36 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Look at #11’s comments. It’s just uncalled for after the first game of the season.

    If we’re 1-11 in December, fire away. But we’re 1-0. Set your Grand Wizard hat down and take a breath.

  15. TT
    3:44 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    lol… your calling him a racist because he thinks joker is a bad coach…shut up please…i dont even want to go there…

  16. Mossakowski
    4:58 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    threw for 400+ yards and 5 TDs last night. Just sayin

  17. Idiot
    5:11 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    calling someone racist for pointing out obvious flaws in a coach is beyond ignorant. There was nothing even hinting at racism in that post. If you were a person who knew nothing about Joker and UK and you read that comment you would have no clue as to what race Joker is and there is absolutely nothing but slights against his ability as a coach. Could be that he is proving more and more that he just doesnt have it as a head coach. And its not just one game. The last three games UK have played have just been terrible. Stop saying it’s one game.

  18. Senator David Williams
    5:38 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    At least I shouldn’t be the biggest laughingstock in Kentucky this morning.

  19. BigBlueSkyDog
    5:48 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I heard a rumor that the bookstores around campus are selling UK football tees and jerseys 5 for $1. And a free head-sized paper bag w/ pre-cut holes for eyes and mouth

  20. tom
    6:25 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    To all of you who berated some of us last week for pointing out that 2 and 3 star players that we are picking up simply are not enough to adequately compete in the SEC…that we need those 4 and 5 star recruits…Well, last night’s exhibition is a perfect example of what we were talking about. The better teams with better rated athletes are simply not going to let what happened with Western take place. Teams with the higher rated players last night absolutely throttled their opponents. You can’t get much worse than Western and look what they did to us.

    In addition to that, the coaching staff (minus Minter and special teams) were an absolute embarrassment. Joker is a joke. He is way in over his head and it shows. Kentucky’s performance last night was a nlack eye on the SEC.

    I’m sorry, but Joker needs to go. If he can’t get his team better prepared over a period of 6 months than the product he put on the field last night then he needs to go. I don’t care what color skin the man has…the only color I am interested in is Blue and making sure that Blue is well represented in competition. I’m almost beginning to agree that Barnhart should consider going after Tressel. Maybe the Minter hiring has greater implications. He seems to be about the only coach out there who has a clue what’s going on.
    signed – very disappointed

  21. krmcats
    6:50 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I said it when he was hired that I like Joker, but he is not the answer. His players are proving that. If so many passes were not dropped, Newton may have had a decent game. I thought our O-Line was supposed to be a strong point of this team? They barely looked better than UL’s line. I am hoping for the best, but not holding my breath for the rest of the season.

  22. PatMan
    6:53 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    WOW, Cats will get eatin alive in the SEC. Still just like last year, come out completely flat, except this time it never really picked up. If WKU was in the backfield as much as they were, imagine what Florida and the likes will do. Don’t think its going to be very pretty at all !!!

  23. PatMan
    6:55 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    When does basketball start ?

  24. Plain Truth
    6:58 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Back to the days of Curry, when a $10.00 mercy buy of an end zone ticket, would get you a good seat on the 45 yard line, 4 rows behind the UK bench.

  25. tyson
    7:29 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    guys i’ve got some news for you…the defense was not that great last night. thank god WKU’s quarterback was not playing that well or we probably would have lost. there were SEVERAL wide open receivers and many missed tackles last night. i am not looking forward to the Louisville game.

  26. crackerhillbilly
    7:32 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Was interesting having UofL and UK games aired back to back. Made it very easy to compare the progress of the two second year coaches – Strong building on Kragthorpe’s mess and Joker building on Brook’s solid program. From that perspective it is very clear that Joker IS NOT the guy.

  27. Boogie
    7:41 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Cats won by 11, cards by 12. WKU>Murray. Just saying.

  28. bluesince66
    7:41 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I would say Western is improved over last year, but probably not as much as we made it look like. Afraid it’s going to be a long season.

  29. Central Michigan
    7:41 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    For all of you who are looking past us to the U of L game, we are going to come into your house and spank you. Our QB can hit his receivers, and they can catch the ball. Our D line will be charged with assault by the time the game is over. Come on out and watch the beat down.

  30. lexslamman
    7:43 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    We’re only like 6-7 weeks away from Madness, right?

    Thank God.

  31. Harry Dunn
    7:49 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    ……So Mississippi State is still a lock to win right??? Here comes the Chippewas….

  32. Tobias Funke
    7:59 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Ceiling is 5 wins. maybe 4. I feel like its novemeber and the season is over. Havent’ been this bummed about football since early Brooks yrs. This can’t be real, right?

  33. Always > U ..ofL
    8:01 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    #29. two words. Morehead state.

    See you on the hardwood, no one in this state cares about football enough to talk real trash.

  34. Don
    8:04 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    First game or not, that was extremely difficult to watch last night. I have not seen a UK team come out this flat in the opener..ever. Just saying, if Joker wants people to buy into the whole “RISE” thing, along with all the talk of competing with the big boys of the SEC, then he has to start selling a product that delivers. Period. The poor preparation and execution is as much a reflection of the coaches as it is the players.

    I see a serious lack of leadership. You can tell that the influence of guys like Cobb are not present. Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan need to put the team on their shoulders, but until an offensive player steps up, we are in for a very long season.

  35. bluesince66
    8:05 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    What really bothers me is how much the staff bragged on Newton and the offensive line. There either isn’t much competition in practice that makes both of them look good, or we just had a really off game last night, or some of our coaches don’t know what they’re looking at. Hope it’s #2. As for complaining about UK not getting 4-5 star players, I’m sure the coaches recruit them, but they choose to go elsewhere.

  36. Big Daddy
    8:12 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Glad Joker ran Mossakowski off and said Smith would play. Newton’s a joke and so’s his coach.

  37. Don
    8:12 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    SEC forums ripping us a new one…especially commenting on how WKU players were in the camera saying UK was supposed to be an “SEC” team, then shaking their heads laughing.

    If it weren’t for basketball and/or our charter status, they would likely vote us out as thy bring in better schools.

  38. SexnNursinHomes
    8:14 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    16- I know, I know

  39. barn
    8:23 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    we won’t win a game in sec. having said that newton’s shortcomings wouldn’t be neary so obvious if he had some/a receiver who could catch the ball deep. he made some very nice long passes on the money.

  40. JackNicklaus
    8:24 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Have been watching UK football for 30 years. May be the worst prepared team I have ever seen offensively. That includes the Curry years, when I thought it could not get any worse. I see no leadership on or off the field…dare I say…Kragthorpe’esque. Too laid-back, no fire, no passion, no sense of purpose, no accountability, unprepared, no originality, nothing. Last year was the same thing BUT we had some leaders ON the field (Cobb) who would jump your arse if you were screwing up.
    At least defensively, there is some hope. They play w/ some passion and are aggressive…which obviously is reflective of their coach AND some leaders in Trevathan/Guy.
    Call me whatever name you want, but I have no confidence in Joker as a coach…great guy, would be a great neighbor, but does not have IT as a head coach.
    another few games like this and Commonwealth will begin to look like the Curry years again….half empty.

  41. "same ol same ol"
    8:25 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    For those who say UK is just a basketball school. They have never been a true SEC contender. I guess Boise State was always a national power house ! How about TCU, MO.,South Carolina wasn’t much untill they got a proven coach ! We need to step up just like we did in basketball ! SEC is by far the best conference in NCAA football! Won the last 5 national championships ! If we are going to be relivent. We must go for the best of the best in all aspects of the game ! Mr. Barnhart, PLEEEEASE give us a football team to brag about ! If your not playing for 1st place, your playing for best loser!

  42. circa1987
    8:30 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    How many delay of game penalties did we have? I can remember at least 3-4. There were so many fundamental things wrong with this game that it just makes you think, how could this team be THAT under prepared. Could be in for a long road…

  43. Tim in Korea
    8:32 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I think I finally understand RISE. After game one there is nowhere to go but up.

  44. The Spin Starts Here
    8:36 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Joker, and the UK media outlets will be in high gear spinning the loss we never should have won. WKU’s D was arrested after the game and charged with bullying, menacing and assault on a not ready for SEC team. Dateline NBC was interviewing WKU for their new series, How To Abuse Kittens. Thankfully, Western does not have a QB with an an accurate arm. If they did, we get the L we earned. This morning, we are officially the laughing stock of the SEC, if not all of the BCS conferences. 35 yards of total offense at halftime? Are you kidding?

  45. repsol-69
    8:37 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    how did you give Guy all the credit and leave Trevathan out to dry? Trevathan’s stats were better!

  46. RidgeRunner
    8:37 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve had a night to sleep on it and well…

    Still the worst prepared offensive UK squad I have ever saw dating back to 1976. Joker a nice guy but fire him.

    43…yes, there is somewhere else we can go….down the same road.

  47. JPhelps
    8:44 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I was labelled a UK basher because i refused to drink the football koolaid! Where are the nay sayers now? HUH? WHERE YOU AT??? This is the team you think can go 10-2??? or 9-3??? We are A LOT closer to 4-8 than anywhere close to a great team right now! But I was negative Nancy… No, again, I’m a realist, and you don’t recruit 9th in the SEC and lose your entire offense and come in to the NCAA football season with all this hype and slide it by me! If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and when it gets on the field, sh**s like a duck, well then, its probably gonna be a duck! THEY ARE who I THOUGHT THEY WERE!

  48. Another Losing Season
    8:45 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t understand why Joker refuses to play Coshik Williams. He scores 3 TDs during his last outing at tailback. It is shocking!!!

  49. Guck Foodman
    8:52 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Honestly, if we had played Miss St. last night, we would have lost by 60-70 points. Offense looked like Curry era crap. Newton looked like he was on quaaludes. Receivers and lineman played like girls. There, I said it.

  50. Al's IndiCats
    8:53 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Where to begin? First of all Cuz is with a real hottie! Our recievers wouldn’t be able to catch a Staph infection in a room dripping with it. The O line wouldn’t have been able to hold back a bunch 7th graders, even if they had been tied with both hands behind their backs AND feet tied together. The only good things was the punting and linebacking. WKU had so many people open down the field that they could’ve sold popcorn to the people in the end zone seats, and to say they need to work on things……well that a TRUE understatement. GO CATS!!!!!!!!

  51. Jonah Hex
    8:58 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Joker will continue to drive the car off the cliff and people will still make excuses for him. It has nothing to do with his color, Id rather have Strong. He is doing more with less over there (as bad as they looked last night they still look like they will be better than us).

    Its not just one game, its:
    1) The fact that we always got behind early last year (and this year). That is a sign of piss poor prep. All on the coach. And it never got better.
    2) As a team we got worse as the season went forward. Guys were goofing off on the sidelines right before half of the UofL game, and nothing was said. We went downhill after the 1st half and never got better (sans a brief half vs USC and maybe a half vs AU).
    3) We had a month to practice for the bowl game. A game when we were playing a team that had fired two coaches prior to the bowl game. AND WE LOOKED WORSE. And got beat.
    4) First game of the season and we have 3 or 4 delay of game calls- coaching. A QB “who looks like a different player.” Well he was right about that, he looked worse.
    5) No sense of urgency or fire from anyone on the sidelines. The team takes on the attiude of the coach. Has anyone every seen any fire from Joker? Nope. Even Grandpa got fired up like crazy from time to time.
    6) At best, we will win 3 games this year. And people will still want to give him another year. Next year we will win 2 or 3. THen he will be fired and we will start all over again. Joker inherited a decent progam and has turned it back into the Curry years.
    7) WTF why did we give a major job to a guy who had never been a head coach before? We have no one to blame but our AD. He should have done a search to see who would have taken it (I am looking at you Tubberville). Perhaps Joker would have been the best guy, but we will never know. Now we are stuck with him and now we will suck…again.
    8) I hope our D is good enough to keep us into games. But lets not get too excited about Minter. WKU is now 2-37 in its last 39 games.

  52. jay
    8:59 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    if a team has one bad game that doesnt tell you how the year will go. plus didnt uk win thats all that matters a win is a win

  53. 3 fan
    8:59 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    First the girl is Laura Bell Bundy right?

    Second, I didn’t get the game on tv, THANK GOD. No first downs in the first quarter? 4 for the game?

    The only RISE will be people rising up out of their seats to leave or to turn the channel. My God what is LSU going to do to us?

  54. kentuckyfan
    9:00 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    The situation is not going to improve. As has been pointed out, recruiting poor talent, then taking that talent and applying poor coaching is not going to make a championship team. A bowl game this year? It looks very doubtful at the moment. At least we should only have to endure this sort of thing for another three years then we can see them hire another inexperienced coach who will do it all over again.

  55. NDo
    9:01 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    #6 – towles is 2-0 with a win over boyle co. Pike is 0-2…he may be going to Auburn but he can’t hold pat’s jock stap

  56. barn
    9:02 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    –47–rivals says we recruited 11th in the sec this year, and no higher than 10th the last ten years.

  57. Blue
    9:03 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I’m glad we don’t argue over this kind of stuff with the basketball team anymore.

  58. Jonah Hex
    9:04 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I am an old coach, not just a fan. I hope I am wrong and will admit it if I am. Mitch dont expect the patience we gave you with Brooks. Joker took over a much different program. How many times do we have to rebuild?

  59. Another Losing Season
    9:05 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Coshik Williams should get some snaps at tailback. The guy has NFL speed and is a big time playmaker. He scored 3 TDs in one game last season. It was against a weak opponent, but you could see his speed and playmaking ability every time he touched the football. Why won’t Joker play the guy???

  60. El Dude
    9:05 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Sky is falling…never win another game…move to the OVC, etc.

    Damn people…I’m glad you aren’t doctors. At the first sign of a cold, you’d give me last rites. Were you the same people, when UK Bball was 4-4, saying that we’d get bounced out of the first round of the NCAA.

    Chill. Relax. Take a breath.

  61. Don
    9:06 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    #57 seen Towles play vs. Trinity and he was terrible. Not terrible, like oh that was a bad game, but terrible like G.D. he’s terrible!

  62. Rick Pitino
    9:06 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Mark my words – if UK fires Joker it will set the university back 10 years!

  63. Ben
    9:08 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Offense was very ineffective – Newton – Offensive Line – Receivers – Running Backs all take equal blame. Defense was effective, but weak in the secondary! Most teams will complete the open passes to open receivers! Any other team on our schedule and we lose this game. Joker has 10 days to turn this around or this season is a loss.
    Racism is not defined by not agreeing with a African American! The media would like you to buy that definition! Racism is hating and wanting harm or death to an individual solely because of the color of his skin! I have not seen this on any post in this column.

  64. RidgeRunner
    9:09 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    63…just shut up.

    Jesus man, chillin’ & relaxing is what got us in this mess in the first place. Ya wanna win, ya don’t relax after 2 years of unprepared teams. Jokers got to go and this isn’t earth breaking news.

  65. barn
    9:10 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    el dudo—the sky fell on this fball program back in 1953 when bear left.

  66. Just Say'n
    9:20 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    More race talk. In how many college programs would a defensive coordinator be retained that has had such a bad track record as Steve Brown? Add to the situation that Joker brought in a “co-defensive coordinator” in the off season. Is Joker paying Brown outa his own pocket? Barnhart should have said NO to the ‘co-corrdinator’ deal. Make Joker be a man and keep Brown or cut Brown.

  67. Dennis
    9:24 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    EMBARRASSMENT! Joker hang your head in shame for lying to all the BIG BLUE fans about how good Newton is and keeping an Indiana QB over a Texas QB where football is king. Moss I for one was in your corner all the time. Cats have nothing to brag about for beating a team that has won 2 games in last two years and outplaying them the whole game. They say a win is a win but why do I feel like the Cats are a big time loser this year. Is there anyway to get Towles dressed for this year? Gee Newton will take us nowhere Joker better get your best freshman QB ready quick.

  68. Jarvis Redwine
    9:24 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Some pretty darn good teams come out very flat in the opener. I’ve been aroung long enough to see bama, USC, Tenn, Texas, etc. come out flat and unprepared for their 1st game and still have good years. We will win 7, minimum.

  69. RidgeRunner
    9:27 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    71…Cheerleading slots are filled.

    That wasn’t flat…That was NOT being prepared on offense at all! No excuse is division 1 and the SEC. None.

  70. Dennis
    9:33 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I agree 70 we win 7 total in next 2 years.

  71. Chris
    9:46 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    This team is at best 3-9 this year and maybe worse. If this program is truly on the “rise” then games like this should look more like the Miss St. game did. No excuses. I don’t care if you do come out flat, that stuff ought to be worked out after half time. Was I the only one not all that encouraged by our final TD drive? I think Newton looked a lot like Woodson did in his first outing as a sophomore. Having said that, our receivers are awful. They are not SEC caliber. The O-line needs to stop reading it’s ESPN projections.

  72. Bigbluecalizone
    9:57 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, was that ugly. Looks like we must have took part in the lockout. And someone mention us “coming out flat”, don’t think last night had anything to do with emotions. Here’s a question for you: Why do we sign receivers that can’t catch a football? Anyone? It’s painfully obvious to me, that the reason that the O line got all the hype is because they are the strong point of the offense. The bad part of that scenario however, is that they are not very good either. Vast improvements or conference play will be a blood bath………

  73. would you please
    10:44 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    shut up jphelps. Nobody cares if you are a “realist”. You do nothing by boasting about “predicting” a bad season. Predicting a bad to mediocre season for Kentucky football is like saying the sun is going to come up. You seem overly excited that we played bad to be an actual UK fan. But you are probably who just “loves” basketball. Because they are good. As a Bengals fan you should be used to this but you still get on here and pat yourself on the back for how smart you are for saying UK is going to be mediocre at best. Just leave.

    P.S. I dont recall anyone saying 9-3 or 10-2. Dont make up numbers to make yourself sound better

  74. mattdp314
    11:10 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I`ts not that the team just had a bad game it`s people like Newton who have shown zero improvement there is no one on the offense and our defense is`nt even top5 in the SEC so I dont see a bowl this year

  75. UKGrad83
    11:28 am September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Simply pathetic. Four wins is a stretch unless things improve very quickly but I’m not holding my breath. All I can hope for is that MB will see that major changes are needed and he will have the cajones to actually bring in a real football coach. That team was unprepared, unmotivated, and poorly coached.

  76. The Wood
    12:46 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Damn, that’s bad when Ricky P. is asking UK not to fire Joker. If it sends UK back 10 years we will still have a poor football team. Rick, keep your thoughts to yourself. Your credibility went out the window when you left UK for Boston and now UL. It’s hell finally realizing that it was UK that made you and not the other way around. Just saying…Karen says Hi.

  77. Your Dad
    12:48 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    #15 & #17 – I didn’t call anyone “racists”. I’m calling them “closet racists”.

    A “closet racist” is someone who acts like they aren’t racist. They make sure to not blow their cover so they can’t be called out BUT… are less patient with the race they have an issue with. It might be every other race than theirs or just one.

    The easiest way to spot a closet racist is they are less patient with people of the other race than people of their own race.

    It’s an evolved skill, one that the old school racist had to learn to be able live in modern times. If you want top argue that it doesn’t exist or that you aren’t one, maybe check your pulse and see what’s driving the energy behind the reaction. Closet racists have been known to blow their top when they are called out.

  78. BlueMoon
    12:54 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    1st thought on driving away from LP field: this was a horrible game in in every way: setting, execution, enthusiasm, time of day, and day of the week. I do not see how this team can win another game. 1 and 11. Western (winner of 2 last year) dominated on both sides of the ball. The touted offensive line wasn’t worth a toot. Defense improved, but not by much. Two many receivers were uncovered. If Jakes could throw the ball… Rainey still got his 100 yds. Play calling is so conservative you wonder what’s keeping Joker/Sanders from installing Bill Curry’s option offense. At least that one doesn’t pretend to be interesting. The new Morgan Newton looked a lot like the old Birmingham Bowl Newton. Few SEC-quality players were in evidence on the field.

    2nd thought: Maybe Western is that good. Maybe they win the Sun Belt this year because they are so good. Maybe Taggart has them on par with lower-echelon SEC teams. Maybe UK is a good team who beat a good team and was fortunate to do so. Maybe UK does win some more games, perhaps even an SEC game. Say Vandy. There: optimism recovered. Go Cats.

  79. Your Dad
    1:07 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    BTW I’m white. I have no agenda other than calling out some of the culture and people I’ve grown up with and no longer see eye to eye with.

    Less patient. Joker is 1-0 and some are calling for his head. Some were calling for his head all last season and we went 6-6 (and then to a bowl) and beat a Steve Spurrier coached USC team that we hadn’t beaten in 5 years (or ever against Steve Spurrier).

    That 2010 USC team beat Florida, Alabama, Georgia, & Tennessee to win the SEC East, yet Kentucky beat them.

  80. 44 Stitches
    1:10 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I could careless if someone calls me a racist. I know I’m not. I live in Atlanta which is full of blacks. Trust me blacks are 1000% times more racist than whites. Kentucky is lilly white any way. It’s one of top 10 whitest states in the country. All you all need to just let the racism talk go. The only color we should be worried about is the Big Blue!

  81. TheLaw187Didji
    5:48 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    7 & 53- It is Laura Bell Bundy (53, you were correct)…she is the girl on the last UK Hockey poster that came out.