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John Belushi’s Thursday News and Views

Have you ever leafed through the poster selection at college bookstores? I guarantee you that there will always be 1) a poster of a cat doing something cute/ironic; 2) a picture of a beach with a crooked palm tree and white sand; and 3) John Belushi wearing the “COLLEGE” sweatshirt in Animal House. It saddens me that these days, a good portion of the kids buying that poster probably don’t know who Belushi is. As a kid raised on “Saturday Night Live” and The Blues Brothers, I cut my teeth on Belushi’s brash brand of humor, which looking back, probably wasn’t very appropriate for children. Alas, I want to thank my parents again for letting me watch such age-inappropriate television, because I can’t imagine googling somebody simply because their picture is synonymous with the college lifestyle.

Sadly, Belushi’s time in the spotlight didn’t last long. In 1982, he overdosed on a mixture of cocaine and heroine at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles at the age of 33. Many have lingered on the scandal and ominous foreshadowing surrounding his death, but nothing can overshadow Belushi’s talent, which thankfully lives on via YouTube clips and DVDs.

In fact, Belushi’s famous speech as Bluto in Animal House seems like the perfect pep talk for this Kentucky squad:

Grab your toga and let’s make these news and views a party.

— The hot topic on Wednesday had to be Archie Goodwin. Goodwin’s selfish play against Alabama drew the ire of the majority of the fan base. You can’t fault his motor, because he’s obviously trying hard, but it’s his decisions that are so infuriating right now. Time and time again Tuesday night, Archie flung himself at the basket in hopes of being fouled or the off chance that a wild scoop shot would go in. After the game, Cal said he “just kept telling” Archie over and over against last night that if the refs weren’t going to call those fouls, that he needed to pull up or shoot around them. Or, here’s a novel idea, PASS THE BALL. His play was the most frustrating thing about the Cats’ loss, and continued to smolder on the radio and internet all day. At Auburn, we saw what an effect Archie can have when he’s playing smart and for the Cats to make the tournament, Archie must commit to that style of basketball.

— About that tournament…all eyes now turn to Kentucky’s remaining schedule. Let’s take a look:

Jan. 26: LSU
Jan. 29: at Ole Miss
Feb. 2: at Texas A&M
Feb. 5: South Carolina
Feb. 9: Auburn
Feb. 12: at Florida
Feb. 16: at Tennessee
Feb. 20: Vanderbilt
Feb. 23: Missouri
Feb. 27: Mississippi State
Mar. 2: at Arkansas
Mar. 7: at Georgia
Mar. 9: Florida

With Kentucky’s loss to Alabama in mind, here are my must wins: LSU, @ Texas A&M, South Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, @ Georgia.

Here are my danger losses that could put Kentucky’s postseason in peril: @ Tennessee, @ Arkanasas

And finally, the resume boosters: @ Ole Miss, @ Florida, Missouri, Florida

I think if the Cats can beat Florida at least once, pull off a win at Ole Miss or home against Missouri, and don’t totally fall on their faces in the SEC Tournament, they’ll be fine. If all else fails, there’s always the SEC Tournament, right??

— If we’re going down, at least we can pull some others with us, right? Miami of Florida ROUTED Duke on Wednesday night in what Dickie V. called the worst Duke loss he’s ever seen in his 34 years of covering college basketball. Layup, after layup, after layup, after layup…

— Football signing day is less than two weeks away. In every night post until then, we’re going to have a recruiting roundup summing up the news of the day. I’ve got a G and I’m sitting on an O, let’s go!

Ryan Timmons — The four-star Franklin County all-purpose back got an offer from Ohio State Tuesday night. Timmons decided not to visit Ohio State a few weeks ago, visited Kentucky this past weekend, and has a visit planned to Florida on February 1st. He’ll announce his decision on February 5th.

Marcus McWilson — The four-star safety announced on Wednesday that he will visit Kentucky this upcoming weekend. McWilson is a former Nebraska commit who was recruited by Vince Marrow, UK’s new Tight Ends coach.

DeAngelo Yancey — Yancey, a wide receiver from Atlanta, committed to Kentucky under Joker’s tenure and reopened his recruitment on Wednesday. Happy trails, DeAngelo.

Jeff Badet — Badet, a three-star receiver, is much better than his ranking suggests. Badet visited campus this past weekend and decided not to take any more of his visits, a good sign for the Cats’ chances with the skilled wide out. Badet is familiar with Neal Brown’s offense and is just the type of player who could have an impact right from the start.

Jason Hatcher — Ahh, the Big Kahuna. The four-star defensive end from Trinity decommitted from USC earlier this week and many believe he’s down to Kentucky and Louisville. Landing Hatcher would be HUGE for the Cats, who weren’t even contenders before Stoops arrived. Not only would it open the previously rusty UK/Trinity pipeline, it would send a message to top in-state recruits that Kentucky is on the rise. Hatcher took his official visit to Kentucky over the weekend and loved it. Even more, his mother loves it, and mama knows best, right?

— In case you missed it earlier, the NCAA is now investigating itself after discovering improper conduct during the Miami investigation. It’s one more sign of how corrupt college athletics’ governing body is and even more, it may mean that UofL assistant Clint Hurtt gets off the hook, as NCAA president Mark Emmert said he will throw out any evidence that was obtained improperly. If they feel like banning themselves, that’d be just fine.

— Finally, a special shout-out to Jamal Mashburn, who has been selected as Kentucky’s Southeastern Conference Basketball Legend to be honored at this year’s SEC Tournament. Mashburn was the face of Kentucky’s return to the top in the early 90’s and it’s great to see him being recognized as such. The faded “Monster Mash” poster in my childhood bedroom approves.

That’s all for now, see you in the morning.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

45 Comments for John Belushi’s Thursday News and Views

  1. Dickie
    11:03 pm January 23, 2013 Permalink


  2. KY
    11:14 pm January 23, 2013 Permalink

    We’ll be alright. 9 seed. Upset the #1 seed in tourney. Elite 8. Poy avgs a double/double. Book it.

  3. Blue Sky
    11:17 pm January 23, 2013 Permalink

    Beware Tyler, after a loss some of the commenters are really bitchy. Been that way all day.

  4. Bubble Trubble
    11:27 pm January 23, 2013 Permalink

    I dont know how anyone could publicly state/believe that this UK team can beat Florida at least once. Two road losses against the #6 and #11 team, with no losses in over a month.

    I see maybe one win out of your four resume boosters, maybe a split or win both of of @UT and @Arky, and then at least one loss in the must win category.

    11 loss team with one decent win(assuming a victory in one of your 4 resume boosters) probably wont be enough to cut it, unless they look at a “strong” finish against a weak SEC

  5. Jeff Badet
    11:30 pm January 23, 2013 Permalink

    I tweeted today that I was going to Auburn. Sorry bros.

  6. Roy Hobbs remembers
    11:33 pm January 23, 2013 Permalink

    Losing is a disease, as contagious as polio. Losing is a disease as contagious as syphilis. Losing is a disease as contagious as bubonic plague. Attacking one, but infecting all. But curable.

  7. westerncat
    11:42 pm January 23, 2013 Permalink

    i think Fla. beats Ky in both games. This team is just not that good. Last night showed this team has not taken the next step.

  8. john4uk
    11:50 pm January 23, 2013 Permalink

    If Cal doesn’t do something about Goodwin and Poythress,this group of players(i refuse to use the word team) will be lucky to wim another game.With their selfish play,all teams remaining on the schedule are capable of beating them.This group is lacking in heart,team play,and fight.Just a group of guys playing street ball and hoping for a shot at the NBA.

  9. I Say
    12:04 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    We need to lighten up on Poythress, he’s not going to dominate like he should but he usually has a solid stat line, not countin last night. The two games before he had 12 and 7 and then 11 and 5, both are respectable

  10. UKBlue
    12:13 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a realist & the reality is this team isn’t going far if anywhere. Don’t believe this, just look at the frustration on Cal face, Cal frustration speaks volumes. We are currently the college version of the Lakers: lots of potential talent, out of control, no chemistry, selfish, don’t trust each other, no defense, and lost. Hopefully next year works out better than this year.

  11. Rae
    12:16 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Does Michigan get a turn at #1 now? It feels like it has been traded between Duke, IU and UL all year with them waiting patiently on the sidelines. If we don’t make the tourney, I’d be ok with them winning it all. Or Butler.

  12. Stork
    12:54 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    “Well what the hell we supposed today, ya moron?” #oldpersonintheclubpost

  13. Stork
    12:55 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    #autocorrecttypo “Well what the hell we supposed to do, ya moron?”

  14. Did He Really Write That??
    12:58 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    The Lakers?? Its more like the Wizards.

  15. SeaCat
    1:34 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Tyler, what is this G spot stuff about?
    And the Ohhhh!!!

  16. SadCat
    1:56 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Nice work TTT
    Half of Mac All Americans are duds.
    Cal has been hitting home runs, no duds.
    Until this class of recruits.
    He went 1 out of 3…
    Next year He and We will recover
    This is a small bump in the road…
    BBN, we can survive this!

  17. Wildcatsteeler
    3:02 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    There’s 4 SURE losses in there. ZERO chance we’ll beat Florida. @ Ole Miss and Missouri. Given this team there’s 2 more loses to scrubs in that. So six more loses at least.

  18. Big Whoop
    4:28 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    There is such an amount of evidence regarding Clint Hurtt from so many diffrent sources, I don’t see how you can make the comment that he might get off the hook considering that Hurtt has been shown to have the closest contact to Shapiro. This has been confirmed by others involved and accused.

    Also, Miami (or more affectionately – The U), not Miami of Florida beat Duke. First time I’ve ever heard that term. There’s the University of Miami and there’s Miami University, aka Miami of Ohio.

    While Hatcher would be a great commitment, MacKensie Alexander will be our most highly rated player if he signs. He’s an ESPN 5 star and is rated as a 4 star by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. If we get him, we may also get his 3 star (CB/S) brother as a package deal.I do like the nickname you’ve given Hatcher: the Big Kahuna. Very good.

    If Stoops can get Hearns and Hatcher, our defense will improve almost immediately. The next to de-commit will be Justin Day (OT) and/or JeVontey Smith (WR). I am expecting some transfer announcements soon as well. Stoops needs some space to fill HIS roster.

  19. Hey Big Whoop
    5:50 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Smith de-committed weeks ago.

  20. fatcat
    6:13 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Aint happening!

  21. SexnNursinHomes
    7:02 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Can somebody please send emmerts to al-queda?

  22. Jared
    7:48 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    I almost want to call Ole Miss a must-win, we still need some sort of signature win and we are lucky enough to get them while they are ranked (assuming they beat Tennessee and Auburn). Looking at their schedule they have played virtually no one outside of conference play with losses to Middle Tennessee and Indiana State. They have one good win over Missouri and in my mind we have to take advantage of a very winnable game over a Top 25 opponent on the road.

  23. SexnNursinHomes
    7:51 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    25- I think we are dealing with a moron.

    26- calm down there jitterbug, as I have posted before, ya’ll won the sugar bowl, not the Super Bowl. How long ya’ll gonna ride on this sugar bowl win? It’s gonna be 1986 all over again.

  24. RealCatsFan
    7:51 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    It’s never a bad day when Duke gets blown out by 27! 😀

    That being said, it’s evidence that there are no real stand-out, juggernaut teams this year in college BB. All of the teams that have shared the top 5 spots have weaknesses. That is one reason have not given up on UK’s chances to make the tournament and put a decent run together. This team still has the time to find itself and pull together. The talent is there – if it wasn’t, then I would be throwing in the towel as a fan, at least when it comes to salvaging the season. Yes, the margin for error is razor thin, but this team knows what it takes to win – they just have to develop the discipline to stick to that plan in the face of adversity, rather than falling back into old habits – playing weak defense, not sharing the ball (Archie!), not boxing out for rebounds (Kyle, Alex). It’s a shame they couldn’t have pulled out a win against Duke or Louisville, or all this pressure of being on the bubble would be dispelled.

    If they are still on the bubble at Selection Sunday, it’s hard to predict how they would fall. Pro: They ARE the defending national champs, and they bring a huge fan following with them. Con: some are saying that there are certain entities out there who would be looking for an opportunity to stick it to Cal and try to make an example of the One-and-Done philosophy that he embraces.

  25. oldschool
    7:54 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    We should remember that these kids are 18-years-old, but look for Cal to come out blasting the fans at some point if this criticism of Goodwin, Poythress and others continues. In one sense – he’d be justified for protecting the players – but if truly wanted to protect the players – he’d accept responsibility for the current situation and admit he’s done a poor job of building a team with a deep enough bench which he could use to motivate.

    Right now Goodwin simply isn’t playing good basketball. But Cal has refused to develop a bench that would afford him to sit Goodwin for long stretches of time. At some point – you gotta point the finger at the adult responsible.

  26. SOS in SEC
    7:55 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    The SEC is a double-edge sword for UK . . . . it’s so WEAK that you can’t gain anything by beating teams with RPIs in the 100-300 range, yet, if it were any tougher, we wouldn’t have a chance of winning ANY games . . . THE SEC IS JUST PITIFUL! 3 teams MAX goes to the dance (out of 14) THAT’S EMBARRASSING!

  27. snoopaloop
    8:00 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Animal House: The Most Overrated Movie of All Time

  28. truBLU
    8:01 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    #23-Even Al-Qaeda thinks Emmert is too shady to join.

  29. SexnNursinHomes
    8:08 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    35- Now that’s sayin’ something.. Dude has become the Nino Brown of the NCAA

  30. bung
    8:24 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    we wouldn’t have to rely on our “work in progress” half court offense so much if we would attempt to run the fast break correctly after every defensive rebound. Of course we would actually have to run hard, be in the right place and be willing to pass = layup after layup after dunk after layup…last game we had 2 fast break baskets on 31 defensive rebounds…If the break doesn’t get through then play a patient half court on that possession

  31. RealCatsFan
    8:36 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    HaHa! Looks like the dirty bird troll got nuked! Thanks moderators!

  32. RealCatsFan
    8:43 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    oldschool, I actually agree with you to a certain degree, but not completely. Polson saw 14 minutes against ‘Bama, but IMO Cal subbed him for the wrong guy – he should have been subbing him for Goodwin instead of Harrow. Harrow reverted to some bad shots late in the game, but for the most part he played OK. Goodwin was a complete train wreck, and needed to sit for a while. I would like to see Hood get more minutes, but his stamina is still in question after fighting mono. Not sure what the deal is with Beckham – there have been reports that he is having some kind of ongoing back issues.

  33. Musehobo
    8:51 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know how anyone can say this team has games on its schedule that are un-winnable. If anything is clear about this team, it’s that it is very talented, but having problems coming together. I don’t expect them to join and wipe the SEC or anything, but to say there are teams they can’t beat? They hung with Duke very well. There is still potential.

  34. Brian
    8:53 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    I can fault Archie’s motor because it is only running when he is dribbling the basketball. Too bad the motor is completely turned off when it is time to play some friggin’ defense.

  35. CATS
    9:03 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    This season shows why UK is in the wrong conference. There Realy isn’t but 2 teams that are quality wins, but they all are bad losses. The football program even if the progress we hope for is made, it still won’t show up in wins. We just are too far behind everyone else. UK needs to be in a BB conference but with the SEC producing so much money that will never happen.

  36. Unexpected Stuff
    9:11 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Little known fact John Belushi that doesn’t fit with his image: he was Captain of the football team and homecoming king at Wheaton Central (IL).

  37. MJ4UK
    9:22 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Goodwin’s play is frustrating, and I think that he is part of Poythress’s problem. Ball Hogs=Bad Chemistry. Watch Poythress when they are in a huddle, when Goodwin is talking, guess who is not listening……..

  38. RealCatsFan
    9:24 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    27, I can’t say how you can say that. Even my wife thinks AH is funny. I guess you hated Caddyshack too. SMH

  39. RealCatsFan
    9:25 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    36 – I wonder if Belushi ever unleashed a pep talk in the huddle like the one in the movie.

  40. dave
    9:31 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    yeah, belushi was snl from ’75-’79. and died in ’82. so you’re over 35-40+ or kids today can find belushi clips wayy easier than you could back in the day…..

  41. Selection Sunday
    9:39 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    13 games remaining in regular season, 6 on the road. This team will be lucky to break even on the road and they will probably lose at least 2 more at home, doubt they could win more than 1 in the SEC tourney. this team was over rated from the beginning, was not is not and will never be scary good.

  42. Funny Stuff
    9:43 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    #39 Did the kicker give up on us when he was at the foul line (let him go, he’s on a roll)? Hell No!, lets goooooooooo…

  43. snoopaloop
    10:52 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    38) Oh no, Caddyshack is one of my favorites… The hype around Animal House is nauseating.

  44. UKnTN
    11:23 am January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Another player that would have helped us out tremendously is Montrezl Harrell !!!

  45. Cat's Balls
    1:18 pm January 24, 2013 Permalink

    Who was partying with John Belushi the night he overdosed? Academy Award winner and comedian, Robin Williams. I bet that’s not on his resume.