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Joker’s Greatest Hits

While many memories of the Joker Phillips Era will be placed in a special dumpster at UK currently labeled “Gillispie Era”, we did have some good times along the way. Like any breakup, it didn’t end well and most likely left you with a bad taste in your mouth. But usually after time with break ups you’re able to look back on it and remember some of the good times.

I know it has only been 5 days since we officially parted ways with Joker, but he’s 12-23 all time. We knew it was coming.  We’ve had time to digest it. Now that we have a resolution and know his fate, let us not forget the good times and the “first times” we experienced with him.   

If you think of Joker’s seasons as music albums, most games have been “Taylor Swift singing live” terrible.  Occasionally, though, he had us out of our seat “smoothin’ our back out.”


Let’s take a look at Joker’s Greatest Hits.

*Back to Back to Back Bowl Victories- Sure he was the offensive coordinator during this time, but Joker was a big reason for Kentucky’s 2006, 2007, and 2008 bowl victories against Clemson, Florida State, and East Carolina. The first two came in Music City Bowls and the third occurred in the Liberty Bowl. This period of time is arguably the longest period of sustained success in the program’s history.

*September 4th, 2010- In his first game as head coach of the Wildcats, Joker took his team into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and beat the Cardinals 23-16 in front of 55,000+. This was the last time Kentucky has beaten Louisville. In football, that is. As you know, Cal owns Pitino.

*October 16th, 2010- On this day in Commonwealth Stadium Joker became the first Kentucky coach to defeat Steve Spurrier as UK downed South Carolina 31-28. Some might call this the single most exciting game in the Joker Phillips Era as the Cats fought back from a large halftime deficit to rally and win.  This was the scene from the stands after the game. “IN YER FACE, SPURRIER!! IN YER FACE!!”

*November 24th, 2011- The day we ended the 26 game losing streak and  beat Tennessee with a wide receiver playing quarterback. With the primary quarterbacks injured, Joker decided  Drew Franklin broke the news before the game that Matt Roark would start at quarterback. Matt Roark, (who hadn’t caught many passes thrown to him during the season) was trusted to catch shot gun snap after shot gun snap and lead our team up and down the field. He turned into a legend that day as the Cats defeated the Vols for the first time in 26 tries by a score of 10-7 and gave fans a glimmer of hope heading into 2012.

Look folks, you can think of the Joker Phillips Era what you want. I’m not going to say it went well, because it obviously didn’t. As in life, you can choose to sulk in constant misery or be happy and remember the good times. It’s your choice. I like to remember the good times. “So pass the refreshments a cool cool beverage” and let’s #PackCommonwealth on November 17th and send Joker and the seniors out in style.

To close, here are Danny Trevathan’s thoughts about Joker.


Article written by Aaron Flener

John, I was first team All-State. I can put the ball anywhere I want to. I'll make it rain out here.

14 Comments for Joker’s Greatest Hits

  1. SexnNursinHomes
    6:17 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Flener- You never gave us the run down on that Golf tourney in lakeland. Did you end you sleeping with that old homeless woman from Eloise? Boy, I bet you did. No worries, if it’s that same one, I kinda eyed her one day at a stop light over off Old Bartow road. She had bunny ears, a belly shirt, and daisy dukes. Did you see Sherriff Grady Judd? He makes the inamtes pay for their own bowers because, and this straight from the horse’s mouth, those inmates kept crapping in them and wouldn’t wash them, throwing them away, on the tax payer dime.

    What about those sprinklers I was telling you about? They get ya all soaking wet on on the 5th Hole? Well, did you ever shoot a hole in one? That course is kinda gimmicky, but if you cheat, it’s makes your score a lot better.

  2. Ukfan
    6:25 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Random? Does anybody know if the UK duke tickets are good for both games on tues?

  3. UK Freshmen
    6:31 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Who’s the idiot interviewing Danny?

  4. ruppbear
    6:37 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    please get jokers balls out of your mouths!! this site and its anti petrino stance hast cost you a visitor of 3 years! its people like you that keep uk football a suckfest and matt jones love for tubby and joker made me realize he’s part of the problem

  5. John
    6:38 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink



  6. Harvey Gene
    6:43 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I just saw on ESPNEWS that Robert P. Petrino will be headed to Lexington on Monday for an interview. Go Kats!!!

  7. RYNO
    6:51 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know how KSR breathes when joker’s balls are in their mouth. This site is becoming ridiculous. Just push whatever mitch tells you to.

  8. Mike
    6:58 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    6. U r full of BS!!

  9. U black sum bitch
    7:47 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    There is no “greatest hits” for Joker. That’s sorta the reason he got fired.

  10. Kanye West
    7:59 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Nice “Clique” reference Aaron. We all know there was one bad b1tch that wanted tha d1ck during the Joker tenure.

  11. RealCatsFan
    8:00 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, why did they take down the GIF of Mitch and Bobby P?

  12. Kanye West
    8:03 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah…and UK’s football history is all about selective memory of specific games. Joker’s tenure is no different. Give me a couple years and I’ll love Joker for the Spurrier and UT games, if nothing else.

  13. RealCatsFan
    8:04 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Ohhhh, didn’t scroll down far enough. Doh! As you were….

  14. Harvey Gene
    8:15 pm November 9, 2012 Permalink

    8. No, you are. Wait and see if he isn’t there monday.