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Joker’s Speech to UK Before Last Year’s Tennessee Game

I have never seen this before. UK released yesterday, the pregame speech Joker Phillips gave to the UK team before the victory over Tennessee. It includes the most fired up Joker I have ever seen and a locker room ready to get the job done. They did get it done that day and as you can see, it was one to remember.

Article written by Matt Jones

55 Comments for Joker’s Speech to UK Before Last Year’s Tennessee Game



  1. Footballcat
    8:15 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    The game clips may be from the UT game but the locker room clips are from antoher game. Notice that in the game clips they have on White helmets but in the locker room they all have blue helmets. Cool video none the less.



  2. Nick Papageorgio
    8:15 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    We’re beating Louisville



  3. Lance
    8:17 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Gave me chills… A.W.E.S.O.M.E.



  4. Jessdogky
    8:18 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hell yeah!! Fired UP!! LEGGGGGOOOOO!!!!!



  5. I Heart LOu Hate Week
    8:18 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    This speech is from the Miss State game.



  6. ThillyBilly
    8:19 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I got chill bumps about 6 times in that video – we’re gunna beat Louisville now…



  7. cano' whoopazz
    8:23 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s rock n’ roll.



  8. jake the snake
    8:27 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like the remnants of hurricane Isaac might have a little say about the outcome of the game. Could be good for us…or bad for us.



  9. ShanghaiCatFan
    8:30 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    #1 is right…



  10. 7ukncaa
    8:31 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Using passion to fire up 18-22 year olds . . . what an amazing idea. Great coaches exude passion or demand respect. Joker needs to tap into the passion well more often. Stop marking things down on your note cards on the sideline and start yelling at the refs.



  11. JayCee
    8:32 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Proxies. Proxies everywhere.



  12. Doug Noticed
    8:42 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I noticed in the locker room the UK was wearing Blue Helmets and on the field white. I also noticed in the locker room Joker was wearing a black hoody and and the game a blue pull over. Has UK Athletics tried to pull one over the fans here?



  13. dirty snitch
    8:43 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    i was not a joker fan until this video now i like him a lil bit more!



  14. WildcatByTheGraceOfGod
    8:48 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Ok…I got cold chills listening to that and watching the video. I’m ready to rip a cardinal head off Sunday now!



  15. cbgroves
    8:49 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    That is amazing, I got so fired up watching it. Let’s hope for the same type of hype going into sunday!!



  16. WildcatByTheGraceOfGod
    8:53 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Ok,so I couldn’t stand it i was so excited and watched it again….GIVE ME A UNIFORM!!! I’m so ready to run thru somebody now! I WANT TO SHOCK THE WORLD! I want the staff & team to succeed so bad!!



  17. Al's IndiCats
    8:57 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Really? Waiting on Moderation?



  18. Mike in Louisville
    8:58 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Wow! Matt, really? You can’t notice the obvious differences pointed out above. Either UK tried to play a trick on the fans, you tried to play a trick on the fans, or all the above. Either way, you and Mitch don’t know a damn thing about football, and that’s the most obvious take from this video. Please give up your football pre & post game shows now, just out of respect for the fans who ALSO care about football.



  19. OneAndDone
    9:13 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    18) So the statement about the video is inaccurate. It doesn’t take away from the purpose of the video (to show a fiery side of Joker) Gezz, for the best interest of everyone around you, go get a life or jump off a bridge with no water under it.



  20. JJ
    9:14 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Have to agree, UK tried to pull one over on UK fans in a desperate attempt to rally fans around Joker/the team with this. Pretty awful. That great speech didnt work as we lost to MSU at home….again.



  21. WildcatByTheGraceOfGod
    9:18 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I think some of you are missing the point. I get that it shouldn’t have stated it was the Tennessee PreGame speech…but don’t take away from what it is. This has to be hands down Jokers finest motivational moment, couple that with highlights of ending a 26yr losing streak and it’s something special for fans to circle the wagons around and show lots of support.

    I think the intent from UK & Matt Jones is just that…it’s LOUISVILLE HATE WEEK! It’s the DirtyBirds folks, it shouldn’t matter if it’s synchronized swimming…we should get behind whatever UK team is going to face those fledglings and show support and get fired up to crush them.

    This speech is just that…a motivational move by UK to rally the troops in support.

    I also think you could take away that the staff and players are playing for themselves rather than us now. I think that was a telling part in the video that Joker plainly stated. They know fans have turned their shoulders to the team, and in turn I think they may have some chip on theirs. I hope that equates into being pi$$ed off and they go out and attempt to destroy the cards.



  22. digger? i hardly know her
    9:22 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    19) you can join him for being so self-righteous.



  23. Uncle Jesse
    9:23 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    18) Let it go man.

    I got visable chills on my arms from watching this. That is a first for me in 41 years for UK Football. GO CATS!

    louisville sucks.



  24. ikeeveready
    9:27 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mike in Louisville you, sir, are a d-bag. Who cares if the pregame was against MSU or Tenn, was it a good shot of Joker firing up the troops? YES! Was he showing more emotion? Something a segment of fans have been calling for? YEEESSS! Was the UT game the biggest win he’s had and a foundation builder for spring ball and chance to pump up the base for this season? YES!

    You claim to know football but you certainly don’t know a thing about motivation through marketing. I sat through the final whistle during the dismal seasons under Claiborne. Was at UK during a couple of the Curry years. Some bad football and coaching at UK. That gameplan put together in the week leading up to UT and the motivation to execute it showed me something. If you cant respect it, stay home . . . WE DON’T NEED YOU!

    HIT ‘EM IN THE MOUTH CATS! DON’T LET UP TILL AFTER THE WHISTLE! HAVE SOME PRIDE IN YOUR SELF!

    GO BIG BLUE!



  25. Bob Loblaw
    9:29 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    #21 It wasn’t one of Joker’s finest motivational moments if they lost the game.



  26. kdh2011
    9:34 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome. Go get em Cats.



  27. Hello Kitty
    9:36 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    The video is from the bowl game pre game



  28. RUPPS_rhetoric
    9:50 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Come on guys. The video is of the pregame to the preseason scrimmage of the photo day pregame and not the other pregame of that one game that we might have won or lost. And they have on white socks and black out on their eyes in the one vid and then black socks with no blackout. So obviously one video was from before 5:35 pm and the other one was probably after 7:35 but not before 10:32. Geez guys. Get it together! There are some flipping tools on the board. Go be miserable with UL fans, please!



  29. Gilchrist on D
    9:53 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    We beat the worst UT football team ever, Joker needs to go.



  30. ArtosePinner
    10:00 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    This video changed my opinion of Joker. I’d run through a brick wall for that guy if I was on the team. Let’s get that W Sunday



  31. footballcat
    10:00 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    28- That’s funny! I didn’t mean to start a S#!tstorm with my original post. I agree that it doesn’t matter about the fact that it wasn’t from the UT game, it was just an observation. I’m a long time season ticket holder and am very fired up for Sunday. I think the cats are a lock at +13 and truely think there is an upset brewing.



  32. The real world
    10:11 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, MSU spanked us.



  33. UKBlue1!
    10:21 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the Cats brings a little reality on Sunday to the bird nation. I am tired of the talking. Go Cats!



  34. Mike in Louisville
    10:36 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry for the “negative” post, however calling me a d-bag because I call it how I see it is laughable to me. The video is awesome, I fully support Joker 1. because he’s a UK guy 2. I don’t want to start over again. We have had a great thing going these past couple of years, by UK standards and I want that to continue. My biggest qualm is with Jones or the athletic department, whoever labeled this as “Joker speech before Tennessee game”, which I believe we can all agree it is not. Call it a montage and leave it at that. I’m also critical of Jones and his football “analysis” because he gives the team no chance, gives the fans no chance to talk about them, and he’s supposed to be the “big UK fan.”
    As to the comment about not knowing about motivation through marketing…it misses the point if the slogan or title is untrue or incorrect.
    Once again, I apologize for the negativity, I should be more positive this week. Go Cats!



  35. OneAndDone
    11:03 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mike, Jones has been rallying fans behind this team for weeks now. He defends them and Joker DAILY on the radio show. What leads you to believe otherwise? I really would like to know so I can develop an accurate opinion about Matt/ this site..



  36. Toothless Temp
    11:06 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    KSR just posted the video. It is not their video…now with that said.

    Yes, it’s a montage. So what? Its still exciting to watch and nice to see Joker’s passion in the locker room because he is typically very calm on the sidelines. I want to see more fire out of him this season in the locker room and on the sidlines.

    Bring it Louisville…we coming for you.



  37. CatfordLedford8
    11:20 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Just wish athletic department wouldnt lie saying it was UT game!! Regardless we are gonna win by 2 tds



  38. Andrew
    11:26 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    What are they saying in the video after joker says, “we snap the ball on offense and all they hear is ______.”



  39. ha
    11:44 am August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Joker got them sooooo hyped for that 28-16 loss Miss State!



  40. big tim
    12:04 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    37 you people need to read the description they didnt lie it says Feel the intensity from the locker room speeches of 2011 and the highlights of Kentucky’s inspiring season ending win over Tennesee.



  41. DebbieCat
    12:06 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    That was awesome! Go Cats!



  42. ukfan
    12:23 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    wow that got me HYPE!!! LET’S GO FOOTBALL CATS!!!!! OOOOOOO YEAAA LETS GOOOOO!!!



  43. ikeeveready
    1:14 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mike in Louisville, I retract the d-bag remark. Apology noted.

    Just don’t let yourself get dragged down by these negative nancies on here. The montage served the purpose for most of us – it added some juice! Slogans and titles are misleading all of the time in marketing campaigns.

    I agree that often the football analysis here reads straight from outside sources (except Aaron Corderos stuff). Has Matt said that we’re gonna get run out of the stadium by UL? I haven’t heard it. I have heard him be critical of the exact things this video were supposed to show.

    GO CATS!



  44. Diane
    1:37 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    #24, dismal seasons under Claiborne? Ummmm……our team was winning, graduating players and going to bowl games that actually meant something back then. I don’t know how you can call that “dismal.”



  45. delk4three00
    1:43 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah the video says nothing about where the speech came from. The speech is a collection of many set to highlights of the UT game. You get onto people about paying attention, but you didn’t pay attention in the first place…fail.



  46. williamtitan
    2:47 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    as far as i can tell… when UK played tennessee we wore white helmets. they are wearing blue helmets in the locker room. it has to be the speech from mississippi state…



  47. Geez
    2:53 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Morons, read the description below the video, it clearly says the video shows the intensity of pregame speeches from the 2011 season and highlits of the inspirational win over UT. Please STFU now!



  48. Newt
    3:22 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    The comments aren’t about that section of the post, 47. They’re talking about the words typed by Matt Jones, “pregame speech Joker Phillips gave to the UK team before the victory over Tennessee”; “They did get it done that day.” Point being this isn’t the speech before the TN game, is the speech before losing to Miss State. Still a good speech to accompany a good montage. You should yoga or green tea or something.



  49. VOLS
    3:42 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    UK lied, this was before the MSU game…..A LOSS. nice try lol have fun with Louisville hate day, which by the way is only a promotion for Louisville, I’m sure they’re thankful for the publicity. any press is good press, I’d hate them too if I knew we were going to lose. I’m a UT fan but the country know UK fans are obnoxious loud hateful and stupid.



  50. JBR
    3:46 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Look, I often criticize Joker on here…and it is a nice little video. I am not just a negative nancy, just a realist. Some people have the gift of communication, and some don’t. Joker does not. He is perhaps the worst communicator that I have seen in a position like his. Even that speech above is mediocre at best…it was great because we NEVER see any emotion from Joker, so it seemed nuts…but it was a very average speech. It amazes me how everyone is falling into that same old “we look great in practice” line this year…we will see when we step on the field against another team. I want to see the WKU game…that is the real game that will tell us where this team is. This first game is a rivalry…tons of emotion…and U of L is way over hyped…they are not that good. WKU is a good barometer because it is not a rivalry, and a team that if we play to our potential, we will roll them. If we are going to have a year like last year, we will either lose or stink it up against them in a close game.



  51. Yoda
    4:02 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    This was “motivational”? All I saw was some falsely hyped up players jumping around for the camera and a coach that was barely intelligible in his speech.

    I could be wrong, but I say that Sunday is the start of Joker’s last season at UK.



  52. J. A. Brooks
    4:27 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I like a lot of our players and Joker is a great guy and I’m sure he is one fine mentor, but there’s something that you need to be a successful college football coach and he doesn’t have it.

    Ohio University would destroy Kentucky if they played on Sunday. A lot of mid major schools would. How does that happen? I love UK to death and for the most part, I expect to lose to a lot of the SEC schools but I support the team through those losses… its when UK football looks abismal against Western Kentucky and western Michigan and Jacksonville state that I start to think the coach isn’t the guy. Those teams should never be able to compete with an SEC team.

    He’s here this year so I’m behind the team and I’m always behind the players but I’m not going to wish joker the best if its the same putrid display he fielded last year… He can either coach or he can’t and if he can’t he’ll need to go… whether he gives good ra ra speaches or not.



  53. Jessdogky
    4:33 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    Jesus some of you negative nancies must be the most miserable people on earth. WE GET IT. YOU DON’T LIKE JOKER!! now please go somewhere else to be miserable. WE BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  54. Laker Cat 18
    4:44 pm August 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’m pulling for UK bigtime. I hope we win 6 and get to a bowl and I’ll support them every step of the way. With that said, I’ve seen our middle school coach get our team jacked up ten times more than this. And just for the record, we’re working on our 3rd consecutive Kentucky state championship this season.



  55. I'm A Louisville Fan!!!
    12:52 pm August 30, 2012 Permalink

    I love Kentucky and am BLUE all the way!!! But they are going to lose bad to Louisville because Louisville is a classy program. Coach Strong is so much better than Joker. I wish we had Coach Strong here at UK. GO BIG BLUE!!!