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Kings of Leon’s Tennessee Hate Day News and Views

Ladies and gentlemen, Tennessee Hate Day is upon us.  It’s essentially a KSR holiday at this point this year’s edition is the best yet.  There will be laughs and there will be hate.  It might just be more fun than Jorts Day.  But before we get to all of that, we should first make a quick stop and discuss a group of Tennesseans making some college basketball news.  It was announced Thursday that Kings of Leon would play the Final Four in Houston this spring and that their song, “The Immortals”, would be the official theme of March Madness.  The NCAA folks were clearly excited, as were those hoping that there might be some sort of odd sequence during the Louisville game where an audio track would play “your sex is on fire”, but for me, not so much.  They’re from Tennessee.  And this is Tennessee Hate Day.  So, Kings of Leon, you can suck it.  You’re low-down.  You’re dirty.  You’re some snitches.


Now onto some UK notes…

 – Well, the first news out of the gate on a relatively slow Thursday was that Tennessee held off to beat South Carolina in a mostly uninspired performance that could be an indication of how mentally exhausted they are.  The Vols were up 17 on the Gamecocks at halftime before letting the lead slip away despite committing only two of their thirteen turnovers in the second half.  They’ll need to catch a shot of Tigerblood before their game Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena, where they’re 3-4 in conference play, in order to beat a newly invigorated Kentucky team.  They should send out an email to try to get people to come or something.  Oh, they did?  Well, I’ve got nothing else.

 – Of course, the season finale again presents Kentucky with an opportunity to exorcise their road demons, which they’ve been unable to do during conference play.  I am among those that feel that closing out Vandy and Florida when they were pushing back late in the game, despite it occurring at Rupp Arena, was what they needed to break the mental hex.  We’ll get our answer, though, Sunday.  Regardless, what this team is giving us the last three games of the season is an interesting case study of team psyche.  Despite the steps I believe they’ve taken in the last two games, a loss in Knoxville could make them irrelevant.  This team has been one that has come and gone with confidence and they seem loose and sporting a bit of swagger right now.  If they win Sunday, you can consider them, along with Florida, the favorite in the SEC Tournament, no matter if it’s three games of four.  If they lose, that confidence could be wiped away and they might be back to where they were after the Arkansas game last week.  Oh, the beauties of a young team.

 – Even with all of the steps the Cats seem to have taken forward both as a team and individually, the player who has seemed to go in the opposite direction is DeAndre Liggins.  In the last two games, the junior wing has been mostly a non-factor on offense and hasn’t been the same defensive stopper that kept him playing significant minutes throughout the season.  The lack of bench play will keep him on the court for a majority of the game, but he has to find his rhythm again to make them truly dangerous.  He tied his career-high for points (19) and steals (5) in the teams’ last meeting and put together what is probably the best game of his career.  This sets up nicely as a bounce-back game for him.

 – If you’re looking at a matchup within the game to keep an eye on, it’s the Terrence Jones-Tobias Harris showdown inside.  Harris is the type of player that Jones typically plays well against, being that he’s similarly sized and doesn’t hold an athletic advantage.  In the last meeting, which brought tons of NBA scouts to watch, both players struggled.  Both players finished with only 10 points, but Jones manhandled his fellow freshman on the boards, grabbing 11 to Harris’ 2.  With both players eyeing an early departure to the NBA, you can count on both looking to this matchup as a chance to make a big statement.  Fortunately for the Cats, Jones seems to be at an advantage.

 – One of the more interesting reports of the day came from the Birmingham News, who noted that Kentucky lost $276,000 by playing in the BBVA Compass Bowl in January.  According to the report, the school sold only 4,460 of the 10,000 tickets they were required to purchase to participate, leaving them to swallow the loss.  The SEC has a policy in place to minimize the losses of schools in these situations and covered $150,000 of it.  As absurd as it sounds, it’s a minimal loss when compared to UConn eating roughly $1.5 million and Auburn losing $600,ooo for winning the national championship.  But, hey, there’s nothing wrong with the bowl system.

 – Another interesting tidbit Thursday was the announcement that Reggie Miller will call the UK-UT game Sunday for CBS as the network begins prep work for a number of new analysts that will call games this March during their extended coverage.  If there’s a drawback to every game being televised, it’s that CBS-TNT-TBS-TruTV will be using their NBA guys to help, which will, sadly, make a number of guys who do very well calling professional basketball look like goobers for not having the type of extensive knowledge that most college basketball fans crave. 

 – A day after UK coaches checked him out and he said the race was down to the Cats and Kentucky, it was reported that the Jayhawks will visited Braeden Anderson Thursday.  I spoke with an oddsmaker late Thursday, who said that Anderson’s interaction with the Jayhawk staff automatically increases his chances of being arrested by 200%.  I’m sure he’ll keep that in mind.

 – Finall, don’t forget that Matthew Mitchell’s women’s basketball team will face LSU Friday in the first step of their quest for the SEC Tournament title.  The game is at 3:30 and is available on FSN and

That’s it for now.  Make sure you stick around all day for our annual Tennessee Hate Day.  The entire KSR crew will be out in full force, including appearances by Drew Franklin (twice!), Turkey Hunter, Tomlin and Fake Gimel.  If you have hate in your heart, let it out.  Let it out now.  Thompson-Boling, here we come.


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

58 Comments for Kings of Leon’s Tennessee Hate Day News and Views

  1. Ryan Murphy
    12:04 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    I like the cover story on that magazine “Bob Dylan Gets Loose.” Was that against Louisville?

  2. mores
    12:06 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    You do realize that the UK, Auburn, and Connecticut all end up well in the positive because they receive money from their conferences redistributed bowl hauls, right?

    Don’t blame “the bowl system,” a criticism as nebulous as it is asinine. If you’re looking for a culprit, it’s the NCAA for permitting bowls to set minimum ticket prices well above market value and forcing schools to eat the inevitable difference. It ensures at guaranteed payoff for the individual bowl at the expense of the schools involved. But that’s a criticism of pricing policy, not “the bowl system.”

  3. Cats Fan/NBA Nerd
    12:13 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Deandre’s defense has definitely still been just as strong. He was the reason Jenkins didn’t have a single field goal in the first half on Tuesday.

  4. Thomas Beisner
    12:14 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    #2, that’s after the redistribution of money. UK received just over a million dollars from the SEC and spent almost 1.3 million.

    And the minimum ticket prices set by the bowls are part of “the bowl system”.

  5. GoCats2010
    12:16 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    One of my favorite UK moments was when Jodie hit the free throw that gave him 50. Dude looks over at a UT player, I think it was Bobby honda civic Maze, and just says “fitty”. Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie

  6. Alan Cutler's Fart
    12:17 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Meek’s owned Tennessee that night. Guy was explosive.

  7. satan
    12:24 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    hey jeezy, stop it. you’re makin me look bad. i dont like your “music,” never have, never will. please, have some taste. i know you wanna get high and go to hell, but hey man, im not feelin it. it was a stupid idea anyway. get a job or something.

  8. sooooo
    12:51 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    did ya even take the time yourself to watch the video of? it doesn’t even show the whole 54, it stops when his shot gets stuck on the backboard..#fail

  9. sooooo
    12:52 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    watch the video of Jodie* ^^

  10. SlangInMyShortJeans
    12:59 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    3) Lamb was covering Jenkins the majority of the first half.

  11. some guy
    1:02 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Kings of Leon sucks ass! Now I have to hear there crappy music every time I watch a March Madness game? Once again the NCAA disappoints me.

  12. UKhoopshysteria
    1:08 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Give us Jodie last year and UK could have made it to the eastern conference semi finals.

  13. Bob
    1:14 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    9) There’s a part 2 that shows the rest of the 54. #Fail

  14. soggyUKgrad
    1:26 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    #12..KOL puts on a great show…and THEIR music is far better than your grammar.

  15. 3angelsmessage
    1:28 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner, I really think you are wrong on this. Kentucky may have lost money on the bowl itself, but in post four you state that it is after they got their SEC payout on bowl redistribution money. Ky was allotted 10,000 tickets to sale. They only sold 4460, leaving 5540 unsold. If you take the ticket price of $50 and times it by the unsold tickets you come up with $277,000. I think that was the basis that is the basis on the assumption that Kentucky lost $276,000. Kentucky then also was paid $150,000 as a part of the program that guards against unsold tickets. That brings the loss on the unsold tickets down to $124,00. Now I wont pretend to know exactly what Ky got from the SEC, but if it’s like you say and around $1,000,000, then their is no way they lost $276,000 after redistribution. I know travel and lodging is expensive for a whole football team, but there is now way they spent that much.

  16. Roger
    1:45 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    If you combine the Bowl games that the SEC played in the total payout was right at 60 million dollars. I don’t know how the payouts work, but I do know that each team in the bowl does not always get equal money. For instance in the BBVA Compass bowl Total payout was 1.5 million. Sec was to receive $900,000 and Big Eat was to receive $600,000. In the Chic-fil-a bowl the acc was to receive 3.3 million and the SEC 2.5 million. Both Auburn and Arkansas played in bowls that had a payout of 17 million a piece. I do not know how much went to each conference. Then of course their were 6 other teams in the SEC that played in bowl games. I just don’t see anyway that UK lost money after from the bowl season. Maybe they lost on their allotment of tickets unsold and travel expenses, etc., But I am confident that after they got the $150,000 plus the Sec Bowl money they came out just fine.

  17. IowaCat
    2:07 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Oh good! It is down to the cats and Kentucky?! I like our chances in that one

  18. if your interested
    2:15 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    If you are interested in how the bowl games payouts are distributed, this is a good read.

    The SEC breaks down the 10 potential bowl games it affiliates itself with into four categories, each of which provides the participant with a set lump sum before it divides the rest 13 ways – one for each of the 12 SEC teams, including itself, and one to the league office.

    For bowls that pay out $1.5 million or less, the SEC participant retains $925,000. Though some figures are yet to be determined, the only bowls that fall into this category are the BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.) and the Memphis-based Liberty Bowl.

    The second category, which comprises bowls that pay between $1.5 million and $3.99 million, includes half of the SEC-affiliated bowls.

    SEC participants in the Music City Bowl (UT), Gator Bowl (Mississippi State), Outback Bowl (Florida), Chick-fil-A Bowl (South Carolina) and Cotton Bowl (LSU) will receive the same $1.125 million check even though their respective payouts vary by as much as $1 million.

    The Capital One Bowl, which will pit Alabama against Michigan State this year, is in its own category. Its payout has typically hovered around $4.25 million over the past few years, making it one of the top-paying non-BCS bowls in the country, but its SEC participant receives just $1.325 million before the rest is divided among the conference.

    Arkansas will receive $1.825 million off the top of a Sugar Bowl payment that will clear $6 million. Auburn, because it advanced to the national championship, will haul in $1.925 million before the rest of college football’s biggest payout is distributed to the rest of its colleagues.

    After the SEC office took its cut, the grand total from the 10 bowls last year amounted to close to $26.5 million, SEC Associate Commissioner Charles Bloom said.

    Divide that 12 ways, and each school received close to $2.21 million after receiving its original payout – if it qualified for the postseason.

    That figure typically represents the profit SEC schools net for making a postseason bowl game.

  19. some guy
    2:15 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Wow 15, look at you being a smug little asshole. Why dont you go back to douchebagville and correct the grammer of people who care.

  20. soggyUKgrad
    2:40 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    grammAr. it’s so easy making fun of dumba**es.

  21. soggyUKgrad
    2:48 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    …#20…if ‘smug’ means more intelligent and more educated than you, then yes, I agree. good day, sir.

  22. Joe
    6:32 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    19 Why in the hell would you write an article in the comments section. I hate UT

  23. SexnNursinHomes
    6:35 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    23- hahaha, that dude is wanting to get published.

  24. mudcat
    7:12 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    The 2012 guard came to Rupp on Tuesday and sat behind Shabazz. He is not as highly ranked as Shabazz, but is from the same school as John Wall. One of my favorite parts of the video is him talking about his love for fishing. Talented kid with some upside and is not a one and done, but I like the kid. Check it out!

  25. btowncatfan
    7:15 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    I believe all the teams split the bowl revenue equally. Vandy, believe it or not, got an equal amount to Auburn.

  26. BoomKentucky
    7:19 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Should it be bi-annual or tri-annual hate day for UT, since we play them in basketball 2 times and football.

  27. Escape Goat
    7:23 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    KOL are A-holes. Seriously, 100% Jerks.

  28. biddles
    7:28 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    i hate tennessee … there i said it

  29. Roscoe
    7:31 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

  30. Bill Curry
    7:44 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    If you have hate in yer heart, let it out….blue p’aer. Don’t let the liberal meeeedia tell yoooooou that orange is ok….blue p’aer.

  31. CatsFanInKnoxville
    7:53 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    This is not the University of Jodi Meeks.

  32. HST
    8:01 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Kings of Leon suck. They’re manager brought them to NYC and shopped them to about 6 labels in one day, solely based on image. They hadn’t even written any music yet. That’s on top of them walking off stage when a bird happened to take a deuce on one of them in StL last summer. Pre-packaged, made for tv, fake ass rock n roll. Sorry, I’ll take My Morning Jacket.

  33. Tubby
    8:05 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    The only team down by 20+ points late in the game, while allowing an opposing player 50+ points, and still shucking and jiveing on the sidelines, is tennessee. To me that says something about the coach and the culture of ut basketball.

  34. Matt in Franklin
    8:16 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Watching Meeks hang 54 on TN never gets old…who’s gonna do it to them again Sunday? I don’t think anybody hates that faggy orange & white checkerboard as much as I do…

  35. Matt in Franklin
    8:18 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Oh yeah, almost forgot, KOL sucks, their music is what you listen to until something good comes on the radio…

  36. kevo
    8:21 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Correct me if I’m wrong on my math, but Auburn lost $600,000? Does that include the $180,000 they paid Cecil? Or should the final figure be $780,000…

  37. Ben
    8:35 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    the Queens of Pee on suck. Tenn sucks. Go CATS!

  38. biddles
    8:35 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    i hate tennessee … there i said it … the hate flows

  39. bung
    8:37 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Jared Carter 17 pts 11 reb last nite…game before that he had 24 pts 10 reb

  40. Claw
    8:49 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Q: What is the difference between a porcupine and Thompson-Boling Arena?

    A: A porcupine has 24,000 pricks on the OUTSIDE.

  41. Cat in TN
    8:50 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    All that orange! UGH!!! HATE it!!!

  42. bigbluecats350
    8:50 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    just remember. they arent volunteers if its court ordered

  43. WildCobb Salad
    8:50 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    i was going to post some disparaging remarks about kings of leon but it looks like everyone else did a good job of it. good job guys.

  44. The Real Pioneer
    9:00 am March 4, 2011 Permalink


  45. C Pullem
    9:00 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure it’s been said before now, but the two players who benefited the most on the court from BCG were Joe Crawford and Jodie Meeks (not Porter and Coury). Whatever he did to motivate those guys resulted in major step ups for both. Not saying I agree with his methods, but you can’t dispute the fact that both elevated their games under his watch.

  46. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    9:08 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    I hate Kings of Leon. Loved when all those pigeons pooped on them in St. Louis.

  47. Hard Hittin' CAT
    9:13 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Tennessee…….What can we say about that program that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan? It’s been bombed out and dilapidated.
    Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate Hate

  48. Al's IndiCats
    9:19 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    UT=Udderly Tasteless….When that young guy from Alabama said it they were some “snitches” dirty low down, as the D.I. said to Forrest Gump…He is a G.D. motherF*%kin’ Genius. My hate started yesterday with a new Keg of Coors Light……GO CATS!!!!!!!

  49. Experience
    9:29 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins’ defense can be the turning point for a road victory in Knoxville, and for that to happen he needs to lose the knee highs and opt for floor burns! Go Deandre and Go Big Blue!

  50. terrence jones
    9:30 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t know I played in this game. Check out 1:52. Behind meeks at the free throw line

  51. dubowski
    10:53 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    believe me KOL haters, they used to be good. their last two albums were complete shit. the only problem is, that is the only music of theirs that the majority of people know. They used to be classified as southern rock. I dont know what to make of their music now. They are self proclaimed sell outs. I hate them now too.

  52. Cat in the Hat
    11:27 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    I hate Tennessee too !

  53. Kentucky1
    11:28 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    “This is not the University of Jody Meeks” BCG

  54. if yourinterested
    11:40 am March 4, 2011 Permalink

    23 I didn’t write an article, I copied and pasted. But the reason I posted it is because so many don’t know how the money is spit up and Beisner said that UK got just over 1 million from the SEC. I was merely pointing out that that was not correct.

    24 No, I have no intentions of being published. How did you come to that conclusion. Should I conclude from your name that you go to nursing homes to get sex?

  55. 3 fan
    12:59 pm March 4, 2011 Permalink

    Can we all agree UK football should never have went to that bowl game? Crushing defeat and more proof that Joker is struggling. UK football is gonna suuuuuck next year. 🙁

  56. WestCrest Joe
    2:40 pm March 4, 2011 Permalink

    All I can say is that the absolute first memory of ever attending a University of Kentucky game is when my Mom allowed me to skip Sunday school in 1982 to attend the final home game of that season and I saw a gentleman wearing a home-made t-shirt that said “Avoid the Rush, Hate Tennessee Now!” I was ten then, and as an impressionable youth, it stuck. I would sooner cheer for the Al Quaida All Stars than I would the hideous Orange that occupy Kentucky’s nether regions. Just sayin…

  57. Nunn4UK
    5:34 pm March 4, 2011 Permalink

    One of the KOL is from Kentucky and went to Greenwood HS in Bowling Green, but yeah thier music sucks and I hate UT…