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Lawmaking with the Kentucky General Assembly

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As shown by the recent bill attempting to make the annual UK-U of L football and men’s basketball games mandatory by law, it’s apparent that the Kentucky Legislature thinks it’s okay to make laws concerning sports.  Scroll down to the earlier post for the actual text of the proposed bill – it’s mostly a bill that has to do with education and Kentucky’s post-secondary institutions, but hidden in all of that is this line at the very end: “require the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville to play each other in football and men’s basketball each year.” I, for one, have never been the kind of person to agree with our government interfering in the sports world.  We’ve seen Congress attempt to get involved with the BCS situation and Roger Clemens/Barry Bonds, etc.  Not only is the national government trying to “do its part,” but now Kentucky lawmakers have decided to get in on the act too.

Taxpayers’ money is being used to pay these guys, so we might as well make our voices heard.  What kind of laws would UK fans want in place if legislators continue down this path of interfering in the sports arena?  Clearly, the laws they make don’t always have to have anything to do with, you know, running the state.  Heck, they don’t even have to always make sense. So here are a couple of ideas for bizarre laws that UK fans could be cheering for:

–Requiring that the University of Louisville and Morehead State play each other each regular season in men’s basketball (those sneaky UK fans in the General Assembly are looking for a laugh if a repeat of the 2011 NCAA Tournament game happened)

–Putting a limit on the number of times Coach Cal can tweet about Orange Leaf or Papa John’s in a week

–Making it mandatory that any Randall Cobb-type talent has the ball in his hands in the red zone if the Cats have another chance to beat Tennessee (or anyone else for that matter)

Banning Jimmy Dykes and Tony Greene from crossing the border into Kentucky

–Giving Rick Pitino constant surveillance while he is in any sort of eating establishment (it’s for the good of everyone, after all)

–Set aside a little money for the UK football program.  Please.  Rich Brooks is still begging.

–And speaking of UK football, let’s get some funds together for a Matt Roark statue outside Commonwealth

–A government-sponsored recruiting budget for Calipari (like I said, the laws clearly don’t have to make sense or have anything to do with running the state; plus we all know how much the government likes throwing around cash)

–Paying any of the medical expenses incurred by Drew Franklin after he gains 50 White Castle-induced pounds

Let’s hear some more, folks.  Go Cats.

Article written by Ashley Scoby

43 Comments for Lawmaking with the Kentucky General Assembly



  1. ThankfulCat
    9:04 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Bashing Tony Greene shows a real lack of understanding about basketball officiating. Greene is recognized as one of the best officials in the country, that’s why he gets assigned to our games.

    Who do you want to call our games? Some middle school official with no confidence, no backbone who won’t blow his whistle and causes another cincy/Xavier fight?

    Geez



  2. Class of '97
    9:08 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Show Jimmy D some love. Would you rather have Vitale spewing about the Dukies?



  3. Echo 1
    9:10 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    #1 Momma Greene? Is that you? As far as the Pitino law, that is actually a good idea. I am certain Jo Ann would sleep better.



  4. GrumpyOldDude
    9:10 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    2 – Yes, I would…DV loves the Cats and Dykes is just a tool.



  5. Political Ridiculousness
    9:15 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hilarious post. Seriously, the lawmakers need to put their time into things that actually matter. If politicians want to be involved in sports decisions, they need to leave their pretty little high paying jobs, salaries, and retirements and apply for the AD job at UK.



  6. JessieT
    9:15 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    to be fair, UK is a state university so making a state law forcing them to do something isn’t as irrelevent as some of the things law makers do



  7. strange brew
    9:15 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that there should be no law making UK play Uofl. UK doesn’t need Uofl. Uofl is so weak that the Big 12 picked TCU over them.



  8. Hoss
    9:17 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I vote for mandatory random exit ramp urination.

    Prop 1 on 65!



  9. UKCarp10
    9:23 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Firstly I want this series to continue no matter what and I hope it does continue but Number 6 while the University of Kentucky is a state run institution and the state legislature might have the right to make such laws pertaining to annual sporting events but….I believe that Kentuckians tax dollers which pay their horendously high salaries could be used to fix far more relivent and prudent issues such as all the state budget cuts to to pretty much every branch of state government. Just saying they have better things to get involved in and fix instead of sticking their noses into athletics.

    UK STUDENT



  10. Uglymuffin
    9:26 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I hate to see politicians get involved with sports because it is inevitable that they screw it up. They break everything they touch. And officer Green sucked at his job long before last weekend, I’ve always hated that guy.



  11. ThankfulCat
    9:26 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    #3 Not Greene’s momma but I did leave my glasses on your momma’s nightstand table last night



  12. barn
    9:27 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    4)dykes loves UK and vitale is a know-all, self-appointed guru of all things bball tool who rides the bandwagon of anyone who is winning. do you think he loved UK when he went on his national media tirade against UK fans for “running tubby out of town” when ots had actually accepted the um job months before our season was over? according to him we’re all a bunch of racist rednecks who “just didn’t appreciate a hall of fame coach”. screw vitale



  13. Ukloyal
    9:29 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Mandatory post-game press conferences for officials? And.. losing coaches? Cages for the members of the media known to attack one another? Lightweight ankle bracelets for paroled U of L athletes so they are not handicapped by bulky bracelets? Nike are you listening? A real business opportunity.



  14. We R UK
    9:38 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Make it illegal for Matt Jones to say anything positive EVER about Rick Pitino or the filthy Cards! (In reference to his recent comment on the air that he was going to go easier on Pitino–at Vanetti’s request.)



  15. JPhelps
    9:39 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I think that the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville should each have a caucus… Just as long as our caucus bigger than their caucus!



  16. Al's IndiCats
    9:39 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Listen Ms Scoby has it right. Everytime law makers get involved in anything it becomes both more confusing and irrepairable. Law makers should stick to what they do best, and that’s to screw up everything that has to do with keeping the american public safe or have their well being condidered. No they had to put their noses in a place that it shouldn’t be….AT ALL!
    UofL wanted these games year in and year out. Look where it got them. Damn near a loss in basketball every year. Football almost until thgis year was the same result. I like the fact that political gains are always on the agenda for all the wrong reasons. Making UK and Looserville play every year was one that back fired on them. Saying it’s good for the state and all but on the same note they didn’t have Pikeville and and Looserville play. Or for that matter WKU and UK play every year.
    Politics have absolutly no place in sports whatsoever…..NONE!!!! stick to screwing the working man/woman and their way of life. Leave sports out of it.



  17. ukcatzfan
    9:40 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    “require the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville to play each other in football and men’s basketball each year.” I, for one, have never been the kind of person to agree with our government interfering in the sports world.

    do you agree that the sports world( namely the NCAA) should stay out of politics???



  18. Cat89
    9:42 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Really? I mean Really?? Don’t those jack waggons have more important matters to address. Guess not.



  19. wilDCat
    9:50 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    “Putting a limit on the number of times Coach Cal can tweet about Orange Leaf or Papa John’s in a week” – Love it.

    – Require the Beisner tweet a hilarious Pitino photo at least once a day, it’s good for morale
    – Make a statewide Jorts Day, where everyone is required to wear jorts in honor of the man himself
    – Set aside funding to pay for the nationwide broadcast of all Cats games, because I’m tired of having to deal with watching IMG’s terrible video quality online because I don’t live in Kentucky anymore



  20. Eloy
    9:57 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    As a UK fan I would be cheering for a balanced budget. That would be nice. Or maybe less taxes and less spending. You know, stuff government should be doing.



  21. Socialism
    10:04 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Great more government interference in our lives and our sports just what we need. Our ancestors came to this country to escape big governments and governments that tried to control everything. Kinds sad this country is not so free anymore.



  22. Abe Froman
    10:16 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    11 – Another “I had sex with your mom” joke?

    Looks like we’ve got a badass over here.



  23. Coach Cal
    10:16 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Create a 100 year old mandatory retirement age for a certain columnist in Lexington. (He’s at least that old right???)



  24. ThankfulCat
    10:44 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    #22 I made a serious comment about Greene’s officiating abilities.

    He responded by telling me I am Greene’s momma

    I made a joke.

    Get a life loser



  25. katastic
    10:48 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I understand the point is to keep revenue in kentucky, but instead of a specific UK/ul requirement, I’d rather see a bill that creates tax incentives for all schools to play other in-state schools. Or the revenue goes strictly to scholarship programs or something beneficial to the respective schools.

    And create a law banning the printing and distribution of the Old English font.



  26. VAbbn
    11:18 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    “It’s all good” be permanently changed to “Saul Good” in all dictionaries in the commonwealth.



  27. best1978
    11:23 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Has the Kentucky Legislature ever done anything that makes sense?



  28. Johnnyhopkins
    11:26 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    ban all people who make your mamma jokes from getting on the Internet, it’s just sad at this point.



  29. Duck Fuke
    11:44 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    The state of Florida passed a law requiring UF to play FSU, after UF refused to play them after FSU switched from a woman’s college to co-ed



  30. Jpat-14
    11:57 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I know jimmy Dykes can be annoying to listen to at times, but he has been a huge supporter of KY basketball. Why would we not want him crossing the border? How many other national television analysts genuinely like KY?



  31. Joker Blows
    12:00 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    stupid article.



  32. ribin
    12:06 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Legislature needs to stick to trying to change things to improve the life, economy, etc. in KY — stay out of sports —
    They could run a “Kentucky” basketball tournament during Dec. Make all the smaller schools play ‘into’ a UKIT type format at the end of Dec. UK/ UL on each side of the bracket. That should raise some revenue.



  33. Lol
    12:23 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    They don’t have more important things to do?
    I am a UK fan, I don’t care who we play or when. Thats the part or being a fan. But, if I had a preference I wouldn’t play Louisville. Just don’t like em, simple as that.



  34. second2none04
    12:32 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    terrible.



  35. LEAVETHELITEON
    2:01 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Make Season Ticket Holders go through a lottery process just as the students at the school do. And also, if they are going to require the UL-UK match-up in basketball, they should also make it mandatory in all sports and competitive organizations such as the debate team. I’m pretty sure UK would win the debate.



  36. captain towboat
    3:15 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    jimmy dykes praises uk every chance he gets. im surprised other fans dont bash him for it



  37. LF
    3:34 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Nice blog post…very cool!



  38. J.Picklesnickle
    5:03 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Jimmy Dykes was an Assistant Coach for the Cats and loves UK (but he luh-huh-huvs Arkansas). Why the beef with JD?



  39. Lol
    8:36 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    31 blows, stupid handle for UK fan



  40. Mark
    8:47 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Make U of L raise their academic requirements to UK sec standards before you make UK play UL in football



  41. winston bennett's vice
    9:32 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Terribly written column.



  42. Jumped the shark
    4:06 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    Yawn. Your losing me here. And I’m not talking about the general assembly!



  43. Dolfan66r
    1:35 pm January 6, 2012 Permalink

    There is one thing I wish the federal government would interfere in. Require there be a National Football Playoff for Division 1 (FBS)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!