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Man in America Jacket Wants Some Thursday Thoughts

photo by Michael Huang

The man photo bombing the picture above was one of the unsung heroes of the game last night. He sat behind the bench, got lots of camera time and was saluting #Murica at every opportunity. While I generally am against any attempt to wear something but Blue or White into Rupp Arena, in this case I will let him go. The flag still stands for freedom and you can’t take that away.

A few notes…

The story of that game last night for me was Ryan Harrow. I will freely admit that I had completely given up on Ryan being an effective leader for this team. The last two games saw 39 minutes and a combined 0 points and 0 rebounds and for the second time this year, I was ready to assume his UK career was on its last legs. But Harrow came out an played aggressively, taking the ball to the basket, distributing and even hitting the glass. I was impressed with the way he mentally was in the game, not taking any plays offs and talking with his teammates on the floor. As with everything on this team, it is hard to say what it will mean past this game, but for this game, it was quite impressive.

— Were is not for Uncle Julius, I am not sure what this team would do. Once again, he hit a huge shot last night, draining a three that not only won the game, but kept the season going as well. Calipari said it best after the game when he said that Uncle Julius gets every last ounce out of his body on the court and it shows. He rarely makes a bad decision and his importance to the team can be seen in his playing time, as John Calipari played him for 39 minutes last night. He isn’t the most talented player on the team, but he gives you the intangibles that give a team a chance to win. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Calipari utilize the “5th year” option with more players like Uncle Julius, as he has made a big imprint on the Cats this year.

— Ryan Lemond could not stop talking about Josh Harrellson‘s girlfriend today on the radio show. I didn’t see her, but with Lemond going all Brent Musberger this morning, we must all give a salute to Jorts (who if he keeps wearing Louis Vuitton, we will have to give a new nickname).

— When you see the young man above, you probably think, “well that looks like a young fella who would only be up to good things.” Unfortunately folks, you are incorrect. The young man above was arrested in Louisville for breaking into a fire station and masturbating on the fire suits. No motive for the crime was given, but he was allegedly intoxicated (I would even take out the allegedly) and told police that he did it because “I wanted to.” It seems like when Kentucky makes the national news, it is always for the best reasons.

— A big congratulations to the UK Athletic Department, University and Football program for the signing into law of the funding bill for campus renovations. This has been an ongoing decade-long project that finally saw overwhelming approval by the powers that be in the Kentucky legislature. Just two years after the bill couldn’t even get to the floor for a vote, it passed 97-1 in the House and 36-1 in the Senate. $110 million in football renovations, work on a new Science building and expansion of the Business and Economics building all begin shortly as the campus gets the opportunity to have much needed revitalization. This was a project with a lot of work that went behind it and Athletics was a huge part of getting it done. The folks around UK should be happy, as should the long-suffering UK football fans.

Finally, I end with an even better picture of a young Oscar Combs and Bobby Kennedy during his Poverty Tour in 1968. Combs was a 27 year old Hazard Herald Editor and he was getting the scoop, just as he does now. A great picture and one I will keep for some time:

Article written by Matt Jones

39 Comments for Man in America Jacket Wants Some Thursday Thoughts



  1. Wedding Planner
    1:43 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    So Evan D says UK is more likely to get Wiggins or Gordon than Randle. What the heck happened? Remember JJ of USA Today saying we were leaders back in the Fall



  2. Orange Juice
    1:43 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    The American Flag jacket guy is Jeff Ruby. He makes the most delicious steaks in America.



  3. MGH
    1:46 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Wedding Planner – Every couple of weeks he continues to drop hints that we still are the leader. He isn’t exactly subtle about it. Considering he is tied at the hip with Randle throughout this recruitment, I take his word over Evan Daniel’s spotty track record and guess work.



  4. Ridge Runner
    1:47 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Just hope the Cats can “maintain” or “build” on that energy they showed. Thats where I am not as optimistic and I hope I’m wrong.



  5. DMR
    1:50 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Captain America is Jeff Ruby.



  6. 2handz
    1:50 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder if anyone can dig up the audio of that moment to go along with the picture?



  7. Wildcatwill
    1:51 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    You gotta love Jeff Ruby for tossing OJ out on his arse one derby night. He said the guy was a double murderer and he didn’t want him in his restaurant.



  8. Season Never Ends
    1:55 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff Ruby photobombs. Masturbating Louisville fans. Oscar Combs with Bobby Kennedy. This post had everything.



  9. Maxbps8
    1:57 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #2 & 5 and 7 are right. Best Steaks in America and served w/ integrity. You might not agree w/ his decision to toss OJ but you HAVE to respect his right to do it and the fact that he did.

    And the guy below in the mug shots is, w/o a doubt from NY not Kentucky.



  10. Randy Marsh
    1:57 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, I listened to the first half of the radio show this morning, and I believe Ryan Lemond’s initial assessment of Ernie’s phone call is correct. Ernie was speaking in English to his dog, saying, “Freddie,” or “Betty, come inside.” Or something along those lines. It sounded foreign because he was cute-talking his dog, as most dog owners do; moreover, this is why he was hesitant and embarrassed to explain himself. He had just been caught on statewide/national radio talking in a less than masculine way to his dog. I did, however, enjoy the conspiracy theories this morning as to what it could’ve been. Love the show!



  11. Wedding Planner
    2:00 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #3 – MGH, who is the “he” you refer to that is tied to the hip with Randle?

    Also, I think Evan has been fairly accurate with UK recruits



  12. Duuuuuude
    2:02 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #8….Bingo! lol



  13. VA2UK
    2:04 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Well, if Oscar is supposed to be in his late 20’s at the time of this picture, I feel safe in saying that he’s the oldest looking dude in his late 20’s that I’ve ever seen.



  14. NoJortsNoProblm
    2:05 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    OMG, that’s my old BW3’s bartender Amanda. Hey Amanda – I’ll take Maker’s & Coke please. (buy one get one free as always)



  15. NoJortsNoProblm
    2:09 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    The USA jacket sorta looks like Jeff Ruby, the steak king on Cincinnati.



  16. John Ellis
    2:09 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    There were a lot of stories last night but Willie was the story. 20 points, good defense and two game saving blocks – the truth is last night the offense for all but 6 min. ran better than it has all season, because there was a steady inside threat and they could spread it. Love Nerlens, Willie may be as good by the end of this season, altogether. If he plays like that UK is a contender – and I mean it.



  17. John Ellis
    2:10 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    If he plays like that UK beats Missouri by ten.



  18. tom
    2:17 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    who cares about Combs and Bobby Kennedy. Enough.



  19. Cayts
    2:19 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    While I love Jeff Ruby for his steaks, and his tossing of OJ out of his Louisville restaurant, I’ve heard many a times in NKY/Cincy that his original fortune in the early days of The Precinct was all cocaine money. Have no evidence, other than I’ve heard it from multiple unrelated people at lots of different times, anyone else ever hear of this?



  20. Guest
    2:26 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #16- I know it was against Vanderbilt and they don’t have a strong inside presence, but the offense (other than the 6 minute stretch you referred to) was as smooth as I’ve seen it all season. A lot has to do with Archie and Ryan playing better, but a lot has to do with WCS having more versatility on the offensive end than Nerlens. Is it worth losing what we do on the defensive end? Probably not. But if we can sure up some of those wide open threes and stop allowing the uncontested drives, we may be able to hit a stride we’ve hoped for all season.
    And about that 6 minute dry spell. Harrow, Wiltjer, and Mays all had wide open threes in that stretch that could’ve ended Vandy’s run. Sometimes shots just don’t fall.



  21. josh
    2:26 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    cocaine or not he wears that jacket like a red blooded Amurican!



  22. UK Fan #5
    2:30 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #1 Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson happened. Its starting to get crowded inside, we’ve already got those two and everybody knows Wiltjer is coming back. And theres an outside chance WCS or Noel come back, even though that is unlikely.



  23. Duuuuuude
    2:37 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #13, the reason they all look like your dad is because back in the day, when they were younger, that is how they dressed. Folks tend to keep the dress of their younger days. Back in the day, they were probably pretty sporty against the older folks of their time. Some day, they will say the same of us.



  24. Robster
    2:52 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Matt…Fathead idea…Oscar Combs 🙂



  25. Walden Schmidt
    3:02 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Masturbating in a firehouse. Always wondered what SNH looked like.



  26. Roland
    3:11 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Oscar only man with a hat. Changing times



  27. B-rog
    3:17 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    thats jeff ruby, one of the coolest people in the tri state. dude has ferraris and rolls royces and owns every 5 star steak restaurant in cincinnati. cal gave him a national championship ring. write a story about that now matt jones…no seriously i know you will.



  28. theauthority
    3:21 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Never heard of Jeff Ruby early money coming from cocaine, i highly doubt it he had investors in all his restaurants for start up capital. He makes a great steak and i frequent his restaurants but the man is a truly a first class dickhead. never met anyone who wanted to be famous so badly as that guy.



  29. RealCatsFan
    3:40 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder if Ruby saw a spike in patronage at his restaurant after he tossed OJ out on his arss? Loved reading about that! The golf courses of America should have done the same.



  30. NoJortsNoProblm
    3:55 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t realize I would start a steak king on Cincy debate. If he puts cocaine in the Colinsworth Fillet, keep up the good work! Twitter Machine: @NoJortsNoProblm



  31. WestWorld
    4:23 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Bobby must have left his jacket in the limo.



  32. Roland
    4:29 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t a ruby guy do the oswald scene in the garage in dallas back in 63?



  33. STEVE!
    4:48 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Eli Capilouto (sp?) was given a lot of good-natured (I think) kidding on this site for his alcohol-free football tailgating, but I think he deserves a lot of credit for what he has accomplshed on the facilities side in the short time he’s been here. Planning and funding for badly needed new dorms, new classromm buildings, expansions and modernizations, and the football renovations are just a few.



  34. Smooth
    4:56 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I wish the fire-jacker had a line beard



  35. mudcreekmark
    5:18 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    So thats whats inside those fire extinguishers.



  36. Kelkat66
    5:24 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I am a firefighter here in Louisville and we have been laughing about that incident for a couple of days. Incidentally that firehouse he broke into is really close to the Yum Center. UL fans do the strangest things…



  37. UK Football Fan
    11:22 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    TODAY was a giant step forward today for the University of Kentucky football team. ONE HUNDRED TEN MILLIONS DOLLARS for RENOVATIONS at COMMONWEALTH STADIUM….THIS ROCKS! I can’t wait to see the presentation drawings….



  38. BRUCE HUFF
    6:40 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    I love all KY sports do yall???????????????



  39. Anti Loserville
    6:40 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Learn your geography Matt. Louisville is not in Kentucky. Was surprised to hear they have fireman suits.