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Michael Douglas’ Monday News and Views


Here we are again, my friends.  Another beautiful Monday morning signals the start of yet another week of Big Blue fun here at KSR.  As the Cats get set for a two-game stretch that could likely return them to first place in the SEC East, let’s first stop and give a salute to someone who made a return of his own Sunday night.  Michael Douglas, who recently announced he has beaten throat cancer, took the stage at the Golden Globes to give the night’s final award to rousing applause and offered the line of the night.  As the crowd stood and cheered, Douglas said, “There’s got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation.”  I’m not sure what else there is to say.  So, here’s to you, Michael Douglas.  This is your KSR standing ovation.  You’ve earned it.

Now onto a few UK notes…

 – With little to really discuss or analyze following another blowout victory against an overmatched team from the SEC West, some of the talk started to heat up around the subject of the sixth man.  It’s a role that Doron Lamb excelled in for the season’s first fifteen games and one that Terrence Jones settled into nicely for the past two.  Whatever turns out to be the case from this point on, it’s essentially a non-issue.  The team is far too thin on players and the two juggling the role are both far too good to play anything other than starter’s minutes, so it’s essentially just chatter to fill space (and those writing those stories would likely tell you the same).  Kentucky clearly benefits from having either Terrence Jones or Doron Lamb giving a spark off the bench.  It really doesn’t matter who it is, though.  They’ll still get their minutes just the same. 

 – Another little note from the LSU game that John Robic spoke on after the game was how effective Kentucky’s zone offense was against the Tigers.  Robic called it “terrific” and expressed bewilderment at the fact that people don’t give Coach Cal credit for teaching his team’s such a strong attack against multiple zone sets.  We’ve seen this team play unselfishly on offense against man-to-man defense all season and, much like they did last year – even against West Virginia, they were able to get good looks for their teammates throughout the entire game.  This team is knocking those down.  It’s not just the threes either.  Kentucky was able to break down LSU’s zone by spreading them out and attacking off the dribble to create passing lanes and pass to open teammates after they attracted attention.  And while LSU’s zone is probably not the best they’ll face this season, the Cats proved that they don’t need to be create mismatches or shots off the dribble-drive against only man-to-man.

 – Finishing off a whirlwind weekend that had him in Lexington, Atlanta, Dayton and Massachusetts, Calipari did a little recruiting on Sunday.  Coach Cal checked in with five-star 2012 prospects Alex Murphy, Kaleb Tarczewski and Andre Drummond at the Spalding Hoops Hall event and took some time to again campaign against summer recruiting.  Calipari called it “babysitting” and again championed the idea of allowing coaches to spend the summer months at home with their families or on campus developing the players already on their roster.  Many people think that eliminating the summer period would hurt the smaller schools who don’t have the luxury of watching only the players they’ve decided they want (as Cal said he does).  Calipari disagreed a bit, saying that the change would allow schools to save some money and that the summer often inflates the reputations of players and they end up playing for schools that don’t match up with their talent level.  Limiting recruiting to the high school season would change that. 

 – If you had the pleasure of enjoying Saturday’s broadcast duo of Carter “I Still Breastfeed” Blackburn and former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried, you got a healthy dose of one great saying.  Gottfried referred to Josh Harrellson and Jon Hood repeatedly as “fan favorites”, meaning that he likely didn’t watch Joker Phillips on Outside the Lines this week.   

 – With a lot of up-and-down news surrounding the program in the last week or so, there was a lot of talk this weekend about the “momentum” surrounding the football team.  The return of Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy, along with the commitment of Marcus Caffey and a handful of visitors had many people saying that Joker had things back on track after the Compass Bowl, the departure of Randall Cobb and losing Nick Martin to Notre Dame.  But, just as the news that Elliott Porter doesn’t crush that good feeling, the positive news stories don’t wipe away the frustrations of the previous events.  The fact is, momentum is not built in a day.  It’s not built in a week.  It will be built throughout this summer and fall and it’s going to be built within the walls of the Nutter facility.  As much as we talk about the fans needing to buy into the Joker Phillips era, what needs to be happening is the players being committed to their workout programs and the coaching staff.  The fans will always be won over by winning football games.  It didn’t happen this year at the clip that it should have and picking up a few recruits between now and the start of camp won’t change that.  Winning next year will.  Momentum in football takes time.  Pretending like a little story here or there moves the needle significantly either way would be a great insult to what Rich Brooks and his staff, including Phillips, developed the past several years.

 – Don’t look now, but Mississippi State looks like a big-time basketball team.  With Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney, two all-conference type players, back in the fold, they’re looking like a team that could contend with for the SEC title.  Throw in Ravern Johnson, who has always given UK problems and might be one of the best shooters in the country, and they have a dangerous starting lineup.  By the time they head into Rupp February 15, we could be primed for a battle between the top two teams in the conference.

 – In non-UK news, Georgia Tech pasted North Carolina by 20 and held the Tar Heels to only 58 points.  The Heels continue to be a case study in how important it is to have a point guard as Larry Drew played 21 minutes and registered 0 points and 2 assists against, arguably, the worst-coached team in college basketball.

 – Finally, the UK cheerleaders came up short in their bid for a fourth-straight national title, placing second to Alabama.  Coach Cal will now show no mercy on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned throuhgout the day as we get you all geared up for the Alabama game and try to decide who we’re going to bring off the bench.  As usual, the fun gets going on Kentucky Sports Radio on Talk Radio 1080 and 10am. Make sure you check it out.  Good ratings mean Matt will stay away.  See you in a few..

Article written by Thomas Beisner

30 Comments for Michael Douglas’ Monday News and Views

  1. tdogg4033011
    12:00 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Miss St should and prolly will be pretty good, but 2 of those players shouldn’t
    even be on the team. It dont matter though, UK will take the SEC & SEC tourney too.

  2. Kyle
    12:08 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Technically u really have no room
    To talk about unc when they did beat u all besides both teams have the same record in conference play think before u talk about a team that did beat u besides sec can’t compete with acc in all aspects. We have the most championships combined. Sec got nothing.

  3. Allan Sewell
    12:32 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    2. go home nancy

  4. Wildcobb Salad
    12:39 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    2. Let me introduce “u” to the “y” and “o” keys. Together, with the “u” key, you type “you.” See how that works?

  5. Kentucky14
    1:09 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    I think an argument can be made that Winston Guy coming back is actually negative news..not positive. Unless you like defensive backs who can’t even cover tight ends much less wide receivers.

  6. JBR
    1:17 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    #5, good point…and TB, good point on the football momentum as well.

  7. Culver
    1:44 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    As someone who rarely comments on this board, I admit, I find it hilarious at how many other fanbases post on here! It’s like they’re OBSESSED with UK Basketball…LOL!!!

  8. Jon
    2:44 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    #2 – What ‘most championships combined’ are you referring to?

  9. LookingForward
    3:06 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    With the way Miss. St. handles discipline on their team they have more troubles on the way.

  10. glitch
    3:47 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    You cannot be serious with your MSU comments they are the worst

  11. Fonzi
    5:05 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    2- We sucked for one game, you will suck all season long. So “technically” Roy blows goats, Larry Drew 2 sucks and Tyler Zeller needs to sell one of those ears to Africa so they can cook it up and feed the masses.

  12. SexnNursinHomes
    6:21 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    2- back 2 back N.I.Ts will look nice on ol’ roy’s resume. daggummit.

    mark gottfried’s spray-on tan says hello.

  13. BravoBigBlue
    7:17 am January 17, 2011 Permalink


    Enough celebrating. Now on to the negative bashing.

    Michael Douglas is looking more and more like his father Kirk. His 90 YEAR OLD father Kirk. Catherine, I will be available soon, baby.

    Kentucky football = Operation: Boycott. Joker hasn’t got a clue about being a head coach in the SEC. He is the poster child for the “deer in the headlights look”. If you weren’t convinced before the bowl game, what’s your excuse now?

    Now for the positive.

    Thank God for Kentucky basketball. Without it, I don’t know how I would make it through the day. Ok, slight exagerration. Well, not much. Long live Louie Dampier!

  14. cracka
    7:40 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    we need for jon hood to take notice of what jorts did this off-season and hit the gym if really wants to be able to contribute … and for stacey poole to take notice of liggins’ career and use his athleticism to defend and rebound and run the floor, his shot will come around with practice

    completely disgusted by the football team …

  15. Big Blue 66
    7:45 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    has roy boy retired early? I think he has pulled a Billy donovan, win his championship then ride it out.

  16. kyrobman
    7:47 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Hooked on phonics didn’t work for #2.I think more like hooked on crack, melts the brain cells.

  17. Dr J
    8:14 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Blackburn and Gottfried really butchered this broadcast. Talk of “Nicholsville”, UK’s “33-5” record last season, and crediting the wrong player repeatedly on 3 pt shots, made me wish for the days when you could turn the sound off on the TV and listen to Cawood Ledford call the plays.

  18. bung
    8:28 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    I still listen to the radio and watch. Sometimes there is a little time dif, sometimes harly any. Either way it beats missing 2 minutes of the game periodically while TV guys chase rabbits.

  19. Magna Cum Laude UNC
    8:32 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    #2 is a UNC grad, and it shows. Nice writing, Sport.

  20. bung
    8:33 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    is there a d in hardly?

  21. TJ over Barnes
    8:38 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    It is good to see the “First Team All American” (what a joke), Harrison Barnes working out so well. Ol Roy is one of the few that can take a guaranteed one and done and turn him into a four year player. By his Senior year, Barnes should be NBA ready. Nice coaching Roy.

  22. SexnNursinHomes
    8:39 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    17- I know what you mean. I’m from Nicholasville, and the “talk of Nicholasiville” is how cheap you can get Percocet 30s or Oxycontin. Wish we could extract the DNA from Cawood and bring him back to life.

  23. mlk jr
    8:51 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    I had a dream that I was mentioned on KSR on my birthday. I guess it was only just a dream.

  24. mudcat
    8:55 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    #2…you need to take notice that your coach is losing it. He takes top 50 players( Zeller, Henson, Barnes, Strickland, heck your whole team) and they are under achieving. Wake up, because recruits will soon realize this and will no longer consider them. The Jordan effect is wearing off. With Wall, Cousins and even Lebron supporting and coming from this program; we are now the “IT” program. Take some pride, because last year you were the second winning-est program in history and by next year you will be the fourth( Duke will pass you ).

  25. Fake Jerry Tipton
    9:06 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    #2 is right; UK is terrible. Also, I will always listen to a 19 years old UNC student.

  26. Beetle bum
    9:14 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    Evidently, negative football momentum can be premised on a few events that occur over a select period of time, but positive momentum must be sustained throughout the summer before we can acknowledge it. I will listen to Rick, Tubby, and all the other coaches that spout the cliche, don’t get too high and don’t get too low.

  27. bmac
    9:19 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    bost and sidney….bost and sidney …oh yeah the guy who was declared a professional athlete by the NCAA’s own rules and a guy who accepted impermissible benefits…i wouldn’t worry about them, according to the NCAA’s own president they are astrict and non arbitrary enforcer of their rules so they should be declared ineligible any day now…any day now….any day now…..

  28. A.T.
    10:07 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    It never fails to crack me up when haters hang on a head-to-head victory against UK like a coat rack, then have to resort to conference hating when their own team’s titles can’t stack up to UK’s. Gotta give credit to UNC, though…they are STEAMROLLING their way to defending that NIT title!

  29. KYFAN
    10:21 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    He actually wasnt talking trash about UNC he was telling the truth, you guys dont have a point guard, your coach isnt doing his job because anyone with 2 eyes can see that Kendall Marshall should be starting and Drew shouldnt even have a jersey, plus PAA (Preseason All-American) Harrison Barnes is down right horrible. I bet UNC doesnt want to play us now, the outcome would be totally different!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!

  30. Han
    11:25 am January 17, 2011 Permalink

    The older he gets, the more Douglas looks exactly like his dad. Is he a clone?

    Likewise with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen looking more and more like Martin Sheen.