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Mumford and Sons Monday News and Views


In the storied and accomplished history of this site, there are certain non-sports events throughout the year that are as a part of KSR lore as any.  For whatever reasons, the general rule is that anything with sequins has strangely found a way into an annual live blog.  Lately, we dropped the ball on Miss America and, this year, we again left you hanging without a Grammy Live Blog.  But that didn’t mean that the evening passed without a breakthrough at the KSR Compound.  As we all sang our various personal versions of Cee-Lo’s “F— You” to Bryan the Intern, English folk rock band Mumford and Sons took the stage before Bob Dylan performed as Adam Sandler doing a Bob Dylan impression and, in doing so, marked the first time that Matt Jones and I have ever enjoyed the same music.  Long known for his entusiastic suppor of antiquated country music and all things Jason Mraz, the man formerly known as El Capitan Jones took a step into the year 2011 and we formed another special bond.  Yes, Matt, that’s now our song.

Now onto some UK notes…

 – By now, we’ve all kind of made our peace with the Vanderbilt loss.  If you step back and look at the game in terms of expectations before the season, which is probably the best litmus test when trying to determine disappointment, it’s not a bad loss.  Vanderbilt is a good team.  They have a significant home court advantage.  In all honesty, the loss alone isn’t cause for alarm.  However, if you look at the context of the loss and where Kentucky is at this point in the season, it stings.  It stings bad.  The loss in Nashville, Kentucky’s third in the last four games, provided the painful Dennis Green reminder that this team is exactly who we thought they were.  In their losses this season, Kentucky has been plagued by the same symptoms.  They limp into halftime after letting a 4-8 point lead turn into deficit and then struggle to execute in the final minutes of the second half.  Againt Vanderbilt, those two things killed them again.  For the majority of the first half, the Cats played their best basketball of the season.  They had only one turnover for nearly the entire half and they played outstanding defense, which was lost a bit by John Jenkins hitting a number of difficult shots.  But they failed to close out either half and instead of us talking about a great start to a road game and a confidence-boosting win on the road, we’re again here pondering their difficulties away from Rupp.  This is the point of the season where you would have hoped the team would have developed past those mistakes.  Now, no matter what happens down the stretch, those concerns will continue to linger in every game.

 – With another road loss, it’s starting to become more apparent that the concerns in the preseason about this roster were justified.  The Cats are talented, without a doubt, but they are plagued by a lack of depth (8 points in 39 minutes from the bench) and pieces that are talented but don’t seem to always fit together well.  The starting five is essentially a shooting guard playing point, a small forward playing shooting guard and a small forward playing at the power forward spot.  It’s a lineup that can create mismatches offensively, but the roster as a whole whose success now seems too dependent on the opposing roster.  The Tennessee win was a good one for a lot of reasons, but the truth is that the Vols match up with the Cats favorably.  They don’t have the athletic big guys inside who seem to give Terrence Jones fits and create foul issues for the Cats.  They don’t (or didn’t Tuesday) have a dynamic playmaker who can do the same thing.  Across the board, the teams that do have those things beat Kentucky.  Unlike last season, the Cats aren’t the ones creating the matchup problems.  They’re the ones trying to play out of position and out of character to combat them.  And it’s hurting them.  In the remaining games, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Florida all will present those same issues.  Unless the Cats find a way to break through that wall, their postseason success will likely hinge on those making the bracket.

 – All season long, the fear has been that UK was only one injury away from being in a state of panic.  We’ve seen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones leave the floor at times and collectively held our breath, but both players managed to get back on the court.  Now, though, the depth situation again moves to the front as DariusMiller is questionable for the game Tuesday against Mississippi State.  Calipari said that if Miller is unable to play, it’s going to be Jon Hood getting the first shot at the minutes.  So far this season, Hood has struggled to find a way to stay on the floor and play through mistakes.  In his defense, he hasn’t always gotten a chance to do so.  Even if Miller suits up and plays Tuesday, you’d have to assume that Four Loko is going to get his shot at some extended minutes.  As we saw after the departure of Billy Gillispie, some guys are able to step up and perform when they can relax without the fear of getting yanked.  Hood could have that chance Tuesday.  If he can play defense and rebound, it could be the start of an increased role in the season’s final games.  And this team needs that badly.

 – On a more positive note, Coach Cal was in New Jersey Sunday watching Michael Gilchrist, Andre Drummond and Dakari Johnson.  Drummond, ranked as the #1 overall player in the class of 2012 and one of the biggest humans I’ve ever seen, went for 17 against Gilchrist’s championship-winning team Saturday and is the big name to watch.  It’s tough to get a real feel for his interest in UK – or any school for that matter – at this point, but he’s the type of player that this year’s team (and next year’s) appears to need.  Aside from him being the best player in his class (I know, everyone could use that type of player), he’s a rock inside and as physical as the come.  To this point, it appears that Calipari is not going to have any troubles in recruiting top-flight players for his backcourt or the versatile frontcourt players that can put up huge numbers.  Drummond or Johnson (who is class of 2014) appear the rugged presence that could make the team unstoppable.

 – In case you missed it earlier, DeMarcus Cousins was suspended by the Kings for tonight’s win over the Suns after allegedly throwing punches with teammate Donte Green.  Reports say that the beef started with Boogie demanding respect after being looked over on the game’s last possession.  You’d have to assume this is not the best way to get that respect.  The thing that is most frustrating about this situation from the persepctive of a pro-Cousins guy is that he knows that everyone is waiting for him to make a mistake so they could say, “I told you so” and he is still making these boneheaded errors.  Obviously, he’s still only halfway through his rookie season and there’s still time for him to learn from this and have a productive career.  But he has to realize that there are a lot of talented players not playing in the NBA right now because they developed a bad reputation with the guys that hand out contracts.  Right or wrong, that’s whose respect he needs to hold.  With his high school coach already on the Kings roster and his reputation dividing opinions, some of those people were already looking for reasons to jump on his case.  And now they have reason to.  He has to be smarter than that.

 – On a housekeeping note, your world is about to change.  Starting Monday, Bryan the Intern will now post at 9am.  I know it comes as a shock to those of you who have been in a routine for the last three and a half years, but I promise that everything will be ok.  We’ve already added two posts each day to avoid some dead spots and this will give us a chance to squeeze in one or two more throughout the day.  Please don’t go flipping police cars and lighting things on fire.

 – Also, new poll on the right side.  Make sure you vote.

 – If you’re into reading things about the media that everyone in the media is talking about, check out this story by Dan LeBatard about “New Journalism” and how he says it is degrading itself by catering to the public’s demand for tabloid stories.

That’s it for now.  Stick around throughout the day as we get you all set for Rick Stansbury’s circus heading to town.  Matt will be back in the studio with Zach for Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am on TalkRadio 1080 and we’ll announce something pretty cool that we’re excited about soon after.  In the meantime, just remember that extra tuition money doesn’t buy you class.


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

31 Comments for Mumford and Sons Monday News and Views

  1. I Shoot 4s
    12:32 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Fuk BTI

  2. Matt Jones
    12:34 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    I am still singing that song

  3. holdmeclosertinydanson
    12:38 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Okay. It’s time to stop the hatred of Gillispie’s son holding up the poster. Bastard’s been through a lot the last whole time of his life.

  4. old_school
    12:40 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Wow – we gonna be sick in 2013! – We can only hope Polson doesn’t leave early – as UK will need to establish at least a token amount of experience.

    And Dylan is and has always been over-rated. A horrific singer and a mariginal song-writer – he rose to fame because of his political leanings in the turbelent 60s resonated with a youth culture that was willing to prop anyone into stardom that was singing their tune.

    But hey – he sure can play a mean harmonica.

  5. CalifCatFan
    12:40 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI at 9:00 a.m.? Dear kind people at KSR: that is 6:00 a.m. for us left coasters!!!! By the time I get up to read BTI’s latest, someone in the comment section has already posted what I was going to say. That’s not fair. So I will say now what I would normally say tomorrow: BTI is an idiot.

  6. Viren
    12:48 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Wow did that guy have to score 1500 on his SAT to come up with that creative BS. Sure Vandy got the win but enjoy it while it lasts because Calipari’s team will f-ck up every team Stalling puts together from here on out. Thank the NCAA [email protected] because no way your team with our complete recruiting class.

  7. Gus
    1:17 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Angus Young’s kid has made it to Vandy.

  8. ya boi
    1:45 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI’s next post…compare teams’ season 3pt% to what they shot when they played(beat) UK. Numbers are probably crazy.

  9. bleedblue
    1:54 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more.

  10. tosh's v neck
    2:05 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    had we been up 10-15 points i doubt we see that sign…

  11. casey p.
    3:21 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    I thought Tim Tebow did a good job singing lead for mumford and sons

  12. HackRichards
    5:42 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI getting a PROMOTION??? He does a lot of work on stuff NOBODY reads.

  13. the walrus
    5:49 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    it’s not the Vanderbilt loss that’s alarming, it’s that we’ve lost 4 of our last 7. None of those losses, with the exception of Ole Miss, viewed in isolation, removed from context, was alarming. Florida, Vanderbilt and Alabama are tournament teams, so we should lose a few of those games on the road. Just not all of them.

  14. SexnNursinHomes
    6:09 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    I wish I could see that vandy boy with that sign, I’d smack the white off his smug ass face. vandy hates black people unless they’re athletes.

    I wonder if Rick “the tranny” Stansbury will be wearing his new lipstick for the UK-piss st game? And can we get a picture of Stansbury’s wife on KSR? That woman needs to be shown spreadin’ bald eagle. Make it happen KSR

  15. Old School sux
    6:25 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, Old School with another unoriginal thought of his. You are brillant!

  16. bluebayou
    6:26 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    11) I thought the same thing

  17. JodyRay25
    6:36 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Though I don’t read the comments section all that often, I now know to ignore Old-School from here on out.

  18. Operation Win-Ter
    7:35 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Old school is way over-rated and he is not even rated.

  19. Geaux Cats
    8:03 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Old school is who we thought he was

  20. CalifCatFan
    9:10 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Free Miller’s Gonads!!!

  21. Al's IndiCats
    9:17 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    4, were you even alive back in the 60s? Dylan WAS the voice of every person who wanted change. He not only sang but wrote songs for every facit of those both Black and White who knew government cover ups were the norm back then. He sang for every hump that was in the jungles of Nam. He was the voice of every black man who was being hit by either a high pressure fire hose or night stick from a racist cop. Yes, you could hardly understand the lyrics he sung, but if you read them you knew where his heart was.
    JUst a question for you if I may…..Is there anything on this earth you like? I’ve read your comments, and I can honestly say you have one of the worse out looks on everything! I don’t I would have the strength to crawl out of bed if I looked at the world through your glasses.

  22. Haydon
    9:27 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    WTH is going on with the cats? Why are we driving the lane and then passing the ball into traffic in
    the paint???

  23. NotTheSlickistRick
    9:38 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    21) It should be quite obvious by now that Old_School is a flaming troll stuck in the 1950’s. When he calls Polson a token it is probably just his innate racism coming to the surface.
    On the upside his posting here probably keeps a few crosses from being burned in the Ville.

  24. Rush3Redux
    9:44 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Glad to see Arcade Fire win.

  25. Bluecalizone
    9:46 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    There’s really no reason to get alarmed, because expectations were too high for this team to start with. Good they be a team that could threatedn in March? yes, but only by substantially overachieving which they have not nor will do. No depth, limited size, and very little experience, what the hell should we expect. Let’s enjoy these kids while they are here, and look forward to the ass kicking that we will likely put on everyone else over the next several years.

  26. Bluecalizone
    9:48 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    …..also, if Kanter plays, we are top 3 in the country with no more than 1 or 2 Losses.

  27. Stickman
    10:28 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    That little fairy from Vandy looks like his boyfriend is slipping it in without lubing up first.

    And the only thing old-school has ever been right about on here is that Dylan sucks, has at best minimal talent, and should be sent to an old folks home to live out the rest of his days in anonymity.

  28. Doubting Thomas
    10:50 am February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Bet his daddy and mommie are proud of him and glad they spent all that money to send him to Vanderbilt to get and education.

  29. NBA league pass
    1:04 pm February 14, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t have a problem with the sign. I just wish we were allowed to bring signs into Rupp.

  30. Granny
    3:39 pm February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Calipari is having to play with the cards he was delt. No way he knew Bledsoe and Orton would be gone this year, or Kanter ruled inelgible. Unfortunately,we have a limited amount of talent on this team and unless I’m totally bling, none have the super star status of a Wall or Cousins. Had Patterson stayed this year, we would have had some leadership and stabilization that the freshman could look up to. As it is, let us aspire to inspire before the season expires……….

  31. Granny
    3:46 pm February 14, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s aspire to inspire before the season expires…………….