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Nostradamus’ Wednesday News and Views


Way back on December 14th, 1503, the world celebrated the birth of the one and only Nostradamus. Well, not really, he was just any ole baby back then, born to a grain dealer in the south of France. But, after a childhood spent reading books in a meadow and eating soft cheeses (isn’t that what they do in France?), little Michel de Nostredame grew up to be the legendary Nostradamus, expert apothecary and renowned prophet. In 1555, the first edition of Nostradamus’ most famous work, Les Propheties (French for “The Prophecies”), was published, causing quite the stir. The prophecies, written in quatrains, predicted plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, and battles far in to the future. Nostradamus junkies claim that he predicted numerous events in world history, including the Great Fire of London, the rise of Napoleon and Adolf Hitler, and even the September 11th attacks. Those same fanatics cling to some of his more ominous quatrains, which they believe predict the end of days in 2012; however, there are hundreds of his prophecies that haven’t come true, so don’t blow your Christmas money on a survival kit just yet. Sadly, Nostradamus didn’t live to enjoy his posthumous fame, and was treated as a glorified fortune teller by most before succumbing to gout on July 2, 1566, which, as you might guess, he predicted the night before.

With that in mind, give those toes a thankful wiggle and let’s move on to some news and views.

— Before moving on from Saturday’s loss to Indiana, let’s tie up some loose ends. On his radio show Monday night, Coach Cal said that the loss was “tougher to take” than Memphis’ loss in the 2008 National Championship game in terms of sheer drama. Cal took the blame mostly on his shoulders, admitting that the team hadn’t practiced many late-game situations yet, which may explain the lack of execution on the final play. He also blamed himself for not making the practices tough enough in the past few weeks, something which he hopes to rectify next week after the players are finished with finals. During Monday’s practice, Cal impressed upon his players the importance of being tough–both physically and mentally. He told them that Indiana wanted the game more than the Cats did, and that “talent doesn’t win, fight wins.” Like a seasoned pro, he also quipped that maybe the loss was good, since it meant he had their full attention from now on. Knowing Cal, he will milk the loss for all it’s worth.

— Terrence Jones’ performance in Bloomington continues to dominate postgame chatter. On Tuesday, Jeff Goodman said that NBA scouts remain divided on Jones due his inconsistency and body language on the court, both of which were glaring on Saturday. Fortunately for Jones, it’s only December, which means there is plenty of time to change their minds and elevate his stock. If anything, Saturday’s game and the ensuing backlash should serve as a glaring wakeup call for the talented sophomore, who is truly in control of his own destiny right now. Maybe he should rent “Dolphin Tale”? Ashley Judd tells me it’s quite inspirational.

— After rehashing just about everything from Saturday’s loss to Indiana, from the atmosphere, the officiating, the fans, to the game itself, it’s finally time to look forward. Over the next two weeks, the Cats face a quartet of cupcakes (Tennessee-Chattanooga, Samford, Loyola, and Lamar) in preparation for the Louisville game on New Year’s Eve, which is shaping up to be another huge game in Rupp, especially if the Cards maintain their bloated Top 5 ranking until then. Given Pitino’s track record at keeping it up, I wouldn’t count on it.

— Desperate for a recruiting news fix? On Tuesday, Neil Nieves from CDC Recruiting reported that sources close to Shabazz Muhammad said the ‘Bazz is leaning towards Kentucky, who is making the strongest push for him thus far. In fact, that same source said that if Shabazz were to pick a school today, it would be Kentucky; unfortunately, he isn’t deciding anything until the spring, so put away those noisemakers for another day. Sorry.

— A week ago, Coach Cal and Rick Pitino found themselves in the same gym to watch Bullitt East junior Derek Willis. Willis, who is considering Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, and Purdue, also attended the Kentucky/Indiana game on Saturday, and apparently had a great time; Willis called it “one of the best atmospheres” he’s witnessed at a college game . Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean seized on the momentum and traveled to Oldham County on Tuesday night to see Willis play in person. Willis said he will attend more games this season…I can think of one on New Year’s Eve with potential.

— Danny Trevathan finally got some respect from the national media on Tuesday: Sports Illustrated named him Second Team All-American.

— Congratulations to UK Hoopster A’dia Mathies, who was named “Women’s National Player of the Week” by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Mathies scored 23 points in UK’s win over Duke last week, which also earned her SEC Player of the Week honors on Monday. You go, girl. Mathies also got a good news concerning her ankle, which she sprained during practice on Saturday. Doctors say the x-rays showed no major damage, and she’s listed as day-to-day leading up to UK Hoops’ big game at #3 Notre Dame on Sunday.

— With the NBA lockout a thing of the past and training camps in full swing, it’s finally time to report some news on our NBA Cats. Josh Harrellson continues to warm hearts with his humble and hard working demeanor in New York; on Tuesday, the former Cat charmed reporters at the Knicks’ Media Day, saying he was “living his dream” and determined to do “the little things and just be able to continue doing what I love.” Jorts’ teammates Bill Walker called Jorts “very cerebral,” a compliment which surely extends to his fashion sense. #NewJortsCity

— You want more good news about former Cats? OK. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bob Cooney says that according to 76ers head coach Doug Collins, Jodie Meeks is now considered the starter over Evan Turner.

Why yes, Nostradamus, it is time for this post to end. We’ll be back bright and early, ready to lead you through another work week devoid of Kentucky basketball action. Matt and company hit the airwaves at 10 a.m. in what will surely be a scintillating hour of radio fun. See you then.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

56 Comments for Nostradamus’ Wednesday News and Views

  1. hoosiers
    11:02 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink


  2. Hal
    11:12 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    what’s the latest on jeter’s balls?

  3. Michael Kidd-Langford
    11:21 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Somebody tell Adam Zagoria Jorts is 6-10, not 6-8. Sheesh.

  4. Legs
    11:48 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Whistle Guy makes his return this weekend at Rupp Arena and will deliver a surprise you do not want to miss.

  5. Catching Fire
    11:56 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    So the late-game situation Cal hasn’t practiced yet was telling his team to foul? Surely they could figure this out on their own. There’s no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.

  6. IU hOOsiEr gOmER
    12:00 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    a cupple of thouwghts after our big win and a 3 day bender on old milwawkee light -the mothers milk….
    things is lookin up for us now babey,
    first my coisin james robert shot hima ten point buck
    and then my hooseirs wonned against them evil calaparrys from kintucky
    now i got a job worrking as a spurm donur at the IU Kinseey Instatute….
    im gonna be makin money hand over fist babey.
    tenderloin sammiches and mudslide cokctails to celebreat the hoo hoo hoosiers big champoinshiip!
    oh yeah. go hOOsiErs!

  7. R U FO REALZ?
    12:50 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    that doesn’t say anything about Liggins being cut.

  8. Common Sense
    12:54 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    7 – It talks about how Glen Davis gave the rookies homework. He gave them “Parting shots” as they were going home from practice, not going home from Orlando. Here’s homework for you, comprehend what you read better.

  9. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    1:24 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Im still pissed that John Wall wasn’t POY in 2010 over Evan Turner. REALLY!?!?!?

  10. Coach Cal
    1:32 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Hey BBN! Just want to address TJ’s performance against Indiana. First, you need to realize that fans do not matter at all to me. You don’t exist for all intents and purposes. Second, I don’t discipline my players or enforce curfews. That is what it means to run a players first program. Lastly, I do not teach my team fundamentals of the game. I win games by overwhelming opponents with vastly superior athleticism. If that is not enough, then I will hit up Mickie D’s for more burger talent. I know most of you care about the regular season and the NCAA tournament. However, the true measures of success at Kentucky are the book ends of the season: The McDonald’s All-American game & The NBA Draft. The season in between does not matter.

  11. dontgoanywhere
    2:16 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Great line about Pitino Ms. Thompson-made me laugh out loud

  12. JVice
    2:18 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    I find that very few people ever get to enjoy their posthumous fame.

  13. notTJones
    4:20 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    80 of 8760

    That’s how many hours in a 365 day year that a College Basketball player is expected to give 100% effort.

    Basically, that is .009% of the time.

    Coach Cal and the Big Blue Nation is expecting that for LESS THAN 1% of a Kentucky Basketball Players time, that they give 100% effort. Throw in practice times and it’s only about 2-3%.

    I guess that’s just too much.

    If that’s not fair. Then a CBB season is about 4 months. Give or take a day or two.

    That’s 120 days. Approximately 2,880 hours. A CBB Player plays on average 40 games. IF…..IF….and it’s a big IF. IF they win their Conference Tournament and make it all the way to the National Championship Game.

    So….80 out of 2,880 hours. That’s about 2% of the time in the life of a CBB player during a 4 month season (Nov-Mar) that they are expected to give 100%.

    If a player is dedicated, he’ll give that time.

    If a player wants to be taken seriously by the NBA, he’ll give that time.

    Those 80 hours are their resume’. Those 80 hours are the time that a CBB player says to the NBA; “HEY! I want to be a NBA Baller!”

    Four to Five out of Twelve Months, they’re expected to play and practice.

    They have Seven to Eight Months to fluff off and take it easy.

    The 2nd Half of the UNC Game and the Indiana Game are not the ideal moments to go into a daze and forget that you’re supposed to be an All America Candidate.

  14. notTJones
    4:30 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Cal needs to emphasize Free Throws. Free throws don’t lose you a game…until they lose you a game.

  15. derp my perp
    4:39 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    “…it’s finally time to look forward.”

    Most fans moved on a while ago.

    “…sources close to Shabazz Muhammad said the ‘Bazz is leaning towards Kentucky…”

    He’s known for months that he plans on going to UK. I don’t get why KSR posts every little tweet he makes about UK or little comment about where he will attend. It’s been a done deal for a long time.

    “Jodie Meeks is now considered the starter over Evan Turner. ”

    You mean like how he was the starter almost all of last season including the playoffs? Seriously, where have you been?

    And #7, Liggins just signed a contract, so no.

  16. hallkats
    5:13 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Not that it matters but the coach that rode D-Wades coat-tail was in Mount Washington at Bullitt East.I still think if Bogans dosnt hurt his ankle we are in the final four.

  17. rationalmind
    5:55 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone needs to let this loss go. As much as I hated it, the hoosiers still suck and benefited from a perfect storm. Let them have their fun in December, we’ll take the month of March (and April).

  18. doubting thomas
    6:53 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    accepting responsibililty is what its about in the end. Cal get it.

  19. RidgeRunner
    6:54 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    10…Absolutely, the Turner over Wall thing was insane & killed me as well. Yup, still does.

    Nice to see Danny get some ink.

  20. RidgeRunner
    7:04 am December 14, 2011 Permalink


    Are the poll questions a thing of the past (Formerly to the right of the screen)? Just haveen’t noticed them in awhile & may have missed it if you have previously talked about them. Just curious.

  21. gcat4496
    7:08 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    #11 You are really Rick Pitino. You recruit Denny Not All Americans and play cupcake schedules except when you play Cal only to lose each year. Your preseason schedule is so pathetic, that your team is not prepared for the dance and usually ends up losing to powerhouses like Morehead. Additionally, you don’t worry about the NBA draft because none of your players are getting drafted. They usually settle for the YMCA league drafts.

  22. SexnNursinHomes
    7:20 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    6- hahaha

    Bazz will be a Cat. done deal.

    Thanks Thompson for the Nostradamus bit. Just hope the History Channel runs that episode where Nostradamus has sex with Ancient Aliens.

  23. old_school
    7:38 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    IU may very well get the Willis kid from Bullitt East. A good basketball player who is looking forward to a great college experience may be more attracted to IU than UK.

    Cal seems intent on going after kids who don’t really care about college ball – using it instead as an auditioning stage for the pros. Crean is building IU the right way.

    Many UK fans are recognizing it, most UK fans know it but won’t admit it.

  24. barn
    7:51 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    24)how do you know crean’s way is the right way? maybe cal’s way is the right way. so far i like cal’s way much better. we’re winning beaucoup games and posting no losing seasons thus far.

  25. SexnNursinHomes
    7:52 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    24- for someone who has absolutely no effin clue what they are talking about, you sure have no problem spreading your wealth of misinformation.

  26. nolablue
    7:53 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    >>Cal took the blame mostly on his shoulders, admitting that the team hadn’t practiced many late-game situations yet,
    which may explain the lack of execution on the final play.<<

    So that makes the win over UNC what, a lucky mistake?

  27. old_school
    8:00 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s see five years down the road who is right.

    There’s always hope though – Cal could take his NBA show on down the road somewhere else and we can return to real college basketball – but not looking that way right now. Too many fans caught up in the fad.

    You all probably spent all your parents’ money on on Pokeman cards growing up too. Fads are just that – passing.

    Give me Old-School basketball – it’s going to work for IU, Duke, UNC, Mich State and many other big time programs.

  28. Bledsoe's Biceps
    8:03 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    26) +1 If he would just commit hari-kari and put the rest of us out of his misery.

  29. Nerd
    8:08 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Nostradomus doesn’t predict that the world will end until a decade or so after the year 3,000. Not in 2012.

  30. kyrgaines
    8:09 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    #24…. What does that mean, “Crean is building IU the right way”? Is it because they hit a last second shot with our hands in our pants? If that shot had not went in, is he still “building IU the right way”? IU fans were becoming impatient now that he has been there for a few years now and I’m wondering what they have built in terms of post season play and being a factor? Let’s see IU on a neutral court, make the tourny, and then maybe I’ll buy that statement!

  31. bung
    8:09 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    imo tj and mt wont start for a couple of games

  32. Nerd
    8:10 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    24, Guys like Wall, Cousins, etc care as much about their college experience and are as tied to their school as any four-year player anywhere.

  33. Bledsoe's Biceps
    8:11 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Nostradamus is yesterday’s flash in the pan. Who needs him, when we have old-fool constantly predicting the apocalyptic future of Cal and the UK b’ball program?

  34. SexnNursinHomes
    8:13 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    29- no doubt. I just think old_school woke up grumpy because he pissed the bed last night.

  35. RidgeRunner
    8:30 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    35 – Thats especially bad for him cuz at his age there is no stream…just leakage.

  36. rupp_knows_math
    8:32 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Uh #14, that’s .9% or .009

  37. GoCats2
    8:45 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Old School is great comic relief! I love how schools talk about doing it the “right way” with the “right kids”! I am sure all these schools would tell Jown Wall, Demarcus Cousins, and Anthony Davis NOT to come to their schools. Tom Crean probably told Anthony Davis we dont want you unless you are staying 4 years. Thats the right way! All of these people dont realize that college is meant for you to obtain the goals that help you be successful in the future. If you can accomplish that in one year than that is what you do. IF someone was trying to be an electrical engineer and could start a 6 figure salary after one year of college thaey would do it in a second. All these kids are going to College for the same reason we did to help them make money in the future. You go to College as long as it is necessary to accomplish your future goals. We are all trying to make money to provide for our futures. That is as Old School as it gets!

  38. RidgeRunner
    8:48 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    14…Beleive me, I am not happy with TJ’s lack of effort who (lets be honest) you are referring to. Most know that.

    However, we have to move on and here is the thing you are not factoring in. Each person is different and how they react to something in life. If he got jumped on by Coach, affected by someone else, a personal matter, whatever…he is a person that can’t react like others for some reason. We don’t need to group him or any one person into a general sense of overall numbers. It’s been pointed out to him now this lack of effort more so than ever before -even if coach or his family hasn’t, the kid knows it. So it’s done. Lets give him another chance. As many have reminded me, he’s blue and he’s a Cat & that alone deserves the rest of us to stop the constant hammering that was obvious last weekend. He has chosen not to say “why” and I have came to the conclusion he’s elected not to devulge it for a private reason. So be it.

    Join me and please…lets move on. If it (no effort) occurs again, we can talk about it then. I’m not talking about a bad game where effort is given. Hell, there isn’t a player or person alive who doesn’t have those.

  39. zack
    8:53 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Hey everybody im relatively new to KSR, and im been trying to find the post about all the stuff that Clyde did to the players. Does anyone know how i can find that post? Thanks

  40. RYNO
    9:02 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Jodie Meeks was considered the starter LAST year too! That’s why he started 64 games last year (every game from Dec. 3rd on including playoffs), and Evan Turner started 14 games (only 2 since December 3rd). They love Jodie in Philly. I’m a big Eagles fan (please be kind), so I listen to their sports talk radio WIP a lot. I think they realize that Meeks is truly the only shooter they have, and he getting better and better every game. I wish him the best. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer player, and he had to do it all without “the Kentucky Effect”.

  41. saki7
    9:06 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Great post, Tyler. I’m going to try to avoid every mention of Nostradamus or Armageddon this coming year, which means I won’t be leaving the house or turning in to any media outlet. Putting ‘Dolphin Tale’ on a loop in the background.

  42. shendo
    9:06 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    35- if that’s the case he must piss the bed every night because i don’t think i’ve ever seen a positive comment from him.

  43. Jim Calhoun
    9:08 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Our program owns Kentucky these days.

  44. Al's IndiCats
    9:19 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Up until last week I thought old_school had passed away. Seriously, we hadn’t heard his drivel in so long I had forgotten he was still kicking. Evidently that experimental placebo actually took hold and “BINGO” he’s back to his old negative ways once again. It’s really too bad that he hasn’t moved onto the 21st century, where it takes just a few short hours to get from one coast to the other! It’s now legal for women to vote! And for a kid to go to college stay one year and then go play in the NBA. By the way it’s the NBA who’s making that rule….Not Claipari. Crean’s doing it right? Huh, just this past summer he was a little of hot water because of “doing it right”. Zeller may not be on this Hoosier team this time next year, Just saying!…..But yeah, he would’ve given up his first born to have any of the kids UK has on their rooster now. You play the hand you’re dealt with, and with Cal, he’s playing with a full deck….unlike you old_school!

  45. allmylife
    9:33 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Willis said his top two right now are UK & Purdue.

  46. MadvilleMaroon
    9:50 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    44 you back from your suspension?

  47. JackNicklaus
    9:58 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Coaches that are building their teams the “right way”, are the ones that cannot get the top talent to come to their school.

  48. SexnNursinHomes
    9:59 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    43- cha ching!!!

  49. MountainCat
    10:10 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Oh how easily we turn on our own. I’m all for old_school’s thoughts. he’s absolutely right.

  50. MountainCat
    10:11 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    We’ve become a sideshow for NBA talent who dont care a great deal about the name on the jersey or the history of the program

  51. MountainCat
    10:14 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not sure what “the right way is” but it is certainly not what Cal is doing right now. You’re telling me that those kids on the court (miller excluded) were thinking to themselves, “Let’s beat IU for UK” or “Let’s play as a team and shut this crowd up.” No. They were thinking about the NBA scouts watching. Lack of heart, if they had any we wouldve pummeled them

  52. BPM
    10:32 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Mountain Cat/Old School – go away. Please go cheer for IU, Duke, Mich St. etc. if you don’t like what is going on. We certainly don’t want to hear your idiotic opinions on this blog. Why do you even say this stuff anyway? Do you honestly believe you are going to sway someone’s opinion to your side? Old School was saying all year last year about what a bad coach Calipari was and that he would never make the Final Four, much less win a Championship. Unfortunately for Old School, we went to the Final Four last year and Old School has been depressed ever since. I haven’t see a single thing, besides TJ’s performance on Saturday, that would indicate this team doesn’t have heart or that each player is playing solely for NBA scouts. That is probably one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. That team showed me alot of heart against IU to come back the way they did in that environment with the two best players on the team basically out of it. Last year’s team showed even more heart when they battled to get to the Final Four despite having a nearly impossible road to get there. The more I think about it you all sound like racists to me – pinning for the days of the all-white starting 5 and white kids that allegedly “do it the right way”. Keep your ignorance to yourself.

  53. Ricky_P
    1:26 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    “Terrence Jones’ performance in Bloomington continues to dominate postgame chatter.”

    OK, so does this remind you of anyone? Maybe JORTS?
    If Cal takes his Twitter account away, we will come full circle.

    Maybe TJ will start drinking raw eggs, play some Rocky music, and kick @ss!
    “Eye of the Tiger Baby” getsom

  54. Joeseph Bing
    10:20 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Marvelous critical info. I’m going to share this at once.

  55. David from San Diego
    11:37 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Meeks over Evan Turner…… further evidence of the raw Turner vs Wall comparison we endured two years ago. Him winning the POY award over John Wall was pure bias against UK. The evidence of this lives on and we can take satisfaction in how these two players have headed in different directions with respect to the importance to their NBA teams. The Wizards franchise player is John Wall. Evan is a second stringer to a prior UK player we all love in Jodie Meeks. Go CATS! The great thing about a prior sham is history usually defines it just as that. Wall was a better player than Evan in college and still is by an ever expanding margin.