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Peanuts’ Tuesday News and Views

It’s the most popular and influential comic strip in the history of drawing things, and on Tuesday, Peanuts turns 62 years old. The Charles M. Schulz creation began on October 2, 1950 and ran through February 13, 2000, continuing on since then in reruns. There have been 17,897 strips published, making it “the longest story ever told by one human being,” according to Robert Thompson of Syracuse University. At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages — so says Wikipedia.

With its timeless, lovable characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus velt Pelt, Lucy, Woodstock, and Patty, Peanuts also found success on television and in film. A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first prime-time animated TV special based on the strip and it has aired every year since 1965. The special won an Emmy and a Peabody Award and is the most beloved holiday special of all-time. It’s like the exact opposite of a Joel Pett cartoon. It makes people happy.

So, when you’re eating your Wheaties in the morning, take a second to read the Peanuts strip in Tuesday’s newspaper and appreciate its ongoing success. 62 years is a long time for anything to stay relevant, especially a four-frame comic strip about a kid who can’t kick a football.

Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown.


 There are good days for Kentucky football and then there are bad days. Monday was a horrible day. Joker Phillips announced after Monday’s practice that his starting quarterback, Max Smith, is out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his ankle. The injury will require surgery and a return to the field in 2012 is unlikely. Here is what Joker had to say about his injured quarterback:

“He’s down, obviously.  He has worked his tail off to get in the position to be playing major college football, and he was a guy that wasn’t signed until March after his senior year of football.  And obviously he’s down, based on how hard he’s worked.  Not only has he worked hard to be able to play, he’s playing at a high level also, and then to have an injury in game three and not able to play game four, and then two plays into game five being injured.  You know, had he played game four, applying for a medical hardship would have been out, so I’m a little bit smarter than some of you guys think.”

If Smith is unable to go, he’ll apply for a medical redshirt to try to salvage his sophomore season at UK.

 With Smith out of the rotation indefinitely, UK will remove the redshirt from freshman quarterback Patrick Towles to provide a similar style to Smith’s, alongside Jalen Whitlow. Whitlow will start against Mississippi State, but Joker could use both quarterbacks if he feels Towles is ready.

“We’ll have to play them both,” Joker said of his two freshman quarterbacks.  “It’s going to take an effort of both of them.  And it could be right in the middle of the series.  If it’s not series to series, it could be play after play after play, switching them in and out, give them things that they both can do, give them a chance to go out and play and compete.”

Towles has only been a scout team quarterback up until this point, but he’ll start taking reps with first and second teams on Tuesday. Joker said, “He had not been working with either the ones or the twos, but he’s in the meetings every day.  He’s a guy that pays attention in the meetings, and we’ll see tomorrow exactly what he knows, how much he knows. But again, it’s difficult when you hadn’t gotten any reps, but we’ll get him the reps this week to see, see how much he knows and see what he can do.”

Those fans who have been demanding to see the Kentucky native on the field are about to get their wish. I hope he doesn’t disappoint.

 Switching over to some potentially good news for #BBN, the Harrison twins will announce their decision on ESPNU at 5:00 pm on Thursday. The two best guards in the class of 2013 will choose between Kentucky, Maryland and SMU, although SMU doesn’t stand a chance. Right now, it’s believed to be a close race between the Cats and Terps.

Evan Daniels of said UK will jump to No. 1 in the class rankings if the twins choose Kentucky. KSR will even take it a step further and say Kentucky will win the national title in 2014. By 43.

  2013 power forward Tyler Roberson will take an official visit to Kentucky on November 2.

  2014 stars JaQuan Lyle and Cliff Alexander will attend Big Blue Madness on October 12.

 We’ve received a lot of tips about the -14 point spread listed in Kentucky’s favor on and other gambling websites and I can assure you it’s wrong. Vegas doesn’t have a line for Saturday’s game yet and told me you can expect it to be somewhere in the -13 to -16.5 range in favor of Mississippi State whenever it’s released.

I would’ve been on the first flight to Nevada if the a book was taking Kentucky -14. Trust me.

 In NBA news, Doron Lamb will miss training camp in Milwaukee after he suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow. The injury occurred while trying to defend a pick-and-roll in practice. Lamb said he hopes it heals on his own and won’t need surgery.


That’ll do it for now. Come back tomorrow when we post our one-on-one interviews with Ryan Harrow and Archie Goodwin.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

51 Comments for Peanuts’ Tuesday News and Views

  1. CapitalHorseRadio
    11:07 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Spread will be around +10-

  2. Duke Sucks
    11:09 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I think we will miss Doran a lot more then people think and the Bucks are getting a really good player who will be better then most think. Lamb was just cool under pressure. We will miss his scoring seemed like he always got a bucket when we needed it the most.

  3. WAIT
    11:10 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    There are actually idiots who thought UK was -14? That’s funny

  4. Lamb was the man
    11:11 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I think we will miss Doran a lot more then people think and the Bucks are getting a really good player who will be better then most think. Lamb was just cool under pressure. We will miss his scoring seemed like he always got a bucket when we needed it the most.

  5. SoCal Will
    11:12 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Only 43? Both are unguardable…

  6. info?
    11:16 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Drew… What do you think the Harrison twins will do?

  7. FliedLice?
    11:21 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink

    Beware the Chinese food in Williamsburg……

  8. Hal
    11:28 pm October 1, 2012 Permalink = miss st -10.5

  9. name
    12:02 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, a question for Matt and the other KSR people out there–do you guys know anything about the Romney ads popping up all over the site? As in, is the Romney campaign, or outside groups paying for them?

    Before you guys get all worked up into a nerd fight, all I am interested in is the political strategy behind the ads. With Kentucky thought to be comfortably in the win column for Romney, and tight races (and Romney behind) in many others states, why spend money on a Kentucky sports site? Wouldn’t the money be better spent elsewhere? Are there a lot of Ohio readers of the site they are trying to reach?

    Or is big blue nation just that big, that there are lots of readers from other (more competitive) states, who might be influenced by the ads?

    It just seems like an odd place for a pres. campaign to spend its money. Any thoughts? It beats talking football, anyway.

  10. vote_or_don't
    12:11 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    9^^^I don’t see why anyone would want to vote when you have to choose between a douche and a turd sandwich.

  11. theSkinny81
    12:11 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    9 – the ads that show up on here, and most every site you visit, are based on the types of things that YOU as an individual search for and read/buy, etc. the idea is that the ads are tailored specifically for each individuality.

  12. name
    12:14 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    11–Oh, right. Google ads. But still, from other comments on the site, I thought lots of people saw the same ads when they come here.

  13. adam
    12:26 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    WHY THE FREAKING HELL ARE DORON LAMB AND MARQUIS TEAGUE NOT INCLUDED IN NBA 2K13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am about to go kill somebody. 60 fu**ing dollars and they don’t even have all the first round draft picks in the game….bullshit.

  14. name
    12:33 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    10–Again, I really don’t want to political nerd fight on a sports site. And I agree, both candidates are flawed in this election. But still, I think there is a clear difference in philosophy and approach here, if you are paying attention.

    More to the point, it is an important responsibility in a democracy to be an informed citizen and to vote, no matter which side you are on. Democracy is government by the consent of the governed. It is government for the people, by the people. A lot of the cowardice and abuses perpetrated by our leaders are a direct result of voter apathy and inattention.

    Voter rates in this country are abysmally low, even in a presidential election year. Even among people who vote, many are poorly informed and vote more on habit and emotion than careful deliberation of the issues facing the country.

    If more people paid attention, voted, and demanded accountability from the elected, officials on both sides of the political aisle would shape up in a hurry. As it is, much of the power is wielded by partisan diehards who value power over responsible governance, rather than people who care more about the well-being of our country than political gamesmanship.

    //end of rant, sorry

  15. adam
    12:36 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Terrence Jones rated a 59 in NBA 2K13…somebody needs to be fired over this…if not murdered.

  16. Chiddarcheddar
    12:38 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    If joker knew at the beginning of week 4 that max would have a season ending injury at the start of week 5, he’s amazingly smarter than I thought he was. Please tell me he was laughing when he said that.

  17. Duke Sucks
    1:32 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #14 to your point if you had 2 sheets of paper with out a name that told what each party believed in a mission statement if you will. Most would choose a party other then the one they belong too or support so strongly. Enough politics lets talk about firing our football coach and how gr8t our basketball coach is.

  18. tennessee wildcat
    1:53 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I feel confident about our chances regarding the Harrison twins. Can’t wait to find out officially. Tom leach will have fun announcing the harrisons.

  19. james
    2:21 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    What a ridiculous statement from Joker when he apparently said, “You know, had he played game four, applying for a medical hardship would have been out, so I’m a little bit smarter than some of you guys think.”

    Like #16, I hope he was joking (no pun intended).

  20. Scott
    2:32 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Has KSR beefed up their bandwidth for Thursday?

  21. Badams
    2:46 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb was not a first round pick. Teague was last in first round, not a priority for game makers. Is Miller on there? If not then point proven. Jones will prove he is awesome. Joker meant he was smart for sittin smith against Florida, obviously he had no way of knowin be would have a season endin injury the next game, just how it played out. Harrison twin will be Cats. As for Romney, fck him. And fck Obama as well. We think things are bad now, the next four years are goin to be terrible regardless. Too bad ppl listened to media and couldn’t think with their own brains and realize Ron Paul was our only hope. Better vote for Gary Johnson now.

  22. Capt
    2:56 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #10 and 21, amen.

  23. Culver
    3:11 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb is way too soft to have a long career in the NBA, & Teague will always be a back up before he’s out of the league in a few years, along with his brother Jeff. Neither are all that talented when it comes to elite pg’s at the NBA level. Heck, Miller has a lot better chance of having a long NBA career than either Teague or Lamb.

  24. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    4:43 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    i feel good about the harrisons but it’s always nerve wracking until you hear it from the horse’s mouth

  25. Scotty Sharp
    5:22 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    16 & 19) Yes, Joker was joking when he said that, which Drew failed to mention obviously.

    5:40 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Towles has not taken reps with the 1’s or 2’s? I understand that before the Florida game, but now he is the #3 QB. Why wasn’t he getting a few reps with the 1’s and 2’s? Newton should have been the scout team QB, with Towles at leats getting a turn with the 2″s while Smith and Whitlow were with the 1’s. Now we know why we are never prepared.

    6:07 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why don’t they lower ticket prices down to around 15 bucks. ($15) Who would pay $50 to see a team lose. Also….Jon Gruden 2013!!!!!!!!!

  28. crazy
    6:20 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    It is crazy that all these former cats are getting dinged up in the pros and they never got injured while here. Someone close to the program once told me cal did not practice that hard out of fear of injury. They also had two to three times the talent as the other team. Guess you can get away with that in college.

  29. UKBlue1!
    6:47 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #27 $15 x 70k $1,050,000 $40 x 50,000 =2,000,000. you do the math.

  30. SexnNursinHomes
    6:49 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Lucy was a manipulating bitch. I hate her.

  31. RealCatsFan
    6:55 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    UK is Charlie Brown to the rest of the SEC teams’ Lucy. We all know what is going to happen every time Lucy holds that football for Charlie Brown to kick, but he keeps coming back for more abuse. Sadly, I don’t have a lot of reason to hope this will ever change.

  32. Third Party Candidate
    7:09 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am the only real hope for this nation, but I will never get the chance that I need to get elected. The two power parties have such a stranglehold on all the big money in this country, or vice versa, and they effectively block any of my type from being heard. Notice how the debates only allow representatives from the left or the right. I think Ross Perot was the last third party candidate that had a chance, and the press did a number on him by portraying him as a nut case. Until we all wake up, all we will get is more of the same, no matter which idiot we vote for. They spend their time blaming the other side for all of America’s problems, and then focus all of their energy to getting re-elected. IMO, there should be a publicly funded pool of money that each of the candidates can draw from for political advertising, and once they exhaust that, it’s over – no more ads. At least we won’t have to suffer through as many ridiculous TV and radio ads.

    When the idea of a voting for a third party candidate is brought up, most folks just shrug their shoulders and say they would be wasting their votes, which is exactly what the two party system wants.

  33. tyson
    7:48 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Other than the fact that Matt is a jerk (love the site though Matt, keep up the good work!), can anyone tell me what he and Doug Gottlieb got into a twitter battle over last night?

  34. Wildcats Dominate
    8:07 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Tyson – It started regarding the Harrison twins. I believe Gottlieb tried to call out Matt for being unbiased in regards to projecting where the twins would end up. In the end, Matt joked, Gottlieb got all sorts of butthurt, called anyone who followed Matt or KSR “miserable”, made a reference to how ironic it was that anyone in Kentucky would make fun of someone for being an alcoholic, bragged on himself and his journey from credit card thief to where he is now (does anyone watch CBS Sports Net anyways?) and then dissed us as football fans.

    He’s the biggest piece of crap in the industry and last night he proved it.

  35. Social Media
    8:09 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    @32 I could probably get a 3rd party candidate elected in 2016 if done correctly…

  36. barn
    8:11 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    14/32–if you don’t have any interesting or ridiculous input about our basketball or football teams then why don’t you go to a political forum.

  37. thenamerobdigity
    8:19 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    It is PATHEDIC that Joker doesn’t know anything about Patrick Towles!

  38. barn
    8:20 am October 2, 2012 Permalink


  39. Al's IndiCats
    8:31 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously…Joker’s going to pull Towles redshirt? Ok Barnhart needs to pull the plug on Joker and let him go peacefully toward the light. This season’s a bust already. (1) Hardly anyone in the stands, (2) Dr. Ecap pulling the plug on the kids tailgate partying, and(3)the atrocious play calling.

  40. barn
    8:40 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    a wasted year of eligibility for towles. wonder who was advising this kid during recruitment.

  41. Louden Swain
    8:50 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    They could do a modern day story about a boy who couldn’t kick a football and call it Lonas Seiber.

  42. tyson
    8:52 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    34, thanks for the update. I don’t follow Gottlieb so I didn’t know that about him.

  43. Chiddarcheddar
    9:13 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    25 – in that case, it’s actually quite funny.

  44. Look Out Fireworks!
    9:20 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    What a d-bag comment by Joker… “So I’m a little bit smarter than some of you guys think.”

  45. Opti
    9:42 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    We need to recruit more QB’s if we’re going to go through them every year.

    If this were the military which Joker so likes to imitate, these guys would be getting hazardous duty pay.

  46. I Say
    10:29 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    23 Any team in the NBA can use a lights out shooter like Lamb at anytime. He’s one of those system guys who plays for the team, i.e. Jodie Meeks, Ray Allen, and pretty much any white boy shooter in the league. As for Teague I could see him be a back up for years to come. I hate that he didnt come back for another year, he would’ve easily been a top 10 pick.

  47. adam
    11:15 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    21 – I never said Lamb was a first round pick…I just can’t understand how the makers of NBA 2K13 can leave out one of the first round picks (Teague). People are essentially buying roster updates every year and expect the new players to be included

    On the bright side, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a beast in the game…as is Davis.

  48. Unboltedharp
    11:55 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Smith out for the year. This is the second time a cheap shot by south carolina has taken out our quarterback.

  49. funny
    12:05 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I remember when we could beat MSU 3 or 4 out of 5 times. Now we will be double digit underdogs at home. Thanks Joker.

  50. STEVE!
    2:23 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    So if Smith is given a medicla redshirt, we will have three QBs in the Sophomore class competing for the position next year. Does anybody see that turnig out well in the long run? Who transfers first? Who do the coaches try to move to another position?

  51. STEVE!
    2:23 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink