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Phil Simms’ Tuesday News and Views

You know them.  You hate them.  They low down.  They dirty.  They some snitches.  And tonight they come strolling into Rupp with their forgetful flirter back in tow after serving an eight-game suspension.  Before the Cats get going in a battle between border states, it’s worth mentioning the headlines made by a NFL hero with ties to both states.  Former Morehead State quarterback Phil Simms engaged in near-fight with a fellow Super Bowl MVP over the weekend when he confronted ESPN’s Desmond Howard about his assertion earlier in the year that Simms’ son Matt, former blunt roller for the Cards and current Vol quarterback, was one of the three worst signal-callers in the SEC.  Simms called Howard a “fraud” and they apparently both agreed to a fight before security intervened.  On a New York radio show Monday, Simms somewhat apologized for the altercation, though he still refuses to apologize to the Texas Longhorns, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Denver Broncos, the Louisville Cardinals and the Tennessee Volunteers for his kids. 

Now onto a few UK notes…

 – It seems that with each passing game, the importance of the next matchup multiplies and the shakedown with the Vols is no different.  With the Cats essentially already waving goodbye to a shot at the SEC regular season title, the game in Rupp becomes important in terms of not only protecting the only place they seem to be capable of winning anymore, but also for seeding in the SEC Tournament.  A win over the Vols would push Kentucky back into second place in the East, which now becomes the carrot that they must chase for the season’s final eight games.  Earning the second seed for the SEC Tournament earns the Cats a bye, which in most years is more of a luxury than it is a necessity.  With such a thin and increasingly fatigued (more on that later) roster, it becomes almost essential if they want to make a push for a conference tournament title and a boost in their NCAA Tournament seeding.

 – After Florida’s less-than-imposing frontcourt of Macklin-Tyus-Parsons combined for 36 points and 19 rebounds against them Saturday night, the Cats will again face a major test from a Tennessee frontcourt that isn’t necessarily athletic, but has been effective – especially in rebounding the ball.  The good news for the Cats is that Brian Williams, who averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds in two games before Saturday’s loss to Alabama, presents a more favorable matchup for Josh Harrellson than some of the more agile and athletic big men he’s faced in conference play so far, and freshman Tobias Harris, who is putting up 15 and 8 per game this year, doesn’t have the significant height advantage that has given Terrence Jones fits this season.  However, they form what is arguably the conference’s best frontcourt and, if nothing else, will hit the boards hard and make both play defense in the post.  Staying out of foul trouble will again be key, but, on paper at least, this seems to be a favorable matchup for the duo of Jones and Harrellson and a great opportunity for Jorts to get a little of his confidence back.

 – Along that same note, for Kentucky to take a step away from the crisis that Calipari spoke of Monday, it’s going to start with the veteran trio of Miller-Liggins-Harrellson.  Returning home should hopefully help Darius Miller, who has put up 15 points and 6 rebounds per game in the last four home contests get back on track.  For Josh Harrellson, just staying on the court and out of foul trouble gives marked improvement.  DeAndre Liggins, who Coach Cal wants to get 8-10 shots per game, should also be set for a good game as he’s posted 26 points in the last two home games – both of which saw him take 10 shots.  Calipari said last week that the veterans are going to have to carry this team.  That’s not true.  What they do have to do, however, is give them just enough to win the game.  Tuesday seems to be set up nicely for one of those bounce back contests.

 – Through the many ups and downs of this team so far, Coach Cal has been pretty consistent in his stance that fatigue is not bothering his team and that playing with a six-man rotation is sufficient.  In his chat with the media Monday, Doron Lamb at least acknowledged the fatigue issue slightly, saying that players sub themselves out sometimes when they are tired and that they are trying to learn to play through it because they know there are “only a few guys that we are playing”.  He said that the team has to learn how to play through being tired and find a way to finish the games.  You would think that finding a couple more guys to contribute would be an added bonus.  Eloy might be getting there.  Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson showed flashes against Florida.  It almost seems essential at this point that they find ways to steal minutes.

 – No matter what Bruce Pearl might say, Scotty Hopson will play.  I don’t care if he’s listed as questionable, doubtful or deceased.  He will play. 

 – Interestingly, despite their struggles lately, the Cats enter the game as 9.5 point favorites over the Vols.  Granted, two of the three home victories in conference were by over 20 points, but they were against Auburn and LSU.  Tennessee, meanwhile, is 3-1 on the road in SEC play, only losing at Arkansas by three points.  I think Drew Franklin had something to do with this.

 – Finally, a tough loss Monday for Matthew Mitchell’s team as they dropped a home contest to Pat Summitt’s team despite fighting like crazy and taking a lead with six minutes left in the second half.  The crowd at Memorial Coliseum was loud for the nationally televised game and it was a fine effort by the 18th-ranked Cats.  Now it’s up to the men for redemption.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned throughout the day as we get you all set for Coach Cal’s team finding a way to get back on track for the final stretch of the regular season.  As usual, Matt and Zach will get it going with Kentucky Sports Radio on Talk Radio 1080 at 10am.  In the meantime, just remember these wise words:


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

43 Comments for Phil Simms’ Tuesday News and Views

  1. Andrew
    12:09 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    my 1st first

    12:10 am February 8, 2011 Permalink


  3. Tanner
    12:12 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I thought Phil Simms went to Morehead State?

  4. TrueBlueFan4Ever
    12:13 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I absolutely love this video. Sums up how I feel about UT as well, that hillbilly orange hurts my eyes. Worst, most annoying fans. Complete sore losers (and winners). I hope Kentucky gets their act together for Tuesday night…

    Go Blue.

  5. Alex
    12:24 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Simms did go to Morehead…

  6. tdogg4033011
    12:32 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    3) cool name …… thats my name as well man, I don’t see to many … lol

  7. B. MC
    12:32 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    He did go to Morehead State.

  8. Blaine-Man
    12:35 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner, Phil Simms is coming after you next! He’s a fighter not a Lover.

  9. Phil Simms
    12:35 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I did

  10. John
    12:39 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    He did go to morehead..and desmond Howard would have beat his ass.

  11. CalifCatFan
    12:45 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I never, ever get tired of this video. Tenn. = some snitches.

  12. Jimmylovesdykes
    12:47 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    He for sure went to morehead! I hate how much people confuse morehead and murry….

  13. allblueallthetime
    1:03 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    we play with half the intensity and heart the women did 2 nite and we’ll be fine 2moro or any time for that matter

  14. iWantToGrowUpAndBeTheDrewFranklin
    1:08 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    We’ll win out.

    Go Cats.

  15. John Elway
    1:44 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    He doesn’t have to apologize for his son to the Denver Broncos, we mainly had him on the bench because he had some good weed!

  16. 4-8-15-16-23-42
    1:51 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matthew Mitchell has made me a fan or the women’s team. He has done a great job with the program and they are fun to watch. They never give up and fight hard until the very end. He has recruited well and the girls seem to enjoy playing for him. As much grief Barnhart gets from the fans, you have to admit that Mitchell has been a remendous hire.

  17. GoCats2
    2:20 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Who do we have to talk to to get that Alabama fan youtube clip on the Jumbo screens at the game tomorrow?

  18. Vargas
    3:08 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I hope i get to play tommorow night. Heck maybe i will get a point or two….maybe but at least i will get to play…

  19. Japrick
    5:48 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I think they womens team is more entertaining than the mens most times. They are a fun bunch to watch. I might have to make my first trip to Memorial to watch the 40 Minutes of Female Fury

  20. stonecats
    5:56 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I love that video; one of the funniest I’ve seen. He should by the “Y” for the Tennessee game.

  21. SexnNursinHomes
    6:17 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I could see Phil Simms at a Sperm Bank trying to convince the place that his sperm makes great quarterbaks. Then the Sperm Bank tells Phil that his sperm has the worthless book value of a 76′ rusted out single wide trailer.

  22. Typical UK Fan
    6:37 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    We beat a depleted uofl team by 15. So, if we lose every game the rest of the year, we have that as a crutch. In fact, we are going to hang a banner for it. Go Cayuts!!!!

  23. Typical UK Fan
    6:37 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    We beat a depleted uofl team by 15. So, if we lose every game the rest of the year, we have that as a crutch. In fact, we are going to hang a banner for it. Go Cayuts!!!!

  24. SexnNursinHomes
    6:59 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    23- trolling your rivals board at 6:30 in the morning? that’s pathetic.

  25. Lou eaton
    7:50 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I am attempting to find the Alabama fan so I can send him and his kin out for a steak dinner……..

  26. Simon
    7:55 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    get a win tonight

  27. Sammydog
    8:11 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    The female felines seem to have what the House Cats lack…pride in the uniform, ambition for the program, and a sense of sisterhood. Maybe Cal should make them watch those tapes. This is not meant to diss the House Cats. They are just not a “team” but more a collection of talented individuals. The chemistry isn’t there and they don’t seem to be on the same page. Cal is pulling every string he has but can’t get this group fired up. Last year, the team had one heart beat. This year, not so much.

  28. Lou eaton
    8:20 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    We need to take this Ala kid out for a steak dinner!!!!

  29. old-school
    8:33 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Cal stinks. He is a dictator and an oppressor. We should rise up like those guys in Egypt and demand his resignation. I am serious. I will lead the protest in downtown Ho Dunk Holler. Who is with me?

  30. Bird
    8:33 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    The women’s game was louder than any men’s game I have been to this year..kinda sad

  31. Yahoo Serious
    8:37 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Phil Simms is a D-Bag filled with smegma.

  32. ESPN classic is showing the UK-UT game from 2007 at UT, at 3:00 PM, did UK win that one? If not, I don’t consider it a classic.

  33. Scared to be a fan
    8:49 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Not going to lie, the comment section is being over run by rats! Has been for about 2 weeks. Please switch back to log in…

  34. BoomKentucky
    9:05 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    #33 I concure

  35. Irwin R. Fletcher
    9:06 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    27) Eloy, T.Jones & Beckham were in the “stands” at the women’s game… maybe they can tell the others about it.

  36. personal rant
    9:14 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    I love our Lady Cats, but hate watching womens basketball for the most part. Why is it after any charging call, add-one play, or any hustle play that the ladies yell like they just won a million dollars? Passion, emotion, heart…I just say you made a basic basketball play and act like you done it before. My wife played college ball(as did I) and if you acted like that around her, she would pop you in the mouth. For example, Kemba Walker this year against the Cats, he beat on his chest so much I turned it off, because I wanted some one to kick him in his mid section. Rant is over! Go Cats!

  37. Little Known Facts
    9:19 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Tick off UofL fans!!! Vote for the Rutgers kid!!! He is the highest point getter… then its Preston Knowles!! rt.aspx

  38. Al's IndiCats
    9:32 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    It never fails to amuse me that trolls come in here talking smack, when they’re soooo freakin proud of the teams they root for.

    Coach= An immoral man who not only cheats on his wife with several women but condones an abortion which is strictly against his so called religious beliefs.

    Teams=(Basketball) One gets arrested for beating his girlfriend’s father over a hair brush, then another gets arrested just north of the campus in Indiana for public intoxication.
    (Football) Two get arrested for the severe beating on a team mate, causing head trama, and other injuries.

    Athletic Director)=Looking the other way on all three, controlling press releases. Changes his hero’s from Pat Forde to Hosni Mubarak

  39. Franktown
    9:51 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    29) shut up… go cheer for another team you dumb azz….

  40. ebell55
    9:58 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Desmond Howard would kick Phil Simms A**! His son was one of the 3 worst QBs in the SECOND to bad we didn’t get to play UT early in the season when he was the starter! Hell I saw an interview where he said he had mastered how to take a sack! Just go limp in the fetal position! We need to patietion the SECOND to flip flop the UT and Fla games! Throw us a bone let us get fla in the cold and UT early while they suck! Make it happen Mitch it aint been working these past 26yrs!!!

  41. mandrew
    10:13 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Yet another reason to hate Phil Simms. It’s not enough that he played for the Giants and is awful on CBS football broadcasts — he has to be an a-hole who cannot tolerate any criticism of his sons whatsoever. I wish Howard had beat his a$$.

  42. Typical UL Fan
    10:30 am February 8, 2011 Permalink

    We think that Kentucky fans really care about our team and that they secretly all wish they were as good as we are as fans!! If UK beats us, it is the biggest game on their schedule…. I mean why not want to beat a NCAA first round exiting team in their new arena after we brag so much about it and make fifth grade talent photoshopped pictures welcoming your team to the YUM center? We is U uv L!! L-yes! Get used it!! We don’t care that you beat us 3 times in the major college sports all in one year. We is Louvulle! L-yes!! We don’t care that our coach won more games for your team than ours!! We is Da Ville! L-yes!! We got Porcinis, y’all got Fazolis!! We Cardinals!! L-Yeah!! Pitino for Fathe… I mean.. Coach of the Year Baby.. No baby… Its whatever!! OH L YES!!! You all sUcK, and make me wanna pUKe!!

  43. UKgrad1999
    3:31 pm February 8, 2011 Permalink

    Rick won bigger games here for sure and I was part of those but he won more at UofL. More time there but if we are going to spout off let’s at least get our facts correct.