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Putting Last Weekend in Perspective

All week long, I’ve been hearing a variation of this claim: “Last weekend was one of — if not THE — worst weekends in UK athletics history.:

Pardon me for not buying it.

For sure, last weekend sucked with a capital “S”. As each disappointment hit, the collective Big Blue Nation could do nothing more than act like Vinnie Tatum at Porcini’s: curl up on the couch, close our eyes, and pretend like nothing was happening.

But forgive me for not getting my knee-jerk reaction on. Let’s put things in perspective, shall we?

  1. We were spurned by Deandre Daniels. This hurts, no doubt, but some people are acting like this is some indication that Calipari is now second fiddle to Bill Self. The truth is that, while we would have loved to have seen Daniels suit up in the Blue and White next season, the real motivation to get him was for his potential contribution THIS year — which now isn’t going to happen at Kansas or anywhere else. What seems to be lost in all of this is the fact that UK clearly has the number 1 recruiting class in the nation next year, and depending on what happens during the season, maybe the number 1 class of all time. Ask me in a year how important losing Deandre Daniels was.
  2. We lost to Georgia . . . in basketball. This one stings, too, but the lost shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Everyone not named BTI felt like an upset could happen, and the truth is, had we not had so many other disappointments over the weekend, I suspect that most of us would have already forgotten about such an inconsequential loss. This is still January in a long and mostly-pointless regular season. Plus, we can be thankful that Georgia is an SEC East team, which means we will get at least one more crack at them (where we should win by 20 and get to see Terrence Jones’ troll face).
  3. We lost to Pitt. This one will linger a bit because of the way we lost more than for the loss itself. I’ve heard from a lot of “shocked” Cats fans this week, but we knew going in that the¬†match-up wasn’t good. Pitt is the one team in the Big East who can actually run the ball successfully, and we shouldn’t be surprise that Kentucky would struggle against such a team. Still, a lot of us got our hopes up because of the dysfunctional coaching carousel at Pitt — but sometimes adversity like that will help bring a team together, and (oddly enough) might have even served to focus the players more than they would have been with the Mustache patrolling the sidelines. Bottom line is this: the loss hurts for many reasons (including recruiting implications and general faith in Joker), but it was just another example of what Kentucky football does best: remind us that UK will always be a basketball school. The loss was nothing new.
  4. We learned that Enes would never be freed. Ouch. This one came first and set the tone for the weekend. I can’t make excuses here — the news of Kanter’s permenantly-permanent ineligible status still sticks in my guts. Again, though, we knew that this was coming. And while Kanter would have pushed this team into final four contention, it isn’t like we are reverting to Billy G level recruits; we still have an extremely talented team that is a lot of fun to watch. Plus, now Kanter can grab a clipboard and coach Jorts “The Denim Beast” Harrleson as he continues to make us proud.

So, when you reflect on last weekend and start to get depressed all over again, just remember this: on November 14th and 15th 2008, UK had a home basketball loss to VMI and a football loss to Vanderbilt.

Things could always be worse.

What are some moments in UK history where you felt more disappointed than last weekend? Use the comments section to discuss. Or don’t. You’re big kids — make your own decisions.

God bless. Go Cats.

Article written by Nathan Gower

78 Comments for Putting Last Weekend in Perspective



  1. reedwizard
    9:38 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I hate drudging up these negative feelings, but nothing will hurt like the Duke loss and missing the 3 freakin’ peat and losing to Arizona in ’97



  2. Gary
    9:42 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Losing to Jacksonville in 1970 was pretty painful. Most of you werent around then. Ky fans had high hopes of a title with Issel, Pratt, Steel and others.



  3. Travis
    9:42 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    1997 loss against arizona…………….never cried so much in my life haha………….selling my final four tickets last year for half of what i paid for them because we went 0-24 from 3 awful



  4. tom
    9:44 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Can we just get off last weekend?????It’s over for crying out loud. Too much introspection of one’s navel going on here. Let’s try to be a little more creative.



  5. DenverCat41
    9:44 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with you Wizard. The loss in ’97 to Arizona sticks out to me. I can’t even hear the name “Miles Simon” without cringing



  6. steve
    9:45 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Derek Anderson tearing his ACL…



  7. tom
    9:46 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Actually the loss to Duke on Laettner’s shot impacted me more than this past weekend. and #2, I agree with your Jacksonville comment. That NC was ours to take if we could have gotten past Artis Gilmore



  8. byoung
    9:48 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    real motivation to get daniels was for this year?
    you dont know what youre talking about do you?



  9. Phillyukfan
    9:48 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Kanter gone was like reliving the laetner shot except this time im not in off campus housing sticking my foot through tv..or putting fist through a cheap trailer door or drinking 12 cold ones on the way to robbies( bar) hunnington WV and backing the marshall football team out the back door litterally picture me as running back in a formation with everyone one else on a military about face.. What was i thinking let me say this i was pissed big loss= big attitude… Anyways you do grow up.. I only sent a letter to mcconnell this time.. Screw you ncaa screw you!!!



  10. GoCats2010
    9:51 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Why are you still harping on this? Let it go



  11. catsfan891
    9:52 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    last second hail mary pass by lsu to beat UK was pretty bad…



  12. duhville cat
    9:54 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Last weekend was bad but I consider any loss to the Tards worse, because then I have to listen to them run their gappers for a year.
    The Tards and Puke lost last night,…. Now, last weekend doesn’t sting so bad. Go Cats!



  13. GhostofBearBryant
    9:56 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe it’ll be after his weekend when minn leapfrogs cats in the polls



  14. Phillyukfan
    9:56 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Got to just say it again screw you ncaa…you suck!!



  15. SexnNursinHomes
    9:58 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    The only loss I wanna talk about is my virginity. Which took 5 seconds. Beat that Ricky Pee.

    Other than that we need some positive vibes going forward



  16. BlueFins
    9:59 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    That’s great and all, but what about the waivering commitment of Jon Davis? The Tards are hot after our verbal. Do you think Joker ought to shore up that commit?



  17. tom
    10:02 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Since we are walking down memory lane. Does anybody remember the high school running back in the mid 70’s in West Virginia. He rushed for over 600 yards one game. He was being recruited all over the country. West Virginia legislature officially named him a natural resource of the state of West Virginia and passed a law making it illegal to remove a natural resource from the state! Thought that was hilarious.

    I believe the kid did become a Mountain-ear but college career wasn’t as spectacular.



  18. BlueFins
    10:02 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry, wrong blog. I was referring to Caffey.



  19. Blueyouaway
    10:03 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Two questions :

    Who is this Harrleson guy ?

    Why did KSR invest in an upgrade to add new font before a new server ?

    PS…Losing Randall Cobb hurts worse than losing to Pitt….



  20. Han
    10:04 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    The shot, Rick leaving, losing in 97, losing in elite 8s under Tubby, and though it was before my time, the envelope.

    All clearly worse days/weekends.



  21. guzuntight
    10:08 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    god bless?



  22. Mike
    10:09 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    The Bluegrass Miracle: The #1 Most Amazing Finish in Modern Football History http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c1ANN6EVyU&feature=player_embedded



  23. Oldcat
    10:12 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Losing to Texas Western for national title in 1966,2nd losing to UCLA in finals of 1975,but 66 was definitely the worst…



  24. Greg Hilbert
    10:13 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    1984 Final Four in the Seattle Kingdome, Kentucky shoots 3 for 33 in the second half against Georgetown after controlling the first half, eventually losing 53 to 40. 9.1 % shooting will do that. Anyone who remembers that season knows that, that UK team, could have been and should have been NCAA champs. That still reigns as the most disappointing weekend in my mind.



  25. BPsycho
    10:17 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    #8 You must be lost. That is exactly what KY wanted. We don’t need him next year, and he didn’t want to play “this” year so the offer was pulled…. I thought that was obvious. Even if that’s not what happened, it doesn’t matter anyways lol

    #21 Yes, yes “God bless us everyone”



  26. CadizCat
    10:17 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Loss to Duke in 92′.



  27. cozz
    10:17 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    this was butt-gruel. boring and unimaginative.



  28. NFL Cats
    10:19 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    On a totally different topic – I just had a brilliant idea. Senior day, the whole team needs denim shorts over their warmups for Jort’s introduction….that is all.



  29. WildCobbSalad
    10:19 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dear god that’s not comic sans is it?



  30. BPsycho
    10:19 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    #15 lol Ah yes the 5 sec virginity slip, I call it the “Hey how ya doin, I’m out!”



  31. ???????
    10:20 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Losses during regular serason don’t hurt that much. But any loss during the NCAA tourney is worse than last weekend.



  32. SexnNursinHomes
    10:20 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    31- you too??? glad it wasn’t only me. hahah!!!



  33. OneAndDone
    10:22 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry, I honestly quit reading your post at “Im not buying it” If last weekend didn’t suck to you, then my ears want to hear nothing you say…



  34. McDougall
    10:23 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    MS Comic Sans is a horrid font and should never be used by anyone, ever. No more please!!!!



  35. MajorBigTime
    10:24 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think this exact post was done by Will Lentz and then again by Matt Jones last weekend. Not a strong showing out of the gate, Gower.



  36. MajorBigTime
    10:24 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Also, Comic Sans – No.



  37. JOHN PUBLIC
    10:25 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Nice blog Nathan, it is nice to show people west of I-65 are also intelligent and pay taxes in Kentucky!



  38. CharlieT
    10:26 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    comic sans font doesn’t soften the blow that last weekend f’in sucked.



  39. The Fan
    10:27 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Why???????????? Do you guys keep writing about the same things? I know its a UK site, and not much going on, but why not try to write about some old players how they compare to the new players, or what makes a UK fan, or something different, write on Dick Vitale or anything, JMO



  40. BPsycho
    10:27 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Gower needs to end each post with “STFU I’ll use w.e GD font I want. God Bless. Go Cats.” lol

    #36 Yeah, you should demand your money back or something….



  41. Go Cats
    10:28 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    For an Associate Professor of English, there were many writing mistakes in the post.



  42. Go Cats
    10:28 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    For an Associate Professor of English, there were many writing mistakes in the post.



  43. Willie Cogburn
    10:28 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hasn’t all of this been put into perspective already? Welcome to the party, Gower.



  44. LansingCat
    10:28 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    The ’92 Duke loss. Especially b/c that bitch Laettner should have been T’d up and wasn’t. Hors3$h!t!!!



  45. KyTom
    10:36 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Disappointed? Reading your article…..



  46. Get real here
    10:36 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Last weekend sucked. And by the way the sports sucked last weekend too.



  47. LansingCat
    10:41 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    42–like what? Where?



  48. HardinCat58
    10:42 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Throwing the obvious out there…how about the loss to WVU last year….???



  49. Get real here
    10:44 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    BUT it would cheer me up if I could vote for Tomlin in the top blogger poll. Free Tomlin.



  50. KY Blue
    10:51 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    no shit sherlock, how bout you quit reminding us of a weekend we’d like to forget?



  51. GaWildcatter
    10:52 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Losing Bill Keightley!!!!!!!! Still miss seeing him at the games!!



  52. Nathan Gower
    10:52 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hey folks — my apologies for repeating so much of Will’s post earlier in the week. I missed his post somehow and just went back and read it. Either way, my point is the same: last weekend = bad, but by far not anywhere near “worst”.



  53. kentuckybasketball
    11:04 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t realize or even care that UK was playing football last weekend. It is basketball season and that is all that ever really matters. It was a really bad weekend but nothing that will keep us from recovering.



  54. tfordstyle
    11:04 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    53. please use == to show equality.
    thanks.

    great post though



  55. wazzup
    11:05 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    45. exactly. i think for 90% of Cats fans, ’92 is the worst ever. even though we had the national championship win over duke before that and ’98 for revenge, it still hurts the worst. lattener should have never been in the game. he should have been thrown out. yeah. last weekend sucked but honestly. how many people really thought UK would beat Pitt? having lost to Georgia wasnt as bad as some make it out to be. UGA is better than they have been in years past and it was a home game for them and they had a decent 10-2 record (im pretty sure). and how many people really thought they would change the Kanter ruling. Daniels would have been a relief for this year and thats was the real reason everyone was getting excited. so i dont think it was the worst weekend in UK sports history but it is one we would like to put out of our minds and im sure most fans will have forgotten all about it in a few months



  56. Jared
    11:13 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Comic Sans? Really?



  57. bung
    11:24 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    ok Gower i vote 4 u 2…..but losin to Ga.aint good……anytime



  58. bung
    11:25 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    b ball Cats rule….and always have



  59. comic sans used;DR
    11:34 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink


  60. ATM best paying odds
    11:37 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Well..you should have just put the words “Horse Shit” in the post. The word “Horse Shit” always seems to get good entertainment out of everyone. And Horse Shit pretty much sums up last weekend. Lets start anew and let the Horse shit stay in the past.



  61. Oliver Simmons Ginger Crew
    11:55 pm January 13, 2011 Permalink

    Comic Sans was pretty popular in 1997. It hurts more when Maggard is right, therefore I am pain free.



  62. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    12:23 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Butt Nuggets.. That’s precisely what last weekend was… Butt Nuggets



  63. glensboro icon
    12:24 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    anytime we lose, it is the end of the world for about 3 days. that is the beauty of being a UK fan. we are the best fanbase anywhere



  64. glensboro icon
    12:27 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    and just by the way, voted for BTI because the poor little fella could use the boost



  65. JayEzzy
    2:34 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Comic Sans? What the F?



  66. littlefeller
    5:36 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I was disappointed but not surprised we lost to UGA in basketball. I was totally upset and disappointed with the loss and effort of the football team and it’s coaching in the bowl game. Furthermore, there’s is nothing to add to the NoClassAsswipeAssociation’s decision on Kanter!



  67. Sheray Thomas
    6:42 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Final four loss to Georgetown…circa 1984…ouch…I voted for the chick with a dudes name.



  68. Rickey612
    7:43 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    1984 Final Four against Georgetown
    2010 Final eight against WV



  69. RidgeRunner
    7:45 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Yes, this was the worst 24 hours that I can think of because it covered so many different aspects of UK sports. Wasn’t the most embarrassing 24hrs, but certainly the one that hurt so many fans because we got hit from so many punches.

    I’m old –so my 1-sport hurts however are…

    1984 (Final Four-Gtown)
    1992 (Laetners-Lucky throw up)
    1989 (Suttons-sh/it, Probation)
    1970 (Loss to Jax)
    1997 (Championship Game-Arz)



  70. Don
    9:12 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    The 1984 Finals was definitely a bummer as mentioned in previous comments, but I clearly remember the 1966 NCAA Finals game like it was yesterday. I was a freshman in college and a bunch of us got together to watch the game. You could have heard a pin drop falling in New York in Kentucky after that game. No one could see that coming. Texas Western played great and they deserved the victory. And like they say, “the rest is history”. Still hurts 35 years later!!



  71. Daggumit Larry
    9:36 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    March 28, 1992. Enough said



  72. IndyCat
    9:44 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    The losses to Jacksonville, Western Kentucky, and Florida State in the 70’s still stick in the gut hard ! Anyone remember Ron King from Louisville who played on that FSU team



  73. drewster
    10:10 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    ’84 Georgetown loss was worse than the ’92 Duke loss simply because the ’92 team overachieved and weren’t expected to be equally as good as Duke. The ’84 Kentucky Final Four loss was the most difficult to forget because they were the best team in the country, had already beaten Final Four competitor Houston and had a 29-22 lead on Georgetown at the half. That was the biggest “what if” game I can remember in the last 30+ years. The ’92 Kentucky team left most of their “what ifs” on the floor — except for the lack of putting a man on Grant Hill on the inbounds.



  74. dbishop
    10:30 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    losing at vandy in basketball, by forty points. Or any other weekend in the bcg era



  75. tom5673
    11:31 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    of course laettner in ’92 was awful, but last year’s disappointing loss to wvu was worse. that was our year. all that talent, and no banner to show for it. it still makes me sick. you all do realize that boogie and the gang didn’t make the final four last year don’t you? i only saw one other response that mentioned 2010. wait a minute…i forgot that having five #1 draft picks in one year was the greatest moment in uk history. i apologize.



  76. NBA league pass
    11:37 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I think last years loss to WVU was 10x worse than last weekend. We were damn close to winning a championship (which would have been over Duke). Damnit!



  77. Columbia Cat
    7:08 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Hate to be negative but I think our football program is in deep trouble – hope I`m wrong.