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Saturday Night Schadenfreude

“I didn’t know I couldn’t do that.”

 

Happy Monday KSR-ites.  I hope your weekends were better than John Lucas’ (if you like basketball, you really need to click that link).  I know mine was.  I won’t go into details, but at one point I ate a hamburger using two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun.  It was exactly as amazing as I’d hoped it would be.  I’d link a picture, but nobody wants to see an image of me getting cheese and grease in my beard.  I did other stuff too, I’m pretty sure, but that was really the highlight.

Almost as good as the Grilled-Cheese-Burger was the LSU game last Saturday that I had a blast watching.  I know it’s selfish of me to judge a game on how fun it was to watch (even though that’s the point of all sports), but put this one near the top of the list for me so far this season.  There just weren’t any noticeable flaws in the way they performed.  UK is playing so well, in fact, that it led Myron Medcalf to say that the Cats “are in Beast Mode right now.”  ESPN.com’s rumor section has a headline with a tag claiming “it’s hard to find flaws in Kentucky’s game….”  Anthony Davis is so good you don’t even have to have Insider to read about him on Jay Bilas’ list of top ten college big men.  You get the idea: people who know about basketball are taking notice of the nation’s clear number one team.

My takeaway from the Saturday’s shellacking was less about the stat lines and glamour shots (both filled up nicely by Terrence Jones) and more about the absolute Man-Level toughness showcased throughout, particularly from Davis.  Is it just me, or does anyone else get nervous whenever Davis falls down?  To look at the guy, I’m afraid he’s gonna break his leg anytime he trips, or gets bumped into, or looked at.  He’s so thin, that it’s difficult to imagine he’d be able to handle any sort of physical play.  I’d go so far as to say that “beat ’em up” was included verbatim in the Tigers’ gameplan (minus the Malcolm White foul, which of course went too far).  There was plenty of banging, fair share of hard fouls, and a smattering of cheap shots to go around.

Anthony Davis didn’t care.

I was thrilled to see LSU play that way against us.  Don’t misunderstand me: it wasn’t simply schadenfreude (hilarious pronunciation here).  I don’t enjoy watching players get hurt.  Not even Rakeem Buckles.  This game is life for these kids, and it’s never good to play in a way that engenders potential injury.  What I was pleased to see, though, was our reaction to the rough play.  Davis was the focal point, but it was tough all around.  The response was more than just physical resilience, although that was certainly displayed.  I particularly love Anthony’s quote alleging, “I was from Chicago; I just kept getting up.”  And he did.  When he left the game I thought for sure he was done for the day, if not longer (BBN collectively gasped on that play, let’s be honest).  Instead, he came back just to get beat up on some more.  Oh, that and shoot 6-6 and get a double-double.  We’ve said all along, or at least I have, that Davis’ only relatively weak point was his frame, and how he might not be able to hang with the “strong arms” of the league.  Consider that worry dispelled.

But being tough is only part of what they showed.  When Cats were getting whacked, shoved, and body-slammed, nobody tried to retaliate.  Rather, they calmly put the game away behind rock solid defense and experienced-looking offense.  That shows a cool head, and a mature team, and I’m proud of that.  I can really appreciate a team that knows the best response is not to counter-punch, but simply play well.  Great job, and Go Cats.

 

We have much more to look forward to this week, not the least of which is the unveiling of the platinum jerseys at UK’s second date with Jarnell Stokes tomorrow.  Also, if you have time later, try the grilled-cheeseburger.  It’ll change your life, f’realz.

Article written by Corey Nichols

37 Comments for Saturday Night Schadenfreude



  1. Gilchrist on D
    9:10 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Trent Johnson = Douche Bag



  2. manbearpig
    9:11 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Add also the fact that MKG was willing to go into HULK SMASH mode to protect Davis which again shows how strong this team is



  3. ktmiln2
    9:11 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hmmmm……grilled cheese-burger…………..



  4. chipanzy
    9:12 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Everytime Davis goes down, I am reminded of Sam Bowie, a great player who probably never reached his true potential because of recurring injuries. They have very similar bodies.



  5. Sholler
    9:14 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Good Post. I was curious how long it was going to be before the conversation goes from, “He’s to skinny,” to, “Even though he is skinny, he is still a beast.” Seriously, come on. We are 20+ games into the season, and people are still talking about how his frame may be a downfall. It’s because of his frame that he is such a versatile player. It’s because of his body type, that he is so unique, and so good.



  6. Sholler
    9:17 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    4-So does Davis and Kevin Garnett. Why can’t he be Garnett, instead of Bowie?



  7. tncatfan
    9:18 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    The “grilled cheeseburger” is also know as the “grilled cheese – cheeseburger” and is a common item in several small diners around Nashville. You are right, it’s very good and highly recommended.

    For those skeptical about the name – it’s basically the same thing as a Patty Melt.



  8. tncatfan
    9:19 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Now that I’m done being Paula Dean for the day – forget AD’s frame. The same was said about Kevin Garnett and he turned out just fine.



  9. jimmy dykes
    9:20 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony davis is skinny but his schlong looks like a regulation size tennis racket



  10. Al's IndiCats
    9:21 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    You have to give it to AD to keep coming back after they hammered time after time. Honestly the conference should look at that replay and sit White out for more than a few games, not because of how he fouled, but how he threw AD down after he grabed him. It wasn’t just to keep him from scoring, he flat out tried to take him out. Point Blank Period#

    Oh yeah UConn still is the dirtiest program in sports today!

    GO CATS!!!!!!!!



  11. Don
    9:22 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    re: “The horsecollar tackle” – disappointed LSU student section chantin L-S-U thru the ordeal, but laughed out lous because the voice I heard first was Cal running onto the court yealling, “MICHAEL!, MICHAEL..NO!!” because MKG is ALWAYS the first player to stand straight up to the opposing badass when he hurts one of his teammates. I love him for a million reasons, but THIS is around the top for me personally.

    I love this team.



  12. UKBlue
    9:23 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Ever team we play new game plan is try getting Davis out of the game. We are a totally different team with Davis out, hence the reason why teams have to either get Davis in foul trouble or hurt.



  13. Jarweed
    9:37 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t sell yourself short, Corey. A picture with cheese and grease in your beard could land you the cover of Grizzly Magazine. Who knows?



  14. playersfan
    9:42 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis is the Player of the Year. Just name one other player that you would rather have than Davis. If you could trade, it is certainly not Henson, Sullinger. This needs to be pushed for Davis, he gets better every game. The only reason his point total is not as large as some, is he is playing with a team of great players and sharing the ball, but if he were fed the ball like Sullinger he would have much higher stats. The number one team in the country, with the number one player in the country.



  15. NotSatire
    9:44 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Corey…also loved the Cats finding toughness. Grilled cheeseburger? No.



  16. Still the best
    9:50 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    ADD SOME BACON!!!!



  17. Quickdraw
    9:50 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Since you can’t count on fouling AD out, they will surround him in a zone like uga did. Its the only chance teams have against us. They can’t play with us, little along beat us, playing one on one.



  18. Matt
    9:51 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    If Trent Johnson had nuts he would suspend white for rest of year. Hope SEC steps in. F’in punk!



  19. Tenncat
    9:56 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Spent the weekend in Gatlinburg. Saturday afternoon walked in to Pucker’s Bar & Grill to catch the game. Noticed one table in the corner of wildcat fans, and they were huddled around the only (small 1980’s)TV showing the game. After some pleading with the waitress, I finally got the flat screen close to my table changed to the game. After about half a pitcher and half an hour into the game, I noticed more and more wildcats tricle into the bar. By the 5:00 mark of the first half, BBN had taken over this little bar in the middle of Big Orange country! Every tv in the bar was showing the game and we all cheered on our Cats in unison! Thanks to everyone at Pucker’s for making my Saturday great!GO BIG BLUE!!!!



  20. Susan
    10:07 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I was glad too that we didn’t retaliate, were above that and just went about our business. It made LSU look even more pathetic. Really proud of the team.



  21. kyrobman
    10:08 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I hope we play that way the rest of the year. But I hope we hit our free throws better.



  22. kyrobman
    10:13 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    We better play like that when we get into the finals of the NCAA Tournament. I want us to win it all with dominance.



  23. Somervillain
    10:29 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Because I DID know I couldn’t do that.



  24. Tennessee Wildcat
    10:53 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Davis getting flagrantly fouled immediately made me think about the play involving Sam Bowie when he was under cut going in toward the basket versus Vanderbilt down in Nashville in 1981. This play effectively cut out two years from Sam’s playing days at UK and nearly ended his playing career. It has been a long time since I have seen that play, but I do recall being mad after it happened. I just hope and pray that Davis is careful and keeps the brow down!



  25. MS_Cat_Fan
    11:25 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    #11. The student section began chanting “L-S-U” to cover up all BBN yelling “Go Big Blue!” to support Davis and the team after that takedown. The LSU fans around me were very quiet (because they know a dirty play when they see one, I guess) and most applauded for Davis when he got off the court (all 3 times). The SEC needs to send a message this won’t be tolerated.



  26. Fat ninja
    11:45 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    9-wow jimmy how do you about A.D. I thought you were stuck to jarnell stokes scrotum



  27. REAL BLY
    11:50 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    It should be 100% allowed to retaliate to that junk play!!!!!! You tackle our best player….you lose your front teeth!!!



  28. theSkinny81
    12:32 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    nice Chappelle reference, Corey!! LOL



  29. Jarnell Stokes
    12:51 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    26) mine looks more like a pop can.



  30. Megan
    2:02 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    We started to retaliate before Cal stepped in. Our guys surrounded White, and all 3 refs had to step in to break it up. If it weren’t for Cal and the refs acting so quickly, things could have turned really ugly. Cincinnati-Xavier ugly.

    Remember earlier in the year when Terrence was fouled and found himself sitting on the floor under the basket? The opposing player made a point of walking right over him, knocking his head back. It was a cheapshot. Our guys jumped all over the offender, players had to be separated, coaches had to rush onto the floor to break things up.

    Some of you appear to like that sort of thing, but I think it shows a lack of maturity on our part. An opponent flagrantly fouls your teammate, what do you do? Confront and inflame the situation? Risk technical fouls of your own? No. We apparently haven’t learned what to do in that situation.



  31. I_Got_The_BLUES
    2:22 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    30. In the heat of the moment it is not something you think about. You go in and protect your boys… I am not saying come in swinging but, get in someone’s face about it. How can you say that they didn’t learn what to do when no one on our side got a T? If a fight broke out (believe me, 3 refs are not going to stop 10 guys from fighting) like the UC – Xavier thing, then you could say “apparently haven’t learned what to do”.

    Things were handled fine.



  32. SweetTeaMob Til I DIE
    3:12 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I invented the grilled-cheeseburger. That’s old news. But I gotta say, I like your style.



  33. CAUKFAN
    3:36 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I would say some of the lessons Cal is trying to teach these kids are getting through.

    He gets it!



  34. Scootin Fruity
    3:39 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    scha·den·freu·de noun, often capitalized \ˈshä-dÉ™n-ËŒfrȯi-dÉ™\

    Definition of SCHADENFREUDE

    : enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others
    See schadenfreude defined for English-language learners »
    Origin of SCHADENFREUDE

    German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
    First Known Use: 1895
    Other Psychology Terms

    fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, subliminal



  35. AnthonyDavisSays...
    3:58 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    if you can’t stop me inside the rules, what else you gonna do? I just gotta smile at ya and SMH!!!!



  36. Carl
    4:56 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis is the REAL Honey Badger !!!



  37. Al Gore
    5:37 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    32 – I invented the grilled-cheeseburger! Inventing the Internet works up one heck of an appetite!