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“Stevie Got Loose” Monday News and Views

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It has been a good football weekend for me. First, my Middlesboro Yellow Jackets ended a 15 year losing streak to our arch-rival up on Log Mountain, the Bell County Bobcats, winning 28-14. Our Eastern Kentucky crater has been in celebration mode ever since. Then, the Cats played admirably (more on that later) on Saturday versus the dirty Cards and allowed the momentum of the program to continue. My Bears woke up on Sunday and overcame a host of stupid errors to get a last second drunken Jay Cutler win. And all was topped off by the return of one of the best phrases in Kentucky football history, “Stevie Got Loose”, as Johnson helped the Bills get a final play win. There is probably no UK football moment that gave me the elation of Stevie Got Loose (as the fact that the phrase, which has now entered the UK fan lexicon forever, was uttered by a friend of mine to me moments after the game…take a bow Brooks Mayer…and is now said with knowledge by nearly every UK football fan is amazing) and I still remember the sheer ecstasy of the moments after the victory. I sent a text to everyone in my phone (which included Jai Lucas, who responded from Florida…”Congrats Matt”) and still bear a scar from the post-moment celebration. When Stevie did the same thing against the Panthers, exploiting some confusion in the secondary and staying by himself in the end zone, I jumped out of my couch as if I was Tim Russert with happiness. UK football doesn’t always give us the most moment of elation but when we have them, they stick. And here on Sunday I was able to remember one of my favorites by seeing Stevie get loose for the second time, bringing happiness with him to another long-suffering football fan base, the Buffalo Bills. No we didn’t beat the Cards, but for me, it was still a great football weekend and I will take it every time.

By the way, earlier we had a picture of a fan up here that was reading during the game. While I still think reading during a game is unacceptable fan behavior (as is wearing orange, etc), I have gotten conflicting information on the age of the person in the picture (you couldn’t see the person’s face, only the book they were reading). Since we aren’t in the business of shaming children here (as opposed to adults, who generally should be shamed), we took it down. It doesn’t change however the overall point of the picture…if you want a SEC football team, we have to act like SEC fans…so leave your books, video games and abacus at home. And on that note, here is an adult (as shown by his beard) drawing superhero pictures during the game (although to be fair, it was halftime). CATS!:

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As we get going, five things to take away from the weekend, each followed by a picture of something noteworthy:

1. UK’s Defense Makes a Stand

Conventional wisdom with this UK football team has generally been wrong. We thought the QB position would be rock solid and now there are questions. We thought the Defensive Line would be beastly and it wasn’t (at least for the first game). And we thought the back seven would be awful and surprisingly, they have handled themselves fairly well. Saturday was probably the best defensive performance by Kentucky since 2011. The Cats stifled Teddy Bridgewater and the Cards in the first half in a way that I bet no other team on their schedule will be able to do. UL couldn’t run, couldn’t pass and Teddy didn’t have time to dissect the defense as he has against so many teams thus far in his career. The second half saw some tiring, but not before making UL earn every first down and getting some key stops that led to two field goal opportunities (one that was blocked). This defensive group isn’t perfect and will still probably have games where they are exposed. But they have improved EXPONENTIALLY and there are young guys out there making plays. We wanted to see improvement and competitiveness all year…we saw both on Saturday against a top 10 team.

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This young man walked down the streets of Lexington after the game on Saturday. While a belt might be too much to ask, a longer shirt would have at least been courteous. Hope we had the city fumigated

2. What Now at the Quarterback Position?

Going into fall camp, Mark Stoops said often that the one position he was not worried about was Quarterback. And one can understand why he had that opinion. With UK possessing three quarterback with game experience, it looked to be an embarrassment of riches on a team with very little depth at any other position. It certainly hasn’t been a disaster, but as of now, Quarterback has also not been a strength. Had Max Smith or Jalen Whitlow played a little bit better, avoided mistakes and had some help from receivers, the outcome on Saturday might have been in question until the end. Whitlow’s interception and Smith’s botched exchange were both crucial mistakes that basically eliminated the chance of the upset. But even before that, both quarterbacks made errors that were not of the type we expected prior to the season. They need help from the receivers, who while young, still have to catch the ball. But both players now have serious question marks. Is Max Smith’s arm sufficient now, or has the loss of velocity and the potential injury made him a non-factor. And can Jalen Whitlow get comfortable early in games? His first series fumble made the coaches hesitant to use him in the first half, causing UK’s offensive output to be less explosive and diverse and making it difficult to get any drives sustained. When he played in the second half he was better, but he must start more consistently. And there is the Patrick Towles question. Is there a point where you pull the redshirt and allow him an opportunity? We don’t know now but what we do know is that questions have arisen at the one position we thought they would not.

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Yes you won, but as a fan base, pants control is not a strong suit. #L1CYourCrack

3. Commonwealth Stadium is Better

I have to give credit where it is due. The game experience Saturday was much better. The sound on the field is louder now (thanks to new speakers, a band playing more up to date music and fans getting into the game at times) and Saturday before the game certainly had that “big game” tailgate atmosphere. We still need to see some changes (fans have to get in their seats earlier….students did their part, other fans did not and we have to stop playing “It’s My Life”….please) but overall this was much closer to what a SEC environment should be. I hope it sustains against Florida because the Cats could have a fighting shot at that game if people bring it and make Commonwealth rock. Saturday was a good start and in two years it is going to be nuts…but the next few weeks will need more stellar efforts from the fans and the UK folks in making it feel like big time college football.

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Either this is a UL fan nicknamed “Stink” or a UK fan with a witty sense of humor. I am going to hope it is the latter and give Kudos to whatever UK fan has this license plate…much respect.

4. This Game Kept the Football Recruiting Momentum

Louisville and Kentucky are fighting for many of the same recruits. And on the surface the Cards, off a Sugar Bowl and top 10 ranking, should have a HUGE advantage. They don’t. Of the 11 players that have had offers from both schools, 9 of the 11 have picked Kentucky. That is a pretty firm butt-kicking. But to keep that momentum going, you can’t come out and get crushed by the team on your home field. UK didn’t win but showcased that they could compete and that the gap between the two schools could narrow quickly over the coming years. Throw in the fact that the players at the game (and at home) could see playing time opportunities on the field and the game Saturday went very well. I was worried about this rivalry game and the prospect that we could have a situation like occurred at Commonwealth two years ago, when Kentucky lost to a lower UL team (at the time) and the recruits at the game collectively thought the UK program was in trouble (they were right). This year was the opposite. Recruits saw promise and I think it strengthened their position with many commits and future players. A great weekend for UK football, even with the loss.

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Just hope that no one ever writes an obituary for you like this one. This was published in a Nevada newspaper, although the date of death was incorrect. Kind of makes me sad

5. UK Gets its Point Guard of the Future

Friday night Tyler Ulis committed to the Cats in what was one of the more ho-hum commitments in recent years. This is not a reflection on Ulis’s talent (which I am very excited about) but the fact that most had assumed the commitment for most of the week. It is an interesting move by Calipari and one that will represent a slightly different philosophy by him. Ulis is not a one and done point guard, and will almost certainly be in school for a number of years. He is much shorter than anyone else Calipari has recruited (only the third non-6 footer given a scholarship since 1990 at Kentucky) and his skills are very different than what Cal has usually had. He is a passer and distributor, while also scoring as a second option. Players LOVE playing with Ulis and he can still get buckets while setting up his teammates. He is very popular with the Class of 2014 and I think his commitment will only help UK with Devin Booker and Jahlil Okafor. I expect Booker to eventually join Ulis at Kentucky and I think Tyler will be taking the lead in recruiting the rest of the class. It will be fascinating to watch Calipari work with an elite level point guard for the first time at Kentucky that he knows he will have for a number of years. It is different but I think it will be successful and it has the added benefit of breaking the hearts in East Lansing, where Tom Izzo had Ulis penciled in as his point guard for the next four years.

We get back to it on radio tomorrow and get ready for the bye week. Lots going on as Kentucky finished its first basketball practice and more. We will see you then…and oh by the way, I hope you played the KSR Fantasy NFL Football game this weekend. It was a lot of fun and while I beat most of you, some of you took me and won a good deal of money. Congratulations!

Before you go, Boogie meets the fans: IMG_0379

Article written by Matt Jones

33 Comments for “Stevie Got Loose” Monday News and Views



  1. The Loco Pollo
    10:56 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think Tim Russert is jumping anywhere these days, though I do believe you can jump about as high as him.



  2. DUH
    10:58 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, in regards to the guy drawing(with the beard), that was not during the game. Look out on the field and you will see the band out there…maybe pregame or halftime but not during the game.



  3. bigcatelswick
    10:59 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe that fan is drawing plays up for the offense? Instead of having us tweet out uk things they should have fans instagram plays to Neal Brown and the offense.



  4. Micki DeMoss's Mustache
    11:05 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I sat two seats down from ole boy drawing the superheroes and he did indeed sketch during the game. He got up at halftime to go to the bathroom and asked me to “please watch his notebooks, they have over three year’s worth of work in them.”



  5. Chris
    11:10 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Obituary is fake. The date of death hasn’t even come yet.



  6. Chris
    11:11 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Nevermind just finished reading the caption



  7. 1984
    11:11 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, do u really want to be “Big Brother”? I thought u were a Liberal! U need to turn in ur card. We already have the CIA, NSA, FBI ….. Do we really need KSR, “Collecting Data” on private citizens?



  8. rock
    11:12 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    “first point guard Cal will have for years?”

    I thought we signed some state champion, mr basketball point guard last year. what was his name? lemme think, uhh, Dominique Hawkins!

    I guess we know what jones thinks of him.



  9. Somervillain
    11:18 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Orton and Bledsoe taught me to never decide a player was a multi-year player unless it was clear he would not eventually be a pro. If you have the potential to eventually be an NBA player, the League will see enough in your one year. Even if your minutes are limited like Orton. If Ulis is as good as we might hope, one-and-done has to be on the table. And it seems like he might be. Ooh.



  10. Beavis606
    11:19 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    The “ho hum” about Ulis is because many think he wasn’t a great grab. Especially with Lyle decommiting



  11. Matt Jones
    11:24 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    #10 He is the third or fourth highest rated point guard in the class depending on the ranking service. I think he will be fine



  12. Google, Yahoo, Etc
    11:27 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    # 7, 1984 – Shhhhhh 😉



  13. um..
    11:47 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    pretty cool CWS provides an environment for reading or doing school work. Nice work everyone.



  14. Confused
    11:51 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Concerning the obituary….are they planning on killing her or something, because the date says she won’t be dead for 2 more weeks.



  15. henry earl
    1:23 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    twitter.com/RL_Stine/status/50928901647634435



  16. INCALWETRUST
    1:40 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    1998 called , it wants it’s FELONY shorts back



  17. Um
    7:04 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    1984: He is at a football game. No reasonable expectation of privacy exists. Get out of here.



  18. BurnerTurner5
    7:58 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    The assclown with his shorts down past his ass needs to be laughed at and made fun of to his face. Don’t see something like that and not make a comment. I would have at least asked him if he knew where to buy a damn belt. One day he might grow up and realize how utterly stupid he looks..



  19. George Orwell
    7:58 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Matt takes a BOOK to baseball games.



  20. Scott
    8:19 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, I’ll never understand why you take the time to argue with UK fans on twitter. Take Turkey Hunters advice and ignore the masses or follow your own rule and punch up.



  21. Winston
    8:32 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe attendance is down because there’s a 1 in 62,000 chance you’ll be photographed without your knowledge and humiliated on KSR.



  22. Ho Lee Fuk
    8:53 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky Big Brother Radio is a bad idea. Matt, how many UK basketball games do you stay until the end, none? Do not take it upon youself to tell UK football fans how to act, you think UK is going to lose every game anyway.



  23. Eric Cartman
    8:57 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    sooo… we got photos! https://twitter.com/B3Basketball



  24. Who cares
    9:23 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like that guy is an architecture student. Going through a god awful program like that I commend him for even showing up. He might have something better to do if we did not drop every pass in that game. Matt, at the end of the day you are hating on UK Fans. C’mon man.



  25. Delk for 3
    9:54 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops must remove the redshirt from Towles. If we have to rely on Whitlow to move us down the field, this team will not be able to win any game other than the Alabama State contest. We have to give Patrick a fair chance to play in the games to see what he can do. The coaches initially thought Whitlow may be the guy from watching practice reps, but when forced into game action it was clearly apparent that Max is the better QB. The same could be true for Patrick. Somehow, I feel pretty sure that Patrick can throw the ball much, much better than Jalen.



  26. harden long
    10:17 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    why is the jaquan lyle decommitment from the tards not being talked about on ksr? I know we’ve just got a commit from ulis but the third ranked pg is now back in the recruitment mix, and cliff alexander is now tweeting that he and lyle will play together



  27. Josh
    10:53 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    I for one think abacuses would be a delightful improvement to commonwealth stadium. It would add football to our “smartest fan base in the country” thing we have going for us.



  28. KevinM
    10:57 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Lyle going to UL is typical; these kids if they can be OAD, they don’t want to go to UL.

    For the Govt caller calling into Matt today and can’t get online to KSR: get an iPad…govt workers make plenty.



  29. KevinM
    11:01 am September 16, 2013 Permalink

    MJ, the Ulis signing is only good karma for Cal. We could have been in worse shape had we thrown all our eggs at Mudiay. Good thing Cal doesn’t recruit that way….lots of coaches have to.
    We could have had Harrow back again; the KSR fan base alone would have reared its disapproval.



  30. jhnny
    12:04 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not really a big fan of posting pictures on the internet of any unsuspecting fan at a game. If you are man enough to take someone’s photo- let them know you are taking their photo. Accordingly, I think this board should be above posting the photo of the unsuspecting UL fan who chose an unfortunate top or pants (I can’t decide which). These aren’t celebrities. And please, lets not get into a legal discussion about whether they had an expectation of privacy. I’m not saying its illegal- I’m just saying I think its in bad taste.

    Besides- UK fans don’t always dress to impress either…



  31. Larry
    1:23 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Matt,
    Iusually don’t always agree with you but this time I think you were right on about the game Saturday and the bright future of the Cat’s under Mark Stoops. I already see so much improvement for this defense over Jokers of last year. We are competing on evbery play. Our corners are much improved ans well Safety’s. The offense has to have a passing QB. Max Smith is injury prone as it was about this time last year he got hurt. Jalen Whitlow is an athlete. He belongs at reciever or running back. He can’t keep a defense honest with the long pass. If you are a running team he might work out but the Air Raid needs some one with a cannon for an arm. So I think Neal Brown has some thinking to do about who is going to redshirt. P.T. should get a try. He does have a strong arm for throwing and will make defenses back up a little.
    All that filthy red in the stands Saturday. The stink will never leave. I can’t believe people gave up tickets to those filthy Cards Shame on BBN. Joker is gone. Give Stoops some support. Leave your little toys at home and get out and support the Cats



  32. 3 fan
    2:58 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    The guy drawing could suffer from Autism, Asperbergers or Sensory Processing Disorder, where his brain has to work/be busy at all times to keep them calm



  33. bleedingblue
    5:16 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    Obituary is not real, says the lady died on Sep 30th 2013. Obviously that date has yet to arrive.