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Sting’s Monday News and Views

I have returned to the Bluegrass State from my two week vacation, refreshed and ready for the summer of news. I drove from here to Vegas and back, with stops along the way in Little Rock, Fort Worth, Santa Fe, Sedona (AZ), Las Vegas, Park City (UT), Fort Collins (Co), Lincoln (NE), Kansas City and then back to Louisville. I saw lots of folks I hadn’t seen in ages, played in the World Series of Poker, visited everything from the Bill Clinton Museum to Red Rocks, played great golf courses and listened to more French Open Radio on the open road than I ever thought imaginable (strangely awesome). But now, it is back to the real world, which for me means the blog and radio. And we get right out of the gates by being joined on radio tomorrow by the father of new UK TE Steven Borden, former WCW Champ STING! Nowadays, Sting resides in TNA and they have a show coming up in Lexington. But most of us know Sting from our childhood, when he first represented all that was good, and then represented the brooding Crow-like creature in World Championship Wrestling. He brought the Scorpion Deathlock and Stinger Splash to our nation’s lexicon and helped entertain an entire generation of young wrestling fans across the land. Sting is not big on interviews and I honestly have no idea how this one will go. I hope to talk a bit about his past and his son’s future at UK, while also mentioning TNA (which admittedly I know little about). But with all that has happened in the last two weeks, Sting will be part of a loaded show on Monday, while remaining the highlight for me personally. The 13 year old Matt Jones would have never imagined that Sting would not only (a) still be wrestling, but (b) be on a radio show I hosted. Tomorrow both things will be true…the Stinger and Charles Ramsey on the last two KSR Radio Shows…certainly in “the most ridiculous manner possible.”

To the news of the weekend:

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— The big story of course is the recommitment of one of the best recruits to ever pledge for the Blue and White, DE Denzel Ware. As you can see above, my man Ware likes to smile, but he is also a heck of a player. He is ranked as the #45 player in America by 24/7 Sports and #80 by ESPN. Rivals.com however only has him as a 3 star prospect, showcasing how fluid these rankings can be in the football game. But regardless of where you put him, he is a talent with huge skills as seen by an offer sheet that included Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame. How did UK get him? Well, thank Mark Stoops and DJ Eliot, who began recruiting Ware at Florida State and sold him on the vision of what can be done in Lexington. Now Ware has been known to be a mind changer. He originally committed to Florida State, then picked Kentucky, then backed out of the commitment and has now committed again. While those are three decisions, all are to Stoops/Eliot, which is important. He says this time he is done and will not reconsider and I hope he is correct. He is a huge talent and the type of out of state player that in the past, UK has never gotten. To lock him up, albeit for the second time, is a huge thing for this staff and has the folks in Lexington celebrating I am sure.

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GIF by TheBiglead.com

— A lot going in the GIF of the woman behind Lebron James in the Heat game tonight. There are negatives to Heat fans (many actually), but there are positives. And as for that top, what is the verdict? Do we count that as an actual shirt? Discuss amongst yourselves…

— The Ware commitment came on the heels of the UK Saturday Night Primetime Camp in Lexington, which saw a record turnout for the new staff. Whereas last year’s camp saw 100 kids attend, this year 350 came through the gates, including a collection of top talent the likes of which we have rarely seen. I went to the camp and I admit that I am not 100% sure what was going on. There were some drills, a lot of standing around, speeches and a few workouts. For most of the kids, the camp is an attempt to clearly get noticed, but for UK, it is mostly a chance to recruit and bring on campus the elite athletes in the class. I found the entire experience entertaining, mostly because I was sitting with KSR football writer Nick Roush and the great Oscar Combs. Talking to Oscar can make any night great, but I admit that I had a hard time getting any real feel for the events on the field. But what was clear is this…this staff knows how to market…they had videos on the big screen, DJs spinning music over the speakers and the entire atmosphere had a party vibe that was completely different from last season. Part of what UK has to do is not only recruit and play well, but market effectively. What I saw Saturday night is a program ready to make those strides.

Louisville made the College World Series. Like you, I hate it. They have had an unbelievable run this year and have been great in all the major sports. Tom Jurich is the worst, but he is also the best at his job and one has to give credit where it is due to their Athletic Department’s accomplishments this year. But always remember this. No matter how much success they have, they still have fans like this below…so mock we must:

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— Sources tell KSR that UK is likely to get at least one and maybe more football commitments on Monday after the successful weekend that was just completed. The hope is that this will start a string of announcements over the course of the next week or so that will help continue to make the class grow and solidify its ranking. Wit the Ware commitment and the likelihood of the other additions, the possibility of the first Top 15 class in UK history continues to grow. Regardless, it is almost a certainty that this will be the best UK recruiting class from a ranking perspective of all time. We will find out on Monday who will be the newest name to join the fray.

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— As part of my trip, I saw this motel in Clarendon, Texas that I found one of the most aptly named of all time. Disgusting motels are a thing with me (I literally cannot go in them), but I do like the notion of truth in advertising. Why say you are anything but what you are? While for me the sign doesn’t ring true (it actually would not “do” for me), for some it does…and thus the owners in Clarendon should be celebrated for their brazen honesty in the face of other puffery in advertising.

— On a basketball note (and it gives you a notion of what is going on with UK football that we take this long to get to basketball), half of the new UK recruiting class is in Lexington and the others are coming. Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, Dominique Hawkins and Derrick Willis have been at UK for a week, Marcus Lee arrived tonight and the Harrison Twins/James Young get into town over the next two weeks. Hawkins and Willis are playing in the KY-Indiana All Star game this week, but the rest are taking classes and getting ready to start their UK training. Dakari and Randle are likely to be roommates this year and have clearly hit it off early, getting used to being the proverbial big men on campus. The numbers for the players have been assigned, with Andrew Harrison getting the #5 that belonged to Jarrod Polson for his first three years. Some have feigned outrage over this alleged slight, but for those, you clearly didn’t play on a team. The best players get the numbers…it is just the way it goes. While I don’t know if Polson volunteered it, whether he did or not, I can’t imagine he is upset. Take it from a guy who during his Sophomore year of high school had to literally give up his jersey when the starting center left his in Middlesboro for a road game (we should have taken extras), talent wins out, including in numbers. Life isn’t fair, as shown by the fact that I wanted “The Purge” to be good and it is apparently awful.

— Proving that the BBN is indeed everywhere, one UK fan sent the picture below, which is him doing the three goggles in Istanbul, Turkey, site of numerous protests over the past week. While I am all for three goggles at all times, be safe people…you can showcase your allegiance without endangering your life (although admittedly, it is kind of a cool picture):

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— Finally, (WARNING…COMMENTS NOT PERTAINING TO SPORTS APPEAR BELOW…I AM WRITING THEM ONLY BECAUSE AFTER BEING GONE FOR TWO WEEKS, I FEEL LIKE SHARING ONE SMALL POINT. IF SUCH COMMENTS MAKE YOU MAD AND WANT TO PULL YOUR HAIR OUT (“Matt you pinko commie, I only come here for sports…It is Kentucky “SPORTS” Radio not Kentucky “Matt Jones talks about his feelings” Radio…so since this site only exists for what I want, I don’t want this so stop it…now…or…I may just spit in your ear.”), FEEL FREE NOT TO READ THEM. AS A MATTER OF FACT, DONT READ THEM AS I KNOW YOU WILL JUST GET MAD. THERE IS A GOOD MOVIE ON HBO RIGHT NOW…JUST WATCH THAT…OR DRINK A SMOOTHIE) I don’t want to turn the comment section into a political debate (but I am sure this inevitable), but reading the social media world the last few days has been fascinating to me. With news that the NSA has looked at the lists of who people are calling via Verizon (and presumably all cell phone companies), some folks are outraged. While I take no position on whether this is “right”, “good” or any other political defense of it (in part because I know enough to know that I have no idea what national security information is really out there), I wanted to share this link from David Simon (who created “The Wire”) for some perspective. Simon notes that we really are worrying about something that isn’t new and has been going on for decades. In fact, it happens daily across America. Plus, many (including lawmakers unfortunately) have been yelling that this policy (started by Bush and continued by Obama) is “Unconstitutional”. This always makes me laugh, since most people who say that have no idea what that even means (or have studied the cases that would determine it). Smith v Maryland in 1979 decided long ago that such assemblies of logs don’t count as “searches” and thus are not Constitutionally protected (I won’t bore you with details but it is a good point to remember…once you give information to a third party, you generally lose your Constitutional protection in it…so when you make a phone call, you are telling the phone company and the person you are calling that you are making the call…and the moment you do that, you lose your “privacy” right in it (although by federal law, you still must have a warrant to listen to the content of the calls). Same thing is true when you take your garbage out. The moment you put it in your trash can, the government can search it and someone can come and take things from it and you generally have no recourse…remember that the next time you are throwing away that Justin Beiber CD). Now that doesn’t mean that the NSA policy is good or bad…that is a moral and political question. Some searches that aren’t Unconstitutional are nevertheless illegal due to federal law and there is an argument that maybe we should ban the NSA’s ability to get such phone records…that is a political debate that honestly depends on how you balance the government’s ability to defend against terrorism versus your right to privacy. I don’t particularly care what anyone’s position is on this (and let me give you a hint…no one in the comment section does either) and chances are no one will change anybody’s mind on it. I have mixed feelings about it and have ever since the Patriot Act came out post-9/11. But when debating the issue, remember this. The government has been using such data for DECADES (as shown in Simon’s article) and it is almost certainly Constitutional to do it. So debate whether it is right or wrong, but know that when it comes to the Constitution…in this case, as much as you may wish it otherwise, it doesn’t apply.

And with that, feel free to commence nerd fighting. For everyone else, STING AND MAYBE FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS TOMORROW. It should be a fun day. And as the link below shows, just be happy you aren’t Billy Ray Cyrus today:

POOR BILLY RAY

See ya Monday Morning!

Article written by Matt Jones

89 Comments for Sting’s Monday News and Views



  1. lol
    10:30 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    I can guarantee that someone is going to rant about the Constitution now despite not knowing the first word that comes after “We the people”.

    As Matt said, look up Smith v. Maryland. Very basic stuff. I hope that anyone upset about this NSA business is also willing to support repealing the Patriot Act (since that awful bill is the real problem).



  2. NSA Agent
    10:33 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Matt you Mom would not like what you are searching for on the Internets.



  3. RKA
    10:34 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Good post Matt. Let the haters hate, that’s all they have.



  4. Musehobo
    10:35 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Matt is dead right. Like it or hate it, it’s legal. And if you’re going to act like it’s the end of the world, at least get your facts straight. I know some of you are just DYING for another thing to complain about Obama, but please, show that you have some intelligence. Understand this encompasses both parties.



  5. No
    10:39 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve heard this argument before. Smith isn’t a great comparison. http://www.rbs2.com/priv4.pdf



  6. John
    10:39 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    damn pinko commie*



  7. keith w
    10:40 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the problem with white beans and ham and fresh strawberry shortcake?



  8. Bob Cobb
    10:42 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    I generally agree with your analysis but any discussion of search and seizure needs to include “persons, houses, papers, and effects”.



  9. kentuckyjoe
    10:44 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    I hope the ‘surveillance’, or whatever it is, continues. We’ll all be safer. And I hope that whistleblower gets prosecuted.



  10. Bob the Replier
    10:47 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    1st of all how does a dork get a hot chick like that.

    2d, just because a Supreme Court made a ruling doesn’t necessarily make it Constitutional or right. Using that logic we would still be separate but equal when it comes to race. The bottom line our government has determined that we don’t have a right to privacy and we are presumed guilty until proven innocent. Really this is just an electronic version of British taking over peoples houses without justification (that’s basic law as well).

    And btw, the only thing I “hate” is that when evil and tyranny allowed to thrive because sheeple are silent. Read a history book, this story never has a happy ending.



  11. Matt Jones
    10:48 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    #5 the article you wrote says it is “critiquing the decisions.” That is fine…I am not saying those decisions were good or bad. I am just saying they are the law…whether good or bad



  12. Matt Jones
    10:50 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    #10 by definition the Sup Ct does get to say what is Constitutional. It is their job. Period



  13. Bob Cobb
    10:50 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Also, if you’re going to comment that this data collection isn’t alarming, watch this first:

    http://www.zeit.de/datenschutz/malte-spitz-data-retention



  14. lol
    10:51 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    10. The Supreme Court can change its stance in the future, but the current ruling dictates that its constitutional.



  15. maconvolfan
    10:53 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    #10–come take my Civics class in the fall. If the SC says it’s constitutional, it is. That’s their job.

    We wouldn’t still be separate but equal, because the SC overturned Plessey with the Brown ruling, changing how the court interpreted the 14th amendment.



  16. ukbulldog
    10:53 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    I think the law is bad in this case. One commenter on the Simon article pointed out that PRISM is capturing actual content. All of our content. Which is the equivalent of recording calls. The law hasn’t caught up, and in the wake of the IRS targeting (which occurs the opposite way under conservative admins) leads me to disillusionment with all of our government.



  17. CPACAT
    10:58 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    #1: “in”

    Was taking the Heaven Hill Distillery tour this afternoon, and their little tram drove us right by “Boone’s” I about pee’d my pants with excitement…by far the coolest thing I saw today…even cooler than multiple warehouses containing 20K barrels of bourbon each!



  18. Sam
    11:03 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Matt’s analysis of the constitutional issue is completely accurate. You have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the data that they are collecting. However, I do want to point out that this area of the law may be due for a face lift in the near future. Last year there was a case called US v. Jones regarding GPS tracking devices. Some of the justices suggested rather strongly that a new approach regarding reasonable expectations of privacy might be necessary in order to conform the law to the realities of the digital age.



  19. Casey J
    11:06 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Let Sting talk about his faith a bit. He will open up quite a bit about that.



  20. jonathan
    11:26 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, we don’t need anyone else reaffirming the Supreme Court’s authority to determine what is and isn’t constitutional, we get it. What Bob meant (correct me if I’m wrong Bob) is that a SC ruling doesn’t mean something is necessarily in the spirit of the Constitution. The SC is comprised of humans like you and I who are fallible and susceptible to biases like you and I. If they were to conspire with one another and make some crazy ruling that was clearly at odds with the Constitution then that would become law and deemed constitutional, but that doesn’t change the fact that it clearly is in violation of the intent and spirit of the applicable amendment.



  21. ukbulldog
    11:26 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    BTW, have you ever thought about starting another site just for political thought? I think that’d actually be an interesting site to interact with. I usually only read news sites and there’s no navigating their comment sections. Just a thought!



  22. mocha
    11:28 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Billy ray link is not working



  23. It'll Do Hotel
    11:31 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, what do u have against the hotel? It has a clean bathroom in the lobby!



  24. atlantacat
    11:36 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Personally, I don’t have any problem with Matt’s rhetoric, just wish the hell he understood how to start and end a paragraph. Or in this case, paragraphs.



  25. barefootpirate
    11:37 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    15. You’re right. Supreme Court does dictate how to interpret law. But the SC also sways from pole to another pole and bounces back, it’s always influx on certain issues what’s legal and isn’t legal.

    The major issue is that the NSA is collecting information on people who have done nothing wrong. This is the type of power that if abused, could be highly damaging to the people who are governed. They are claiming that this is under the guise of security. They say it is used to protect us. When attacks happen again, they use the attack as a power grab. This does nothing to curb violence. You have to examine why they attack us.

    In most cases, it’s in retaliation for violence from the US in their countries/region. Drone strikes in Libya, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan. We aren’t as innocent as a lot of politicians try to spin it.

    TL;DR It’s wrong to have this much access into innocent people’s lives when it’s a band-aid to the real reason we get attacked instead of treating the real cause of the problem.



  26. Billy G
    11:37 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Presumably the data is mined, or at least ran through algorithms to detect trend. If that is the case, then the government IS using the data content to justify searching the data content. Also, whether or not it’s constitutional seems rather trivial. Whether its right or wrong, justified or unjustified are more interesting questions.



  27. Beatle Bum
    11:45 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, “by definition?” I think you meant by Marbury v. Madison.



  28. JBR
    11:49 pm June 9, 2013 Permalink

    Any little birdies talking who the football commits may be?



  29. lol
    12:02 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    20. While the Supreme Court is not infallible, I trust its judgment on deciding constitutional issues a lot more than a bunch of KSR posters without a law degree who treat politics as a hobby. You and I have very little sway in our opinions of what the “intent and spirit” of the Amendments are. That stems almost entirely from your ideology, not from any scholarly research.



  30. Arch Stanton
    12:08 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the Billy Ray link? It’s broken..



  31. BBS
    12:09 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Matt that is a great picture from Turkey

    In the middle of some violent protests,tear gas and rubber bullets, this redneck is showing his three goggles

    By now he probably knows what is means in Turkey, but his testicles are probably gone



  32. Arch Stanton
    12:11 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    and what’s so amazing about that gif? Some bimbo gold digger with fake tits…they’re a dime a dozen in Florida..



  33. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
    12:11 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff has a son who plays football



  34. Matt Jones
    12:14 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, I stayed in cities with some nice hotels



  35. Sean D
    12:21 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Can you ask StIng if he and Undertaker at Wrestlemania will ever happen?



  36. Kc
    12:46 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    9. . .Why would the whistleblower get prosecuted if it’s constitutional? He’s just letting us know the government is doing it’s job. “THIS” has not been going on for decades. Advancement in technology is making “THIS” different. Notice that Obama is not saying this has been going on. He’s struggling to defend it, trying to separate himself from it.



  37. Culver
    12:54 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “Some have feigned outrage over this alleged slight, but for those, you clearly didn’t play on a team. The best players get the numbers…it is just the way it goes. While I don’t know if Polson volunteered it, whether he did or not, I can’t imagine he is upset.”
    Sorry Jones, I played on several varsity teams back in the day, and the last thing that was ever done was for a senior, no matter how talented he was, to give up his number, for all he had worked for over three years, for an incoming freshmen. You’re starting to become a problem for the Harrisons, and any other recruits coming in, justifying their beliefs that being in such a high profile atmosphere as UK, that they will have their ass kissed at every turn. Won’t be the case, just ask Poythress or Goodwin for that matter. Highly rated kids coming out of high school who couldn’t adapt to the college game, and who definitely didn’t like hearing criticism from so many for the first time’s in their lives. No way should of Polson given, or had made to have given up his # to the Harrison kid, the Harrison kid should of at least earned it while being a cat, not handed over, like probably what he has come to expect from others in life.



  38. UK_Gr8ness
    1:19 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Political talking points on this site do not bother me. However, of all of the “scandals” lately, the NSA is the least of concerns. The IRS, which will be in charge of “Obamacare”, is a hell of a lot more disturbing, Hillary “what difference does it make” Clinton and the plethora of lies and lack of disclosure on Benghazzi is extremely disturbing!!! So, maybe if politics are going to be discussed, discuss something that has a profound affect on the “well-being” of our nation.



  39. CATNTN
    1:21 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Stick to sports, Matt. It will make better use of your law degree.



  40. UKBlue
    1:56 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    That girl could use those things as her very own personal drink holder. What a horrible job, she should sue her plastic surgeon for malpractice.

    What the NSA is doing & has been doing for years isn’t any different than what Google, Facebook, Credit Card Companies, retail companies or whoever is doing & have also been doing for years tracking everything we do. None of us even want to know what the government has really been doing for years. Republican or Democrat they’re both the same.



  41. RyanW
    6:26 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “No way should of Polson given, or had made to have given up his # to the Harrison kid, the Harrison kid should of at least earned it while being a cat, not handed over, like probably what he has come to expect from others in life.”

    Culver, sir or madam, you have clearly never played on a team (as much as you might like to assert that Mr. Jones did not) because you quite obviously don’t understand that the number on your jersey is wholly irrelevant. The only item on our team’s jersey that matters is the name on the front and any member of team, a true team, will understand that ideal. The fact that Jarrod gave up his number to make a new player feel more comfortable in his new home shows a great deal of character and leadership on a young team that will need said leadership. I applaud his choice and so should you



  42. here ya go
    6:33 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    On December 14, 2010, in United States v. Warshak, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy in his emails and that the government violated Warshak’s Fourth Amendment rights by compelling his internet service provider to turn over his emails without first obtaining a warrant based upon probable cause.[87]



  43. here ya go
    6:40 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it.”
    ― George Clooney …. just to add some relation of some sort to Kentucky.



  44. C'm on man
    6:41 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Stop with all the legal jive! The point of the Patriot act is to save American lives. This is the real world people nothing is going to be perfect, but at least the NSA is trying to keep anther 9/11 from happening.
    Before your so quick to down play the Patriot act at least go look and see how many different attacks this bill has foiled.



  45. Fake Jon Burrows
    6:47 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Standard operating procedure for the left, defining deviancy down. And Obama’s useful idiots going to old playbook of blaming Bush for everything. It is almost like BO never took office over 4 years as he is not responsible for anything. Transparency in government?



  46. The Year of the CARDINALS
    6:56 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Poor UK Fan Base,
    This must be a living hell for you!!!!
    U of L wins the Sugar Bowl, a BCS Bowl, over a SEC Team
    U of L wins the NCAA National Championship in Mens Basketball
    U of L Women’s Basketball Team is the National Runnerup
    and now
    U of L is heading to the College World Series!!!
    While on the other hand
    UK goes 2-10 in Football
    UK Mens Basketball is an NIT First Round Loser..LOL
    UK Women’s Team fails yet again to make a Final 4
    and UK’s Baseball Team doesn’t even make the NCAA Tournament!!!
    UK IS SUCH A BUNCH OF LOSERS!!!LMFAO



  47. DesignatedDrinker
    7:06 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    I am a Republican. And I agree 100% that it is ok for the NSA or CIA to tap the phones of most people. You don’t like it, don’t use a phone. However the media should not have their phones tapped since they are supposed to be the people’s watchdog of the government.
    And for fun lets list things about the White House we don’t like. Here I will start. 7.5% unemployment for 5 years. $3.89 gas(up over $2 a gallon since GW left). 48 million people on food stamps. Benghazi. Tapping journalist phones. IRS targeting Barack Husseins political opponents. Over 1 million fetuses aborted each year. The soon to be DISASTER that is called Obamacare.
    Miss any?



  48. Blue4Life
    7:18 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    #46 Congragulations on an awesome year in your sports program. Even though your comments do not reflect the Cardinal fan base, they certainly self incriminate your character. For some, it is more difficult to win with grace than lose with the courage and determination to continue competing. Unfortunately, we have some fans just like you.



  49. Big Black
    7:30 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Sting, whatcha gonna do when ULmania runs wild on you?



  50. Duke Sucks
    7:31 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Just stop it 48. We give it to them last year now we have to set back and take it! We didn’t exactly show the most class last year as a fan base. Cal will have us back on top this year anyway



  51. Ground beef lesbians
    7:37 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome back Matt. We hope that new atlas helped you find some nice clean hotels



  52. Lester Butts
    7:42 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    UL would never have success if they was playin in the SEC



  53. Auburn tree poisoner
    7:44 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hey BBN

    I am getting out of jail soon.
    How many trees are on UL’s campus?



  54. Nawlij
    8:07 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Wow jones, you never miss an opportunity to be misleading and wrong in order to protect your mindless ideology and Obama worship. No one is saying that what the NSA did in conjunction with FISA was illegal….but what Snowden is claiming, is that NSA performed warrantless wire taps and electronic monitoring without warrants and even tapped congress….

    Do yourself a favor….read before you pop off…



  55. Puhleeze
    8:15 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Mocking a Louisville fan for flashing the L and having a Cards tattoo on his chest? Coming from one of the loudest voices of the fanbase that burned couches and almost rioted in April 2012, that’s rich. BBN is the most pathetic and delusional fanbase there is. Without a doubt. And you know the rest of the country knows it. Let it burn…



  56. Puhleeze
    8:16 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Also, to number 52… Louisville just swept the best SEC baseball team in that conference’s history, so please spare me.



  57. MattO
    8:22 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Matt J,
    I know people normally rip you apart for doing “political stuff” on this site but the text as well as the comments section of David Simon’s site, where he responds to almost every comment and seems to have an actual discussion instead of getting stuck in a troll battle with people who don’t actually want to discuss anything (see: every comments section on Youtube), is an incredibly interesting read.

    I just wanted to leave a positive comment about this stuff for once, because I only ever see people complaining about it. Go Cats!



  58. TomThe1
    8:29 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’d comment, but I don’t want to get audited. OOPS, I’m sure the NSA will get this into the hands of the Treasury department by the end of the day!



  59. Eric S
    8:36 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Haha… Matt writes 2,000 words with only a paragraph on politics, and that is all that the comment section is about (peppered with a couple louisville trolls of course). Matt isn’t giving any political views, he is just giving his interpretation of why the supreme court ruled the way it did. Calm down. Personally, it helps to hear the interpretation from someone with a legal background. As always, if you dont like what is on this site, you dont have to read it.

    Go cayts.



  60. Paul
    8:45 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    #55 & 56 Vandy was very overrated, they do have a good team no doubt but they did not play LSU who is the best team in the SEC and #46 being boastful will come back to get you in the end so watch out how you go by doing so.



  61. Teachable Mo'
    8:46 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t people like Rand Paul or Peter King wish that there was a body of men in our government who had the power to write laws? I mean, actually change the way things are done in this country, rather than try to spin every action of the opposition as the next step to doom? It would be great if there was a part of the government that could write legislation. Maybe Rand Paul or Peter King could do something about that.



  62. CatsInTheNBA
    8:50 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only UK fan that doesn’t like the 3-goggles in photos? You can’t even tell who someone is with half their face covered up, and most people are always squinting. Not to mention that the 3-point shot is not even going to be the most dominant part of our team next year, so it doesn’t even necessarily fit.



  63. dave
    8:55 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “I can guarantee that someone is going to rant about the Constitution now despite not knowing the first word that comes after ‘We the people’.”

    OF



  64. dave
    8:55 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Can I rant now?



  65. Cat Fan in Georgia
    8:59 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    60 – I’m an SEC baseball fan, and Vandy was most definitely not overrated. As to “being boastful”, BBN (myself included) was pretty darn boastful after hanging #8 and it sort of came back to get us in the end this year.



  66. Akhbar
    9:09 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “But the fact remains that for at least the last two presidential administrations, this kind of data collection has been a baseline logic of an American anti-terrorism effort that is effectively asked to find the needles before they are planted into haystacks, to prevent even such modest, grass-rooted conspiracies as the Boston Marathon Bombing before they occur.”

    The Boston Marathon bombing was a pre-staged FBI event used to practice martial law on an American Metropolitan Area.

    This was Dubya/Hopey planning for events wherein they need to crack down on all of you sheep if you get wise to what your government is actually doing in America and the World.



  67. inlinefor9
    9:17 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    #66 Shut up



  68. Akhbar
    9:19 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “Wow jones, you never miss an opportunity to be misleading and wrong in order to protect your mindless ideology and Obama worship. No one is saying that what the NSA did in conjunction with FISA was illegal….but what Snowden is claiming, is that NSA performed warrantless wire taps and electronic monitoring without warrants and even tapped congress….

    Do yourself a favor….read before you pop off…”

    You may want to actually read up on some of this. The NSA does many things that would appall most folks who actually believe in Liberty, Freedom and Self-Determination.



  69. Aks
    9:25 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Matt, I think Keith Olbermann is looking for a job.



  70. yesterday's wine
    9:36 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Me thinks Matt misses speaking legalese from time to time and throws a controversial post out to give himself the opportunity to construct legal arguments.



  71. Barry Soetoro
    9:38 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    #68 is spot on!



  72. barefootpirate
    9:41 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    anybody who says they are okay with being snooped on, I pose this question, what is your personal limitation on government intrusion into your life? With prism, they are able to see everybody you call, where you are calling from, how long the conversation is, read all your emails, track your internet usage. And mind you, this is officially (thanks to the whistleblower) what we know they can do.

    And of all the terrorist acts on this country, how many of them have been carried out by Americans? Why snoop on Americans when we aren’t doing anything?



  73. lou eaton
    9:48 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    fantastic program and one of the few we do today for National Security. Anyone who believes this activity is for anything other than a search for “keywords” to assist with identifying potential terrorist activity is living under a rock. If you think analysts can listen or read your info from a billion data sets per hour then you must believe in the tooth fairy. From a guy with 40 years of intelligence experience believe this is the best intelligence program we have ever had going to protect us against threats to our National Security period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  74. bluemanchew
    9:49 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    you can delete as many post as you want the truth will come out



  75. jonathan
    9:51 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    #29, ok, so you agree with my point, the court isn’t infallible and have to try and interpret the constitution since they didn’t author it, and in doing so can conceivably, whether through bias, subjectivity or misinterpretation, render an opinion that’s not supported by the document it is supposed to protect. yes, of course, they’re much more qualified to weigh those issues than you or I, but that’s not the point is it? the point is they can err, otherwise how do you explain decisions that are established by a court only to be overturned subsequently?



  76. MonkeyHumpnaFootball
    9:51 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    You’re right 74. The truth will come out. Theres no way those yams under that white mockery of a shirt are real



  77. Fred the Moocher
    9:52 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops needs to ask so UK people in the NSA if they intercepted Petrino’s email with his UK game plan.

    It’s all legal



  78. KSR1080Fan
    9:53 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Terrorists generally don’t have contract phones do they?



  79. Free Bradley Manning
    9:53 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.” ~ Cicero

    Setting aside one’s conscience and consoling oneself that a given act is declared to be “constitutional” by the group of lawyers perched atop an inherently corrupt and dehumanizing game is setting a pathetically low standard for how one perceives the world.



  80. bluemanchew
    9:54 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    petrino has an obama phone they were excluded in the govt takeover of verizon



  81. Derek
    10:30 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    You can stretch the argument as far as you want to defend this president but at the end of the day it’s the body of work or lack thereof that you can’t defend. One of the most corrupt and intimidating admsrations ever.
    Everyone will learn over time. Heck all you have to do now his compare his words to his actions and the lies are obvious.



  82. thats budda
    10:46 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Fort Collins Co. is sweet. Beautiful women, rocky mountains, great whitewater rafting, and abundant weed. I wanna go back



  83. Yoda
    10:50 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin



  84. Which Side are You On?
    10:52 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    We live in a country not where there is Liberals vs. Conservatives. That’s the false paradigm which the ruling “elite” (as they see themselves) want you to think. More accurate is Authoritarians (those who believe in rule by elite, where gov’t power should not be limited) vs. Libertarians (broadly speaking, those who believe in gov’t being limited by a rule of law, i.e., the Constitution).

    I have seen very little evidence that Mr. Jones sides with the rule of law, rather, he believes in a strong centralized gov’t, and damn the rights of the people.

    On this “legal” gov’t spying assertion, by parroting the gov’t line “We (the feds) have said it’s legal so therefore it’s legal,” all I have to say is that the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our corrupt federal gov’t ALL say the N.D.A.A. (the National Defense Authorization Act, the right not just to arrest, imprison, and hold indefinitely, but also the right to KILL American citizens without a trial of any kind) is LEGAL.

    And I could name other “legal” laws as well.

    As somebody with a legal mind who more importantly has a strong moral compass and understanding of what Liberty is, I say to people out there in the BBN, “which side are you on?” The side of the Authoritarians who want to crush the rights of the people, as Bush and Obama did/are doing, or those who stand fast in the liberty wherewith we were made free– and defend the rule of law”? As for me, I’m for Liberty. I think when people look at it this way, they are persuaded to join the ranks of those who fight against tyranny no matter if it’s Repub or Demo.



  85. Brew Crew
    11:05 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Yoda, you beat me to the quote. Pretty apt today. 84, very good comments as well.

    I just can’t imagine any of our founding fathers being ok with what has transpired in American politics. And every step in the direction we’re making is a blow to our freedom. Permanently. (If we don’t do anything about it).

    Btw, Hi NSA!



  86. seriously
    11:27 am June 10, 2013 Permalink

    worst comment section ever



  87. IfIhad
    1:04 pm June 10, 2013 Permalink

    If I had a woman that looked like that I sure as heck wouldn’t have been at a basketball game with her upright.



  88. Irwin
    1:15 pm June 10, 2013 Permalink

    That’s the problem with attorneys. They have been taught caselaw but have not been taught about the Constitution. Caselaw is often opinion and can easily be over turned. While the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.
    This argument doesn’t hold water. If you believe this argument then when you rent an apartment police would have unlimited right to search and seizure because you’re renting the property and do not own it.



  89. Teachable Mo'
    2:20 pm June 10, 2013 Permalink

    “That’s the problem with attorneys. They have been taught caselaw but have not been taught about the Constitution. ”

    Apparently, you’ve never been to law school.