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Subway’s Tuesday News and Views

Hi.  Let’s do this.  We’re in the odd position again of having no mid-week Kentucky basketball games to keep us entertained and wowed with the team’s growth, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world stopped changing right before our very eyes.  In fact, you could argue it got flipped upside down.  A report was released Monday announcing that Subway has passed McDonald’s as the largest restaurant in the world, crushing everyone who prefers their fast food come with a higher risk of a heart attack.  As one who celebrates the entire menu of the Golden Arches, I found myself particularly frustrated, especially with the news that Subway was the restaurant sliding to the top.  From the mental torture that is the “Five Dollar Footlong” commercials to the nuisance that is Jared to the sandwich artist in Crestwood that doesn’t understand “light mayonnaise” to the painful fact that I don’t think I’ve ever been in a Subway where I felt like people washed their hands, there isn’t a restaurant on the planet that I loathe more than Subway.  Now, the Duke of fast food is the king of the world.  For that, we all suffer.  And Tuesday is now Subway Hate Day.

Now onto some UK notes…

 – We talked over the course of the past few weeks about how the three final games could wipe away a lot of the disappointments of the SEC slate for the Cats and that closing strong could take a team that looked so confused coming out of the Arkansas and make them the favorites for the conference tournament.  It appears that is the case.  The Cats are the favorites to win the SEC Tournament, at least according to BetUS.  The Cats are slight favorites over Florida (+150 to +170), with Vanderbilt (+450), Tennessee and Alabama (+800) significantly further behind.  Considering the way they closed the season and the likely crowd advantage they’ll have in Atlanta, it’s not all that surprising.  But that doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Now, they just need to handle their business.

 – Monday also brought a day of postseason awards and again reiterated just how under-appreciated Brandon Knight has been this season.  Terrence Jones seems to be the recipient of the most awards recognition for the Cats, but you’d have a hard time convincing me that Knight isn’t the team’s best player and the one most critical to its success.  There are probably a couple of factors at play as to why he’s not getting the national recognition at this point.  Some might be the John Wall shadow.  Some might be how quietly he goes about his business.  The most likely reason, though,can probably be traced back to his struggles in Maui early in the season.  Because they have the task of keeping up with everyone nationwide, hose are the games when some in the national media make their assessments of a player and carry it throughout the year.  That’s really the the only feasible reason that so many can overlook the steps he’s taken this season.  I don’t think you could name five point guards better than him right now in the entire country.  Hopefully, everyone will take note next season when he’s the leading scorer on the nation’s best team.  Yeah, I said it.

 – The most entertaining story of Monday was Bruce Pearl’s vocal damnation of DeAndre Liggins’ trash-talking.  For all the fun it provided, I do think Pearl hit the nail on the head in assessing another portion of DeAndre’s game when he said that his teammates have a lot of confidence in him and that’s what is most important.  Liggins has developed a nasty streak and seems to be the missing “tough guy” piece that seems essential to every good team.  Sometimes he goes a little overboard and picks up a dumb foul, but for the most part, he’s channeled that nastiness and his teammates have fed off of it.  I still think Brandon Knight is the leader of the team, but Liggins has at least put himself in the conversation as the guy his teammates can feed off of.  Considering where he was just a year ago, when he essentially sat out the entire first half of the season, the transformation is even more impressive.  A friend of mine pointed out Monday night that at the beginning of last season, if you would have had to guess whether Liggins would have transferred or would be a team leader by this point of his junior year, most probably would have sided with the former.  The growth into dependable veteran player from where he was last year is a different kind of toughness, but speaks to the same point.  He’s a warlock.

 – Word broke late Monday that Director of Basketball Operations Martin Newton would be leaving to accept the athletics director job at his alma mater, Samford.  As a guy who has worked behind the scenes for the most part, he’s done some nice things for the program.  That’s all nice and good, but what it really means is that we can finally start the “Bring Billy Gillispie To Kentucky To Replace Martin Newton” group on Facebook.

 – Speaking of Clyde, Kevin Galloway was named SWAC Newcomer of the Year.  The former Cat averaged 11.4 points, 7 rebounds and 6.2 assists for Texas Southern this season.  He finished his senior season ranked 8th nationally in assists. 

 – In the recruiting world, Coach Cal traveled back to Memphis Monday to check out Leron Black, a 6’7″ freshman forward.  ESPN projects Black as a small forward, while Rivals says he’s a power forward.  Both agree that he’s among the best players in his class.  Since Cal was checking him out, that should probably have been a given.

 – Also worth noting,  Braeden Anderson took an official visit to Kansas Monday.  He remains a target of the Cats as they search for another big man to finish off the 2011 class. 

 – In unrelated news, I don’t think it’s possible for me to be more excited for the Fab Five documentary on ESPN Sunday.  The SEC title game will be fun and Selection Sunday should be exciting, but it’s all just a buildup for that film.  I can’t wait.

That’s it for now.  Stick around today for more pre-Atlanta fun.  It all gets going at 10am on Kentucky Sports Radio when Matt will unleash his greatest rant yet on the University of Louisville administration.  You know you don’t want to miss that.  In the meantime, take note of the fact that Stone Cold Steve Austin returned to the WWE Monday night and it seemed like the whole world stopped to celebrate.  BTI even got so excited that he made a sign…


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

51 Comments for Subway’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Wall2Cousins
    12:04 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Autsin??…lol…wow that is sad!

  2. uk9698
    12:04 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    GO CATS #1

  3. Sad
    12:06 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t believe you’d use this picture the day after Adam Sandler died. Poor taste 🙁

  4. Someone ruin my night and tell me they don’t sell booz @SEC Tourney. If they do my sell it my night will be better.

  5. Oliver Simmons
    12:34 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Is it the worst restaurant on the train too? How about the bus? Surely the worst on the horse and carriage.

  6. Oliver Simmons
    12:35 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    3- not dead.

  7. Sean
    12:37 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Cats are favored in Atlanta and that’s the damn bottom line cuz Stone Cold said so!

  8. _aatchb
    12:57 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Bill Simmons blocked me last year on twitter just after the NBA draft. He went on a rant about Orton and essentially all the UK players on how they did not prove anything, how Orton played so little and his numbers were low. I said whats the diff of Perkins being drafted by Boston out of high school? Whats the difference drafting a kid who avgs massive #’s against HS kids and a kid who is one and done (ie Orton in this case). I also called his draft column shit.

  9. stegbrent
    1:14 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Must be the generation gap because I disliked the Fab Five as much as I hated Vegas two years earlier and this was before they beat Ky. in the final four.(Dale Brown’s injury still haunts me)

  10. bubba
    1:18 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Dude! You really hate Subway. Can say that I disagree with any of your issues.

  11. I
    2:37 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Ironic…subway hate day as well as buy one get one penn station day…go penn station

  12. DuckFriedBillyClyde
    2:38 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I know what you mean about Knight being underrated. When I was listening to the post game show on Sunday, and they said Knight had 19, I was shocked. Somehow, I’d managed to watch the entire game, watched him hit three threes in a row, and didn’t connect that he was the team’s leading scorer. I predict that if he stays next year, his transformation and growth will be similar to Kemba Walker’s between last season and this. Knight will be unstoppable and his name will be on everyone’s tongue. Naismith POY. Write it down.

  13. tdogg4033011
    3:12 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    4) they dont sell booz @ the SEC tourney …. lol

  14. Tiger's Trojan Head Cover
    3:31 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    9. Agreed. But, now that I’ve matured a bit, I can respect what they meant at that time. Basically changed the game a bit. But, if Dale B. didn’t get hurt, you have to wonder….What if?

  15. Bg Cat
    4:18 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Come On Beez, Mickey Ds Is 4 Kids.

  16. AKA cold buckets
    4:53 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I just realized that Eloy’s block was on Steven Pearl. Hahahahahahhahahaha.

  17. MacDaddy
    6:01 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Two filletOfish for $3 is better than $5 footlong.

  18. SexnNursinHomes
    6:08 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I hate Jared from Subway. What a lyin’ b-tard. He walked to Subway everyday till he got skinny? B.S. Subway gave him aids to help him lose the weight. South Park knows the real truth.

  19. ukchampion
    6:42 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    hahahaha the Duke of fast food, thats hilarious

  20. ukchampion
    6:47 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    knight is just not as recognizable a player as Jones. it’s easy for a guard that can shoot to get lost in the mix of Kemba Walker, Pullen, Hansbrough etc, and how many players comparable to Jones are there? very few. I’m not saying Jones deserves more attention, but it’s pretty clear to me why he is talked about more and it has little to do with Maui.

  21. Ukloyal
    6:52 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Knight “captain” of the offense Liggins “captain” of the defense – This team has two leaders that have emerged – just in time!! Go Cats!!

  22. doc lolliday
    7:38 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    cmon beisner…subway is worlds ahead of the disgusting McDonald’s. Mcdonalds is one of the nastiest (food and facility wise) places i go to. In fact…the only place i think i might take micky D’s over is White Castle. and oh yeah…subway people put on gloves before they make a new sandwich…BOOM ROASTED

  23. I can't see the comments
    7:38 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    3- Why the f*** would anybody say someone’s dead when they’re not…? Not cool, not funny, not entertaining. What’s the point? Are people really that stupid nowadays?

    I actually like Subway. The US is the only country where it’s marketed as healthy food… That says a lot about how bad this country eats.

  24. Mr. Obvious
    7:55 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone know where I can watch a replay of the tennessee game. I was traveling and did not get to see it. Help help

  25. Mack
    8:03 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Curse Subway, Praise Arby’s.

  26. SheenMachine
    8:26 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    This post was “Subway” good.

  27. 3 fan
    8:38 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    “he’s the leading scorer on the nation’s best team. Yeah, I said it.” Damn if that don’t sound nice!

    Great post Beis

  28. GummyBear
    8:41 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    17… The Filet-o-fish is the nastiest sandwich in the history of sandwiches. I don’t know how they can use the word fish in its title in good consciense.

  29. Rush3Redux
    8:41 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I used to love Subway, but then they started cutting the bread differently and using different suppliers where the ingredients weren’t as good (i.e., their mayonnaise is now disgusting, where it used to be good). Now every time I eat it, I get sick. That never used to happen. Subway blows.

  30. 5 dollar turd
    8:46 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I have a new respect for you Beez. You summed up my thoughts on Subway perfectly. I effectively boycotted that joint soon after those annoying “5 dollar footlong” commercials started, and were played like twice every commercial break. Ugh! I wanted to throw my remote through the TV every time they came on. McDonald’s forever.

  31. ibleedblue4UK
    8:46 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Jimmy Johns is by far the best. Subway cant compare

  32. SheenMachine
    8:47 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    There is nothing on earth as good as a suitcase full of sliders from Whitecastle.

  33. 5 dollar turd
    8:49 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Plus, as others have stated, Subway isn’t that good to begin with.

  34. UKLove
    8:53 am March 8, 2011 Permalink – Gotta Love the Love. Boogie and PPat. UK boys forever.

  35. Champ
    8:53 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    31 why have jimmy johns when you can have a HOT and TOASTY sub at quiznos. No brainer.

  36. Cats R Back
    8:56 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I too, loathe Subway.

  37. bluesince66
    8:57 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    The best sub has to be Firehouse with a close second to Penn Station. I have a hard time finding the meat on a Subway sub.

  38. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:01 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    The Fab 5 never even won a Big 10 title, and those guys where paid hundreds of thousands of dollars from their boosters.

  39. Blueburg
    9:03 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Subway- extra big bun, extra lettuce and that weird smell they have. And on top of that, they have the biggest fake jerk in the garage area as their driver- Carl Edwards. What’s not to love about Subway?

  40. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    9:07 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    37-Firehouse is awesome. So glad they came to Nashville.

  41. Brent Oaks
    9:09 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    My fiancee is a subway franchisee and she informed me that Subway passed Mcds in # of units 7 years ago. As a matter of we met at her Subway. All of her employees not only wash their hands but wear gloves. She averages health scores near 100 and business has never been better. I enjoy your “hate days” and for the most part your website. I am on here daily as our her sons and I would say we are rabid UK honks. I know that you guys could care less what someone down in bumpkin Scottsville thinks. However, just keep in mind that franchisees are individuals and don’t take to kindly to KSR bashing their way of feeding their families. By the way, i have had my picture taken with Jared and he is pretty cool for being from Indiana, so put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!!

  42. Aldous Snow
    9:10 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I think the whole “$2 burning a whole in my pocket, gotta get breakfast…I…” Subway radio slogan is much more annoying than the $5 Dollar footlong commercials. At least you can add the phrase “in my pants” to the $5 footlong slogan and it is somewhat catchy.

  43. bung
    9:15 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    1948 UK = Fabulous Five NcAA Champs…Olympic Champs….aint no other……

  44. bung
    9:19 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Fab five stole the name from 48 uk team

  45. Harley Wells
    10:02 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Lenny’s is the best sub place!!

  46. paul
    10:16 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    and Mash was never paid .. lol. wonder who paid for the BMW he drove at UK.

  47. Diller
    10:29 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    You all have obviously never had a Potbelly sub. Far and away THE BEST!

  48. UK'S #1 FAN
    10:29 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    I dont think its fair to either player to compare them to each other. John Wall is what last years team needed because he was a threat to drive and open up the middle for our interior players and Brandon is definitely what this team needs (especially with our lack of a legit post presence), a perimeter leader with smarts and can absolutely shoot the lights out. I believe Brandon has done more with less and he should be names the SEC Player of the Year, its a disgrace that he isnt given the credit he deserves after playing an entire college season , yet Kyrie Irving is supposedly the best pg in college bball after 8 games ( he hasnt played one ACC game) We all have seen what has happened to Terrence after those coaches begin scouting and planning for you… Put Brandon on last year’s team and who knows what wouldve happened and the same with Wall on this years team. I enjoyed watching Wall , but I enjoy watching Brandon more because of where he has come from and the growth of this team (Miller, Jorts, Liggins really have developed and settled into their roles, hell even Vargas have gotten better). This team wasnt expected to do that much, especially after Kanter was ruled ineligible and to see them come together is why I watch college Basketball. Say what you want about Cal, but this is by far his best coaching job!

    Brandon Knight- The Rodney Dangerfield of College BBALL…….

    See you all in CATLANTA!! Go Big Blue!

  49. Joe
    10:32 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone ever notice that Kevin Galloway and Terrence Jones look oddly similar? Especially in their UK jerseys

  50. reality
    10:44 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    The filet-o-fish is awesome.

  51. Wildcats#8
    11:36 am March 8, 2011 Permalink

    Amen #47, Potbelly subs crush the competition! Heading to Chicago for the McD’s game and my first stop will be to get a Potbelly sub.