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Sunday Morning Letdown Links


So close, yet so far. The hangover from what almost was hit me like a ton of bricks this morning. Trust me, going in I was as un-optimistic as the next guy, but after seeing that Kentucky football team play in the first half against South Carolina — with a sense of passion and intensity we haven’t seen in a long time — I was just about ready to call the upset complete with well over 30 minutes left in the game.

Then, perhaps as a bit of foreshadowing of what was to come, pitiful clock management and a freshman showing his youth closed out the half missing out on points. Kentucky was inside the ten-yard line with under a minute to play, and were knocking on the door of a 24-7 halftime lead. Not so fast, as a fumble led to the clock expiring.

South Carolina remembered they were the No. 6 team in the nation and the rest is history.


— Joker Phillips was proud of his team and the effort they showed, “The thing we did was play with total focus.”

— With a strong first-half showing against South Carolina, is the only thing now lacking from the program fan support?

— Attendance at the game was 49,810. The second lowest total of the season, topped only by the Kent State game which drew a little over 48,000. The decline on fan numbers gets steeper.

— Southern Mississippi is winless and statistically among the worst teams in college football. Louisville needed a heroic effort late in the game to win, 21-17. When Western Kentucky played the same Southern Miss team and blew the Golden Eagles out, 42-17. Are the Hilltoppers the best team in the state? You could make an argument now.

— The Kentucky volleyball team is fresh off its upset of No. 25 Tennessee in Memorial Coliseum last week. They will return to action today against Auburn seeking a third consecutive conference victory.

The men’s soccer team is riding its longest winning streak in four years as they open up Conference USA play (that’s right, men’s soccer plays in C-USA), hosting Memphis this afternoon. The four-game win streak is the longest since 2009.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

39 Comments for Sunday Morning Letdown Links

  1. BlueCat
    10:06 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    First two paragraphs are just loser talk. Fire Joker and hire Petrino or Leach and get on with it. This year is a wash and there is no way to make it prettier.

  2. Jezz
    10:07 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Proud of his team ?

    Oh yeah let’s not talk about the fact that they lost the second half 31-0…

  3. BlueCat
    10:09 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    2. Petrino has been my first choice but I watched Mike Leach being interviewed at halftime of last night’s game, WSU against Oregon, and he would be a great character to have at the school. He is a John Madden type and would be very interesting and fun to have here. And he makes whatever team he has better and fun to watch. Do the right thing Mitch and save our football program!

  4. Really?
    10:12 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Really? UL is by and far the best team in the state. Did you watch the replays from their game? They might as well have been playing in a kiddie pool there was so much water on the field. Alabama would have had a tough time in that weather.

  5. MHFaulkner
    10:12 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The article posted about “only thing lacking is fan support” is unbelievable.

    So, let me get this straight – we play competitive football for one half against an SEC team and we are supposed to just forget everything and disregard the loss to UL, WKU, and the ass whipping at UF? The true mark of a loser program is a program that embraces celebrating moral victories.

    What is the mark of a program that is deduced to celebrating moral victories for one half of football? Apparently the University of Kentucky football is now the mark of not needing to win a game,but only competing for a half. Absolutely pathetic, enabling, and apologetic journalism.

  6. BlueCat
    10:14 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    5 you are absolutely correct. It’s all loser talk!

  7. What
    10:18 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch fire joker or you can go aswell.

  8. Ksr Spin
    10:21 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The Ksr spin continues, tired of the the excuses and paid shills fire Joker Phillips today

  9. UKBlue1!
    10:21 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Lost in the fact of last nights game. UK played a great 1st half but USC didn’t show up till the second half. I sat there in the stands and you could see they were going through the emotions. Spurrier made adjustments (aka, paint probably peeled off the wall) at half time and the rest is history. Joker, Sanders, and Minter are NOT able to do this.

    The freshman quarterback looked good. He should start and play the rest of the year. It be nice to see the team run a package with him and Smith.

    Also, its never good to use Soccer or a Volleyball big win to off set our Football teams miserable season. Always mention #8 is great or a recruiting tid-bit.

  10. realitysetsin
    10:24 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I hope Mitch goes ahead and hires Petrino, so when UK football still can’t compete with the big boys in the SEC all you complainers will shut the @#$% up.

    It is not about a “commitment” or getting a “big name” coach, it is about a poor recruiting base, 60 years of futility, the best conf. in America, and a basketball school.

  11. come on
    10:24 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Enough moral victory crud, and enough with trying to make the fan base feel better by dog talking louisville. I was rooting for southern miss, but the dirty cards were playing in pouring rain and still got the w. Until we upgrade facilites and hire a real coach, nothing will ever change. Louisville got it right. Good facilities and a home run hire.

  12. JOhn
    10:28 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    You think the fan base has given up ? If joker isn’t fired it will get much worse and never recover.Nothing good can come of keeping joker. Hes probably a nice guy, but hes not a football coach.

  13. People
    10:29 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Get off his nuts ksr and call joker out for what he is before you lose all creditably. The fans made you and this is how we get repaid, this site is a total sell out

  14. CatGrad7072
    10:32 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a good think we played with total focus or the second half 31-0 beating would have been worse.
    Either Joker doesn’t think before he speaks or he runs a full-time fantasy camp between his ears.

  15. WildcatDJ
    10:32 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah…it’s the fans fault we’re so awful. What a loser.

  16. CatGrad7072
    10:38 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The ‘Ultimate Letdown’, to use your headline, will be when UK replaces Joker with another scrub coach on the cheap.

  17. BlueCat
    10:40 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    10 but we’ve never tried getting a REAL coach. Brooks was okay but in the back stretch of his career. Let’s try it with full intensity, once at least, and let the chips fall. Your comment is speculation and loser talk.

  18. FrigFullofBeer
    10:44 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    We really need to get Kirby Smart from Alabama… Don’t forget that big 2 stars TE Kentucky got last night!!

  19. Big T
    10:45 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    This site has jumped the shark

  20. Catsfan97
    10:46 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    If you poop yer pant and stay in dirty diaper all day you will get a rash of poo which will make you smell like dump for the rest of your life….. Then go to your friend and say “Hey pal smell my poo’! Then eat it!

  21. Doubting Thomas
    11:01 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Does the head coach really mean that much to a program? Let me think… We had Billy G. and the national press were writing us off as no longer a player in the chase for a National Championship. I can remember comments that included UK is dead, no longer relevant, not a top tier program, and so on. We get Calapari and our program changes almost overnight. We are not the PREMIER program in college basketball. We need a coaches or better yet a group of coaches that can bring in the players we need to be competitive. If we continue like we are, look for Towles to leave (Could you blame him?) and the fanbase to totally abandon the program. Who really gets excited about a loser and a dismal future with no change in sight?

  22. Doubting Thomas
    11:02 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Meant to say we are now the Premier program in college basketball.

  23. barn
    11:05 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    but we Are the moral victors

  24. catfan2000
    11:06 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Why does everyone keep calling for Leech and Petrino? Both have major character issues and Leech is NOT a big name. Put money into facilities and go after a successful big name coordinator, I.e. Louisville and Charlie Strong. Hello Kirby Smart

  25. Explorer
    11:06 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Two points – first you can’t judge this team against a team like SC. They are one of the top teams in the country. And we have team with many freshman playing. Taken into context they performed fairly well. Second, the team has improved significantly since the UL game. No one can deny that.

    We have seven games left. Five of them(throw our Georgia and Samford) will be the real test of how much we have improved and the chance for Joker to keep his job.

  26. BlueCat
    11:11 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    25 improved significantly since the U of L game. LOL! Did you not watch Florida and WKU? Just because SC didn’t show up in the first half doesn’t mean we have improved.

    One point-that’s loser talk!

  27. barn
    11:11 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    25–??what? you can’t judge this team against a team like sc? hello. sc is in the SEC. UK plays in the SEC. who do you think our team should be judged against? kent? western?

  28. Rixter
    11:14 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    If Louisville stepped up in class to a mediocre opponent, they would get drilled. Good thing for them they only play the bottom 10% of teams until the last game of the year.

  29. Rixter
    11:17 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody who thought UK really had a chance in that game, even at halftime, is delusional. USC is a, a GREAT team, who came in over-confident and extremely flat. Kentucky is a very bad team. talent UK has is inexperienced. Bad teams don’t beat great SEC teams. Ever.

  30. SEC
    11:36 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    You people keep talking about Mike Leach. Mike Leach isn’t a big time coach. He got ran out of Texas Tech for treating his players like sh!t. And as far as Charlie Strong and the Dirty Birds go, they haven’t played anyone worth a sh!t. Come join my conference and see how many wins they would have. Until UK is ready to upgrade its facilities and throw the bank at a big time coach they’re gonna be at the bottom of my conference.

  31. Matt in Franklin
    11:39 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Seems strange to me how often our starting QB goes down when we play Spurrier, anybody else thinks he plants a seed before the game in those big uglies up front on their D? I think Whitlow starts next week, and if the coaches are not installing a package for him, like they did for Roark against TN, then they are idiots! Just 6 plays, run left, run right, run middle and play action off all three of these…they don’t have to reinvent the wheel, just a small package to take advantage of the kids skill…just sayin…

  32. Disenchanted
    11:42 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe I just wasted 3 minutes reading that drivel on wildcatbluenation that you linked to. It reads like a grade school essay on Kentucky football written by a 9 year old girl. Wow. Lyndsey Gough is definitely a KSR-quality writer.

  33. rukidding?
    11:50 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing this program is lacking is fan support? Did I read that correctly?

    There are dumb statements and there are dumb statements….

    Let me collect myself as I think of other possible things that might be lacking…
    1. A win over WKU;
    2. Just showing up against UF;
    3. A winning SEC record once in 3 decades;
    4. Beating U of L without Kragthorpe;

    Despite these things, UK has long been Top 25 in attendance. The ONLY thing this program has had for decades is fan support.


  34. ukcat1
    1:08 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Is the attendance reported paid attendance or butts in the seats?

  35. ukcat1
    1:09 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Could UK hire Tressell now and have him sit out his 5 games this year?

  36. playersfan
    1:30 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing we need now is fan support? What about coaching your quarterback how to adjust in those “Oh S—“, moments it not his first game ever. Secondly, how can you have 50 seconds on the clock, 1st down, one time out and only get off two weak plays, and have time expire? Also, with KY recovered the fumble with 5 seconds to go, it was a first down, the referee was waving to stop the clock for first down, the clock never stopped, and coaching staff with their head into the game would have questioned that. Previously on 1st down at the 5 yard line, two plays in the middle, for nothing, kick a field goal. The team played outstanding, but the game management was bad. Why do you take 20 seconds to call a play from the bench, then call a time out? Excuses from the coaches is all we get, now its the ans fault!

  37. Joe
    2:09 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    @34, must be paid attendance. I sat next to two guys at the bar last night and watched the game and they are season ticket holders. They even showed me their tickers. They are refusing to go because of Joker/Barnhart. Wait until Keeneland next Saturday. Going to be hard for UK to say the attendance is 49,000, when the lower level is not even filled.

  38. caats
    3:04 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    20- ???????

  39. Garmaster
    7:46 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    4. Did Southern Miss get to play on a dry field or did they play in the same conditions Louisville did?