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The Comstock Act’s Thursday News and Views

Yeah, you read that right.  No wrestlers, broken down MLBers or tiger-blooded actors this morning.  We’re going educational making Matt Jones sit up and smile in his grave (he is dead, right?).  Today we get going by saluting the 138th anniversary of the Comstock Act, known in academic circles as the awkward acne-faced brother of the BYU Honor Code.  The law made it illegal for any “obscene, lewd and/or lascivious” materials to be sent through the mail, which temporarily shut down the Herald-Leader’s operations. 

And that about sums it up.  Hope you took notes.

Now onto a few UK notes…

 – It’s all high fives and hugs around the Kentucky basketball program now that he Cats have reeled off two straight wins against the two teams ahead of them in the SEC East and they have a fairly good chance of still getting a bye in the SEC Tournament.  One question that still remains though is who can the Cats count on as a go-to guy?  Calipari spoke about it after the game Tuesday and noted that finding a “go-to” guy isn’t just an offensive thing and the Cats need to find someone that can get the big stops too.  There’s no question that Brandon Knight is the closest thing to that player that this team has and he’s been saying all the things you want to hear from your star and catalyst despite missing some game-winning shots this season.  Just as was the case with the road issues and the problems in close games, it only takes one made shot for this team to feel confident again that they have their closer. 

 – With an off day on Wednesday, Kentucky’s coaches stopped in to visit Braeden Anderson, the big man who was formerly committed to DePaul.  The Cats want to add a big man to their 2011 class and Anderson and juco forward Stan Simpson appear to be the two primary candidates.  Anderson said Wednesday that he is down to Kansas and Kentucky and would decide in a few weeks between the two.  He is expected to visit the Jayhawks in a few weeks.

 – Speaking of recruiting, we had’s main brain in charge, Evan Daniels by for a live blog and he said that he believes UK’s three top targets for 2012 are Shabazz Muhammad, Andre Drummond and Archie Goodwin.  While those are the three at the top of the wish list, Daniels also threw out a name they’re pushing after that we haven’t heard much about.  Five-star power forward Brandon Ashley rates high on their list of targets, as well.  Ashley is rated by Scout as the top power forward in the 2012 class and holds scholarship offers already from the Cats, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.  If he wants to play his televised games when someone is actually watching, you can assume the Cats are favorites.  If there are other things in play, it becomes less certain, I suppose.

 – As far as the actual game goes this weekend, Kentucky and Tennessee will enter the game on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum.  While the Cats seem to be emerging from their funk, the Vols appear to be entering the deepest pile of ish yet, thanks to dropping five of their last seven games and Bruce Pearl’s fate appearing to be more grim by the day.  Even worse, after the loss to Mississippi State Saturday, Bruce Pearl challenged his team to show more leadership.  Point guard Melvin Goins responded by taking a shot at his coach and saying the Vols have a leadership problem “from the top, all the way down”.  Sounds like they’re all on the same page for Sunday.

 – Adding to the uncertainty for the Vols is the injury to Brian “Pig” Williams, who will sit out against South Carolina with an injured back.  His status is not known for the Kentucky game, but it’s Kentucky and it’s their Senior Day.  Safe money is on him playing.  That’s the only way you get to eat the postgame spread.

 – It wasn’t surprising, but it was still not what you hoped for as Georgia pounded LSU Wednesday night.  As you’re probably already sick of hearing, the Cats need Georgia to lose (home against Alabama) or Vandy to fall to Florida in order for a three-way tie to be avoided in the SEC East race.  Either way, they will know their fate heading into Sunday’s game with Tennessee, where a win is needed in every scenario. 

 – I make no apologies for my unhealthy fascination with where Billy Gillispie will end up next year.  After all, we’re BFFs now.  But the man who seems to contantly have the most updates on the subject, SportsByBrooks, said Wednesday night that Gillispie has not received one phone call yet about any jobs.  He did note that he expects Clyde to eventually end up at Texas Tech, where he’s very close with boosters, but it’s still surprising to me that no one is even floating out some feelers to him.  Or, maybe it’s not.  Actually, I can understand it.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned throughout the day as we get things going for Tennessee Hate Day Friday.  Matt will be joined on Kentucky Sports Radio by JT and The Sklar Brothers, which is equally odd and awesome.  He promised me he’d ask if they’d be funnier if they were conjoined.  Make sure you check it out.  In the meantime, try to caption this picture.  Or, if you’re Jerry Tipton or Alan Cutler, try not to be scared by it.


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

57 Comments for The Comstock Act’s Thursday News and Views

  1. mocha
    11:51 pm March 2, 2011 Permalink

    Clyde is dreaming of two keys.

  2. Keep on keepin on
    11:53 pm March 2, 2011 Permalink

    Gillispie looks like ish….wonder if he really has quit the bottle

  3. AKA cold buckets
    11:54 pm March 2, 2011 Permalink

    He’s daydreaming about Dr. Pepper and peanut butter crackers

  4. tdogg4033011
    11:56 pm March 2, 2011 Permalink

    1) lol

  5. Scott
    12:01 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Brown: Why do I smell Bourbon?
    Gillispie: I wonder where I can go golfing later on tonight

  6. AlanFromTheHangover
    12:07 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Brian Williams will play…When Kentucky comes to town injuries disappear and suspensions are lifted

  7. Kentucky14
    12:15 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Why do we need Georgia to lose? Doesn’t it default to record against SEC East teams?

  8. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    12:17 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Larry Brown: “You know me and Coach Cal are really good friends.”
    BCG (shakes head and sobs)

  9. ukslamdunk
    12:19 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    (BCG) Mmmmmm cheese…I love Doritoes!!!
    (LB) If you wants to get with me, there’s some things you need to know….”I like my beats real fast and my base down low!!!”

  10. Kentucky14
    12:32 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Nevermind…I see that for a 3 way tie, it goes to the record within the group of 3…which would give Vandy the 2 seed.

  11. CatFan-n-TN
    12:35 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Brian Williams will not play at SC, he didn’t board the bus today when the team left for SC.

  12. Chris Thomas
    12:36 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    BCG: Larry, Larry. Hey, Larry. Larry. So… how tough were those guys at practice when you went? huh? Not tough at all I betcha!

    Larry: [shakes head] Shut up, Billy.

    *picture snaps*

  13. catbalue
    12:58 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Larry Brown: Geeesh Billy, Im sorry…I didn’t mean to step on your peanut butter crackers or knock over your 2 liter jug of Dr. Pepper, but did you have to sit them right in the floor?

    Billy clyde: Can’t wait til half time. I’m gonna lock this guy in the bathroom stall.

  14. BPsycho
    1:02 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    #9 lmao

    #11 There was a bag check, so Williams and his weed split.

    BCG: So Larry, Any luck getting me an assistant coaching position at KY?

    LB: No luck, the spot was filled by Enes Kanter, and this dude named Jerry kept trying to get me kicked off campus.

    BCG: God I freakin hate that Jerry Tipton!

    BCG: *starts biting nails*

    LB: I wonder if the concessions have any Werther’s Original?……

  15. J
    1:11 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    B. Ashley also played AAU with Wiltjer

  16. topshelfyaknow
    1:11 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    wait a second…i thought billy coached at UK. hummmm….

  17. Billy Clyde
    1:50 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    I never knew A&M was my premier coaching position

  18. Rlog
    2:51 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Is BCG crying?

  19. SexnNursinHomes
    5:42 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    14-hahahah. goo stuff there!

    A lil’ tidbit about KSR’s Beis. In 2005, he violated BYU’s Comstock Act when he sent Molly Meegan, a BYU student, butt-necked photos of himself in clown make-up. True Story.

  20. cat_fan_4ever
    5:58 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    16 and 17, chill out before you make this a case of ESPN hates UK by putting that. They were only pointing out that Larry Brown was a former coach of Kansas and BCG was a former A&M coach because they were at the Kansas/Texas A&M game!!!! Get it, they were both former coaches of the teams on the floor??

    As for the caption, its really quite simple: LB farted and it reminded BCG of Alan Cutler and we know BCG has nightmares of Cutler farting on him and chasing him down

  21. wheeler
    7:30 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    LB(thinking): Please don’t let me be seen with him, Oh god cameras, NO!!!!!
    Billy Clyde (thinking): I never freebase cocaine. Unless I am setting with Larry Brown.

  22. knowledge
    7:37 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Clyde: These AA meetings are getting to me man!
    LB: Who the f*#% are you?

  23. cracka
    7:40 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    start the rumor that jimmer drinks tea on sundays

  24. barn
    7:41 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    bcg: that bitch better not try to interview me at halftime. larry: hope that bitch doesn’t try to interview him at halftime.

  25. jay
    7:52 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Bcg- “God I wish I had a mint julip right now!”

  26. DOM PAPA
    7:55 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Even ESPN won’t acknowlege that I was the head coach at Kentucky!

  27. Megan
    8:05 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Billy, trying to keep it together after Larry broke up with him in public.

  28. WildCobb Salad
    8:10 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    It’s interesting his caption says former aTm coach, not UK. I know it was a Big 12 game, but it’s still weird.

  29. ibleedblue4UK
    8:19 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    26/28. This was at the Texas A&M/Kansas game, therefore they were both coaches of the 2 teams on the floor

  30. Does anyone have an info online for Cats fans heading to Atlanta next week. @uch as pep rallys and parties.

  31. Tree Hugger
    8:43 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    BCG should shave his jaw and not his eybrows. Weird look for him.

  32. ThankfulCat
    8:50 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Thompkins most likely out Saturday vs Bama. Some kind of toenail thing like Chipper jones had all the time……………………….

  33. BigBluDrew
    8:57 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    It looks very likely we could have a 4 way tie with Vandy, UK, GA, and TENN. With TENN getting the 2 seed, dang.

  34. Bert&Ernie
    8:59 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Georgia plays AT Alabama this Saturday

  35. tombanjo
    8:59 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    i’m moving on to chelsea handler’s new show..

  36. jdhuck
    9:03 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    @ Old Man –
    Catlanta indeed!

  37. Kidnut
    9:05 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Billy: “So I hear you can get your dipstick wet in this place.”

  38. Burlington_UK_fan
    9:16 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    BCG: “Don’t cry Billy. You’re tough. You’re tough. You’re tough……”
    Brown: “Jesus, what a p###y. Go sit in the bathroom stall at halftime, jerk.”

  39. Ryan Murphy
    9:28 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    BCG: “I need a drink.”
    Brown: “I need a drink.”

  40. Ben
    9:34 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    If Billy get a job any place, they are just plain stupid for hiring him! If you want inferior recruiting, player abuse and a coach getting drunk, then he is your man. I see absolutely no positives in hiring him. A school would have to be extremely desperate to make that decision.
    Why do schools not do a better job of researching candidates, before the make the hire?

  41. RevRandyJ
    9:40 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner, 2nd time you’ve been wrong on UGA’s schedule. Last night’s game was at home vs LSU, they have to win on the road at Alabama.

  42. Dom Papa II
    9:47 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Shape up Beisner, or we launch the “We Miss Matt Canoe”.

  43. Jorts Day Everyday!
    10:00 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    BCG- Hey Larry, were not in Kansas anymore are we?!?

    Larry- Dumbass WE ARE in Kansas!!

    BCG- Damn and I had been saving that joke all day!!

    Larry- (thinks) If this idiot talks anymore I would be willing to lock myself into a bathroom stall

  44. jkw1974
    10:11 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Perfect job for Billy would be Southern Illinois. It will be open after the MVC Tournament, I think….

  45. jlragweed
    10:14 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    BCG: That Dr. Pepper and Jack before the game was NOT a good idea….its a long way to the crapper.
    LB: I don’t know who this guy is, but I’m tired of him saying my questions are stupid and mumbling about cell phones, waffle house, and some guy named Jorts in stall 2.

  46. gocats123
    10:32 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Larry: Why did they sit me next to this drunken idiot?
    BCG: I wonder if Larry will drive me to the bar after the game?

  47. Honor Code
    10:33 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    It sure is funny how the BYU ticker is up under BILLY CLYDE. Talk about Honor Code–wow!

  48. tim
    10:51 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    bcg: I don’t wike you warry. You a big mean buwwy!
    lb: Hand over your d*mn “lunch money” before the “teacher” gets back!

  49. dwb69
    11:00 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    brown and gg both suck up the place and need to be on medication glad he didnt put down that was ever at ky he embarrassed me enough lioving in ind!!!i was tortured repeatedly!!!but a new dawn is here!!!go big blue!!!!

  50. Emmert still sucks
    11:54 am March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Just like Eddie Sutton, no record of BCG ever coaching exists. His tenure has been wiped from the archives/record books. Almost like he was never born.

  51. Just saying
    12:02 pm March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Brown: Howd I get stuck by this douche?
    Gillispie: I think I ished my pants

  52. Larry Brown
    12:06 pm March 3, 2011 Permalink

    I go to UK and hang out with Calipari, when I come to KU I gotta be an AA sponsor

  53. cwc
    12:20 pm March 3, 2011 Permalink

    BCG: Hey, Uhhh?
    Larry: No! Don’t drink that around me or you can go sit in the stall!

  54. Debbie
    12:53 pm March 3, 2011 Permalink

    Larry is wondering… “how in the hell did I get the seat next to this guy?”

  55. Massielo
    1:47 pm March 3, 2011 Permalink

    LB: Where is that jackwagon that gave this ticket?
    BCG: I’m glad I ran into Steve outside…. This seat has great perks!

  56. KyTom
    3:03 pm March 3, 2011 Permalink

    My gosh…I wish they served alcohol in here…..

  57. Gillispie
    4:41 pm March 3, 2011 Permalink

    hmmmm…all those cheerleaders and I get stuck with grandpa as a wingman