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The Happy Ending To The Tony Woods Story

Shortly before the the world wondered what the heck happened at Meijer, the Kentucky basketball world spent the early summer months in a tizzy as they debated the possibility of Tony Woods landing in Lexington as a John Calipari rehabilition project.  And while we may never know what went down in Meijer that day after the new job, the answer to the great Tony Woods Debate of 2011 is starting to take shape.

By now, we all know Woods’ story.  Five-star player out of high school that spent two somewhat disappointing seasons at Wake Forest before leaving school after allegedly breaking his girlfriend’s spine in a domestic dispute.  Woods committed to Louisville, inciting a million jokes from this side of the rivalry, before opening things up and really getting close to becoming a Cat.  I mean, really, really close.

So, naturally, when you throw top recruit + domestic violence + Louisville and Kentucky + long summer months into your nerd-fighting formula, you’ll come out with one of the most polarizing subjects KSR has ever seen.  If you thought Kentucky should pass on him, you were a heartless racist.  If you thought he deserved a chance at UK, it was because you thought beating up women was cooler than Freddie Jackson sipping a milkshake in a snowstorm.  Great nerd-fights don’t allow for any middle ground and everyone trolls extra hard.  And that was the case with Tony Woods this summer. 

And adding to the spice was the almost weekly changes in his status.  He was coming.*  He wasn’t coming.*  He was coming after he finished his school work.*  He wasn’t coming at all.*  People close to Woods were linking him to UK and then singing a different tune as soon as the next day.  And in the end, the Cats seemed to back off (possibly driven by the reaction of the fans) and Woods ended up selling his soul to the Swoosh and signing with Oregon.  Heartless Racists 1, Fans of Domestic Violence 0.

So what’s happened with Tony Woods since you last called a fellow Cat fan a wife-beater in the KSR comments section?  Not a whole lot, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  He’s averaging 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and is shooting 52% from the field in about 17 minutes per game.  The Ducks are 10-4 and could fight their way into contention in a downright terrible PAC-12 conference.  More importantly, he hasn’t gotten into any trouble and absolutely no one is talking about his past issues or debating whether or not he deserves to be wearing a Division-1 uniform.  Tony Woods is just being Tony Woods and enjoying (I assume) playing college basketball and a return to normalcy.

And Kentucky?  Well, the Cats are the second-best team in the country according to the coaches and the media, two of the more credible demographics in the world, and the team that Jeff Goodman called Calipari’s best in terms of talent and character seems to be rolling along as a band of bros.  Could they find room for a 250-pound center in the rotation?  Maybe.  But unless he can run the point and stretch the defense with his three-point shooting, I’m not sure Tony Woods would make that much of a difference at all.

But maybe the most important part of the Tony Woods story is that we all already forgot about him.  This is a fanbase as impassioned as any non-violent group on the planet and the story that we all fought so fiercely about this summer has already faded out of our minds.  And that’s exactly why this story has a happy ending.  Kentucky really didn’t need Tony Woods, but, more importantly, Tony Woods especially didn’t need Kentucky.  I’m sure the bright lights and the glamour of UK were a sexy temptress for Woods and even if the staff here made the decision for him, ending up at Oregon was the right spot.  And it’s not about points or rebounds or blocked shots.  It’s about getting a second chance that doesn’t come with asterisks or qualifiers.  It’s about being a part of the team and not being a media-driven distraction.  At Kentucky, no matter how great his behavior was or how many times Calipari sang his praises, he was still going to be a headline.  Now, he’s just another college basketball player.  And if Woods does end up as a guy the national media is writing about, it’s because he will have earned it and because there will be a new story to tell, not just because he decided to play basketball at Kentucky for John Calipari.

So, yes, the season is still early, but I think we’re already seeing the start of a happy ending to the Tony Woods story.  And at the very least, we’ve all stopped fighting with each other around here and lobbing over-the-top insults at each other.  Which reminds me…

….how about that Barack Obama?

*That’s what she said.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

38 Comments for The Happy Ending To The Tony Woods Story



  1. knightynight
    8:21 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    you need to go back to posting more often…



  2. Walter Sobchak
    8:22 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    beisner, please post more often



  3. Mr. Appraiser
    8:22 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Nice



  4. Walter Sobchak
    8:23 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    haha, you read my mind #1



  5. Calipari'sInYourEar
    8:24 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Sit Teague on the bench.

    Lamb, Miller, Gilchrist, Jones, Davis

    The best 5 on our team.

    Sub Wiltjer and Vargas as needed. Possibly work in Twanny if fouls become an issue.

    When Teague breaks and apologizes to Calipari for being a $#!+ lip, then he can get a chance to play a contributing role to the team.



  6. Accatant
    8:24 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    first



  7. Hal
    8:27 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    pretty sure beez has more times on his hands to post more now that his kid moved out immediately after this post:
    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=104883



  8. Accatant
    8:27 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Set Terrance Jones on the pine and bring in Woods. TJ has digressed more than any player I can remember at UK. He is a selfish me player that won’t amount to anything in the NBA. He gets blocked like 10 times a game at the college level and will get blocked continuously at the next level. Last year we went to the final 4 in spite of TJ. I hope we don’t loose it this year because of him.



  9. MemphisCat
    8:32 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    If Tony Woods had came to UK he would be under the microscope so much the media would stay on his past and if he played well for the CATS, we are for domestic violence like “B” stated, if he is a flop he is a abuser with Eloy skills. ONLY UK is news in college basketball, if we had the issues UCONN has had that is all that would be printed 24/7. Good article!



  10. Cheese
    8:38 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Barack Hussien Obama Sucks



  11. Tomas
    8:41 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    You all are some of the most hateful people I have ever seen.



  12. BigBlueWestCoast
    8:44 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Great post, Beis. Obama rocks. Comment trolls suck Santorum.



  13. Snoop
    8:49 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Rick Santorum can eat a big fat d!ck



  14. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:54 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t the UK women win their basketball game tonight?



  15. Dr. Phil
    8:57 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    It is great that he has not broke his girlfriends back again yet.



  16. Truth
    9:01 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Cal had his Memphis squads loaded with prison thugs like woods.



  17. Thanks for my refund Fan outfitters?
    9:02 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    10- Thank you



  18. Doctor
    9:13 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb looks like he is always dirty. Maybe he gave up bathing, or he is on dope.



  19. nolablue
    9:24 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    To those of you young white males who keep begging TB to post… please realize that there
    are women who read KSR. Women who don’t think the VERY thinly veiled misogyny
    is FUNNY. How Matt Jones thinks this is acceptable is beyond me. TB could be a
    great writer if he could just get over his mommy issues. : [



  20. Champ
    9:30 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with 1, 2, 3, 4…. Don’t want to completely knock on drew, but beisner and jones’ posts are so much more enjoyable to read



  21. Champ
    9:35 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    19, I, as a young white male am very offended with your post. Or maybe I just can’t take a joke.. I wait, that’s YOU



  22. critical thinker
    9:36 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    impassioned and nonviolent fanbase. i knew the death threats to emmert and cars being vandalized at ul games were all made up. i knew it wasnt true. thank god



  23. critical thinker
    9:40 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    11, damn straight, cause we are uk



  24. tyrus
    9:45 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Nice post!



  25. Ciggy
    10:14 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    i hate any mention of obama, and it seems like an over/under 2 a day, but anyways.

    I had no idea he broke his gf spine, that’s pretty messed up right there. Sort of glad he didn’t come here, but I am glad he seems to be doing good at basketball, I hope he’s doing good at life and that situation wasn’t as bad as it sounds.



  26. bmt22033
    10:47 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Just 380 Days, 13 Hours, 12 Minutes some seconds left…



  27. Me
    10:51 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait till they have to drag Michelle’s big ole badonka donk azz outa the White House when Barry gets kicked to the curb – like a rick pitino floozie…



  28. Tomas
    11:14 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I am not sure why you people hate Obama. He is just like George Bush and every republican. You people call him socialist but he isn’t even liberal. Name one thing Obama has done that is liberal. He extended troops to Afghanistan and Iraq (just like republicans wanted), he does not support gay marriage, he killed Osama bin Laden, he extended the Patriot Act, the health care he passed was the same thing Newt Gingrich and the Republicans proposed in the 90’s in response to Hilarycare, he has sanctioned Iran, he bombed Libya, he extended Bush tax cuts, he has lowered taxes to the lowest rate they have been since Eisenhower administration, and he bailed out big corporations just like Bush did.



  29. Tomas
    11:17 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I just don’t understand the hatred. I think to myself the only difference between Obama and Bush is his funny sounding name and the color of his skin. And 27 proves the racist undertones of the hatred. You even hate his wife, for what? Because she goes on Sesame Street and encourages our kids not to eat foods that will kill them by they are 30? You people need to get a life, or do some research.



  30. History Prof
    1:38 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    What happened at Meijers? I just read the replys. Wow, this was like a Soap. Can we keep the messages going like the CBS message board “Memphis, Kentucky and Tennessee Fans?”. historic posts and it ends with a classic from BigNate.



  31. History Prof
    1:40 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    #TeamJennifer.



  32. Jwill-InColumbia
    3:09 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    Good post … you are so money on here! keep up the good work



  33. el homrbe juan
    6:45 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    nice outkast reference….how about “cooler than a polar bears toe nails” next time?



  34. NJCat
    6:47 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    28. 29. Couldn’t have said it any better Tomas. Well done.

    Oh.. and TB, who cares about Tony Woods? Strange topic for a post.



  35. catty
    9:53 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    REALLY nolablue?
    I am a white female, and I think Beisner is hysterical! I love his writing. keep posting TB!



  36. Jones Returns
    11:04 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    He would have gone top 10 in this years draft had he come to Kentucky period… Now he’ll never see the NBA



  37. Cat89
    11:17 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    #28: Obam’s health care plan is not the same and regardless of Rebublican or Dem the Federal Government does not have the “Constitutional”
    athority to mandate it’s taxpaying citizes to purchase any good or service by law. Once that happens Katie bar the door. Can one not agree with
    Bush and Obama? Must we like one or the other? As far as the first lady. Do you really believe all she as done is go on Sesame Street? If so you
    arn’t paying close attention, the norm these days. Beyond that she is as irrelevant as 99% of all first ladies. One thing I do agree with you on is; you’re right Obama is no different; he is a politician not a public servant. Lying, stealing and selling votes. Hope and change my @$$! My advice is don’t vote for anyone twice, period. As far as Woods goes; glad to hear he has moved on and learned a lesson. Not choosing UK was the right choice. Besides off the court
    issues not withstanding we already have a Woods type player, Vargus.



  38. Liberty Tree
    3:45 pm January 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad that when we’re looking back at all those videos of those mobs of fools crying and applauding this incompetent President I will be able to say that I was not one of those idiots that fell for his BS. Naive suckers. You should have voted for RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL

    Oh and Tony Woods was horrible