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The Herald-Leader continues to dig its own grave, almost to six-feet

This political cartoon making fun of John Calipari ran in the Lexington Herald-Leader today and I have a very good feeling it isn’t going to go over well.

I feel sorry for whoever is working the newspaper’s cancellation desk because it’s going to be a busy day on the phones. I hope they packed a lunch.

The Herald-Leader

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

276 Comments for The Herald-Leader continues to dig its own grave, almost to six-feet

  1. Jatt Mones
    10:41 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I honestly can’t believe people still subscribe to that crap paper.

  2. Whysoserious
    10:42 am May 8, 2012 Permalink


    How could you be so dumb to run something like this?

    I don’t have a HL subscription, but I’m going to call and cancel anyways.

  3. I know this
    10:42 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joel Pett, the cartoonist, was a longtime political cartoonist at the Bloomington Herald Telephone (aka the Horrible-Terrible) during the Knight years.

  4. Jarrod Polson is the new Zack Morris
    10:43 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who knew Jerry Tipton could draw?

  5. Keith R.
    10:43 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think it’s time that KSR stops mentioning them in daily news. But you have to have something to put in here, right?

  6. James K
    10:43 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    That’s the most insulting thing I’ve seen from the LHL. I never read their paper, and they are just trying to get people to come to the site. Unbelievable. If Cal threatened to shut them out before, what is it going to be like now?

  7. GrumpyOldDude
    10:44 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    They even have John Clay jumping on the bashing bandwagon today…….idiots.

  8. RCS
    10:47 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I generally think fans overreact to the local media, but I must say the HL has taken a pretty negative stance on UK. Tipton really is a caricature this point, coming up with new and creative ways to spin stores to the negative. That said, it has lost almost all of its relevance so I don’t think it really matters.

  9. Allen
    10:47 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    5- If you don’t like it, go to a different website and stop coming to this one.

  10. Used to be a HL reader
    10:49 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Ever since I found KSR, I stopped checking the HL website. Thank you KSR, and R.I.P. HL.

  11. ltothaj1
    10:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    WOW, are they trying to put the Herald under? unbelievable

  12. Num1CatFan
    10:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Herald Mis-Leader

  13. JMF
    10:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Just dumb business move on HL’s part. They wonder why subscription #’s continue to decline.

  14. G
    10:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joel Pett is lucky that he doesn’t have a Twitter

  15. Wow
    10:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The LHL has been irrelevant to me for a long time. I don’t read it, link to it, or think about it.

  16. MKG Fan
    10:50 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Time to short sell LHL stock.

  17. catcard202
    10:51 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    IMO, UK should just disassociate themselves from the LHL / any LHL employee & be done w/ it. Revoke all access, deny any request made & be VERY PUBLIC as to WHY the LHL has been banished (via other media avenues).

  18. El Stumperino
    10:51 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Dollar signs on the trophy, that’s uncalled for and totally offensive.

  19. mateotemprano
    10:51 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    was this drawn by joel pett or “not joel pett”?

    never mind– the LHL is incapable of self-deprecating satire…

  20. Jezz
    10:52 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This newspaper needs to die slowly and painfully.

    This is the LEXINGTON Herald Leader. Go away if you want to hate on the University of Kentucky or just accept the bankruptcy that’s coming your way.

  21. appalachianassassin
    10:52 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    WTF? I already didn’t read that paper, because it was too conservative for me….
    But now….wow…just wow…. they omg idk wtf they are thinking?
    I guess they are hoping that they can try to save their dying medium by being outlandish???

  22. RYNO
    10:53 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Email Joel Pett- [email protected]

  23. CalifCatFan
    10:53 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I cancelled my subscription to LHL decades ago. This is a classless cartoon. Shame on LHL.

  24. John
    10:54 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    No surprise here…Pett is from Bloomington and an IU grad. Actually reached out to him to help with a creative cartoon for a symposium on UK campus about 3 years ago and he was total jerk. So what else would you expect.

  25. REAL BLY
    10:54 am May 8, 2012 Permalink


  26. mateotemprano
    10:55 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    i’m thinking of subscribing just so i can cancel.

  27. SteveM
    10:55 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Now more than ever, boycott the HL. Don’t buy any of their advertisers products and let them know as long as they advertise in the HL you will not buy their products.

  28. Jrod
    10:56 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is this a joke? Run in the local paper? What were the editors thinking?

  29. James K
    10:56 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The best thing to say to that cartoonist is

    a) I’ve never thought about your subpar comic strip.
    b) I will never think about it again, and very few people do.

  30. Robbie
    10:57 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I had a subscription to the LHL for many years mostly for the sports and local news. Once i discovered KSR, the sports was unnecessary and with the strong anti UK bias the LHL pushes, I couldn’t justify spending the money to encourage them to keep bashing UK. Why does the paper think its ok to run down one of the great things the state has? Go ahead and bash the horse industry too, LHL. Why stop at UK?

  31. jpizzle
    10:57 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Oh good grief

  32. REAL BLY
    10:58 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    26) well done sir!!!

  33. SalsaKat
    10:58 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I actually wouldn’t be surprised if there are few cancellations because of this, mostly because any person who is enough of a UK fan to be offended by this probably already cancelled their subscription years ago due to an overdose of Tiptonite.

  34. antone316
    10:59 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    That’s terrible! Everybody cancel

  35. joel pett's
    10:59 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, I’m the most ignorant person to walk the face of the Earth. Making ridiculous cartoons is all I can do. I’m like a cat. I do something my owners don’t approve of, then I scamper off to a corner and lick my own butt.

  36. Biglaw Dawgin'
    11:01 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The left half of the cartoon is just a low blow. With that said, newspapers should be able to report the news without bias and report both views of the story. That cartoon is certainly one view. And to be honest, I haven’t heard one good reason why Home/Away is such a bad thing, so the cartoon may be half right (the right half).

  37. RYNO
    11:01 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Apparently, this dude’s got a major problem with UK- his background includes this tidbit,

    “Pett’s cartoon collections are available in four paperback collections, the latest being “Just Don’t Inhale.” Joel Pett is proudest of his college intramural golf title and of shutting out a University of Kentucky basketball player in a game of HORSE. His list of embarrassments is endless.”

  38. bigcat76
    11:01 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #34 Everybody already cancelled

  39. Hoops Malone
    11:02 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I will NOT cancel my subscription today.

    …I cancelled it a long time ago.

  40. Greg
    11:03 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    21 what the heck,to conservative, lol, are you kidding me? Joel Pett is so far left he doesn’t even watch NASCAR because they always turn to the right.

  41. Ridge Runner
    11:03 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I literally feel like someone punched me in the stomach. This is terrible stuff from a Benedict Arnold.

  42. Laker Cat 18
    11:04 am May 8, 2012 Permalink


  43. MikeMan
    11:05 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Let Joel let you know how you really feel..

    P – 859-231-3443 E – [email protected]

  44. Hoops Malone
    11:06 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Could you imagine the fallout if the C-J ran a cartoon poking fun at Ricky?? Guarantee Mock-Turt would pull their media creds for the Yum Center.

  45. Ridge Runner
    11:06 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    43 thx but I’d rather have the editors email addy

  46. Brad
    11:07 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    You didn’t hear? The LHL is offering free courses on how to be an a$$-clown & this IU drop out is teaching it while Jerry Tipton plays piano from the unemployment line! He probably created half of the twitter accounts that were firing on A. Bennett!

  47. areyoukidding
    11:07 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think it is time for a full boycott of the Herald Leader. They have past their usefulness and are completely out of touch with its customer base.

  48. Bob Knight
    11:07 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    What’s wrong with the cartoon?

  49. Call the LHL
    11:07 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    BBN stand up, call LHL let them know how u feel! 859-231-3367 / 800-274-7355 / 859-885-5775. We shouldn’t stand for this! Coach Cal doesn’t deserve that!

  50. UKcat
    11:07 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    piss on the HL and the prejudiced people who work there. Hopefully, they will cease to exist very soon.

  51. UK Jerry
    11:07 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This cartoon is unforgivable. It smacks of harassment. It ranks there with the astrick shirt Nike put out for us. I dropped newspapers two yrs ago. Don’t even read them
    Online. More accurate box scores and info elsewhere. Go find a corner to die in HL and CJ

  52. Horrible
    11:09 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I say we flood this douchebags inbox.

  53. Kentucky Gentleman
    11:10 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    How dumb can they be to let this go out?

  54. ryan
    11:10 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    That’s a shame, he’s actually a very well-respected cartoonist. He’s best known for this climate summit cartoon:

  55. barn
    11:10 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    this is unbelievable. we’ve got the best coach in the land, who not only wins but is able to maintain a team of players who are respectful and academically sound, then to see something like this that is in such poor taste coming from the hometown rag, is appalling

  56. GoCats2
    11:10 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who is the Herald_Leader trying to reach with this cartoon? Talk about not knowing your audience.
    The best thing I can say about the LHL is that the comments section is what led me to KSR over 5 years ago and I have not been back since.

  57. Brad's ipod
    11:10 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I knew it must have been an Indiana fan.

    News Flash– Lousy LHL ceases to exist!

  58. Allen
    11:11 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Ryan, other than last year, the only thing that was interesting about the UK/IU series was Mike Davis totally freaking out. BTW, I’m 27 years old.

  59. Cats By Triple Digits
    11:11 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares??? Haters gone hate.

  60. cccatfan
    11:11 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    He has a facebook page with this cartoon posted on it. Make sure to let him hear about it there too.

  61. CB FOO
    11:11 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    1 word. Stupid.

  62. BCO
    11:12 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Stopped buying it years ago. Their anti-coal and anti-eastern KY stance makes me SICK.

    Ill give you an example. I work in adventure tourism in a southeast KY county. We had a big ATV event that they wanted to do a story on last October. I thought it may help get people down here to it, so I agreed.

    When they ran the story, they misquoted me AND made sure to close out the story with paragraphs about how dangerous ATVs are and how many people they kill a year. I sent them an email ripping them a new one and told them we didnt need their coverage.

    I honestly hate the HL.

    And this…wow. Im honestly speechless they would be stupid enough to let this go through. Hopefully this is the straw that bankrupts the camels back. Go riddance.

  63. Double Bogey
    11:12 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    40. Apparently you don’t watch NASCAR either (not that it matters).

    11:12 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    but HL was quick to capitalize on the tourney win (that they assume will be vacated it seems) with books and a $2 special insert newsprint poster! and plaques!
    yeah, everyone should vacate this POS rag

  65. barn
    11:12 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    40–i’m not a race fan, but doesn’t nascar always turn to the left?

  66. The Voice Of Reason
    11:13 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing that really offends me about this are the dollar signs on the trophy. That’s a cheap shot and slanderous to a great group of kids we had this year.

    I’m sure I’m not the only KSR reader who wishes the home-and-home series with IU continued. And unfortunately, Calipari has had two final fours vacated (whether they were his fault or not is ultimately irrelevant in the eyes of everyone outside the Commonwealth – I think it’s pretty clear that he had no part or responsibility for either violation but that’s the breaks.) But I sure am glad that we have Sandy Bell to make sure that everything is in order.

    In all honesty, Joel Pett is one of the most acclaimed cartoonists in the country and probably the only person worth his weight on the H-L staff, unlike Tipton, Merlene Davis (the worst), and several others. But he should probably stick to politics and lay off the inflammatory basketball stuff. He had to know that this was going to piss a lot of people off.

  67. MadCatter
    11:13 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cancel? I never subscribed to them in the first place! Won’t help flooding Pett’s inbox. He loves the attention. He never gave two craps about the truth. Never will.

  68. freda felcher
    11:13 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty bad when our hometown newspaper knows that UK/Calipari are shady at best.

  69. daniel
    11:14 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    cancel your subscribtion now, what a waste of paper. Its like if the courier bringing up Karen Sypher everytime Pitino accomplshes something.

  70. daniel
    11:15 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    i also believe pett is a IU grad

  71. HugoCabrera
    11:15 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I can think of some pretty “hilarious” cartoons about the death of the LHL. Fight fire with fire, Drew.

    11:15 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    40) c’mon, man. Seriously?

  73. catdawg
    11:16 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t call the LHL and complain start calling their sponsors and complain. Hit them in the DOLLAR SIGNS and see them die.

  74. Catlanta
    11:16 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I cannot wait for traditional newspapers to all die out.

    Why does UK even give these guys press credentials? There is no law saying they have to.

  75. OmahaCatFan
    11:16 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why does the local paper hate so much? I live in Omaha, Nebraska. Our local paper never says a cross word about the Huskers even when they suck. I guess I figured most papers were homers.

  76. hoo hoo hoo
    11:17 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This.. is… AWESOME!

  77. east ky. cat fan
    11:17 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #60- post a link to his fb

  78. Bigbluedoc
    11:18 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This is why I cancelled my subsciption to the rag that these morons call a paper. And if I may add, this is why print media is in hospice care. Arrogant jackasses that don’t understand what pays their bills.

    Go Hell Lexington Herald Leader and take the Courier Journal with you!

  79. clint
    11:18 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This IS the DUMBEST thing the Hearld-Leader (Cheater) has ever done. PURE Stupidity!!!!! Go Kats!!!!

  80. nassua65
    11:18 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    40. you watchin NASCAR in a mirror?

  81. Fail
    11:19 am May 8, 2012 Permalink



  82. Me
    11:19 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I wish the LHL employees would strike, and say until this idiot ‘cartoonist’, tipton, AND the editor are removed, they are not working. These 3 people could (and will) ultimately cost everyone their jobs at the LHL.

    Does any real business still advertise in that paper anymore?

  83. Calipari's Blue Ballers
    11:20 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    How can anything good come from going against BBN? Wow that’s just pitiful.

  84. blitzedanddazed
    11:20 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I cancelled my subscription a long time ago. The LHL could go go bankrupt today I would be happy.

  85. Perd Hapley
    11:20 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I mean, do you really expect the Herald-Leader to be homers for the local team? That’s not journalism. Or maybe the HL is just trolling, which is hilarious.

  86. Old Testament
    11:21 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    68 freda feltcher . . . i drew a picture of you with a fat ass, and a single horn sticking out of your forehead. You were wearing a dunce cap that stated that your IQ was 61. I know all of this just like the HL “KNOWS” that Cal is “shady at best.”

  87. JPhelps
    11:21 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes I think, are they completely unaware that the fans that they are appealing for money for are rabid fans of the team they constantly try to dismantle. Un-freaking-believable. Hope they have fun at the unemployment office because I can’t see them selling ads if people drop their paper. Then my tax money gets to fund them. Fantastic!

  88. Greg
    11:21 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    OMG forgive my brain fart. Got to stop picking that pipe up so early in the day. lol.

  89. RYNO
    11:21 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

  90. Navin
    11:22 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Herald-Leader accomplished what they set out to do. They got people talking about, and all that’s doing is creating more of a buzz for the LHL.

    Negative publicity is better than no publicity at all.

  91. Mike S
    11:23 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The HL has been limping along for a while now. A black-ball from Calipari and Branhart here is an appropriate response to this cheap shot. That should expedite the inevitable demise of this sloppy student newspaper. Its Old Yeller time for the HL.

  92. Perd Hapley
    11:23 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Plus, the idea of political cartoons is to piss people off. If they don’t, the cartoon isn’t doing its job. Looks like this one is doing its job.

  93. Brad
    11:24 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    At least this should take some attention away from Bennett for the time being. Focus you energy on the LHL

  94. Me
    11:24 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah, and if Barnhart doesn’t do something about this – then he is a bigger b!tch than I thought…

  95. beenthere
    11:25 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Instead of cancelling subscriptions why not once a week, until hell freezes over, run a complete list of every advertiser in the rag so the fans can inundate them with the reality and consequences of supporting the LHL….

  96. R Cash
    11:25 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    just another reason NOT to read/subscribe to the HL!

  97. Funny
    11:25 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cracks me up. Tons of people on this website slam UK basketball and football, making comments when they want to, but the newspaper posts a carton and the same people go wild and in an uproar.

  98. Brad
    11:26 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    90. Don’t you think that cartoon is at least appropriate? There is PROOF that Farmer is a crook. Nothing on Cal though.

  99. Country Dumb
    11:26 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cartoon was on – Now it’s gone!!! Wow, that was fast!!

  100. KyGeography
    11:30 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone subscribe to a newspaper anymore, at least anyone under the age of 60?

    The LHL has made their living being the “watchdog” or being the contrarian of Kentucky athletics for decades, they aren’t changing now.

  101. The Voice Of Reason
    11:30 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Also, he apparently forgot about last year’s final four trophy.

  102. Houston Wildcat
    11:31 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #100 – It’s still there. Towards the bottom of the page in “Opinions”. And you know what they say about opinions.

  103. RYNO
    11:31 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    99) Yes. I think it is appropriate.

  104. ThatOneGuy
    11:32 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The big question is, what will take the place of the building on the corner of Midland & Main? I know, THE NEW RUPP!!! R.I.P. Herald Leader

  105. Perd Hapley
    11:33 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    100 – You really are “Country Dumb.” The cartoon is still there.

  106. Logic
    11:33 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    If anyone is surprised that this “gem” came from the hand of Joel Pett, I have a bridge in London to sell you…

    Yet this is far from the stupidest thing he’s ever drawn. Political cartoons are probably most ineffective of speech since they are nothing more than gussied up bumper stickers.

  107. Cheap Professional Pictures
    11:34 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

  108. Joel Pett
    11:34 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    It hurts when I swallow…

  109. barn
    11:35 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    100–it’s still on there. on the Politics page there’s a link for petit may 8

  110. Richie Farmer
    11:35 am May 8, 2012 Permalink


  111. Joel Pett
    11:38 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Thank God you wrote that in all caps Richie or we wouldn’t have seen it..

  112. BigBlue
    11:39 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Funny thing is, when UK wins a tourney, the LHL is the quickest to seek to capitalize on it financially. They are just an all around crappy paper and institution…I have not read the LHL in years…I’m sorry they even receive any publicity for stunts like this one.

  113. # 108
    11:40 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    And they look cheap…..

  114. mateotemprano
    11:41 am May 8, 2012 Permalink


    this coming from a man who had a state employee bag his deer that he shot from a state vehicle?

    you obviously know a thing or 2 about “overstepping authority”.


  115. TheJokesOnUs
    11:41 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” I find it amusing how so many in big blue nation cannot take a cartoon joke. Don’t act like this is different. All the trash fans berating recruits who pick other schools, and any espn reporter that doesn’t like UK has it out for us. Going through life like this is not healthy.

  116. Slim
    11:42 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    You would think your local paper would be a little more supportive of the local school. Not completely biased against it. Hopefully this will cause people to stop subscribing to these idiots! There was no reason for that cartoon!

  117. Homestead Fred on Facebook
    11:43 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The $$ on the NCAA trophy basically says that Coach Cal can do nothing right in the eyes of the Herald-Leader. It’s no wonder we have to pay the coach so much. It’s worth at least six digits dealing with these jack-wagons.

  118. Mike K
    11:44 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    What is a “Newspaper”?

  119. Will
    11:45 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t care what your excuse is, if you still have a subscription to that rag you are no fan of Kentucky basketball.

    They just crapped on our National Title and a team chock full of great young men who don’t deserve to have their accomplishment belittled and demeaned by implying money bought it for them. It was their hard work and commitment to each other. I still can’t believe this is a local paper.

  120. Dougie Wuggy
    11:45 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The LHL just evacuated the building… Someone called in a b threat Id say… Those idiots…. Just cancelled my subscription!

  121. Deacon Pookie
    11:45 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The HL obviously does not care about offending it’s readers. If you really want to get their attention start boycotting companies that advertise wig them.

  122. Cpt. Stinkpickle
    11:46 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I drew some cartoons for the local college newsletter here and reached out to Pett for some advice. Once he found out I was conservative, he scolded me and hung the phone up. Typical smug elitist liberal in the media.

  123. SeoulCat
    11:49 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody have the number for the HL complaint desk?

  124. Real UK Fan
    11:49 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Someone needs to post a list of companies who advertise in the lhl. If BBN contacts those companies and lets them know they will get no more of our business, it might make them think twice about where they spend their advertising dollars.

  125. RYNO
    11:49 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The HL is clearly jealous that Calipari could buy their crummy paper for peanuts and take a wrecking ball to it if he wanted.

  126. Sean
    11:51 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    email this jerk!!!: [email protected]
    facebook him too!!:

  127. Porcino's
    11:52 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    111. Indiana backed out. UK and Cal made several concessions to try to continue it.

    Overall, I think Mitch Barnhart should come out and demand a formal apology printed on the HL’s front page. If they decline, then all of their reporters and journalists (snicker) should be banned from any and all UK athletic events, including the historic season that the baseball team is having.

  128. Blueaville
    11:54 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #126….UK advertises in the LHL…you gonna boycott them? Grow up son…’s just a cartoon. You people are hilarious.

  129. SeoulCat
    11:55 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Pett, Joel Editorial Cartoonist 859-231-3443 [email protected]

    Have at it.

  130. UK FAN
    11:55 am May 8, 2012 Permalink


    Nothing to do with taking a joke. When your hometown papers constantly bashes the basketball team and throws false accusation’s against them constantly then people get sick of it. Since Cal has been at UK its hard for the LHL to find negative things to say because Cal is a winner. We just won a national championship and its ashamed your hometown paper has to bash that because they can’t find anything else to bash. I cancelled the LHL a long time ago because I got tired of Tipton negative articles. If everyone in the BBN would cancel that would make a huge statement and hopefully make a change at the paper. Find me another paper that bashes the hometown team when they are winning ?

  131. jp7
    11:55 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Lexington Herald-Leader is NCAA-No Class At All

  132. bung
    11:58 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    are they still owned by a group in california?

  133. RYNO
    11:58 am May 8, 2012 Permalink

    a b-threat!? Wow. Who’s scared of a few bees?

  134. REAL BLY
    12:05 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    In 1 year, the Herald Leader will be A) a pawn shop B) a Mexican restaraunt C) a check cashing store D) Family Dollar Store

  135. Bob the Replier
    12:10 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joel Pett has never been anything but a petty bitter liberal hack.

  136. Simple
    12:11 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Garbage. Cal should buy them out and make them a recruiting magazine. Tipton could have a job tweeting teenagers questions. Could work.

  137. blueinmemphis
    12:14 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, do we overreact and make something that could have been ignored into a national event. A simple wikipedia search at tells you all you need to know.

    If you know the cartoonist was born in Bloomington, went to Indiana University, is a national cartoonist, does not specialize in sports, apparently shares the views of many national writers who like to skewer Calipari, THEN IGNORE HIM.

    Sure he embellished and sensationalized and stretched the truth. So what. A fourth grader does that and we ignore it; why not the same for this dude?

  138. john4uk
    12:14 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Thisis thde most discusting cartoon i’ve sen.There is no reason for something like this to be published in a hometown newspaper that should be supporting the state university.
    The “Herald Leader “has hit a new low in its’ anti UK sentiment.

  139. floydwilkey
    12:15 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    always been a big fan of joel pett’s work and this is no exception. it is a cartoon for crying out loud. are grown men and women going to let a cartoon ruin or even upset their day? All this aside from the fact that it is not entirely inaccurate. four and five years ago most everyone on this board was bashing Cal and several days ago were bemoaning IU being dropped from the schedule.

  140. Joel Pett's number
    12:17 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    If you would like to call and tell Mr. Pett how much you appreciate his work his number is 859-231-3443

  141. BBN
    12:19 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  142. Chuck Norris
    12:20 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone else notice his signature at the top that says, “Herald Leador”? Looks like his spelling is as awful as his cartoons.

  143. Natep96
    12:21 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The IU trophy doesnt even make sense. They owe uk for even having a paper.

  144. Sacwoo
    12:21 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #139 because a 4th grader usually doesn’t know better. Someone chose to include this in the paper and this is where that person needs to know they made a mistake.

  145. the Big Dog
    12:22 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Herald Leader- RIP

  146. Grampy Blue
    12:22 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Challenge: If you are a REAL BBN MEMBER drop this rag like a bad habit!

  147. 84Cat
    12:27 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I like the idea of letting LHL advertisers know what you think about this. It’s the only language they understand.

  148. IU Sucks!
    12:27 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    36. There’s news, there’s opinion and then there are insults like this cartoon. This isn’t news. This is an obvious insult by a butt-hurt IU fan. A newspaper can print what they want but they have to deal with the consequences of something like this. A lot of UK fans will be upset about it and that’s not a wise decision while the paper is hanging by a thread and you’re business is in the heart of BBN.

  149. blueinmemphis
    12:27 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #146. Now you’re just arguing with a 4th grader. And you know how that will end.

  150. ransmith
    12:27 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I dropped my subscription and have refused to buy a single paper years ago! They are an agenda driven paper pretending to be a news paper.

  151. Megan
    12:29 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s not enough to bitch and moan about it here. If you have a subscription, cancel. Complain (civilly) to Rufus Friday, President and Publisher. Matt, you like the limelight, so organize a protest outside their HQ. Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning or no, demand an apology, or we start hurting the H-L where it counts by boycotting their biggest advertisers.

    What more incentive do we need?

  152. ukcat58
    12:29 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Biting the hand that feeds you is really stupid. The HL is dead and does not know it.

  153. Harley Wells
    12:37 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  154. kycolonelmatt
    12:39 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    While I do not care for the jab at Coach Cal because of the vacated seasons (it perpetuates a false perception), this is a clever cartoon and completely appropriate. The way Cal has approached this scheduling issue (especially his latest piece of propaganda on has been an act of disingenuous pandering. Besides….it’s an editorial cartoon….thicken your skin a bit people. This upset over a cartoon? Please.

  155. Mike from Louisville
    12:40 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Just put in a phone call to the help wanted department. I told them that they might want to start helping themselves by looking for another job because making fun of their biggest money maker was probably the worst decision they’ve ever made. I mean even if they believe that, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. I’m completely baffled at how stupid they are.

  156. kycolonelmatt
    12:42 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    The reason this scheduling stuff will blow over is because Cal knows the extent to which the majority of our fan base is servile and unquestioning as long as the team is winning. Wake up people. This is your program, not the coaching staff’s or the AD’s. People did the same thing when Pitino was around, tolerating his nonsense and snickering at his displays of attitude all because he was our own.

  157. Dee
    12:44 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Look people….I am fine drop’n the IU game…UK just wanted it on a NEUTRAL floor…and IU wouldn’t do it….REMEMBER folks….you people were the ones that said the IU fans at home where TERRIBLE and we needed to stop going there…..Flip’n nuggets….

    As for JP…..This really hurts….I’ve always been a fan of his…..but this joke was classless and beneath him…..(I thought)……shame on him…..LHL….editor…you should be fired. seriously.

  158. kycolonelmatt
    12:45 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    157—So a media outlet should pander to the people that subscribe? It’s called a free press.

  159. gossie21
    12:45 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get it. Why would anyone put up a trophy for losing a game? That just doesn’t make any sense.

  160. kycolonelmatt
    12:46 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    159—Fired for an editorial cartoon that offends a basketball coach and a bunch of fans? Really?

  161. Dee
    12:46 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    157….I agree thick skin is a good thing…but the left side of the cartoon is pety….

  162. Dee
    12:47 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  163. Dee
    12:48 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    now…162…yes Fired….for being an idiot…..It’s not just the cartoon…it’s the LHL the last 4 years….and they are only getting worse….

  164. kycolonelmatt
    12:49 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Dee—Maybe, but it’s a good cartoon.

  165. lambinated
    12:49 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    print media is dead. Is there any other place in the country where the university sports team is constantly dogged by the local newspaper to this degree?

  166. Dee
    12:50 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    158…..Why the hate for Coach Cal…I mean…it’s IU….they suck….I’d rather play Kansas, Texas, UCLA…..than IU….what is so great about IU…seriously??

  167. jc#1
    12:50 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This should be enough to get Matt and rest of the liberals on this site to change sides. This paper also supported Tubby .Tipton never came after Tubby like he has Cal.

  168. theWilkman
    12:52 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Here is a copy of the email I sent:

    Do you realize that you work for a Lexington newspaper? Do you also realize what institution makes Lexington what it is? If ignorance is the cause, then I can forgive you for your most recent cartoon trashing a team full of upstanding young men and a man who has been nothing but a boon for Lexington and our state as a whole. However, with the career longevitiy you have, I assume you aren’t completely ignorant and know very well what you published. That being said, I hope the high-fives you and your ilk gave each other after today’s release can carry you through the now-expedited decline of your already failing publication. I hope you have done a good job saving for retirement.

  169. Dee
    12:53 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    166….we will just have to agree to disagree….LHL and JP shouldn’t be taking “Cheap Shot’s” at Coach Cal….JP is better than that…..and that is what this Cartoon was….just a Cheap Shot…..and imo…..this was a straw that broke the camel’s back….and the Editor should be fired….I’m all for free speech….yea….but free speech does not give the right for poor performance….

  170. Here We Go Now
    12:54 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I cant cancel my HL subscription………………

    Because I did that a couple of years ago.

    Our rabbitt died and I didnt need anymore papers to put in the bottom of his cage

  171. Dee
    12:55 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    169…I support Tubby…he is a good coach….#shorttermmemory

  172. Bob Loblaw
    12:56 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Time for the University to pull the lhl’s press credentials.

  173. The Realist
    12:57 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, the more attention he gets, the more negative the better to him, he will love. The best way to get him is ignore him. But that probably wil not happen. Please do not make his day and ignore it. He did so people would give him attention.

  174. Dee
    12:58 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hater’s going to Hate….I guess…..#SMH

  175. Dubiousnessvia
    12:58 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #129, Concessions?

    You mean the expansions to Rupp?

    You know your on top when everyone takes a shot. You know your nervous on top, when you cry like a little baby.

  176. Dee
    12:59 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Yes…I agree….UK should not allow the LHL in Rupp…..UK has their rights too.

  177. Dubiousnessvia
    12:59 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Do our tweets go directly to twitter from here?

  178. Dubiousnessvia
    1:01 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t lose your composure guys…you’re not driving the ship, so it’s not your fault if it sinks.

  179. BBN9
    1:03 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    143… hahahahahha

  180. Al's IndiCats
    1:04 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    For all of those who are berating who has a beef about Canceling them or boycotting the LHL please take note of one thing. Even if your hometown paper isn’t a homer, YOU do not make light of accomplishments especially when the one is aimed at the students atheletes who made all of this come true. Had this been in Bloomington or Louisville their press passes would have yanked so quickly they would have paper cuts all over.

    For years and years, the UK administration has looked the other way in the style that Tipton has done business in the past. (He never did write an apology to the Pattersons about PP stepping into his new truck) It’s one thing to have fun with an article, it’s another to bash the coach and his players. Had Pett done this in Bloomington when Knight grabbed kids, head butted, or even playfully act like he’s whipping a player, his credentials would have been pulled and knight would have personally ran him out of town, and you could bet your house it could be said about UL also.

    This could eventually have long term effects for everyone who is employed by LHL. From the reporters all the way down to the folks who deliver it. All I can ask to the editors who decided to run this tasteless cartoon, In God’s name what were you thinking?

  181. Dee
    1:10 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    182….WELL SAID….100% agree….you hit the nail on the head.

  182. Women Everywhere
    1:15 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Tomorrow’s cartoon – same thing but with Pett’s head mounted above it

  183. JMFATZ47
    1:16 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I have been hearing for YEARS that the HL is struggling. When are they going to go belly up? This is just flat out unreal for a LOCAL paper. Seriously–who in the hell thinks this cartoon is funny except for the maybe 2 Louisville fans that get this paper?

  184. UKBlue
    1:19 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Someone needs to teach the LHL the phrase: You don’t shit where you eat. This is just plan stupidity: piss off the people that still barely buy your product. Hope it was worth it morons.

  185. s.motley
    1:20 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    what makes it even worse is that an editor approved this to be in the paper. does anyone at that newspaper stand have an mba and if so what on-line school did they get it from??

  186. Bucky Furgoo
    1:21 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Regardless…Joel Pett is awesome.

  187. Al's IndiCats
    1:24 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    185, Louisville has 2 fans that can read?

  188. Al's IndiCats
    1:26 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    188, and you have that right as your opinion, and you know what they say about opinions.

  189. DustinUK
    1:36 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    158.) Are you serious? What do you suggest fans do exactly? It’s not being “servile” to love the overall work Calipari has done but disagree with him on a particular decision. He’s the coach, he makes the scheduling decisions for the program he runs and he should. Calipari doesn’t have to take a straw poll of the fans before every decision he makes. Agree or disagree with his scheduling the guy is a great coach and a better CEO of the UK basketball program.

  190. nassua65
    1:45 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    tasteless, ignorant, disrespectful, spiteful, and just plain stupid.
    LHL credentials to anything UK basketball related, should be shredded.
    actually should have been done years ago with tipturd, but this is totally uncalled for.

  191. jeffj
    1:48 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    W T F !!! ? folks ! this needs to be our battle cry to make em go away, ya know ….really, the paper sucks,the sports writers suck i’ve not read it in 2 yaers now …. wow wow wow ……..its only worth at this point & time is to start a campfire…. Paleeeeze

  192. jeffj
    1:53 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    so any ideas? do a herald leader lock out ? occupy ? and no i aint gonna go to their site. dont like it ,never have never will, hmmmm protest on midland ave ?

  193. Matt Curry
    1:54 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This makes no sense. Why would the hometown paper even stand behind crap like this? This is a low blow if I’ve ever seen one

  194. BigBlue
    1:56 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    And any ‘UK fan’ here that is seriously criticizing Cal’s job so far needs to back up a step…where would the program be right now if it weren’t for Calipari and the revamping he has done?? Two years removed from the NIT we were in the Final Four, and hanging a Banner the year after. Give him a break on the scheduling and all of that…

  195. jeffj
    1:56 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    any body know the record for comments ? 196 & counting

  196. jp7
    2:00 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t really understand why anyone thinks we owe IU anything at all. At one time it was a good rivalry when IU was relevant and Bob Knight was the coach-gave all the UK fans someone to hate. But IU hasn’t been a good rivalry for several years up until this one and UK has played them on neutral courts for many of those years. Now IU finally has gotten better, and demands to play on campus-fine. UK had rather play on neutral courts. Why does that make Cal the bad guy. It might be different if UK had never played them on neutral courts but that’s not the case. There are other border states they can play. IU needs UK more than UK needs them.

  197. Madison Wildcat
    2:04 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I ignore the LHL all the time. They are not worth my time and certainly not my money.

  198. The final straw
    2:06 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I have subscribed to that liberal rag for almost 14 years…. I have come close to canceling my subscription before because of 1) their total liberal bias 2) that hack Joel Pett’s constant liberal B.S. 3) Merlene Davis blaming everything in the world on the white man 4) Jerry Tipton. Today was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I just called and canceled my subcription immediatelty. Joel Pett & H-L both suck!

  199. jeffj
    2:07 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    utter complete ignorance ………….

  200. jeffj
    2:11 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    run em out of town & let The Kentucky Kernal take over, at least they have new ,fresh,bright ideas that folks can understand

  201. Chris
    2:16 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This does not bode well for Joel or the HL to take a page from FJT

  202. Joel pett
    2:20 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone help get the big dildo out of my asz

  203. jc#1
    2:24 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    173, I don’t want to start talking about tubby because I don’t think anyone misses him. I was just trying to make an example .

  204. Joel pett
    2:27 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Im Joel pett an I’m a member of T.N.A.G.D.A
    Or the national association of goat n donkey abusers

    Nothing like going home to my favorite donkey after a long day

  205. Loosiers
    2:32 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    177 insults tend to work out a lot better when the person trying to issue the insult uses proper grammar. “You know your on top when everyone takes a shot. You know your nervous on top, when you cry like a little baby.”…you know someone is either an IU grad or UofL grad when they don’t know the difference between your and you’re.

  206. Jeff
    2:35 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joel Pett is an IUsedtobe fan. He’s had a terrible year/decade/etc. The only bullets he has are his little forum in the H-L and his 2nd-grade artistry. Fire away, Joey!

  207. C Ray
    2:36 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Make it trend. #BoycottTheLHL

  208. Shack
    2:42 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This crosses the line but where the hell is our 2011 Final Four trophy? I guess the LHL editorial board is not up to snuff, huh… Need a redo Mr. Pulitzer Prize !

  209. Get over yourselves!!
    2:42 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    it’s funny cause it’s true!people put up funny cartoons making fun of obama an bush an the government all the time.. get over yourselves he can draw whatever he wants just because you think he’s pickin on your savior your getting all mad.. I guess kentucky is just like L.A., winning forgives everything, right kobe??

  210. tsmithpage
    2:46 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    When I read comments from people griping about how “liberal” a newspaper is, that typically signals to me that they don’t understand how newspapers have traditionally operated. Newspapers traditionally have a news section, a sports section, and an op/ed section. The op/ed section is where the editors post their OPINIONS (as opposed to news) on various topics. The HL is undoubtedly liberal in its editorial approach. There is little in its news reporting that I would consider liberal. Objective reporting posts the facts and doesn’t interject the writer’s opinions. Most of its national articles are wire reports from the AP and other sources. Tipton is annoying in his coverage of UK but he’s not liberal or conservative from a political standpoint. Joel Pett is an EDITORIAL cartoonist, so his job is to express his opinions in his cartoons, and he is generally liberal in his politics. He is paid to express his bias.

    For the most part, the HL’s sports coverage has nothing to do with a liberal bias. Tipton is just a contrarian and would rather find fault with UK than praise it. For that reason, I find John Clay a more credible UK sports writer. That said, if you don’t like your political views challenged, by all means avoid the HL’s op/ed section and read the Wall Street Journal, or if that’s too hard for you, read Drudge, listen to Rush, and watch Fox News. You’ll find your mindset reinforced there every day.

  211. playersfan
    2:50 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Just added to the list, Knight, Davis, what’s his texting name, Crean, and Pett. I am excited that we don’t play Indiana, and share our spotlight, because they have none unless they play somebody relevant.

  212. Jerry Tipton's poison pen
    2:52 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Drudge report is a republican mouthpiece. Fox News has to be fair and balanced, because they say so in their tag line. As for the Lex rag, they are the only horse in town and will always be in business, until another paper steps up. I don’t see any other paper coming on to the scene, so they can bash UK all they want in Ed cartoons and keep printing Tiptons sour articles and still stay in business.

  213. Juanita Coffey
    2:56 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    JOEL PETT. What else would you expect him to write!

  214. Dr. Funke
    2:59 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    212 – No a newspaper can choose to focus on stories that promote their agenda, and ignore those that don’t… it happens all the time. Just look at what the NY times did when they called Geoge Zimmerman a “white hispanic”, that may be politically correct but that was the first time the term “white hispanic” had ever been used in the history of the NY times. Not saying the HL does it cause I don’t read that paper.

  215. Brian Sams
    3:05 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with the dozens of posts wishing our alleged newspaper would just go away, but sadly there are way too many bleeding-heart Liberals in lexington for a “New York Times wannabe” publication like the Herald-Leader to ever reach circulation nummbers low enough to necessitate its going out of business.

  216. Dr. Walker
    3:06 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    What we need at the LHL is a cleansing. If you are a true CAT FAN and you still subscribe to the LHL, shame shame shame.

  217. Brian Sams
    3:08 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    To #21,
    Your use of the word “conservative” in your description of this paper proves you have NEVER read the Herald-Leader. Either that or you are easily the most Far Left person in the United States.

  218. Nothingtogetover
    3:15 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    211 we are aware that he can draw whatever he wants. are you aware that we can boycott them if we want? see how that works?

  219. Blue3300
    3:23 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t have time to read all of the posts at work but everyone needs to stop hitting their site also and maybe they will get the message!!!!

    GO CATS!!!!!!

  220. Fat Ryan Lemond
    3:33 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    haha, #2 quoted on article. love it.

  221. Marty
    3:39 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    It is really sad when the herald leader allows this type of garbage in their paper. Coach Cal has more class in his finger than anyone at the newspaper. Keep your head up Coach Cal know matter what they right. You are not only an awesome coach but more importantly you are a great person and family man. Thanks again for being our coach.

  222. Big J
    3:47 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Boycott the herald leader………….

  223. Walden
    3:56 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Poor Jerry Tipton, along with everyone else at that paper, gonna loose his job if LHL keeps this up.

  224. matt
    3:56 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s just a shame that the amount of good Coach Cal has done for this state in such a short time isn’t shown as frequently as a couple of weak NCAA infractions that occurred years ago. For a Lexington paper to allow this type of insinuation to be published just weeks after his face and team was plastered in good grace on every front page possible is absurd.

  225. Blue2theBone
    4:10 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Did someone call the misleader too conservative? Wow! I cancelled my subscription years ago because I thought they were way too liberal. Check out some of Pett’s political cartoons and tell me he doesn’t have an agenda. When they called me to ask about renewal I had pleasure of not just saying no, but HELL NO!

  226. BigBlue
    4:17 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares if the LHL is conservative or liberal, it is a CRAPPY paper…with some kind of agenda against UK. Everyone that takes the paper, CANCEL it. I did a few years ago…who needs it!

  227. John Robinson
    4:22 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t know they had a Lexington Leader in Bloomington. Thank god for the world wide web. No wonder newspapers are becoming dinasaurs..

  228. dailyminefield
    4:22 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    What’s the big deal. It’s in a bad taste, but that’s expected from LHL. The only inaccuracy is not putting last year’s final four on there. Other than that, it’s pretty accurate. Bad biz move for LHL, but that’s their stupidity. The cartoon is fine, it’s not that big of deal.

  229. RR
    4:22 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    No TRUE Kentucky fan would EVER subscribe to the LHL….or even read that garbage paper for that matter. If you do, you’re NOT a true UK basketball fan. Plain and simple.

  230. STILL Get over yourselves!!
    4:25 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    220 obviously your not over it you wanna fire an lynch him for a CARTOON! every one of you need a life for wanting to ruin a man career an life probably, because you didn’t like his cartoon… hey 220! how about i come boycott at your job an try an get you fired for your posts!!!!!!

  231. jboy
    4:37 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    petts been needing his ass kicked for a long time.

  232. CO
    5:00 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Pett, Joel Editorial Cartoonist 859-231-3443 [email protected]

  233. Lynda Stivers
    5:00 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cancelled paper this a.m. Appalling!!!

  234. shields eyes
    5:08 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    212 Thanks for educating the world to how a newspaper works. I am sure you check out those news outlets you mentioned at the end of the post so you can have your views challenged.

  235. gog8ors
    5:51 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think it is pretty funny myself, I like it.

  236. Ridge Runner
    5:57 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I read this earlier today & I am still pissed. It’s still in the pit of my stomach and I hate it.

    Coach, please know that BBN is behind you and we will get even. It’s just a shame we have to fight a paper within the same town that houses your and our Cats.

  237. tsmithpage
    6:25 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    @236, perhaps if, like many here, I was angered at how liberal I perceived the HL to be, or how conservative the Wall Street Journal was, you’d have a point. Like you, I’m sure, I’m perfectly content with my mindset. Unlike many, I’m not afraid to read Cal Thomas and others for fear they might say something I don’t agree with. Conversely, I don’t need to limit myself only to viewpoints that mirror my own to have peace of mind. I don’t find a myopic worldview particularly helpful, but to each his own.

  238. HackRichards
    6:31 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    NOT only cancel subscriptions BIG BLUE but also do not visit the webpage anymore. Quity giving them advertising hits! Let their number dry up just like their paper has!

  239. KyMoonBow
    6:33 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This cartoon is beyond anything I would imagine from a so called hometown paper. Sickening.

  240. kybluemike
    6:34 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    What a sorry excuse for a newspaper. CANCELLED and boycotted

  241. HackRichards
    6:36 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    212- You are correct up to a point. The Herald Leader picks and chooses the news that it prints. The always pick more Liberally biased stories over conservative. THAT IS A FACT.

  242. Frankfort Cat
    6:36 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    CANCELED before I left work after hearing of this. Ba_terds

  243. Greg
    6:46 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    How could you be so dumb to run something like this?

  244. tsmithpage
    7:05 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    @243, and what exactly is a liberally biased story? Do you mean they’ll report on a GOP politician caught having an affair and ignore when a Democrat commits the same offense?

  245. What?
    7:08 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    damn guys, who gives a coach k rats azz if it’s a liberal or conservative paper? I don’t give a damn if they are Obama’s mother or Romney’s father when they ditch our coach, they SUCK period.


  246. Catfaninfl
    7:17 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    247- nicely done.

  247. Kyle in Berea
    7:27 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Embarassing to see our coach in a cartoon from the HL. This is pathetic.

  248. KnoxvilleCat
    7:28 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    so glad I don’t live there anymore is my first impression. this is totally unreal. no problem coach, bbn is larger than lexington.

  249. Greg
    7:35 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Over 250 comments either mean 1 of 3 things:

    1-We just signed a top 5 recruit
    2-Matt is on the air
    3-Somebody ditched UK

    In my wildest dreams, never thought #3 would be the case and Cal targeted from our own Lexington newspaper. Crazy and Sad.

  250. Tina
    7:39 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    My husband canceled this garbage today. I am ashamed.

  251. HackRichards
    7:39 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    @239 Yes you are correct up to a POINT

  252. HackRichards
    7:41 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    SORRY 239

    @ 246 Yes you are correct up to a POINT

  253. Herald Leader Editor
    7:52 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m an idiot

  254. carson chambliss
    7:57 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #2 #2 #2 #2 #2, your comment made an Yahoo article lol

  255. steve
    7:57 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    wow! what a piss poor approach to home town journalism. i’m assuming the herald leader editor was out of town when this crap hit the press. i’m still shaking my head. etc etc

  256. Matt
    8:19 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Its just a cartoon. Grow up people. Dont you anything better to do with your lives?

  257. wolfcreekbrian
    8:36 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    #2 Funny stuff. Cancelled mine years ago!!

  258. Say what?
    8:57 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    258 better than what? Commenting on this site? In that case, don’t you?

  259. John Ellis
    9:11 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Pett is a very good cartoonist and other than the Indiana jibe he has a point to make about the obscene money that is in college sports. But the cartoon would be more effective if it didn’t target Calipari specifically (he didn’t invent this situation), but the absurdity of the bigger picture. The values of the country are completely out of whack; much as I enjoy the team. I enjoyed UK just as much when Rupp was making a tiny fraction of Calipari’s salary.

  260. BigBlue
    9:20 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    261…what does what you wrote have to do with the cartoon??

  261. Jared
    9:34 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m just going to call them up and say, “why are you so stupid” and hang up.

    Canceled our subscription 2 years ago.

  262. bobthebuilder
    9:48 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cancelled subscription. Lady I talked to assured that all cancelled subscriptions are reported to VP with reasons for cancellation. She told me she has had a bunch today.

  263. Jim
    10:07 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    If I was UK I would deny them press credentials to the game. Worthless piece of crap…He needs to be fired for all of the cancelled subscriptions alone. Funny how the Herald Loser was selling commerative editions for $2.00 after the big NCAA win. It’s is ok when they make money off UK, and then they approve this crap.

  264. Dinklepuss
    10:08 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    This guy is a damn queef. Send him straight to hell on the radio roast tomorrow.

  265. Zach Elkin
    11:35 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    If you advertise in the paper, stop. It’s not about subscriptions, it’s about advertising revenue. Cancel all on line and newspaper advertising for 90 days……. or until they fire the jerk! This behavior is unacceptable. He is just a mean, hurtful person, who really hasn’t worked a day in his life.

  266. Aimee
    11:37 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  267. Aimee
    11:49 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink


  268. Aimee
    11:59 pm May 8, 2012 Permalink

    Also….do you remember that this is usa,freedom of speach….just like freedom to set da.verious fires…hugh? Yr two ass stupid people,.oh lets beat up the homeless,set fires,and vandelize tr downtown.but,…joel pett from lex,cant speak.AND MOST LIKELY COACH CAL,COULD CARE LESS…YOU ALL ARE BURNING YRVOWN BRIDFE, .YOU ALL DINT GET TGE PAPER ABYWAY……IF YOU ALL WANNA STICK TOGETGER ON THUS,FIBE, BUT WGEN DOES LEX KY SRICK TOGETHER WHEN A DIG IS STABBED,OR A CHILD IS AVUSED,OR ALL THE BAD USDUSES I GEAR ALLL THE TUME IN YR CITY,….STAND UP FIR SIMTHING REAL!!!!!!!!!!!& GROW UP

  269. Ned
    12:04 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    What a bunch of babies. A CARTOON has your panties twisted? You all have skin thinner’n onions. Grow the F up. If you can’t handle anything negative about UK–especially in CARTOON form–you need a time out. Honestly, go suck on your pacifiers.

  270. Aimee
    12:10 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    You all are the most two faced people,sycodic people in the entire country,…you dogged many coaches,that uk has had,…yr city hides the homeless during the horse games,its okay to set fire to the same city,an yr freakin out iver a stupid cartoon.that is not ment to be bad,….i bet coach cal whos a stand up dude who after tge final four told you dumb asss that he didnt win,the team did,..for all the love of basjettball yr sure so stupid who win the games’ ITS NOT THE COACH…USE ALL YR CAT ENERGY,..TO STAND UP FOR SINE REAL ISSUSES…..LIKE ANIMAL ABUSE…YR CITY HAS NOT HEAR…TO BAD,U GET WHAT U GIVE

  271. Kim
    12:19 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Just sent this letter to the publisher and as a letter to the editor:

    Re: May 8 ‘cartoon’

    I am disheartened by the Herald-Leader’s editorial decision to publish an Indiana University alumnus’ tasteless and baseless slam at our newly-crowned championship coach.

    Surely there are positions at the obituary desk of the Bloomington Tribune just waiting for someone of his caliber.

    Dr. Kim Gorman, UK alum

  272. Turp
    12:20 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wow Aimee…. I….. just Wow. At no time in your incoherent rambling did you come anywhere close to resembling an answer. We are all, in fact, dumber for having listened to you. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul

    11:09 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Again, thanks for all the publicity KSR. It’s been a smooth ride back to #1

  274. Smiffanator
    12:36 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    I am a huge UK fan and this is the fist time I have seen this cartoon. I have heard all the comments and up roar over this cartoon. Sorry but get over it its a cartoon in news paper. Its crazy how thinned skinned people are. Everyone on this site and radio show has said the LHL is irrelevant, so why in the world does everyone care so much about what an irrelevant paper’s cartoon is insinuating. I also love this site but please people, who should care this much about this cartoon. I know I could care less what this joker has to draw, it means absolutely nothing to me.