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The Marty McFlys’ Friday News and Views

marty-mcfly-shoe

 It was supposed to be a HUGE deal.  Michael J. Fox was stopping by Letterman to unveil Nike’s newest show, the “Marty McFly”, which is a replica of the sneakers Fox wore in Back To The Future II.  We were going to write about it, break down the design of the shoe and talk about other great shoes in history that should be replicated.  Then Randall Cobb happened and everything changed.  Letterman probably went through with his plan and Michael J. Fox probably showed off the shoe.  It was probably pretty cool.  But it wasn’t Randall Cobb, so we’re not going to waste another second pretending to care about it.  COBB!!!

UK notes….

  – I’m not saying definitively that God is a Kentucky fan.  I’m just saying it seemed like there was a higher power working the sticks Thursday night, juking and spin-moving when Randall Cobb touched the football.  The former Kentucky quarterback running back wide receiver kick returner football player finished his NFL debut in spectacular fashion, recording 2 catches for 35 yards and a TD and returning 2 kickoffs for 135 yards and another TD.  Cobb’s 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter tied an NFL record and was the first such score for the Packers since 2000.  He was drafted to provide a spark in the kick return game before the rules changed to essentially eliminate players from impacting the game in that regard, but still managed to hit a home run and make plays in the passing game.  Before the draft, we had an scout write a post that compared Cobb to Anquan Boldin for the way he could run a route and create separation.  You can see it on the touchdown score and if you go back and watch the first two quarters, he’s open on nearly every single play.  Rodgers just never had to go through his progressions to get to him.  Everyone was open.  Regardless, it was a great night for UK fans, who got to see a guy who is deserving of everything that comes his way rewarded on national television and to enjoy the program being spoken about positively in front of a massive audience.  We already miss you, Randall.  Games like this just make it a little harder.

 – Tim Masthay did a good job too.

  – With that out of the way, the guys still on campus wearing the blue and white have an extremely important game Saturday against Central Michigan.  It feels a little strange calling a non-conference game scheduled to be a guaranteed win a “statement game”, but that’s exactly what it is.  On the heels of an epic letdown in Nashville and with a must-win game against Louisville on tap for next week, the Cats need to make a statement against Central Michigan to get themselves feeling good before they play the Cards.  That means putting points on the board and winning by a considerable margin.  Joker has been very positive about the last few days of practice, but this is a team – offensively, at least – that needs to prove it in the game.  They don’t have the experience that makes it easy to flip a good week of practice into a good game on Saturday.  And especially when they don’t have that guy on offense that can grab someone by the facemask and get them on track during the course of the game, they need to get one solid performance under their belt.  Having said that, I do think this is the week that it will happen.  Morgan Newton finished 7/18 against Western and made several mistakes, but the wideouts dropped seven passes, meaning he could just of easily been 14/18 on the night.  That not only changes the entire course of the game, but the narrative of this week and the feeling of doom and gloom that’s surrounded it.  Kentucky can bounce back in a big way against Central Michigan and in order to feel good about facing Louisville next week, they desperately need to.

 – Randall Cobb.  Randall Cobb.  Randall Cobb.

  – After last week’s utter disappointment, this also appears to be the week that Joker Phillips is going to see what he can get from several of his freshmen.  The staff believes this to be the most talented group of newcomers they’ve ever had and we saw a handful of them get some time on the field against Western.  This week, every indication is that there will be more.  Wide receiver Demarco Robinson is the player who appears to be the most likely to get on the field, possibly in some Wildcat formations, but Kentucky’s coaches seem intent on finding out what they have in a lot of the young players.  As long as guys like Newton, King, Sanders, etc. can make the plays they need to make, the freshmen can be on a little bit more of a longer leash.  The last thing the Cats want is to be in another close game and have to hold back on testing guys or leave wishing they knew more about who they can count on before the Louisville game. 

 – BREAKING NEWS: SEC extends invitation to Randall Cobb as the 14th team.

  – In terms of who we can expect to see at the wide receiver position, there is some positive news to report on the #FreeAaronBoyd front.  Joker said Thursday that Boyd and EJ Fields, who is returning from suspension, both have practiced well enough this week to see some time.  Should they get on the field, it’s essentially make or break time for both players and they have a chance to make in a very big way.  There’s no reason to think that King won’t bounce back from last week’s off game, but Matt Roark has failed to provide any sort of consistency yet and one of the two, along with either Gene McCaskill or Demarco Robinson, will have to step up.

 – BREAKING NEWS: Barack Obama thanks Randall Cobb for creating 11 new jobs on the Saints special teams unit.

  – If you missed the news coming out of the Rupp Arena task force meeting, there is essentially no real news in terms of whether or not we’ll see a new arena.  However, the committee did propose one interesting idea, which was outlined on the Kernel’s blog.  Under the proposal, the downtown area would be renovated, making Rupp the center of everything and creating something called a Bourbon District to the west.  It looks to be potentially very cool, but does not offer any solution to what remains the biggest potential hangup in renovations – where Kentucky will play for the one or two seasons during construction.  It appears that we are on track for a major dispute between the city and the school and Mitch Barnhart’s comments afterward to the Courier-Journal were very telling.  UK’s AD said, “They’ve said about four different times that all things are on the table and I think all things are genuinely on the table.  At least they better be.”  It could get nasty.

Randall Cobb!

  – It’s judgement day for Coach Cal’s Dominican Republic team.  They’ve already advanced further than any team in the country’s history and they have a chance to clinch their first ever Olympics berth with a win over Brazil.  They beat the heavily favoried Brazilians in the first round, but the odds will be stacked against them this time around without Edgar Sosa.  Today, we are all Dominicans.

 – Randall Cobb has pretty eyes and I don’t care who knows it.

  – UK officially announced that Big Blue Madness will be October 14.  Tickest will go on sale for the event October 1, assuming Cal doesn’t pack the place out with recruits first.  You can start camping September 28.

 – Randall!

 – Speaking of recruits, the contact period officially started at midnight, meaning we might be in one of those periods where we could see a guy commit.  Or not.  Either way, expect a lot of in-home visits (Muhammad and Ellis are already scheduled) leading up to Madness.

 – Cobb!

 That’s it for now.  Make sure you stick around all day.  Matt and Drew will be on Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am on Talk Radio 1080 and the prep for Central Michigan will continue here all day long.  In the meantime, take a look at a video from a few proud Kentuckians who are chasing down the very reasonable donation amount of $3.5 million to fund a Super Bowl commercial telling the world how great our Commonwealth is.  Open up those wallets!

See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

58 Comments for The Marty McFlys’ Friday News and Views



  1. tdogg4033011
    12:19 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    CATS will spank Central Michigan & yeah, Randall Cobb is a BEAST !!!



  2. Al Michael's Attention Span
    12:20 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Yawn…Randall Cobb…yawn…is running…yawn…in Saints territory….touchdown



  3. Al Michael's Attention Span
    12:23 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Matt noted on Twitter that he was staying up to hear the Cobb praise from the announcers. Rodgers mentioned him in passing and then they interviewed the CENTER!?!



  4. Jesse Jackson
    12:26 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    After watching what UK lost tonight in the Packer end zone, it reminds me just how poor the UK football season will truly be. No bowl game this year folks.



  5. White Castle Sliders
    12:28 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    In honor of Cobb’s performance I’m gonna finish off this 30pack of sliders tonight on top of the 18pack of natty light I drank. Man Cobb is a beast…too bad he ain’t a senior at UK 🙁



  6. Jesse Jackson
    12:28 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    UK is gonna suck this year without Cobb.



  7. Kumar
    12:36 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    No fear. UK has Aaron Boyd to take Cobb’s place.



  8. tdogg4033011
    12:47 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    SexnNursinHomes …. can I have your Big Blue Madness tickets?? thanks buddy !!!



  9. Early Cuyler
    12:51 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    We are all BLUE cheeseheads tonight!!



  10. VinDatUK
    1:04 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Someone please wake up the kid from Florida: Cal is calling.



  11. Nelson
    1:07 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    interesting note from the greenbay gazette: “Cobb’s first play from scrimmage, the opening kickoff return, made him the first player in NFL history to be born in the 1990s”



  12. Calipari'sInYourEar
    1:15 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    #4 – Hey Jesse, no one has ever cared about what you say.



  13. White Castle Sliders
    1:28 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    These sliders are great!!! Nothing like a 30pack of whitecastle sliders!!!! Goes great with Natty Light.



  14. Calipari'sInYourEar
    1:30 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Randall McFly!



  15. SagaciousMind
    1:31 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    “Back to Cobb. The man who amassed 980 kick return yards and no touchdowns in his entire collegiate career, went off on this breathtaking 108-yard return touchdown halfway through the third quarter”

    Someone please tell me what is wrong with this statement. Is the reporter retarded or am I reading that wrong? Cobb had NO TOUCHDOWNS during his collegiate career??



  16. jasonthecaller
    1:34 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Randall only accounted for 28.5% of the Packers point production tonight. I can only imagine he regrets his decision to leave Lexington after being somewhat irrelevant on more than 70% of the scores.

    Jerry Tipton



  17. JDaws
    2:04 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Does one have to be fast to play WR. I would argue that Aaron Boyd is as fast if not faster than Jacob Tamme and Tamme played in the slot at UK. Put Boyd on the field. Much more to being a WR than being fast. Hands out of breaks, at the line of scrimmage and of course catching the ball, good footwork, strength oh and did I mention freakin hands.

    Also all off season long we heard about how good Ronnie Shields is as a pass catching TE. Move the guy to the slot and move Marco out on the edge. This could also help with blocking outside or he could motion in and help the other TE on the field block at the LOS. My reciever lineup would look like this.

    King-wide
    Marco-wide
    Shields/Boyd in the slot
    Aumiller/Robinson/Melillo at TE

    That puts your best hands team on the field as well as the guys who can block the best in the running game.



  18. Randall
    2:43 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    EJ Fields is the next me, we were roomates and i know for a fact hes the best player on the team.

    Yours truely
    The Legend
    Randy Cobb



  19. Buckets
    3:50 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    WHOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! COBB, COBB, COBB, COBB, COOOOOOOOOBBBBBB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If only he were still in blue and white…
    Oh well! Get it done and represent, Randall! Lots of new Pack fans in Kentucky!



  20. 7 And Counting
    5:22 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Cobb now on the front page of espn.com doing the Lambeau Leap! Big time Randall!



  21. CATNTN
    5:31 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Love the ‘new jobs’ line. Classic.



  22. Calipari'sInYourEar
    6:02 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    That’s definitely the worst looking shoe in the history of pansy foot.

    BTW, check out this awesome video of Chuck Hayes shooting a free throw…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FOxefRp8K0

    Even the video games are authentic in showing how great of a teacher Tubby Smith was.



  23. Truth
    6:44 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Cobb is the main reason we played in bowl games the last few years. He reminds me of Randel El from IU. Once he left IU, everyone quickly realized how awful the offensive line and the coaching was. I’m afraid this will be the case for us as well. without him and Locke, we are just mediocre on offense. Cobb hid a lot of our weaknesses.



  24. SexnNursinHomes
    6:51 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    8- if you don’t get a set of big blue madness ticks, let me know. I’ll give you the ones I get on Oct 1.

    I wish Cobb would impregnate my wife.



  25. Hitchens
    7:46 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    ” Barack Obama thanks Randall Cobb for creating 11 new jobs on the Saints special teams unit.”

    And the Gop is trying to stop the Saints special teams from hiring anyone.



  26. Louisville blooows
    7:57 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    COBB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  27. Blugrayse
    8:04 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    http://espn.go.com/

    Randall Cobb’s Lambeau Leap on the front page of espn.com



  28. Manbearpig
    8:11 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    #17, think they are talking about how he never had a KR for a touchdown while at UK….though that still doesn’t seem right because he is Randall F#&#* Cobb!



  29. tdogg4033011
    8:14 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    26) how do you know you will get tickets?? you camp out??



  30. docmartin10
    8:14 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Wait….who is Randall Cobb?



  31. docmartin10
    8:15 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Wait….who is Randall Cobb? Did he play at Morehead State?



  32. tdogg4033011
    8:28 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    33) nope, you are confused. Morehead State is who knocked your team out in the 1st
    round of the NCAA tourney.



  33. 96CATS98
    8:33 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    AAWWWWW…. Our little boy all grown up and on the ESPN front page today doing the Lambeua Leap…. Almost brings a tear to your eye!!
    COBB!!!!!!!!



  34. RidgeRunner
    8:35 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    I have a Randall Cobb mornin’ hangover.

    9…I hear ya.



  35. Jeff Brohm
    8:37 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Big deal. Just cause Cobb has more touchdowns in one game than I had in my entire NFL career doesn’t mean he’s all that.



  36. elian gonzales
    8:40 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    He ran the wrong route on the TD catch.



  37. tdogg4033011
    8:41 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    38) how ya figure??



  38. Aaron Rogers
    8:42 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    UK fans, that Cobb is for real. Love him. Did I hear that he played some QB in college too? Man, I hope he doesn’t get in coaches ear to let him get some clock at QB here.



  39. NashBlue
    8:42 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Randall Cobb, I miss you in blue, but last night was awesome!



  40. elian gonzales
    8:44 am September 9, 2011 Permalink


  41. RidgeRunner
    8:46 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Now that my radical emotions have eased, this fact jumped out at me in looking at the perspective espn put out in what Cobb did last night:

    Randall Cobb is the only rookie in the Super Bowl Era with at least one rec TD and one KO ret TD in a teams season opener. He is the 4th player in NFL history to score at least 2 TD, with at least one KO ret TD IN NFL DEBUT.

    -amazing!



  42. the anti-cat
    8:47 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    And how exactly did this guy not touch the ball at least 20 times a game last season? He may have been joke-thorped.



  43. KSR1080Fan
    8:49 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    I think #25 (Truth) makes a good comparison:
    “Cobb is the main reason we played in bowl games the last few years. He reminds me of Randel El from IU. Once he left IU, everyone quickly realized how awful the offensive line and the coaching was. I’m afraid this will be the case for us as well.”



  44. Quicky Ricky
    8:51 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    LMAO ! Barack Hussien Obama, thanks Cobb for creating 11 new jobs.



  45. tdogg4033011
    9:01 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    42) guess so, sure looked good to be the wrong route though



  46. JohnnyRed
    9:02 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Ok – I am a die hard Cards fan, but must give credit to Cobb. The man was fantastic in his NFL debut! Wow. Congrats.



  47. Richie's Mustache
    9:09 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Somebody needs to start the Legend of Cobb poster for his NFL career.



  48. SexnNursinHomes
    9:21 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    tdogg, no, not camping out, I live out of state. But I will go online and get them like I did last year. It’s quite easy. If ya have trouble getting them. I got ya covered.



  49. tdogg4033011
    9:51 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    52) man I appreciate it buddy, I knew ya lived out of state, just thought you
    might be one of the crazies … lol …. you dam nan, you normally get decent
    tickets??



  50. Cat Fan 1970
    10:24 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    This Just in! Obama has invited Cobb to the White House. He wants to know how he is able to screw up and do his job wrong and still come out smelling like roses. It’s cause he is Randal MFin’ Cobb. That’s why!!



  51. truBLU
    10:27 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    #5 is gonna be pooping Packer green until Monday.



  52. anonymous
    11:57 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    #38 might have been the wrong route, but rodgers hit him quick like it was the right one. and the shimmey that got him loose certainly wasnt wrong.



  53. G. Cheek
    12:03 pm September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Thomas..Why don’t you just BLOW Randall and get it over with??



  54. Biff
    12:44 pm September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Randall Cobb is about a useful as a screen door on a battleship. Mcfly could whip his ass all day long! Now, I have this post towed all the way over here and all you have for me is light beer?