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Thursday’s News and Views

Hello.  Today is Thursday.  According to Wikipedia, it’s the fourth day of the week and is derived from the phrase “Thunor’s Day”, which has something to do with Thunder.  It comes after Wednesday and before Friday.  And today, it comes with some notes on your beloved Wildcats.  Here they are…

 – I heard something about Coach Cal cussing at Terrence Jones during the Alabama game, but couldn’t find anything online about it.  Oh well, I guess we’ll just let it go.  Sour.

 – With Kentucky’s third loss on the road and second in a row in conference play, most of the discussion around the program has centered on diagnosis for the road woes.  There are hundreds of theories, and many of them center around the team being young and are likely true, but the biggest issue appears to be the team’s success is too deeply intertwined with Brandon Knight’s individual performance.  In the three road losses, Knight is averaging 13 points per game and shooting under 40% from the floor.  While that has hindered Kentucky significantly in those contests, it often leaves Terrence Jones forcing the ball offensively, which further breaks down the offensive continuity.  You can assume that Knight will find success more often than he will struggle, but in those games, Kentucky has to be even more focused on shot selection and keeping the ball moving on offense.  Jones will get his, as we’ve seen throughout the year, but it’s more important that the rest of the players find a way to not only get buckets, but be able to provide a consistent threat.  Sour.

 – The other obvious theme in the losses so far this season is the struggles of Kentucky to contend with big menwho can score inside and provide a shot-blocking presence on the defensive end of the floor.  And, while the SEC might not be the strongest conference in the nation, the Cats will see little relief on the schedule in terms of those types of players.  The Cats will face Georgia and Trey Thompkins again and face a Florida team that boasts Vernon Macklin and Patric Young twice.  And while Brian Williams and Tobias Harris of Tennessee might not be the type of long and athletic players that are going to do a lot above the rim, they could still present similar matchup problems.  Even Vanderbilt’s Festus Ezeli is developing into a guy who could give UK problems.  So, essentially, not much is changing going forward on the schedule.  It’s up to the Cats to develop and adapt.  Sour.

 – On Wednesday, UK officially announced that Twany Beckham had joined the team.  While Beckham said it was the greatest day of his life when he accepted the offer, I’m guessing he might have been fine with waiting another day or two.  Not the most pleasant of days to join the team.  Sour?

 – In the always sought after “players with possessive nouns in their first name” department, Adam Zagoria reported late Wednesday that Orlando Antigua has reached out to 2011 junior college big man God’s Gift Achiuwa.  For a roster that will be void of a physical body inside, God’s Gift could be well-received.  Double sour?

 – In an interview with a Houston radio station Wednesday, Billy Gillispie resurfaced and stated his desire to again get back into coaching.  He made an interesting comment about how he was successful at UTEP and Texas A&M because he had an adminstration that supported him, but never spoke directly about his two years at Kentucky.  With his private life apparently back on track and after a couple of seasons away, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a chance for next season.  Texas Tech fans seem to be campaigning for him on their message boards and a job like that seems like a good fit for a guy who has great connections in the state and allowed the pressures at Kentucky to turn him into a caricture of himself.  Whiskey sour.

 – Speaking of Gillispie, Jeff Goodman reported that former Cat AJ Stewart was kicked off of the Texas State team last month after appearing in only nine games for the Bobcats.  Stewart posted 9 points per game in his brief career and will now take his sleepy head to Rogers State, an NAIA school in Oklahoma.  I don’t know how competitive the basketball is, but there’s no way the girls there are anything like the girls at Texas State.  It’s truly one of the most underrated campuses in the country.  Sour-like symptoms.

 – After Riyahd Jones departed from the commitment list due to academic issues, Joker Phillips landed three-star tight end Alvin Dupree, the first of what the staff believes could be a handful of commitments in the next week or so.  Signing Day is February 2 and there is a confidence from the UK coaches that a number of targets, many of whom have been on campus recently, will fall into place before then.  Not sour in the least.

 – Finally, a giant truck full of money made a stop in Austin Wednesday as ESPN and IMG reached a deal with the University of Texas to create the Texas Longhorn Network.  The deal is for 20 years and $300 million and will create a channel with 24 hours of programming dedicated to Texas athletics and, no joke, campus musical performances. The portion of the money going to the school breaks down to about $13 million per year.  For their investment, ESPN will get one football game per season.  Yes, one game.  I know what you’re thinking.  All that money and they still can’t get Drew Franklin to go ambush someone?  Seems pretty crazy.  Great for the school, though.  Longhorn sour.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned throughout the day as we talk about a lot of things that don’t involve profanity.  The fun gets going with Matt and Zach at 10 am on Talk Radio 1080.  Make sure you check it out.  See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

45 Comments for Thursday’s News and Views



  1. Computer Blue
    11:53 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    Can someone tell an old geezer what sour means without being too explicit?



  2. Will Hill
    11:54 pm January 19, 2011 Permalink

    This post lacks talk of sex and weed. Sour.



  3. David Brent
    12:00 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    I prefer a flan.



  4. Chris Thomas
    12:03 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    SOUR FTW



  5. Drew Greene
    12:03 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    SOUR!!!!



  6. Jonathan
    12:04 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    So Twany will be playing next year im not sure how good he really is but with Teague im not sure if he will get much playing time…@Computer Blue sour means like it no good, or its a let down…



  7. elstie01
    12:08 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    6…it can also mean smoking weed…as Will Hill used it and I’m sure is the reference Beisner is referring to.



  8. Wildcobb Salad
    12:12 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    1. I think he was just using it every time he was high, which seemed to be always. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sour

    SOUR.



  9. Thomas Beisner
    12:22 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    I have no idea what sour means. And that’s what makes it so important to be used more frequently.



  10. Lincoln Park
    12:24 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Sweet



  11. Chuck Hayes
    12:33 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for the late night posts Beisner, it helps me go to sleep in a good mood.



  12. d1ja
    12:34 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    sour diesel is a type of weed… a very good strain to be exact (not that i would know) 😉



  13. BGFan
    12:38 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Anybody else wondering about Calipari’s treatment of players this year? The public embarrassment of Jones last night, then after the game he blamed Lamb for the last turnover, then Jones for taking the last pass. It goes on back to belittling Harrison in public early in the season and seems like every game he runs down one or more of the players or blames them for something that went wrong. I understand he needs to talk about the game and breakdowns, but shouldn’t most of the personal criticism be handled in private? Last year he talked about taking care of the players and how he wouldn’t throw anyone under the bus, seems he has changed his tune.



  14. Darnell Dodsons Grandpa
    12:42 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone seen my Grandson??? He’s about 6’7″ & shoots it like Reggie Miller



  15. The Rock
    12:46 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    13- He’s doing it as motivation. If he just said the players tried hard and did their best to the media, and then yelled it them in practice for sucking, which one should the players believe? He’s gotta be consistent, otherwise he’d fail as a coach.



  16. Band Of BlueCats
    12:46 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    God’s Gift is suppose to be a beast on the boards. St. John’s has been after him for awhile.



  17. bigbadjon
    1:05 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    shame on will hill. lucky bastard



  18. Jerimy
    1:19 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    who knows why he did it, probably trying to be funny and just fell on his face.



  19. mocha
    1:20 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    White girl be suckin my D, sour.



  20. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    4:01 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    13 B “C” GFan–you’re right. I would much rather have a coach that breaks down the game by saying, “We just need to be tougher. We are working on it and we will get better” when addressing the media and then cuss the players in practice while making them sit in a bathroom stall. Those were the good ol days, right?



  21. the truth
    4:29 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    billy g…that selfish [email protected]@ker



  22. Roger
    5:43 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    I sure didn’t realize wikipedia states Thursday as the fourth day of the week. For all my life it has always been the fifth and who knows for how many hundreds of years before that.



  23. tombanjo
    7:27 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    you suck, beisner. now we’re coming after you.



  24. Al's Cats
    7:29 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Sweet and Sour, isn’t that good on corn Flakes? SOUR!



  25. SavannahCat
    7:35 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    So UK fans are threatening the NCAA prez? I hope nothing happens to him or KSR will be blamed for inciting violence.



  26. the best that never was
    7:40 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    is the pressure of expectations getting to Cal … his own self-imposed pressure … he put a lot of eggs in the Kanter basket and now the team is having a not-so-easy go of it w/ obvious lack of consistent interior game



  27. ShagOnSports
    7:53 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Dude, Where’s My Car??? No seriously someone stole my car… Sour!!!



  28. BigBill
    8:15 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    I have mercy for any school that hires Billy G…..Even if he is “cured” of his ills and troubles, they school will still at some point have to hire him a chauffer, professional psychologist, sex therapist, maid, and last but not least, a communications/PR person since he doesn’t do those sort of events for big boosters and athletic fund donors.

  29. When we only have 6 players that can play, and 3 of them are freshmen, we can not be surprised that they make some mistakes in games.



  30. Chicken Little
    8:24 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Well said #29 ! The sky is not falling, at least not until Vargas gets in the game



  31. old-school
    8:33 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    When we only have 6 players that can play, and three of them are freshmen….whose fault is that?



  32. yesterdays
    8:38 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    31. Stop. You are an idiot. Whose fault is what? The fact that we are the talk of college basketball? The fact we have a #1 recruiting class coming in next year and will be able to make a run at the title? Yeah, that will be 2 0f 3 years when UK has been one of the 4-5 teams favored to win a title. And then when that happens, you can assign fault.



  33. Nassau65
    8:40 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    We have a good team, although young. Final four? not likely this year. But if you don’t like watching them and supporting them, or don’t like the way Cal coaches, find another team to pull for. If you don’t think the players and Cal sometimes read here, think again. At least we’re not Louisville with chicken buckets on our heads.



  34. totaly blue
    8:47 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    lack of free throw shooting,lack of hustle,and poor rebounding bit us in the butt again.



  35. Cussin'Coach
    8:51 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    My coach once yelled out in a game (after an unexecuted play), “Ya’ll ain’t worth a broke dog dick!” I think the fans were wondering if he really said that, and then a wave of laughter filled the gym.



  36. Big Blue 66
    8:53 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Im not saying that BG will never land a job….some programs are desperate, BUT, when you sue your employer, good luck….ask Nolan Richardson how that works out



  37. bung
    8:58 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    We can still win it all this year.



  38. Lou eaton
    9:00 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Criticism of players should be private. Hope he understands how much public bashng they take. Was that Texas truck the same one that stopped at SC and Auburn????



  39. totaly blue
    9:24 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    winning it all this year without kanter is a pipe dream,we are too inconsistent,with no bench. not easy to admitt buy true. it will get better as we get more players.



  40. Kingery
    9:31 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    I think someone should go to the NCAA’s Wikipedia page and under president change it from Free Enes to Selfish Mother F****r. It just sounds right.



  41. BigBlueFan
    9:50 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    13 – If you are referring to the post game show with Tom Leach, Tom asked coach what happened on that play and Cal told us what went wrong. I don’t think he was throwing Lamb under the bus. I don’t see anything wrong with what is going on with Cal’s coaching style. He’s passionate about his players and the game. I like to see that in a coach.



  42. Dark Helmet
    10:16 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    I think it’s time to be a Texas football fan I need an excuse to get to Austin. They’ll never play the Cats unless it’s something like a national championship and that means I’ve probably already entered the gates of heaven. UK football is wearing on me it’s made me prematurely grey and the imbalance of always having a contending basketball team makes me expect too much from football every year. I’m going bi-fan Go Cats and Horns!



  43. Al's Cats
    10:19 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    Clyde at Texas Tech?……Huh! After both Knights (Bobby and Patrick) the players will think that Clyde’s an angel compared to those two. One word of advice to TT, they should make the toilets in the locker room with two or more to a stall. Sour!



  44. P.Siva
    11:02 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    God’s Gift Achiuwa is his real name? And to think I had to settle for getting God’s Gift tattooed on my arms.



  45. totally blue
    11:19 am January 20, 2011 Permalink

    you are so right kingery,they should add the name dick-tator