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Trick Daddy’s Saturday News and Views

I have no idea what exactly it is that Trick Daddy wants me to keep quiet about in this picture, but I can promise you that my lips are sealed. That picture is frightening. Trick Daddy was a popular rapper for a while during the later 90’s and early 00’s. I remember Trick (it just feels weird to shorten it to ‘Daddy’) mostly from his collaborations with fellow female rapper, Trina. I never knew for certain if they were in love, but anytime you can sing a song in such unison with someone as “Take it to the House,” the chemistry is simply undeniable. Perhaps Trick Daddy’s most memorable song though was his 2004 hit “Let’s Go.” The song served as the perfect opening song on many warm-up CDs for sports teams in the early and mid 2000’s.

What you might not have known about Trick Daddy, born as Maurice Young, is that he was diagnosed with lupus, which affected his skin. Young/Trick/Daddy decided not to take the medication though, using the following explanation: “I just said all together, I ain’t taking no medicine.” More power to you. I hope Trick Daddy and Trina end up together again some day.

 

Care for some news and views?  “Everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that knows somethin’ bout it.” And I know a little something about it…

—– The buzz around the Bluegrass has all been focused on the night game match up with Florida in Commonwealth Stadium tomorrow night. Kentucky will have its first chance to line up against an SEC foe, putting the new coaching staff to the test. The stage seems ripe for an upset though, with more and more experts picking Kentucky as a trendy choice for the upset bid of the weekend. Between Florida’s injuries, below average offense, the night game atmosphere, etc… there is just something brewing in the air in Lexington. Maybe we are all just foolishly hopeful, or maybe there’s something to the tide turning toward Kentucky finding a way to pull off what would certainly be the biggest win of Mark Stoops’ young Kentucky career.

—– What’s on the line? We’ve only touched on it all week here on KSR, but a 26 year losing streak is what Kentucky is up against, along with a stingy Florida rush defense. Although Kentucky is entering a new era, Florida seems as vulnerable as they have in years limping into Commonwealth Stadium with a few key injuries, including that of the Gators starting quarterback Jeff Driskel.

—– One of the sub-plots of the entire week leading up to the Florida game has been the talk of Joker Phillips’ return to the Bluegrass on the opposing sidelines. Phillips will be making his first official trip back as the wide receivers/photo shop editor of the Florida Gators. Both sides have played it cool and tried not to make it “the storyline,” but there’s no denying that for a former Kentucky player, assistant coach, and head coach… the return is a story. Many fans were displeased with the state Joker Phillips left the Kentucky program in before Mark Stoops’ hiring, but hopefully the drama will be left to the play on the field tomorrow.

—– For the players’ part, the Kentucky players who played for Phillips told Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal that they will “show him love” during his return to Lexington.

—– Kentucky fans will finally get the chance to experience tailgating at its finest this season after surviving two straight noon kickoffs. Kentucky will be under the lights and the tailgating scene tomorrow promises to be a good one. Have fun. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t get married at your tailgate.

 

A quick switch to some basketball news…

     John Calipari has been tearing up the recruiting trail over the course of the past few weeks, likely utilizing as much of his free time as possible before the team was officially allowed to start practicing 20 hours a week together.  Calipari has jet set across the United States, paying visits to various 2014, 2015 and even 2016 prospects. While in town to visit 2014 highly coveted target Stanley Johnson, Calipari made sure to make time to visit 2016 power forward Michael Cage, Jr. He is the son of former NBA center Michael Cage. Calipari offered a scholarship to the 6’8 PF who ranks as the 19th best player in the class of 2016. Cage’s other offers at this point include UCLA and Washington.

      As we move closer and closer to the kick off of the college basketball season, the pre-season awards and accolades continue to roll in for one young Kentucky Wildcat. Julius Randle was tabbed as a CBS Pre-season All-American this morning, which pairs with the same honor given earlier in the week by USA Today. The rest of CBS’ All-American line-up included Doug McDermott, Russ Smith, Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart. Not bad company. Andrew Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein were both named as third team All-Americans by CBS. Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins was slated as the Pre-season Player of the Year.

CBS had the following to say about Randle:

Julius Randle
F | 6-9 | FR | Kentucky
Randle projects as the best player on what projects as the nation’s best team. He’s big, strong and super-aggressive – a matchup nightmare in the frontcourt who just might lead Kentucky in points and rebounds while leading the Wildcats to a second national title in three years.

 

—– In former Wildcat news, DeMarcus Cousins is having the best week ever. First, one of the all-time great centers in the game of basketball declared that he was taking Cousins under his wing, while also staking a personal financial claim in the Kings. Shaquille O’Neal and Cousins’ relationship seems to be budding at just the right time, and now the Kings sweetened the pot even more for Cousins. DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings reached an agreement on a four-year, $62 million dollar max contract extension. For those keeping track at home, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have both been on the receiving end of monster pay days in the last 12 months. Congratulations to Cousins, a KSR favorite.

—- And last but certainly not least, the UK Athletic Hall of Fame inducted some new members tonight, headlined by Tubby Smith and Rex Chapman. The big story was Tubby’s first return to Lexington since leaving Kentucky for Minnesota. Smith received an incredibly warm welcome from the crowd upon being introduced, receiving the only standing ovation of the night. Smith was emotional and had only the nicest things to say about his time at Kentucky. Here are a few of his best quotes:

“You may leave Kentucky, but Kentucky never leaves you.”

“I spent more time in Lexington than anywhere except my childhood home in Southern Maryland. So this is a second home to me.”

Tubby on never quite understanding the fame, “I never thought I was a celebrity. I was Joe Bag of Doughnuts trying to get a job done. My Dad taught me an honest day’s work, an honest day’s pay.”

—– Another KSR favorite, Josh Hopkins, had the honor of introducing Rex Chapman, one of his childhood heroes. Here are a few of the highlights from Chapman/Hopkins

Hopkins on Chapman, “It was like he was built in a basketball lab. He had it all.”

Chapman on being the son of a college player and coach, “I hit the genetic lotto.”

 

…. That’s it for now folks. Rest up, we’ve got a long day ahead of us tomorrow. Upset alert. Go Cats. Go Krogering.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

31 Comments for Trick Daddy’s Saturday News and Views



  1. Mack
    10:39 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    Watching a high school football game from California on Fox Sports tonight and they were listing the rankings of the college football recruiting classes for 2014 and had the CATS ranked 10th.



  2. smh
    10:41 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    Couldn’t wear a tie to see Tubby Smith get inducted into the UKHOF? For shame, Drew.



  3. lesigh
    11:05 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    You guys look like two of Tubby’s late-tenure recruits. Seriously though, I am happy for the Tubster.



  4. Randy Marsh
    11:08 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome picture, Tubby, Matt, and Drew!



  5. queer bate
    11:08 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones likes big, black dongs.



  6. Chicago Chris
    11:18 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    Come on now, Dro in the Wind was the best. Trick loves the kids.



  7. Tired of Being 1 of 12 Games
    11:24 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    There has been a lot of talk about the reception joker will get. He is not coming back as a head coach, or even a OC, he is a WR coach. They do not announce the WR’s coaches, so his reception will be that very few people will even know that he is back. Hopefully he will be remembered for help end the UK-Florida losing streak. #The jokereffect



  8. Tired of that joke
    11:39 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    Funny #7. The anti upset. Mark it down: Gators 27 Cats 6



  9. ukfan
    11:44 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think Drew owns a tie, but he could of atleast borrowed one.



  10. Drew
    11:47 pm September 27, 2013 Permalink

    Matt

    Tubby returned to UK in 2006 to receive an honorary degree. You had it on the site in 2006.



  11. oh hellz yeahz
    12:11 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Trick luuuuvs da kids! luv me some JODD!



  12. ukfaninohio
    12:27 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Could someone please explain to me just how in the world were supposed to pull off an upset tommorrow?Seems the whole world is predicting it which in turn means florida is hearing it so there goes sneaking up on them.yeah they lost driskell but murphy is far ahead of either of our quarterbacks right now. They have the best secondary in the sec a strong running back duo and didn’t we lose to western kentucky?I love our cats and will root like hell but i just flat out aint seein it.I say FLA-34 UK-10



  13. Bonkrshr
    12:55 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    KSR,
    Please remind us all again how much we are currently paying Joker not to coach and put stuff on his twitter about UK…
    2.5 million reasons not to be happy to see him…
    Oh and that is money from Kentucky Taxpayers and Students…
    Thank you, Mitch…



  14. r
    1:38 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Count me as one that couldn’t care less if Tubby ever crosses the border of this great state again. A good coach will produce as good as results as when he took over. A great coach will will produce better results than when he took over. A sub oar coach will see the program “backslide”. Which category does Tubby fit? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. I have said for years that Tubby is a twenty win coach. He took over a poor Tulsa team, and turned them into a 20 win team. he took over a poor Georgia team and turned them in to a 20 win team. He took over a great Kentucky team (30+ wins a season) and turned us into a 20 win team. He took over a poor Minnesota team and turned them in to a 20 win team. What people fail to realize is that in this day and time of 35 + games a year, it doesn’t take a genius to get you to twenty wins. Twenty wins is average or maybe even a notch below average. At Kentucky, we should be able to attract enough talent to get twenty wins without a coach. Just roll the ball out and let em play, For those that talk about how good of a person he was (is). Ask the people, that were around the practices when he was coach and they will tell you that his language made Pitino sound like a choir boy. I don’t hate Tubby, but don’t care for him either. Under his watch we went from elite 8’s and better to second round exits. That is not acceptable at Kentucky.



  15. Mr. Blonde
    2:30 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    3.) Git er dun…



  16. Dee W.
    3:07 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    “The big story was Tubby’s first return to Lexington since leaving Kentucky for Minnesota.”

    He’s been back before this – here’s his first trip where he was given an honorary doctoral degree by UK during commencement in 2008: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2008-05-05-smith-kentucky_N.htm



  17. Dee W.
    3:12 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    r – I’m sure your criticisms of Coach Tubby Smith’s record are just as accurate as most of the other criticisms that have been: Completely inaccurate and made up. As the article states he was the only inductee who got a standing ovation. That’s what the UK fans really feel about the man who was our head coach for a decade…the rest of you are a tiny, tiny minority of bashers.

    Tubby Smith record at Kentucky

    1997 — 1998 — 35-4 overall, 14-2 SEC, SEC regular season champions, SEC tournament Champions, NCAA Champions, SEC Coach of the Year

    1998 — 1999 — 28-9 overall, 11-5 SEC, SEC tournament Champions, NCAA Elite 8

    1999 — 2000 — 23-10 overall, 12-4 SEC, SEC regular season Champions (tied), NCAA Round of 32

    2000 — 2001 — 24-10 overall, 12-4 SEC, SEC regular season Champions (tied), SEC tournament Champions, NCAA Sweet 16

    2001 — 2002 — 22-10 overall, 10-6 SEC, NCAA Sweet 16

    2002 — 2003 — 32-4 overall, 16-0 SEC, SEC regular season Champions, SEC tournament Champions, Granted #1 seed NCAA tournament, NCAA Elite Eight, SEC Coach of the Year, Naismith National Coach of the Year, Henry Iba Award for best national coach of the year, AP National Coach of the Year, first team since 1952 to go undefeated through SEC conference play through both the regular season and tournament (and first and only to do so with 16 regular season games), new record set for highest attendance at a game at Rupp Arena during this season, largest margin of victory (62 points) over an opponent in a game since 1952, first college coach since 1975 to sweep all NCAA recognized national coach of the year honors in the same season

    2003 — 2004 — 27-5 overall, 13-3 SEC, SEC Tournament Champions, Granted #1 overall seed NCAA tournament, NCAA round of 32

    2004 — 2005 — 28-6 overall, 14-2 SEC, #1 recruiting class, SEC regular season Champions, SEC tournament runner-up, NCAA Elite Eight, SEC Coach of the Year, Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, AP National Coach of the Year

    2005 — 2006 — 22-13 overall, 9-7 SEC, NCAA round of 32

    2006 — 2007 — 22-12 overall, 9-7 SEC, NCAA round of 32

    3rd longest serving Head Coach at UK (10 years — a decade)

    12 total years coaching at UK

    Great ambassador for the program

    Charitable work which continues to have a strong positive impact to this day

    Tayshaun Prince was recently on KSTV and talks a lot about the influence Coach Smith had on him as a player and a person starting at about 5:04 in the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J4wCBP4Vfc&list=UUSXKOGW6LvqCtvAKCOWJO0g#at=322

    He is more than worthy to have a banner honoring him in Rupp for all of his contributions, his longevity, and his strong record. If Tubby Smith isn’t worthy of a banner being hung in his honor with that kind of a history with the program, then no one is. Period.



  18. El Guapo
    4:10 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Did you count how many Final Fours he went to in all that resume…?

    I’ll save you the time: you can count them on one finger.

    “NCAA Round of 32” isn’t what we hire people for.

    Buuuuuuuut he did give us the Shagari Alleyne Experiment.



  19. unreconstructed
    8:10 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    But,.. but,… but, … Tubby’s such a “wonderful” person.



  20. barn
    8:23 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    r september: i’m definitely not a tubby fan but just because he uses foul language in practice doesn’t make him a bad person. I think the past 8 or 9 years he’s just beating his time in for a paycheck and feathering his nest for retirement. i’m just thankful he’s not still doing it here.



  21. Tubby Smith
    8:37 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Hate me for my final two years at UK, but not what I did prior to that. Still, I never missed the round of 32. Yes my teams choked a few times in the tourney, but who doesn’t have a few of those if they coach 10 years. It happened to Cal in year one…and last year was one big choke.



  22. Megan
    9:03 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    I love Tubby. But you don’t have to love him to respect the man and his record. He is certainly deserving.



  23. kentucky effect
    9:10 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Drew is just one of guys who no matter what he puts on or how hard he scrubs him self in the shower, he just always looks dirty and out of sort…..



  24. kentucky effect
    9:13 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    I like how Matt took front and center for the picture when it’s Tubby getting inducted into the HOF…..Not surprising! Best of luck to Tubby…



  25. Otto Mo Beal
    9:20 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby is awesome. Congrats! I hope he got his fill of Ale 8, Purnell’s Old Folks Sausage, and Tolley Ho while visiting KENTUCKY. I know I miss that stuff.



  26. IBe4UL
    9:47 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    #23&#24 Wouldn’t “UL effect” be a better name for you?



  27. kentucky effect
    10:05 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    @ 26……I think KSR “MOUTH PIECE” fits you like a wind sock, no matter which way the winds blows your sucking it up……



  28. STEVE!
    10:11 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby was great initially, but was handed a program in great shape. Compare that to the last 10 players he signed and convince me he wasn’t trying to ruin the program before he left. Adam Williams, Rekalin Sims, Jarod Carter, Michael Porter, Derrick Jasper, Jodie Meeks, Perry Stevenson, Ramon Harris, Mokinyo Williams, A.J. Stewart. 5 left the program, and four of those that stayed probably averaged less than 5 points a game for their career. Cheer and thank Tubby for the first years, but not for the last ones.



  29. IBe4UL
    10:38 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    #27 So, you go to KSR because you do not agree with it? Get a life. “UL Troll effect”



  30. Big Blue Fan
    10:42 am September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Ky effect every blog has to have a few turds and trolls. We seem to have more than our fair share but I crown you #1 turd in our punch bowl.



  31. Yikes
    3:24 pm September 28, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Franklin looks very embarrassing in that picture.