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UK Fans of the Day Want Friday Night Thoughts

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Three quick things before you go out and do your thing:

1. I am amazed at the lack of controversy over the Mitch Barnhart extension. Nothing against Mitch or his time at UK. I think he has done very well. But for an outgoing President to essentially give an Athletic Director three extra years on his way out the door…well that is surprising to me. Barnhart is now locked up for EIGHT years at the University, ensuring that he will be at UK for a long time to come. That may very well be the best decision for UK (it probably is) but I would think it is also the decision that should be made by the new President. The new President will now have to work with Barnhart regardless and it will not be his (or her) decision as to whether the partnership is a fruitful one. I am not saying that I wouldn’t have done it, but I would have expected much more controversy in the Big Blue Nation. Alas, it passed by without much notice at all.

2. Tomorrow is a big game in Nashville, not so much for the season as a whole, but because it can help get a significant winning streak going to end the season. Win in Nashville and then you have two rather easy games at home, followed by a road game at Arkansas and then Florida/Vandy in Lexington. There is no reason you can’t win all of those games, setting up your season finale in Knoxville. Win or lose that game, and you still only have five conference losses, you will have a bye in the SEC Tournament and likely a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I think that is a great path to making some noise in March. Lose against Vanderbilt and you will still be ok….likely headed to a 10-6 conference record and a 4/5 seed in March…but it isn’t nearly as good as it could or should be. The Cats have found a way to lose in every way imaginable this year on the road. Tomorrow is the day they need to find a way to win.

3. Speaking of Nashville, I went to the Vandy-Alabama game and it is no exaggeration to suggest that the Vandy gym could be the most bizarre arena in America. Everyone focuses on the court setup, with the benches on the end and that is odd. But stranger to me is the entire feel of the place, as it is almost designed as an opera house. The seats go high into the air, but the corners are walled off and the endzones are very tight. It is a strange setup that makes one feel like he is watching a play rather than a basketball game. I would assume it is odd for opposing players as well and could explain why Vandy has traditionally had such a powerful homecourt advantage.

4. When he came to Lexington, John Wall had that aura around him. Last year when Lebron was in the house, I noted that he just had a different feel as a person around him, making the game more exciting just because he was there. The same is true of Wall, who helped create a real buzz in the building. He couldn’t have been more courteous to all of us who spoke with him and I think he genuinely had a great time in his return. For those who complained because he didn’t sign autographs, understand that if he did, he would have been swamped and unable to watch the game. Similarly, for those mad that he didnt smile enough, get over yourselves. That is just Wall’s personality and means absolutely nothing. The kid was happy to be there and flew after an afternoon practice to Lexington to support his former team before flying back for a morning practice the next day. I call that impressive.

5. I am pulling hard for the NBA team in Louisville. First, it would be great for the state economically and finally make this a pro state again. Second, it will help Louisville get rid of its title of “largest market without a professional team” and help it reach the status it needs as a city. And third, with Pitino so obviously against it and UL trying to play a role in stopping it, the team can once again pave the way for UK and Calipari to slip right on in as the ambassador to pro sports in the region. It is still a long shot to happen, but count me up as a big time supporter.

Big day tomorrow….LIVE BLOG at 12:30 pm….lets get it on….

Article written by Matt Jones

54 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Friday Night Thoughts



  1. Tubby's gopher
    8:44 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    wood you?



  2. tfordstyle
    8:47 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    <— this guy will be there tomorrow reminding all other fans why they hate us in blue…



  3. In the know
    8:48 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Eric Fingerhut will be uk’s next president…..smart, solid hire.



  4. on the radio
    8:56 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Memorial was designed for operas too … “Dedicated in 1952 as a memorial to all Vanderbilt men and women who served in World War II, the arena was built as a combination gymnasium and concert hall by the late master architect Edwin Keeble.”



  5. Hart Boardman
    9:05 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Great article but who is that girl in the yellow. TFM



  6. I Shoot 4s
    9:08 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    As long as they call the NBA franchise the “Kentucky Kings,” I will be satisfied. Bring on the NBA. If they targeted the top UK players in the area each season they could gain quite a large market.



  7. bakert
    9:19 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    I was in Columbia last year for the UK/USC game and was standing on the court about 30 minutes before the game when UK was warming up. After about 5-10 minutes Wall came out and it was like Bono or Bruce showed up. Even a hush of sorts came over the USC fans when Wall walked out.

    Oh, as for the NBA franchise the “Kings of Kentucky” is a better name.



  8. Get Bucket$
    9:19 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Isn’t Vegas the largest city without a pro sports team?



  9. SaggyWheels
    9:20 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    0_o



  10. RealUKFan
    9:20 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    People should be outraged by this contract ext. Mitch was part of the problem and not the solution during the end of the Tubby era. Lee Todd was also a big problem. In fact, any UK fan who openly rooted for UK and supported the program during the last few years of Tubby and the Billy G disaster were part of the problem. Had these so called fans demanded change 5 years ago, we would not have had to go through all these awful seasons. Instead, the majority of the fans continued to blindly follow the cats, go to the games and buy the products. These fans cost the program big time.



  11. Jack w/ Just the Fax
    9:22 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Matt clearly reads Mark Story’s columns in the LHL. That bullet point on Mitch was pretty much lifted write from Mark’s article in the Friday LHL edition. thats all. go big blue.



  12. COMPLETELY CONFUSED
    9:24 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    So the poll on the right…. So we are asked what are our thoughts and our thoughts are supposed to be either yes or no? Does that makes sense to anyone else?



  13. lexslamman
    9:29 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    11)

    That is because the LHL has the best writing and news staff in central Kentucky. You’d either have to be stupid or crazy not to follow the LHL.



  14. bob
    9:31 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    if we are going to win the east we need to beat vandy. think it is very bad for us to say we dont care about the east or the sec, come on that sounds like duke



  15. NormalUkFan
    9:32 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    10 – the opposite of everything you said



  16. 10 is right
    9:36 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Preach on brother. Amen!!! I feel the same way. But, too many of our fans are too simple minded to see the big picture. These same fans probably also think it’s a good idea to stay in the SEC.



  17. Geert Hammink's Game
    9:39 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    @ #8)

    No. Vegas is a tourist attraction. A gimmick. Not a real city.



  18. Geert Hammink's Game
    9:42 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    @ 10.)

    Your tag is ironic. Cause your post screams bandwagon.



  19. Pokey Chapman
    9:44 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    The reason Vandy’s gym is such a big deal is because everybody talks about it, yea I get it, it’s different. “Most bizarre arena”? After watching some of the unc/dUKe game, when the people on the sidelines appear to have their feet on the out of bounds line, that’s bizarre. Maybe your just used to that place but nothing in D1 compares to that high school gym look and feel.



  20. RealUKfan
    9:47 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    18) Nope, I just refused to be part of the problem. I guess you were one of the sheep that watched our program nearly get flushed down the toilet by the likes of barnhart, Todd and Tubby. You aren’t a real fan, you are the type of fan that needs to be banned from anything UK. The program will never be fully back until Barnhart and Todd are gone.



  21. 10 is a douche
    9:49 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone who has to call himself RealUKFan isn’t



  22. bluetexan
    9:52 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Matt- A long time BBN and KSR fan has to comment on the ‘Mitch’ comment. As sad a tenure as ‘Clueless Lee’ has seen at UK…the decision to give Mitch an extension may be one of his dumbest moves. Barnfart has not proven to be a progressive nor enlightened AD respected by his peers. Simply, he’s an embarrassment (Director’s Cup standings/actively flirting w/KS), poor judge of ‘talent’ (BCG/Joker/DeMoss) and should have never been hired. It is not professional to chose a significant player in your successor’s team…bad judgment on ‘Clueless’ from the hire to the extension.



  23. cats11
    9:58 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    girl in the white’s eye is freaking me out



  24. rac
    10:05 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    let pitino coach the pro team and u of l probably drops its opposition.



  25. dazed
    10:05 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    11- I sincerely hope that was sarcasm



  26. me
    10:12 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Austin; El Paso; Vegas…just saying.



  27. SexnNursinHomes
    10:16 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    lesley mispelled her name. it’s leslie.



  28. Ryan Murphy
    10:18 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sick of everyone ragging on Memorial. I learned to swim in that building!



  29. Rupert Ergin XI
    10:18 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    25 – It isn’t sarcasm. That moron loves the LHL. I am just surprised he posted something without making a political statement. I have never seen him do that.



  30. bigbluecats350
    10:20 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    @ 10- no, real fans stand behind their teams through thick and thin. just because we support the program doesnt mean we are happy with the coaches/AD. we live in a day and age where the media and internet allows recruits to see when fans bad mouth their schools sports teams. so its the fans like u that make players second guess if they want to come play their ass off in front of you because you cant be satisfied unless they go undefeated and win it all. even then it sounds like u would find some way to bitch and moan. ur one of the so called fans that make all uk fans look bad. and most likely, ur a card troll but if not, does it hurt everytime u jump of the wagon?



  31. Dylan
    10:48 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    cobb to come back if lock out?



  32. bung
    10:50 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    10)u rite….2 big probs….only UK BB could have survived it….We need a UK blue AD….and yes Matt…it should have waited on the new Pres….



  33. bung
    10:52 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    oh yeah…nice pic



  34. bung
    10:53 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Are the board of Regents conscious?



  35. BIG BLUE BARBER
    10:54 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    We gotta get this pro team in Louisville. It’s about time! I just hope they don’t call it the Louisville something or others. Let it be the Kentucky something or others. Go Cats Go Packers



  36. bung
    10:55 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    we need to clean house and start over…..where is Happy? I spose we get a Dookie for Pres now.



  37. Boogiewoogie
    11:10 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Here is my opinion on the NBA coming to the Commonwealth and how Ricky P is being an ass about it. For what it’s worth!:http://sportsthat.blogspot.com/2011/02/nba-team-for-commonwealth.html



  38. deer boss
    11:17 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone want to nerd fight?



  39. catcrawler
    11:43 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    I DON’T GIVE A SSSSHHHH…… THE NBA DOESN’T BELONG IN KY. no money for them here……



  40. KentuckyHouse
    11:49 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    30) Spot on, brother. You’re exactly right.

    22) I don’t know where to begin on your clueless post. Seriously. Poor judge of talent? Really?

    Yes, he blew the Billy G hire, but Joker has been head coach for ONE DAMN YEAR! Jesus…could you put away your racism for just a couple of years and actually give him a chance? No? I didn’t think so.

    And DeMoss? Where do you think the turnaround for UK Hoops started? She set the table for the success that Coach Mitchell is having now. Not to mention that she’s the one that brought Coach Mitchell to her staff where he would eventually succeed her! Yes, the end of her tenure was weirdly shady, but she started the ball rolling for the revival that UK Hoops is experiencing today!

    And aren’t you forgetting about the hire Barnhart made that proved everyone (including me) wrong? Coach Brooks, through all the crappy fans like you could give him, stuck it out and built the football team into a respectable program. He didn’t NEED to come to UK, but he took the job, listened to all the crap idiots like you spewed toward him, his staff, and his teams and went to work. I’ve said it for years…if I ever get the chance to meet Coach Brooks in person, I’m going to go up, shake his hand, and apologize for ever doubting him. He’s truly a class-act (unlike you and 10) and he didn’t deserve the whining he got from people like you.



  41. holdmeclosertinydanson
    11:55 pm February 11, 2011 Permalink

    Sarah’s elbow is blocking a potentially great butt photobomb. YELLOW RUINS EVERYTHING!



  42. Blueneck
    12:00 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, as one who lives in Louisville we do NOT want an NBA team – and this is coming from an NBA team (although it would be fun to watch them compete with the Tards and put them on the back burner). All these people who think it’s going to bring money into the city have been duped and need to take some economics courses at their local community college. There is a reason much bigger cities like Seattle lose their teams.

    Since when is the Louisville “market” larger than the one in Nashville, Seattle, Jacksonville, Vegas, St. Louis, or Pittsburgh??? If you are believing the skewed population numbers they used to justify the Metro merger you really need to get out and travel to see what a big city looks like and that they have money to spend – it is not magically brought in with an NBA team (see New Orleans, Charlotte, Vancouver/Memphis, etc.).

    Thank God Louisville did not get the Grizzles when they tried to do so.

    Years ago SI did a great piece on the city of Charlotte about how they used to be such a happening event/college town – like Louisville is today. Then in a short span of years they got the Hornets (their first NBA failure), Panthers, and some NHL team that I couldn’t possibly name. The thought was that all this money would be brought into the city but mostly what it brought were minimum wage jobs and and increased crime rate. If your city wants to increase the number of prostitutes/strippers, groupies, and other parasites who follow people with money then the NBA is the way to go. People think it will bring in money but really only a few people from the franchise really make the loot and they are usually the type who want to spend it in places that afford them privacy from us normal people (see Gold Club trial). Mostly what the city gets is a bunch of minimum wage jobs in exchange for pledging millions in taxpayer dollars. But the city officials will be able to pat themselves on the back for making such a major move even if it is in the wrong direction since they won’t be around when it all crashes down.

    Another good example of the backwards economics is where the city gives these out of town businesses money to come in and set up shop at Fourth Street Live with the profits going to out of town owners while they are directly competing with our local bars on Bardstown Rd etc.



  43. deer boss
    12:01 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    hello……good night.



  44. old_school
    12:32 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    You can definitely be a fan of a program and not a fan of the coach.
    It’s like saying that those of us who dislike Obama’s liberal, big-government ways do not love America.

    I’m not a Calipari fan and I make no secret of that. But I get blasted on here for being a Louisville fan or some other falsity simply because some people can’t/won’t allow dissent among the ranks.

    You can be a fan of a program/team and be in total disagreement with the leadership element at a given time. I hope those who didn’t like Tubby still rooted for the team when the took the floor. As much as I dislike where Cal is taking this program (one-and-done – say goodbye to senior night – prospect-athlete over student-athlete) I still can’t help but cheer for every basket made by Kentucky and hope for a win each night.



  45. JBR
    2:49 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Barnhart is a very good AD, and deserved the extension..enough about it…and Matt, you watch much baskteball lately? Miss St and easy game? They have all the things that give us trouble…



  46. Fred
    5:28 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    I am so sick of hearing “largest market without a sports team”….are you kidding? Louisville is the 48th largest TV market in the US, that’s all that matters…it’s nowhere near the biggest market without a team. I don’t care that Louisville took over Jefferson county to inflate their population numbers!



  47. duhville cat
    9:35 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    48) Exactly…. And I would be more excited about a pro team coming to da’ ville if they were playing in the KFC/Yum Yum Sypher Memorial Planned Parenthood Bucket instead of Freedom Hall. That way the Tards would have to work their schedule around it. It’s gonna take more tax dollars to renovate that S*** hole and, after all, we are gonna be paying for that big airstream trailer of an arena for a long time.



  48. bogeyboy99
    9:39 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    This ridiculous idea just keeps surfacing and won’t go away.It does not make financial sense and will not bring quality jobs or dollars to Louisville nor will the fan base support it.
    With that said, I’m not anti-NBA and as long as it’s 100% privately funded and not one cent of taxpayer money goes to it….no problem.



  49. Al's IndiCats
    9:55 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    As much as I’d love for Louisville to have a pro team,(just for the fact, 15 seconds of fame doesn’t want them)I’d have to say financially Louisville probably wouldn’t be able to support them. The C.I.B. (Capital Improvement Board) here in Indy “DONATED” $10,000,000 for the Pacers, who have been a losing operation for the past 4 or 5 years. Here in Indy they’re closing libraries, laying off teachers, dropping music and art classes, cops, firemen, the list is unbelievable, yet they want to keep a losing operation afloat. Now the Simon Brother (One of them passed away) owns the Pacers. The same Simon brother who are quad-drillion Billionare. They told the Mayor and the C.I.B. that if they didn’t get this “GIFT” The Pacers were gone.
    Same with the Lucus OIL stadium, we as tax payers built the “Oil Field” on resturant taxes that were promised to resend the moment when the Hoosier dome was paid off…..guess what? It didn’t happen.
    They wanted to keep the Pacers in town because they brought a lot of business to the down town area. My suggestion to them was to let the down town businesses PAY the extra 10 mill, for they are the only ones who are benefitting from their presence. The C.I.B shot that down quicker than Little Ricky with a skank saying it could, and would bankrupt all the small businesses with in walking distance of Conceco. Which a lot of them are chain owned fast food resturants anyway.
    GO CATS BEAT Vandy back into the stone age



  50. WildcatBusinessman
    10:07 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Listen to these fans, Matt. And if they’re not convincing enough, go buy this week’s issue of Forbes. There’s an article that discusses the spread of the wealth in the NBA. 17 teams posted losses last year, even though their revenue streams were in the 100-millions. The average team profit margin was around 13 mil, hardly enough to call an economic boon. Louisville doesn’t have the infrastructure, or the fan-base for it. I have several acquaintances in the Ville with Colts tickets, not one with Pacers tix. NBA teams are constantly fighting debt issues, which is one reason there will be a potential lockout. Look at the numbers, it just doesn’t make sense.



  51. AtomicDawg02
    10:16 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Very well put about John Wall Matt. Any of us can appreciate working the afternoon, flying out and then flying back for work the next morning. He’s not Magic Johnson with the million dollar smile and all the showmanship, he’s just a kid that wants to play basketball and be able to give back to his alma mater.



  52. Bob
    11:07 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    “Similarly, for those mad that he didnt [sic] smile enough, get over yourselves. That is just Wall’s personality and means absolutely nothing.”

    Yep, it was like his professional debut for the Wizards. Remember… during introductions he came out stone cold serious with a look that suggested he was about to kill someone’s mama. No, wait, he actually did a 33 minute Dougie with a smile twice as electric as Magic’s.

    If you think the cold, blank stare during the Y was unintentional, you’re delusional. And dumb. But hey, that’s 95% of our fanbase.



  53. Cats
    11:40 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    5) That’s Sarah



  54. macsauce13
    7:06 pm February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Went to high school with these girls. PHS FTW.