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Vaclav Havel’s Monday News and Views

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Those who love the written word saw a difficult week just pass with the deaths of Christopher Hitchens and Czech poet/playwright Vaclav Havel. Havel was likely the most famous modern figure of the area formerly known as Czechoslovakia. While under communist rule, Havel became known as its most famous dissident, writing poems and plays that struck at the heart of communism and criticized its tyrannical rule. During the Spring of 1968, he became the unofficial leader of the eight months known as the “Prague Spring”, a time when it seemed that the country would break way from the Soviet Union’s stranglehold on the nation and move towards a more democratic state. But the USSR invaded in the summer and Havel went back to his role as the official thorn in the communists’ side. In 1989, as communism began to crumble across Eastern Europe, he led hundreds of thousands of protesters in the “Velvet Revolution”, a peaceful movement that displaced communism and led to Czech elections for the first time in the 20th century. Havel was elected the nation’s first President, a nearly unheard-of feat considering his role as primarily a literary figure. His time as Czechoslovakia President was not a great success and he resigned in 1992, finishing his life as a world spokesman for peace. In America, Havel may be best known for taking Bill Clinton to play saxophone in a Prague jazz club during a visit, a recording of which is below. He passed away this weekend at the age of 75.

To the news…

— The only big news to come from the weekend is the victory over UT Chattanooga on Saturday night in which UK’s Freshmen played well. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was once again a beast, flirting with a triple-double. I am not sure that I have ever seen a player get such universal respect from UK’s fanbase so quickly as Gilchrist, who is quickly becoming the superstar of the team. Everything he does is based on hustle, but he combines it with unbelievable talent and an ability to make plays. He might be slowly becoming UK’s most important player. Anthony Davis had an absurd 18 rebound night and finally showcased how dominant he can be on the glass. Earlier this season, he was allowing rebounds to come to him, and occasionally got them taken away by athletic opponents. Not now. Now we see him skying for every rebound and taking them above the rim. That subtle change makes him an unstoppable force. Add an 8 assist-1 turnover game from Marquis Teague and some threes finally falling for Kyle Wiltjer and John Calipari has to be happy with the performance of all his young players.

— What has to continue to concern the UK coaches is the status/play of Terrence Jones. One can’t be too critical of Jones on Saturday, as the picture of the ghastly injury to his finger showcases that he must have been in a great deal of pain. But Jones’s medical status and lackadaisical play is the biggest concern going forward. UK lists Jones as day-to-day with his finger and with the next major game 12 days away against Louisville, one would think there will not be a rush to get him back on the court. But the injury is to his shooting hand and if looks were a diagnosis, one would have to think it will take some time to heal. I had hoped to see Jones bounce back in a big way Saturday night and it was clear that the Rupp crowd was hoping beyond hope for him to play well. Now we have to wait and see when he will get a chance for redemption before the big UL battle on New Year’s Eve.

— The 2012 UK recruiting class has four members, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley. I still expect UK to add Shabazz (we hope) and at least one other big man, but one player who will not be in the class is Pitt transfer Khem Birch. A good source told me on Saturday that UK will not be a destination for Birch, due primarily to the lack of an available scholarship at the semester break. Bitch wants to transfer now and UK simply cannot accommodate him.

— On the football side of things, the UK coaches have spent the past two weeks traveling all around the South recruiting. Tee Martin and Joker Phillips specifically have been everywhere and have been able to visit current commits and establish relationships with some players who have risen in the Senior class. Our friends at BleedBlueKentucky.com have been keeping track of names, but as one football source told me recently, the difference this year as opposed to past years is the luxury to take some fliers. Because UK has their class close to full already, making sure all current commits stay on board and focusing on trying to steal some late stars can now occur. In addition, the last game win against Tennessee has been huge. “I can’t tell you how much of a difference it makes. That streak hung over this program’s heads for years, including with potential recruits. Now we don’t have to worry about it again.”

— The UK Hoops team dropped its first game today against #3 ranked Notre Dame in South Bend. The Cats played well and had a late lead, but their star Adi’a Mathes fouled out with 7 minutes to go and they simply ran out of offensive firepower to win on the road. I watched the entire game and I must say the UK Hoops team is really fun to watch. I have never been a huge fan of women’s basketball as a viewer, but this team plays at such a tremendous speed and with constant energy, making the game frenetic and fun to watch. They don’t have a ton of size and often seem on the verge of being completely out of control. But it does make it extremely entertaining and leads me to want to check them out more than any women’s team I have seen ever.

— Finally, the pictures of the new Rupp Arena made their way around the internet on Saturday night. It is important to note that these pictures are of the design that now has been approved by the absurdly large 47 member committee. The city still has to make final approval, but chances are, if a new arena gets built, it will look like the picture below (complete with wild horse running the streets). How the building gets financed and if/when it gets done is the next question. Lexington Mayor Jim Grey is schedule to come on my radio show on Tuesday to discuss these issues and answer questions about the seemingly developing gap between the city and UK on the issue. It will be worth a listen.

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We get our Christmas week started in the morning at 10 on radio and here on the site with a KSR College post. IF you are interested in being a part of the KSR College site that will launch in January, watch this week for information on how to apply. More later….

Article written by Matt Jones

63 Comments for Vaclav Havel’s Monday News and Views



  1. Ranger
    11:06 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    This weekend is pretty dead



  2. Kim Jong Il
    11:07 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    This dictator is pretty dead.



  3. TRex
    11:12 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    this team walks on water, not ice.
    losing to UL w/o TJ will not be the end of the world, but
    we will not!!!!!!!!
    Cats by 3 per Vegas.
    We win by 8!!



  4. coolio
    11:31 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Bitch wants to transfer now?



  5. Khem birch
    11:32 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    What’d you call me? (read the last line of the khem birch section )



  6. KYStout
    11:34 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    lol @ “bitch wants to transfer now”



  7. Killdee
    11:35 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Just because a kid won’t be coming to UK, that doesn’t mean he’s a “bitch” Matt! 🙂



  8. here ya go
    11:36 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Bitch wants to transfer now and UK simply cannot accommodate him… one of the better typos on KSR lol i had a picture of Jones in a sideways baseball cap acting like B-rad from malibu;s most wanted when he said that.



  9. UK Rifle > WVU Rifle
    11:38 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, Thanks for the shout out to the ladies. They were great to watch today and thanks for the few True Blue BBN folks who showed up in a hostile environment to cheer the ladies on after entering the time warp of roadway between Indy and South Bend. It took a Kentucky woman to beat us in former Lexington Catholic player Natalie Novosel who now plays for the Irish. The Domers also got some home cooking from the refs but things should have looked different on a neutral floor. Seeing the crowds showing up to cheer for the teams playing us, BBN needs to step up their game and get to a live game and show opposing teams we can support our teams better than Notre Dame or Loserville.



  10. Kentucky1159
    11:39 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Haha birch is called bitch in the last sentence of that paragraph



  11. RidgeRunner
    11:40 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hmmm… So Poole leaving before the break doesn’t create a scholarship after the break?

    Yeah, that typo is one for the record books…lol



  12. harlancountymoutaingibberish
    11:45 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    HOMELAND SEASON FINALE WAS THE SHIZZZZZZZ!



  13. thisisstupid
    11:47 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    I had to read that a couple times and look at the keyboard… There are no mistakes!



  14. Jake_GOCATS
    11:48 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    “Bitch wants to transfer now and UK simply cannot accommodate him.” Hahahaha! Best typo in KSR history!



  15. Person who noticed Bitch
    11:50 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    That is hilarious!



  16. RidgeRunner
    11:56 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    In keeping with the typo above…let me re-phrase my earlier point:

    Why can’t UK accomodate the Bitch if Poole already left? umm-umm



  17. Wildcat Kyle
    11:59 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Support UK Hoops team. Matthew Mitchell is a great coach.



  18. RidgeRunner
    12:00 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Thank goodness this typo wasn’t in reference to a member of the Lady Cats team! whewwwwwwwwwwww MaMaMia!



  19. CarefulOCDGRAMMAR
    12:02 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Remember we had Al B. “bitchin” about Matt’s writing and his grammar and the lack of some effing apostrophe. Al B. will be all over this. I say good job Matt. Obviously a Freudian slip! LOL!



  20. Haha
    12:02 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    – The 2012 UK recruiting class has four members, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley. I still expect UK to add Shabazz (we hope) and at least one other big man, but one player who will not be in the class is Pitt transfer Khem Birch. A good source told me on Saturday that UK will not be a destination for Birch, due primarily to the lack of an available scholarship at the semester break. Bitch wants to transfer now and UK simply cannot accommodate him.



  21. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:12 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    “Bitch, go back home… we have no room for you.”
    – Matt Jones



  22. RidgeRunner
    12:12 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    19…Something I never understood is people like that. I hear ya man.



  23. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:20 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Seriously though… why is Polson taking a scholarship if he doesn’t play?

    I’m all for generosity and “KY” boys on the team, but we need to be deeper than 6 (with one injured like now).

    Louisville played 11 players against Memphis on Saturday. Run and gun, we all know how it works. Wear the other team out with your revolving door of capable players and you hit your free throws late in the game and the opponent hits the front of the rim.

    It won us championships, people. Yet, here we sit wondering about Terrence “fragile” Jones.

    We need more depth (period). Winning recruiting battles is really only worth it if you have a bench full of “players”.



  24. LuvDaCats
    12:24 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Sheeeese. That was close. For a minute I thought they said Long Duck Dong from Sixteen Candles had died.



  25. darryl isaac
    12:24 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Whats up with all these bitches wanting to transfer lol, a little typo can go a longggg way



  26. Culver
    12:45 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    13) LOL! I did the same thing…took a look at my keyboard!



  27. chamnasty
    12:49 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, I appreciate the blurb about UK Hoops, but did the premier women’s match up not warrant their own post?

    KSR is a HUGE hype generator, and with our team performing so well, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t get a little more attention from the site (and fans).

    They are very exciting and play so hard, it’s a shame they were a little too pumped up this game and had the Teague-missin-layups syndrome or they probably would have won.



  28. I hate the internet
    1:06 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    How is this not Kim Jong Ill’s news and views? You guys need to flip on a TV once in awhile to a channel that doesn’t have Matt Jones talking.



  29. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    1:16 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    That’s the greatest typo I’ve ever seen.



  30. Lassie
    1:23 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    geez folks, it’s a bad word, must every post be about it, grow up.



  31. Kim Jong Dea
    1:25 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    So Ronery…



  32. Viren
    1:40 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    #23 First, Cal is questioned by the fans that he does not recruit enough Kentucky kids and now that he is offering scholarship to Kentucky kids he is being to generous? Kentucky fans are never happy. You can only have so many very talented guys in one team otherwise you will end up with controlling and egos and it could completely backfire on your @ss. Why do you think Cal really wanted Liggins to go ahead and make the move to the NBA. Liggins along with Knight both wanted to come back at least one more year but Cal wanted them to make the jump. I do think depth is overrated last year we went all the way to final four with six man rotation. Luckily we did not encounter any major injuries outside of Lamb in SEC Tournament.



  33. Jorge Pancho
    1:44 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    I spent a nearly a month in the Czech Republic, the summer of ’95, and thought I’d died and gone to heaven. We Americans were still beloved by Europeans in general, but the Czechs were particularly warm toward this American. They are a modest people in demeanor, but have produced some of the finest authors (Milan Kundera) and athletes (Dominic Hasek), never mind supermodels (Paulina Porizkova), this world has ever known. Interestingly enough, the Czech Republic has roughly the populace of Kentucky. Landlocked, and subsequently trapped by oppressors like the Russians and Germans, this beautiful country was generally spared the demolition of World Wars I and II. The result is a lush green landscape dotted with castles, cathedrals, and breweries – the Czechs produce some of the finest beer in the world. And I miss it the most. Vaclav Havel was no politician, but he was a revolutionary. His spirit will live on, as this culturally rich country will embody it.



  34. Really?
    1:49 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    #30 Why in the world would you want this to be a Kim Jong Il News and Views? He may be dead, but his 20-something son (who is already a 4-star general, appointed by his dad) will take his place and be much, much worse. He is an entitled brat who will try to prove his power very soon (not on the US). Plus, Matt probably had this post written already when the news came out, and wanted to dedicate this news and views to someone who made the world a better place. Not a mass murderer and rapist and all around evil human. Get off KSR’s collective back and go watch Lassie.



  35. Really?
    1:52 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Now I’m the moron…I of course meant #28…Watching Star Wars and responding to idiots is tough.



  36. Calipari'sInYourEar
    1:59 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    #32 – Viren – You can’t lay that on me.

    I’m not “Kentucky fans”. I’m one fan looking to win championships. I’m not in the minority of unfocused people looking for cute ornaments on the sideline who have Kentucky roots.

    1 goal, win championships.

    Regarding your statement, “Liggins along with Knight both wanted to come back at least one more year but Cal wanted them to make the jump.” That’s complete bs. If you believe that, then your not worth having a discussion with.



  37. siestakeycat
    3:05 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Bitches ain’t shit.



  38. bigcat
    3:33 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    At least this little slip up wasnt on live radio or television..

    Coach Cal says “I got 99 problems but a bitch aint one” lol



  39. ksr writer
    6:38 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Bitch please. we don’t want you



  40. SexnNursinHomes
    6:59 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    bitch betta have my money. bitch, get yo azz in da kitchen. bitch, grab me a beer.

    37, but hoes and tricks



  41. Rose
    7:20 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    So Matt you aren’t perfect, there was a time when people proof-read their copy but now with spell check some people are getting lazy. In order to put out a quality product you must go the extra mile and take the time.



  42. SEXtinoisSatan
    7:43 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Uavel dosent stand a chance with or without jones….Cats win by 40….SEXtino “eats” at 3 buffets after the game 15 sec apiece



  43. nolablue
    7:44 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, if you should happen to read this before the show, or of somebody could call in about it, could y’all please
    recap the King of the Bluegrass tourney for those of us who weren’t able to go this year? Thanks!



  44. GoCats2
    7:47 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    My guess is that no one on here knew Christopher Hitchens or the comment section probably would have gotten ugly. Where is LexLammon?



  45. Don't Get Hitched
    7:47 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Christopher Hitchens was a drunken, radical liberal, who hated God. Sorry Matt, I just remembered why I didn’t read “God is Not Great” by the late Mr. Hitchens…..



  46. GoCats2
    7:49 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    #45 I guess I put my comment in to early. That should get it started.



  47. SexnNursinHomes
    7:56 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    44- loved Hitchens. Thank my lucky stars that I’m a godless hellion.



  48. Walden Schmidt
    7:59 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Ha, he said bitch.



  49. Real Cats Fan
    8:02 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    So, how many major programs that BiRch would be interested in would just happen to have an extra scholarship sitting around collecting dust at this point in the season? I agree with an earlier poster that Poole transferring two games into the season “should” free up a scholly beginning with the second semester, but I suppose Emmert and his bruised hymen would find a way to prevent that from happening. In any case, the fact that BiRch is going to take his ball and go elsewhere speaks volumes to me. We already have one prima donna on this team – no room for another.



  50. cody
    8:34 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    “bitch” nice job Matt lol



  51. GoCats2
    8:49 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    #51 Yeah someone who asks people to think for themselves, study both sides of all issues, and question all information can be very dangerous. We need more people that follow what everyone else tells them to and less people like Hitchens.



  52. Killdeer
    8:52 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Birch got bitch-slapped by Matt Jones. Like Ice Cube said, “A bitch is a bitch is a ho is a slut.”



  53. Hitchens
    9:01 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    If I wasn’t British, I should’ve been President!



  54. Czech KY Fan
    9:02 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    I live in Prague. Have lived in Europe for the last ten years. I know that cafe well where Clinton and Havel were. I met Vaclav Havel two years ago @ the premiere of a film called Normal where his wife was acting in. Got to sit and talk with him for five minutes and of all the people I’ve ever met. From sports figures to movie stars, its the only time I was ever star struck.

    Vaclav Havel was the rare kind of reluctant leader who held dignity and integrity like no other man I’ve met. Their just buzz words tossed around in politics anyway, but he embodied them.

    He would have been a UK fan if he was born in Kentucky.



  55. Brent
    9:29 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Bitches be crazy yo.



  56. 2020
    9:33 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    >In addition, the last game win against Tennessee has been huge. “I can’t tell you how much of a difference it makes. That streak hung over this program’s heads for years, including with potential recruits. Now we don’t have to worry about it again.”<

    This is the 19th “huge” gain for the UK football program during Joker’s tenure. I’m all for getting excited, but all these gains need to start equating wins.



  57. Sittin Bull
    10:09 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Christopher Hitchens is no longer an atheist. I can guarantee that.



  58. blueinmemphis
    10:58 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Bir(t)ch or Jarnell Stokes would be a good mid-year addition to add depth.



  59. InternationalPhilosophy
    11:13 am December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Hitchens was a force for reason and enlightenment.

    @45 and 57: Don’t interrupt the adults.



  60. IcantStopStaringatTomCreansForehead
    1:31 pm December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Matt please proof your line that says “Birtch wants to transfer now…” you left out the r in Birtch… lol



  61. Ifatcattexas
    1:34 pm December 19, 2011 Permalink

    oops mispelled Birch in your last line of the paragraph about him…



  62. George Brett says
    1:47 pm December 19, 2011 Permalink

    Where’s the drawing for the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium? Adding an additional 10,000 seats; converting all seats to UK blue chairback; the installation of 20 new sweets, ten on each side;every last inch of CWS covered in UK blue paint;

    Yes, where is this drawing at?



  63. 98runt
    11:48 pm December 19, 2011 Permalink

    why does the new design for Rupp look so familiar???