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YouTube’s Tuesday News and Views

Break out the party hats and get the old JVC out, folks.  It’s time to celebrate!  On this fine Tuesday, we’re not just going to celebrate the Cats returning home to Rupp against Mississippi State.  We’re celebrating the 6th birthday of YouTube, the video sharing site that launched on this date in 2005.  Since stepping into the world with a video titled “Me at the zoo“, the website has given us gold like Kige Ramsey, Daniel Solzman, the kid who reminded you that gingers have souls, Antoine Dodson, the leprechaun and a double rainbow.  More importantly, it gave all good Kentucky fans an outlet for their creative juices and ensured that, no matter how terrible the video, there would be something on Kentucky Sports Radio every hour.  For that, we will celebrate.  Happy birthday to you, YouTube.  You’re like family around here.

Now onto a few UK notes…

 – Well, here we are again.  Another SEC game and another chance for the Cats to find their way to shake the funk that has clouded their conference slate so far.  Kentucky has the added benefit of playing at Rupp Arena – a place where Calipari has not lost since taking over as coach – but faces what might be the most dangerous 13-11 team in America in Rick Stansbury’s Mississippi State Bulldogs.  Monday, Calipari acknowledged the challenge that Mississippi State presents, saying that they’re ready for a “break out” party and that his team is not out of crisis yet.  Despite downplaying the losses to Florida, Vanderbilt and Alabama on the road, Cal again said that things need to change and pointed out that his team has “excuse-makers” right now.  With only six regular season games remaining, there is no longer room for patience in this team’s development and they need to take the next step that Calipari has been waiting to see for about six weeks.  Finding a victory in the two very winnable home contests this week might not signal the end of the crisis, but losing one or both would certainly raise the terror level.  These are must-win games for the Cats.

 – In a move that could be the start of the team moving past their struggles, Josh Harrellson called a player’s only meeting following the loss to Vanderbilt Saturday and challenged his teammates to come together and find a way to finish games.  No matter what happened in the meeting or how Calipari feels about them (Jerry Tipton has a very NotJerryTipton-like take), the fact that it occurred and that one of the veteran players was the one who initiated it appears to be a step in the right direction.  All season, there’s been a concern about if this team had a guy who would stand up when the team had their backs against the wall and inspire his team to play better.  Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones have done it with their play a lot of nights (most notably in Gainesville), but no one has really exhibited the ability to vocally force his will on his teammates.  Last year’s team got it from John Wall, Patrick Patterson and even DeMarcus Cousins at times.  Until Harrellson called the meeting Saturday, you could argue that this team had yet to display it.  Calipari has bemoaned the need for his team to feel a sense of urgency and for his veterans to step up and take his squad to the next level.  On paper, the seem to have gotten a little bit of both from their senior big man Saturday.

 – He’s big.  He’s angry.  He’s inconsistent.  And he seems destined for a big game against the Cats.  Kentucky’s big men will have to find a way to defend Renardo Sidney without getting into foul trouble, which might be easier said than done.  He’s too big for Terrence Jones to check every play and more athletic than Josh Harrellson.  They’ll need to frustrate him early and show him different looks.  Conversely, the Cats need to attack him on offense as he’s had his own struggles in staying out of foul trouble, particularly the last two games.  If all else fails, they might just need to have Stacey Poole come in and refuse to move his feet so Sidney can get by.  Take one for the team, kid.

 – In case you missed it earlier, the Vegas spread for the game is twenty points.  Twenty!  Either Kentucky fans are insanely paranoid and Mississippi State is not the matchup monster that we think they are or someone lost a bet with Drew Franklin in Las Vegas last week.  The Cats have beaten two BCS schools (Auburn and LSU) by 20 points all year and Mississippi State has dropped two games by that margin (St. Mary’s and at Georgia).  They weren’t even favored that much over Indiana (12.5), Oklahoma (13.5) or LSU (19), which all came when they were playing infintely better basketball.  I know it’s just a gambling line and most of you don’t bet, but it still seems insanely high.  A 20-point victory would go a long way in making the Cats feel like crisis mode was being left in the rear-view mirror.

 – Monday also brought news that Kentucky was looking into 2011 power forward Braeden Anderson, who was recently released from his LOI with DePaul.  Considering the way that Calipari has landed elite blue chip players in his tenure at UK, the news was met with an apparent lack of interest from most, but that might be a little misplaced.  I have no real insight (surprised?) as to whether or not UK is a legitimate option or how people project him to develop, but I do think what he represents is important for the Cats.  As long as Calipari is Kentucky’s coach, they’ll continue to bring in the best players in each class and struggle with filling the holes each year as those players depart for the NBA.  A year and a half in, though, the thing that seems to be the issue is the inability to mix veteran players who can do the little things that make the stars able to make their plays.  You can’t expect to keep finding a DeMarcus Cousins in every class to fill that void.  In the simplest form, they need the Joey Dorsey types to go with the Derek Roses.  I don’t know if Anderson is that player, but he appears to at least represent it and that’s a step toward finding the right balance of talent and experience.

 – If you’re into speculating who will go pro and who will stay – and, based on emails, a lot of you are – Seth Davis wrote on what he’s hearing from NBA folks about the projections of some of college basketball’s stars.  Davis says Terrence Jones looks to be a lottery pick and Brandon Knight appears to be a lock for the first round.  Most people around UK think Jones is likely gone, Knight is 50/50 and Lamb returns.  But none of that matters because they’re in crisis right now!!!!!

 – In the history of college basketball analysts, there have been thousands who have called games and done an adequate job.  And then there is Bob Knight.  I’m convinced that ESPN is using those horribly distracting side boxes with the view of the coaches in hopes that you don’t pay attention to what he says.

 – In non-UK news, I heard The Rock is back with the WWE.  That should excite some of you.  And disappoint your kids who were hoping for another five to ten films featuring him playing the role of Mr. Mom or wearing tights.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned througout the day as we get you all set for the Cats’ quest to get back on track against Rick Stansbury’s traveling circus.  The fun gets going with BTI at 9am (get used to it) and carries into Kentucky Sports Radio on Talk Radio 1080 at 10.  In the meantime, try to decide if winning $30,000 on Wheel of Fortune was worth looking like this in front of the whole world.


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

35 Comments for YouTube’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. holdmeclosertinydanson
    12:05 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    I think we should be more concerned about IBM starting the Terminator apocalypse today on Jeopardy. That computer is going to destroy the world in 5 years.

  2. Chris Thomas
    12:08 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    double barrel > single barrel when it comes to Charlie’s Angels’ guns

  3. holdmeclosertinydanson
    12:27 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    The strangest part of this episode was when Pat Sajak yelled, “Just make out already”!

  4. Matt Jones
    12:40 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    If the game ends up being a win by more than 20, I am done picking against VEgas

  5. IL Cat Fan
    1:23 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Coach Cal needs to shine up his expensive dress shoes, turn the s.o.b. sideways and stick it directly up Terrance Jones’ candy ass! We need the future lottery pick to step it up. By the way, I am thrilled that “The most electrifying man in entertainment”, The Rock, is back!

  6. Anthony
    1:35 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    THE ROCK IS BACK!!!! And I hope our Barney friend wasn’t too offended by what the Rock had to say about John Cena tonight. Zach may need to sing Barney a song this time around. Cena got buried, and it’s about time wwe moved on from Kiddy land. Plus CM PUNK got a win over Cena. Cena is going down.

    CATS by 12.

  7. BlooBloodCat
    1:55 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Made the same EXACT comment about Bob “old man poopy pants” Knight and the distracting coach boxes tonight on Facebook with near immediate confirmation that others thought the same. Why ESPN pays for his near useless drivel will never make sense to me.

  8. gottliedsuxabic
    1:57 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    I just want to say that doug goutliebb is a politically correct panzi! He will say whatevery fan of a team wants him to say. He talks like he has a clue as to what is going on in college basketball. He has as much bias as Bob Knight and the BIG 12.

    THE SEC IS UNDERRATED A BIT THIS YEAR. We are the third best conference this year. IT is hard to get rankings within your conference when they never gave you respect to begin with.

    I will laugh tourny time when the SEC and every other conference outplays the Big East because they are OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jerimy
    3:44 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    The SEC has always been fairly weak come tourny time, how many sec teams got in last year? how many got past the first week, (made it to the sweet 16)? The sec will have to earn some respect in the tourney to get respect in the regular season.

    And the rock in kids movies? he did some shit ones, but you gotta watch Faster. That’s the best movie I’ve seen in a couple years. Just flat out revenge, it’s amazing. Good to see him back in the WWE. You know that dude is gonna get PAID. I just hope when he gets back to movies, it’s more faster, less race to bitch mountain.

  10. SanDiegoDave
    4:39 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Who are those fags in the picture?

  11. fake patrick sparks
    4:48 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    @10 look like Duke fans

  12. I can't see the comments
    5:56 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    10 – Mumford and Sons?

  13. SexnNursinHomes
    6:02 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    10- hahaha

    I’m about to upload my snuff film to You Tube. don’t worry, no farm animals or amputee chicks were hurt in the making. just some good ol’ country choking, that’s all.

    Maybe The Rock can play Bob Knight in the upcoming kid’s movie, “F**k You Piece Of Sh*t, My Way Or The Highway, The Bob Knight Story”

  14. Farmer's5O'clockShadow
    6:27 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Hearing Miller is out tonight and Hood will start. Hood may get a chance to show he deserves some minutes. I guess Cal wants Lamb’s fire power coming off the bench.

  15. UKhoopshysteria
    7:17 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Epic Fail!

    Braeden Anderson is interested in Cal as in California not our coach.

  16. UK Wildcat
    7:20 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    May God help us if Hood starts.

  17. thats budda
    7:20 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    I am on automatic turn it off if I hear that crotchety old bastard doing commentary. Go catch a fish Bob and leave announcing to somebody that doesn’t make it feel like sandpaper on a raw ass crack.

  18. UKhoopshysteria
    7:28 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    We are not in contact with B. Anderson. The credibility of this place dropped considerably when I realized it does a google type search to discover recruiting news.

  19. SanDiegoDave
    7:44 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    16) If Hood starts, then the Cats are gonna need a helluva lot more help than what God can give.

  20. Geaux Cats
    7:56 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    ESPN scraped the bottom of the barrel when they hired Bob Knight for commentary. Is anyone else annoyed that they have started interviewing the coach on the sideline during a timeout? Let the guy do his job

  21. mudcat
    8:06 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

  22. mudcat
    8:10 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    The one good thing about Hood starting tonight is that he can match up with another white boy from Kentucky( Riley Benock ).

  23. I can't see the comments
    8:18 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    It is what it is ! Ain’t it !?

  24. fred
    8:35 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    didn’t Jorts say over the summer this was going to be HIS team? Maybe he’s about to step up and get sh!t right….

  25. UKFAN97
    8:36 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    I actually don’t mind Knight over some other guys. It seems like I learn something new about the game every time I hear him announce.

  26. ESPN classic is playing the UK-Miss. St. SEC Tourney game at 5pm EST today.

  27. Don
    8:42 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Hood starting, the computer on Jeopardy,the whole dead animal thing…it’s the apocalypse.

  28. bung
    9:08 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Hoods good. But he will get yanked in 3 min over nothing.

  29. girlwildcatfan
    9:12 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Can J Hood really do any WORSE than Miller has been doing of late??????????????????? I say NO!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Blue Virus
    9:23 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Kige caption- “Handle ya bin-ness.”

  31. yo
    9:27 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    lamb is gone. all he cares about is the league.

  32. bung
    9:36 am February 15, 2011 Permalink


  33. ukkilla005
    9:42 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Guys, linesmakers are the smartest people on earth. The line is 18 for a reason and miss state is awful

  34. Oops
    10:00 am February 15, 2011 Permalink

    Wanna get revenge on Mississippi State? Here is Renardo Sydneys cell number. Blow it up 310-733-7951

  35. Geaux Cats
    2:25 pm February 15, 2011 Permalink

    34. Really? and lower ourselves to the Miss State antics from last year? Ohh…I guess we should throw water bottles on them too?…grow up