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Bad weather’s Tuesday’s News and Views

The Convair 440, the plane the UK team used to fly in

The Convair 440, the plane the UK team used to fly in

The Convair 440, the plane the UK team used to fly in

As if Mother Nature wasn’t having enough fun making us all cold and miserable, she’s also threatening to take away our basketball.  Baton Rouge is expected to be hit by Winter Storm Leon (why the names??) Tuesday morning, with freezing rain, ice, and even some snow expected.  Considering Baton Rouge is probably even more ill-equipped for this than Dallas was back in December, there was some major talk on Monday about postponing or canceling the game, but as of Monday evening, LSU is moving forward with plans to play as scheduled.  The team, officials, and ESPN crew have safely arrived, so as long as they can all get to the arena, it looks like the game will go on.

The potential weather problems had many people a-tweeting on Monday, with all of the local media detailing their delayed travel plans and good ole Oscar Combs inviting everyone to sit around his fire while he told a story. Oscar took us all back to a time when the media traveled on UK’s team charter, and one particular harrowing flight from Baton Rouge to Lexington during the Sam Bowie era. After leaving Louisiana, the pilots were told to reroute to Dallas, Oklahoma City, then Memphis to avoid bad weather, and ten minutes into the flight, Dirk Minniefield barfed up his Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner, with others quickly following suit.  The plane had to make a fueling stop in Memphis, and because they got in at 2 a.m., no one was around to refuel the plane.  At 5:15 in the morning, the Cats finally got back to Lexington, as Oscar put it, “with a loss to boot.” Knowing what a great storyteller Oscar is, I’m going to assume that pun about barfing was intentional.

Anyhow, the team’s trip to Baton Rouge on Monday was the polar opposite of the one Oscar described.  The Cats took the Miami Heat’s charter plane to Louisiana, and Cal even sat in Dwyane Wade’s seat.  The times, they have a changed.

News and views, with a side of peanuts, please.

The Cats are learning to love the grind

Before they got on their fancy charter, Willie Cauley-Stein, Julius Randle, and John Calipari met with the media to talk about Tuesday’s game.  Over the past few weeks, the Cats have made baby steps of progress, which they attribute to the hard work they put in over winter break.  Julius Randle said that he and his teammates have “fallen in love” with the grind, and it’s resulting in better teamwork on the court:

“Anything you do is going to be a grind, but I think the biggest thing is we learn to enjoy and love the grind and love the process. It just makes things a lot easier. We’ve fallen in love with the whole process of getting better and changing habits, and because of that, it’s been smooth for us.”

Willie agreed, saying that last season, there weren’t many people that went to the gym late at night for extra work (you don’t say): “Now it’s like that. We’ve got three or four or five guys doing that every night. It shows that we really buy into this and we’re trying to get better every day.”  Midnight Club, FTW.


LSU’s Jordan Mickey

Get ready for another battle inside

LSU has two really good bigs in Johnny O’Bryant and freshman Jordan Mickey, who was named to the Wayman Tisdale Watch List for best freshman of the year, along with Julius Randle and James Young. Cal called O’Bryant and Mickey “two of the better big guys in our league” Monday and said that Mickey is their go-to scorer: “Every time they need a basket, it is like a shot goes up and he is tipping it in or doing something good.”  Willie Cauley-Stein likened the two to Tennessee’s Jarnell Stoke and Jeronne Maymom, who pushed him around during the game in Lexington over a week ago.  Willie said that he was ready to “step up to the challenge” against LSU’s bullying bigs, especially Mickey:  “Absolutely. Hearing about him is going to make you step up. Anybody in that position would step up and try to prove themselves.”

Randle said he’s played against Mickey and Jarell Martin before, and for Kentucky to come out of Baton Rouge with a win, they’re going to have to continue their good defensive habits and “stick together” in a hostile environment:

“We got to stick together. If we’re going to survive, we got to stick together. It’s kind of that feeling that brings out competitive nature.”

Keep kicking it out to the perimeter when you’re triple teamed, too, Julius.


KSR is going to Elizabethtown for Matt Elam’s announcement

On Thursday, the recruitment that would never end will finally end.  At noon eastern, Matt Elam will announce whether he’ll attend Alabama or Kentucky, and KSR will be live on the scene from the John Hardin High School library.  That’s right: Matt, Ryan, and Drew are all making the trek down the Bluegrass Parkway to deliver Elam’s decision live on the air.  Which school will Elam pick?  His high school coach Chad Lewis spoke to 247 Sports’ Charles Power about his star DT, and said that Elam and his mother sat down over the weekend and had a long talk, and he feels confident he knows where he’ll end up.  How was his trip to Lexington this past weekend?  Even though the snow prevented him from being on campus as long as he would have liked, hearing the fans at the basketball game chant his name made an impression:

“It was pretty neat- we walked out of the tunnel down there and of course the student section noticed him immediately. They’re the ones who started chanting ‘We want Elam’ and then that whole side started chanting ‘We want Elam’ at the beginning of the game, so that was really neat. Then they introduced their seven early enrollees and after they announced (Drew) Barker, they started chanting Elam’s name again. Obviously the state wants him and people of Kentucky want him. It was neat for Matt to hear the people rooting for him.”

Read more of Lewis’ comments about Elam’s big week over at 247 Sports.

An update to an earlier story…

Earlier on Monday, we told you how Richie Farmer was assigned the inmate number 16226-032, the last two digits of which correspond to his jersey number at UK.  Turns out that “032” is just the district code in Eastern Kentucky, and therefore, not an intentional dig at Farmer.  Just an odd coincidence.

The Fayette County Public Schools can’t please anyone

If you’re still bored, Fayette County Public School’s Facebook page is blowing up again tonight after the school decided to operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday instead of canceling altogether.  With the temperature expected to rise from 1 degree to 2 degrees in the span of two hours, people are once again ANGRY.  Just a few of the comments: Screen-Shot-2014-01-27-at-8.27 Screen-Shot-2014-01-27-at-8.17

No two-hour delays around here.  See you in the morning.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

41 Comments for Bad weather’s Tuesday’s News and Views

  1. Brian in Franklin
    11:03 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    When is the Spring Game?

  2. Rixter
    11:05 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    That’s right…keep your kids home from school, so they can.. well, go outside and play, of course!

  3. Dan Dickhead
    11:23 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    Will Dan rush the court if I take his wife to bed?

  4. Gingerkid
    11:23 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    There’s no way in hell it’s gonna be cold enough to get frost bite just by waiting for a bus for 16 minutes. That’s ridiculous

    • ??
      12:48 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      You have this great thing called the internet that you are currently on. Do a search imbecile and learn something.

    • Yep
      8:10 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      That’s for exposed bare skin. Bundle the kids up with good gloves and socks and they’ll be fine

    • lonnieb
      8:12 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      The packers and 49ers played a game with 0 degree temperatures and didnt even wear sleeves. I realize they put on jackets when their specific units were not on the field. 16 minutes is a little silly though. I shoveled my driveway when it was 2 degrees with crazy windchill last time….it was cold but my body is still intact…and i was out there roughly an hour

    • Dacci
      9:15 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      As a public school employee, I know you would be surprised (maybe not) to see how many kids come to school with short sleeves, no jackets, no gloves, etc. with the weather below freezing. Unfortunately for a large portion of our population its the parents that are the problem.

  5. Rei
    11:36 pm January 27, 2014 Permalink

    Jesus, Facebook has really really gone downhill. I miss when old people couldn’t even turn on a computer.

    • Blue Hairs
      12:13 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Yes there are way too many Blue Hairs with children in elementary school. Women should stop having babies in their sixties.

    • ??
      12:42 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Yea, welcome to the people that actually pay for the sites to exist. It’s called the target demographic that actually has money and spends it on things other than booze, video games, porn, drugs, apps and music downloads.

    • WRB
      4:52 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Facebook always has been & always will be Crap. And as everybody knows, shit runs downhill, so it’s just gravity that you are complaining about.

  6. SmartPerson
    12:03 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    When I was in school and you lost a couple of fingers to frostbite, I failed my next math test. Couldn’t get beyond counting to 8.

    • Grumpy Old Man
      12:24 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Well, back in my day, you walked to school five miles in -20 degree weather and you not only got frostbite, but your fingers and ears fell off and that is how you liked it!!

    • BlueRedNeck
      7:29 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Yep, and we had to walk to school through a foot of snow, uphill – both ways!

  7. ??
    12:49 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Two solid bigs? WCS will be a non-factor then.

    • wcs
      1:43 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Wcs is gonna eat tmrw cuz he’s hungry and scouts are always watching. 7 footer blocks shots and runs like a gazelle. Doubt he ever gets picked last

  8. wcs
    1:46 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    I get WCS u get Mickey

    • Daniel
      8:38 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      lol you bet.. and i’ll take Julius Randle any day of the year

  9. rockatao
    4:56 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Storms are named so that insurance companies can invoke the higher deductibles on your homeowners insurance.

  10. Truth
    6:15 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Instead of learning to grind, they need to learn to press. Georgia was without two of their top guards and no press. Cal plays Tubby ball with more talent.

    • Me03
      6:57 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      I agree! We needed to press more to win that game.

  11. Joe
    6:28 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s be honest. Most of these kids will be riding the bus or working outside when they get older. They’ll be fine.

  12. 6 a one half dozen the other
    6:36 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    these same folks will be complaining when school runs to the end of June … some folks just like to complain

  13. 6 a one half dozen the other
    6:40 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    when i first saw the photo caption i thought it read CORvair … like the car manufacturer … “unsafe at any speed”

  14. HillbillyInBC
    7:24 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Wayne Tisdale? Is he any kin to Wayman?

  15. BlueRedNeck
    7:33 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    I have had the pleasure of riding on one of those little twin engine “puddle jumpers” several times. Coming out of Cinci one time in a heavy thunderstorm, I was ready to kiss the ground when we finally landed. I can handle the roller coaster up and down stuff, but when the plane starts yawing from side to side and the front end threatens to switch sides with the back end, then it’s time to throw out a few “Hail Mary’s” and “Our Father’s”.

  16. BlueRedNeck
    7:48 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    It was a Convair 240, very similar plane, that the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd was on in October of 1977 when it went down in a wooded swamp in Mississippi.

  17. jaybruce
    8:09 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Honestly… having lived in Montana my whole life I cannot comprehend someone wanting to cancel school because the wind chill dropped below zero. In Montana we stop the buses at -20, but parents are responsible for getting their kids to school. We don’t have outdoor recess once it drops below 10 above.

    It was -33 in December (without wind chill) -50’s with… Kids went to school… Just don’t have recess. Its really no different than them staying at home or doing anything else. You just do it inside.

  18. Punny guy
    8:44 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Didn’t catch an obvious pun about barfing. Anyone care to point it out?

    • Do whut?
      11:28 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Sooo glad someone else asked first. My pride had me hesitant to do so. As far as I can tell there isn’t even a subtle, enigmatic riddle of a pun buried in the story.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      11:30 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      When Oscar said “and a loss to boot.” “Boot” is a slang term for barf.

    • Do whut?
      11:53 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Is that what boot in boot and rally means? Good to know. Still a reach as a pun here.

  19. Can't wait
    8:52 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    It will be so fitting when the snow storm comes in and John Hardin school is closed on Thursday.

  20. fla_ashley
    9:21 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    what a nation of pansies we’ve become. We cater to our kids so much it’s no wonder we are where we are.

  21. Delk for 3
    9:33 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    What is the deal with all these people ranting and raving all the time about decisions regarding school opening/closing? It really is a sign of the times. People are so miserable. I mean, really, who cares? Just deal with the decisions as they come. It’s just sickening that people are CONSTANTLY complaining.

    • Lexington 3
      9:55 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

      I think you are right, Delk for 3. All of these tough parents can deal (or at least have their kids deal) with dangerous weather conditions and take that in stride, but cannot “deal” with a safety decision made by the school system. A safety decision that can never be perfect and please everyone. Too many people out there with miserable lives… and keyboards.

  22. Catching Heat...a la LeBron
    9:50 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    That old prop plane is NOT our stretch King Air. Our equipment flies on better aircraft than that, damn!

  23. sdreed77
    10:31 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    Hey parents if “It’s about {MY} kids” then take your kid to school so they don’t wait on the bus. Very few NKY schools are out today….SMH

  24. tom5673
    10:42 am January 28, 2014 Permalink

    agree 18. where’s the pun about minnifield barfing up his kentucky fried chicken dinner?

  25. Don
    12:55 am January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky is beating Kentucky. When individuals make stupid mistakes and do not play with the energy that should be a trademark of Kentucky basketball and their teammates do not get on that person or persons. Then Cal should make wind sprints compulsory after every practice and anyone lagging should be made to do them longer. He should sit the laggers at the end of the bench and play willis and lee and let them get the message loud and clear. I would rather see one of the other guys with more energy on the floor than the laggers and one’s that will not take coaching. I thought that was why Cal wanted more players so that would not happen again. Do windsprints and set them on the bench, till they decide to get some energy and respond to coaching.