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Breaking Bad’s Saturday News And Views


“I am the danger!” (Not pictured: Carlos Danger)

Hello all, I hope that your post-game Saturday was full of fun and wonderful times. Before we get into all that is news and views, let’s take a moment to appreciate the masterful artwork that has become Breaking Bad. The series, created by former X-Files writer Vince Gilligan, follows everyone’s favorite chemistry teacher-turned-meth cook, a business venture he creates in order to provide his family with a comfortable life after he is diagnosed with lung cancer.

The series began in 2008 and has reached critical acclaim each and every season, including three straight Emmy’s for Bryan Cranston (pictured above) as lead actor in a dramatic series. Breaking Bad is winding down to its series finale, in three weeks, a finale that Gilligan has described as “triumphant,” “heroic,” “Breaking Bad-esque,” and one that will pay homage to a great television run unlike The Sopranos “fade to black” finale (spoiler alert).

With three episodes left, some have called BrBa (that’s what the kids call it) the greatest television show in history. While others argue The Wire is better, I disagree with those people and too believe that Breaking Bad will reign supreme once the dust settles. If you are a fan who has kept up, you know the situation we find our heroes/anti-heroes in come Sunday night at 9 PM, and if you haven’t started the series yet, go ahead and do that for your own sake. It will change the way you watch TV forever. Moving along…

Today may have been the most beautiful day we’ve had yet in the Commonwealth in 2013 but that doesn’t ease the pain of the 27-13 loss as much as you’d probably like. Do you want to start with the good news? Let’s start with the good news.

The Good

Defense: The shining light of today’s game had to be the defense; for all the hype surrounding Mr. Bridgewater and the talk of the highly ranked Cardinals, the defense showed that they can take care of their own when needed. The defense has steadily improved over the past 3 games, a testament to Coach Stoops, and kept the game close while the offense…struggled, to put it mildly. (More on that later)

The New Guys: The new kids on the block (not the ones with a bunch of hits or whose chinese food makes you sick) showed that there is a light at the end of this proverbial tunnel that is UK Football by continuing to produce on both sides of the ball. Za’Darius Smith once again leads the nation in sacks through three games, Jason Hatcher saw positive game action once again and JoJo Kemp and Ryan Timmons produced on the offensive side of the ball. Look, every player that puts on the blue and white has the fan’s support but it is no secret that the players Stoops recruited have shown they can play high-profile college football time and time again. Stay excited for the future.

-We were competitive: If you are the type of person who believes in moral victories, then go ahead and chalk today’s L up as one of those. If you’re not, at least acknowledge that we didn’t get blown out at home by our rivals. If not for some miscues by UK’s own doing, the game could have very well been tied at the half. However, that was not the case, and in the end we lost. But it was only by 14 so keep your head up.

(h/t Regina Rickert)

(h/t Regina Rickert)

I am a fan of the black jerseys.

The Bad

Quarterback situation: Today was not a very good day for the offense but things seem to go a little worse for the quarterbacks, as Max Smith tweaked his shoulder and was taken out of the game. Whitlow struggled once again and at one point both Patrick Towles and Reese Phillips were both seen on the sideline warming up. Stoops had nothing to say about Smith’s injury but Maxwell himself said he would be ready to go for the Wildcat’s next game in two weeks.

-Missed Opportunities: The chances were there for UK to stay in this game and even pull the upset, but they vanished with each mistake. The drive before halftime that could have tied the game ended with a turnover and there was one stretch of plays where the radio booth seems disheartened because of careless drops that would have possibly broken open for easy touchdowns. When you lack the talent and depth at certain positions, you can’t afford to make mistakes and let opportunity slip away.

The Ugly

Offense: There really isn’t much more that can be said that hasn’t been said already, and if you watched the game you know how out of sync they looked at times. It is really hard to win a game when you go 0-13 on 3rd downs, and turnovers proved too costly. While the defense showed up to play, the offense struggled mightily and as a result, the defense was exhausted by the end of the game. As Nick Roush pointed out on Twitter, the offense has been consistently inconsistent this season, something of a let down because of the hype surrounding the Air Raid during the offseason.

The loss stunk but as always you must march on. The team regroups and recovers for the next two weeks before taking on the Florida Gators in Lexington on September 28. As for the rest of the news…

Drake is Johnny’s biggest fan.

-The much hyped Alabama/Texas A&M football game lived up to its billing, as Johnny Autograph Football added to his repeat Heisman campaign by throwing for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns; it wasn’t enough, as the Aggies lost to the reigning champs and Robot Nick Saban 49-42.

-Tennessee became the latest victim of Oregon and their Power Ranger uniforms today as they lost 59-14. UT took an early 7-0 lead but blinked and that’s all that the Ducks need to fly right past you. 

The Akron Zips went into Michigan riding an 0-27 road game losing streak and almost left Michigan with a 1-27 mark. Instead, Michigan held them off in the closing seconds. Did you know Akron’s head basketball coach was LeBron James’ high school basketball coach? That’s all I know about Akron.

Tomorrow is Sunday, meaning I will be glued to my TV come 9 PM to see Walter White and friends enemies (dedicated above) but not before a full slate of NFL games. You stay classy KSR readers and remember to always spay and neuter your pets. Just don’t try it tonight.




Article written by Tyler Johnson

47 Comments for Breaking Bad’s Saturday News And Views

  1. Your TV Vet
    11:55 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    Please spay and neuter the commentary on TV shows that have nothing to do with UK sports!

  2. LeX
    11:56 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    Ill never understand why people think The Wire is “the greatest show of all time”. Its boring.

  3. mashburnfan1
    12:04 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Defense would have been even better if, I won’t mention names, but number 3 would not have played like SH**, uh lets just say #2. He could not cover anyone. But all in all Louisville is not that good we are just a year or 2 away from being pretty good. Like the post stated the Freshman {Stoops guys} are getting it done. It’s what the joke left us that hurts right now. Still effort was good and we lost the game with drops and turnovers. We had 3 turnovers, 1 gave them 3 points and 2 probably stopped us from getting 6 to 14 points. Future is looking good, hope the recruits all understand the tough season this will be and what a difference they will make when Stoops has all HIS players here.

  4. 44 Stitches
    12:18 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Breaking Bad is my all time favorite TV show and there isn’t a close second.

    12:27 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I am encouraged. UK looked strong on defense. And UK had 376 offensive yards against a top 10 team. But the turnovers hurt..

  6. soggyUKgrad
    12:55 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I have an idea for #1…if you don’t like what the writers of KSR write about, then go to for all of your UK news. If you choose to keep coming to KSR, just accept the fact that the writers will occasionally write about pop culture, even if you don’t understand or appreciate the entertainment value.

  7. Funky Monkey
    1:02 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I beg to differ,…The Wire is the greatest series on TV ever. BB is super, top 5 for sure,…

  8. theSkinny81
    1:09 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

  9. theSkinny81
    1:15 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    (One of) my favorites:

    “If he dosent won’t to play for the best dam school on the planet and win NCs, then head off to the NBA as a well prepared supreme athlete fully developed, then the best to the kid. I just hate it that Snider got away only to have Lyle to back out also, but I trust CRP will make some moves and get a solid replacement. L1C4 !

    ” Louisville is the University of Kentucky”..Denny Crum.
    by “The train is watch ur ass! on Sep 14, 2013 | 12:04 AM”

  10. theSkinny81
    1:20 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to Say It, But Where There’s Oddities There’s Calipari
    I’m not a conspiracy person. And I’m not a paranoid fan. But I’ve seen the way Calipari and Worldwide Wes operate, and I wouldn’t dismiss their roles in anything recruited related — even if this kid doesn’t end up going to Kentucky. If he does end up in Lexington, then it’s blatantly the work of The Vacater and his crony.

    I understood the reasons by Snider decommitting — Lyle was ranked higher, we have Jones and Rozier already. But Lyle decommitting is peculiar. Very peculiar.

    We’ll see where Lyle ends up. I would imagine Calipari (who’s been obsessed with CRP his entire career) is at an all-time fever pitch, in regards to his envy, spite and recruiting greed after bowing out in the NIT (after being ranked in the AP Top 3 preseason) and watching his life-long nemesis and in-state rivals cut down the nets in Atlanta this past April. It probably been eating at Calipari every day.

    This could be another case of a wishy-washy young kid. Or there could be something that stinks behind it. Remember when CRP said this past season there was only one recruit who ever asked him for something — and most folks in the know deduced that player had to have been Teague, given the timeframe of CRP’s story. Kind of reminds me of the same scenario. It will only be a matter of time before the NCAA catches up with Cal’s program. They may not nail him, but so far they’ve nailed the past two (only major) programs he’s ever coached at. He’s 2-for-2 in leaving programs in scandal. Kentucky will be no different.

    We’ll be fine at the PG spot. But I’ll be darned if this isn’t one of those things that make me go hmmm…

    by FrankensteinsJacket on Sep 14, 2013 | 2:19 AM

  11. Louisville1Cal4
    1:29 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    @9 LMFGDAO!! Someone honestly said that????
    I love how he says “win NC’s” as if it’s a usual thing at UofL & not a once in almost every 30 years type of miracle. Also, since when does UofL send anyone to the NBA save one or two guys every few years? Haha

  12. theSkinny81
    1:44 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    11 – Honestly. You cant make this s#!t up.

    “…head off to the NBA as a well prepared supreme athlete fully developed” …… !!!!!!!

  13. SmearoftheTardinal
    1:54 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    It couldn’t be that the kid had a change of heart……….he was classy about it…….but of course its somehow UK or Cal or a conspiracy……..some people are just nuts

  14. Catmedic
    2:01 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Someone please tell me that ville fans really don’t believe that crap. That was my first and last trip to a tard site. Jesus Joseph and Mary, no wonder most of them receive gov assistance. Insanity!

  15. Louisville1Cal4
    2:20 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    @12 That’s too funny man Ha I will say I think Deing is NBA ready but not so much Siva (ended up being a pretty great PG overall in college tho, have to give him that much).
    I can’t wait till Trey Lyles commits to UK. UofL fans think he is theirs but little do they know Trey doesn’t want to have to spend 3-4 years in college just to get drafted in the bottom of the 2nd Round.
    Let them brag about football for now, they are a poor man’s Boise State when they were consistently on the brink of a BCS Championship birth at best, & we all know how that worked out for Boise.

  16. Wildcatsteeler
    3:52 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Smith looked awful. Drilling players in the head on outlets to overthrowing anyone beyond that. This is why I was praying Towles was ready. I knew Whitlow wasn’t the answer and Smith was just adequate. I hope Barker is ready for primetime next season because none of these QBs are.

  17. Catlogic15
    4:09 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Smith will always be hurt and Whitlow will always be a poor decision maker.

    Coaches need to recognize and get someone else the hell ready.

  18. iucansuckabigblue
    4:25 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    We will give Florida a game. Our defense gets better every game. Watch! In a couple of years we will be a totally different team. Its about to be on!

    Keep fighting Wildcats! Get better. Go Big Blue!!!

  19. KyRacer
    4:32 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    One thing we found out after watching Louisville and teams like Alabama, Texas A&M, and Oregon is the gap between the Tide and everyone else is notable and the one between those 3 teams and Louisville is immense. They’re literally and figuratively not in the same league.

  20. Are you kidding me
    5:47 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Why do you guys continue to give Timmons a free ride on his production? ?

    Louisville didn’t recruit him, neither did the previous UK coaching staff. HELLO!

    Big stats against inferior high school competition means nothing!
    He was shut down by decent high school teams.
    I don’t remember him leading his team to the state championship game.

    He isn’t getting open! Watch the game again.
    He had two catches for 50 yards, one late in the game when Louisville was playing the clock not UK.
    Down the middle pass in first half he should have caught the pass. This is the SEC!
    Another pass he was going down the middle and open because of missed coverage and it hit him in the back.
    Or the minus four yard end around,.
    Wait until we get into SEC play.

    Quit giving this kid a free ride.

  21. fiftyfifty
    6:27 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    0 for 13 on third down attempts. 6 receivers “dropped” 8 passes, many on crucial downs and drives.
    Are we seriously playing to win, or are we playing a lot of freshman in hopes of next year? Tough for a fan that pays $40 for a ticket to watch those that repeatedly fumble and drop passes.

  22. niaps
    7:48 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Face it Cats have lost 2 games due to turnovers and the fault lies with Whitlow in both cases. He is terrible and is not a D1 quarterback. The Cats do not have a D1 quarterback on this team. We have to make do with Jokers boys the rest of the year. It is what it is but the freshmen look terrific and I am very high on Kemp, Badet, and Timmons. With next years recruits the future looking good.

  23. Steve
    7:49 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ville’s schedule ranked 112th out of 120 per ESPN stats during yesterdays game. If the Ville is ranked above Texas AM this morning, get the FBI out of Syria or wherever Barry has them today and investigate that. Toughest game the Ville will have this season was yesterday, against a team that was 2-10 last year.
    Only way Ville sees NC game (cause the Ville will go undefeated) is if BOTH SEC title game teams, B1G title game teams, Pac-12 winner, and Big-12 winner all have 3 losses.

  24. Go Cats
    8:00 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I was proud of these guys! They did let some chances get away from them, but you can’t dwell on that. Lets just concentrate on the positives and move on. I’m sticking with my cats, C-A-T-S,,,,CATS, CATS, CATS!!!!!!!

  25. dsparklender
    8:16 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    after watching Tide and Aggies play as well as Cats-Tards anyone has Bridgewater as a better QB than Johnny Football needs to have their head examined and be drug tested….the kid is classless but one heck of a college player whereas Bridgewater is probably in the top ten QB’s he is far from the conversation with Johnny football…anyone that thinks the Tards are in same class as either A&M or the Tide should be looking out the window..cause the cops may be coming to shutdown your lab any moment..beating a Muschamp coached Florida Team last year hardly qualifies you as a team that would finish in the top 8 of the SEC as Miami showed everyone last week

  26. Card Chuck
    8:25 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hello inbreds
    I ain’t never seen even a minute of Breaking Bad or Wired
    That actor looks like the dentist from Seinfield
    Good luck to y’alls Cats for the rest of the season y’all

  27. cris
    8:45 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    “That’s all I know about Akron”

    Akron women’s golf coach a former UK golfer and asst. golf coach

    Now ya know one more thing about Akron…

  28. rickshelton
    8:52 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hey you can say all you want about RoboSaban but… he has great dentures.

  29. Did You Mean Card Chuck Up?
    8:54 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Card Chuck-Your post is sheer brilliance. Can we count on you to post here often? Sure hope so!

  30. btowncatfan
    8:54 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    As a UK I know we can’t talk trash. But ICYMI, Western got beat by South Alabama last night.

  31. LeeHo
    8:56 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    i too watched bama v. a&m, and both quarterbacks far out shined teddy bridgewater. not taking a thing away from bridewater, as he is definitely very talented… he isnt aj or johnny. those guys played against top 6 talent and made plays all day long. i have a feeling that bama is going to be a machine all year long. #SEC #GOCATS

  32. yoooooo
    9:00 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’d say next year lets shelf the air raid and go ground and pound. Kemp, Boom Williams, Mikel Horton and the return of Josh Clemons. That’s what I call exciting. Plus, that will give Barker more time to mature since he’ll probably be the best QB on the roster next year. This team is getting better and I’m excited for the future but focus on the run! That’s where our strength is on this team until one of these QB’s shows the ability to throw the ball.

  33. Sweet smell of basketball
    9:14 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Football is progressing like it should be and well still have things set in a good position 1 to 2 years from now. Anyway the basketball team, which thanks to #9 post, I have heard downplayed by lil bro. To that my responses is an astounding HAHAHAHAHA you will see red droolers, don’t try and look down from a perch built on “the best five guards in america” smith jones rozier ware gill. Give you smith as a player, haven’t seen him but told reliably jones can score but Id rather have Polson than the other 3 next year. Not just that but Andrew and Aaron are more than enough to neutralize your best guards, Big Boy Poy and James undoubtedly best a respectable Blackshear, Randle stands alone (sorry shane) and Harrell is a strong talent who has two premier talents to face, they stand no chance and yet they keep running it. Beating them isn’t good enough, lets start with Michigan St and go from there.

  34. jwill
    9:31 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    wondering if max smith can make it 3 quarters of a football game has more drama than this show. but it is starting to get BAD. need to go ahead and get a 3rd qb into the mix to get them ready for next year as well as trying to stay competitive this year. max simply can not make it a full game. I will say he is a good 2 quarter qb.

  35. brain
    9:38 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Since Tyler is math challenged I’ll let you all know the finale is 2 weeks from tonight. 3 episodes left mean 1 tonight, 1 a week from tonight and the finale 2 weeks from tonight. I guess kindergarteners do watch BB.

  36. Jeff Garlin
    9:55 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Tyler, what kind of sandwich are you making me fo Breaking Bad tonight?

  37. Larry Vaught
    10:02 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Keep your eye on Jordan Aumiller from Boil County

  38. barn
    10:11 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    it will impossible to guage how good duhvill is because of their pablum schedule. only uc could be a test for them as the last game of the season. also I watched johnny football last nite and I haven’t seen another qb this year who’s even close to being in his class.

  39. Jen
    10:29 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I love Breaking Bad, literally, but The Sopranos is the greatest show. The Wire, while good, isn’t in the conversation.

  40. Bryan Cranston
    10:40 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Breaking Bad is awful

  41. Tim from Hendo
    10:51 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I liked the defensive progress. Turnovers killed us.Still sticking with my 6 wins and a bowl prediction. Go Big Blue !!! Enjoying the trip, destination will be here soon enough.

  42. Chris
    11:03 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Which UK player was wearing #45 yesterday on the defense?

  43. Smiley Pete
    11:07 am September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Breaking Bad is good but it’s not in the top 3. The Wire, Sopranos, and Band of Brothers are top three and breaking bad is a distant fourth.

  44. Burgess Jenkins
    12:10 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    I have never met anyone with a triple digit IQ who actually likes Breaking Bad. From Variety: “Aimed at America’s gullible, no-too-smart lower classes, the low-budget, poorly acted show uses a hackneyed, formulaic plot to draw ratings from trailer parks and public housing projects all across the country.”

    Well said. Hope this is the last time we have to read about that trash on here. HINT HINT

  45. The real onemaco
    1:38 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Id leave the Johnny autograph football stuff alone, once again (if you live in a glass house dont throw stones)we dont want the ncaa lookin this way smdh!

  46. Kentucky14
    6:36 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Breaking Bad is great…however, it comes no where close to The Wire. Even debating it is silly.

  47. Pop Culture HUH !
    8:18 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    #6, I apologize for bashing the pop culture, as you call it. Well from now on I will join the pop culture craze by expressing my opinion. That Breaking Bad show is not even in the same class with Andy Griffith reruns, or with HEE HAW for that matter!