Tonight, Kentucky takes on the Boise St. Broncos for the first time, but in basketball, not football. It should be interesting — Boise is a good team. UK will need to improve on their effort against Baylor by a significant amount.
Tweet of the Morning:
Calipari notes that if the men and women ever play another doubleheader, "they're playing after us."— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 9, 2013
Ira Combs syndicated column for this week, in which Ira claims that playing Louisville did more for Louisville than for Kentucky:
Make no mistake the series jump started Louisville football into the future where it stands today with a brand spanking new stadium and headed into a BCS level conference . Thanks a lot C. M. and Bill at least Tim Couch and his late father Elbert had enough toughness in their blue bones to overcome your shenanigans until you were justly railroaded out of town .
Now were stuck in another Commonwealth football delimma after Mitch Barnhart's brainstorm idea of brining WKU on the UK football schedule . So here we are at the crossroads again four years after a humble 2 - 2 split with the Hilltoppers and dealing with Joker Phillips surprising ineptness as a head coach UK sets at # 3 on the college football totem poll in the Commonwealth .
While Ira is right that Louisville has gained more from the series (and so has Western) than Kentucky has, I am forced to ask the question, "Who's fault was that, exactly?" How can we blame Louisville and Western for doing a better job with their football teams than we have? Is the answer to the fact that they have done a better job to take our ball and go home?
Secondly, is refusing to play them really the correct answer to the problem? I think not. I think the correct answer is to defeat them on the field and quit whining. Your mileage may vary, but South Carolina plays Clemson, Georgia plays Georgia Tech, Florida plays Florida St., etc. Our doormat status in the SEC is too precious for us to try to beat in-state rivals that we should be able to handle? Really?
Bud Dupree and Avery Williamson earned second-team All-SEC honors. Congrats to them both.
There's a couple of Fanposts that deserve to be highlighted here, and you should read them if you haven't. This one by girth is about Calipari's lack of bench use in the previous game.
A second one by darkandbloody laments that his prediction for a better football season didn't quite come to fruition. Undaunted, he fearlessly makes predictions about next season.
Read both and enjoy. I'm sorry I didn't highlight them sooner.
Calipari working on "team confidence:"
"We don't have a team confidence right now," Calipari said. "Team confidence. The reason is they're not relying on each other. They're not talking to one another. ..."
Kentucky has moved on from Baylor. That's good, because they don't have time to dwell on it. Boise St. is no pushover.
Calipari on why he didn't play his bench more against Baylor:
"You just, you get into a game, in the heat of the game and you forget. I’ve forgotten – there are times I forget guys are on the bench, and I look down and I go, ‘What are you doing? Get in.’ So it happens," Calipari said. "Sometimes it’s the flow of the game, and you’re just trying to get out of the game, which is what happened there too."
Then task one of your assistants to remind you, coach. Or tie a string around your finger. Whatever works.
Calipari offered to play Indiana twice in Indiana, but Tom Crean said no. I could care less at this point, Indiana fans have a lot of growing up to do before we should play them again. Hat tip: Aaron's blog.
Please let this happen.
Mountain West Connection previews the Kentucky-Boise St. matchup tonight.
The Duke Report thinks they don't have to worry about Kentucky. They're right for the next couple of months. So go away, little Dookies, and play in your sandbox. No need to worry about the big, bad Wildcats. Yet.
Other Kentucky sports
- Jennifer O'Neil was not only named national Player of the Week by ESPN, but also Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
Four SEC teams ranked in the top ten of the last BCS poll ever. Sounds like a future trivia question to me.
Jadeveon Clowney, NASCAR driver. I thought he wanted to be a pro football player? Throttle that thing back, dude.
- Gary Parrish wonders how you can think highly of Colorado and Kentucky but not Baylor? He has a point.
Other sports news
Yeah, we have these in Kentucky. Just like in Alabama, and New York, and... well, everywhere.
Heh. The Big Cuz dunks on Dirk Nowitzki. Ouch.