Sunday, December 02, 2007

Happy Holidays and Thnks to All

I wsih everyone a joyus holiday season and hope your 2008 is a good year... 2007 was one of the best years my wife and I have had and we look so forward to next year and spending more time with our famlies and friends... We pray for everyone in our lives that they find joy, happiness and serenity and that they find something productive to involve themselves in and outside of their everyday lives...

This year we welcomed a new niece into our family and a new brother in law to our family... We took a wonderful trip to Paris in the fall and are in the final stages of getting our house back together from our remodeling projects... We attended many Louisville Bats Games, UK Wildcat Basketball Games and all but one of the UK football home games... We are thankful for the people and the level of activity that we have in our lives...

The Mitchell Report and Baseball


This is an interesting document... My understanding is that every one of the players named in the report was given the chance to speak to Senator Mitchell about what evidence he had gathered against them and on the advice of the union leadership the players all refused... I do not blame them because if you have no legal obligation on an issue where one might have broken the law then why take the chance on incremenating themselves and saying something that could be used against them in any type of legal proceeding...


The bottom line to all of this is the Owners, the Union, the Players and the Commissioners Office all knew what was going on with steroids but refused to do anything about it until it had gotten completly out of control... How do they now move forward??? Will Roger Clemons be outcast like Mark McGwire or attacked in the same manner as Barry Bonds??? There is nothing that Bud Selig can do except resign and let someone else get baseball out of this mess and allow the sport to move forward with the damage that has already been done... Bud is too arrogant to do that!!!


The question I have is how will these events be viewed 100 years from now??? Medical science is making such strides in the development of medicines and supplements that I could see at some point in the future their will be substances that will be safe and legal to take and people will look back on this time period and say what was the big deal???


I Hope We Keep it Close


I really got tired of hearing that the week leading up to the UK vs UNC basketball game... When did keeping it close become acceptable at UK??? I never go into a game with any level of acceptance for keeping it close... I want to win every time (but I am not crazy enough to expect a win every time)... Should keeping it close be a new category with W's, L's and now KIC's... So Kentucky is something like 5-2-2 right now!!!


I think that the mind set of keeping it close it due to the medias and some fans perception that this team lacks talent and cupboard was left a little bare (it is a little bare on the front line)... This team would be a different team of Jodie Meeks and Derrick Jasper were healthy... They lack some inside presence but look at Ricky P's early teams and he was able to overcome that presence by playing a faster more aggressive tempo... Billy G is trying to do the same...


Kentucky's issue is no point guard... They have no one to start the offense through someone and Ramel looks like Tony Delk trying to play the point... "Just Go to the Hole Joe" sucks and he really gets in trouble when he trys to be the start of the offense... Michael Porter is JP Blevins part 2 and Alex Legion, do not let the door hit you in the ass, could not play the point... Jasper may be back next month... His injury is similar to Greg Odens which according to everything I have read about this injury could be a career ending type of the quotes I read were "never was the same player" after the surgery...


I would have to say that after the IU game Joe Crawford is my least favorite of all time at UK… He has topped a list of such noteables as Roderick Rhodes, Todd May, Jim Master, Derrick Hord, Rashard Carruth and Marvin Stone… Joe Crawford is the most selfish basketball player I have ever seen at Kentucky and he proved this once again when he failed to pass the ball to a wide open Mark Coury who was standing underneath the basket after they had made a nice defensive play and stole the ball from Joe’s brother during Saturday’s contest with IU…


Tubby should have let “Take it to the Hole Joe” transfer during his freshmen year when he abrubtly left the team during his early freshmen season… I am sure most UK fans would agree and I am sure that Billy G in the back of his mind wishes Tubby would have let him go also so he had one less head case to deal with… So Billy G let Alex Legion go… He is not worth the trouble and will only cause you problems down the rode (See Joe Crawford)…


The talent level is so low UK right now (See Mark Coury as a starter) that if Billy G cannot keep Patrick Patterson in school for three years then I give him a 50 50 chance to make it past five years as UK coach… There is no doubt this guy can coach but he may have walked into a situation that just will not fit and that is unfourtunate for him and UK…


These could be some dark days for UK the next few years… Talent is down, Rupp Arena is a hole, there are plenty of empty seats in the arena at most games (you never saw that before), the crowds are flat and the enthusiasm level in general seems to be down with the fans…


Rumors are still flying that Billy G is in need of a twelve step program but until I see it for myself or see video evidence on You Tube then I am chalking this all up to rumors… This team will struggle to win 10 games this year… I have tickets to five different games after the first of the year and I am pretty non committal at this point if I am going to go to any of the games except for the Arkansas game...


Let's all be big John Pelphrey fans and hope is does great at Arkansas!!! We may need him to step in four or five years...

UK Football Season


In seventeen years at Oregon Rick Brooks career winning percentage was less than .500 ... If you throw out his fist ten years there he was barely .500... He won eight or more games three times (nine games once) and the rest of the years never won above six games in any one season... With that said I believe if you cannot not win eight games at UK during the regular season with this years team then you cannot win eight games at Kentucky... This was a special group of seniors and players that Kentucky had this year... The kind of special class that does not come often at Kentucky and the type of class that you have to realize their oppurtunity and win eight games...


Rich is obviously great guy with a great level of integrity and charecter and the accolades place on him by Oregon (Sports Hall of Fame and the Field is named after him)... After the decimating probation the Kentucky went through Rich spent three years trying to build a program at UK from the ground up and has succeeded the last two years with getting UK to back to back bowl games which is new ground and a first step for Kentucky...


So here we are in new uncharted territory and in better shape then our football program has been probably ever... I believe Rick Brooks will coach at UK the next three years... These three years will determine his legacy at UK... Can he win eight games in any of the next three years??? How will he coach and how will his team respond losing this years senior class??? What happens is Randy Sanders or Joker Phillps leaves???


I have said it once and I will say it again... All I ask for as a fan is for UK football to be competitive year in and year out, have a team every three to four years who can compete for an SEC title (this years team qualfied)... I want one of those teams to acutally win one of those titles or at least play for one in Atlanta... Rich is here for the next three years unless he decides to leave we will see what he can do... I think his best shot at winning eight games was this past year...


See you in Nashville at the Music City Bowl...


Navy Midshipmen Football

The Middies had a great year... They finished 8 and 4 and had a nice win over a bad Notre Dame squad... They also beat USAF and Army for the fifth year in a row to take home the commander and chief trophy...

I have really grown to love Navy Football and allot of it has to do with the effort and of course my tie in being a veteran... They play old style football and I am a fan of that style... Despite what people say they are not running the wishbone (Lou Holtz included)...

The middies played a great game in the bowl and if you did not watch this game you missed a good hard hitting football game... Navy had two huge turnovers in the first quarter that proved to be big plays in the game... Navy was also on the wrong side of a bad call late in the game that had the call gone the right way may have changed the outcome...

Utah's inside the five yard line and on 3rd and goal ran a sweep and as the Utah player stretched to put the ball over the goal line hit the pylon and then rolled out of bounce... By rule this is a touchback, Navy ball at the twenty... The play was reviewed and the booth said Utah ball fourth and goal at the one... After the game the official admitted they made a mistake...

Navy then stopped Utah on 4th and goal which was huge... Unfourtunatly they ran four plays and failed to get a first down... Utah then scored but........ Navy almost ran the kick back and then scored on the second play from scrimmage... Navy then got the ball on the onside kick but on the second play was intercepted, game over... That is two years in a row they should/could have won their bowl game...

Navy of course now has a new coach who coached his first game at the bowl game... He was the O line coach their and was able to retain several of the existing assistant coaches... I hoep the school can continue to be successful...


Private Schools in Kentucky

There were five private schools in this years Kentucky Football State Championships... The games that Trinity and St X played in the state playoffs to get to the 6A State Fianls were not even competitive... The problem of competivness lies in the shear number of players these schools have on their rosters which is a result of more kids going to private schools in Jefferson County due to the quality of education they can reeieve at private schools...



There is a reason that so many kids are going to private schools in Louisville which does not speak highly of the Jefferson County School System... I am not sure if the private schools should be removed from the KHSAA when part of the problem with their dominance lies in the less then appealing nature of the Jefferson County Schools... If more kids went to public schools in Jefferson County then the talent would be spread around more which would spread the talent around better and give the public schools in Jefferson County and the rest of the state the oppurtunity to compete with the Private Schools at the 6A level....



Every politician in the state has talked about improving the educational systems in our state and nothing ever happens... The lottery was going to do it and where is that money now and what is it doing for education??? Now the latest scheme is to allow casiono gambling in the state so the state can spend more money on education and whatever else it is they spend money on... What a con job and people will buy it hook, line and sinker... Nothing will change and the private schools will continue to get stronger in both academics and sports... This will eventually lead to the private schools being booted out of the state tournaments in all sports... A move I was once for but now I am not so sure about...


Bowl Games

The NCAA has to figure out a way to incorporate and eight team playoff into the bowl format... This years eight teams would consist of the following first round games if I were picking:




Hawaii at USC


Georgia at Ohio State


Missouri at LSU


Va Tech at Oklahoma

Winners play New Years Day and the Championship is the second Saturday after New Years Day at a predetermined site each year... To accomplish all of this teams may have to cut back to playing eleven regular season games and hold conference championship games the Friday and Saturdays after Thanksgiving... Probably will never happen because of the dollars...


Random Thoughts

- Congrats to Kevin Newman and Craig Glick on winning the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic Two Man Scramble... The boys played solid golf the entire nine holes and were crowned champs after the final two groups both three putted the last hole... They caved to the pressure!!!



- For my college football pick'em on Yahoo I finished 10th in Fans of Kentucky, 20th in Fans from Kentucky, 2nd in Fans of Navy and 1300th overall... That put me in the top 1%... Let's see how I do in the College Bowl Pick'em... My nephew Matt won the ShagOnSports league (he is twelve)... I finished in fifth place in my first year of Fantasy Football wnning seven of my last eight games...



- Bobby Petrino... What a loser!!! This guy is setting himself up for a fall... I am not sure how he could do what he did to the Falcons... If I were a parent I would not let my son play for this guy... Gurantee Arkansas is not his last stop... I met him in Lexington his first year at U of L in the Hyatt and tried to be friendly and cordial to him but he refused to even engage me in conversation and there was no one else even around... I could tell then he was a little arrogant...



- St Louis Cardinals are in a tough spot with Scott Rolen... If they trade him and have to pay more than 40% of his salary then they should just keep him... A 270 avg 15 HR 70 RBI gold glove Scott Rolen is better than they could probably get in return... I am glad they traded Jim Edmonds and got something in return... Frees up some money to sign another outfielder...



- I was glad to see Navy coach Paul Johnson get a shot at a next level Division One program... He should do well at Georgia Tech running the triple option... He will no doubt throw the ball more there... Unlike the wishbone the triple option is very deceptive and has allot of passing plays built in... It is a one back set with usually five receivers in the pattern (two wings and two receivers)...

- Does Rick Pitino ever tell the truth anymore... I love tricky Rick but I will tell you one thing he is all about Rick... Just look at what is going on with the Charecter charecter... U of L has the talent to take the whole thing without this guy and now that Palacios is back and Padgett is coming back it will be interesting to see what happens to Charecter... Rick seems to be on a short leash with some of the U of L fan base so it will be interesting how everything plays out this year and next...



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