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Sep 30

Joker Displeased With Practice Effort

Posted by: Ryan at 10:31 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

Courtesy Herald-Leader

Allen Iverson was made famous for it, however, many still believe that practice makes  perfect. Including Joker Phillips. Maybe he doesn’t get as frustrated and open about his team’s struggles on the practice field like former Coach Rich Brooks did. But hey, Brooks is golfing, fishing and enjoying the retired life right now…

Thursday’s practice effort was poor from the starters standpoint according to Joker.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that focus will be transferred to game day:

“If we play like we practice today, it will be ugly…. Everything should be clean. All the assignments should be cleaned up. We can’t practice against each other everyday. Physically you can’t do it. And there are things we need to see that our opponents are doing. When we practice against the scouts, we can’t bring our level of play down to the scouts. We didn’t execute a lot of little things, and the little things are what you get beat on the road. We practiced to get our tails beat today. The good thing is we’ve got time.”

Sep 30

Joker’s Keys to Ole Miss

Posted by: Ryan at 5:05 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

Every week Joker exclusively sits down with Eric Lindsey over at CatScratches.com blog and gives his keys to Saturday’s game. Here are his keys to this week’s contest verse Ole Miss:

Offensive keys to Ole Miss Game: “We’ve got to continue to execute when we’ve got a chance to make big plays. We can’t have any near misses. We can’t have any foul balls. We’ve got to make plays when we have chances to make big plays, and there will be opportunities. In every game there are opportunities to make plays, and we’ve got to have our playmakers make them and a couple of guys who haven’t made plays make them. … We’ve got guys on the perimeter making plays for us. But when it gets down to it and you’re on the road, the team that runs the ball the best is usually the team that wins. Do we have to throw the ball? There is no question about that, but we’ve got to start with our running game, which then gives us a chance to throw the ball down the field. We can’t just drop back and throw the ball down the field. It becomes really hard if you’re a straight drop-back passing team. We’ve got to do some play action, and to do some play action you’ve got to start with the run.”

Defensive keys to Ole Miss Game: “We’ve got to tackle. We’ve got to play fast, play physical and we can’t miss tackles. We’ve got to rally to the ball. If a guy does miss a tackle, there’s got to be somebody there to clean it up for us. …  You’ve got to get people to the ground where they’re just not running through tacklers, through defenders. In tackling you’ve got to try to come out the back end of somebody. You can’t think that I’m going to make a tackle from me to you and leave my feet. It just doesn’t happen that way. You’ve got to step on people’s toes. We’re not stepping on people’s toes and running through tackles. … We didn’t work them as much full speed tackling (in practice as we would have liked this week), but we did work on putting our face and feet on people, which I think will help us.”

On Containing Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli: “You’d like to keep him in the pocket. You’ve got to put an edge on your defense. If this guy circles your defense and gets outside of you, he creates problems. In open space, he’s tough to tackle. He’s probably a little harder to tackle than (Tim) Tebow because Tebow is not a guy that has great moves. He bounces off tackles, but Masoli is a guy that makes you miss clean, which gives him a chance to get to the next guy quicker. With Tebow, he’s a guy that tries to run over you. You can at least slow him down until somebody can rally to him. This Masoli kid in space is real shifty.”

Ole Miss Player to Key In On Linebacker Jonathan Cornell: “Their staring linebacker is leading the league in tackles. He’s a player that we have to be concerned with. He’ll be a force that we’ll have to know where he’s at all the time.”

UK Player Most Likely to Break Out: “La’Rod King is close. He’s a guy that is starting to make plays for us. He’s got to be more consistent in his playmaking ability. He had a couple of drops last week that would have been big first downs. He’s just got to play consistent. If he can put it all together, he’s definitely a guy that could be a big-play guy for us.”

Who Has to Step Their Game Up Linebacker Danny Trevathan: “The thing we’ve got to talk to Danny about is he’s got to be in there for four quarters. He’s the leader of the bunch. He was in there for three quarters last week. He’s got to do the right things if he’s going to be the leader and be the guy, the spokesperson for the linebackers. He’s got to do the right things. Having him in there for quarters definitely helps.”

Kentucky’s Strengths Through Practice – O-line continues to impress: “Our offensive line has been protecting our quarterback well. They’ve only given up one sack, which was late in the game last week, and our back gave away the other sack. So, we only have allowed two (total) sacks on the season. I feel good about our guys being able to protect the passer, and a lot of that has to do with the quarterback, too, understanding the protections and where his problems are. Mike (Hartline) has done a good job of that.”

Kentucky’s Biggest Concern – Consistency: “If we play like we practiced today, it will be ugly (against Ole Miss). When we go against scouts for 50 minutes on Thursday, everything should be clean. Assignments should be cleaned up. … When we go against the scouts, we can’t bring our level of play down to the scouts. We didn’t execute a lot of little things. Little things are what gets you beat on the road. I’m worried about it, but we’ve got to press ahead. The good thing is we’ve got time. We’ve got the rest of today for guys to get in the film room. Tomorrow we’ve got walkthrough. Starting Thursday, it’s mental. You’re not trying to get them physically ready. It’s all mental with assignments, first steps and those types of things.”

Sep 30

TGR Grillin’ with Chef Jon

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 3:00 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Tailgatin' Recipes

That is the question in relation to this week’s recipe from Chef Jon. No, I’m not referring to your actual father, nor your baby’s daddy. I’m also not referring to Chef Jon as your daddy. Not only would that be just inappropriate, but you would probably no longer have any interest in his recipes any longer. Instead, I’m referring to Chef’s Daddy Burgers.

“For those who personally know me, I have been making this recipe for at least once a month for the past several years.  It was introduced to me as a child by one of my parents’ friends.  His name was also John, so we called them ‘Big John’s Daddy Burgers.’  It started out pretty much like a meatloaf patty grilled on the BBQ pit.  Slowly over the time I added a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  In college, I realized how great they were with beer and as an excellent remedy for hangovers.

“Just recently, I have discovered the importance of the role of condiments that are served with the burger. My personal preference is to melt Velveeta slices over it with King’s Hawaiian Rolls.  Another suggestion is to try it with your favorite BBQ sauce instead of ketchup, finished with lettuce, tomato, and onion.  This is a definite must try recipe while the weather is nice.  Have fun.”

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 each green bell pepper, chopped small
  • 2 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup crackers (Ritz), crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1-12 ounce can beer

In a large bowl, add the onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, bell pepper, egg, salt, pepper, crackers, and hot sauce. Mix well. Add the beef and combine with your hands or a wooden spoon until evenly distributed. Form into desired size patties. Place the patties on the grill and cook 5 minutes; turn over. Cook until desired doneness. The beer in this recipe is for pure enjoyment; oh yeah, if the grill starts to flame up on the burgers douse it with a little beer to put the fire out.  This will also create steam and flavor the burgers slightly. Makes 8-10 servings.

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Send us a photo of your Daddy Burger and we’ll post it. Happy eatin’! Go Cats!

Sep 30

This Week in Wildcat History

Posted by: Samuel Clemens at 9:45 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Random Notes

Welcome back friends.  We’re glad that you’ve made it here for another round of This Week in Wildcat History!

Most likely, you’re here because you are a University of Kentucky Wildcat football fan.  By virtue of that, it should come as no surprise that, much like some of the streaks that we’ve talked about during the past few weeks, there are certain ghosts in Kentucky’s football closet that we just aren’t particularly proud of.  You know, kind of like that crazy cousin that you have.

In a lot of ways, the 5th game of Kentucky’s football season is very similar to that crazy cousin you’re thinking of.  You know it’s going to find a way to show up every year, yet no matter what colors it disguises itself in this time around, and no matter where the meeting takes place, you can almost always count on leaving with a sour taste in your mouth each and every time you’re together.

Well folks, it looks like the holidays are upon us.

As you well know by now, the 5th game of the 2010 Kentucky football season will commence on Saturday shortly after 11:00 in the fine southern town of Oxford, Mississippi, when the University of Mississippi Rebels play host to our heroes in blue.  The Cats enter Saturday’s contest having lost the 5th game on their schedule during both of the previous two seasons.  Those two losses, on the road in both Tuscaloosa and Columbia, came by a combined 5 points.

On top of that, Kentucky enters Satuday’s SEC showdown having lost the 5th game on their schedule during 15 of their previous 20 seasons.  Needless to say, game number five is another trend we’d all love to see reversed with regard to Kentucky football.

The 5th game of the 1997 season, however, brought tears to the eyes of Kentucky fans for a far different reason than those referenced above.  It was during that game – on October 4, 1997 – that Tim Couch found Craig Yeast down the left hashes for a 40-34 overtime victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide.  The game marked only the second victory in Kentucky’s history over the Tide and the first time in the history of Commonwealth Stadium that the home crowd had the pleasure of removing the goalposts from the air above the endzones.

During the last 50 years, Kentucky has played on October 2nd on eight different occasions, splitting those contests with four wins and four losses.  For those of you keeping score at home, the only 10/2 matchup in the past half century between the Cats and the Rebels from Oxford was a 1993 tilt that saw Kentucky emerge victorious by a final score of 21-0.  So, we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

That 1993 matchup was one of 20 times that Kentucky and Ole Miss have met on the gridiron since 1964.  During that span, the Rebels hold a slight advantage over the Cats, having won 12 times to Kentucky’s 8.

In recent years, the great state of Mississippi and its lovely residents have been very good to this guy, and I hope that – beginning next week – the season finds a way to turn itself around for the good people in Oxford.  On Saturday, however, I’d love nothing more than for Kentucky to roll in and out of town like that crazy cousin, leaving behind the sourest of tastes for the home team and its fans.

Until next week.

Sep 30

Thursday Morning Links

Posted by: Ryan Richardson at 7:35 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Random Notes

A group of leaders on the UK football team approach Joker about some changes during practice.

Cat Scratches has an article about the offensive line, their pride, and protection of their quarterback.

Bleed Blue Kentucky previews the Cats and Rebels.

The Bleacher Report predicts the Cats will win 38-20.

College Football News predicts the Cats to get a win against Ole Miss.

Kyle Veazey of the Clarion Ledger talks about Ole Miss injuries for this weekend.

Chip Cosby has a good article on Chris Matthews and how he is stepping up his game.

Former Cat David Hopewell talks with Larry Vaught about what the Cats have to do to get a win in Oxford.

Tom Leach has some post practice interviews from Joker and Hartline.

Tyler Thompson thinks the Ole Miss game will set the tone for Kentucky.

Larry Vaught:  Cats hope to find a way to stop quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

Rivals ranks the nations best running backs, Derrick Locke makes an appearance.

Eamonn Brennan has some great info on the Kanter case.

Enes Kanter, Terrence Jones, and Brandon Knight are all on ESPN’s preseason Wooden Award watch list.

Jerry Tipton writes about the fans that are camping out for Madness tickets and how they are lobbying for Kanter.

Dick Vitale writes that the NCAA should expedite investigations.

Patrick Patterson is adjusting to life in the NBA.

Mr. SEC recaps Coach Cal’s speaking engagement in Birmingham.

Former Kentucky great Jamal Mashburn sits down with Dime Magazine in a must read for Cat fans.

SEC Insider interviews John Calipari.

A Sea of Blue has an update on the Wildcat Tip-off magazine and how you can get a copy.

Wildcat Blue is doing a freshman segment.  Meet Doron Lamb.

Antoine Walker wants back in the NBA bad.

Cat fans say Tent City is even crazier.

Nation of Blue has an update from Big Blue Madness campers.

Washington Examiner:  John Wall acting like an NBA veteran.

Sep 29

Big Cuz On Kings Training Camp

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Category: Basketball

Sep 29

Antoine Walker Wants Back In the NBA Bad

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Category: Basketball

Sep 29

Wall Interview @ Wizards Madness

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Category: Basketball

Sep 29

Dicky Lyons Jr. Gets Down With SDS

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Category: Football

Our boys over at SaturdayDownSouth.com caught up with one of our favorite Wildcats of the recent past and, well, it’s worth the read. I particularly like how the interviewer came up with many creative ways to make fun of Mr. Lyons first name… Here is a snippet of the interview:

SDS: A lot has been made about the annual Dirty Man contests that go down during fall camp. Ross Bogue told us of the mustache trials and tribulations, and to be honest, I was surprised that you didn’t hold the record for dirtiest mustache. On a scale where 1 is “The Situation” and 10 being Mike Ditka, where did Mike Hartline’s stache rank? What about yours?

Dicky Lyons Jr: First of all, there’s that fruity ass “The Situation” on tv, and then there’s me, “The Instigator.” My job at Kentucky, aside from making plays and leading us to 4 straight bowl games, was to stir the locker room up with as many antics as I could. The dirty man contest was just one of the many games I created and the One game that Mike Perfected….Great Stache. I did not participate for I do not grow facial hair yet.

SDS: I remember those Daily Dicky segments you did for UK athletics two seasons ago. What was that experience like? Who would be your acting role models?

Dicky Lyons Jr: The Daily Dicky segments are great memories for all the players involved. Looking back on them I can only say this; “They were a lot funnier during training camp.” No role models.

SDS: Richard, there was a huge NCAA investigation into that Moped that you cruised around campus on. What was that all about?

Dicky Lyons Jr: The investigation was all about trying to figure out who stole my moped. I miss that sweet ass moped of mine.

SDS: I know Moncell Allen is a NOLA guy like you, and you guys were pretty good buddies at UK. What’s it like seeing Moncell breaking the spirits of grown men every Saturday?

Dicky Lyons Jr: Moncell has always been a beast on the football field, but watching him become a great student and work hard to earn his degree has made me very proud of my guy.

SDS: Are you staying in touch with Coach Phillips much these days?

Dicky Lyons Jr: Coach Phillips was my receiver coach and offensive coordinator. I just wish he could have been my head coach as well. I call him every week and say the same thing, “You should start Turtle.”

SDS: What’s it like seeing the might #12 on the back of the quarterback young Morgan Newton?

Dicky Lyons Jr: Looks good on him…..but it looked GREAT on me.

SDS: I know Mike Hartline wanted to be Richard Lyons when he grew up, what do you think of young Hartline now?

Dicky Lyons Jr: I didn’t know he wanted to be my dad.

SDS: Richard, what’s your favorite memory of your days in the blue and white?

Dicky Lyons Jr: All of them

Sep 29

Your Camping, Coach Cal Takes Note

Posted by: Ryan at 4:15 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Basketball

According to Coach Cal’s Facebook:

“Have I told u all lately that ur crazy? Well, u r!!! Just walked by “Camp Cal, 2010″ & I’m blown away by all the tents that r set up for Big Blue Madness tickets. Best part – every1 is respecting 1 another & being safe & having fun. I’ve got some recruiting 2day & 2morrow but b on the look out – we’re going to stop by …”