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Oct 25

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:59 pm | Leave a Comment (10)
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The hell with Kentucky football for the time being; it’s time to break up the monotony, folks. I’m getting back to what I know best in the blogosphere: political news commentary. Even though my good buddy and fellow TGR contributor Rob Pedigo may have previously provided you with his perception of my political beliefs, I feel obliged to note that I don’t necessarily identify myself as “communist,” or even “liberal” for that matter. In fact, I don’t affiliate myself with any political party. Like many good Americans, I fall under that infamous “moderate” category. For instance, I favor fiscal responsibility but I also value a socialist structured health care system. I’m also not very favorable of American capitalism, which I’m sure is where the “communist” label comes from.

I tell you all of this in light of the recent case regarding news commentator Juan Williams. See, Williams was in a fairly unique position in the world of news media, particularly political news media. He worked both for NPR, a traditionally perceived leftist news organization, and Fox News, a right-wing, conservative organization that perpetuates fear and misinformation through what it considers to be news. Of course, I presume you know where my heart lies between the two.

After making some rather crude remarks on Bill O’Reilly’s show last week, Williams was fired by NPR for violating ethical rules of conduct (see here for more details about the firing). To be exact, his remarks were:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb, and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Personally, I like Williams’ commentary, regardless of whether it’s via NPR or Fox News. I think his comments were undoubtedly taken out of context by NPR, and I believe NPR was just looking for a reason to dismiss Williams. This was there chance and they took advantage of it. Of course, there was serious criticism across the political spectrum for how the firing process was handled, but none more humbling than from NPR’s own ombudsman.

In contrast, you have to admit that his comments were a bit edgy. Honestly, does he get worried or nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb? No! It’s all an act, folks; it’s theatrics at its finest. And guess what? We’re the audience. That’s right, we are the “lookers,” literally.

With the general elections about a week away, we’ll continue to be the fools in the audience paying to watch this b.s. unfold right in front of us. Yet, folks like Williams will continue to prevail. Oh yeah, after he was fired by NPR, Fox News offered him a three-year contract worth $2 million. How d’ya like that?

Oct 18

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Ryan at 2:35 pm | Leave a Comment (22)
Category: Looker of the Week

Normally this post is reserved for that one individual that makes an arse out of themselves and gets called out for it. We’ve bounced around a few ideas through the wire this morning as to who the “LOOK” could be…. There were a few worthy candidates but none shine as bright on my old Kentucky home as head “looker” in charge, Steven Orr Spurrier.

Let’s set the stage here: 2nd and 10 with 11 seconds left. You call a timeout, most likely bouncing ideas around that big skull of yours whether to kick the field goal now to send it to OT or to run the ball to the right hash to spike it and kick the tying field goal and send it to OT. But NO, you are Steve 17-0 against the Cats Spurrier. Your arrogance proceeds itself being a Heisman QB and all so you decide to line up and take a shot at the endzone. After all, this is Kentucky, you’ve owned them so what could possibly go wrong, right?

Well looky here, 7 ticks off the clock just solidified you as a loser. Your ego just jumped up and bit you in the hiney. You could have settled to tie up the game up but you’d rather pull the same old Spurrier crap and go for the gusto. Well not this time buddy. You messed with the wrong group of Cats. You messed with the wrong coach. Joker Phillips is now a Spurrier killer. You are 0-1 against him as a coach and you are officially Looker of the Week.

I don’t think we have ever given out two “Looker” awards in one week. This is one of our sweet-spots and it is in prime real estate,  but if we did we would have to give credit where credit is due… Spurrier takes this week’s award by a landslide but we do need to call out one fan that stepped up to the plate and tried to lay the hammer down on the Cats. Maybe you need a refresher, but one Andrew Phelps, a UofL and Cock constituent, thought he would be so kind as to drive the nail a bit deeper into the fan base. Well Mr. Phelps, we appreciate you stepping in the line of fire but you couldn’t of been more wrong in your post, therefore you get the honors as well.

Oct 11

TGR’s Looker Of The Week

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 3:01 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
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I know I am not the guy you were looking forward to performing this week’s Looker post, but deal with it, I am here and I am…well, I am just here. The TGR’s terrific three baseball team’s finally got on the board this weekend as Atlanta won a thrilling 11 inning battle in San Francisco on Friday and Tampa got a must needed win in Arlington Saturday. The Reds were eliminated last night in the friendly confines of Great American Band Box by the Phillies, 3 games to none.

This week’s Looker of the Week is a current participant in the MLB playoffs, if you are willing to call him a participant. I, currently don’t find him fit to participate in anything more than sweeping out the dugouts after the game. This week’s winner has some Lexington ties.   In fact, his name and number are in the Lexington Legend Hall of Fame or Wall of Fame or whatever the hell they have over there. In last night’s game 3 of the NLDS in Atlanta, the Braves trailed the Giants 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th inning. Tim Hudson, Atlanta’s starter did not give up an earned run the entire game and either had Giant’s starter, Jonathan Sanchez. With 2 outs in the 8th, pinch-hitter, Eric Hinske of the braves launched a go-ahead homer over the wall with a man on to put Atlanta up 2-1. In the top of the9th, with two men on, two outs, and two strikes on the batter Atlanta had San Fran down to their last strike. Unfortunately, the Giants got a base hit at that point and tied the game.  Enter Braves second basemen, Brooks Conrad into the fold.  Conrad had already committed 2 errors previously in the game, one of those errors leading to the only run Tim Hudson awarded the Giants. With 2 outs and the Giants having the go-ahead and potential winning run at 3rd, the Braves relief pitcher forced the hitter to roll over a pitch and ground the ball to 2nd baseman and former Lexington Legend, Brooks Conrad. That is when, the former Legend, Committed his 6th error in 7 games, as he let the ball go directly between his legs and into the outfield, allowing the Giant on 3rd to score and win the game.

The Braves now trail the series, 2-1, and will go back at it tonight in hot-lanta. If for some reason Brooks Conrad is in the lineup for Bobby Cox tonight, I will not watch more than the time it takes me to figure it out. Brooks Conrad!  Our TGR Looker of the Week! You will also be happy to know that you have officially replaced John Rocker as my most hated Brave ever! Your 3 errors in last night’s game alone will keep your name alive in Atlanta and my house forever if you end up losing this series!  Congrats Brooks!

Oct 4

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:45 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Looker of the Week

Hope. An interesting concept, yes? In some way, we’ve all been affected by this lonesome word. For some, hope resonates their feelings regarding Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign; while for others, it is what we cling to in times of financial hardship. For me, well, it accurately reflects UK football. Let me explain.

Let’s recap our pre-season analysis of the Cats this year. We hoped Joker would prevail as the new head coach and Mike Hartline as quarterback. We hoped Randall Cobb would have such an outstanding year that he would become recognized nationally as one of the premier players in all of college football. We hoped Derrick Locke would become one of the top running backs in the SEC. We hoped new defensive players would step up as leaders to replace guys like Micah Johnson and Trevard Lindley from a year ago.  And finally, we hoped the Cats could pull off a 9-3 season.

But of course, feelings of hope are often counteracted with feelings of despair, particularly with regard to UK football. Many doubted that either Joker or Hartline would prevail. We often wonder if Cobb would truly be considered a Heisman candidate if he played at a school like Alabama or Ohio State? If Locke is such a good running back, why didn’t he get offers from Big 12 schools out of high school? Danny Trevathan is good, but he’s no Micah Johnson. Once again, our hopes of a 9-3 season have gone down the drain.

It is a game like this past weekend against Ole Miss that really accentuates this perpetual conflict between feelings of hope and despair. We knew going into the weekend that it was ” must-win” game for the Cats. We knew they had to come out of the gates early…and they did! That opening drive was flat out awesome. Then, we had those three costly turnovers in the first half that all led to points by the Rebels. Our feelings of hope returned when McIntosh kicked a field goal right before halftime.

In the second half, the defense became soft and the offense stagnant; that is, until the fourth quarter, but by then, it was too late. We were left with Chris Matthews’ foot being just inches from a touchdown, and then the climatic point—Danny Trevathan was fingertips away from recovering the onside kick late in the fourth quarter. Nothing against the young man, but what’s up with having a player with a broken hand on the “hands” team?!

(Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader)

So, this is where I’m at, folks, and maybe you are, too. Will I (we) continue to experience this perpetual conflict between feelings of hope and despair for the rest of the season? I dunno…I hope not. Nevertheless, for the time being, at least, hope is our “Looker of the Week.” Is that possible, you may ask? Can such an intangible fill the void of our infamous “Looker?” In short, “yes, why not?” Now, onto Auburn. Oh boy.

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!