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Jun 20

Looker(s) of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 4:12 pm | Leave a Comment (14)
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Courtesy of AFP

Without any having meltdown performances or idiotic statements by athletes over the past week, or at least none that interested me, I was left with finding our “looker” outside the world of sports. In fact, I was kind of hoping that Rory would shoot another 80 in his final round yesterday at the Congressional just so I could have something to write about, but no, instead, he decided to break the record for the lowest overall score in U.S. Open history. Oh well…

As an alternate, this morning, I stumbled across an event that took place worldwide on Saturday — 8th Annual World Naked Bide Ride. As this article states, thousands of people participated in the event from cities around the world, including in U.S. cities such as Madison (WI), Portland (OR), and Brooklyn (NYC). Apparently, according to this wiki, the ride “demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against car culture” and to “celebrate cycling and the human body.”

In other words, these people are weird by thinking they have to prove a point by showing off their junk. What happened to simply protesting outside of a building or something?! Or, what about signing a petition to take to your city council representative?! No, let’s go straight to riding around naked on our bikes. Yep, that sounds like a fabulous idea.

Well, for the purposes of this post, it was a fabulous idea. Please, people, keep it up, or down depending on if you have a penis or not. BTW, did you know that in Portland it is legal to be naked in public. There you go, folks. Follow this link to some more photos of people who engaged in this ludicrous act. Enjoy!

Jun 13

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:30 pm | Leave a Comment (3)
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Courtesy of Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

Does this image not speak volumes? Seriously, I’m not sure I even need to say much, as sports writers have let their fingers do the talking on the issue, including a column by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and a compilation of distasteful words for LBJ by Erik Hayden. Regardless of what Pedigo says, I think King James brought this moment on his self. I don’t think it’s necessary, however, to rehash old wounds or beat a dead horse (whatever your favorite idiom may be) by noting all of the reasons why people think LBJ is an bonafide a-hole for the way he departed from Cleveland last year (see here for my personal thoughts on that topic).

I will provide a few examples of why I revel in the defeat that James and the Miami Heat suffered last night to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the NBA Finals…

One, throughout the series, James simply did not rise to the occasion as a clutch performer. Let’s just note his lack of production during the fourth quarters of the games, or that he led all players in turnovers (n=24; see here) for the series. Yes, I realize this was his first NBA Finals with the Heat, so maybe he was a little nervous. Right? Who cares. He was EXPECTED to fulfill his potential as one of the greatest players of all time, and he just didn’t get it done, quite frankly.

And secondly, did you see what he tweeted last night after the game? If not, let me provide you the details, and if you did, well, it’s worth a read again:

@KingJames: The Greater Man upstairs know when it’s my time. Right now isn’t the time.

What?!?! Who the hell is this man’s PR consultant? Amazing. Knowing that everybody thinks you’re the most selfish player in the NBA, maybe all of professional sports, and this is your tweet following your team’s defeat in the Finals? Yeah, this just confirmed that in LBJ’s eyes, there IS an “i” in “team.” Stay hot, Lebron, stay hot.

Until next week, my friends, stay thirsty! Peace.

Jun 6

Looker of the Week

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Courtesy of motheringhut.com

Guess who’s back, back again? Nasty’s back, tell a friend. That’s right, folks, it’s been a long time, but I’m back up in this beeotch!  Thanks to all of my fans who supported me during my time of departure.

Anywho, in this week’s “looker” news, it appears that I’m not the only who’s back. Plaxico Burress is back as well. I’m sure you remember when in late 2009 the former New York Giants’ wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the leg. Not only did he injure himself, he was also convicted of firearm charges and served almost two years in a correctional facility. Just a helluva story, I might say. Hopefully, Burress will aim higher in life and become a real straight shooter now that he has a second chance. I mean, the last thing he needs is to shoot himself in the foot (or shall I say leg) again with some ridiculous off-the-field act. We’ll see…

In other New York news, I suppose you also heard about the lewd tweeting act of Rep. Anthony Weiner, a democrat representing the 9th congressional district of New York City (parts of Brooklyn and Queens).  Okay, for the two of you who haven’t, this cat allegedly tweeted a photo of his junk (with his underwear on, of course) to some young lady. Then, she tweeted it out to everyone else. I haven’t seen the photo but I’ve heard that he’s sporting a “semi,” which really wasn’t that impressive. As if that wasn’t humiliating enough, now some other woman is claiming Weiner sent her photos as well. I’m sure she’s not the last either.

Seriously, what’s this guy thinking? How could he not think these photos wouldn’t get out there on the web? Oh, wait, apparently he wasn’t thinking at all; it was his penis who was the culprit here. Right. Sure. Honestly, I’m surprised that excuse hasn’t been used by more politicians. Can you imagine if “sexting” was around when Bill Clinton was in office! Maybe we could have actually seen HOW that stain appeared on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress.

Courtesy of bighairynews.com

In summary, we’ve been reminded of what could happen if you happen to shoot yourself or send a photo of your manhood to another person. Remember, folks, learn from other people’s mistakes, don’t let people learn from yours. Until next week, keep it real.

Nov 1

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 4:35 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
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(courtesy of Dallas Morning News)

With Halloween and the election campaign season nearing its end, this week was full of a variety of Lookers. In my neighborhood alone, I saw a grown man dressed as a clown, another as Freddy Krueger, and a final one as what I perceived as a “werewolf of London.” As if the costumes weren’t creepy enough, the latter two were just walking around by themselves without any children of their own. Of course, I immediately questioned their motives (i.e., pedophiles anyone?) and steered my 3-year-old far away from them as possible.

On a much lighter note, there is the story of Liam Roybal, the 7-year-old kid who dressed up as Texas Rangers’ manager Ron Washington (see above photo). I encourage you to read the story about Liam in the Dallas Morning News. If that photo of him doesn’t put a smile on your face, I’ll kiss your ass. I mean, look at that smile!

A day before the general elections, I’m sure you agree with me in that I’m ready for the campaign season to be over! The number of TV ads and telephone calls have been crazy this year. Yet, there are always a few ads that I thoroughly enjoy due to their complete ludicrous nature. One was brought to me by fellow TGR contributor Rob Pedigo in which the ad claims a candidate “kicks children in the face.” Yep, you read that correctly. Watch the ad for yourself.

You may be asking yourself what all of this has to do with UK athletics? Well folks, with another disappointing loss from our beloved football team this past weekend and the fact that basketball has yet to take full precedent in the Bluegrass State, I find myself resorting to comedy in times like these. I encourage all of you to join me as we bask in our sorrows together. Until next week, my friends, stay elevated.

Oct 25

Looker of the Week

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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 4

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:45 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
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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!

Sep 27

Looker of the Week

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Category: Looker of the Week

With the Gators handing UK its first loss of the season this past weekend, the armchair quarterbacks across the Big Blue Nation came out in droves. Let’s rehash some of those infamous lines that you have either heard or said:

“I’ve been patient long enough with Hartline. He sucks!”

“Our defense was terrible. How could we not contain Burton in the Red Zone?!”

“Joker obviously didn’t have a good game plan.”

“Why don’t we just run the Wild-Cobb every play?!”

Sound familiar? These and other more colorful lines have been widely circulating across the blogosphere today, and I’m sure they’ve made appearances around the old water cooler as well.

I’ve always been amazed when people throw the team, or specific individuals, under the bus when their exceedingly high and unrealistic expectations are not met.  It was Florida for goodness’ sake. Let’s face it, we were beat fair and simple. There’s no need to make excuses or to create scapegoats for why we lost. We still have a ways to go before we are on the same level as programs like Florida, and until that time, we should take such losses, even if they are by 34 points, as learning experiences.

Let me also note that a large part of beating a team that you haven’t won against since 1986 is “luck.” All the other facts were not in favor on Saturday night, and a little luck would have made a huge difference, I think. However, I did think for a moment that luck was on our side when big ole Ridge Wilson intercepted Brantley’s pass early in the 2nd quarter; yet, another lost opportunity. Oh well.

Let’s not be discouraged, my friends. We will prevail over Ole Miss this weekend. If we don’t, well maybe then you armchair quarterbacks will actually have a little truth in your claims. But, until that time, stay on the couch and keep your mouths shut! Go Cats!

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!

Sep 20

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 4:01 pm | Leave a Comment (3)
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(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Oh Brett Favre, let’s be honest, your future looks quite grim;

Your Vikings are now 0-2, which makes your chances of making the playoffs very slim.

To be exact, one sports writer put your chances at a mere 13 percent;

Boy, this has to hurt your pride and ego, even just a little bit.

With all of the drama that seems to unfold when you tend to make a decision;

Maybe all of that hype would be here to stay if you could just go throw with more precision.

C’mon, Brett, four interceptions in two games has not met our expectations;

We want to see more touchdowns and on-field celebrations.

Could it be your offensive line or receivers, or even your coach Brad Childress?

I dunno, I’m no expert, but what I can say may go against your interest.

See, I think you should consider “spending more time with your family,” as the saying goes;

Before this season gets out of hand and all of your flaws become exposed.

So, I wish you the best of luck this Sunday, even though your future may be bleak;

But, until that time, my friend, you are our “Looker of the Week.”

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!

Sep 13

Looker of the Week

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Davidson in his most favorite pose (Whig.com)

It’s September, which means that baseball is nearly at the end of its season and football is beginning to take precedent in American sports for many fans. Of course, this doesn’t mean that baseball has already lost its most colorful moments of the year. Take, for example, the recent game last Tuesday between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee’s Miller Park. What happened during that game, at that park, and on that night  was despicable; we, as sports fans, should all be outraged for the events that unfolded in the city where Jeffrey Daumer once called home. And once again, as I previously commented on a few months ago, what happened had nothing to do with any one player, coach, or even the game itself. Instead, our attention was turned to an umpire—good ole Bob Davidson.

Go ahead and Google Mr. Davidson.  What did you come up with?  Nothing but a tremendous amount of disappointment from all corners of the sports world for that man, right?  Well, he deserves it.  In case you missed it, Davidson went on an all out testosterone-filled, self-fulfilling act of ejecting three people, folks, from what has now become a very memorable game.  That’s right, I said three people, and he received some assistance from one of his crew members, who threw out Brewers’ manager Ken Macha in the second inning.

After the stage had been set for Davidson after Macha was ejected, Davidson ejected Cardinals’ pitching coach Dave Duncan, Brewers’ center fielder Chris Dickerson, and Sean Ottow, some guy who was sitting in the seats behind home plate.  The latter completed what one blogger referred to as the “superfecta.” Well, I suppose it was a good night for horse racing fans.

Apparently, in the seventh inning, Davidson had enough of Ottow’s heckling of Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina (who is a tremendous backstop, by the way). Davidson said in at least one account that he believed Molina was going to go after the fan if he had not intervened, because Ottow made several homosexual slurs toward Molina. What? Where in the rulebook is that allowed?  Well, according to the Major League Baseball rulebook, such a stunt is not allowed. In fact, umpires are only allowed to eject fans if they come onto the playing field.

Davidson has a history of making such tremendously bad calls or terrible decisions with regard to the game. Hell, just this year, he had another memorable poor performance on the diamond. Remember that blown call he had in the Phillies-Marlins game, which costs the Marlins the game? According to one sports reporter, “…if [we] listed every call that Davidson got wrong [we’d] be typing for the next 48 hours at least. He’s a disgrace to the game and has been for many, many years. Baseball people laugh at him.” Them some harsh words, my friends.

In other “looker” news, Virginia Tech has failed to meet pre-season expectations of many college football analysts by going 0-2 this past weekend. They fell to the nationally known super power James Madison Dukes by the score of 21-16. Although it put JMU on the map, it pretty much ended VaTech’s hope for a BCS bowl in January. In addition, Boise State is (once again) screwed from making it to the national championship if they go undefeated during the regular season again this year. I don’t know whether to chuckle or feel sorry for the Broncos.

(AP Photo, The Roanoke Times, Justin Cook)

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!

Sep 7

Looker of the Week

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“Get focused!”  You betcha Mike Hartline was this past Saturday.  Now, by a show of hands, who all doubted Hartline going into the game against UofL?  Who all doubted Joker’s decision to name Hartline as the starting quarterback?  Better yet, who actually believed in Hartline?  For the record, yours truly was among the latter; I’ve supported Hartline when many others have discarded his potential to be a solid SEC quarterback.

Hartline’s statistics this past Saturday were just that—solid, but not entirely impressive:  17/26 for 217 yards (65% completion rate).  Yeah, he may not have thrown for any TDs, but, most importantly, he didn’t have any INTs.  His overall quarterback rating was 135.49 (ESPN), which ranked him in the middle of the pack among all Division I-A quarterbacks for the weekend.

Beyond his statistics, let’s focus on what was arguably the most impressive aspect of Hartline’s performance—his on-field mentality.  I’m talking about those things that cannot be taught necessarily, but what must be developed through experience.  His maturity showed on Saturday by routinely making good decision with and without the ball.  Honestly, his performance against UofL is all that we need from him for the rest of the season.  He just needs to be solid, make good decisions, and play within his self.  Is that too much to ask?

So, how does all of this relate to the Looker of the Week?  Well, if you’re one of those persistent Hartline haters, you are our Looker of the Week.  Get a grip, folks, shut the hell up and give a little respect to the guy.  If you know someone who falls within this category, but they’re too weak to take responsibility for their name-calling, please call them out.  Maybe they’re a work colleague, a family member, or a fellow church-goer; whoever they are, call them out as a “looker” for us this week.  If it’s you, well, just own up to it and move on with your life.

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!