Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I have Google Alerts set up every day for most of the sports I talk about on this page (I'm ignoring all things Cincinnati until spring training actually starts. I'll start ignoring it again in June, probably.). I don't necessarily always check it, but I was going over my "Kentucky Football" alerts yesterday and came across this link, which made me smile: UK football will be the talk of the SEC. Until I clicked it.
First, the site that the article is posted on is called SECJunky.com. I'm a stickler for grammar, so I'll first point out that "junky" is misspelled. That probably should have been my first red flag, but Matt (lawya), Rob and Brian the Intern at KSR are horrible spellers and exercise poor grammar, so I figured it wasn't that big of a deal. But then I read the article. It started off: April Fools!
The writer goes on to basically say that Kentucky isn't going to make a big splash in the league in 2009 because the defense lost games to UT and Vandy last year, the team continues to lose to South Carolina and Florida, Rich Brooks has only won 37% of his conference games in his tenure, and the Cats only won games against Louisville and Western. All of those things are true, but the dude didn't have to throw out a teaser headline so he could go forward and bash the hell out of the football team.
News flash, A-hole: duh, Kentucky lost to Florida, so did every one else but Ole Miss last year. They're the national champs. Vanderbilt was actually a bowl team last year, so I don't feel horrible about losing to the Dores (the Cats played horribly in that game, D.J. Moore played like an All-American, and Vandy deserved to win). Kentucky was on probation for most of the first four seasons Brooks coached, they had very few scholarships, and they lost a whole lot of games. Beating Louisville is still a pretty big deal, they're still in the BCS (barely).
I won't go so far as saying that Kentucky is going to compete for the SEC East title every year. They might be a factor every now and then if the program continues its current trend of improving with each recruiting class. But clearly this guy hasn't watched a Kentucky game, ever. They're better, faster, and stronger than they have ever been in my lifetime, and that naturally includes the Hal Mumme "Air Raid" era, where all Kentucky tried to do was play on one side of the ball the whole time. Don't sleep on the Wildcats, bud.
Posted by Anything but Gatorade at 8:17 AM