“Hey, Life Could Be Worse, You Could Be Ray Rice.”

December 2, 2014

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LEXINGTON – Yesterday I was complaining to someone about something very minor I’m dealing with and a friend said to me, “Hey, life could be worse, you could be Ray Rice.”

Don’t read too far into that. After all, the comment itself is intended to be superficial, although its meaning does bring forth a troubling and recurring script.

No doubt. We’ll get to that in just a second.

Have you heard this one? “Man so what, he hit that woman one time and his life is over! Did anyone know she hit him too?!”

If that’s how you feel, congratulations on being able to read, now go back to your cave and draw something.

For the rest of us, it’s adult time.

Here’s what we continue to see and hear, hand delivered through multiple media sources, social media, TV, radio etc.

BREAKING STORY: (BLACK) Big name athlete, big money, celebrity status, assaults someone, gets a DWI, hits woman, (put yours here)loses job, millions in pay gone, team embarrassed, league reviewing safety procedures to ensure this doesn’t happen again, player to make statement, team says ‘this is not the type of behavior we expect from any member of our organization.’

Notice anything missing? Notice what shouldn’t be there?

Let’s slow down, for Rice’s part he is going to participate in a pretrial intervention program. (Get out of jail free card?) But he will get a trial. To Rice’s credit, on the surface, he has done everything right, even if what he initially did was wrong. Quite frankly, at this point, it’s none of anyone else’s business but Mr. and Mrs. Rice.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice smiles before a pre-season game Aug. 23, 2014 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice smiles before a pre-season game Aug. 23, 2014 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

We seem to be so attuned as a society today to fixing the blame, but rarely, if ever, are we as prepared or willing to put in real effort to fix the problem.

Which begs the question; What is the problem?

Why do professional athletes, especially NFL players, seem to hit woman or are involved in so many assaults off the field? I mean Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots star, is facing double-murder charges. There have been 50 arrests this year of NFL players. Second, be glad you don’t have to hold a press conference if you ever cheat on your wife (Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant) or get a DUI (Marshawn Lynch, Jason Kidd) or if you flee police, because you are about to get cited for parking in a handicapped spot (see Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans,  arrested for allegedly parking in a handicapped space and fleeing as an officer tried to issue a $25 citation, Greene earns over 3 million annually.).

But again, why do professional athletes, especially NFL players, seem to be involved in so many crimes off the field?

The fact is ‘regular guys’ 25-29 are a lot more likely, no scratch that, completely outnumber their NFL counterparts that they cheer for on Sundays, when it comes to racking up domestic violence charges.

As a whole, society at-large is a lot worse than any NFL player in the locker room or on the practice squad.  And not just in assaults. NFL players are ‘nice guys’ compared to male peers their age in ‘regular jobs.’ See below.

Graph is property of: BENJAMIN MORRIS  @SKEPTICALSPORTS

Graph is property of: BENJAMIN MORRIS @SKEPTICALSPORTS

BENJAMIN MORRIS  @skepticalsports   http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-rate-of-domestic-violence-arrests-among-nfl-players/

Now that we’re clear about just what the problem IS , we must next ask; ‘How do WE fix it?  According to Angie Boss, an award-winning health writer,  “the only form of treatment that research currently supports are Batterer Intervention Programs, or BIPS. BIPS attempt to address all levels of violence including verbal abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and physical abuse.

A six month long series of classes taught by licensed facilitators, BIP classes present physical violence not as isolated, incidental behavior. Instead, physical violence is the culmination of many abusive behaviors, or tactics to gain power and control over another person.

Terry Moore, Program Director for Nonviolent Alternatives, a Batterers Intervention Program in Indianapolis, IN explains, “We believe our clients are inherently kind, loving people who want happy, healthy lives and loving relationships but are unaware of how to accomplish this goal.

They were trained and learned at an early age to use abusive behavior toward themselves and/or toward others, as methods of survival, or coping skills to deal with fear and pain. Over time these behaviors, and the belief systems that foster them, become subconscious habits.”

“Punishment and jail time alone will not relieve the need for our program,” says Moore. “When an abuser encounters only legal consequences for his/her behavior, and their “shifting the blame” belief system, goes unchallenged, they will simply view their self as a victim of an unjust system and will carry these abusive patterns to future relationships.”

So stop pointing at the athletes. Especially young, male, black athletes. Chances are the person next door is more likely to be the guilty party.

Are you or is someone you know in a violent relationship and needs help? Then go here: http://www.thehotline.org/    or CALL  1-800-799-7233

(http://www.utsandiego.com/nfl/arrests-database/?appSession=270132977165963&RecordID=&PageID=2&PrevPageID=&cpipage=1&CPISortType=&CPIorderBy=)

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Cats and Vols Prediction, plus #5 Bama’ vs #1 MSU Prediction

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November 14, 2014

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LEXINGTON –There haven’t been many games between Kentucky and Tennessee over the last 3 decades that have added up to anything more than simply ‘pride’ games for the Wildcats.

This year is different.  The Cats are playing for a birth in a post-season bowl game. As far as ESPN.com is concerned the game is over, Tennessee has won and are headed to the Belk Bowl.

The Belk Bowl?

You know what? Most Kentucky Football fans wouldn’t say ‘the Belk Bowl?’ It would look more like ‘the Belk Bowl!’ As a matter of fact, any post-season bowl will due…we accept….no reason to send your ‘bowl committee people’ to “woo” the powers that be at UK athletics…..we’ll take it!

Many fans, yours truly included, didn’t expect to have this whole ‘bowl’ conversation until next year anyway. And if Coach Stoops and crew continue their recruiting tear, the Cats may be playing in a ‘name-recognizable’ bowl game next year as well.

If Kentucky plans on winning in Knoxville tomorrow afternoon, it wouldn't hurt to give Tennessee a healthy dose of Ryan Timmons and the rest of Kentucky's talented receivers.

If Kentucky plans on winning in Knoxville tomorrow afternoon, it wouldn’t hurt to give Tennessee a healthy dose of Ryan Timmons and the rest of Kentucky’s talented receivers.

On a side note, raise your hand now if you thought that South Carolina would be 4-5 at this point and in danger of reaching the six-win plateau to appear in a bowl game?

No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 5 Alabama meet Saturday in Tuscaloosa and will probably determine the SEC team that will appear in the national title game. The guess here is MSU’s defense won’t be able to stop the Tide from scoring. My prediction:

Bama 31

MSU  21

 

As for the Cats in Knoxville, I am optimistically guessing:

Kentucky       33

Tennessee    28

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Watch Demarco Robinson’s TD vs MSU from a Cool Angle

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October 10, 2014

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LEXINGTON – Look at this awesome view of Demarco Robinson’s TD vs #1 ranked Mississippi State!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9UzMM5jMYs

 

 

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Was JoJo Kemp’s Trash-Talk the Flashpoint for This Team’s Swagger?

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October 10, 2014

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LEXINGTON  –  flashpoint;  a point at which someone or something bursts suddenly into action or being (see Kemp, JoJo – trash-talk, 2014 Kentucky Wildcat Football Team)

Kentucky football has found themselves in a really good place, or at least, a place that almost no one expected them to be in at this point.

4-1 overall, 2-1 in SEC play.

Kentucky went from never beating Spurrier (0-17) to winning 2 out the last 3 times he’s been to Commonwealth.

So after an improbable comeback win against the Gamecocks, which saw the Cats score 21 points in the last 8 minutes of the game, they will take on a team who hasn’t broken 23 points except for once this year. BUT HERE’S WHAT THE Warhawks HAVE DONE. They opened this season with a road victory on ACC field beating Wake Forest 17-10, after trailing 10-0 at the half. Of course the comeback for that is they needed a late field goal, after blowing a third and goal from the 2-yard-line, to beat a terrible Troy team by the skin of their teeth 22-20.

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The question to ‘yours truly’ though is not what the Warhawks have done, but will the Wildcats come out and play, well, wild. You know, the team that scored 21 in the 4th against Spurrier’s Gamecocks. The team that was a missed call in the 3rd overtime in the Swamp from beating the Gators.

If I’m Mark Stoops, I’m not infuriated by JoJo’s trash talk to Florida now, I’m like everyone else on that team, ready to back it up. That, to me, was the flash-point that ignited the Wildcat Swagger that’s been missing. He said outloud that he was not intimidated, but EXPECTING TO WIN, in the swamp.  When was the last time a player from Kentucky felt that way about going to the Swamp? He’ll get another chance in his senior year to get that win too.

Kentucky has to begin the ULM game with the very intensity they ended the South Carolina game with. That ‘pull-out all the stops, never say quit, never give up attitude, every snap counts fervor’ that makes the difference between a bowl game and a losing season.

Kentucky 49

ULM          13

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Hope for Kentucky to Beat the Gators, Resides in this One Picture

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September 13, 2014

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LEXINGTON –Let’s hope the Gators are just as organized today as evidenced in this single ‘actual game’ snapshot in a rare home loss to, of all teams, Georgia Southern last year. Georgia Southern scored on three out of five possessions during one key stretch and beat Florida 26-20 and leaving them without post-season play for the first time since 1990.

After losing to the Georgia Southern Eagles in Game 11 last season the Gators fell to (4-7) on the season and its losing streak extended to six games in a row. That was the longest losing streak for the Gators since the win-less 1979 Florida team.

After losing to the Georgia Southern Eagles in Game 11 last season the Gators fell to (4-7) on the season and its losing streak extended to six games in a row. That was the longest losing streak for the Gators since the win-less 1979 Florida team.

Kentucky wins today 27-23!

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Kentucky Can Beat Florida if they Win one Particular Battle…

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September 9, 2014

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LEXINGTON – Duh, right? Yes, the mental battle. In coach speak, you’ll hear ‘it’s not always the X’s and O’s but the Jimmy’s and Joe’s that win games.’ But sometimes coaches can out-coach each other. I’m betting on Saturday night, on a big stage, in the ‘Swamp’ and on the SEC Network at 7:30 pm, the Cats will beat the Gators.

Let’s be honest here, Kentucky’s chances of beating Florida are as good as they’ve ever been. In 5 of the last ten years, and especially last year, the Wildcats have had a team good enough to beat the Gators. So what’s the problem? Why haven’t they beaten Florida since 1986?  27 years and counting, ouch!

As a starter for Kentucky at QB, Ramsey was 2-0 vs Florida. Winning in Lexington 28-9, and in Gainesville 14-7. Ramsey is currently the Athletic Director for Coppin State in Baltimore.

As a starter for Kentucky at QB, Ramsey was 2-0 vs Florida. Winning in Lexington 28-9, and in Gainesville 14-7. Ramsey is currently the Athletic Director for Coppin State in Baltimore.

 

According to Derrick Ramsey, the former all-SEC Kentucky QB, “it’s in their heads.”  “They can beat Florida this year, but Coach Stoops and his crew have to convince them (the players) that this is a game they have to win, not just can win.

“They need to be convinced of that before they run out of the tunnel” continued Ramsey. When he said that it hit this fan like nothing before. It’s truly the mindset of a winning team vs a losing team. Being capable of winning vs having to win.

It’s been said before, “Well done, is always better, than well said.”

Kentucky must win is my attitude. But it doesn’t matter if I’m convinced they’re going to win, they need to be convinced as well.

If they’re convinced they’ll win, the score will be:

   Kentucky   27

   Florida 23

If they’re not:  Florida 41

                       Kentucky 17

Are you convinced? And what’s your score?

Until then enjoy this flashback from 1974 of the Cats upsetting the #9 Gators 41-24.

 

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Video: Congrats to you Stanley “BOOM!” Williams…..the 1st of Many We Hope

 

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September 6,, 2014

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#18 Stanley “BOOM” Williams 1st CFB TD. UK Football 2014

The Wildcats join freshman Stanley "Boom" Williams in the endzone after his first collegiete touchdown! Photo by Steve Tressler

The Wildcats join freshman Stanley “Boom” Williams in the endzone after his first collegiete touchdown! Photo by Steve Tressler

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Towles Talk and Name That Cat Game

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August 19, 2014

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On Monday Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops announced on Twitter that Patrick Towles would be the starting quarterback to begin the 2014 season for the Wildcats.

As a senior at Highlands HS Towles completed 171 of 279 passes (61.3 percent) for 3,820 yards with 42 touchdowns and only one interception.  Photo by Kentucky.com

As a senior at Highlands HS Towles completed 171 of 279 passes (61.3 percent) for 3,820 yards with 42 touchdowns and only one interception. Photo by Kentucky.com

Towles chose Kentucky over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati and Louisville to name a few and appeared in five games as a true freshman in 2012. He did not play for Kentucky last season with a redshirt.  The 2012 Mr. Football in the state of Kentucky was known for his strong throwing arm and big body. The 6-5, 240 lb’er won three state titles at Highlands and was coached at QB by none other than Chris Collinsworth, the former Cincinnati Bengal and current NFL broadcaster.  As a starter at Highlands he was 38-1 and his athleticism and mobility is so well known that ESPN rated his college position as “athlete” instead of just quarterback.

Stoops was especially proud of his mental growth. Saying his maturity is what they were watching as much as anything else when making their final decision.

Patrick Towles will be wearing jersey number 14 this year for the Wildcats.

Kentucky will opens 2014 season at home against UT Martin on Saturday, August 30 and the game will be televised live on the SEC network.

Quiz for you: Identify all four former UK football players shown below:

Name these former UK football players from L to R and win nothing! Good luck!

Name these former UK football players from L to R and win nothing! Good luck!

 

 

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Stoops’ Second Team will Surprise Us All, Maybe Even Stoops

 

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August 18, 2014

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  Here is the AQ’s Kentucky gridiron predictions for 2014 by game………..

Steve Tressler, the Armchair Quarterback blogger for Kentucky.com, makes his prediction for Kentucky's 2014 football season. He thinks the Cats will finish 6-6 on the season and receive a bowl berth.

Steve Tressler, the Armchair Quarterback blogger for Kentucky.com, makes his prediction for Kentucky’s 2014 football season. He thinks the Cats will finish 6-6 on the season and receive a bowl berth.

 

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The #1 and #2 Greatest Kentucky Recruiting Classes Ever?

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July 25, 2014

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If you want to win football games in the mighty SEC, then you better win the recruiting battle as well. (see: Franklin, James Vanderbilt.)  No gridiron coach in UK’s history has had as much success in his first two years of recruiting as Mark Stoops.

We’ve had a few big names pulled in by other coaches. Tim Couch did sign on with Bill Curry. Dennis Johnson did sign on with Hal Mumme. Micah Johnson was a huge get for Rich Brooks. But these were all in-state guys to begin with. Few big names came to Kentucky from outside the commonwealth.

Stoops and company have changed all that.  And just in time to, let’s hope. Over the last 3 years and just 170 miles south, Tennessee has been brought in some impressive recruiting classes by selling the hope of more playing time for freshman.

Stoops has done the same here and the fans are riding a tidal wave of hope because of it. Yours truly is one of them. As proof, when he received a contract extension keeping him here at Kentucky through 2018 season even after winning only two games in his first season fans were relieved he got it.

Such is the state of an SEC football program and fan base desperate to be considered relevant.

Kentucky Wildcats Head Football Coach Mark Stoops has brought in  the #1 and #2 best recruiting classes in the history of Kentucky football.

Kentucky Wildcats Head Football Coach Mark Stoops has brought in the #1 and #2 best recruiting classes in the history of Kentucky football.

Rivals announced that this years’ Kentucky football recruiting class ranked #17 in the nation. Better than traditional powers like Texas (#20), Michigan (#31) and Georgia Tech (#47)  It’s also 13 spots better than Kentucky did last year. The first two recruiting classes for Mark Stoops and his staff are now the #1 and #2 all-time best recruiting classes  in the history of Kentucky football. For Rivals full 2014 list go here: http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/teamrank/2014/all/all

The hope now is that all of  the off-season hard work of getting better talent will turn into wins. It’s a slow process but for now most fans will give Stoops and Co. breathing room.

If  the Cats wins 5 games this year it would be a great year by most fans standards.  Is that what you think?

Now tell me how many games you think Kentucky will win this year?

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