2:07 pm February 12, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 13th, 20108:38 pm
I still have to wait for what could be a very nerve-racking game.
February 13th, 20108:58 pm
Ozzie Smith does not belong in the HOF Rob
of course he does, it isn’t just about hitting. everybody always whines about a guy’s hitting. and everybody nowdays wants to judge hitting on what has happened the last dozen years or so. how can you say that a guy who got in with 92% of the vote in his first year doesn’t belong?
February 13th, 20109:02 pm
I didn’t realize Chism (ankle) wasn’t going to start for Tennessee. If he doesn’t play and play well, they’ve got no real chance to beat UK.
Rob from SC
February 13th, 20109:03 pm
Do you really think Smith is one of the greatest? he never reached any offensive bench mark.
February 13th, 20109:04 pm
Them Crooked Vultures are on Austin City Limits (on PBS) this evening at 10:00 (at least up here they are. LEW
hundreds of stations down here and I can’t get Austin City Limits. I HATE that!!!
Don’t jinx us.
Heath, did you seriously ask me if I was watching the Olympics over the Jayhawks. If you were serious, I’ll pretend you weren’t….
Anthony, thanks for the comment. And glad some of the denizens could help you out with the spring training info.
February 13th, 20109:07 pm
Adirondack: No, Wren’s not a biker. He is a skiier, although he and his family skipped their usual ski trip this winter because his sons got baseball scholarships to Ga. Tech and they didn’t want to risk injury.
Chism only contributed 8pts and 4rebs against Kansas and they still won….so, I take nothing for granted with this Tennessee team.
February 13th, 20109:12 pm
Lew, the Boogie Brothers tour was Savoy Brown opening for Deep Purple at The Omni in 1974, and yes, Blackmore did get very mad about half way through the show and briefly left the stage in a huff after throwing his guitar at a roadie. Don’t know what ticked him off. He is one of my all-time favorite guitar players to watch in concert, but, for that night, Savoy Brown’s 3 leads were a lot better.
February 13th, 20109:15 pm
Do you really think Smith is one of the greatest? he never reached any offensive bench mark. Rob
yeah Rob, I really believe he should be in the HOF, no question in my mind. He made himself into a pretty decent hitter for a SS of that period and stole a lot of bases, so he was not just one dimensional though no question his defense overshadowed all else.His stats are overshadowed by the current crop of SS no doubt, but tha’s a pretty recent occurrence. Look at Aparicio and some of the other inductees of the past.
Like I said, to get in first try with 92% there wasn’t much question in the voter’s minds. Not like he snuck in after 10 years of trying.
February 13th, 20109:20 pm
Pretty ho-hum so far for UK.
February 13th, 20109:24 pm
I respect yor opinion.
February 13th, 20109:31 pm
Lew and Brian, Good points about Glavine compared to Niekro and Sutton, especially the 2 Cy Young awards. I didn’t realize Niekro and Sutton never won that award. I guess Glavine and Maddux have a real shot at being voted to the HOF in the same year.
February 13th, 20109:32 pm
Heath – I should not have said anything – major Tribe choke – lost by 3
Ease in Woodstock
February 13th, 20109:33 pm
Ozzie not for the HOF? Dude was the best player on the field in a era when offense was not the standard…and like nolie said, he had his upside offensively as well…
Rob, your cool and glad your not in pain anymore, but a totally ridiculous argument…
February 13th, 20109:35 pm
That’s adorable! Thanks for the link! What a cutey…
Tomorrow I’ll get some of my pics from today up on Photobucket (and that will include a picture of the snowman my Sister and I made. Been ages since we were able to make a snowman).
THat snow today rocked. I’ve always wanted that kind of snow–that powdery stuff you see in movies and stuff. Sadly most of it’s melted already. (I mean, I don’t mind that it melted off the roads, but did it have to leave our yard so soon?)
February 13th, 20109:39 pm
Guess who won today, VJ?
February 13th, 20109:41 pm
Ease in Woodstock
I believe Larkin was a better player than Smith
Chism has already out-performed his output in the KU game…. ugh.
February 13th, 20109:48 pm
is there a mercy rule in Women’s hocky?
February 13th, 20109:49 pm
Ack Snow…it was 75 today-blue skies, gentle breeze… absolutely gorgeous!
February 13th, 20109:51 pm
there are basically 2 teams in women’s hockey…Canada and the US- they have played for the gold in every world championship that has been played…no reason to think the Olympics should be any different
VJ is half happy- Duke destroyed Maryland…
February 13th, 20109:52 pm
This game……….uuuuuugly. Definitely worried.
February 13th, 20109:57 pm
Smith deserves to be in. Now, I will say his 12 AS appearances were nonsense (it was a CRIME he got to start the last two or three when he was clearly outplayed by younger, lesser known competition) but then that’s the case with most guys who are awesome for extended stretches (they get the benefit of the doubt) and also why fans shouldn’t have such a high percentage of the vote. The last couple he got just because everyone wanted to see him do a backflip when he came out on the field. Larkin was a good player, but not in Smith’s range IMO (though a better hitter overall). I don’t agree with Kent, either; he’s one of those fringe players who just managed to stick around long enough on the right teams to pad his stats (like Palmiero, and I also think he juiced). I’d be 50/50, except he’s such a d-bag I’d lean towards no as the coin flip factor.
February 13th, 201010:00 pm
It Hurts So Bad
February 13th, 201010:04 pm
IPayForAOL…I thought Carnivale was outstanding and a very gritty and atmospheric HBO series. It was about a traveling Carnival during the Depression and featured supernatural overtones that reminded me of Twin Peaks. The lighting and colors were very striking and added a lot to the story, as did the sheer sexiness of some of the stars. If you like a compelling but offbeat story, you can’t go wrong.
February 13th, 201010:06 pm
I thought Carnivale was outstanding and a very gritty and atmospheric HBO series. KEN
I liked it a lot too. too bad it ended so soon.at least those are on dvd.
February 13th, 201010:07 pm
Ozzie Smith’s defense was amazing. His offensive numbers are not as bad as he usually discussed. He had 2460 career hits and 580 stolen bases. That is just 300 fewer hits than Derek Jeter and 275 more stolen base to compare him to a likely Hall of Fame short stop from the current era. Ozzie played in a time that offense was very different. Of course, he should be there.
February 13th, 201010:14 pm
and I’ll throw in the old cliche, he was a great guy. a little quiet but funny and sincere.Ozzie, that is.
(not that is has anything to do with whether or not he should be in the HOF)
February 13th, 201010:16 pm
This game’s not exactly textbook stuff right now….
February 13th, 201010:17 pm
If we exclude a great defensive player for average offense, then I don’t see how a designated hitter can get in. They literally have no defense at all.
February 13th, 201010:18 pm
No, sir. This is not a game you show to people to convince them that they should be basketball fans…
February 13th, 201010:23 pm
Wow, this dunk contest is horrendous.
February 13th, 201010:25 pm
I think DHs will still have some trouble getting in Moe. Eventually Thomas will get in but he played almost as much D as he did first. Thome played more at first, so I see Martinez as the one who will set the stage one way or another. He did play 500 games at third and wasn’t that bad at all, but he played way more as a DH. I do think he will get eventually though. I think Thomas and Thome should too.
February 13th, 201010:26 pm
Tennessee is hitting 3s like they did against Kansas….I’m startin’ to have some serious angst.
Steve from OH
BH–you watch that NBA garbage?
February 13th, 201010:28 pm
Game stats says 19 minutes… 8 points, 4 rebounds.
Heath, nevermind my since-deleted comment about Chism’s game against KU. I was looking at his line from Tennessee’s loss at KU on Jan. 3, 2009, not this season. My bad.
Ron in Mobile
February 13th, 201010:29 pm
Been a while since i posted, but i read everyday. Just wanted to let yall know that game 4 of the 91′ series is on mlb tv.
DOB I saw the drive by truckers a couple of weeks ago here at a local place. Fantastic band that has a certain kind of energy thats rare and hard to explain. Thanks for turning me on to yet another great band. I’m going to see Yonder Mountain String band tomorrow at the same venue. I’m not sure if bluegrass is your thing. I’m really not a huge fan myself, buit those guys get down
Of course you delete that… lol.
February 13th, 201010:32 pm
Not quite the level of 3-point proficiency the Vols had against Kansas, but getting close. They hit 9 of 18 against KU, and have 6 of 17 so far tonight.
February 13th, 201010:35 pm
Ron in Mobile: Glad you got to see the Truckers live. They are a terrific live band, one of the best going today. As good as they are on record, you’ve gotta see them live to really get a full appreciation for what they do.
As agonizing as it is to watch…seeing all this zone defense is very good for UK…cause they need the practice for when the tourney starts.
February 13th, 201010:37 pm
That was a B.S. call right there! Several stupid charging calls…even ones that were in favor of UK.
February 13th, 201010:39 pm
Dick Vitale thinks 18 year olds going to college for a year is a bad thing.
I think his voice sucks.
February 13th, 201010:42 pm
I agree, Braveheart. The dunk contest was borrrrring. ZzZzz.
February 13th, 201010:47 pm
I’m comfortable with wren as gm. Honestly, what negative has the man done since being gm in atl? I’m talking a complete and total wreck of a decision.
Granted, I personally didn’t like the lowe signing and didn’t particularly like the kawakami signing, but they aren’t decisions that’ll set the organization back.
To this date he’s is or was trying to land damon and that’s pretty damn comendable in my eyes. He wants to win all while keeping the future in tact.
Can we say the same for shuerholz during his final days as gm in atlanta? That man had a “win now” agenda and it’s done nothing but possibly hold the organization back…at least up until last year.
I strongly believe the braves are back and I’m very hard to please. Fans— we have one heck of a team this year and it’s sure to be even better in a year.
Most will be looking at frank wren through different glasses before long…. In a positive way of course.
February 13th, 201010:48 pm
One thing NOBODY can deny…Calipari is going to have a near-impossible time getting a better recruiting class next year to replace the ones he got, and will lose to the NBA this year.
February 13th, 201010:50 pm
nolie, I agree that DHers will have some trouble, but Thomas will get in. They will be considered. My point was merely that if you want to exclude a defensive player because of average offense. How can someone who only has offense and no defense be considered? I think that those who are absolutely astounding at one (and not very good at both) should be under consideration.
February 13th, 201010:51 pm
awful awful officiating tonight. didnt know tim donaghey got a job in college basketball.
February 13th, 201010:52 pm
Steve, I’m as sick as a dog, and there’s nothing else on. It’s pretty bad though when in my late teens my big oafish white arse actually could do half the lame arse dunks these guys were using in the dunk contest
Calipari is going to have a near-impossible time getting a better recruiting class next year to replace the ones he got
Why? Did he run out of money?
February 13th, 201010:53 pm
geez…. that poor kid getting launched at 88mph in those olympics. OUCH….I hope he went fast and didn’t suffer.
Hard to imagine he didn’t die on impact….at least I hope he did.
February 13th, 201010:54 pm
According to the poll on ESPN.com, the only thing worse than spending time with your significant other tomorrow is watching NASCAR
February 13th, 201010:55 pm
jeffrey d -
To answer your question seriously…Calipari hit the jackpot with Cousins, Wall, and Bledsoe. So many freshmen are over-hyped and just do not perform…ask Soph. These three guys have, in some ways, outperformed their hype (moreso as a trio).
February 13th, 201010:58 pm
so now we are acusing calipari of paying players. could people be any more envious?
By the way, I was talking about wren on account of Gov Tyree’s glavine vs wren posts.
Glavine needs to get over it if there is still bitterness there. The man knows what this business is about. Surely the 15 bank accounts he looks at on paper when he goes into his home office eases any bitterness. I know it would mine.
February 13th, 201010:59 pm
Coming from jeffrey d…I think he’s just needlin’ me. I think so anyway.
February 13th, 201011:00 pm
Heath – well I thought it was funny.
I remember checking Rivals’ player rankings once and UK had the top 2 players, and something like 4 of the top 25 players.
February 13th, 201011:01 pm
So many freshmen are over-hyped and just do not perform…ask Soph.
Hopefully, my baby Heels will come back strong next season. They looked decent today but of course they were playing the worst team in the ACC.
I think jeffrey was kidding. Breathe.
man uk would be up 20 right now if cousins would have shot his average from the freethrow line.
February 13th, 201011:02 pm
Steve, I’m as sick as a dog, and there’s nothing else on
That’s pretty unfortunate.
February 13th, 201011:03 pm
so all kentucky has done since losing by 6 on the road has beaten 3 ranked opponents in 4 games.
Accused? I’m pretty sure he was already found guilty and had to vacate wins
February 13th, 201011:06 pm
Anyway, I’m glad Kentucky won. I’d like to have at least one SEC among the nation’s top.
John Wall gets to be a Net next season. How depressing for him.
February 13th, 201011:07 pm
sorry, make that 3 ranked opponents in 5 games. forgot about the LSU game.
February 13th, 201011:09 pm
So I didn’t miss anything in the slam dunk contest?
I’m starting to doubt Detroit’s bid for Damon. Why hasn’t he singed yet?
DOB, have you listened to Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King yet?
Once Russian Mark Cuban buys the Nets and sends them to Brooklyn, it won’t be so bad.
The only thing worse than getting laid is watching NASCAR?
soph, only a 25% chance of being a net next year
February 13th, 201011:11 pm
jeffreyd, you missed nothing in that dunk contest that you couldn’t see every day watching a dunk contest between neighborhood kids at the local playground
February 13th, 201011:12 pm
jeffrery only accused by people who dont require any proof before making such.
February 13th, 201011:13 pm
OK….ugly game…Cousins was a virtual no-show…but we still won. Relieved is how I feel. Win even though the team performed far below par…I’ll take it. One thing is for sure, after being in the dog house and not getting a single minute in the first dozen games or so, Liggins is providing some really solid play off the bench.
True, lexbrave. Everytime I see the Nets record, I want to give them a hug. 4-48? Owwwwch.
February 13th, 201011:16 pm
…was recording the Olympics during the game…switching over now.
February 13th, 201011:19 pm
February 13th, 201011:35 pm
heath, had a down night and still beat by double digits the team that nearly beat kansas by double digits. sorry dob, couldnt resist the jab. i’m fully aware it means nothing as we sit here mid feb.
February 13th, 201011:39 pm
Heath – wow, this is the second time I have followed a W&M game on live stats, only to discover hours later that the stats screwed up. Instead of Northeastern scoring a basket at the end for a 3 point win, W&M scored the basket for a one point victory!
February 13th, 201011:44 pm
completely differenly feeling finding out you actually won, huh?
This was still a good game for UK because they need to analyze the tape to get a little better against the zone. They were horrid at times, average most of the time…and need to get better.
February 13th, 201011:59 pm
Gotta say…I like this short-track speed skating. Very exciting.
February 14th, 201012:10 am
Instead of Northeastern scoring a basket at the end for a 3 point win, W&M scored the basket for a one point victory!
Whaaaaaa? So you had a perfect sports day then.
Shanks A Lot
February 14th, 201012:15 am
Did the blog die?
February 14th, 201012:22 am
Shanks A Lot–I’m loosely following but chatting with friends and following a cricket match. I have long ago learned that commenting on cricket here is a thankless task.
February 14th, 201012:28 am
Concur on the seeing the DBTs live and in person. First saw them at the Variety Playhouse (great venue and rockin’ damn show to boot) and saw them in a great, great show on Isle of Palms. Man alive. They played for close to three hours, with Isbell playing his guitar off the ledge of the lowered ceiling to close the show on an extended version of “Decoration Day.”
February 14th, 201012:58 am
Heath/lexbrave/other UK fans here,
Do you ever discuss the Braves or did you just need to find another blog/message board to propagandize for your beloved Wildcats? This is the exact reason I left Kentucky as soon as I had the opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, Lexington is a great city with plenty of stuff to do and people who are legitimately passionate about a lot of things, UK basketball foremost. But Kentucky natives have this terrible inferiority complex and constantly have to prove they’re better than someone at something. I read the majority of the comments here and almost all of yours deal with UK basketball. Hopefully the start of spring training will save me from this constant onslaught, but I’m skeptical… That said, Ale 8 is one of the greatest drinks ever produced in the history of mankind.
And 5 days until baseball.
February 14th, 20101:01 am
You sneaky git, you watching me arent you? Hmph..
February 14th, 20101:12 am
“Did the blog die” Shanks a Lot
No, just some people can’t stop their obsession with college basketball around here.
Kudos to DJ for that grilling he gave a few here.
I love talking the ocassional music/movies/good food and even some other sports, but when pages upon pages are filled with college basketball it becomes extremely boring and brings on migrains.
February 14th, 20101:27 am
For anybody who is interested PC World and most Audio/Video magazines are all rating the PanasonicBD60K as the best blueray player available for anywhere near the $160.00 it costs.Does a great job upscaling regular dvds too.
February 14th, 20101:31 am
“You sneaky git, you watching me arent you? Hmph..”
Yes, until they all went to lunch.
February 14th, 20101:47 am
Braveheart, sad but true about the dunk contests in general. Can’t think of any televised event that went from so watchable at one point to so utterly dreadful within a matter of a few years.
No, wait. I can think of one other such event: The home-run derby. Equally boring. It’s all been done in both events, and they need to be shortened by about half, with additional changes made to to the formats, to make either an entertaining event again….
heath, had a down night and still beat by double digits the team that nearly beat kansas by double digits. sorry dob, couldnt resist the jab. — lexbrave
Really, no need to apologize. That was so unimpressive it was actually kinda sad. Actually, sort of like most of that game tonight.
February 14th, 20101:53 am
DOB, have you listened to Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King yet? — dmbjams
No, but that’s next on my list.
OK, that’s not true. It’s Valentine’s Day. I can’t like on Valentine’s Day….
Braveheart, just saw another of you comments that made me smile. At 11:09. (Also another reminder why it’s great not being married on Valentine’s Day — no dread spending time with a woman who’s not a wife on Valentine’s day. Not to say all married people are dreading it, because I know that’s certainly not the case, but….)
February 14th, 20101:57 am
OK, I think we can all probably agree this is a funny line from Kimmel: “People in the South have no idea what to do with the snow. They tried putting BBQ sauce on it; they tried shooting at it…”
C’mon, that’s funny. At least a little?
February 14th, 20102:08 am
Bob Dylan Things Have Changed
February 14th, 20104:05 am
HAHA, classic FJM:
Ben, Philly: Can you go to any baseball game you want any day you want? If so, can you please kidly request that I have such a luxury?
Joe Morgan: I can’t just walk in! But I have a Gold Pass. If you play for 8 years you get a Gold Pass that allows you to go to any game. But you have to call in advance. They will leave you two tickets. That doesn’t work for playoffs and World Series though! That reminds me, I don’t know where mine is! I need to find it.
KT: I’m guessing Bud Selig stole it back. Or maybe Jon Miller burned it.
Chad(WI): Would you be willing to sell me your gold pass?
Joe Morgan: No! It’s a very cool thing.
KT: That you lost.
It’s a great honor.
A lost honor, in your case.
Remember, the average player played around 4.5 years in my day. So when you got to 8 years and got the Gold Pass, it put you in a special category.
And then you lost it.
Ronny B. (DC): If you won’t sell your gold pass, how about if you use it to get me a free ticket the next time you’re in town?
Joe Morgan: I was just there Sunday! Sorry I missed you. If you can find me, you have a deal!
KT: Except that you lost your Gold Pass!
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