It’s our fault for the bad behavior or professional athletes, not theirs.

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You read that right. It’s your fault. It’s my fault. It’s not the athlete’s fault.

In the last few years, it seems like the trouble that professional athletes have caused has exploded exponentially: countless DUI’s, guys getting tazed, shot, in high speed chases, and caught involved in drugs. Can’t forget about Michael Vick. And I even think I heard something about steroids in baseball the other day.

But honestly, what do you expect? These guys are ticking time bombs that we build from the moment we see talent.

From middle school, these guys are patted on the back and told how great they are and of how great they could be. In high school, they begin to get publicized in the school newspaper, hometown paper, and maybe in the big newspapers around the state. Everything they read and are told is supportive, yet adds volatility; another solder joint in the bomb. After reading about how tremendous he is, the athlete begins to believe it. Why wouldn’t he? At 17, when popularity is the only form of self-assessment, it’s easy to accept that you’re super-human.

Then come the awards. And the scholarship offers. Keep packing on the plutonium. Colleges then give out “free jobs.” The jobs that athletes don’t have to show up to, yet still receive paychecks and no one says a word. Agents and scouts, the guys who pick out talent for a living, start sending illegitimate gift packages while the athlete is still in school. Wrap that plutonium in C4.

Now set the charge by adding national media attention and praise as if he’s the second coming of Jordan, Sayers, and Ruth all rolled into one.

All the necessary elements for an incendiary device are accounted for. Now all you have to do is hand them the detonator and wait for the fireworks. Except this time, the detonator is not a little red button. It’s a lot of green Benjamin Franklins, and a fat bank account.

With the kind of money (i.e. perception of power) that a professional athlete is given, an implosion upon himself is near impossible to avoid. It’s a wonder that it doesn’t happen more often.

They can’t help it. That’s the bomb we built them to be.

Beatbox Girl

This chick is sick nasty. Was that a little “Push It” by Salt N Pepa I heard? But easy boys. Before you start wondering about what else that mouth can do, she’s only 17…

Terry Francona has high blood pressure

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No fucking shit…really?! This may be the biggest non-story of the year. What’s next? The Dalai Llama is calm, cool, and collected. Or that Lou Pinella has anger issues. Or that A-Rod cheats on his wife and takes steroids. All of these things are just kinda known aren’t they?

Look out Bruce Lee

Please, God, let this man be from Kentucky…

 

Quote of the Day:  “I can’t help that she wants me to put my nunchuck in her mater can.”

The Magic get no love!

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Okay, it’s starting to piss me off… Everyone is talking about how Lebron’s teammates are failing him and how Magic aren’t a championship caliber team. Hey numbnuts, they’re up 3-1 on your King, and if not for the Moe Williams 3/4 court shot, and a Lebron fadeaway three, the Magic would be doing the happy dance already. If anything, like the Celtics last year, the Magic (and the Nuggets) are proving that you need more than one guy to make it to the ‘ship. Sure, the NBA is an individual sport during the regular season, but once you get to the postseason, you better have a good TEAM. Even when Dwight struggles, the Magic are still a good enough team to win. If Lebron or Kobe struggles, the Cavs and Lakers have no shot at winning. And don’t give me the BS that all the games are close. Yeah, but who’s always the team that has to fight to even stay in the game, and who always is trying to pull off the huge shot to tie or win the game — the Cavs. The Magic, among the best in the league this season and in the playoffs in team defense, are better together than Lebron James is by himself. Give them some freakin’ credit already.

Horrible Month

This has been the worst month ever for posting… we will come back, and come back strong like bull.  For now, enjoy this hilarious video.

Should Jodie Meeks stay or go?

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The last day for underclassmen to remove themselves from the NBA draft pool is June 15th. Don’t be suprised if Jodie takes about every second of that time to decide whether he wants to stay at Kentucky and enjoy the college life for one more year, or if he wants to go ahead and actually make playing basketball a job. But what’s the right decision for Jodie?

The rumors are already swirling that Meeks could be taken 15th overall by the Pistons. After his workout last week NBA teams seems to be finding out what UK fans already knew…Meeks is a hell of an athlete. Teams love his quickness and athleticism and it’s moving him up the draft boards. Good for him, bad for us.

Most of the projections are early 2nd round. Meeks is considered undersized for a wing in the NBA and it seems to be playing a factor on his draft projections. I’ve actually seen a couple of websites that say Meeks may not even get drafted. Collegehoopsnet.com says, “probably he’ll have to earn his keep in the minor leagues or Europe.” I guess they missed the Tennessee game. But as an NBA player, right now, Jodie is most comparable to our own Kelenna Azubuike who left early and started slow but now is a formidable player in the NBA.

But should he come back? Some people are saying that even if he comes back his status won’t improve much. But I don’t think that’s true. Everyone got to see the fascinating performances on ESPN last year so the hype surrounding Jodie is real. But he’s gotten negative marks for ball handling and his decision making with the ball in his hands. He can hit any shot from anywhere on the floor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he should take the shot. Even Coach Cal marveled at the way Meeks could hit shots with 2 or 3 guys hanging off of him, then added, “He shouldn’t have to take shots like that.”

So yes, Meeks should come back. Calipari’s dribble-drive-motion offense is the perfect setup for Jodie’s game. He’ll be able to use his athleticism to become a slasher and not have to rely on the 3-pointer so much. He’ll have to make good decisions with the ball in his hands or else he won’t see much playing time and he’ll get the opportunity to improve his ball handling skills in his moves to the basket. It also helps that he’ll have more options in his offense so it will be impossible to key on just Jodie like most teams did near the end of the season last year.  He won’t score as many points if he comes back, but his assists should go up and his turnovers will go down. He will become a better basketball player, and the scouts will love him for it.

If you try to argue that he should make the jump and take the money, you’re an idiot. If he comes back and becomes a lottery pick, which is a definite possibility, he’ll get a contract that in the first year will make him 3 times the amount of an entire contract of a typical early 2nd round pick.

But none of that will matter. Why? Because Jodie isn’t that selfish. There’s a reason that his teammates were so happy for him when he dropped 55 on Bruce Pearl’s head. Because he’s a good guy, and a good teammate.

Jodie, I’m sorry for the program failing you so far. You came to Kentucky expecting great things and great teams. You’ve deserved better than what we’ve given you. So why would you leave when you finally have the chance to do what you came here to do…win.

Can’t wait to see you back in the blue and white, Jodie. Thanks for sticking around.