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Oh October, the month college football separates the wheat from the chaff.  Week starts Thursday night and starts with a bang bringing us a Survivor Pool knock out game.  Let’s take a look at who is still in the mix for one of the four playoff spots.

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To date Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma look to be sitting pretty with a whole mess of teams making their voices heard for that fourth spot.  This week gives us three knockout games guaranteeing someone getting the boot.

 

Louisville @ NC State     Thursday, 8:00pm     ESPNDuke @ Virginia     Saturday, 12:20pm     Maryland @ Ohio State     Saturday, 4:00pm     FOX

 

Thank You Tom Petty

Posted: October 3, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

1One of my favorite topics to discus with friends is who is the greatest American rock n roll band of all time?  I love the topic because there is never one consensus answer.  You get bands from every generation brought up and good arguments made for all of them.  Beach Boys, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, The Eagles, Foo Fighters and so on.  My answer every time though is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

You will hear so many talk about why Petty was special to them and I won’t bore you with mine but do yourself a solid and listen to the Tom Petty SirusXM station and just listen to the stories all the other musicians are telling about the man and musician.

If you have a hard time agreeing with my thought that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the greatest American band just go and watch the documentary, Runnin’ Down a Dream and you just might see it my way.

Here is a clip from that movie that is one of my favorites.

by Chad Schrump

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Is it something Chuck Pagano said?

Is it something Chuck Pagano failed to say?

Full disclosure, I’ve never played professional football so I suppose I don’t understand what transpires in a NFL locker room. No, let’s be better than that.  I definitely don’t know what happens in a NFL locker room.  So, when a team arrives at halftime, playing well and winning 15-10 – then returns to the very same locker room, after an additional 30 minutes of play, and gets completely annihilated in every known aspect of the game 46-18 – what causes that? 

What is it?

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I’m asking because I truly don’t know. I damn well know that Colts’ head coach Chuck Pagano doesn’t know.  That’s for sure.  That’s about the only thing I do know.

Something, anything really, has to explain this franchise’s innate desire to curl up into a tiny, little ball and wait for the beating to begin… then end.  There is a lack of mental toughness in this football team that is rarely seen throughout the NFL.  This franchise, all too often, plays the role of a bully’s victim – but the Colts never, ever seem to finally get that nerve to punch the bully back.  They keep getting punched.  And kicked.  And punched some more.  The beat-down doesn’t stop until the bully wants it to stop… and not a minute before.

When the going gets really, really tough – this football team melts faster than a July ice cream cone.

It’s an absolute joke.

It’s also absolutely expected.

Where do we start when discussing last night’s 2nd half horror show?

Do we discuss the offensive line? This is the same line that Colts’ owner Jim Irsay proclaimed was “fixed.”  Fixed?  Really?  Now, I certainly understand that Colts starting center Ryan Kelly being out for the first couple of months of the season doesn’t help things but quite frankly, the pressure is coming off the edges.  I still don’t see tackle play, on either end of the line, that is anywhere close to being good enough to protect a quarterback trying to learn a new offense.  I especially don’t see tackle play good enough to protect a wounded, face of the franchise quarterback, coming back from significant shoulder surgery.  Do you?

Do we discuss the fast start and slow finish? Let’s be honest – we expected that 2nd half collapse, didn’t we?  I mean, maybe not to the extent that it became but it’s an all too familiar theme with this team and this coaching staff.  Something happens when they come out of the locker room after the half and it’s usually not good.

Sunday night, it was outrageous. The Colts had no 3rd quarter first downs.  None.  Seattle had the football 22 minutes in the 2nd half.  The Colts had it for 8.  It doesn’t get a whole lot worse than that.  How do you get outscored 36-3 in the 2nd half after holding your own and owning a halftime lead?

After the game, Pagano says the obvious. He literally says the same thing after every blowout, right?  Here, check this out:

“Obviously it was disappointing the way that we played in the first half. In the first half we did what we needed to do to start the game but you have to play 60 minutes. You can’t come out in the second half and do the things to hurt yourself that we did. We had turnovers, penalties, communication breakdowns and gave up big plays with protection issues. They just outplayed us big time in the second half. We did not do a good job of adjusting, it’s on me. We are a lot better than that.”

Didn’t we hear the same message after the L.A. Rams blowout in the opener? I think we did. Let’s read it:

 

“We were dominated in this football game, in all three phases. [We were] outcoached in this football game. It’s my responsibility and it falls on me. It all starts with me and I didn’t do a good enough job of getting this team ready to go for 60 minutes.”

Please don’t make me look up other blowouts because I’m sure they’ll say the same thing. Nothing changes.

If there was ever a doubt about Pagano’s future, that’s all but over. Kaput. It will be a miracle for him to survive this season. This team doesn’t fight for him and honestly, hasn’t for quite some time. Any football team that rolls over like this team does – couldn’t possibly care about the future of its head coach. How could it?

I’d also ask why Andrew Luck would want to rush back to this circus act? Sure, they’re only one game out of 1st place in the AFC South but doesn’t it feel like a million? Would Luck have made any difference in that second half? I doubt it. Why would this guy want to come back to that offensive line? I mean, really? Why would he? And before you say, “He’s getting paid $140M” – I’d answer that he’s getting that money whether he plays next week or not again until next year. Hurry back to play behind that sorry excuse of an offensive line? Please.  Did you see how many times Jacoby Brissett was hit Sunday?

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I’ve been a fan of this franchise since they moved here from Baltimore 30 years ago. I remember the press conference when I watched Indy mayor Bill Hudnut make the announcement – that our city was getting a NFL team. I’ll never forget my excitement. So, to have to write this kind of negative junk, week in and week out, absolutely sucks. I hate it.

But I can’t deny the truth. What we’re seeing is unacceptable. This isn’t Cleveland. This isn’t Jacksonville. This has been a damn good football town for the last 15-20 years. The product that Jim Irsay’s franchise is now putting on that field every Sunday is a travesty. I can’t see it any other way, as hard as I try. It’s a really, really poor product.

At some point, the Colts are going to have to face the bully and punch back or this is going to be one, long season in Indianapolis.

Hell, it already is.

 

Tonight Archie and J Klee tackled the crazy week in college basketball.  We discussed the house cleaning at Louisville and how clueless Pitino still is.  We go into how Indiana and Kentucky could be drug into the mess and if there is really anything for the two fan bases to be worried about.  Plus the classic country song of the night.

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Awww, Rick Pitino is all alone and sad…

Posted: September 29, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

So Rick Pitino told, I mean allowed, Louisville radio personality and friend, Terry Meiners to share his text message with the public.

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Aww, Rick is sitting some where all alone probably rocking back and forth in a corner and wants us to feel sorry for him.  And to that I have only one response.

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The SOB probably should have thought of that before he crapped on everyone in his life.  Rick better hope that hush money he paid over the years is more than the advance money book companies are willing to hand out.

I am a member of the Big Blue Nation.  My brother is a Louisville Cardinal fan.  We have not agreed on much when it came to college basketball over the past seven years but we can finally agree on one thing.  Rick Pitino is the biggest piece of shit to ever walk the college basketball sideline.

Pitino has never put anything or anyone before himself.  Not the schools he has worked for, not the players he has coached, not his family, friends, or even his wife.  When Sports Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 9.15.23 PMIllustrated released the article, Full Court Pressure by William Nack in 1996, they added this controversial illustration of Rick dragging Joanne.  Little did we know then he would go on to drag her and their marriage through the sludge of Sex, Lies and Hidden Abortions like he did.  They say if a person gets a DUI it probably isn’t the first time they drove drunk.  Just like it probably wasn’t Ricks first time plowing a skank in a plate of linguine.  Did he come clean?  Not a chance.  He only told the truth when he was under oath and forced by law to do so.

Did Rick learn his lesson?  Nope, he did what every great liar does, compartmentalized, rationalize and move on like nothing ever happened.  If you do it enough you get real good at it and Rick is the master.

For his next trick he set up a culture that lead to the Katina Powel prostitution scandal.  I said from day one that Pitno knew.  I never once believed his lies.  No coach as attention to detail like Rick would ever allow top recruits on campus and not know exactly what they were doing.  Once again did Rick take responsibility on any level? No, he threw a guy under the bus that he had coached, and mentored over the years.

And it brings us to this.  Universtiy-6 and Coach-2.  And the biggest lie he has told yet.

Thanks O.J. for committing to taking whatever steps to ensure those responsible are held accountable.  Just do everyone a favor, including your family, and go jump off the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge instead.

They really didn’t have a chance.  Louisville fans that is.  They were getting their rivals most prized coach since Rupp for their own.  Couple that with the Us vs The World marketing campaign Jurich built the new Louisville brand around.  Jurich changed everything from the logo to the uniforms.  He gave the fans new buildings and a sense of identity that brought the City of Louisville together like I have never seen before.  He embraced the rough side of Louisville, the type of fan the Oxford shirt Catholic crowd and educated black community had always pushed aside and made them feel apart.  He didn’t worry about image to those outside of Louisville because it was Us vs The World.  Because of this identity and sense of ownership the fan base had of their coach’s back when faced with scandal, and they faced it a lot.  They were defensive and defiant – sticking together and taking up for each other.

Until now.

So what do they do?  From what we are hearing UofL will be naming 32-year-old David Padgett Interim Head Coach today.  Not the most ideal move but probably the only choice they really had.  No coach worth his weight in salt was going to take over a program with so many unknowns.

Louisville has started their rebuild.  They are in the process of cleaning house and starting over.  The three-headed monster of Ramsey, Jurich and Pitino have been removed from power.  There is already talk that Bobby P is looking to leave after this season and once again Louisville fans should embrace that.   It is very important that UofL now puts in place people who put the school, its students and the community it serves first and not the bank accounts of the decision makers.  They must hire an AD that will hire quality people who are good coaches and not just great coaches.  They need to change their branding back to a time when people felt good and lose the L yeah and BirdGang mentality. Embrace the change and for the love of God and get on board bringing the NBA to the Commonwealth!!!  Do you have any idea how much this would help the rebuild?  Can you imagine what Calipari would do if he had a NBA team in Lexington.  That could be you.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to root for the Cards to lose but basketball is better when Louisville is good.  Basketball is better without that sack of shit Pitino.