Mediocrity Exists Here

August 31, 2008

Ah…we’re three quarters through this year’s edition of the governor’s cup challenge…and ugh…

Score is 10-0, UK.  Nope, just got Hartline to intentionally ground it in the end zone…safety, so 10-2 UK.

Defense appears better prepared thus far.  Offense does not. Chichester is a hoss…

Special K will likely be letting the cliches rip after the game.  And we’ll be ripping Special K, during and after the game.  He needs to go…now would be nice.


As I watch the Arkansas-LSU game…

November 23, 2007

…I’m just wondering how bad things are going to get under Special K for my beloved Louisville Cardinals.

A couple of notes per this game…Houston Nutt is rumored to be out at Arkansas…he’s definitely got more talent than Special K in terms of running a successful show. They also featured the full page ad run in support of Fulmer @ Tennessee. This guy has a national title…and Tennessee has really shown improvement as the season has progressed. Unlike the Cards, who seem to get worse each time out, despite a win here and there.

Commentators just stated while showing a picture of the coach that “Houston Nutt now in his tenth year. Is this his last regular season game?” They’re giving LSU all they can handle right now.

But it is looking like we’re stuck with Special K for at least another year. I find it ironic that he’s come to the conclusion that the outcry of Louisville fans is “…fine. I understand that. That’s the nature of being a coach and that’s the nature of being in a public position. I knew the expectation level coming in here. I didn’t shy away from it. I knew that it was high. And I can tell you again that my expectation level was extremely high in terms of where I want this program to be.”

You think giving a national interview claiming you were of a “national championship mindset” might have led to even higher expectations? Eh? Ah?

And why is it you can only speak in generalizations? Why can’t you tell us about all these “unforeseen problems and issues”? Why can’t you detail how you plan on righting the “ship” you’ve crashed into the reef and is now taking on water?

I’m convinced every Louisville fan ought to wear white to the game next week. And “fire Special K” shirts. I know what I’m wearing to the game on Thursday!


Oh, yet another slew…

November 21, 2007

So Special K needed to call a press conference to let us know that not only is he committed to destroying the University of Louisville football program, but also his own career, since he plans on this being his “last” stop.

In fact, he’s “100% committed!”

This nightmare just isn’t going to end…

Could it be…

November 21, 2007

Ok, first and foremost, it’s probably way too early to be celebrating. But, the University of Louisville has called a 3:00PM press conference with Special K.

Chances are, he’s simply going to reaffirm his “commitment” to Louisville (committed to driving the car into a solid brick wall, no doubt). But for many of us that bleed red and black, there is a slim hope that he’s gone.

The saddest part of this, is it’s the first glimmer of “hope” in this horrible season.

Mitch McConnell isn’t a Republican, Episode II

November 20, 2007

In the last entry, I mentioned how Kentucky Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was failing to indicate he was a Republican in what can only be described as an extremely early re-election commercial. We’re nearly a year away from the election, and while we’re hearing Crit Luallen will be filing to run against Mitch, no Democrat of worth has filed yet. But it’s almost a YEAR AWAY from the general election!

So it’s obvious Mitch is scared…and thinks he’s doomed at this point in time. There is plenty of time for that to unfold, yet. Unfortunately, the reasons he thinks he’s doomed aren’t matching up with reality. I do think Mitch doomed – but for a whole other spate of reasons. We’ll discuss that in the next post.

I’ve now seen a new 30 second cut of the ad, that actually identifies McConnell as a Republican for about a second in a screen text overlay. It removes some other issues that I took offense to, but it’s still just as offensive.

Beyond the lack of identification in the ad, my first problem is the fact that McConnell thinks it fine to compare himself to Vice President and Senate Majority/Minority Leader Alben W. Barkley.

Alben Barkley was a very special man. A Democrat, Barkley served Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and as Vice President for Truman. He was in the Senate during the Great Depression, and worked to pass many of the “New Deal” pieces of FDR. While I don’t condone excessive government expenditures, the Great Depression was a time that needed them, no, required them.

Mitch McConnell isn’t an Alben Barkley. He obviously thinks way too much of himself. He’s got a lot more to do to claim to be at that level. Again, a topic for the next post.

Secondly, and perhaps even more disturbing to me as a fiscal conservative, the overall point of Mitch’s ad seems to be the vast amounts of pork he can and has directed to Kentucky. Wow Mitch, send more of that “free” money our way.

Kudos and thanks to the folks from Ditch Mitch in KY for the mention. While I’m sure I have some disagreements with them in terms of pure politics, I can’t say I disagree with their goal of removing Mitch McConnell from the Senate.

Cardinals sit at 5-6…and this season is just the first step in the Special K era

November 18, 2007

Ahem…uh, eh, ah…I guess I’m in a state of shock at how quickly, how hard and how far the Louisville Cardinals have fallen. Frequent readers will note that I’m not a Special K supporter. That I want Special K gone. But watching the game against USF last night was simply stunning. Heartbreaking. Wool gathering. Folks, this was Ron Cooper bad.

When you consider the talent we have on the offense, how Special K can simply call a continual slathering of ineffective, repetitive, ignorant plays…it just defies all logic.

Eric Crawford, of the Louisville Courier Journal had this to say about Special K’s play calling last night –

U of L’s offense consisted of Brohm to Douglas. You’d expect that of a guy playing with the Cards on his PlayStation at home, but not from the actual team. That big laminated card that coach Steve Kragthorpe holds? I wondered at times if it wasn’t a big Waffle House menu, because the Cards looked scattered, smothered and covered for most of the night.

Special K is not Bobby Petrino. We know that. But when someone who covers the Cards for a living can see that there is absolutely NO logic or thought process, heck, not even a script, with our offense, it’s time to wonder if Special K can work either side of the field. We already knew Special K isn’t a defensive genius. But this game blows the wraps on any possibility Special K might have some talent on the other side of the ball.

I knew it was bad. I’ve been calling for the head of Special K since the Syracuse game. But I didn’t think it would get so bad this quick. I figured it would take Special K a couple of years to decimate the program. Now I realize that if Special K is given a couple of years, we’re looking at coming back from NCAA death penalty proportions. Nuclear winter. A 20 megaton nuclear weapon with Papa John’s as ground zero.

Folks, this is bad. Really bad. More to come…but even the morning after, I’m still not recovered enough to analyse this game the way it needs to be done.

It’s a hangover, sure…but there wasn’t any fun in getting to this point. A news conference announcing Special K’s resignation would be a welcome aid to this recovery. A news conference to announce Special K will not be retained after this season would be a welcome aid. A news conference in which the Turtleneck says “hey, I screwed up” and Special K is GONE NOW would be the best medicine.

Notes to the Turtleneck. If this is your guy…immediately trash any and all plans of stadium expansion. If this is your guy…immediately lower the price of season tickets, because filling seats is going to be a problem. If this is your guy…buy him a book of clichés, because he’s going to need it to keep us entertained in lieu of actual performance on the field. If this is your guy…force him to hire stellar coordinators who can do the job absent the presence of a head coach. If this is your guy…perhaps it is time for you to seek the greener pastures of Florida State so you can fire Bobby Bowden and take the next step in your throat slicing career.

Mitch McConnell…Suddenly Not a Republican?

November 18, 2007

It’s a very interesting turn of events for someone who lays claim to the title of Senate Minority Leader to be running political advertisements this early. And perhaps even more interesting, and a bit disturbing, is the fact that at no point in his advertisement does he indicate to the viewer that he is a Republican.

Of course, Kentucky just saw the defeat of a Republican governor. President Bush isn’t a popular fellow. But just because Ernie Fletcher proved himself incapable of being elected to a second term, and just because Bush is a lame duck who the public is ready to sweep away into the past…should that make one disregard their own identification?

Granted…to some in the Kentucky Republican party, the defeat of Fletcher indicates a serious problem. And I agree – it was a serious problem. But it had nothing to do with his affiliation. It had to do with his promises to “clean up Frankfort”, only to attempt to play the system illegally. And he got caught. And he pardoned the cast of characters in place that perpetrated these schemes, while the Grand Jury was still in place investigating them.

Seems Kentuckians are smart enough to call a spade a spade, Ernie. (For fairness, I should note I supported and voted for Anne Northrup in the Primary election). Your Lt. Governor, Steve Pence, was smart enough to call a spade a spade. And Steve Pence is a man of integrity, as I worked for him while at the Kentucky State Police when the Fletcher camp took office.

So I don’t think Mitch can make a claim that somehow, Kentucky is simply anti-republican. A deep look at the failures of the Fletcher administration should be enough to make Republicans know it isn’t an anti-republican issue. But, I suppose when you value some sense of false loyalty to people who’ve been exposed as frauds and criminals, you have to think it simply must be an anti-republican conspiracy, even when logic dictates otherwise. And then again, perhaps it was the strange, sith-like master – protégé relationship between McConnell and Fletcher that led to the loyalty. Regardless, it was wrong.

But Mitch stuck to his guns and supported Fletcher until the end. Note our other Republican senator did not (and many of us normal voters did not either).

Long ago, I had the pleasure of entertaining Senator McConnell when he visited my place of business, which continued with a private brunch at my CEOs home. It was easy to see why people considered McConnell best suited for behind the scenes politics, rather than a public position like Minority Leader.

He has been quite effective in this role…but he can’t make the leap to the public side of the house required by being the leader. Or at the very least, he hasn’t proven that he can make the leap yet. Conversely, the rap on the previous leader, Bill Frist of Tennessee was the opposite. He didn’t have back-room authority, but he put on a good public persona. Note that Senator Frist decided not to run for reelection in 2006, propelling McConnell into his current position. And some claim that McConnell was the back end master during that period, which seems likely.

Take a look at the primary candidates on both sides of the presidential race – they run the gamut. On the Republican side we’ve got a pro-choice candidate in Rudy Guiliani currently leading, old guards like McCain and even a strict constitutionalist in Ron Paul (whom many mistake for being a libertarian). The Democratic side of things is just as diverse, with candidates who fall all over what we call our political spectrum. And none of them fail to mention their affiliation like McConnell does.

Needless to say, McConnell is smart enough to realize he is in trouble. Hence the early advertising. But what he fails to see is why he’s in trouble…and it has nothing to do with the Republican label.

Next time out, we’ll go deeper into this “I’m not a Republican” theme…as it gets even more interesting when one looks at the actual content of the McConnell commercial.