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This is the year for UK to beat Tennessee and end the ridiculous losing streak.  We haven’t beaten them since the mid-80s.  Please, PLEASE beat Tennessee on Saturday (6:30 on ESPN2).

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The beauty of democracy

Is also what’s ugly about democracy.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”  –Thomas Jefferson

“No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness…Preach a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people.  Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [of misgovernment].”  –Thomas Jefferson

Check out my Uncle Rick’s blog here to see what this video is referring to.

I’m not at all saying that you’re ignorant if you voted for Obama.  There were plenty of ignorant McCain voters.  That’s the problem…there are millions of ignorant voters.  This is the first point.  The second is the undeniable impact the mainstream media had on this election.

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Whoops!

Gardner-Webb, Part Deux.  It might be time to hunker down for a long one.

VMI Kentucky Basketball

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And so it begins…

Another season of Kentucky basketball.  They get it started at 7PM ET tonight against VMI.  This Kentucky team will be very, very good.  You just watch.

pyramid

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This. is. awesome.

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Sound familiar?

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Then, I watched this video and started feeling better.

Billy Gillispie

@ UTEP

First season (2002-2003): 6-24.  Still able to recruit a Top 25 class.

Second season (2003-2004): 24-8.  Beat the Harlem Globetrotters in a preseason game, their first defeat in 289 games.  Won their first conference title in 12 years.  Received a bid to the NCAA tournament.  One-season turnaround was the best in Division I basketball, one of the best in college basketball history.  First in the NCAA in increased attendance.  Texas Coach of the Year.  Finalist for National Coach of the Year.

@ Texas A&M

2004-2005: 21-10, a 14-game improvement from the previous season.  Third ever team to finish .500 or above in the conference after previously losing all conference games.  Received a bid to the NIT, their first postseason appearance in 11 years.  Won 2 NIT games, the first postseason wins in 23 years for A&M.  Best first-season record of any coach at Texas A&M.  Coached the nation’s most improved team an unprecedented two consecutive years.  Named Big 12 Coach of the Year.

2005-2006: 22-9. Broke a school-record streak of twenty-five years without appearing in the polls.  Best finish for Texas A&M since the formation of the Big 12.  Recieved a bid to the NCAA tournament, upsetting 5 seed Syracuse in the first round.  Named Big 12 Coach of the Year by several newspapers.

2006-2007: 27-7.  Became first team in Big 12 South history to beat Kansas at Kansas.  Ended regular season ranked #7 in the AP poll and #6 in the Coaches’ Poll.  Set school record for consecutive weeks in Top 25.  Reached the Sweet 16.  Named Big 12 Coach of the Year.

@ Kentucky

2007-2008: 18-13.  Kentucky started the season 7-9, dealing with injuries to Joe Crawford, Jodie Meeks, Ramon Harris, Perry Stevenson, Derrick Jasper and Jared Carter, as well as the transfer of Alex Legion.  The Cats went on to win 9 of the next 10, rallying to a 12-4 SEC record and reaching the NCAA tournament for a 17th straight time, despite the late season-ending injury to Patrick Patterson.  Named SEC Co-Coach of the Year.

2008-2009: Lost Joe Crawford, Ramel Bradley, Derrick Jasper, Alex Legion, Mark Coury, Morakinyo Williams, and Dusty Mills.  Newcomers include DeAndre Liggins, Kevin Galloway, Darius Miller, Josh Harrelson, Matt Pilgrim (sitting out this season as a transfer), Donald Williams, Jarvis Walker, Mark Halsell, Adam Delph, and Landon Slone.

Will the Gillispie turnaround trend continue?  My prediction (Nov 3, 2008): Kentucky will make at least the Sweet 16 this year.  It gets started tonight with the first exhibition against Missouri-St. Louis.

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