Lexington, Ky. --- This UK basketball team is scarier than that makeup deficient Ashley Judd impersonator who turned our stomachs at the Kansas game. But let’s all step back and take a deep breath for a minute. Should we give serious thought to the rants of these radio call-in show nimrods calling for Tubby Smith to be fired?
Get serious, bro. A simple three game losing streak is part of the natural ebb and flow of life. We ain’t saving babies here; we’re just putting a little ball in a hoop.
UK will be back to its historical dominance either late this season or sometime within the next year or two. Enjoy the ride and watch for the improvement.
But don’t get caught up in this tidal wave of Tubby bashing. It makes us look like petty malcontents to be screaming “Fire Tubby!” into network television cameras.
Tubby Smith is a man of integrity who does not deserve the scorn being thrust upon him by ill-informed twits who couldn’t coach a roach into a pothole. These jokers who spew venom at every little disappointment are screwed up beyond the repair a few basketball victories would bring. Pay them no heed. They are ranters who rant about everything in life.
Tubby is a national champion, a benevolent leader, and an outstanding representative for all Kentuckians. And he’s a teacher, and teachers can go through slumps, too.
“But he makes $2 million a year so he ought to be held to the same standards as a highly paid CEO. If he doesn’t perform, he should be fired,” cry the deep thinkers in the stands.
That’s a nice sentiment but is missing one element. A CEO can spend money to fix the deficiencies in his power base. An NCAA coach cannot. Tubby must make lemonade from lemons. And the lemon lineup changes every year, creating a new combination of personalities to both harness and set free.
“But Tubby is the guy who recruits those players so he is solely responsible for them being UK players,” cry the deep thinkers in the stands.
Yeah, Tubby recruited Kelenna Azubuike and he chose to cut bait after three years. Kelenna’s contributions this season may very well have made a significant difference. Other recruits get injured, cop an attitude, or flake out and run off to another school or to the pros. These are the unseen hardships of today’s college game.
Tubby has proven his worth by polishing the games of Tayshaun Prince, Keith Bogans, Jamal McGloire, and many other NBA players.
Be positive. Look at his successes spanning across his 8 years in the job. There are a lot of young men whose lives were dramatically improved by spending a few years under the direction of Orlando Tubby Smith. These guys are better men for having partnered with Tubby. They’ll be better husbands, fathers, and community leaders because they saw firsthand the gentle but firm leadership qualities that Tubby brings to everything he does.
Basketball success is cyclical. Even mighty UCLA dwindled into mediocrity not long after John Wooden collected 10 championship trophies with the Bruins.
But now they’re back. And Kentucky will be again soon.
Just don’t give in to the negative nimrods who don’t understand that life’s lows make the highs, oh, so much sweeter.
Hang tough, Tubby. All the rational people are standing beside you eagerly awaiting the next chapter.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
By Terry Meiners, Monday, December 12, 2005
Louisville, Ky. --- Norma Jean Reasor Meiners, a mother to fourteen children, passed away today at age 75. She never fully recovered from brain surgery two months ago.
I was lucky enough to be one of the fourteen children that Norma and Mel Meiners brought into the world.
Norma endured a lonely childhood that was clouded by divorce, poverty, and ongoing sadness for her handicapped sister who died young.
But then life improved. As a 19-year-old bride, she began a sojourn to worship Jesus Christ, raise a huge family, and to respect all life. These personal missions continued until she drew her last breath this morning.
Between 1950 and 1969, Norma gave birth to fifteen children, all single births. Dennis, born in 1955, died after a few weeks. The surviving fourteen Meiners children all stayed close to her room over the past week.
Lou, Maureen, Denise, Tina, Terry, Tim, Chris, Colleen, Michelle, Greg, Lisa, Lynn, Mike, and Mark Meiners all took turns holding their mother, praying with her, and singing Christmas songs.
Norma enjoyed praying the Our Father and the Hail, Mary prayers, and she especially loved to sing the words to “Silent Night, Holy Night.” It was nearly unbearable holding a dying woman’s hands to sing the lyric “Sleep in heavenly peace,” but my mother seemed buoyed by the song.
She was living in the Nazareth Home on Newburg Road, a Roman Catholic facility that houses many retired nuns and priests. The care was exemplary and the religious setting was the perfect place to cradle Mom's soul.
After raising all of those children on my father’s truck driver salary, my mother decided to pursue a life outside of the home. She enrolled at JCC and then U of L in the mid-1970s to study education. She ultimately graduated on Mother’s Day a few years later and became a school teacher at St. Vincent DePaul and Sts. Simon and Jude elementary schools for many years.
I can’t tell you the number of people who’ve known my mom through her teaching, her work with the pro-life group Right to Life, or because of her devotion to the special needs residents of Day Spring, a nearby complex that houses adults with Down Syndrome.
But people come to me on a daily basis to tell me that their lives were improved by knowing my mother.
Norma often welcomed orphans, widows, and special needs adults to join the Meiners for various holiday gatherings or “Birthday Sundays,” a monthly party for all current birthday celebrants.
My mother, our mother, was constantly worried that someone, somewhere, was being left out. Every Christmas, the massive Meiners family always had room for one more, or a hundred and one more. All guests left with a Christmas present and an invitation to come back any day.
She already had this year’s Christmas presents collected and ready to distribute to her 47 grandchildren. And we always opened one Christmas present that she'd wrapped for Jesus.
Mom sent out an e-mail the night before her September surgery to invite everyone to drop by because she would be “chilling out.”
Another e-mail sent three days prior to the surgery is printed here:
It seemed as though it would be a long three weeks, but I haven't accomplished nearly all I wanted to do. But, we're keeping busy!
Tomorrow morning, after the 8:00 Mass, I will receive the Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick. Then I have an 11:00 appointment with Dr. Sadlo, to check my heart. Then we're going out to lunch with Dutch and Cindy, and dinner with Chris & Barbara.
Thursday morning I have an appointment at the hairdresser, and having lunch with the club girls, and playing Yahtzee.
I just place myself in God's hands - May his will be done!
Lots of love, Mom
She’s at peace tonight. And the Meiners family is certain that she’s thrilled to be invited to the greatest Christmas party ever, with a seat near the guest of honor, Jesus Christ.
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