Black Leaders in America and the Race Card

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Attorney General Eric Holder, who has suggested that critics of the Obama administration are motivated by race and referred to America as a “nation of cowards” on race issues while blasting Americans who resist more gun control laws, suggested that those opposed to President Barack Obama’s policy agenda of “fundamental transformation” are quietly prejudiced.

 

This idea that one cannot disagree with a Black President without being a racist is why I would think twice before ever voting for another Black President.  I have witnessed this dynamic time and time again when a Black person has been called to lead.  It doesn’t matter whether the Black person is hired to lead a College Basketball team or elected to lead a State.   If one does not agree with said Black persons policies or if one does not believe that said Black Coach is leading that program forward or simply winning enough, one is automatically labeled a racist.

Why would I wish to place myself at the mercy of the race-baiters by electing or hiring a Black official?  It has been the same with every Black leader whom I have witnessed in America.  Ralph Nagin was accused of corruption.  All of his accusers were labeled racist.  A few years later, Nagin was caught red handed.  Has an apology been issued by the race-baiters?  No.  Have the race-baiters acknowledged that they were incorrect and that Nagin was actually corrupt?  No!

Tubby Smith could not recruit well enough or coach well enough to keep the University of Kentucky Basketball program in contention for the National Title.  Kentucky underwent it’s longest Final Four drought under Tubby Smith.  Players were not consistently being drafted in the NBA.  When drafted, guys like Rondo and Prince were under-rated because of the Tubby Smith Ball Line D system.  Tubby was no Rupp.  He was no Pitino.  He was no Calipari.  

Last year, I criticized Calipari because I thought that he had his team underachieving.  There were no cries of racism.  I was merely called spoiled or an idiot.  Any time that I criticized Tubby Smith during his tenure, I was labeled a racist even when Tubby Smith had made an obvious mistake.  For instance, when he pulled a player from the foul line early and caused UK to be given a technical foul which cost the team the game, I balked and critiqued the boneheaded move.  Even so, I was called a racist.  

I see this with any issue involving a Black leader.  One cannot be honest about Black leaders in America.  For to be honest and to criticize them is to automatically be labeled a racist.

Now, we have Anthony Holder telling us that we cannot disagree with Barack Obama.  If we do not march in lock step with Obama, we are surely racists.  Never mind that the economy is stagnant.  That’s not Obama’s fault.  I guess it’s Whitey’s fault.  Never mind that they actually tried to cover up Benghazi and PC sterilize it when they really didn’t need to do so.  Never mind that Holder is attempting to establish more stringent gun control.  It’s not the policies or the outcomes with which I disagree.  According to Holder, it’s simply the color of Obama’s skin that causes me to disagree with Obama and believe him to be nothing more than another puppet for the Banking Oligarchy.

I fully realize that prejudice exists in America for it exists the world over.  Prejudice, racism, bigotry — these will exist as long as two humans exist in the universe and are vying for control of finite land and resources.  This is a part of human nature.  We segregate ourselves willingly.  We do so eagerly.  

America is separate from Canada and Mexico.  People who speak Spanish segregate themselves from folks who speak Arabic.  Those who associate themselves as Pushtoon willingly segregate themselves from those who identify as Tajik and Hazara.  Muslims eagerly segregate themselves from Christians.  Sometimes, we separate violently such as the great rift between Pakistan and India in 1949.  

Politically, I disagree with Obama as much as I disagreed with George W. Bush.  Yet, I am a racist for disagreeing with Obama and not a racist for disagreeing with Bush.  I thought Guantanamo should be closed and the prisoners either tried or deported back to their home nations.  I disagree with universal wiretapping.  I disagreed with bailing out banks.  I disagree with gun control.  I disagree with the corporate welfare state pushed by both Obama and Bush.  I disagree with the criminally neglect energy policies of Obama and Bush.  I disagree with the fascist and statist War on Drug policies of the puppets of the DNC and GOP.

When I disagreed with Bush, Republicans merely called me a “liberal.”  When I disagree with Obama, Democrats call me a racist.

This state of affairs cannot continue.  This nation, America, was built with a guarantee that I could disagree with my government.  That I could protest my government.  That I could petition and assemble peaceably to inform my government that I was displeased with their performance.

Yet, with a Black President, if I show my displeasure, I am automatically labeled a radical.  A hate criminal.  A potential or real terrorist.  A Racist and a Bigot.

This cannot continue.  There is no honest dialogue allowed when this is the rule in all conversations concerning Black leaders. 

 

 

 

The Spoiled Kentucky Basketball Fan

Someday someone is going to have to explain to me why wanting Kentucky Basketball to do well each year is a bad thing.

Why discussing it is a bad thing???

How wanting to be entertained by a team…a real team…how wanting that team to come together under the tutelage of a Coach who is paid millions of dollars to field a great team of well coached athletes and excel…how the desire to see that team and that coach succeed makes one SPOILED???

Someday, someone, somewhere will have to explain these things to me.

Coach Cal expects to be paid his millions each year.  Is he spoiled?   Guys like Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress expect to be paid millions of dollars starting next year to PLAY A GAME.  Yes, they will be paid millions….MILLIONS to play a game.  Should I type that again?  Well, Poythress probably won’t make it to the NBA because he has no heart and no real game that I can discern but you never know.  There have been bigger NBA Draft Busts.

Kentucky Basketball pays Coach Cal millions each year to coach a game.  Yes…John Calipari is paid millions to coach…A GAME!

But it’s the fans who are spoiled…

I’m not expecting a UCLA like run of 10 or 11 Championships.

I do, however, expect that a guy who is being paid THE NUMBER ONE SALARY in all of College Basketball to consistently field a team that can ACTUALLY make it to the NCAA Tournament.

I’m not certain how that makes me spoiled.

Is Coach Cal still getting paid or not?  Did they lower his pay?  Is Cal giving back a part of his salary because the team that he has fielded this year will more than likely NOT make the NCAA Tournament.

I do not find it unfathomable that a Coach being paid millions to coach a game and  with a #1 Recruiting class won’t win the NCAA Tournament.   I do find it unfathomable that Kentucky likely will not even be invited to play in the NCAA Tournament.

NOT INVITED to the Tournament.  The NCAA Tournament.  Not a low seed.  Not a bad seed.  No!  Entirely left out of the NCAA Tournament.

The whole reason that College Basketball exists as a modern experience.

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.

Cal still gets paid his 3 or 4 million dollars but the fans are spoiled.

And oh, by the way, fans actually pay to watch the Game/UK basketball.  The only piece of the equation that actually spends their hard earned money to go to the games — THE FAN.  These are the people about whom the mouth pieces on TV and others complain.  The fans are the persons whom the talking heads call spoiled because they critique a game in essentially the same manner as the aforementioned talking heads.

It’s the fans who pay to watch the game who are spoiled.  Not the instant millionaires.  Not the Millionaire Coaches.  Not the players who will be coddled (BY THOSE SAME FANS) through most of their lives because they played at UK.  Not guys like Dick Vitale who have made millions off of College Basketball and it’s fans.  None of those guys are spoiled.  It’s the fan who actually shells out his hard earned cash who is spoiled because he actually expects a guy like Alex Poythress or Ryan Harrow to play the game like he gives a damn.

Someday someone somewhere will have to explain this to me.

Here is where I watched the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

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Yes, I watched the whole tournament with a bunch of Kentucky fans in a Dining Facility on Camp Alamo right off of Jalalabad Road just a few miles outside of Kabul in Afghanistan.
But what do I know.  I’m just a spoiled fan.

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Kentucky to the NIT

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”There’s no way we should lose to Georgia.”

Archie Goodwin

BUT THEY DID!

That’s how the season has gone.  There’s no way that Kentucky should be this bad.

But they are…

I have a buddy who is always tagging me with comments about the Kentucky “Mildcats.”   This year, the tag fits like it was tailor made.

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The NBA Draft — Pitiful Edition 2013 (Kentucky)

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Poythress and Goodwin have really done damage to their draft stocks the past few weeks. Both were considered by scouts to be Top 10 picks before the season began. Poythress still clinging to the end of the lottery. Goodwin now out of it. Cauley-Stein flubbed his first game starting in place of Nerlens Noel. Scouts love the upside, but he’s going to have to produce to stay in the lottery.

It is one helluva a weak draft when either of these three guys are close to the lottery.
I can almost understand Willie Cauley-Stein because of his size.

Poythress and Goodwin?  What do they have? What have they shown? Well..aside from an ability to lose against anything resembling a competitive team?

Goodwin and Poythress remind of me of the Team Turmoil days of Carruth, Chiles and Parker.  Goodwin’s signature move is a rush to the rim and a toss in the air.  Where it lands, Goodwin don’t care!  Poythress is rumored to have stated that he doesn’t give a damn where he goes in the draft, he is not staying.  Apparently, Poythress is not happy with the efforts of a Team of Coaches who have had a run of NCAA Success and NBA Lottery Picks unlike any other program in NCAA History.  Poythress “knows” that he can do as he pleases and take 4/5ths of each game off and still be good to go.  He’ll still play ball….SOMEWHERE!!!  Where?  Apparently, he doesn’t care.  I’ll go with Europe as my guess.   Maybe Turkey or Israel.

Neither Goodwin nor Poythress will ever make it to a second contract in the NBA. NEVER.  If Poythress is selected in the Draft this year.  I doubt that he’ll survive his first year without long stints in the NBDL.  I wonder how he’ll feel about his College Ball when he’s in North Dakota or Bumfcuk, Indiana playing ball with other NBA rejects.

But they are both too ignorant to see what they are doing.  Both are too foolish (full of themselves) to realize that it’s the second contract and not the first that matters.

I still can’t believe that an NBA team would waste money on either of these two.  But I guess the NBA has to have losing teams as well as winning teams.  For the Great Talent to rise and be enjoyed fully, there have to be duds and chumps to sink to the bottom and show us how talent can be wasted.

The Courier Journal, Kentucky Fans and the Rivalry

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There probably aren’t many bigger fans of Kentucky Basketball than myself.  I’m sure that there are a couple.

I’ve specifically traveled from Afghanistan and Thailand just to see UK play games and to attend the SEC Tournament and, oh by the way, “Hey Momma!”

That’s some effort.

Even though I am a huge fan of the Cats Basketball, I just can’t bring myself to be such a sensitive little chump about everything that is said, posted, written or drawn about the Cats.

For instance, the cartoon above.  It says to me the following:

1.  Nerlens Noel meant a lot to this team.

2.  Without Noel, UK is going to have trouble getting into the NCAA Tournament.

3.  The NIT is a likely destination this year despite Cal’s posturing and attempts to say that “this team is special.”  Special how?

The cartoon also says “get well soon Nerlens” which I thought was a nice touch.

Many UK fans with their strange and unique combination of inferiority/superiority complexes saw nothing but insult in this cartoon.

I see reality.

Reality is not insulting.  It’s just reality.

UK fans are apt to overlook every good thing that someone does if one supports Louisville as an athletic program.  Oftentimes, UK fans can not separate the city of Louisville from the University of Louisville.

I’m no UL fan.  Honestly, I tried once or twice to root for UL.  It just didn’t work for me.  I felt queezy in red.  I felt like I was somehow committing a crime…or something.  It just didn’t feel right.  After years of following UK and not hating UL but not really feeling much of anything excluding game days,  I really don’t feel anything for UL.  They’re just there and I don’t care.

The Courier Journal is a Louisville News Organization.  Of course, they are going to be homer-ish.  It is not the CJ’s fault that the Lexington Herald is full of people who have taken it upon themselves to “hate” on Kentucky Basketball.  Jerry Tipton is a Lexington curse.  The CJ can’t help that.  Just because Jerry takes every opportunity that he can to bash on UK even reaching to the ends of the known universe to create, lie and generally make shit up in order to create bad press for UK or it’s team members.  Jerry Tipton is not the fault of the Courier Journal.   Jerry Tipton is more than likely not on Tom Jurichs’ payroll.

Why do Kentucky Fans whine so much?  The program is a winning program.  It’s great to be a Kentucky Basketball Fan.  Even on strange down years like this.  The only bad aspect of being a UK fan is the fans who have lost touch with reality.

You know them!

Maker’s Mark places an advertisement on I-64 with a Cardinal on it.  UK fans scream, “Let’s boycott Maker’s Mark!”

Maker’s Mark?  Boycott Maker’s Mark?

Maker’s Mark is as Kentucky as KFC (KENTUCKY Fried Chicken).

Papa John’s owner donates money to both UK and UL.  You’d never know it if you were speaking only to UK fans.   UK fans overwhelmingly hate the guy.  Doesn’t matter that he’s spent quite a bit of money on UK and assisted with Calipari’s charity efforts.

I’m surprised that Kentucky fans are still including McCarty as part of the ’96 Championship Team.  After all, he went to work for the Louisville Cardinals for Rick Pitino. McCarty coached at UL.  Now…explain to me again, pls, WHY am I supposed to hate Rick Pitino?

It gets old.  The whole UL thing.  The saying goes that UL is “Little Brother” and UK is “Big Brother.”  If that is the case, why do so many UK fans act like a little brother constantly whining about their big brother picking on them?

Nothing wrong with the rivalry.  I love the rivalry.  It’s the stupidity, faux outrage and other imbecilic movements surrounding the rivalry that astound and keep me flabbergasted.

Finally, we have the Calipari worship.  I know this will not be well received.  Too many UK fans worship this guy.  Want proof.  Go to some UK board or a similar place and say something slightly critical of Cal.

For example, “Cal has failed to get Goodwin and Poythress to buy into the program?”

You’d think that you just slapped a baby on an airplane by the reaction that you will get.

Now, change that around.  “Goodwin and Poythress haven’t bought into the program.”

You’ll get a completely different reaction.   Why?  Because that is not a direct criticism of Cal.  It’s ok to say that something hasn’t happened as long as you don’t level any of the blame or criticism towards Coach Cal.

Get Cal involved and the little old ladies and grumpy old men on the boards lose their minds.  It’s sadly hilarious.  These people worship Cal.

It irks me to no end.

I love what Cal has done but he isn’t perfect and he’s certainly no God.

Just don’t tell that to the majority of Kentucky Basketball fans.  If you do say it out loud, remember to duck.

 

Kentucky Goes Down HARD!!!

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In a Game so ugly that I thought Billy Gillispie had invaded Coach Cal’s body, UK went down to a turrible Tennessee team by 30 points.

Thirty Points!  Yes!  Thirty Points!

It’s time for Cal to bench Goodwin.  Let him transfer at the end of the year if the kid doesn’t want to be coached.  Let him transfer now.

More effort needs to go into getting Poythress on his game.

There is no way that either of those two are ready to go Pro.  That doesn’t mean that they won’t or that some idiotic NBA team will not draft them.  Who knows what will happen?  Is Isiah Thomas still an  NBA GM.  He’ll draft both of ‘em.

Noel going down is apparently the end of the whole season.

Unless Uncle Julius can find a way to bring these guys along with him.  Mays needs Oz to bring this team some HEART!

I don’t know the answer.  I’m not supposed to know the answer.  That’s why Kentucky is paying John Calipari 4 or 5 million dollars a year.  Cal, it’s time to step it up.  Get it done.

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Are all sports writers idiots or is it just a Pat Forde/Pete Thamel thing?

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Pat Forde recently wrote this terrifically stupid article about Nerlens Noel’s injury and David Stern’s culpability for said injury:

The greater issue is Noel’s future, and the way it is put at risk by a system that forced him to play college ball for a year instead of going straight into the NBA draft.

Noel may have gotten hurt in 2013 no matter where he was playing, but at least he would be under contract and well-compensated by whatever NBA team would have drafted him in the first round last June.

Instead, he wound up playing for scholarship money at Kentucky. And while that is nothing to sneeze at, Noel’s presence on campus represents restraint of trade and a bastardization of what college is supposed to be.

Bastardization of what college is supposed to be?  Isn’t College supposed to prepare one for the future?  A future profession of some sort?  Is Sports not a full fledged profession in a multi-Billion dollar business?  The NBA is arguably one of THE most successful businesses on the planet.

Surely, a year or two in college under the tutelage of Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, Bill Self, John Calipari, Tom Crean and a couple of dozen other coaches prepares students of the sports business for a professional career in [AGAIN] arguably one of the most successful businesses on the globe.

Are all sports writers idiots or is that just a Pat Forde/Pete Thamel thing?

The NBA makes decisions based on it’s business model.

Law Firms require prospective attorneys to obtain a degree, pass the bar, etc.

Corporations such as Google, Apple and Microsoft require university study or some kind of certification.

Hospitals require Doctors to obtain a degree and serious amounts of professional training.  Some would say that even those requirements are not enough since hospitals and doctors routinely kill people under their care.

Nearly every profession out there requires some sort of post high school training.

Somehow, sports business should be exempted from this?

How does that make sense?

I am so tired of people harping moronically on the one and done rule in this manner.

What should happen is that kids should be allowed to declare after high school.  They should be allowed to try out.  If they make it, they become professionals.  If they do not, they should be able to enroll in college, train to become professional sports athletes and try it again in the draft or as a free agent.

But the NCAA is too idiotic [GREEDY] for such a common sense approach and the NBA is not interested in it as the NBA Players Union are only in it to get more athletes on the rolls of agencies.

These kids should have agents from the time that they become marketable.  They should have the advantage of professional counsel.  That is the travesty here.  The NCAA doesn’t want intelligent, well informed athletes committing to their schools.  They want empty headed, easily cowed sheep who will sign any document slapped in front of them.

Most of the problems with Collegiate athletics IS THE NCAA.  It’s not the agents or handlers or posses.  It’s the corrupt NCAA.

Pete Thamel and Pat Forde are NCAA gophers, hooligans and thugs.  Of course, they want the NBA to help out Mark Emmert and other shadow thieves and masterminds of the NCAA Scholarship Slave assembly line that fills their pockets with midas’ gold.

I wonder how much the NCAA pays these guys to do their sniping for them???

My Adolph Rupp Collection

I’ve got a signature from every Coach except for Calipari.  I’ve tried to get a Cal signature several times but something unfortunate has always prevented me from obtaining it.  I don’t want to purchase it.   Rupp is the only one that I have purchased thus far as he was long dead by the time I was cognizant of Kentucky Basketball.

 

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Kentucky WildCats Basketball 2012-2013 Schedule

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2012-2013 SCHEDULE
Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
10/12/12 Big Blue Madness # TV Lexington, Ky. NTS
10/24/12 vs. Blue-White Game # TV Lexington, Ky. NTS
11/01/12 vs. Northwood (Fla.) # TV Lexington, Ky. W, 93-61
11/05/12 vs. Transylvania # TV Lexington, Ky. W, 74-28
Barclays Center Classic (Barclays Center)
11/09/12 vs. Maryland TV Brooklyn, N.Y. 8:30 p.m. ET
State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome)
11/13/12 vs. Duke TV Atlanta, Ga. 9:30 p.m. ET
Barclays Center Classic (Rupp Arena)
11/16/12 vs. Lafayette TV Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/21/12 vs. Morehead State TV Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/23/12 vs. Long Island University TV Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
SEC/Big East Challenge
11/29/12 at Notre Dame TV South Bend, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/01/12 vs. Baylor TV Lexington, Ky. 12:30 p.m. ET
12/04/12 vs. Samford TV Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/08/12 vs. Portland TV Lexington, Ky. 12:00 p.m. ET
12/15/12 vs. Lipscomb TV Lexington, Ky. 12:30 p.m. ET
12/22/12 vs. Marshall TV Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
12/29/12 at Louisville TV Louisville, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
01/02/13 vs. Eastern Michigan TV Lexington, Ky. 6:00 p.m. ET
01/10/13 at Vanderbilt * TV Nashville, Tenn. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/12/13 vs. Texas A&M * TV Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
01/15/13 vs. Tennessee * TV Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/19/13 at Auburn * TV Auburn, Ala. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/22/13 at Alabama * TV Tuscaloosa, Ala. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/26/13 vs. LSU * TV Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
01/29/13 at Ole Miss * TV Oxford, Miss. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/02/13 at Texas A&M * TV College Station, Texas 6:00 p.m. ET
02/05/13 vs. South Carolina * TV Lexington, Ky. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/09/13 vs. Auburn * TV Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
02/12/13 at Florida * TV Gainesville, Fla. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/16/13 at Tennessee * TV Knoxville, Tenn. 1:00 p.m. ET
02/20/13 vs. Vanderbilt * TV Lexington, Ky. 8:00 p.m. ET
ESPN College GameDay
02/23/13 vs. Missouri * TV Lexington, Ky. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/27/13 vs. Mississippi State * TV Lexington, Ky. 8:00 p.m. ET
03/02/13 at Arkansas * TV Fayetteville, Ark. 4:00 p.m. ET
03/07/13 at Georgia * TV Athens, Ga. 7:00 p.m. ET
03/09/13 vs. Florida * TV Lexington, Ky. 12:00 p.m. ET

Talkin’ the Cats

Go Big Blue!

Go Big Blue!

 

 

 

I flew into Phnom Penh last night at about 5PM.  Reached my hotel,California2, about 30 minutes later. I checked in and stashed my bags in my room then headed down to the bar to have a drink.

I was sitting there talking to Jim, the Hotel owner, for a few minutes discussing my book, his photography and Cambodia.

I sat there for about an a half hour when two gents sat down next to me.  One guy was from Las Vegas.  The other gent was a fellow Kentuckian who has a brother living in Shelbyville.  We sat there for a little over two hours talking college basketball.  The fellow from Vegas had attended UTEP (Texas Western) back in the ’60s.  He attended the ’66 Final Four.  I was hatin’.  Envious as hell.

He lives in Vegas now and is a UNLV fan.  The Kentuckian is, of course, a Kentucky Basketball fan.

I’m thousands of miles away from home and sitting there talking Kentucky ball with two fellow fans of the game.  How cool is that!

 

Kentucky’s Road to the NCAA Championship in 2012

3 of the Top 10 and 4 out of the Top 13 Teams in the Poll lost their last games to Kentucky. How often does that happen.

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efeated 8 of the Top 25 Teams in this Final Poll in 2012. One of the teams (Florida), Kentucky defeated 3 times. One other team (Vandy), Kentucky defeated twice.

This was not a cakewalk season. Kentucky played a hell of a schedule on it’s road to the NCAA Championship.

Coach Cal, Anthony Davis, MKG and the rest of the team accomplished all of this with an almost Zen Buddhist like approach to the game wherein winning was not the focus, but, striving to be the best individuals and team they could possibly be was the focus.  By doing so, they reached the ultimate prize in College Basketball.  Coach Cal molded a mass of talented individuals into a team wherein these talented athletes became one with the Basketball Universe.  By subsuming egos and desires and surrendering individual glory for team excellence, Anthony Davis, MKG, TJ, Darius, Teague, Wiltjer, Lamb and the rest of the team became one of the Greatest Teams in College Basketball history.

Kentucky strived not to defeat the opponent, but, to reach their greatest potential as a team.  THAT! is Greatness!

The Basketball Gods are in awe and well they should be.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

***Too bad Stacey Poole and his father failed to failed to grasp the concept.***

Kentucky Wins the 2012 National Championship!

They said it couldn’t be done.  No team starting all underclassmen and dominated by Frosh Stars could win a National Title.  Carmelo Anthony was a fluke.  He had Senior Leadership.

Others said that if Kentucky won with this “Pro” laden team that it would be a Collegiate apocalypse.

Funny, no one thinks it’s the end of the world when (predominantly) white guys leave College early for careers at Google, Microsoft or Apple.

Does Mark Emmert think of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as One and Doners?

I don’t understand all of the lamentations and gnashing of teeth by the die hard traditionalists.  Students attend University to prepare them for a career.  The NBA is a career for these guys.  If a computer geek or a mathematician is recruited out of school for his talents, no one complains.  I guess that’s a more valid career path than the NBA or NFL.  I don’t see it that way.  Apparently, others do.

John Calipari takes talented athletes and prepares them for the professional world.  His kids go on to earn accolades and awards at the next level.  Is that not what a good college professor is supposed to do for his students?  Calipari develops their talents into marketable skills.  Skills that enable them to enter the marketplace of their profession with an advantage over students who learn the game from other coaches.

Because Cal does this and does so unapologetically, he’s a smarmy, greasy salesman.  I think it makes him an honest broker of future marketability for kids whose talent lies in the sport of basketball.  He’s honest.  He says come play with me and I’ll teach you how to excel at the college level and prepare you for the Professional level.  What is wrong with that?  Should he be like Coach K and demand that kids delay their professional debut even though they are ready to enter their chosen field of endeavor.  That would be the definition of smarmy and greasy to me.  Coach K is righteously indignant when a kid goes Pro before he gives his permission.  Coach Cal informs his men of their options and advises them based on the best information available at the time.

The NCAA makes millions off of these kids.  It is a matter of course that the NCAA wants to maximize the potential pay off on the marketability of the “student-athlete.”  The NCAA is not interested in what’s right for the Athlete.  The NCAA is interested in making more money by marketing big time Collegiate Star Athletes.  That’s the real concern behind the laments and the teeth gnashing.

If an Athlete is ready to go Pro, there should be no more reason to hold him back than there was reason to hold back Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.  The NCAA and their silly NBA Draft deadlines are full of stale, last century thought processes.  These people and their media instigators need to join the present.

Anthony Davis is ready to go Pro.  If he stays at UK for one more year, it’s a decision that the NCAA should respect.  If Anthony Davis decides to enter the NBA Draft after one year, the NCAA should give it no more thought than if a Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or a Mark Zuckerburg leaves school to start a business.  It’s the same thing.

Risk/Reward.  There is too much risk in staying in College for an Athlete like Anthony Davis.  He’s ready.  The NBA thinks he’s ready.  The NBA is his prospective employer.  They know whether or not they wish to hire an Athlete or not.  It’s a decision between the employer and the potential employee.  The NCAA should back out of it.

In my opinion, a player should be able to enter the draft, attend the draft camps at NBA expense and, if that player is not drafted, he should be able to re-enter college as a Student Athlete.  That is exactly what these guys are.  They are student ATHLETEs.  They are studying under a Coach who is teaching/coaching them on the principles and skills of entering into a Professional Career as an ATHLETE in the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS or any of a multitude of other sports.  The NBA Draft should be treated as an internship.  Nothing more and nothing less.

A law student interns.  A medical student interns.  Business Management Majors intern.  Some of these students have paid internships.  Some of the brighter and more talented students enter into internships that have perks.  Many of these students who take these internships are on scholarships.  If a law student takes an internship with a prestigious Law Firm, they aren’t ripped off of scholarship status.  That internship is seen as a positive.  Conversely, if a Student on an Athletic Scholarship enters the NBA Draft and attends Draft Camps or Skill Camps, they’re punished for doing so.

National Collegiate Athletic Association.  They are supposed to be helping these kids enter into their chosen Profession in the most advantageous position possible.  That’s not what they do, though.  The NCAA does everything in it’s power to keep it’s Students AWAY from their Profession of choice.  They do their best to make a student ATHLETE enter into his/her chosen Profession as blind as possible.  The NCAA attempts to bully student ATHLETEs into staying in school so that the NCAA can profit from their presence and skill sets.  Instead of joining these kids in their sojourn from student to Professional, the NCAA sets out to do it’s best to keep them blind and distanced from their chosen profession.

The NCAA should encourage kids to enter into agreements with Agents so that their student ATHLETES can benefit from persons who know the business.  Instead, the NCAA drives agents underground and keeps it’s student ATHLETES from learning the details of the business until moments before they enter into their chosen careers.  This is a ridiculous standard.  A ridiculous procedure.  The NCAA is part of the problem in setting these kids up for failure when they finally enter the Professional World of Athletics.

Kentucky just made the witch hunt a little harder, though.  Calipari embraces the system.  Instead of tying blinders around his kids eyes, he tries to enlighten them as to the practices and standards of the Profession to which they aspire.  For this, he is vilified.  He’s hated.  He’s hunted.

It’s a ridiculous circus is the NCAA.  A grand joke.  All for the love of profit.  And they call Calipari dirty.  Get real.  The NCAA is the problem.

Kentucky rolls Florida for a Perfect SEC!

Jones and Davis manhandle the Gators!

Jones and Davis manhandle the Gators!

They destroyed Florida in the last 9 minutes.  Intimidated them.  Manhandled them.  Shut them DOWN!!!  Davis went for his 12th Double Double with 22 pts and 12 rebounds against the 16th ranked team in the land.  If that isn’t National Player of the Year game, I don’t know what is!

This team is on a roll.  Final Four!  UK is heading your way.  Be ready.  Syracuse, you better bring your A Game if you want to wrestle with the Cats.  No one else has a chance.  There will be no early round upset for these laser focused Cats.  Ain’t gonna happen.

16-0 in the SEC.  30-1 on the Season.  The SEC Tournament is waiting next week.  KEntucky should run through the SEC Tournament on the back of Davis and a steady Marquis Teague.  There is no one in the SEC that can touch Kentucky this year.  They’ll roll through from the SECT to the Final Four.

Bring on Louisville, Duke, UNC, Michigan State, Kansas and Syracuse.  Just don’t make my boys take on Murray State.  It would be terrible.  I want to see The Racers upset Duke or Kansas.  I don’t want to have to watch UK blow them out of the water.

Please!  Please!  Please!  Let UCONN make the NCAAT.  Kentucky can get revenge for the last two meetings and crush Jim Calhoun and his NCAA sanctioned cheating Huskies.

Go Big Blue!!!

ONE AND DONE, Kentucky Basketball and John Calipari

2011-2012 Kentucky Frosh and Sophmores

Understand, we don’t recruit a young player saying that there is no question he’s a one-and-one player. We don’t know! Are you telling me that we knew Eric Bledsoe had a chance out of high school to go in the first round after one year? If they tell you that, they’re lying. Those same people also said our three freshman starters from last season would leave after one year. Two came back because they wanted to win a national championship and the other one that left had a 4.0 grade-point average and 60 credit hours.

I tell every player that we recruit that I don’t have a magic wand. At the end of the year, we’ll see where everything is, we’ll give you the information, and you and your family make a choice to stay or come back. I would love to coach all of these guys for four years and have them earn a college degree in four years, but if they have an opportunity to reach their dreams, I will not be the person to hold them back, nor will I let anybody at this university or in my program do it.

~ John Calipari

I don’t see Cal pushing players out the door.  I see him evaluating their development and their potential earnings and advising them according to the possibilities inherent therein.

Would Knight have gone higher in the draft after one year.  Would Cuz have gone higher with one more year.  Doubtful.

Knight maintained a high GPA throughout High School.  If memory serves, his mother was a teacher.  I doubt he’d have gotten away with slouching off on his studies with such being the case.

The One and Done System is self perpetuating.  In order to get the most talent players, Cal or any coach must exhibit the ability to get these kids to the next level in the most expeditious manner.  Holding them back or being unable to develop their games would be disadvantageous to  Kentucky and Calipari.

Cal misspoke only slightly when he made the statement that the Wall/Cuz/Bledsoe/Orton/PPat Draft Night was the greatest night in Kentucky History.  That night will and has lead to an ongoing influx of talent to Kentucky Basketball that should result in a National Title.  At least one National Title.

Cal does not have to pay players to come to UK.  The most talented, the more diligent and the more intelligent players will come to UK because they know that it is *THE* path to the next level and that hard work will pay off with a greater pay day than any booster could possibly offer them for a one or two year stay at some other school.

With that in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Muhammad and Noel here next year.

The kids that want to play with the best and win are the kids that are going to come to Kentucky.  We’ve seen that in this last class.  These kids came together because they want to win.

Some of these kids will actually stay so as to increase their long term potential.  That is what the intelligent kids will take into consideration.  The selfish, impatient kids should go elsewhere and probably will be encouraged to do so.  Such has been the pattern that I’ve noticed since Calipari has joined the Kentucky family.

Calipari wants to win.  As Wooden and other Coaching Greats have made quite plain in book after book, talent wins.  Well prepared talent wins more.  Experience is good if a coach can get it, but, talent bests experience.  This team is proving that right now.

Cal’s challenge is to ensure that these kids are prepared for the games and prepared for their futures.  If he does that, UK will win and the kids will win which will bring in more and more talent which will bring more and more wins.

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GO BIG BLUE!!!

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis ~ The Prodigee

The kid is being compared to Kevin Garnett.  Some say that he might be a better prospect.   He has all of the swagger but none of the arrogance of KG.  The Dude is all business.  This time next year, he’ll be a Millionaire.

When he’s on the court, his presence must be respected.  His 13 points a game are nothing compared to his denial of offense to the opponent.  How many shots are altered?  How many opponents intimidated by his presence?  They tried to go around him, go over him, go through him.  None of it works.  The kid improvises.  The kid adapts.  The kid overcomes.  Gunny Highway would be proud.  There is no one else like him in College Ball.  I don’t think there is anyone since the early days of Shaq that has had the presence that Davis has on the court.  Hell, the kid can even play a little point from time to time and has been green lighted to shoot the Trey.   Unbelievable!

There really is nothing else that can be said about him.  He’s lifted Kentucky Basketball to the pinnacle during this season.  Kentucky fans (myself included) are hoping that he’ll get the trifecta ~ Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.  Three or four days after that, we’re hoping that he gets MOP of the Final Four and hoists that Championship Trophy.

Davis goes down into history as one of the most talented and accomplished players in Kentucky Basketball.  All of that is possible after one year!  ONE FREAKIN’ YEAR!

If he decides that he loves it and comes back for one more, they’ll name a city after him.  I’m sure that there are babies being born all over the State of Kentucky right now being name Anthony.  Kentucky fans are just that crazy.

I’ve got friends in Thailand, Afghanistan, Scotland and Romania who are now following Davis and Kentucky Basketball.   Much of that because of the excitement surrounding the Sultan of Swat wearing blue and a BIG UNIBROW down in Lexington.

Nerlens Noel is probably giving Kentucky and Calipari more consideration because of Davis.  I’d love to see the kid come back and play beside Noel.  Then see them go one, two in the NBA Draft that year.  One can dream.

Thing is, all of this is nothing compared to the scouts evaluation of him. In a loaded class with Harrison Barnes, all eleven hundred of the Kentucky kids, Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones, and Thomas Robinson, Davis is still miles ahead of the rest in terms of ability and projected ceiling. It’s not just the production, that stuff can come from physical dominance at the college level. But it’s that his defensive instincts and determination are so high. He’s a smart, coachable player that doesn’t block just the first shot. He blocks the second shot. He blocks the third shot. To say he may be the best defensive prospect since Kevin Garnett is not an exaggeration.