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 Basketball and Racism

Tubby Smith is not doing so well at Minnesota.  Soon, he’ll be on the hot seat.  When that happens, the media and others will start talking about his time at Kentucky again.  Inevitably, they’ll drag Kentucky over the coals again.  Kentucky fans will be called racists again.

They’ll ignore the fact that we actually did want Billy Gillispie fired after a mere two seasons.  Gillispie is white.  So, that doesn’t fit the stereotype.  If Kentucky fans wanted Billy G gone after two years and gave Tubby nearly a decade to get it together, well, that doesn’t fit the agenda.  That makes it seem that Kentucky fans are simply crazy in a basketball sports fan manner.  It kills the idea that Kentucky fans hated Tubby Smith simply because he was Black.  That won’t do.  The hurts the media agenda to paint Kentucky and it’s fans as backward, unrepentant racist who wish for nothing more than a return to Jim Crow.

We can’t have that.  What would Michael Wilbon whine about?  How will he justify his rants against Kentucky fans?  Dick Vitale would have to admit that Tubby Smith actually failed at UK and his over emotional, lunatic rants and pleas were over the top and unwarranted.

We can’t have that.  That would require an admission of error.  Heaven forbid!

The racist thing is overplayed in America today.

For instance, the starting 5 at UK are African American. The Starting 5 at UK has been African American for the most part for over 20 years. Kentuckians get behind these kids wholeheartedly.

Somehow, these same fans who love Black kids who actually play the game hate a Black Coach simply because he’s BLACK.

HUH!?!

How is that possible?

Tubby didn’t measure up. It had absolutely nothing to do with his skin color.

Those same “racist” fans turned on Billy Gillispie faster than they turned on Tubby Smith. Billy G is a white guy. So, do Kentuckians hate white people as well or do they dislike losing ten games a year and consistent team turmoil.

Could it be that what they wanted was a winning coach who understood the passion that they have for Kentucky Basketball. Kentucky Basketball is supposed to run the fast break in a way that makes Kentucky Derby thoroughbreds look like snails in hibernation.

That wasn’t Tubby ball. Ball Line D was and is boring. Especially when Tubby is recruiting scrubs out of Canada and Fordham to run it. THAT was the rub. 99% of Kentucky fans couldn’t have cared less about the skin color of Tubby. If the guy would have come in and rolled like Pitino or Calipari, they’d be naming their kids Tubby and Orlando. These same Cat fans bitched and moaned about Joe B. Hall for the whole damn time that he was there. Joe B, Hall made 3 Final Fours and won a Championship with his own team.

That is not to say that Kentucky doesn’t have its share of racists. Then again….so does Minnesota and every other state in America.

I don’t know how anyone can say with a straight face that the people who love John Wall, Anthony Davis, MKG, Jamaal Mashburn, Derek Anderson, Jamaal Magloire Demarcus Cousins and Jack Goose Givens, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson and the football talent that is Randall Cobb hates Tubby Smith due solely to his skin color.

That won’t stop the media from standing by their lies and erroneous assertions.

Minnesota will eventually fire Tubby Smith unless he decides to retire after this year.  When that happens, the reason will have nothing to do with Smiths race.  It will be his record and his inability to take the Gophers to the next level.  When you pay a Coach a Top 20 Salary, you expect Top 20 results.  That’s the bottom line.

Minnesota is not getting Top 20 results from Tubby Smith.  Smith, thought, seems to believe that this money is his due based on past results.  He won a Championship in 1998.  Because of that, Tubby seems to believe that Minnesota should give him a BIG PAYCHECK regardless of results AT MINNESOTA.

Smith is no longer capable of Top 20 results.  He hasn’t been for some time.  Minnesota is slowly coming to this realization.  Too late, though.  They’ve wasted 4 years and nearly 8 Million dollars learning what Kentucky learned in Tubbys last 2 or 3 years.

Minnesota deserves this, though.  They arrogantly assumed that they were getting the Tubby of the 1990s.  Fasinatingly similar to Louisville and their hiring of Pitino.  UL thought that they were getting the Pitino of the 90s.  They didn’t.  He’s not.  Neither of them are.

There’s a lesson there.

Tubby Smith’s Last Year as a Gopher?

 

The Tubster stunk it up at Kentucky his last few years.  He refused to recruit and equally stubbornly refused to make changes in his beloved system or with his Assistant Coaches.  Then the Tubster fled.  TLT ran off to Minnesota.  He’d spent half of his last season at Kentucky negotiating with Minnesota for the Gopher Head Coach position.

Kentucky fans attempted to warn Gopher fans.  Gopher fans simply assumed that the Sports Media was correct and that UK fans were all rabid racists with White Knight cloaks stored in our closets.  That’d be funny to see as I know quite a few Black UK fans who were just as fed up with Tubby and his TLT sports nightmare.

Dick Vitale and Michael Wilbon excoriated the State of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Fans.  Wilbon called us all racists.  Said we deserved what we had coming and that UK would not be a great program again.  Good old Dick Vitale pleaded to the NCAA Coaching community to avoid the UK job.  He pleaded with Billy Donovan to NOT go to Kentucky to replace Smith.

Now, the chickens have come home to roost.  Tubby Smith has done exactly what his Kentucky critics said that he’d do at Minnesota.  That being exactly NOTHING.  He’s losing.  He can’t win in the NCAA Tournament…when he can even get there.  He won’t recruit.  He is, again, stubbornly sticking with his Assistant Coaching circle of failed former head coaches.

TLT is close to being fired.  If he makes it to the 2012-2013 Season, I’ll be surprised.  TLT is 0-4 in Big Ten play and hasn’t even played the better teams in that League.

This surprises no one who was forced to watch him destroy the Kentucky Basketball program.

The question that I have is:

Will Dick Vitale and Michael Wilbon go crazy on Minnesota fans and repeat their behavior and the hateful attitudes that they aimed at Kentucky fans?

Now that every UK fan who wasn’t a Tubby Zombie have been proven right, will Wilbon and Vitale apologize?

I doubt it will happen.  Tubby will retire in a haze of invisibility.  Dickie V may notice and, if he does, he’ll find some way to gloss over the failure of Tubby at UM.

Wilbon will ignore it as he was proven wrong by the failure of Tubby to produce anything.  no Big Ten Title.  Not even an NBA draft pick.

Tubby will retire.  The Sports media will ignore it for the most part.

This guy, though, called it right.  One of the few…

 

 

 

 

Dick Vitale is an emotional tampon

Below are excerpts from a Dick Vitale article which laments the firing of Avery Johnson. It would seem that Vitale thinks that Basketball coaches should be retained no matter what happens. Teams or Team owners should be satisfied with a coach no matter why he was hired and no matter how much money these coaches demand in compensation and benefits. The Coach is always right. Even if they’re wrong. And should never be fired.

In the NBA, it is all about what happens today. If you don’t do well, just pack your bags because you’re gone. Go ask Avery Johnson, formerly the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. All he did in less than four full seasons was put up an impressive 194-70 regular-season mark.

When you are brought in to take a team to the next level and you fail to do so…

The problem is, his playoff record was 23-24. Dallas was on the verge of winning an NBA title, which would have made Johnson a hero. But after going up 2-0 against the Heat a few years back, the Mavericks won just three of their next 15 postseason games, ultimately leading to Mark Cuban’s decision to say bye-bye to his coach.

Exactly, no play off success…no big pay day. It’s not that difficult to figure out.

Johnson handled his firing with real class. He said there was no animosity between himself and the Mavericks, even believing that a change could be beneficial to everyone. Johnson did a phenomenal job in Dallas; his personality is so infectious. I feel his knowledge of the game is certainly special. He got the most out of his ability and did the same with his talent.

Unfortunately, life in the NBA can be unfair. It takes just a couple of poor performances in the playoffs to lead to the hook. Last year’s loss to the eighth-seeded Warriors was painful for the Mavs. Then following that up with a loss to New Orleans led directly to the dismissal.

Same as with the Tubby situation. Huge amounts of cash were being transferred to Avery Johnson’s bank account for one reason and one reason only.

WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

He wasn’t being paid to have class. That’s something you do to make your mother proud. It’s not something for which one is paid.

Again. Johnson was being paid HUGE dollar amounts to WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS. What about that is difficult to understand.

Dallas could not handle the unbelievable play of Chris Paul. So a man who won 60, 67 and 51 games over the last three seasons found himself unemployed. My friends, he will not be out of a job for long as several teams have openings.

Johnson will survive and he will not be kept down. He has spirit, energy and enthusiasm. Johnson has knowledge and knows how to communicate.

Who is trying to keep him down? Who is threatening Johnsons survival?

Again, he was being paid HUGE SUMS of money to take Dallas to the next level. He couldn’t quite do it. And over the past few years, he was heading in the opposite direction.

Again, I ask. Who is trying to keep him down? Who is threatening Johnson’s survival?

It is all about winning the gold trophy. If you don’t accomplish that lofty task, it is tough to survive. You can be Coach of the Year one season and then out of work the next. With the mega-dollars being thrown around, the owners certainly have a right to make changes when they desire.

Life in the big time is like a rollercoaster. Johnson has gone through a few bumpy playoff rides, but trust me … he will land on his feet and do just fine.

I’m glad that he’ll land on his feet. I just wonder why Dookie Vitale needed to pull off this puff piece. He dogs the owners out. Then excuses the failings of the coach.

If you take that big money, you take the risk of being fired. These coaches are well compensated. At both levels. College and Pro. It would serve Vitale well to remember that.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN’s first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

There is a reason that Dick Vitale is no longer a College or Pro Coach. He wasn’t very good at it.

Avery Johnson is a victim of nothing. It’s laughable to state such a thing. He was well compensated. He had a good run. In the end, he fell short of the goals set forth by Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks. Like Avery himself stated, it was time for new leadership. Time for a change.

Dick Vitale is an emotional tampon. This opinion/puff piece was as worthless as most of the trash that he cruelly thrusts upon the unsuspecting world wide web.

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College Basketball Recruiting

The trend of players choosing a college before a high school

You’re joking.

Howard Avery uttered those two words into his phone last Monday after Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie offered Avery’s son, Michael, a scholarship. Avery had called to follow up on an encounter with Gillispie at a LeBron James-sponsored tournament in Akron, Ohio, the previous weekend. NCAA rules forbade Gillispie from discussing Michael’s play with Avery at the tournament site.

Gillispie could, however, field Avery’s call two days later, after the family had returned home to Lake Sherwood, Calif., Gillispie told the proud papa that after watching Michael, a 6-foot-4 combo guard with a sweet shooting stroke, play in a pair of games with the Indiana Elite travel team, he had seen all he needed to see. Gillispie wanted Avery’s son to come to Lexington. The brevity of the evaluation didn’t cause the elder Avery to question Gillispie’s tone, though. Neither did the fact that such a momentous occasion was taking place during a phone call instead of during a campus visit.

Avery simply couldn’t believe the University of Kentucky head coach had just offered a scholarship to an eighth grader who had never set foot on campus and who still had yet to decide where he would attend high school. By now you know Michael Avery accepted that scholarship offer. When the news hit the Web shortly after Avery committed last Thursday, criticism rained on Gillispie and Avery.

The questions were pointed but predictable:

1. How could Kentucky — college basketball royalty — stoop to offering a scholarship to an eighth grader?

2. How could that child’s parents allow him to accept a scholarship offer 40 months before he can sign a Letter of Intent?

3. Will this turn into college basketball’s version of the subprime mortgage crisis with coaches (banks) trying in four or five years to excavate themselves from the wreckage of a series of bad offers (loans)?

Here are the answers:

1. Gillispie offered because he was worried someone else would beat him to the punch. In this case, “someone else” translates loosely to USC coach Tim Floyd, who accepted commitments in consecutive years from players who had yet to suit up for a high school team.

2. After three days of deliberation and discussion, Avery’s parents were quite comfortable with their son’s choice. Howard Avery — who said he wasn’t comfortable allowing his son to be interviewed for this story — will explain further in a few paragraphs.

3. Possibly, depending on how well coaches can project 13- and 14-year-olds. For the time being, get used to the early offers. “These aren’t aberrations,” Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said Monday night, minutes before he called Greenfield, Ohio, ninth-grader Vinny Zollo for a story about Zollo’s commitment to Kentucky. “It’s like an arms race,” Meyer said. “You’ve got to offer first.”

Sometimes early commitments pan out. Sometimes they don’t. Huntington Beach, Calif., forward Taylor King committed to UCLA prior to his freshman year at Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). Two years later, he told the Los Angeles Times, “I made my decision way too early. It was too early to know what I wanted.” King eventually signed with Duke. After spending much of 2007-08 on the bench, King announced last month he would transfer to Villanova.

This guy hits it pretty much exactly as I see it.

And you’ll notice that Gillispie wasn’t the first to do this and 8th Grade is not the youngest recruiting commitment out there. But Dick Vitale and the other talking heads often open their mouths before they know all of the facts.

In sports, there is not much investigative journalism. There are a mass of pinheads who are paid to shout at the top of their lungs of the greatnress of Coach K or Duke or UNC or insert any ACC school. Sports “journalism” is a collective of arrogant loud mouthed hooligans who get paid to shout the company line and to react to scandal.

Dookie Vitale and the rest are charlatans, BABY!

Finally, one guy at CNNSI spends a little time and effort and uncovers the real story behind this rising recruiting trend.

Dick Vitale in his usual reactionary, superficial manner tells us that this was nothing more than “headline grabbing” and that it is unhealthy. Vitale is one of the worst columnists in the biz. The guy is as deep as a mustard stain on Michael Moore’s favorite t-shirt.

Dick Vitale and the rest of his cronies should learn the facts before they wail and lament the downfall of civilization or college basketball as we know it.

See also Dick Vitale is an emotional tampon.

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