The Courier Journal, Kentucky Fans and the Rivalry


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!!!


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.


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


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???