Coach Cal VS White America and the College Athlete Indentured Servitude System

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I’ve always been curious as to the difference between Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and millions of other human beings who stop short of graduation at Universities to fulfill their goals and pursue their dreams.

Perhaps, it’s because so many “One and Done” Basketball players are Black and Whitey in America can’t stand to see a Black human being shorting the byzantine “education” system which they themselves cannot short.

There’s that old race card. Doh!

Seriously, though, why is it a “crime” for a person who wishes to pursue a career (albeit a short career) as a professional Basketball athlete to do so without obtaining a College Degree? What about Basketball requires a 4 year degree? Nothing that I can see. A more mind boggling aspect of this asinine argument is that most college degrees are worthless while pursuit of said worthless scrap of paper is creating more debt for Americans than home ownership. Yet, an athlete who has the opportunity to earn millions of dollars over a 3 to 15 year period is supposed to desire a college degree so much so that he (or she) delays earning said millions in order to obtain said worthless scrap of paper while putting himself at risk of injury and a loss of possible future earnings. Is that insane or am I not seeing some “big picture?”

Also, why is it not a viable course for these persons, if they should wish to acquire/earn a degree, that they not return to college AFTER they have finished their career as an NBA or other league professional athlete?

This seems to me to be naught but the “hating” of untalented people upon those persons blessed with the talents necessary to pursue the NBA profession.

No one seems to care all that much when Baseball athletes go to the league straight out of HS or two years out of College.

No one cared when Tiger Woods quit Stanford to pursue his goal of competing professionally at Golf.

No one cared/cares that Bill Gates didn’t finish at MIT. Same for Steve Jobs.

The only gnashing of teeth and faux concern seems to be for Basketball athletes.

This seems odd to me.

Then we have Calipari who is teaching/coaching/mentoring/advising some of these top kids on their way to their professional goals. In any other endeavor, Calipari would be seen in a positive light. Not so, though, because he is doing so with athletes who wish to pursue a goal of playing basketball in the NBA.

I find this odd. I find it hypocritical. I find it lunatic.

But…you guys go on gnashing your teeth, pulling out your hair, flagellating your backs and lamenting to the heavens the horrible sin of coaching young men and assisting those who wish to pursue the goal of reaching the NBA.

Cal has a fairly decent track record of placing these top recruits into the NBA. No other coach comes close.

But Cal is a villain for helping these guys reach their goals.

Only in White America is it possible to help folks and be vilified for having done so.

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Kentucky WildCats Basketball 2012-2013 Schedule

Season

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

Coach Cal, Terrence Jones and Profanity ~ An Ideal Time for Some PERSPECTIVE

When I was 18, I was in the Army. I turned 18 about 1 month after basic training. Yes, my Drill Sergeants cursed at me. One of them called me a dumb em effer and kicked me damn near across the room. It was more like a pushing kick than a kick. But his foot hit my back and I went sprawling.

I was recently in Afghanistan.

I met a few 18 year old soldiers over there.

I’m not sure about this. But I don’t think IEDs or bullets or rockets or mortars or any other type of munitions have an age checker on them.

Lots of cursing going on in Afghanistan as well.

I know I cursed every time a rocket exploded near enough that I could feel the ground rock. Usually I was cursing because I had to get my lazy butt out of bed and head to a bunker. I heard a lot of cursing in those bunkers too.

Terrence Jones is 18 or 19. I don’t know. I’ve heard both. I think he’s 19. By that age, there are many who have been in combat and are about to head back to combat.

The average age of the Combat soldier in Vietnam was 19. Nu Nu Nu Nu Nineteen. lol

My older brother joined the Marines when he was 17.

I knew a lot of 18 year olds amongst my fellow recruits.

Some of these were heading to the Korean DMZ.

Some of these guys were heading for Fulda.

Some of them were heading to Panama and would be embroiled in an invasion soon.

Lots of 18 and 19 year old Marines in Beirut in 1982-3.

Terrence Jones had a couple of profane words beginning in “F” directed at him on National TV.

Why am I supposed to be concerned about that?

He could be just another talentless schmuck heading for his second tour in Iraq.

Jorts takes out the Cards in the Chicken Box!

Josh Harrellson puts in 23 points and grabs 14 rebounds in the win over the hated Louisville Cardinals and Quick Rick.  Brandon Knights led all scorers with 25 points.  Deandre Liggins did his thing and shut down every hot hand that attempted to score.  Swatting one Siva ball into the stands.  Liggins and Harrellson are exactly what this team needs for a good run in the tournament.  Senior Leadership.

Cal has done wonders with these kids.

In four years, Cal will have a good mix of Seniors, Juniors and One Year Wonders.  It’s gonna get nasty.  You almost feel for the Cards as they’re so far behind the power curve that they can’t catch up.  But, don’t…they deserve their Pitino and everything else that happens to that program.

And Dr Dunkenstein ain’t walkin’ through that door Little Ricky.

No. 11 Kentucky handles No. 22 Louisville 78-63

Kentucky
Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
J. Harrellson 37 10-12 1-1 2-3 6 14 2 1 1 1 3 23
B. Knight 36 7-13 4-6 7-8 1 3 4 5 0 0 2 25
T. Jones 33 5-11 0-2 2-2 3 8 5 1 1 3 2 12
D. Miller 29 3-6 0-1 1-1 1 3 0 2 0 1 4 7
D. Liggins 39 1-7 0-4 0-0 0 4 2 4 4 2 2 2
J. Hood 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Lamb 23 3-6 1-2 2-2 2 3 1 0 0 0 2 9
E. Vargas 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 29-57 6-16 14-16 13 35 14 13 6 7 15 78
Percentages: .509 .375 .875 Team Rebounds: 1

Josh Harrellson’s career day sparks Kentucky

BONUS on the DAY!  That bum up in Minnesota lost as well.  lol

Kentucky Basketball Schedule 2010-2011

2010-2011 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent / Event Location Time

11/12/10 vs. ETSU Lexington, Ky.   W  88-65
11/19/10 at Portland Portland, Ore. 10:30 p.m. ET

EA Sports Maui Invitational
11/22/10 vs. Oklahoma Maui, Hawaii 5:30 p.m. ET
11/23/10 UVa/Wash Maui, Hawaii 4:30/9:30 ET
11/24/10 TBD TV Maui, Hawaii TBA

11/30/10 vs. Boston University Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/04/10 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. 12:30 p.m. ET

SEC/Big East Invitational
12/08/10 vs. Notre Dame Louisville, Ky. 9:30 p.m. ET

12/11/10 vs. Indiana Lexington, Ky. 5:15 p.m. ET
12/18/10 vs. Miss Valley St Lexington, Ky. 8:00 p.m. ET
12/22/10 vs. Winthrop Lexington, Ky. 1:00 p.m. ET
12/28/10 vs. Coppin State Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET

12/31/10 at Louisville Louisville, Ky. 12:00 p.m. ET

01/03/11 vs. Penn Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET

01/08/11 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. 4:00 p.m. ET
01/11/11 vs. Auburn * Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/15/11 vs. LSU * Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
01/18/11 at Alabama * Tuscaloosa, Ala. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/22/11 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. 6:00 p.m. ET
01/29/11 vs. Georgia * Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
02/01/11 at Ole Miss * Oxford, Miss. 7:00 p.m. ET

ESPN College GameDay
02/05/11 at Florida Gainesville, Fla. 9:00 p.m. ET

02/08/11 vs. Tennessee * Lexington, Ky. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/12/11 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. 1:00 p.m. ET
02/15/11 vs. Mississippi State * Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/19/11 vs. South Carolina * Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
02/23/11 at Arkansas * Fayetteville, Ark. 8:00 p.m. ET
02/26/11 vs. Florida * Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. ET
03/01/11 vs. Vanderbilt * Lexington, Ky. 9:00 p.m. ET
03/06/11 at Tennessee * Knoxville, Tenn. 12:00 p.m. ET

SEC Tournament
03/10/11 SEC Tournament TV Atlanta, Ga. TBA
03/11/11 SEC Tournament TV Atlanta, Ga. TBA
03/12/11 SEC Tournament TV Atlanta, Ga. TBA
03/13/11 SEC Tournament TV Atlanta, Ga. TBA

Kentucky outduels the ETSU Bucs 88-65

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First game of the regular season. The Cats come out guns a blazing.  Terrence Jones slams down 25 Points and 12 Rebounds for his first Double Double of his UK Career.  Brandon Knight (17 pts/5 ast) and Doron Lamb (20 pts) bring it with Double Digit scoring. Young Doron also pulled in 5 rebounds.

And in what is most likely a surprise for many a UK fan who had left him for dead, Deandre Liggins throws down for 14 points, dishes out 6 assists and nabs 3 rbds.

It’s going to be a group board effort this year without Kanter.  Unless Vargas and Jorts step up big time.  Jorts is a big fella.  he should be snatching balls left and right.  We’ll see.https://i1.wp.com/www.blogcdn.com/ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/media/2010/11/terrencejones-200-111210.jpg

Jorts had a respectable 7 rebounds (4 Offensive).  He’ll be sorely needed this year with Kanter being ruled ineligible.  A shame that.  The NCAA made a piss poor decision on that call.  13,000 dollars makes one a “Professional.”  Who’d a thunk it.  I thought Pro Ballers were cashing million dollar checks.  Yet, the NCAA rules that a measly 13,ooo bucks and 20,000 bucks in school expenses makes one a “Professional.”  The NCAA is still a joke.

Anyway.  Great Game and Great Opener on the Season.  Many is the fan was worried about this game.  The baby Cats proved up to the challenge of the Great Bucs of ETSU. Imagine!

The one down side is free throw shooting.  An abysmal .391.  Can’t give up the freebies like that and expect to make any kind of run in the NCAA Tournament.

Last word.  Darius Miller.  The kid seems to have talent.  He doesn’t seem able to bring it except on occasion.  I think he can ball as well as the Frosh.  Why he continues to be satisfied with second string is unfathomable.

Jones become the first Kentucky freshman to debut with a double-double since Jules Camara in 1998, stuffing the stat sheet with 25 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in Kentucky’s 88-64 win over Eastern Tennessee State.

 

Kentucky
Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
J. Harrellson 16 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 7 0 1 0 3 4 2
D. Liggins 37 5-10 2-4 2-3 0 3 6 3 0 0 1 14
B. Knight 32 6-13 4-7 1-4 1 4 5 2 0 0 2 17
T. Jones 35 10-19 2-3 3-10 5 12 2 0 3 2 2 25
D. Miller 31 3-9 2-5 0-0 3 11 1 3 1 1 2 8
S. Poole Jr. 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Lamb 28 7-10 3-5 3-5 0 5 3 1 0 0 1 20
J. Polson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Vargas 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 4 1 0 0 1 2 0
J. Hood 6 1-3 0-2 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals 200 33-68 13-26 9-23 16 48 18 10 4 7 15 88
Percentages: .485 .500 .391 Team Rebounds: 3
Game Info
Technical Fouls: None
Attendance: 23,740
Officials: Doug Shows, Lee Cassell, Chuck Jones

Michael O’Brien and Yellow Journalism

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Does it matter if the allegation is grounded?  Does it matter if the “rumor” destroys a young mans and his family’s reputation?

Not to the Chicago Sun Times and Michael O’Brien.

What matters is hits on the Blog or News Site.

O’Brien has destroyed Anthony Davis’ reputation.  He’s destroyed the reputation of his father.

Now.  It may come to pass that the allegations are grounded.  We’ll probably never know.

What we do know is that O’Brien printed rumors.  Supposedly he has three sources who claim that Mr. Davis demanded $200,000 in exchange for the services of his son. Well, it was $200,000 in the first iteration.  The first claim.  Now, it’s between 125,000 and 150,000 US Dollars in the new allegations by O’Brien and the Chicago Sun Times.

What is certain now is that it’s time.  Time for the UKAA to take a stand.  It’s time for accountability.

If Pat Forde is behind all of the late shenanigans as Marc Maggard claims, it’s time for Forde to be brought to heel.  Time for him to be put in his place.

Calipari bends the rules.  Thus far he’s not been proen to have broken a rule.  No major violation has been pinned to his collar.  That doesn’t stop the media from attempting to hold him accountable for everything from his players Grade School transcripts to their birth certificates.

The NCAA needs to clean up their act as well.  Streamline that megalith of a rule book and put out a guideline that makes sense.  One that actually protects the prospective Student Athlete rather than one simply designed to maintain that tax status.

After all, this system is supposed to be FOR the Student Athlete.  It’s not supposed to be simply and singularly about making the NCAA money and keeping the Executive Administrators and Coaches wealthy.

O’Brien and Forde and all of these other journalists claim that College Sports has lost it’s purity.  They blame that loss on everything under the sun.  Everything except for the primary cause is labelled a plague on College Sports.

The NCAA is the problem and the Sports Media is the enabler for this all powerful conglomeration.  The shadowy nexus of big money and byzantine rules designed to maximize profits and keep kids from breaking into that gargantuan piggy bank of multi-million dollar TV contracts and Sports Apparel Marketing.

Until the NCAA faces itself in the mirror, all of these problems are simply going to stack up like so many 15 second skeletons in Rick Pitino’s love closet.

I’m tired of it.

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I don’t know why UKAA has let it go on this long.  It’s time for real accountability.  I’m not talking

about 16 and 17 year old kids being held accountable.  It’s time to hold the adults in the big house responsible.

O’Brien, name your sources.  Anthony Davis and his father are entitled to face their accusers.  This is

America after all.  Where one is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.  That’s simply not the case with the media.  With the commisars of the media, one is guilty until proven

innocent.  This case highlights that sad fact of life in American popular culture.

These sources are just as liable for their deceit.  Have they self reported to the NCAA or did they simply keep the ammunition for a rainy day when they could smear the recruit and the school to which he commits.  If they did not report, they are just as guilty as the school who allegedly paid the Davis family.

I’m sick and tired of these hypocrits.  It’s time to make people accountable for their words.

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Kentucky Makes NBA Draft History ~ Awesomeness

Coach Cal put five Cats into the NBA Draft this Thursday.  Never been done before (in a single draft).

I’m happy about it.  Not nearly as excited as I’d have been if those 5 players had led UK to the National Championship.  Still it’s a great accomplishment.

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Kentucky Coach John Calipari sounded like a proud papa on Friday when discussing his five former players who were picked in the first round of the NBA Draft the previous night.

And while the exodus means that UK must adjust to a lot of new players next season, Calipari is hoping that the Cats continue to be a big player on NBA Draft night.

“I hope we do it again,” Calipari said. “My dream now would to be to have the No. 1 overall pick and six first-round draft picks. I want my sixth man to get drafted in the first round.”

John Wall was the No. 1 draft pick. DeMarcus Cousins checked in at No. 5, Patrick Patterson at No. 14, Eric Bledsoe No. 18 and Daniel Orton at 29th.

John Calipari is a Recruiting God!

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With Terrence Jones joining the roster for 2010, Cal brings in his 2nd Number One Class in a row.  2nd Number One Class in two years at the helm of UK.  2 Years, 2 Number One Classes.  More than likely, next year will see the Number One Class as well.

Now, he needs to build continuity for the decade and I need to secure some Final Four tickets for the Next Few Years.

GO CATS!!!

And then there is John Wall

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#1 Draft Pick of the 2010 Draft

“I think there’s no question John is by far the most dynamic player in the draft,” Saunders said. “He’s probably one of the most dynamic guards to come out in a while, when you combine his athleticism, his ability to defend and the speed that he has. A lot of times when players come into our league, you’re trying to develop a guy into a point guard.

“Sometimes you’re trying to change him from maybe a guy that was a scorer and more of a shooting guard in college to a point guard who tries to run a team. Whereas John is definitely a guy that is definitely a point guard. He averaged a lot of assists at Kentucky and pretty much dominated games with his ability to make plays for other players.”

Vandy Unable to Surmount the Great Wall!

Vandy guard Jenkins proves unable to shoot over the defensive presence that is John Wall.

In the closing seconds of the game, Jenkins attempts a 3 point shot.  John Wall gets a piece of it and the shot is off the mark.  More last second heroics by Wall who had made the winning shots for Kentucky only seconds earlier.

This Kentucky Team refuses to lose.  The swagger is definitely back at Kentucky.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

DeMarcus Cousins for President!

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DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t answer questions after games so much as he holds court.

The gregarious freshman center is as refreshingly unfiltered as head coach John Calipari is polished. Blunt and direct, Cousins is unapologetically honest whether the topic is his sometimes eccentric postgame attire or his ability to attract controversy wherever he goes.

Yes, Cousins thinks he may be the best center in the Southeastern Conference. Yes, he believes the referees swallow their whistles sometimes when the ball is in his hands. Yes, he may have pushed a South Carolina student out of the way while trying to get off the court last week, but he didn’t punch him as at least one reporter claimed.

Hey, it’s all a part of the game when you’re “Big Cuz,” one of the handful of monikers Cousins goes by.

“I’m just doing my part,” Cousins said from behind his nonprescription black-rimmed glasses, part of what he calls his “Peter Parker” swag.

And he’s playing his part as well as any player in the country.

Cousins is a GREAT College Player.   Period.  Only a fool would deny this.  Yes!  He has a bit of an edge.  It’s an edge that Kentucky has been sorely missing throughout the Tubby “Never to High, Never too Low” Smith Era.  Not since Jamaal Magloire was recruited by Pitino has a Kentucky Baller had the attitude that’s needed to reign supreme.  Not only in Rupp Arena, but, in the SEC.

The past few years of BCG and Tubby saw Florida and Vandy come in with their chumps.  These “chumps” punked Kentucky to the tune of 5 wins AT RUPP ARENA.  Unheard of when Pitino was here.  Rupp was rolling over in his grave and screaming lamentations of disbelief.

That was then.  This is now.

The era of Big Cuz and the Great Wall.  Eric Bledsoe.  Patrick Patterson.

Finally!  Warriors on the Court.  Take no prisoners athletes who will their way to a win if the fickle Gods of Basketball aren’t favoring them.

DeMarcus Cousins is exactly what Kentucky Basketball has been missing.  He’s a character.  He’s a record breaking Beast.  He’s the King of the Bluegrass.

I love the Kid and I hope I get to shake his hand at the SEC Tournament.

GO BIG BLUE!

Tonight I get to watch my first live UK Game of the Cal Era

I almost missed it.  For some reason, thought the game was tomorrow night.

But I get to watch it.   I’ve got to stay up damn near all night to do so.  It’s worth every second of lost sleep, though.

Can’t wait to see Wall and Patterson in action…with the outcome unknown.  Although, I am pretty certain that UGa is a gimme this year.   Mark Fox and Company are outmatched from top to bottom and there’s no Coach Gillispie to choke the drive and will to win out of the talented kids who take the floor for UK this year.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

I wish Meeks was here to experience this year with the Cats.  Without Meeks, this UK team is incredible.  With Meeks, they’d be a juggernaut.  Unstoppable!

Kentucky Fans Care

As Kentucky fans, we have been bountifully blessed this year with Coach Calipari and this outstanding Kentucky Basketball team. I know that many of you, like me, are very grateful for this program’s return to prominence as we have endured the longing for success now for several years.

I believe that Kentucky fans are the most loyal, passionate and generous fans of any sports team in America. And, I think I have a way that we can share who we really are with the rest of the world.

There are extremely cold temperatures throughout America now and will be next week as well. Even Florida has had a series of record low, freezing temperatures. Most of us are blessed to have warm clothes and a warm enough place to sleep to endure the arctic air that surrounds us.

But not everyone in America will have what they need to stay warm tonight. They need things that most of us already have in our closets, under our beds, or in our attics. I believe that everyone reading this has something, even just one thing, that they could share with another human being to help keep them warm.

Since Kentucky has the most dedicated fans in the world and we are a caring group of good people, I have an idea how we can show the rest of the world.

Between now and next Friday, January 15th let’s each find some way, small or large, to make a difference in the life of one single homeless person. Let’s choose to unite in belief, for one moment in time, that every homeless person can’t help where they are in life right now.

Let’s look throughout our homes for anything extra we have that we can share. The economy is too tough for many of us to go out and buy new things to give away. So, let’s simply share what we already have with just one other person

Look for blankets, sweatshirts, sweatpants, warm socks, gloves, hats, scarves, candles, or anything else you can share to keep someone warm.

Next, write in permanent ink on the label or somewhere discretely this one simple phrase, “Kentucky fans care.”

Finally, go find a homeless person and give it to them directly or take the items to your local homeless shelter for distribution to those in need. Sadly, there is no shortage in our country today.

Let the message resound throughout America that indeed, “Kentucky Fans Care”.

Feel free to share this message in any way or any place that you can. Post it on other boards. Send it in email to friends and family that bleed blue like us. Print 50 and hand them out at the game Saturday. Just try and help to spread the word in any way you see fit.

I know what good and kind hearted people we have in this Big Blue Nation of Kentucky fans. Just think of how many lives we can touch for the better. It’s a very small thing for each of us to do. But together, we will shout this message to the rest of the world. Let’s help one other human being trying to simply survive, one night at a time.

CurlyCat in Tampa

I think this is a fine idea.  Please feel free to copy this and pass it on and use it.  I’ll find a way to do it here in Afghanistan as well.  I’ll post pics later.

Thanks, Dave

John Wall Takes Over! Scores Career High 23 against Stanford

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Kentucky
Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
D. Miller 36 3-9 3-6 4-5 3 4 3 1 0 0 3 13
D. Cousins 26 5-8 0-1 3-8 2 5 2 2 1 3 5 13
E. Bledsoe 30 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 2 1 0 4 5
J. Wall 45 7-15 1-4 8-8 1 4 5 5 1 2 3 23
P. Patterson 31 5-9 1-2 1-2 6 11 0 0 0 1 2 12
D. Orton 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 0
D. Dodson 13 0-3 0-3 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
J. Harrellson 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
R. Harris 24 3-5 0-1 1-2 1 7 1 0 1 0 2 7
P. Stevenson 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0
Totals 225 25-56 6-19 17-25 15 37 14 15 5 8 21 73
Percentages: .446 .316 .680 Team Rebounds: 2

“NBA, that’s all I’ve got to say,” Wildcats forward Patrick Patterson said. “John Wall is a pro player and he wants the ball in crunch-time situations. Whenever we need a basket or something on the offensive end John is going to be the one to do it.”

Calipari on Wall and Bledsoe:

“I think we’ve got two guys when the game is on the line they are not afraid to make plays, which bodes well for us,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “You saw once again that late in the game I’m not calling a timeout. I don’t need to be a hero, let those guys be the hero.”

“Those two guys have the killer (instinct),” Calipari said. “What you want is the guys with the killer to bleed onto the others. Just a will to win.”

“For such a young team, they showed a lot of poise down the stretch,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “(Wall) is one of the fastest guards I’ve ever seen play on any level. He showed a lot of poise for his age. He’s a terrific player.”

On the other side, Wall was the only Kentucky player to get going before the break. The freshman guard had 15 points but could not do all the heavy lifting with preseason All-American forward Patterson going out of the game less than six minutes in with two fouls. Without Patterson’s inside presence the Wildcats struggled to get anything in the paint and shot just 35.5 percent from the field.

Patterson got going early in the second half on his way to his 25th career double-double, but he missed two point-blank opportunities on the same possession that would have given Kentucky its first lead since late in the first half with just over 10 minutes remaining.

He made up for it later, using a power post move to give Kentucky a 54-53 lead with 6:42 to play.

John Wall will be the first #1 Draft Pick in Kentucky History.  He or Patterson should be the First UK Basketballer to bring home the Adolph Rupp Trophy for Player of the Year.  I think one of them will bring home the Wooden Trophy as well.  Wall may well be the most highly regarded Frosh/Student Athlete to ever have worn the UK Jersey by the time this year is finished.  He is certainly lived up to the hype surrounding him as a player.  What’s more is that the guy is actually a good student and a good guy as well.

Calipari pulled off a recruiting coup with John Wall.  His second best recruiting pitch was retaining Patrick Patterson.  These are two All World Student Athletes.  I just hope that all of the anti-Cal or anti-Kentucky feeling out there doesn’t hurt them over the course of the year.  Lots of guys out there who are waiting like vultures for something, anything to pop up to stall or kill Cal and Kentucky’s momentum.  Yet, these same hypocrites defend John Wooden as if their reputations depended upon said defense.

This year, UK has three of the Top Freshman in the CNNSI Power Rankings.  Wall and Cousins are ranked #’s 1 and 2 respectively.  Eric Bledsoe is ranked at #25.  I’m sure that Bledsoe will rise as the year goes on.  All three are players.  I can see them all going to the NBA after this year.  Hopefully, Bledsoe and Cousins come back for a 2nd year.  The good thing, though, is that IF Cousins sees it as more wise to come out for the Draft after this year, it will likely mean that he has helped lead UK to a Final Four or better.

This should be a great year for Kentucky Basketball.  Patterson, Wall and the rest of the Frosh are finding ways to win this year.  Whereas last year, Billy Gillispie was finding ways to lose.



GO BIG BLUE!!!


Jerry Tipton thinks that all Black Student Athletes were born in the Ghetto

https://i0.wp.com/ukbasketball.bloginky.com/files/tiptonnew.jpgJerry Tipton has no integrity.  That’s the bottom line.  The lexington Herald Leader, apparently, has no integrity either.

Where is the PUBLIC APOLOGY to the Pattersons?  He printed his lie publicly.  He should print his apology publicly.  It should be made just as prominent as the lies that Tipton printed.

This is the story which Matt Jones printed on his blog outting the lie printed by Jerry Tipton after Big Blue Madness:

In case you missed it earlier today, Jerry Tipton wrote a game report in which he commented on the fact that Patrick Patterson had a new truck. In his report, he said Patrick drove the new truck to the game and then “the fun figured to continue when he climbed in his new black truck and drove away.” Interesting story right? The problem is that according to Patterson’s mother, it is not true. I spoke this afternoon to Tywanna Patterson who said that Patrick didnt drive to the game in the truck or drive home afterwards, instead riding with his parents to dinner after the game. She also said that Patrick’s new truck isnt even kept primarily on campus and was a gift from his parents that will be kept primarily in Huntington. Patterson’s mother was upset at Tipton’s comments on the truck and said,

I just dont appreciate him making false statements and comments. When he first interviewed me, he misquoted me about OJ Mayo when Patrick was in high school. I just wish he would stop doing that.”

The Patterson family has had issues with Tipton before and his father Buster Patterson, famously said to a line of Tipton’s questioning, “you just dont quit do you Jerry?” But as for the current issue, Tywanna Patterson simply says, “I just wish he would report on the game and not things that didnt happen.”

by Matt Jones @ 5:40 pm. Filed under Blue Blooded Opinions

I just spoke with Tywanna Patterson who said that an editor of the Herald Leader called her to apologize about the story. Apparently a comment or retraction of some sort will be in the paper tomorrow on the issue.

Below is the Jerry Tipton “retraction” as re-printed on KSR from the Tipton blog:

Clarification: Patterson’s new truck in Huntington

October 29th, 2009 | players |

I just had a pleasant conversation with Tywanna Patterson, the mother of Kentucky  big man Patrick Patterson. She asked that a clarification be made about the game story on UK’s Blue-White Game.

Patterson did not drive his vehicle, a Lincoln Mark LT, to the game.

His parents did buy him the Lincoln Mark LT. The truck was “a gift for all his hard work,” his mother said.

The car remains in Huntington. Patterson’s parents intended the car as a Christmas present, she said.

UPDATE: Jerry Tipton clarifies the statement in his blog. Not exactly a retraction or explanation for why the story was wrong, but at least an acknowledgement.

Jerry Tipton fabricates a story about Patrick Patterson departing Big Blue Madness in “his new truck.”  The story is highlighted by Matt Jones and Tywanna Patterson and proved to be a complete lie.  Jerry Tipton merely states that it did not happen.  No apology for the lie or the insinuation behind the lie.

Anyone with the ability to think independently can clearly see the implication behind the Tipton non-story.  He’s mentioning the “new truck” as a way of outting what he perceives to be an NCAA violation.  Apparently, Jerry Tipton thinks that the only way that a black student athlete or his family could afford a new truck is through extra-legal means or via NCAA violations of one sort or the other.  What Jerry didn’t stop to think about is the fact that both of the Patterson parents are working Professionals.  Jerry Tipton seems to me to be a closet racist.  He probably doesn’t perceive himself that way but clearly he thinks that a Black Student Athlete has no business with a brand new truck.

Jerry, this is 2009.  Not all Black Student Athletes come from the inner city of New York, Chicago or Atlanta.  Plenty of college educated, professionals African-American or Black Adults out there.  Many of them have children.  Some of them have children who are quite talented.  Plenty of them can afford to purchase vehicles for their children.

I think the Tipton act is getting old.  Extremely old.  With every event, Jerry Tipton will present a negative viewpoint concerning UK.  Student violations during madness.  Fabrications of Student Athletes driving off in illicitly gained vehicles.

There was absolutely no reason for Jerry to mention that Patrick Patterson had a new truck except to imply that it was a violation of NCAA regulations/rules.

Tipton is a muckraking, unprofessional cur with some kind of odd need to magnify any negative no matter how trivial concerning UKAA, UK Basketball or any UK Basketball Student Athlete.

I agree with the many folks out there saying that it’s time to put Jerry out of the business.  UK fans and any responsible citizens out there should join in a boycott of any sponsors for any publication that prints the trifling bile that Jerry Tipton puts forth in the media.  It’s time for Jerry Tipton’s reign of madness and negativity to end.

Truzenzuzex at A Sea of Blue talks about the Jerry Tipton lunatic agenda.

Larry Vaught talks to Momma Patterson and gives his take on his colleague.

2009-2010 University of Kentucky Basketball Team

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Here they are folks.  This years Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Team.

Left to Right 2nd Row (Standing):

Jon Hood, Ramon Harris, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton, Demarcus “Big Cuz” Cousins, Josh “Jorts” Harrelson, Perry “Slim” Stevenson and Darnell “Ramel Bradley’s Twin” Dodson

Left to Right First Row (Seated):

Rod Strickland, Orlando Antiqua, Darius Miller, John Wall, Mark Krebs, Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Liggins, John Calipari and Jon Robic

*Coaches in Black, Players in Blue

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari says he has felt like a political candidate during his first six months as Kentucky’s basketball coach, generating new hype with each campaign stop across the state even while trying to temper some lofty expectations.

“I’ve done enough,” Calipari said Thursday at the first official media day since leaving Memphis. “I’m waiting for election day. I was kissing babies, and I didn’t care if I won or lost the election. I just wanted it to happen.”

Calipari is well aware that the passionate UK fans care strongly about whether he wins or loses. They want wins — preferably in bunches.

The program’s recent buzz has been sparked not just by its energetic new leader but by his debut recruiting haul, a freshman class arguably the most touted since Michigan’s Fab Five.

Yet unlike that 1991-92 Wolverines team that reached the national title game with five freshman starters, Kentucky has plenty of experience to go along with the new blood. Patrick Patterson was an all-Southeastern Conference center last year during Kentucky’s National Invitation Tournament season. Kentucky’s roster is so deep, Calipari envisions Patterson playing some wing this year.

This is going to be a hell of a year.  Big Pat is back on the scene with a mission.  He’s got help from incoming Frosh John Wall, Big Cuz, Orton and Eric Bledsoe as well as Darius Miller and the remainder of the returning team.

Big things are expected and these guys can take care of business and meet those expectations.  I can see making Final Four this season.  Of course, everything will have to go right for the team.  Keep the injuries down.  Cohesion and Esprit de Corps will be important factors.  With the Cal DDS system, there should be plenty of PT for all of the stars that make up this team.  Cal has been to two Final Fours and I can see this being his 3rd with the possibility of going al the way to the Title Game and bringing home banner #8.

A year that doesn’t end in a National Championship will not be catastrophic.  Less than a Final Four would surprise me.  I see this team slicing through the SEC like a hot knife through butter.  I’m sure there will be challenges, but, I see enough talent to overcome a few bouts with youth and inexperience.

Everything I read about John Wall says that the kid will be an instant player for Kentucky and Coach Cal.  Big Cuz is supposed to be a monster.  Daniel Orton should be a beast down low.  Eric Bledsoe may be better than advertised which would be impressive as he’s supposed to be a future lottery pick.  Darius Miller can take care of spot duty at the point and become an assassin on the wings.  These things take place and it’s gonna be a huge year.

HUGE!

Bottom line is that Patrick Patterson didn’t come back for the hell of it.  The man came back to get his.  I’m hoping he gets it.  Patrick Patterson leads this team to a Championship this year and he will go down in history as one of  THE greats of Kentucky Basketball.  He could well supplant Dan Issel as THE GREATEST.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

* Kentucky Men’s Basketball Yearbook

 

Alphabetical

No. Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Cl./Exp. Hometown (Last School)
24 Eric Bledsoe G 6-1/190 FR/HS Birmingham, Ala. (Parker)
15 DeMarcus Cousins F 6-11/260 FR/HS Mobile, Ala. (LeFlore)
3 Darnell Dodson G 6-7/215 SO/TR Greenbelt, Md. (Miami-Dade CC)
55 Josh Harrellson F 6-10/265 JR/1L St. Charles, Mo. (SW Illinois College)
5 Ramon Harris G/F 6-7/218 SR/3L Anchorage, Alaska (West Anchorage)
4 Jon Hood G 6-6/195 FR/HS Madisonville, Ky. (North Hopkins)
12 Mark Krebs G 6-5/208 SR/2L Newport, Ky. (Newport Central Catholic)
34 DeAndre Liggins G 6-6/202 SO/1L Chicago, Ill. (Findley Prep)
1 Darius Miller G 6-7/223 SO/1L Maysville, Ky. (Mason County)
33 Daniel Orton F 6-10/255 FR/HS Oklahoma City, Okla. (Bishop McGuiness)
54 Patrick Patterson F 6-9/235 JR/2L Huntington, W.Va. (Huntington)
21 Perry Stevenson F 6-9/207 SR/3L Lafayette, La. (Northside)
11 John Wall G 6-4/195 FR/HS Raleigh, N.C. (Word of God)