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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Just how we got here

March 29, 2009.  The date that truly changed EVERYTHING about the state of basketball in the state of Kentucky.  On that day, Michigan State whipped the best Louisville team since 1986 (yes, even the Final Four team) in the Elite Eight.  And then the ball started rolling with maybe the best turnaround year in UK history and the worst fall apart year in UL history.  Let’s take a quick rundown of events:

March 29, 2009: Michigan State 64, Louisville 52.  Remember, that UL team was the “best team in the country”, and Tom Izzo made Rick Pitino look like an absolute fool on that night.  A Michigan State team that had NOWHERE near the talent that UL had, didn’t have nearly the amount of fans in Indianapolis, and had a much more difficult road to this game.  And even with all that, the Spartans were never really challenged in the 2nd half, and waltzed their way to the Final Four.  If Cards fans only knew what was to come.

April 1, 2009: John Calipari is officially announced at Kentucky coach.  At the time of his hiring, Calipari had a potential starting lineup of Kevin Galloway, Matthew Pilgrim, Perry Stevenson, Ramon Harris, and Daniel Orton.  Instead, Cal announced from Day 1 that he wanted to win, and win immediately.  This includes the removal of series current players, and commitments like Dakotah Euton.  A return to greatness, if you will.

April 8, 2009:Demarcus Cousins commits to Kentucky, starting the ball rolling on the best recruiting class in UK history.  Samardo Samuels is quickly put on suicide watch knowing what was coming in December. 

April 21, 2009: Daniel Orton decides to stay with Kentucky, basically assuring Kentucky will have the tallest team in the country.  Then it turns out that all that size actually was skilled, and Kentucky could not be stopped. 

April 22, 2009: Jeremy Tyler decides to not attend Louisville and instead play in Israel.  He then plays like a typical UL recruit, comes home with his tail between his legs, and says “still beats actually playing for Louisville”. 

April 24, 2009: Karen Sypher charged with extortion attempt of Rick Pitino.  At the time, there was actual sympathy for Pitino, but in just a couple months Pitino goes as bat-crazy as Drew Franklin at a Legends game, and likely accepts the diseases he has that Franklin lives with each day.

May 5, 2009: Eric Bledsoe commits to Kentucky.  Probably the surprise commitment of the Cal class, Bledsoe ends up playing shooting guard most of the season, showing flashes of brilliance, and earning a likely first round draft pick spot.  Bledsoe’s greatest trait though was making Reginald Delk pee in his pants at Rupp Arena. 

May 8, 2009: Patrick Patterson decides to return to Kentucky, cementing himself as the greatest Wildcat since Mashburn. 

May 19, 2009: John Wall commits to Kentucky.  Wall frankly doesn’t get the pub of his much more heralded classmates.  Wall’s game is a terrible match for the Cal system and the fans tend to not enjoy his play whatsoever.  Wall will leave UK after one season a disgrace.  (WHACK!!!)  Sorry, I let Kate type those statements.  She is back in her place now.  Clearly, this was THE moment where UK came back to elite-status. 

August 12, 2009: Details of Pitino and Sypher encounter come out.  All of the sudden the sympathy goes from a Hall of Fame basketball coach to a beach blonde prostitute wannabe who clearly had the ta-tas enhanced about 6 times too many.  And we also learn, as Bomani Jones pointed out, the Pitino doesn’t know how to google the prices of things.

August 26, 2009: Pitino goes on syphilis-fueled rant about media coverage of extortion plot.  And Ted Kennedy dies.  Media chooses which one is more important.

December 5, 2009: Kentucky beats North Carolina, taking their first permanent step towards taking back the college basketball throne.  Cats put together a 28-2 run, giving fans its first true glimpse into how special the talent in Lexington is. 

December 12, 2009: Western Carolina 91, Louisville 83.  The Cards second straight home loss makes Cards fans wonder what in the hell Jerry Smith was doing on the floor. 

December 21, 2009: Kentucky doubles up Drexel 88-44, becoming the first team to 2000 wins.  Louisville has plans to make it to 2000 before their new arena becomes their old arena.  Those plans are tentative though. 

January 2, 2010: Kentucky beats Louisville both physically and on the scoreboard.  We learn that when you touch Demarcus Cousins with your knee, you will get an elbow to the face.  That made 2 in a row in basketball and 3 in a row in football for the Cats over the Cards.  And the world is right once again. 

March 6, 2010: Louisville beats #1 Syracuse in final game at Freedom Hall.  And all it took was Jerry Smith to get hurt and Kyle Kuric to turn into Lebron James for a night.   

March 11, 2010: Cincinnati topples Louisville in Big East Tournament.  Fans continue to wonder why in the hell Jerry Smith is on the floor.

March 14, 2010: Kentucky wins the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2004.  And they do it in AMAZING fashion with a game tying Cousins basket at the buzzer, followed by John Wall putting a Micah Johnson hit on Cousins because he didn’t know the basket only TIED the game.  Didn’t matter though, Cats win in overtime.   

March 20, 2010: California slaps Louisville all over the floor, and knocks the Cards out in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament.  Cards fans actually party in the streets of Louisville after the game because Edgar Sosa Jerry Smith has run out of eligibility.   

March 23, 2010: Enes Kanter commits to Kentucky.  Tomlin has yet to stop writing jokes for that one.  Suddenly UK is going from Boogie to Gheorghe Muresan at the center position.  And we are damn happy about it. 

April 14, 2010: Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist commit to Kentucky, giving the Cats the top point guard in 2010 and the best overall player in 2011.  John Calipari is overheard saying “I didn’t even recruit either of these guys.  Damn I’m good.” 

April 17, 2010: Michael Chandler opens his recruitment back up, meaning Louisville’s 2011 mega-class continued to crumble away for Pitino.  It is especially tough for Rick because his dignity crumbled away so long ago.   

April 17, 2010:Doron Lamb goes and nationally TV and gives the Cats another 5-star recruit for the 2010 class.  Pitino promises to get a 5-star recruit to send his intentions by telegraph before the summer is over.  Some recruiting analysts claim this is a strategical error.  Evan Daniels says it’s a 60-40 bad decision. 

April 23, 2010: Marquis Teague commits to Kentucky over Louisville.  City of Louisville implodes.  Beard barbers go out of business.

391 days.  Thats all it took.  Someone should write a book with that title, 391 days.  Of course, if Terrence Jones commits on Friday, it would need to be called “396 days”.  And then hopefully CJ Leslie commits 4 days after that and then we can just stop on a nice round number like “400 days”.  OK, thats it.  After 400 days, enough with the big commits, Cal.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

84 responses to “BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Just how we got here”

  1. WallsaBeast

    Cmon cj Leslie

  2. Don

    I hope Beisner saves the day with a post…

  3. WallsaBeast

    So did my comment about jones get deleted or what

  4. girlwildcatfan

    I’m loving every minute of those 391 days! Keep’em coming, Cal. Go Cats!!

  5. WallsaBeast

    Looks that way… So I’ll say it again.. Tony wroten just tweeted that Terrence jones committed to Washington… I’m assuming this is factual

  6. P.PattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor

    didn’t louisville beat us both times gillispie was our coach? i seem to remember getting smacked around by them in Rupp the first year and then edgar sosa hitting an absolute prayer from about 25 feet to beat us the second year.

  7. Reality

    I could read this over and over. Well done.

    I don’t even bring the state of things up to my card-fan friends anymore. There’s no need. They know their rightful place, and have been lowered to it once more.

  8. P.PattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor

    (5) no he didn’t. he said that terrence ross committed. big difference there.

  9. John

    2 in a row in basketball??? Really???

  10. Wondering tooo

    “That made 2 in a row in basketball and 3 in a row in football for the Cats over the Cards.”
    Only thing wrong with the post.

  11. WallsaBeast

    No actually 8 he corrected himself and said Terrence jones… Then proceeded to ask if Terrence Ross was next

  12. UKclam

    Now that we are past the Teague situation, let’s stop having so much Louisville on KSR. We are starting to look like a Card blog, with all the non-stop obsessing about the other team.

  13. da'boss

    BTI, this is possibly your best posting/entry. Ok, did you swipe this from Matt’s desk? Besides the usual typo’s, this is soooo out of character for you.

  14. mark

    8. hope youre right.

  15. WallsaBeast

    Or maybe I’m confused because he said Ross twice then corrected it.. So don’t know if Ross committed and he’s asking if jones is next or if jones committed and asking if Ross is next

  16. shadowboxer

    Very nice recap BTI, but you forgot two events ().

    April 12, 2011 – Rick Pitino decides enough is enough and resigns.

    April 13, 2001 – Cal tweets one simple word(ish) – “PWNED!!”

  17. WallsaBeast

    This new world of Twitter language gets confusing

  18. Catinfl

    Ross and Jones want to play together , not sure Cal offered Ross. We will wait till it’s official before i give up on Cal.

  19. da'boss

    #12/UKclam – I would agree, most times… HOWEVER, uofl’s downfall is newsworthy and fun to read about. Just wait till the “trial” starts later this summer – it’s gonna get goooooooooooooooooooood.

  20. Kyle Macy

    It was one in a row against Louisville basketball, Byron. It marked the first time we had swept them in both in the modern era. Also, it’s “all of A sudden” not “all of THE sudden,” genius. Of course, I would expect nothing less from a guy who can’t even spell his own name correctly.

  21. shadowboxer

    Sorry BTI. My post referred to next year’s recap, but is true nevertheless. I am clairvoyant and I assume you are as well.

  22. Nassau65

    I kept reading, in hopes of coming upon a date that Jerry “da turd” Tipton had been fired, and was moving to Kansas or North carolina. Oh well, i guess we can only hope. Good post BTI!


    #5 Read it over. He says Terrence Ross to Washington. Is Terrence Ross next? (clearly a mistake) then he said he meant Terrence Jones (is Terrence Jones next) It isn’t that hard to figure out. WallsaBeast has been Robo Tripping or something.

  24. Tobias Funke

    Samardo announcing he was entering the draft via his jamaican natl team’s website belongs in there somewhere, BTI.

  25. Johnny B Good

    Kanter video: Great stuff.

  26. ThatsAShame

    Got to give it up for you BTI. Nice review. Well written. Reading this made me smile… way more than your usual crap.

  27. WallsaBeast

    Actually I’m just high.. But that’s unimportant.. So besides knowing jones announces on the 30th how did you automatically know who he was talking about committing and who was next he sure didn’t clarify… Sorry for the confusion I caused “all knowing mark”

  28. Yankee-Cat

    haha I LOVE reading about the Great Collapse of UofL. Good Post BTI(Or as #20 calls you, Byron)! I’m sure a Card Troll will read this and steal my handle again like he has for the last 3-4 days now.

  29. Seth

    How much does this article cost? I heard this has become a pay site.

  30. Roland65

    I was enjoying watching Rondo yesterday on TV. So, I searched article on KSR about him. Found an interesting post speaking about Rondo, by “Intern” dated Feb 11, 2006: “Right now, he has as much chance as playing in the NBA as Stevie Wonder does becoming a sniper. Dust off that History book you’ve probably never opened, and start brushing up on Europe.” I plan on dusting off my history book when I
    get home.

  31. Momma's Apple Pie

    I also see into the future – probably some time this summer… Most all of us will start following T.Wroten exclusively (not KSR anymore). Afterall, T.Wroten is showing he is more connected to UK recruiting and recruiting in general than ‘ole man Matt. Plus, Matt has to get permission from Cal/UK/adminstration to tell us stuff. T.Wroten has NO filter and lets it fly!

  32. Yankee-Cat

    T.Ross & T. Jones were going to announce on the same day, and many people thought that meant they would go to the same school. With Ross commiting yesterday, I think T.Jones goes elsewhere. Advantage UK!

  33. Justin

    Terrence ROSS committed and TJones hasn’t decided…we knew we weren’t getting TRoss…this isn’t new news…TJones will join the BBN on the 30th.

  34. Matt Jones' Mop

    33- Go have another Bologna sandwhich. Thats pure horse’s shit is what that is. Id put anything down on that.

  35. da'man

    #32/Yankee – This is how I understood the situation. If Jones was going to go to Washington, why wouldn’t he have done it after his UK visit. 1) ALL these kids love the attention. 2) All these kids leave the ‘home’ state or local schools on the list to garner more attention – ultimately to chose the ‘other’ school.

    Example: Teague left IU and Purdue on his list till the bitter end even with EVERYONE knowing it was between UK and uofl. The Indy newspapers and TV would have cooled on Teague if he’d dropped IU and Purdue a year ago…

  36. da'man

    #33/Aesop – Bill Self told me that T.Jones just used them for a trip and that “the damn kid knows he’s going to UK anyway.” Straight from the other horses mouth.

  37. Justin

    @33 Aesop – If T Jones goes to Kansas, that is unbelievable sell on Self’s part. I mean Jones is a 4, and so is one of the Morris twins & Robinson.

  38. Matt Jones' Mop

    Jones is down between UW and UK, anyone thinking otherwise isnt of the sane type. T. Jones’ KU visit is equal to CJ Leslie’s UConn visit…they mean absolutely nothing. Its not uncommon whatsoever for recruits to use up all their visits even if they have NO interest in ultimately going to that school.

  39. Matt Jones' Mop

    40- ignorant, except, yes, CJ will be a Cat.

  40. da'man

    #40/Aesop – So just for shits/giggles, how exactly did you hear T.Jones say he was going to “verbal today and sign on Friday to Kansas?” Are you a student at KU that helped with his tour? Are you the limo driver that drove him to and from Kansas? Are you a highschool buddy of his that he shares this kind of important information with? OR, and probably the most likely choice – YOU ARE FULL OF SHIT!!!

  41. bill

    too bad uofl can say we lost to wvu with far less talent – I still can’t believe this team didn’t make ff

  42. Matt Jones' Mop

    47- So, Mr. Former AAU Coach of TJ, why Kansas when he would have to fight for clock? Where at UK he would be the man??

  43. Redneck_Charlie

    CJ and TJ can lick Charlie’s ballz!!! All this drama queen stuff for what???

  44. Matt Jones' Mop

    47- dude seriously though, his AAU coach??? 2nd cousin of his mother???? WOW, you really are making believers out of us now.

  45. Forgot Something

    March 27,2010 WVU 64, UK 55 Remember, that UK team was the “most talented team in the country”, and Bob Huggins made John Calipari look like an absolute fool on that night. A West Viginia team that had NOWHERE near the talent that UK had. And even with all that, the Mountaineers were never really challenged in the 2nd half, and waltzed their way to the Final Four.

  46. Hunter

    I agree with Bill.. claiming the more talent loss on MSU is just as bad as our loss to WVU.. the team who got DESTROYED by Duke..

  47. da'man

    #47/Aesop – IF all that is true, how do you know about Leslie coming to UK? Let me guess, you actually coached his high school team for 2 years ‘and always put the UK bug in his ear.’ And the fact that you and his dad are half brothers… My bad for questioning your insights. You sure do have the inside track to this info.

    But, I bet T.Jones probably doesn’t like the fact that his old AAU coach would spill the beans on his college choice like this considering he’s kept it sooooooo close to the vest for all this time. Oh, if you are really his AAU coach, why don’t you post under your real name – what was your real name, again???

  48. hugh g. rexion

    hate to say it but since UK last made a final four look what teams have: Ga. Tech, George Mason, Butler, LSU, Maryland – Carolina schools have won nearly half of the championships of the 2000’s – and somehow Florida has won 2 an been a runner up once. I am a bitter UK fan

  49. Yankee-Cat

    45.) I will take Calipari over Self in EVERY head-to-head recruiting battle while Cal is at UK. Self might have won a few battles while Cal was at Memphis, but not while he is at Kentucky. No way T.Jones will go to Kansas. Did you see how much consideration T.Jones’ mother is giving the Jawhawks even though he appeased Josh Selby with a visit?

  50. da'man

    Aesop – What is/are the other reasons UK is out? This should be good.

  51. CatInAshland

    Gotta remember that Aesop wrote fables….

  52. Justin

    Wasnt there a book called – “Aesop’s fables”

  53. da'man

    Cat and Justin – Don’t mess this up for us (with facts). We are eager to hear the insights of our new best friend, Aesop. Aesop, feed us!!!

  54. Matt Jones' Mop

    58,59- Agreed, this guy is 100% talking out of his rear. Nothing he is saying is fact based or with any ounce of truth, other then the fact that he is at KU right now. No worries, T Jones may very well not come to UK but it will be because he is staying close to home at UW.

  55. Matt Jones' Mop

    60- Guess Doron doesnt know about the issues with TJ. He basically told everyone he thought Leslie and Jones are both coming to UK. FAIL!

  56. da'man

    How many times have T.Jones and Lamb been around each other? Once, twice? Aesop, your sheot is getting deep.

  57. Yankee-Cat

    Aesop- You are commenting on T.Jones under a Louisville Bashing post. An experienced KSR commenter would think you are a pissed off Card Fan trying to aggravate UK fans. 🙂

  58. Terrence Jones' Mom

    Aesop is NOT related to me. And T’s AAU coach wouldn’t be stupid enough to post on KSR about our school choice.

    ps. We thought Bill Self was a used car salesman.

  59. Troll

    hey aesop- I haven’t seen ya in awhile

  60. Matt Jones' Mop

    Aesop- Where you the guy who got in trouble? Considering you were his AAU coach?

  61. Aesop's mom

    Aesop, get off the damn computer AND put your pants on! Why the hell do you bother those nice people over at KSR. I wish you would take down those damn 1980 and 1986 UofL posters from your walls – they have turned yellow, they are so old.

  62. Matt Jones' Mop

    He claimed he was his AAU coach, well TJ’s AAU coach was arrested for a sex charge among other things. Guess our friend Aesop likes to touch young people in the privates.

  63. Bill Self

    Gawd, this Selby kid is driving me nuts! He’s pushing Terrence on us and I don’t even want to waste my time. I know the kid is going to UK, hell everyone does. Did I mention the $100,000+ Mercedes Selby showed up in the other day – hell, it’s better than my cars. This dude is gonna get me in trouble.

  64. JoeBandDenny

    You guys are tough today. T. Jones AAU coach in Portland was Pat Strickland if I’m not mistaken.

  65. CatScratches

    I’m still being told that the UK Staff believes 100% Jones will announce Friday or maybe before. The hold up from last week was Ross hadn’t made his decision. The staff still feels CJ wants to come to UK but he wants a guarantee on 30+ minutes a game and Cal won’t give it to him. They feel its 50/50 with NC State and don’t expect a decision this week.

  66. Mack

    BTI, you had to have a ghost writer, this way too good!

  67. da'man

    Leslie can want 30+ minutes a game – but he ain’t getting it, anywhere. I want the kid here – BUT – there is NO way he can handle 30+ minutes in NCAA ball.

  68. juice7

    Honestly, who gives a shit about Loserville? I don’t. Cal doesn’t. We’re looking past them. Focused on winning, not a BS athletic program. Quit posting garbage on the Tards.

  69. CatScratches

    77 – You do realize that both Wall and Bledsoe averaged 30+ minutes this year. If Cousins didn’t get in foul trouble he’d have gotten 7 more minutes a game and that would have given him 30+. He’ll get it at NC State, and to be honest, if Jones doesn’t come to UK, he’ll get it here.

  70. Matt Jones' Mop

    75- where are you getting this, you’ve been saying this the last 3 weeks.

  71. catfansince1970

    BTI – u want to hammer on Louisville, saying that they lost to Mich St. in the eilte eight with the “best team in the country” but leave out that we lost to W.Va with the best team in the country. Come on dude im a UK fan too and have been since before u were born. Things will not be right here until we get to the final four. That is the goal here in case u didn’t know. So we really can’t call them out until we have done beter than them in the tourney. That is all that matters.

  72. Braddy

    Aseop – CJ is not your typical inside guy…….do some research!!

  73. Duanep

    I would not want to be to hard on Aesop, UK fans because some of what he’s saying is very possible. A fact check Terrence Jones or Cal cancelled their last visit together this month, I heard Terrence was the one who cancelled the visit with Cal.
    Another thing to keep in mind is that Terrence does want to play with Josh Selby or Terrence Ross, So It’s not so much Kansas all of a sudden in the recruiting of Jones but Selby and Kansas.
    Da man you are a liar also because Bill Self did not tell you anything about Terrence visit.
    The truth it will either be Kansas or UW for Terrence this week and don’t give me crap about my post being BS either because I am only posting what I know and not stupid rumors.
    ‘Oh before all of you on here waste your time trashing my post wait till you get the info from his Kansas visit before you do.

  74. Jordanpaden

    TJ is and should stay out west. N Leslie isn’t that good. So it’s looking bad down low when kanter has to sit out games

  75. AMP

    Polle not mentioned again. Every other signing, except his. Shameful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. AMP

    I meant Poole!!!!!

  77. Tdogg40330

    51) A team misses the first twenty 3 pointers they take & its Calipari’s fault??
    Last I remember they were really good looks too …..

  78. Big Blue Swagger

    My only rant: why was there no mention of the day that Wall committed to the Cats? That was up there among the most distinguishable days last year!

  79. Yankee-Cat

    Duanep – Josh Selby also recruited Doron Lamb as his #1 choice for a teammate and you know where that went. Here is how this will play out: If T.Jones leaves the Left Coast, it will be to Lexington. T.Jones mother doesn’t even list Kansas when talking about his recruitment.

  80. UKhoopshysteria

    Leslie stating he wants 30 plus minutes is a possibility if he did not request it as a precursor to committing to UK/Cal. Cal wants givers not takers. If you think things through and Jones does go elsewhere as is heavily suggested then he could get plenty of playing time anyway. Give me Thornton and Leslie and call 2010 recruiting a wrap.

  81. Blipz24

    Best recruiting class in UK history? 1980’s class made it to a Final Four and 1992’s class won the NCAA in 1996. Little too much microwave society there, Bryan.

  82. Shawn

    Lamb Is not a 5 star recruit. Hes a 4 star. UK has only beaten UL 1 time in a row as of right now in basketball.

  83. chokecal

    No mention of West Virginia????