Critics love to pile on the Kentucky football team.
You might find a few positive prognostications, but national media members prefer to take shots at Mark Stoops’ football program. Players and coaches will say publicly that they don’t pay attention to the outside noise, but let’s be honest, it adds fuel to the Cats’ fire. This week there are two especially egregious instances of shade thrown Kentucky’s way.
Jerry Palm is the resident Bracketologist/Bowl Projectionist for CBS Sports. In Palm’s preseason picks, he does not believe Kentucky will go to a third consecutive bowl game, even though the Cats have 18 players on the roster who started in last year’s Music City Bowl.
While that slight is probably inaccurate, it’s at least fair. The same cannot be said about one USA Today handicapper.
In a piece for Cigar Aficionado magazine (a publication that sounds like something Michael Scott would tell people he subscribes to), David Sheridan ranked Kentucky as the fourteenth worst team in college football. But wait, it gets worse. Sheridan filled four paragraphs with snark, like…
In 1953, Bear Bryant led the Wildcats to their third straight bowl bid, and then he promptly left Kentucky, because he felt football would never be a priority over the school’s basketball team. Even George Orwell could not have predicted the future with such accuracy.
Sheridan thought he was really clever when he called John Calipari, “St. John of Lexington,” but that’s child’s play compared of his description of UK’s wide receivers: “about as reliable as a loan repayment from Lenny Dykstra.”
If that doesn’t fire up the Kentucky football players, nothing will.