Rick Stansbury is what we call a “spoon”: he loves to stir the pot. His comments yesterday about Twany Beckham, whether off-the-record/out-of-context/whatever, are just another example of his affinity for attention, especially when it comes to the Cats (remember those comments a few years back about how Kentucky had “lost its mystique”?). Last night Stansbury attempted to wipe the egg off his face by calling Twany and apologizing (rightly so), which may spare him the wrath of the Big Blue Nation, but it got me thinking about all of the other “spoons” in college basketball. We almost have enough for a whole set!
The Angry Spoon
LISTEN! Listen to me! This is all fresh in our minds, but Digger’s attempt to scold Kentucky fans over the #occupymemorial movement still makes me angry. Digger’s comments to the Kentucky crowd (not meant for the greater public…YouTube FTW) further prove his animosity for the Cats, which has simmered over the years.
The Whiny Spoon
Pot: SEC scheduling
Stallings and Stansbury are the SEC’s biggest crybabies, and Stallings’ complaints about Kentucky not having a Thursday-Saturday turnaround in SEC play reek of desperation and jealousy. Maybe Kevin should stop worrying so much about Kentucky’s schedule and worry about getting his team past the second round of the tournament.
The Bitter Spoon
Pot: Kentucky’s success in the Calipari era
There are few people in this world angrier than Bobby Knight. He was born to be a grumpy old man, which is why it’s not surprising that the only thing he seems to take pleasure in is putting down Kentucky and Calipari. His hatred of the Cats goes back to his days in Bloomington, but since Cal took the helm in Lexington, Knight has been particularly prickly about Kentucky, calling out Cal’s “immoral” one-and-done coaching philosophy and how it’s “ruining” college basketball, even accusing some Kentucky players of not finishing their spring classes before leaving for the NBA. Knight has since apologized for those remarks (it’s amazing what a nice ESPN arm-twisting will do), but dislikes Kentucky and Cal so much that he can’t even utter the word “Wildcat” on air. Talk about repression.
Pete Thamel, Pat Forde, and Dana O’Neil
The Conspiracy Spoons
Pot: Calipari’s recruiting techniques
When Cal accepted the job at Kentucky, I imagine the Triumvirate rubbed their hands together and smiled smugly before meeting up in an online chat room to discuss plots to take him down. For Cal’s first two years at UK, they seemed to feed off any negativity surrounding the program, tweeting and retweeting anything suspect like giggling schoolgirls with an inside joke. Now, it should be said that Forde and O’Neil have for the most part backed off Cal this season, even doling out praise for one of his most likeable and successful teams. But, you know they don’t like it. Thamel, like the diligent, old-fashion, let’s go get ’em journalist he is, is reportedly investigating the recruitment of two of Cal’s prime 2012 targets, Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel. If Kentucky takes home number eight, I almost expect the three to take up residence in John Calipari’s backyard. Here’s hoping the mean and nimble one is hungry.
Who else loves to stir the pot when it comes to the Cats?