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The Biggest “Spoons” in College Basketball

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!

Digger Phelps
The Angry Spoon
Pot: #occupymemorial
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.

Kevin Stallings
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.

Bobby Knight
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?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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57 Comments for The Biggest “Spoons” in College Basketball

  1. NKY_UK_fan
    1:06 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Are any other schools recruiting Shabazz and Nerlens? Wonder why those schools wouldn’t be in Thamel’s headline if he does indeed create his own story….errr….I mean “write an article”.

  2. Another Perspective
    1:06 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure the Triumvirate likes to spoon each other after they publish something bashing Kentucky or Coach Cal.

  3. GoCats2
    1:08 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I almost want Kentucky to go to the Final Four and win the Championship just so Bobby Knight will not participate in any of the Preview and analysis shows because he refuses to talk about Kentucky.

  4. Another Perspective
    1:08 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Jason King offers this little nugget:

    Thoughts from press row

    1. I disagree with people who say there are a handful of elite teams that have separated themselves from the rest of the pack in college basketball. There is only one elite team, and that’s Kentucky. After that I don’t think there’s much difference between the schools ranked 2-10.

  5. labba-hey
    1:16 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    4- you have to include syracuse with us as an elite team… if they didn’t lose fab melo for those few games, they would be talked about as being the one elite team

  6. Trickster
    1:18 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    #1 Spoon is Jerrt Tipton.

  7. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    1:18 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    5….Syracuse hasn’t dominated teams like we have, even with Melo. They’ve struggled offensively, lately.

  8. bluebiscuit
    1:20 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton is a spoon. No, he’s more like the big stick that witches use to stir bubbling cauldrons.

  9. Load Testing Shagari's Jorts
    1:21 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Knight is no spoon – he is an evil man with a long history of being abusive to players, media, Joe B., and cheerleaders. His transgressions go way beyond stirring the pot. Your inclusion of Robert Montgomery on this list actually makes him look much better than he deserves. He is pathetic. Justice in the universe would have him contract a horribly painful disease.

  10. Jrod
    1:22 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s not forget that our own beloved Coach Cal is quite the spoon himself. He love making litte digs at people or things that bother him. He may not be the first one to stir but he sure does stir right back.

  11. Raazoul
    1:22 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Your not an “Elite” team if you take a loss when 1 guys not there. If that’s the case than our only loss is with Davis is in foul trouble. So we are undefeated? Syracuse is a joke, they play a middle school defense to hide their lack of talent. And they go 10 deep, which to me means your first 5-7 aren’t that great. I’ll take 7 elite players over 10 average players anytime. People are “scared” of Syracuse, they are nuts. I’ll take them any day over a team like UNC or Mizzouri who has the talent to match up man to man. But honestly I don’t see any team on our level. Only fouls can stop us.

  12. Twitterbird
    1:29 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Billy Packer was the bitter spoon before Knight.

    Goodman and Parrish are really spoons as much as they are ‘sporks’–that useless piece of plastic that doubles as a spoon and fork and isn’t really good for anything.

  13. Mark Wilson
    1:29 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    What about Jerry Tipton…or is he disqualified because he’s not a real journalist?

  14. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    1:33 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I was focusing more on national writers/figures, but if it comes to local, Jerry is the spooniest of them all.

  15. Shouto
    1:33 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Silver Spoon – Mike Krzyzewski
    Plastic Spoon – Jim Calhoun
    Wooden Spoon – Bob Huggins
    Spork = Jerry Tipton

  16. dhighdrated
    1:38 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    3 – THAT’s why you want to win a championship?

  17. Old man sleeping in lower arena
    1:39 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    During telecast of Baylor-Texas, Vandy and UK topic came up. Bon says the one thing he took out of the game was how impressed he was with Vandy. Still never used the word Kentucky. It’s laughable. He is getting good at it now.

  18. MyHeadHurts
    1:44 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    See, I told you Dana O’Neil was a guy!

  19. capt. price
    1:47 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I’m want to challenge Camel toe to a fight.

  20. DoubleZeroMostel
    1:49 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Mark Emmertt?

  21. NashCat
    1:51 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    A few years ago we HAD lost the Kentucky mystique. Remember the last 3 years of Tubby and Billy Clyde.

  22. Wu Tang Financial
    1:51 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    10. STFU. Cal only makes comments in defense of himself and his team, as he rightfully should. Do you expect him to sit idle and take crap all day? If you do, go be a fan at some half-assed school that doesn’t matter. Secondly, Bob Knight is a dingleberry in the sporting world’s ass crack! Before long, he will be wiped away, and good ridden’s it will be. By the way, I hope all this smack talk from Stansbury regarding Beckham makes the Cat’s take MSU to pound town all night long! If you live in Starkville, Hide yo’ kids, Hide yo’ wife, cuz’ the Cat’s coming and they poundin’ errbody. Also, don’t forget to diversify yo’ bonds!

  23. Hoss
    1:52 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Chris Vernon just absolutely lambasted Cal on the radio. I mean a scathing, slobbering tirade about how he can’t coach and how he’ll be the laughing stock of coaches if he doesn’t win it all this year (talent). This was on Alabama sports talk radio… I guess Verno thought he was safe from prying ears.

  24. BigBlueFan31
    1:52 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Doug Gottlieb?

    We were 24-1 before he realized we were the best team in the country. “Ohio State is the best team in the country.” OSU loses, “Ok, I guess Kentucky is the best team.”

  25. CATS
    1:53 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I can understand Coach Knight being old school and absolutely hating college basketball now…but how are you gonna hate Cal because he recruits and gets the best players?? The rules are the rules just because the players can leave after one year doesn’t mean he is a fraud. If players had to stay 4 years I think Cal would still recruit the same guys..who doesn’t want the best players no matter what?

  26. HOO HOO
    1:55 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Knight’s success at IU > Calipari’s success at UK

    Bob Knight just called and told BBN to kiss the rings :O

  27. Hoss
    2:01 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    26- those boys still have the bruises to prove it.

    2:01 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Bob Knight being the piece of sh*t human being that he is:

  29. TheNewOriginal
    2:01 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Not Jerry Tipton, he’s the biggest spoon of all. The fact that he is allowed to post on this site does not bode well for Kentucky.

  30. BBN responds with
    2:02 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    When we are done kissing our rings, we have a couple left over for you to view HOO HOO. 7>5

  31. Azubuike's Bicep
    2:03 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    26- Steve Alford still has the imprints of those same rings on his forehead.

  32. theSkinny81
    2:04 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    12 – i agree. Packer was one of the worst.

  33. that guy
    2:07 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    SHUT UP ABOUT RICK STANSBURY. SRSLY, how many posts are necessary? this is a non-story that you all keep circlejerking. why not talk about how rajon rondo got a two game suspension?

  34. Wu Tang Financial
    2:08 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    HOO HOO, we will see if your statement rings true once Cal is done at Lexington and UK. I bet it won’t. He will win more titles in his 10 years at UK than knight will have his entire career. By the way, check this out that I found on urban dictionary. It should clear up what a HOOSIER is…..
    Hoosier 812 up, 508 down
    St. Louis Meaning: white trash of the worst kind. Also used as an adjective to describe anything several notches below your own perceived sophistication. Dates back to a strike that occurred in St. Louis in the 30’s. During this strike, scab workers from Indiana were brought in to fill in for strikers. The perjorative hoosier stems from the St. Louis workers’ lack of appreciation for this.
    Rob: Man, I didn’t like that bar.
    Mike: Yeah, it’s full of hoosiers. Hahahahahahaha, good job you hoosier!

    Edna: Did you see how she was dressed?
    Cynthia: Yes, she is sooo hoosier.

  35. Chuck
    2:09 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    26- Iowa? Seriously? On a neutral court, you will get stomped by anyone. Enjoy the round of 32, maybe. But hey, that is quite the improvement from the last years. Indiana basketball has become an oxymoron.

  36. RICK
    2:15 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Drew Deiner spoons up the bs for Rick better than anyone i know.Doug Gottlieb has a big spoon when it comes to hating KY.

  37. bluebarnes
    2:17 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Digger working for ESPN shows that they employee handicap people. You do have to feel sorry for his wife and mother.

  38. Uglymuffin
    2:21 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I think BBN as a whole is pretty Spoony. As a cat fan I rag other fans all the time about titles, wins, current domination of the SEC, being number 1, and how much their team sucks. Many big blue faithful are similar and are constantly “spooning” other fans/teams. Don’t get me wrong, I love it.

  39. Guck Foodman.
    2:21 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Is Dana O’Neil a man or a woman?

  40. uklaw95
    2:27 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin O’Neill was a jerk back in the day. Remember when he accused Pitino of knowing about the foul shot switcheroo? Also, Knight never said he was wrong about our kids going to class just that he said it.

  41. cristoforouk
    2:27 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    26 – Some things are more important than winning.

  42. Cat Fan in C-bus
    2:39 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Why does Hoo Hoo defend Knight? Doesn’t he/she realize that Knight denies IU’s existence too since they ran his phychotic ass out of town?

  43. True Blue
    2:39 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait until Kentucky shows all these tools (or stools if we are being totally honest) where they can go come Tournament time.

  44. oatsee
    2:52 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe I am even taking the time to write this…I despise Bobby knight! If he is doing a game on ESPN I will change the channel, will not watch him or listen to his voice..the sound of his voice makes me change the channel. I still can’t believe ESPN would pay him to do a game. He is the perfect example of what you do not want your kids to be like.

    ARUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Bobby Knight will he ever go away!!!!

  45. SARS
    2:54 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think you’re allowed to say anything bad about him, but you forgot Jeff Goodman.

  46. Give'em Hell Cats
    2:56 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    11) you obviously dont know what youre talking about. middle school defense? they have the most complex
    2-3 zone in college that could potentially give us fits if we arent prepared for it properly. They have a LOT of talent on their team. Kris Joseph, is a first rounder, Dion Waiters is a first rounder, Rakim Christmas will be a first rounder next year, Fab Melo could be a first rounder this year if he enters, Brandon Triche is extremely talented, CJ Fair extremely talented, Scoop Jardine has flashes of brilliance and an expereienced player. Syracuse is definitely an elite team. I think we have the edge, but to say Syracuse is a joke is just plain ignorant. And if you think that we would not have lost a handfull of games if Davis wasnt on the team, then you are just wrong sir.

  47. schwing
    3:13 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    so what happens to thameltoe if we beat syracuse in the tournament?

  48. Al's IndiCats
    3:19 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    #10 as the old saying goes “One good Stir deserves another” I like the way Cal bites back. It could take a week, two weeks but sooner or later Cal throws one out there.
    God Love ya Hoo Hoo, I was really afraid you put that noose around your neck in your mama’s basement after Sunday Night….REALLY Iowa? LMAO, the Hawkeyes will be doing good to play in that weakassed big 10 tourney without Nebraska beating them. Hell I heard Iowa’s so bad that Stevie Wonder had to come in and show them how to Freethrow. I honestly don’t think you have much on the ball (muchless common sense) to even show that you are relevent in the grand schemes of things. We’ll see how far those Hoo Hoo Hosiers go.

  49. M. Vick
    3:22 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Dan Shaughnessy is the Elitist/Bad Hair Spoon

  50. Rex's Mullet
    4:10 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino would have to be the irrelevant spoon.

  51. Rex's Mullet
    4:10 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    or the used up spoon. or the 15 second spoon

  52. Rex's Mullet
    4:29 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    oops that 15 second spooge

  53. Me
    6:25 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Cal only stirs the pot when it needs it… He stands up for his guys and his program. Cal said it best in an interview with SI a year or so ago… “You come at me, Im coming at you twice. You hurt one of mine, Im burning down your village.” If he sticks to that then Starkville better get their firetrucks ready cause that place is gonna burn.

  54. Dent43
    6:34 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    By “spoon” do you mean asshole?

  55. kybigblue
    7:41 pm February 21, 2012 Permalink

    Stallings isn’t the only coach to complain about the Th-Sat. situation. Billy Donovan yelled just as much about it as Stallings. Horn at S.C. said it was good practice for the NCAA tournament but of course S.C. wouldn’t be there this year.

  56. Tampa Satchel
    12:00 am February 22, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino is the Regretful spoon or maybe the jealous spoon.

  57. I hate Knight
    1:30 am February 22, 2012 Permalink

    If you had to pick one person to slap across his big mouth who would it be Knight or Phelps?