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Breaking down the odds on Kentucky’s White House visit

As I’m sure you’ve read by now, the Cats have been invited to the White House Friday afternoon to celebrate their National Championship. In years past, National Champions have been given a tour of the White House, along with a ceremony in the Rose Garden. Typically, the winning coach will present the President with a gift (in 2010, Coach K gave Obama a framed copy of the winning bracket), and the President will say a few kind words about the squad in return. Now, we all know this team is special, and try as they might to be serious, surely the ceremony won’t go by without one comical moment. So, let’s break down the odds on what will happen, from the most predictable to the least expected.

Brian Long finally buying a pair of dress pants for the occasion: Even. He better.

Calipari presenting President Obama with his second Kentucky jersey (he gave him one back in 2009): Even, it’s tradition

President Obama cracking a joke about picking North Carolina to win in his own bracket: 3-1

WBA filming part of the festivities: 8-1

Obama throwing up three goggles: 50-1

Jarrod Polson throwing up three goggles: 10-1

Joe Biden throwing up three goggles: 6-1

Sasha or Malia blushing when they meet Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: 5-1

Michelle Obama challenging MKG to a push-up contest: 50-1

A White House intern accidentally picking up Terrence Jones’ phone: 75-1

Some kind of reference to Anthony Davis’ unibrow: 20-1

DeMarcus Cousins making a surprise appearance to introduce the team to the President (“Hello Mr. President, these are the National Champions”): 45-1

John Wall making a surprise appearance: 25-1

Doron Lamb looking sleepy in the picture: 3-1

Number of times a player has to duck their head to go through a door on the tour: 39

Number of tweets from UK players/staff about the trip: 53

Player most likely to pull a “Forrest Gump” (aka drink too much free soda and excuse yourself to go use the restroom at an inopportune moment): Kyle Wiltjer

This post turning into a political bloodbath in the comments section: Even (in fact, the best bet you’ll make all day)

Your turn.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

86 Comments for Breaking down the odds on Kentucky’s White House visit



  1. The Dude
    4:04 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Why would Coach K have been there last year?



  2. Gibby
    4:04 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds on Richie Farmer slipping in and out the back door: 4-1



  3. HypoTheLlamas
    4:06 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Brian Long better appreciate the visit…



  4. Allan Badillion Trahern
    4:06 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I think Dlamb looking sleepy is the best bet.



  5. mmmm
    4:07 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds Obama will falsely claim credit for the championship: 2-1



  6. kyrobman
    4:08 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I would be better off not to comment b/c I really dislike Obama and Really love my UK Wildcats. Nothing good can be said or typed by me.



  7. BleedBlueinNashville
    4:09 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Stacy Poole is wishing “he was his own man”: 10-1



  8. Section 133
    4:09 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Coach K was there last year…0, unless Calhoun changed his name to Kalhoun.



  9. Laughter Ensues
    4:10 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Obama has a Diploma made to say “University of Kentucky” and presents it to society as his “actual one”: 5-1



  10. Laughter Ensues
    4:11 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #7) That’s great! lmao



  11. kyrobman
    4:11 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    9) Too Funny “LIKE”



  12. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    4:11 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Nice catch, thanks guys.



  13. Richie Farmer
    4:12 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that I’ll try to rent the White House out for a week using Kentucky tax payer dollars and throw a Rave in my hunting fatigues: 1-1



  14. JV
    4:13 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll take a c note on everything.



  15. JJ
    4:15 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Obama shaves UK into the back of his head and says he’s taking his talents to Lexington: 60-1



  16. jwcatfan
    4:16 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that some bigotted redneck will make discriminating and hateful remark about our President: 1-9.



  17. kyrobman
    4:16 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    12) Don’t worry Coach Calhoun and K suck.



  18. james
    4:17 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Doron Lamb looking high* in the picture: 3-1
    FTFY



  19. Bob
    4:18 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that some random White House intern will photobomb the official picture of the President with the team 2-1



  20. kycolonelmatt
    4:19 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is a “players first” coach. Being “players first” means being concerned with workers rights. Being concerned with workers rights means having progressive political values. Therefore having progressive political values means you are a true Kentucky fan. Air tight logic.



  21. BNClay
    4:19 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Brian Long finally buying a pair of dress pants for the occasion: Even money. He better. – Take it

    Calipari presenting President Obama with his second Kentucky jersey (he gave him one back in 2009): Even money, it’s tradition – Leave it

    President Obama cracking a joke about picking North Carolina to win in his own bracket: 3-1 – Take it

    WBA filming part of the festivities: 8-1 – Leave it

    Obama throwing up three goggles: 50-1 Leave it

    Jarrod Polson throwing up three goggles: 10-1 Take It

    Joe Biden throwing up three goggles: 6-1 Leave it

    Sasha or Malia blushing when they meet Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: 5-1 Leave it

    Michelle Obama challenging MKG to a push-up contest: 50-1 Leave it

    A White House intern accidentally picking up Terrence Jones’ phone: 75-1 Leave it

    Some kind of reference to Anthony Davis’ unibrow: 20-1 – Bet the farm on this one, get rich with nice payout at 20-1

    DeMarcus Cousins making a surprise appearance to introduce the team to the President (“Hello Mr. President, these are the National Champions”): 45-1 – leave it

    John Wall making a surprise appearance: 25-1 – leave it

    Doron Lamb looking sleepy in the picture: 3-1 – Take it, is there any way he can’t. Maybe cosmetic surgery.

    Number of times a player has to duck their head to go through a door on the tour: 39 – Over
    Number of tweets from UK players/staff about the trip: 53 – Over

    Player most likely to pull a “Forrest Gump” (aka drink too much free soda and excuse yourself to go use the restroom at an inopportune moment): Kyle Wiltjer – I would go Eloy if I had to take it.



  22. TAXman
    4:23 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    This is a special trip for these guys. Leave your politics aside people.



  23. Larry Bird's Mullet
    4:24 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    You do realize “even money” means a 50/50 chance, not that it’s a likely to happen.



  24. jack
    4:26 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Obama throwing 3 goggles up…. make it happen Doron!!!!!



  25. Most Black People
    4:26 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I vote for Obama because he looks like me!



  26. werner robbins
    4:28 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    21) You have entirely too much time on your hands



  27. MIDDAY
    4:29 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    – That Brian Long wears his blue and black v-neck sweater. even
    – That redneck mouthbreathers will continue to breath good air tomorrow. even
    – That Stone Cold Willow will call Jones’ cell right as he’s shaking the Prez’s hand. 57/1



  28. Most White People
    4:29 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I voted for every other President in history because he looked like me.



  29. IWantJust"K"OnTheHelmets
    4:30 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #16 Take a pamprin sweetie. And make me a sandwich.



  30. Bobby
    4:30 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    2009 – 2010 National Champs – Duke
    2010 – 2011 National Champs – Uconn
    2011 – 2012 National Champs – Your Kentucky Wildcats

    So Coach K would have been there in 2010 not Calhoun……



  31. BNVClay
    4:31 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    26 I copied and pasted. It took all of 15 seconds to pick the whole list.



  32. tyson
    4:34 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that at least 100 UK fans are all decked out in BLUE outside the White House, Coach Cal gives them a coupon for discounted Orange Leaf, references it in a tweet and in the tweet says “you guys are crazy!” 5-3



  33. CATSCATSCATS
    4:35 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Matt Jones pops a boner when he sees Calipari and Obama together…EVEN. They’re both flaming liberals.



  34. WKYDUDE
    4:38 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    If we give Obama a #1 jersey, it better have Miller’s name on the back of it. I’ll put down some money on Obama flashing the “3 goggles” too. 50-1?? That’s easy money.



  35. Most White People
    4:46 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    28. Yeah, and we had no other choice



  36. Richie f.
    4:48 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    save me a seat!



  37. jjjj
    4:50 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I think we should boycott because Obama jinxed us two years ago and cost us #8 then.



  38. StangLuvr
    4:54 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Who is Sasha or Malia?



  39. Ghost of Ronnie Reagan
    4:57 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Speaker Boner cries because Kentucky team is in WH or, well, just because. 1.1-1

    Hey, does he use Orange Leaf for spray tanning?



  40. matt
    5:21 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds Calipari tweets about Orange Leaf while in the White House 10-1



  41. Vegas
    5:23 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds Twann Beckam will look as disgusted has he did in the Clinton pic. 30-1



  42. jwcatfan
    5:28 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Obama saved the country from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall Street, doubled the stock market, created 8 straight quarters of GDP growth, created 22 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi, and got us out of Iraq.

    Obama has done a very good job.



  43. Richard
    5:39 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I really hate to see obama get a UK jersey, I think it is a disgrace to the jersey!



  44. Whoo Now
    5:54 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    42, do you know what year it was 1 trillion seconds ago?



  45. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    5:55 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds of Brad Calipari making it into the picture somehow: 4-1



  46. catsnodogs
    6:00 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Obama can explain why he didn’t pick UK to go to the championship game!



  47. Mudcreekmark
    6:05 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I think the jersey number should be 8.



  48. PittDaddy
    6:10 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I hope we don’t tick off the Georgetown and Maryland fans by celebrating in D.C.



  49. Dr. Funke
    6:14 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler, I’m not sure you know how odds work… If its even that implies a 50% chance. You think there is only a 50% chance UK gives Obama a jersey?



  50. bmt22033
    6:15 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    @42 – that’s the funniest thing I’ve read on KSR in a long, long time. If your day job doesn’t work out, you’ve definitely got a promising future in stand up…



  51. Jarod W. Banks
    6:22 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I want the Obama throwing up three goggles for a nickel. Does this make it official or is there someone I need to call or email? How do we pay or collect if we win or lose?



  52. Jarod W. Banks
    6:24 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’d also like to add…. Number 42 must smoke drugs… Not weed either.. Like crack or meth. Its very sad to see there are people who truly think like this…. Wow



  53. WKU Hilltopper
    6:26 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    37. How did he jinx us from winning #8 two years ago? If I’m not mistaken, he called before the South Carolina game, which was during the regular season. That game had no effect on the WVU game in the tourney.



  54. WKU Hilltopper
    6:28 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Those disagreeing with 42, what is your arguement? Very interested to hear it.



  55. The real onemaco
    6:40 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Its sad some people cant even enjoy their team getting to meet the President.These folks are a joke and not real fans! 10-1 that Richies mustache throws up the 3 goggles,and quit hating so much damn!GO CATS!!!



  56. HydenCat
    6:48 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    54) Issuing typo-infected baits is less effective than even Obama’s presidency. Just sayin’

    In general, this site is less appealing to me each time it strays into political and social topics.



  57. BlueWorldOrder
    6:50 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Yea no joke, that is the main problem with this country this Con vs Lib argument…we are all Americans get over it…the only way we are not going to go down the $hit hole is if we work together…maybe we could use the expample that the cats set for us?



  58. kydon
    6:55 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    HOW ABOUT JUST THROWING UP!!! HE SCHEDULED THE DAMNED THING WHEN THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS GOING ON! DON’T YOU THINK THAT IS A LITTLE POLITICAL!



  59. Patriot
    6:56 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    54. Look up socialism. Now look up republic, as in our government. The Obama administration has tried to “change” this country into something it isn’t. How did socialism work out for the Soviets?

    America is about individualism. It is about the freedom to become as great as you can be, not blend in and go with the crowd.

    If you read about those that most influenced Obama (his mother’s boyfriend, his professor), their views are anti-American and Marxist. This is what the man stands for and anyone that believes his administration’s b.s. is just drinking the juice.

    Do you realize that all of the taxes a 20 year-old (which you probably are) will cumulatively pay in their life is already spent?

    No jobs. No growth in the private sector (where it really counts). More regulations. $1,000,000,000,000 more into debt.

    Drink the juice, ignorant one.



  60. REAL BLY
    7:18 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Obama is a circus clown???



  61. Slick Willie
    7:20 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    60, LOL



  62. bluefan
    7:37 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Hilarious. Ms.T, you rock!



  63. Richard
    7:59 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Socialism believes that everything should be equal for everybody in every way. This is what the libs and obama believe. Now, apply this to UK basketball and our goal of winning more games and more championships. The government would assign all high school athletes to different colleges to make teams all as equal as possible. Then they would compete for the championship. No, wait, there would be no tournament because there should be no winners or losers, everyone should be equal. Read about socialism and see the direction obama and our government are taking us and if you have even a piece of a brain you will realize that we have to vote him out of office. If you read it and still don’t believe they are taking us down this road, then you drinking the koolaid. WAKE UP GUYS! #59 you are right on target, I wish there was a way we could talk outside this site. GO CATS! I wonder if Cal believes in socialism?



  64. Blue Cat
    8:19 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #20 Like it. Your my kind of fan.



  65. Matt
    8:29 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll put 100 on obama throwing up 3-goggles all day.



  66. kentuckycarter
    8:51 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Nate calls to tell Obama to “keep my name out yo mouth” 12-1



  67. JPhelps
    9:38 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    42. 44. 50. 54. 56. 59. 63. Choke on vomit and die! Keep your political BS off the message board!



  68. Richard
    10:03 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #67, it is ignorant fools like you that don’t deserve to be Americans! I love UK basketball but guess what, I love America more!



  69. JBR
    10:08 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    GOOD POST 42. None of the trailer park, bible thumping conservative racists can give a clear answer why they don’t like Obama…only because their preacher, their daddy, and foxnews told them to. ANYBODY that really compares Obama to a socialist or communist has absolutely NO IDEA what you are talking about historically…none. It is nothing but the typical retardican scare tactics and blowing things up for all the dumb sheep. And anybody that whines about the deficit…how did Clinton leave that little topic (you know, the last socialist), and what did your own little W do with that…started an illegal war that broke our country. Bin Laden beat Bush with cleverness, he knew the idiot war-monger, brown people-hating republicans would start a few wars and DESTROY our economy…he won. We had to get our own badass brother in the office to take bin laden out the right way, with one freaking bullet. Again, retardicans, just stfu and let the smart people take care of you.



  70. JBR
    10:12 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Oh, and Richard…you are far from a real american. You are actually the opposite…party first, country second. A real american supports their leader and our country. Republicans have put themselves before their country, and that is sad. So, before you go showing your typical conservative ignorance calling everybody socialists like fat boy limbaugh, read a little and ecuate yourself…OH, WAIT…all that “learnin” stuff is for those snotty liberals, right? Go beat your sister-wife and go to bed.



  71. JPhelps
    10:17 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Please don’t moderate me Ty Ty… He needs this!



  72. mdd34
    11:04 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    @69 Wow. “Retardican”? Wow. Nice throwing out third grade insults. Ya sound as ignorant as any “racist bible thumping conservative” I’ve ever met.

    I love the ignorance of the far left and far right. Here’s the truth, the answer to our countries problems can mostly be found in the middle… bickering between the left and right complete ruins the process.



  73. Drew Franklin's Tongue
    11:19 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    RON PAUL



  74. UKEng
    11:22 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Reading this site you would think the President is the King of the United Kingdom of America. Yes the President has power but the President cannot get anything through without Congress. If people payed as much attention to what their Congressmen are doing and less about what the President was doing, I could understand all the complaining. But the fact is that the media makes us think that elections are always about these nontrivial things that they want them to be about. And the truth is there hasn’t been much difference between Obama and Bush. Wake up people, your future is at stake. This isn’t about, “I’m voting for X because he’s a Christian,” or “I’m voting for Y because he is pro-choice.” There are bigger and more important things going on.



  75. UKEng
    11:23 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    73) Right on buddy



  76. zmoney7276
    12:32 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    54, the stock market was at nearly 15,000 at one point. To double it he has to get it to 30,000. He is also not responsible for trading on Wall Street. To imply that he can create growth shows a lack of understanding of economics. Presidents can only hinder it, and both parties have done a good job of it over the years. This is how the Great Depression went. One horrendous year, a few years of 1% growth, and then another horrendous year in 1937. Oddly enough, with nearly the exact same policy reactions in between. GM still has not been rebuilt. Their poster product, the Volt, has failed horribly. He has reformed Health Care and Wall Street, but not for the better. He is not responsible for Gadaffi, that was a NATO operation led mostly by the French and British. The rebels were the main characters in the conflict however. He may have created 8 straight quarters of growth, but that growth is still below the normal growth trend of 3-4% that we enjoy normally. It is not solid economic growth, that is what happened in the Great Depression! He also has not gotten us out of Iraq. We still maintain a presence there, and probably will for a very long time. We simply have less there than we did before. He did a good thing in getting Bin Laden, but that wasn’t really his doing either, that had more to do with previous intelligence from the CIA and from the military. Bush wasn’t good at all, but Obama’s policies are similar to his, especially on foreign policy! The only difference is in economic policies which he is horrible on, but that falls on Congress more than him.



  77. zmoney7276
    12:36 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    That being said, making this political is stupid. I know that sounds hypocritical after what I just wrote, but this is a great event for our team, don’t let politics ruin it. My comment was about a series of dumb comments that needed to be responded to, not our team and them meeting the President. He is still the President, whether we agree with his policies or not, it is a great honor for our kids. Hope everything goes well for them.



  78. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    12:43 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Disregard that post, I know nothing about Basketball.



  79. dukes_of_maggard
    12:55 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    look over there, an interracial gay couple is burning the American flag



  80. John Ellis
    2:30 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Odds that Kentucky voters who are nitwits constantly vote for ‘men’ like Bush, Bush and Romney (and McConnell and Paul) under the illusion they have anything in common with 99.999999 % of the population of Kentucky : too small to post. Hmmm, the players on UK and the staff are either universally supporters of Obama and Democrats or 99.99999%. Given their brains and talent you might want to listen up; Matt didn’t get a Duke Law School free ride because he’s dim. Anthony Davis is the best thing to come out of Chicago since Obama, but they are roughly equally valuable in their fields.



  81. richard
    5:46 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    #76 – you are right on! It is interesting how such a little one line comments about obama disgracing the UK uniform go so many people all up in the air. I still hold to my comment but I want to add that I love this team and it is a great honor for them to go to the While House to be honored, they deserve it. They are a great example of what a team can do. I graduated from Uk and was a college professor for 9 years and it amazes me how a group of YOUNG men accomplished so much when they worked together as a team. They put the team and the goal first and not themselves. This is what we do not see in Washington. Our leader, our senators and our representatives do not put the team and our country first, they put getting re-elected first. That cannot and will not work, it must be changed! I wish the best for this team and I only wish there was a two and done instead of a one and done, I would love to have seen these freshman play together, as a team, for another
    year! Have a great time in Washington guys, you deserve to be honored for your accomplishments and the best of luck to you in the future!



  82. richard
    5:47 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Oh, by the way just to clarify for you guys that don’t get it, I am not a democrat nor a republican, I am for the Tea Party movement, they get it!



  83. Paducah Cat Fan
    8:24 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Most entertaining Ty Thompson post ever!



  84. louieg
    8:29 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    Another 4 years of Obama as President means that the government will be deciding where the IU and KY game will be played in the future along with every coach being paid what Cal makes to distribute the wealth.With that said I’m happy for these kids being able to go to the white house and being honored for their achievements.This team in my opinion is the best Kentucky team to ever where the blue and white!!!



  85. Ricky Penetrator
    9:44 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    what we order? Filet-o-Fish?



  86. UK fan N WV
    11:18 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    why are the CATS goin to the white house? did we do something good?