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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Let’s Get Back to Reality

Sometimes, fans can get so caught up in a movement or feeling that they begin to lose touch with what is actually the truth.  And I have felt over the last several weeks, UK fans have not been immune to this fact on several fronts.  And it’s really no big deal.  Part of being superfans is losing a sense of reality, and forgetting that we are just cheering on college kids playing a game, not life and death.  So, let’s go over a couple things as we head into the meat of the basketball schedule:


-I love it when fans blame officials for losses.  They so badly don’t want to admit that their team played poorly or was coached poorly, and the officials are an easy excuse.  And that certainly reared it’s ugly head after the Georgia loss.  Kentucky fans immediately turned to the zebras for the loss, considering there was a 24-14 foul disparity in the game.  The refs must have been cheating, right?

Well, newsflash, it says nowhere in the rules of basketball that teams must have equal amounts of fouls called on them during a game.  Somewhere along the line fans got this idea that in every 40 minute game, teams fouled the same amount.  In reality, that is not true.  Some teams foul more than others.  And against Georgia, Kentucky was fouling more.  Period.

But, looking past that, this idea that refs always seem to screw us over is just beyond ridiculous.  Here is the foul differential overall and in SEC play over the last 5 seasons:

2010-11: +44 (-6 in SEC play)
2009-10: +154 (+59 in SEC play)
2008-09: +31 (+1 in SEC play)
2007-08: +1 (+24 in SEC play)
2006-07: +62 (+7 in SEC play)

And I would be willing to bet that if I kept going back into the records, I would be hard pressed to find a season where UK had more fouls called on it than on it’s opponents.  If anything, refs are generous to Kentucky. 


-We will get to Enes Kanterin just a second.  But, this argument is so easily debunked and ridiculous, it should only take a couple sentences.  The University of Kentucky has 7 national titles in basketball, the 2nd most in history.  Kentucky has been to 13 Final Fours.  If the NCAA truly hates us that bad, why would they let this happen?  The University of Kentucky has brought so much money to NCAA, there is just no reason to pick on the school.  And they haven’t.  No probation since 1989.  Do you want me to list the number of schools who HAVE been on probation since that time?  Kansas.  Louisville.  Indiana.  UCLA. 

But most importantly, the 2 times that Kentucky has been on serious probation (1950’s and 1980’s), they actually admitted to what they did.  UK has never been in trouble with the NCAA for things they haven’t done.  Even in the Eric Bledsoe situation last summer, if the NCAA had it out for Kentucky, they would have punished UK without cause.  Instead, after investigating, they backed off. 


-If thrown in a vacuum, there is no reason that UK or it’s fans could argue that Enes should be eligible.  Even Kentucky admitted that Kanter took extra benefits from his Turkish club.  And by rule, he shouldn’t be eligible.  What makes the Kanter story difficult is the previous rulings of the NCAA that cleared or just suspended players for similar actions.  And on that fact, Kentucky fans have an honest gripe.

But, I think as this “Free Enes” movement became larger and larger, and the appeals came in droves, fans began to conveniently forget that Kanter did break rules.  Whether or not the money was taken innocently or not, under the current NCAA rules, Kanter did not follow them.  So while I do not begrudge a single UK fan for defending a player that would have been so important to the program, lets not also forget that if Kanter played for UL or UT, we would have focused on the rule breaking and wanted him ineligible.


-I saw a lot of comments recently about Dick Vitale resigning with ESPN through 2016, and that just means more Duke love for the worldwide leader.  And I agree that Vitale is in love with that program.  He thinks that’s “the way college basketball should be”, which I think has a race component to it, but that’s an argument for a different day.  My argument is that as much as he loves Duke, he loves Kentucky nearly as much.  In fact, there may not be another person in the media who has shown Kentucky more love over the years than Vitale.  So, while it is certainly fun to be critical of Vitale and his Duke love, let’s also recognize the fact that we have the same lips on our rear too.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

112 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Let’s Get Back to Reality

  1. tdogg4033011
    10:22 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    whats up BBN???

  2. Chris Thomas
    10:22 am January 14, 2011 Permalink


  3. soup
    10:22 am January 14, 2011 Permalink


  4. JustSayin
    10:26 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Disagree on the Kanter breaking rules part. He signed no contract. I’m sure the Kanters are as surprised as everyone else that educational expenses are an extra benefit. Does the NCAA ACTUALLY believe these foreign clubs will pay educational expenses to schools, tutors, etc. instead of the athletes families? Cmon. The extra money they were unsure of went into an account unused, not for cars, trips or whatever else you can do with 13k. No, Kanter was an easy 85mph fastball right down the middle that the NCAA whiffed on. No more top foreign players in the U.S., the NCAA just guaranteed that. And they threw a great kid under the bus, which is the biggest injustice of all.

  5. catinhat
    10:26 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI, you know there’s voting going on right, now, right?

    If you would have taken the whole post, then reversed it, you’d be in first place right now in the polls.

  6. mudcat
    10:27 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    You are going to get so hammer for this post…may God or BBN have mercy on your soul.

  7. Catamomgtogers
    10:29 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI – you are letting facts get in the way of a good story.

  8. UKfan
    10:30 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Are you serious right now…….you def DO NOT have my vote…wow!!

  9. Don
    10:30 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI definitely not looking to make friends. Your post sucks. I hate you now.

  10. toots
    10:31 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    We understand that BTI’s role is to piss us off just a little bit to get a debate going in the comment section. So I’d say this post is alright. I actually enjoyed the Vitale part, I completely agree on this one. The discussion is going to be heated once again, so good job I guess.

    But please, learn the difference between its and it’s…

  11. Han
    10:31 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Foul differential also depends on which team is more talented/bigger, when the fouls take place (like if they stop runs), and who calls them.

    It is a fact that certain refs call more fouls against UK.

  12. Esteban
    10:32 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    sooooo sick of your negative crap

  13. BlooBloodCat
    10:32 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I hate to agree with BTI and he is partially criticizing people like me with some of the comments, BUT…..he has a valid point on each of these. I don’t like it. But it is true. More than anything, I agree with the implied sentiment that we don’t do ourselves any favors with the rest of the college basketball world when we complain about how bad it is for us. I want them to hate us cause we’re so dang good. Not because we are a bunch of whiners. Just my two cents.

  14. Coury Flurry
    10:33 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI, you do know the free throw difference was 34-14 right? I think a differential of 20 is pretty high for a conference game against two relatively even matched teams. Of course season foul differentials are high in UK’s favor because you threw in all the cupcakes and home games, where UK should be getting all the calls. Take a look at road games specifically, especially over the past couple of years and it might yield a different result…just sayin

  15. mjj2k+
    10:34 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Prepare to duck, BTI.

    I agree with most of this. Most people won’t, as you well know.

    I especially agree with #4, although I will say that the racial component of Duke love in the national media goes way beyond Vitale. I think Vitale gets wildly enthusiastic over whichever teams are consistently near the top of the polls, and Duke has been there more consistently than anyone the past decade. But the national media as a whole? Its always been highly questionable how a profession full of upper-middle class white guys (the national media) has latched onto the one good team in college basketball that tends to have more upper-middle class white guys than any other, and declared them to be the ideal that every other team should emulate.

  16. Really?
    10:36 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI is what is known as a contrarian. Guess every site needs one — but only if their arguments actually make sense. By far the worst writer on this site. (Would love to know what he has on Matt.) Kentucky did not play well at Georgia, but they had some key calls go against them, even Cal said that in so many words. NCAA basketball officiating is awful anymore, and has gotten progressively worse the past few years. Nobody thinks Enes is completely “innocent” — whatever that means in NCAA-world. We just want consistency in their rulings instead of selective enforcement. I do agree Vitale has always loved Kentucky — just not as much as Duke. His schtick is tiresome, but i like how he came out full force against the NCAA with the Kanter ruling. Same for Jay Bilas. You can tell which writers have an agenda (ahem, Forde, Thameltoe) and which ones speak plain truth.

  17. Tommy Lasorda
    10:38 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Well this article was dumber than a sack-O-tampons 🙁

  18. Jerimy
    10:38 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with most of that, but Enes did absolutely nothing wrong. His folks tried their best to follow the crazy and ever changing rules. I hope Enes reads this, and tombstones your ass.

    Every time I start to warm up to you, you post something that makes me want to punch you in the throat. Seriously man, you are starting to deserve it.

  19. OldManYellsatCloud
    10:39 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Pretty much nailed it BTI. A lot of the fans need to take off their blue tinted glasses.

  20. Bryan the Intern
    10:40 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I will simply respond to the Enes criticism with this: If Enes Kanter did nothing wrong, then why did Kentucky ADMIT he took extra benefits? Why would Kentucky fold?

  21. duhville cat
    10:41 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI, stirrin’ the pot… as usual.
    What we need is a “Who thinks BTI sucks” poll.

  22. OldManYellsatCloud
    10:42 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    21- There’s no point in trying. To some people, truth and reality are only relative to the individual.

  23. ukbill
    10:43 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    4 – the catch in the rules is that if the Turkish team had paid the educational expenses directly to the school/tutor/bookstore/whatever, then the expenses are OK (unless over/above an undefined ‘reasonable’ amount). The team paid the expenses to Enes’ dad, who then paid for educational expenses, etc. It wasn’t a matter of what the money was spent for, it was the payment to the family instead of just paying for the educational expenses as the arose. In a vacuum, it was a rules violation. Yes it is stupid, inconsistent with the NCAA’s other rulings, and even inconsistent with the intent of the rule, but still a violation when taken in the ‘letter of the rule’ context.

    NCAA should have FREED ENES but chose to not work within the intent of the rule (or their own stated mission) while choosing to work with other high profile situations using a different set of standards in the same time frame. Bad PR for the NCAA, but until they have some true accountability, they will do whatever they want to do without repercussions beyond whatever media attention is given to them, positive or negative.

  24. birdie
    10:45 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Refs are human just like the players and coaches are. They are naturally going to give the home team a slight advantage, especially if it is two fairly even teams. I can tell you one thing I believe for sure about refs; they don’t like to call a big upset. They don’t want others to think they had something to do with a favorite being knocked off by an inferior team. I don’t think they care about the spread, just the final outcome.

  25. IndyAlum
    10:46 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Your analysis on Enes is spot-on, BTI. People are frustrated because the NCAA is inconsistent. Not just inconsistent, but appears to have ulterior motive. It’s not just that the NCAA allows the Ohio State Tattoo Five and Cam Newton to play, and not Enes. It’s that Emmert goes on national television and snakes around questions about it, and calls it a straight forward decision. If it were so straight forward there would be no need for the politicing, and there is no place for this in high profile decisions.

  26. The Preacher
    10:50 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Fact is that referees do not have a grudge against UK but the fact is also that refs are human and influenced by their environment! At UK we receive the benefit from this at home in Rupp when the blue hairs get clapping as they sit there. But with UK being UK and everybody’s biggest game of the year we will suffer on the road. This is absolutely what happened at GA. Do not underestimate the sequence when Lamb was fouled with a no call and Jones then followed with a clean strip with a foul call for his 4th. I will not blame the officials for a loss (I’ve officiated high school and small college for years) but I will say when a game is overall poorly officiated. Over the years UK has both benefited and suffered from poorly called games. I don’t know if anyone ever said NCAA was against UK but they are definitely inconsistent and with Kanter getting permanent barring from NCAA it seems there is if nothing else a statement against the Calipari (with his history). I do believe there may have been a little softer penalty if Kanter stayed at Washington. By the way just for good measure BTI You suck and we all know now that you’re a Loserville fan with your slip of the tongue on the radio.

  27. csb087
    10:51 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI man you just got demoted to amateur UK fan. I believe that Tipton did hack into KSR…come on dude!

  28. HilljakLinbeard
    10:53 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI is just awful. Any favorite blogger votes he’s getting have to be the same folks that intentionall sabatoge things.

  29. Just saying
    10:55 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI, thank you for finally writing a blog with logic and without emotion. I will be the first UK fan that will say Kanter should not have been eligible, and if Cam Newton, Selby, and Sydney were ruled ineligible Kanter wouldnt have even gotten to appeal to the NCAA. The fact remains not only did he take money, but did so while playing for a pro-team. He seems like a honest kid, and likely did what he thought was right, but in the end its just UK fans screaming “he cheated and got away with it, so why cant we”. either way its cheating

  30. Nassau65
    10:59 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Good one BTI. Lotta common sense stuff in there whether we wanna admit it, or not. Hang in there, you’re gett’n better with age. Although Ms. Tyler is still gonna kickyoass in the voting.

  31. wildcat99
    10:59 am January 14, 2011 Permalink



  32. bluesince66
    10:59 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Enes was a high risk high reward chance worth taking. It’s not like he took anyones scholarship. Alot of times one bad call in a close game can be the difference, so the number of fouls is not always the determining factor. The Georgia game is a great example, when Lamb got hammered no call; Jones gets a clean strip and his 4th foul all in one sequence, difference in the game right there.

  33. mmmk
    11:00 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    id love to see how many more free throws home teams get as compared to road teams in the sec and across the nation.Like when is the last time we went to florida and shot more free throws than them?

  34. Justme
    11:01 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Great post, BTI. I was actually thinking of removing this site from my RSS feeds after Matt Jones left because I always thought he was the only sane one here. But I’m going to hang around a while longer and see if you are really maturing or if you are just messing with us.

  35. bluesince66
    11:03 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t see your post preacher, but I agree as you can see.

  36. Stickman
    11:03 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI I see why people think you might not know what you’re talking about. I hate Duke as much as any normal UK fan (i.e with my whole heart), but to say that Dickie V. thinks Duke does hoops the right way because of a racial factor?? Downright stupid, kid.

  37. Ukworm
    11:05 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Tony Greene truly hates Kentucky. Bti is a man of numbers maybe he should look at Tony greenes calls over the years. The last year of bcg alone every loss we had that year Tony Greene was the ref and it’s not a coincidence. Watch the games he does and you’ll see!

  38. Stickman
    11:07 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    And yes, the NCAA does have it out for UK. They didn’t “let us have” 7 championships, we took them by superior force, and some of those titles came back in the days when alot of schools didn’t have the emphasis on basketball that we have, so we were better positioned and prepared for the titles–there was no one else the NCAA could give a helping hand to deny us the titles. We were simply way too good.
    And part of the hatred for us is because of our success. Having it out for us doesn’t always mean looking for reasons to get us jammed up, it also means when we do have an issue, we do not always get a favorable ruling when we should. Enes Kanter is a prime example.

  39. JEREMY
    11:08 am January 14, 2011 Permalink


  40. Tipton's finger
    11:12 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I smell like BTI

  41. Cristoforouk
    11:12 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Cheating and broke the rules? Come on now, for that to happen the Kanters would have had to known what the rules actually were. I’m still not sure anyone is actually clear on them. They definitely didn’t cheat, and they did everything they could to not break any rules. They wanted to keep Enes an amateur so he could go to college. If they had KNOWINGLY broken rules, then yes I would agree with you (i.e. Cam Newton, Josh Selby, Tattoo 5, Jacob Pullen, UNC football players, etc). But to the Kanters, they were doing everything they thought was right in keeping him an amateur.

    I guess you can say they technically broke rules by the letter of the NCAA law, but they did this unintentionally, which is the reason the new rule for foreign players was created. I guess it is all perspective.

  42. JEREMY
    11:14 am January 14, 2011 Permalink


  43. The Preacher
    11:17 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I love Dickie V. too and do not think it is a racial thing on his part. I do see that Duke is most likely his favorite team, but hey I love the CATS, doesn’t everybody have a favorite team, why can’t he? I love Dickie V. BABY and I think he is NCAA basketball’s best ambassador. (By the way he blasted the NCAA for their decision with Kanter) He knows what the fans want maybe the NCAA should listen. They just destroyed any further possibility of European players playing college B-ball here in the states.

  44. Urincatland
    11:18 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, don’t need baggage like this hanging around KSR… BTI, you need to get the hell out of here and go to Duke where you you belong….

  45. bennie
    11:18 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    You can whatever you want about Enes. You can believe anything you want to about Enes. But the fact, the real fact is that he received extra befits (money)above expenses. Only trouble with this so did others, they paid it back and are now playing. There is no way around this fact. He was not a professional, if so he would have had a contract. Others were allowed to pay back what they received, Enes was not allowed to do this. That is what is so unfair about this. Some can pay back EXTRA benefits not allowed by the NCAA, while others are not allowed to. You can say all you want but the fact of the matter is that one gets favorable treatment while another has to go strictly by the book. The NCAA bends the rules for some but not other no matter who they play for. Shame on the NCAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. come on now
    11:20 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Are you serious? If you go back and watch games from last year and a couple from this year there is now way you can say there is no bias from officials. Last year was terrible but we still won most of the games so a big deal wasn’t made of it. Cousins got fouled 3 out of every 4 shots he took last year and only got the call 1 of 4. We got called for charges with the secondary defender under the goal 2 or 3 times a game. You have to look at calls that could go either way and when those calls are made, to shift momentum or stop our momentum, and see we always get those against us. It almost looked last year like the officials were trying to even up the games to give the other team the chance against our talent. Numerous games we’d get up by 10 to 15 and look like we were going to blow the other team out and the officials would take over. We were so good last year we were able to overcome and win most of these games therefore no one really noticed.

  47. bti fails again
    11:21 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    34-14 and Kentucky drives the ball nearly ALL the time….

    BTI either didn’t watch the Georgia game, or just doesn’t know basketball.
    I’m sure it’s the ladder.

    There is a reason you’re considered the retarded red-headed step child among KSR writers…please stick to posting mind-numbing statistics and spare us another garbage Tipton-style article.

  48. donnie
    11:23 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Bryan the intern is obviously not a kentucky fan!!! And if you keep working on here all your ever going to be is an intern!! go write for duke!!!

  49. bcat
    11:24 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Why do you hate UK, BTI?! F you!

  50. kernel
    11:24 am January 14, 2011 Permalink


  51. glensboro icon
    11:26 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    there is only 1 part of this that i agree with and that is people are quick to blame the guys wearing stripes. other than that, BTI is a cod piece. he should put his UL shirt on and go change his tampon. wow, what a whiny little assbag

  52. come on now
    11:31 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I just read this post again, BTI really does suck.

  53. landon sloan
    11:32 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI do you realize this is a UK website. We don’t get on here to read BS like this. Maybe you should go to work for a different site. Maybe little brother down the road will accept you.

  54. njCat
    11:37 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Speaking of home teams getting calls… did anyone see that bullshit charge call at the end of the VT/UNC game last night? It was AWFUL and handed the game to UNC. NO WAY a professional referree should make a mistake like that – especially at the end of close games.

    And re Kanter.. the NCAA blew this one big time. A family that tried their best to follow arcane rules IN ANOTHER COUNTRY and get the death penalty on a technicality (cash vs indirect payments). Seriously, a travesty – a decision no one, especially someone writing on a UK blog, can defend on any level.

  55. RobCary
    11:38 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Every point is right on!! For those of you on his case, don’t let facts get in the way of your emotional mind set. Some of these responses are examples of why most other programs think the KY fans are a bunch of nutcases.

  56. Mack
    11:39 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Are you trying for a job with the LHL, if so Tipton already has your job you may have wait a little while. Or just maybe you want to be the PR person for Emmert!

  57. willdcat1
    11:43 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    if the refs are fair, and have nothing against UK – then take last season’s games, UK vs other east teams – where we play home and home. Then compare the # of fouls called against both teams. When UK plays UGA later this month – will UK have 10 more fouls called on them vs UGA? Will UGA shoot 34 FT’s? get real…when these guys that are refs now played their college ball – think UK recruited them? Think they ever played against a UK team, and got their arse handed to them? Think they went to some other school, besides UK? No WAY they are biased against UK – yah, right…fans screaming is not the only home court advantage there is…

  58. Mack
    11:43 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    njcat – the ncaa did not blow it, they had their own agenda regardless of BTI’s pandering to the ncaa and did what they had intended from the start; they just wanted to screw the CATS.

  59. bakert
    11:50 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Damn you, BTI!! For what I believe is the second time since you have been writing here I have to unequivocally agree with everything you say. I need a long, hot shower.

  60. DuckButter
    11:50 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI needs to take an elementary english course. I think the people who own this site just let him be a part of it so they can read his posts and laugh.

  61. ukcatsfan2
    11:53 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    UK has never been in trouble with the NCAA for things they haven’t done.


  62. JohnnyFive...IsAlive
    11:53 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    If one finds themselves having to explain why one’s actions are not inconsistent (otherwise known as consistent) that’s one’s own fault. Not the fault of those subject to the explanation, as the NCAA, or Mark Emmert would have you believe. It can only be perceived as such if variation occurs regarding application of the rules. If an organisation’s decision is in agreement with, and consistent with, its own rules, with no predication having been ruled inconsistent with those rules subsequent to the adoption of the rules then there is no opportunity for inconsistency or need for interpretation. The NCAA is obsolete. It has done it to itself, at the cost of integrity for profit. The buffoonery of Mark Emmert’s numerous compulsions to speak in interviews and press releases in order to justify its several rulings, is evidence of just that. Time for whomever is able to dethrone them and take up the task of establishing a new governing association for collegiate and university athletics. The NCAA brand is only as strong as the schools who ascribe to it. Without the big money schools where would they be. At the current rate its only a matter of time before every school will feel the sting of the NCAA’s inconsistency in application of its own rules.

  63. CARDS
    11:53 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Impossible, This is ABSURD!!!

    Everyone knows that the ncaa and the refs hate UK, Every fan base knows that. Everyone is out to get Cal and UK.

    Because everyone knows that if the NCAA and refs weren’t after UK they would have 65 championships by now!!!!!

  64. landon sloan
    11:59 am January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Emmert was still pissed Washington lost out on Kanter to Kentucky. You think Emmert is going to help Kanter become eligible to play at the team that landed him over Washington.

  65. GDOK
    12:00 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Fouls differential has no bearing on whether it was a good call or bad call, or the impact of the call on the game. Which is decidely against UK in most instances, except for maybe Miss St. last year.

  66. Kingery
    12:01 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    RobCary – get your tongue out of BTI’s a$$. BTI goes against the grain. He’s “that” guy. His job here is to piss people off to get the hits and comments. That is the only explination for him. I don’t think he even agrees with what he writes. How could he? Anyone that has followed the Kanter story more than a week knows why it is a screw job.

  67. Kingery
    12:06 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    #64 – See bti? You’re already gaining points with the Card fans. I’m sure you’ll get all kinds of links from all the cat haters. Congrats! Tipton is proud.

  68. Angry SouthPark Mob
    12:09 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink


  69. Nolecat21
    12:09 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Emmert made that statement that the others weren’t paid for playing basketball. So, I guess someone just gave Selby money for being a nice guy. It had nothing to do with his basketball skills. I guess the same goes for Corey Maggette, Kareem Rush, JaRon Rush, Andre Williams, Marice Clarrett, Troy Smith etc…..Who’s he trying to fool. All of these individuals were given extra benefits for excelling in their respective sport. Kanter turned down millions to play professionally and for the Turkish National Team to avoid ruining his amateur status. This situation was a gross misrepresentation of the rules in place.
    As for the “refs are out to get us”. I’ll agree with you to an extent. But, as someone mentioned above, the Lamb no call leading to Jone’s 4th was the turning point in that game. In a physical game of that nature, there should not be such a disparity in the calls. I watched the game twice and there were definitely some horrendous call/no calls. I’m not usually a “the refs cost us the game” type of guy, but that game was horribly officiated. Kentucky didn’t play their best, but they played good enough to win if it weren’t for the no call on Lamb. Even Gottfried commented on that call and he’s rarely pro UK when announcing.
    Vitale is a basketball butt kisser. He’s done a lot for the sport, but he’s become a caricature of himself. He cannot get through a game or interview without bringing up Puke. You cannot say the same of Kentucky. Other than the Puke lovefest, he’s usually on point.
    Lastly, BTI, I hope you just write this crap for effect.

  70. Albert Einstein
    12:11 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    1. It’s the timing of the fouls on the road, not the number.
    2. The NCAA loves Duke, not Kentucky.
    3. Enes plays or others don’t play, it’s that simple.
    4. Dick Vitale is Dick Vitale.

    Understand now, dill hole.

  71. ESAD
    12:11 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I’m hanging with #56. Some of the BBN are an embarrassment to the overall fan base. I have no problems with BTI’s post. He has an opinion and some of you have opposing opinions. No reason to be spiteful because of a difference of opinion. Get a grip, people.

  72. oldKYfan
    12:13 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    What is wrong with you?

  73. ESAD
    12:17 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    #64 – Picture perfect sarcasm.

  74. ESAD
    12:19 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    #73 – I’m SANE!

  75. I. Melvin
    12:23 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    What an idiot.

    Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not following you. Last time I check KSR for awhile.

  76. Pikeville25
    12:30 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I guess that no call on lamb when he got mugged and then T Jones cleanly stripped it and the same ref blew the whistle on JOnes for his fourth foul was correct, right? That changed the entire game because we were up one….then a ball goes out of bounds and Georgia clearly touched it last but was given back to UGA…..and the foul disparity, y werent they calling fouls on them when we would go to the hoop, but everytime they drove to basket they blew the whistle….This post was ure major downfall from already being a terrible poster…..and the unc game???? We had four guys foul out….four….UNC-0….no home cookin there.

  77. kentuckyjoe
    12:32 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    you’re managing to piss me off just about everytime you put something up. This time it’s about Dickie V. Why can you just say he supports UK; why do you have to make it a butt kissing thing? BTI, a snail has more diplomacy than you do.

  78. Willie and Waylon
    12:48 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Any fool who think Dick Vitale loves Kentucky needs only watch these 2 clips:

    12:58 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI I commend you. Even though the majority of UK fans are idiots and honestly believe these things in their heart, I squarely agree with you that they are in bad need of a reality check. The officials do not hate UK. Some of these morons have said we don’t get calls on the road though NEWS FLASH. No one gets calls on the road. Some of these people need to grow up and realize everyone in this world is not out to screw their team. The only thing I will say is the NCAA is very inconsistent and I could see where one could argue that there has to be some reason why they screwed Enes. Keep up the great work!!!!!!

  80. AD
    12:59 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    The refs were really biased in the georgia game, I dont care what you say they werent calling the same fouls at both ends. There were at least 10 missed calls on kentucky that werent missed on georgias end. The refs win and loose games whether or not it is on purpose or not. I bet KY beats georgia by double digits in rupp. I remember several years back Tennessee stole one at home and we beat them by 70 in the sec Tourney. The Refs can win games, its simple.

  81. Fake Name
    1:13 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink


  82. Stickman
    1:14 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Those of you disagreeing with BTI make a LOT MORE sense than those of you kissing his ass.

  83. Stickman
    1:17 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Regardless of Dickie V’s feelings about UK, to say that his support of the rancid dookies has a racial basis could possibly be the most stupid opinion ever offered on this site, and there have been some real stupid ones.

  84. brianboone99
    1:21 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    About the FT disparity you fail to mention that in the majority of the games we’ve played we have a more talented team than our opponents. You should compare our foul discrepancy to that of other elite programs. I swear BTI tries to be disliked always taking the unpopular views about everything. I used to not understand the hating on BTI but its slowly starting to make more sense.

  85. tom
    1:54 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI – Amen, Amen, Amen and Amen on all four points. Well said and a brave post to make on here.
    Of course I’ve got some age on me above the more youthful folks who mostly frequent this board. At one time, I too would have pounced on what you wrote and believed that everybody was out to get UK. But no more. I appreciate the reasoned note. You are making general statements with a broad brush and some of the posters here are trying to dispute your article by pointing out a single foul in a game as proof that the refs are out to get us.

    I, for one, say ‘Good job!’

  86. you idiot
    1:57 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Did you not watch the same game THE REST OF US did? Wow. The refs were horrible!! When they called that foul on Terrence which gave him his 4th, it completely switched the momentum of the game back to Georgia. Not to mention, on that same possession Doron got tackled going for a lay the f’n replays you tool, the refs in the Georgia game were TERRIBLE!!!

  87. bakert
    2:14 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    #87, you have found 2 examples to support your thesis. Now, go back and objectively watch the game and you will probably find two examples of where UGA got screwed equally. I don’t ever want to hear another person complain about officiating until they can tell me they watch it from the other team’s perspective. In other words, if you watch the UK/LSU game as if you were an LSU fan and argue UK got screwed, then maybe we can have a discussion. Because for every idiot that thinks *their* team got screwed, there is an idiot on the other side that thinks that about their team.

    There is a great article in SI this week, that is an excerpt from a book, which investigates the reason why home court advantage exists. Now I don’t expect that people who believe their team gets systematically screwed can actually read, but maybe you can look at the pretty pictures and piece things together. I won’t spoil the surprise as to why home court advantage does, in fact, exist.

    2:22 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    if you actually believe what you typed then you obviously DONT WATCH UK GAMES.. In fact.. I will no longer read anything you post.. I agree with what someone else said.. Someone get Jerry Tipturd out of here..

    I bet you’re one of those idiots that thought getting rid of Tubby was a dumb idea.. And probably against the Calipari hire..

    PLEEEEEAASEE find a new team to pull for.. Your agenda is written in bold letters..

  89. PeeWee
    2:31 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    so BTI, you are learning from Tipton, write negative bullshit and you can get attention. Damn I love reading all the blogs on KSR, but when your crap is posted I cringe. I wish KSR would get rid of your pathetic ass.

  90. RedEyesRunnyNose
    2:31 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink
    remember to wipe front to back you bunch of pussies

  91. Endowment
    2:50 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Good work BTI…. People don’t hate UK for their basketball successes, its more for the fan base being UNrealistic… Keep the fanhood real, everyone

  92. MadHatter
    2:52 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    With the dribble drive offense UK should draw more fouls than any other team. There should be very few games that the other team has less fouls called on them than UK. It is one of the major benefits of using the dribble drive offense. That is why there is such a disparity in fouls called and it is supposed to be that way. It is common sense if you drive to the basket more than the other team, then you are going to get more fouls called or at least you should. We weren’t getting those calls in the Georgia game. Georgia was really physical in that game and if the game was at Rupp Arena I feel that UK would have got the benefit of those calls. But it is like any sport, the home team usually get the calls that are close.

  93. Bingo
    3:11 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    This post has WAY too much TRUTH to be appreciated.

    This whole media paranoia stuff is laughable.

    UK basketball is definitely in the “preferred treatment” category whether some of you see it or not.

    I’m in Ohio and have to hear all the time about how the announcers HATE Ohio State.

    Really? Is EVERY fan base this paranoid?

  94. Ric Flair
    3:17 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI your an ass clown

  95. AnActualFan
    3:40 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    The way I look at the Kanter situation is this. You’re driving down the road that has a 70mph speed limit. You’re going 80 but you think you’re going 70. You get pulled over: does that mean you haven’t broken the law because you didn’t mean to?

    Once you take the glasses off, there are good points in this article. Seriously, if you choose to be ignorant in the comment section then fine, but don’t push your ignorance on me by saying I’m not an actual fan. Before you throw stones, make sure your house is not made of glass.

  96. Mack
    3:46 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    tom, My view is opposite and I am on the north side 60. When I was younger I didn’t pay much attention to the officials or what other team’s fans were claiming; I just thought the only reasons there were other teams was so the CATS would have another team to play. Now I notice all of the bad calls against the CATS and the “calls” not made against the other teams the CATs play, not to mention all of the anti-CATS comments and stories online and in print, TV, and radio by the so called media experts. But the icing on the cake is the ex UW President and current arrogant ncaa head putting the “screws” to the CATS and a young man just to “get even” and to help his legacy at UW.

  97. AnActualFan
    3:46 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Geez, some of you guys are sounding as smart as George W.

    Take the tinted glasses off: BTI is spot on.

    Kanter broke a rule, albeit a terrible rule, he still broke a rule.
    Home court advantage is everywhere; I’ll find myself laughing at calls we get at Rupp.
    Dickie V is paid to talk about the #1 team in CBB; which happens to be Duke most of the time right now. He’ll talk about us too when we get there.

    Every fan base is ridiculous, but to bash somebody’s statement because of fandom? That is pure ignorance; we should expect more for BBN.

    3:53 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink


  99. Rick Pitino
    4:05 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Thats right go down on me BTI.

  100. Rick Pitino
    4:07 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    i’m tired of this damn site.

  101. Jorge Pancho
    4:09 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    NCAA may not have a grudge against UK, but it certainly has no love for John Calipari. Hello, McFly!

    And my heart almost skipped a beat to read that Dick Vitale was “resigning” and not “re-signing.”

  102. AD
    5:14 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    BTI should be fired. Go suck something

  103. PuddingTime
    6:06 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Finally, some logic. BTI’s on point here, whether you kool-aid drinkers want to believe it or not.

  104. tom
    6:11 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    97 – Hello Mack. Thanks for your thoughts. We all see things a little differently. One aspect that really bothers me is the sniping at Kentucky by the national media. But, that’s just the way journalism is. The lead dogs are the ones that get the criticism and scrutiny. I don’t think its anything seriously sinister. When Barack Obama was just a community worker in Chicago I’m sure he didn’t have a media horde following him around and reporters analyzing every move he made or word he said. Now as President, that’s all changed. Goes with the territory.

    For years under the last seasons of Tubby and the Gillispie era, UK was basically a non-player. No one really cared because we didn’t make serious waves. Win our first NCAA game and we were gone. Then comes Calipari, top recruiting classes, number 1 rankings, etc etc and suddenly we do matter. So the media scrutiny starts again. Just the way it is.

    I’m sure there are a lot of fans out there (and some members of the NCAA) that LOVE to see UK basketball get taken down but I don’t think it is a massive conspiracy.

    At any rate, thanks for your comeback. We can agree on this; GO CATS!

  105. JMFATZ47
    6:33 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    As far as the fouls go, UK is, on most occasions, bigger, faster, more athletic then their opponents. This leads to teams fouling us more to keep the game at a tougher pace. However, it’s the timing of the calls that have been hurting us in many games. Look at the UCONN game last season–poor officiating made Wall and Cousins go to the bench, thus changing the overall pace of the game. I can also cite the Washington game this year. Against UGA, yes, UK DID commit more fouls overall. But the lopsided calls down the stretch led to significant point swings which ultimately allowed UGA to pull away. If the proper calls were made down the stretch, the game’s result could have been different. Officials are smart too…..they know when to make certain calls (that could go either way) that can change the overall makeup of a game—-especially when the calls are made in crunch time. See Lamb no-call and the ticky tack fould on TJones…..those hurt.

    Does anyone remember the Mississippi State game in BCG’s first year? The no calls on Varnado allowed him to stay in the game when he should have been on the bench for the majority of the 1st half, and likely fouled out by the 12 minute mark in the 2nd half. Instead, he was able to stay on the court and make his presence felt. I bet if you check the overall foul breakdown of that game you would see an “evenly” called game on paper. But, the missed calls on Varnado allowed Miss St to prevail.

    Just a thought.

  106. ukfaninwv
    8:05 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    My biggest beef with officiating is the inconsistency. The home team always seems to get more calls. If you look at the foul discrepancies of the home team vs the visiting team, the home team nearly always gets more calls. Let’s take Vandy, when they play at Rupp it is pretty evenly called, but when we go there they always get the benefit of receiving 15-20 more calls in their favor. What did UK suddenly become a team of hacks when they walked in the gym. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game where UK placed at Vandy where more fouls were called on Vandy than on UK. JUST MAKE THE RIGHT CALL!!! IF IT’S A STINKIN’ FOUL CALL IT, IF IT ISN’T DON’T.

  107. crawford01
    8:34 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    I always thought Matt Jones is surrounded by some traitors. You have clearly shown your allegiance BTI. Your a douche and don’t deserve to be part of KSR. There is far to many card fans working on this site. They will bring it down.

  108. Flippy23
    8:41 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Damn it BTI……you may be right……

  109. rockatao
    9:47 pm January 14, 2011 Permalink

    Absolutely right on all counts, BTI

  110. el hombre juan
    12:03 am January 15, 2011 Permalink

    i know this is a little late, but….

    BTI, you effin suck

  111. Big$lick
    1:12 am January 15, 2011 Permalink

    When is your internship over Brian? No matter, I’d say its time to find a new one. Maybe Duke has some openings. Seriously KSR, DUMP THIS FOOL!

  112. Marc
    8:53 am January 15, 2011 Permalink

    Bryan, you my friend are an idiot. Period. Just period.