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Calipari to deliver “Riders Up!” call at the Derby?


Watch out for that hat!

The National Championship revelry keep rolling on. In the wake of yesterday’s news that John Calipari and his coaching staff will be honorary grand marshals at the Pegasus Parade comes this juicy little rumor, from the Courier-Journal’s Rick Bozich:

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will in the paddock for the Derby on May 5. And his assignment will be more than to mingle.

Word is that Calipari will deliver the “Riders Up!” command to jockeys for the greatest two minutes in sports.

Delivering the call seems an odd honor to me, but an honor nonetheless (perhaps the horse people among us can fill us in on the significance?). Plus, who better than Cal to prime a group of thoroughbreds for battle?

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.

34 Comments for Calipari to deliver “Riders Up!” call at the Derby?



  1. typicalLouisville fan
    3:03 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    if they do this, i mean it really, i am boycotting !!!



  2. RickyP
    3:04 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    oddly enough, this is my mating call after the bar closes



  3. BlueFins
    3:05 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Bitching on Cards Rivals forum in 3..2..1

    Again, win something Cards, and you too can have glory! Instead, Rick is announcing the Specials of the Day at Porcini’s.



  4. Shouto
    3:06 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Damn, Erin what’s with the “don’t invade my space hat”?



  5. NKY_UK_fan
    3:07 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Erin Andrews wore a big hat so people wouldn’t stare at her big…….nose. Yep, that’s it.



  6. bluefan
    3:07 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Who Better? Love it! And I wish the team was riding in the parade.

    Love Coach’s body language in the photo. What a guy!



  7. CatFanInClearwater
    3:09 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    When did The Kentucky Derby become the Louisville Derby?



  8. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    3:15 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    she fancy



  9. Stevie Ray
    3:22 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Ms. Thompson–it’s the equivalent of “Gentlemen, start your engines” for the Indy 500. Of course, they may not mean anything to you either.



  10. tltaworl
    3:25 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    LOL @ #2



  11. G
    3:39 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Is Erin Andrews still boning Josh Hopkins?



  12. TN Cat
    3:45 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Speaking of riding and I wouldn’t even make her take the hat off.



  13. tvillian
    3:45 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Id wear her for a hat



  14. Real Cats Fan
    3:48 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    #9 nailed it! Beat me to the punch, brother!

    Meanwhile, The Truth is spending the night outside the homeless shelter’s phone booth so he can call in to all the talk shows tomorrow morning bitching about Cal getting the spotlight. I love seeing the envy in all the haters’ eyes!



  15. buzzard
    3:49 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    careful Coach…don’t want to upset the Loserville fans! Is your relationship with Erin the reason you are getting all the best players?

    I think Erin likes to keep those puppies in the shade…UV rays are harmful!



  16. thenamerobdigity
    3:50 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Wow



  17. Tobias Funke
    3:55 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Ty,
    Usually its not a big deal, just the racing steward that is in the paddock checking tatoos (yes all throughbred horses are tatooed on the inside of their lips to ID the horse and avoid imposters) will just say “RIDERS UP” right before they leave paddock for post parade. Having said that, I still think its kind of a cool honor. Makes Cal part of the actual race.



  18. prrr
    4:00 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    id crawl through a mile of broken glass just to listen to Erin Andrews fart through a radio



  19. Me
    4:05 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    The best part will be when they announce Cal…

    “Ladies and Gentlemen – the coach of the 2012 National Champion University of Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari…”

    Suck on that card fans.



  20. CA
    4:05 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    This just gives the Cards something else to complain about. Kudos to Coach Cal! You are awesome in the way you represent the Commonwealth’s team – UK – The National Champions for the 8th time!



  21. Richard Pitino
    4:13 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    That is so disrespectful towards my dad.



  22. Dick Gozinia
    4:23 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    We need to get Anthony Bennet and all the 2013 recruits to tune into the NBC broadcast. Will give Smell fans another reason to scream about UK having an unfair recruiting advantage.



  23. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    4:29 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks, 17. I knew of the tradition, but didn’t know if it was a “thing” for celebrities to do it. Cool.



  24. acarms
    5:23 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    The honor is equivalent to saying “Gentlemen start you engines” at the Indianapolis 500.



  25. henryearl
    5:43 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    yeah like gentlemen start your engines at the indy 500, right guys?



  26. henryearl
    5:44 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    17 Oh Tobias, you blowhard!



  27. BPsycho
    5:54 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Beware of the horse people among us, for they’re masters of equestrian sorcery !



  28. Walden Schmidt
    6:19 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    # 18, are you sure that you are not really SNH.



  29. Jimmer
    6:54 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    funny shit #2
    and she fine



  30. Beavis
    7:00 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    # 21,,,,like your dad deserves any respect. 15 seconds,,,,,any self respecting man would have said something like ” I wore the thing out”



  31. Holler Baller
    7:44 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Is that young lady aware that a flying saucer has landed on her head or has she drank too much?



  32. Bored at Halftime
    10:42 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    After all these years, there’s still not a hotter reporter than Erin Andrews. I’d like to get my 15 seconds in there.



  33. Carl
    11:07 pm April 26, 2012 Permalink

    Erin is a first class gal so I’m not going to make any crude comments and she is a fan of Kentucky and Coach Cal. Gotta show her some love…in a respectful way 🙂
    GO CAL…GO CATS!!



  34. plowboy
    8:51 am April 27, 2012 Permalink

    For all you young men on here who are making rude comments about mss Andrews. I think you are like dogs chasing a car. You couldn’t drive it if you caught it.