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Dickie V and Rex Chapman remind you to stay classy


Apparently, Dick Vitale didn’t encounter any rude fans in Bloomington on Saturday, but has since been disgusted by some members of the Big Blue nation on Twitter. Last night, Dickie V. enlisted the help of King Rex to encourage Kentucky fans to stay classy, stop making excuses, and let the Hoosiers enjoy their win:

However, despite the Cats’ loss and the apparent behavior of a few rotten apples, Vitale tells Larry Vaught he still believes in the Cats:

“I still think (coach) John Calipari deserves more credit for everything he’s done at Kentucky,” Vitale said. “Not many coaches in the country can change personnel every year and immediately blend them together to play as a team. He has done it three straight years with major, major changes on his roster. To do that and have all the stars put their egos behind them to suddenly be the third, fourth of fifth options, that’s so, so special. That equates to great coaching.

“I am still impressed with Kentucky. Calipari is perfect for that job. Not many guys can handle the pressure of being at that level where the expectations are unbelievable. (Rick) Pitino was one who could. Pitino and Calipari are similar in so many ways when it comes to dealing with athletes and getting the most out of people. They both know how to put a team together. They take superstars and all of a sudden show them how to play a role. That’s why that Kentucky-Louisville game is going to be so special this year. Both teams are really good.”

Does this mean we can finally shift gears and start talking about Louisville yet? Please?

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62 Comments for Dickie V and Rex Chapman remind you to stay classy

  1. GoCats2
    12:07 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Well Mr. Vitale a few fans do not represent the entire fan base just like a few terrible announcers do not represent the entire media. Thank goodness for the Mute button.

  2. RidgeRunner
    12:08 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Where the hell is the outrage over what the IU fans did to those present at the game? Damn

  3. kbrenn
    12:08 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    thank God for this post! yes! let’s move on to the rest of the season already. the IU game was just a bump in the long road to the NCAA championship. let’s stand behind our team like we always do and press on!

  4. NashvilleCats
    12:10 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Cats fans have no class?? I have a friend who went to the game in Bloomington…one of about 100 fans in blue in Assembly Hall. She went to a bar before the game with her bf (an IU fan) and said the entire bar stood up, pointed at her and chanted “A**hole, A**hole”..that’s classy. She also said she was literally scared at the game because the IU fans were so mean.

  5. etowncat
    12:11 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Vitales act is getting old, just shut-up.

  6. saki7
    12:12 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    UK fans are the ones being classless…sure. Let’s go with that. I’d love to never talk about this again. Can’t wait for the Louisville game.

  7. RidgeRunner
    12:12 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Talkin’ about somebody being out of touch! geeze, Dicky get a grip and weigh the two fan bases out. I think you will be surprised what taking the twitter blinders off will do.

  8. Joe P
    12:12 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    How about putting those sorry a$$ Hoosiers in place, Dicky V?

  9. Joe P
    12:13 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    *their place

  10. Michael Kidd-Langford
    12:19 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dickie V needs to read that anonymous letter Drew posted.

  11. Al's IndiCats
    12:21 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    If or had Dickie V read any of Cals abuse on his tweet he would see what having “NO CLASS” is all about. I mean c’mon they were talking about throwing batteries at Cal and the Players on the court. No mentioning of all the crap that went on before and after the game to UK fans. But I guess when you have a weekend like XU and UC had at the end of their game, I reckon getting a glass of beer poured over the head of a young man isn’t news worthy after all. Again, only in Bloomington, where men are men, and sheep are afraid!

  12. Bitter Much?
    12:24 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    So…why aren’t you guys trashing Rex? And Dickie V compliments your team and most of your fan base. My goodness. It’s a good thing you all don’t loss that much. This has to be exhausting for you.

  13. Coack K
    12:27 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Vitale needs to quit worrying about UK fans and get back to swinging on my junk.

  14. Bastard Yak
    12:31 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    12) we’ve come to expect rex chapman to be a jerk anyways. if you saw his tweets you’d know why.

    what we didn’t expect was for OUR fanbase to be the one painted negatively after being abused in bloomington. Stay classy, indiana.

  15. Norwegian Woody
    12:38 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Vitale=Mr. Magoo

  16. DB11
    12:43 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’m done with Vitale, he went from favorite to arch enemy in one game. He was completely oblivious to the classless insanity that was that basketball arena and turned a blind eye to what was being said all week long. Don’t even get me started about the shady play calling, just don’t.

  17. Another Perspective
    12:43 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    “Zero class?” Don’t put that on me, Dickie V! I ain’t gonna be your escape goat!

  18. Catsincebirth
    12:45 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Vitale should recuse himself from anything UK. Remember he and Pitino
    owned horses together at one time.He is anti-UK in subtle and not so subtle ways. Just listen to his in game comments.
    He only says good things about Kentucky when he has to.
    The remark “Kentucky fans are so passionate”. Do you really think that is supossed to be a compliment?

  19. kyrgaines
    12:47 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    If there was ever a guy that was 2-faced, it’s Dick Vitale! This guy is and always has been a total fraud (imo). Maybe another reporter can catch him saying how he really feels off the camera like he did a few years ago… Every program has both classy and classless fans…UK is not alone. Dick always seems to get fixated on the UK fan base, not because he loves them, I think it’s the exact opposite. I wish he would just shut his meat-hole!

  20. Wills dumb
    12:53 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Get over it already. None of u were even at the game- instead u wanna take an ANONYMOUS bloggers post that a some random UK fan living in Mongolia may have written and whine some more! If u don’t wanna be ridiculed by opposing fans, then don’t go to road games. I’ve never seen such a pampered fan base!

  21. anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    12:54 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    #16, Funny you say “turned a blind eye.” lol, he is blind in one eye!

  22. GoCats2
    12:55 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Can we please get a dictionary to everyone who types “loss” instead of “lose” or “loosing” instead of “losing”. I can understand typos but this is just stupidity. Sorry to be so nitpicky but there is at least one in every comments section!

  23. bung
    12:55 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    who cares what dv thinks….can Macy attend free throw practice? Can Pratt attend fast break practice?

  24. catfan65
    1:00 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    First, saying Indiana fans are worse is beside the point. It’s like telling a cop that other people were also speeding. In any event, UK fans should aspire to be better than Hoosier fans.

    That being said, I think Vitale’s basic point is valid. I have seen many fans in comments act like Terrance Jones or FTs or defense on the last play, etc. lost the game and have spent way too much time bashing Jones or Cal or lack of FT practice. Every game gives a team a chance to improve and a loss like this one will focus the players more than a 1 pt. victory would have. But if Anthony Davis hits the front end of the 1-and-1 and Lamb hits his FT and UK wins, it doesn’t change how the game was played. The statistics bear out that UK played well in every facet of the game save TO% and that owed in large part to IU’s play and hustle. But so many on here want to act like this was just a game we lost and not a game IU won. Indiana is the #13 team in the nation accoriding to Ken Pomeroy’s statistical formula and anyone who has watched them play this year knows that they are at least that good. Statistically, UK had about a 65% chance to win that game, so losing was always a distinct possibility and a close game was the most likely result. I have not doubt that if the two teams play again in March, UK will be a double-digit favorite and will win handily. But we should give Coach Crean and IU the credit they deserve for their well-earned win on Saturday and not act like an inquisition is needed to explain how in the world we lost.

  25. bung
    1:02 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    we sucked

  26. RidgeRunner
    1:07 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    24…How in the world does anyone place a player with no effort shown into all those other examples you listed? You can’t have a bad game when no effort is shown.

    That comes around once or perhaps twice?? in our lifetime.

    Back to the point however…Yes, every team has bad fans but for Vitale to single us out is rediculous.

  27. Mr. Ridiculicious
    1:10 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    How many more games must we lose before we realize what mistakes we made by losing Tubby and the firing Billy G?!

  28. KSRisaWorkKiller
    1:11 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Damn, #24……well said. I was about to go on a rant of my own but yours will suffice.

  29. GapToothDanny
    1:11 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    yes, let’s move on to Louisville please.

  30. bung
    1:17 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    wiltjer should have played a lot of tj’s minutes

  31. bencat
    1:17 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Dicky V, why don’t you take your own advise and quit ripping Terrence Jones to shreds every chance you get! It’s time for you to move on and quit tearing this kid to shreds over 1 game!!

  32. catfan65
    1:18 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    On the issue of FT, I think most of you are way off the mark. I would be more upset if Cal wasted alot of valuable practice time working on FTs. I was a 90% FT shooter in high-school as our starting point guard. I shot at least 500 FTs every day on my own, but rarely was FT shooting something we spent much time on in practice. Some players are also better clutch FT shooters than others. I was by far the best FT shooter on my HS team, but there were other guys I would have rather had at the line if the game was in the balance (just like MKG will probably be money in the clutch).

    Some players should practice more on their own, I’m sure, but these guys have just played nine games in a month and practiced alot plus studying/classes…easier said than done. Also, some players will never be great FT shooters especially big guys. Mason Plumlee is a junior and is 24-63 from the line this year for 38%. Is that Coach K’s fault? Some people act like changing your FT shooting form is easy. I can tell you that it is really difficult to change something that you have been doing since grade school even with alot of practice. That goes double for Davis who was only 6’2″ a couple years ago and is now trying to shoot FT at 6’10”. But I guess it’s not enough that UK got one of the most talented recruiting classes ever in the history of college basketball, they all have to shoot 80% from the stripe as well to satisfy some fans.

  33. Joe
    1:22 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    LMAO at UL being really good.

  34. UKHoopshysteria
    1:27 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Vitals can’t but turn a blind eye to the Hoosiers. #glasseye

  35. Al's IndiCats
    1:28 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Back when Damon Baily played for IU and Lawrence Funderburk had transferred to Ohio St and became eligiable. At that time I owned a big Satellite dish which before they started scrambling all the stations I could pick up Basketball games without commericals. Anyway Bailey stole the ball and Funderburk fouled him and fouled him hard. Dicky V was going ape before they broke to commerical, and then when they went to a commerical You honestly never heard that MF word so often as you heard it coming from Vitale’s mouth saying they should throw that MFer out of the game, and really started calling Funderburk names like a&$hole and the like. Dicky V showed his full color that night.
    20…..Your name says it all!

  36. proudinky
    1:29 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    dickie v and all the others that do not live in ky. If you dont live here, shut up. I dont comment on dickie v and coach k protecting dukes cheating. Indiana is classless and so are some ky fans. The point of this whole thing is it is a game. If one game makes your season then bless you for having nothing to look foward to the rest of the season once you play us. We are southern and proud. Yankees are self centered and clueless. I am proud to be a southern gentleman who respects women and children. If you deserve respect southern people will give it, if you do not deserve it we will tell you. We arent two faced and yes we are a peaceful people. Mess with us or our families and we will open a can of hurt like you have never heard of.

  37. botheyesopen
    1:31 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    @catfan65…..You where preaching to the choir brother right up until that last sentence about giving Coach Crean and IU credit for their well earned win. I think the majority of BBN has already done that. Just as the majority of us understood that IU had a sluggers change going into this game so it didn’t come as such a shock or put us into the bewildered state of mind you’ve implied.

    Point being when you win or lose by one point there are many plays and mistakes made by everyone involved that attributed to said win or loss. It’s one game. We lost. As for the game itself I think it’s time we move on.

    But what I cannot excuse is the fact that Vitale uses his position in the media at every opportunity to portray the UK fan base as being something awful. Everyone with a clue and over the age of twelve knows that every fanbase has their fair share of zealots. That do and say things they probably shouldn’t say and do.

    But Vitale’s anathema is obvious.

  38. JMan
    1:35 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Considering what he said it true, what’s the issue?

  39. _Blackhawk_
    1:38 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    What Dicky V doesn’t understand is most fans that are upset aren’t even talking about the game itself but rather the behavior of the IU fans….which too is a small percentage of their fanbase. To come out and attack Cal and to go off on UK fans for going to the game shows low class and has zero to do with the game itself. IF that was all that was being said I would agree with Vitale….it’s all good IU fans will come here next year and be treated better than they deserve because UK fans just aren’t that way. But those IU fans can have their day on Dec. 9th 2011….our day comes on April 2nd, 2012!!

  40. BigBlueSkyDog
    1:40 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Any of you expecting an impartial opinion from Dookie V have not been watching college basketball very long. He agrees with the IU fan base that we are a bunch of toothless, shoeless, uneducated hillbillies. Therefore he filters out their abusive behavior toward us. Dookie should read the KSR post from a week ago when a visiting Tar Heel fan was treated almost like royalty by UK fans. He took some ribbing about the win but no one attacked him personally. Could you imagine something like that happening in Bloomington to a UK fan? Try not to burst a blood vessel from laughing too hard.

  41. RP
    1:55 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I refuse to even believe that Dick Vitale is alive. I truly think he’s just a corpse that ESPN wheels out and controls like a puppet. I’m constantly trying to eye the marionette strings that animate his lifeless, wrinkled frame. No matter if he’s dead or alive, he needs to be canned, because he is quite possibly the worst commentator out there today. Every game he (or his puppet-master) does is excruciating to listen to. He has a repertoire of three things to say, and you can tell that the other guy who does play-by-play struggles valiantly to make sure the broadcast isn’t an utter train wreck.

  42. eloy vargas
    2:04 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dicky V can suck my spanish ass

  43. doubting thomas
    2:14 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Rex really turned out to be a pole on twitter. It’s no wonder why DV reached out to him. Fans will be fans it’s not like anyone poisoned a tree or harmed anyone physically. He hates UK and he really hates Jones.

  44. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    2:16 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’m done putting up with Vitale’s fairweather ways to be honest. One minute he loves the fanbase the next minute he is hating on us. Pick a side Dickie V aka Billy Packer Jr. it’s a really simple concept in sports.

  45. catfan65
    2:22 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    37, agreed, I think UK has the most passionate (in a good way), knowledgable, and courteous fans in college basketball. I live in ACC territory and I constantly defend UK and the SEC from ignorant slights. But, unfortunately, most announcers and commetators are from the Big East, ACC, or Big Ten and most sports TV journalists went to Syracuse or Nortwestern it seems. I don’t think any of the current ESPN color guys are from the SEC except Jimmy Dykes. Oh I long to hear Larry Conley do play by play… But I really don’t think Dickie V hates UK and from a UK fan perspective, I would rather have Vitale do color than Knight, Len Elmore (the most anti-UK next to Knight), Gottlieb, or Bill Raftery. Of course, UK should yell at the TV all we want, but we will get more traction in public if we praise those, like Jay Bilas, who try, imperfectly, to be fair, than by trashing and reading so much into what Dickie V says.

  46. UKGrad04
    2:25 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    42. Eloy is Puerto Rican. Dick Vitale can suck your Puerto Rican ass. And, yes, he can. They’re obviously right we should exhibit a little more tack (or tact, both are acceptable) on Twitter, but I kind of feel it’s like when your little brother keeps bothering you and bothering you, and despite all your warnings he never shuts up. Then, finally, you dust him. And you’re the one who gets in trouble–getting the “but he doesn’t know any better” speech from your parents. Still, at this point, in 2011 almost 2012, who cares what Dick Vitale says?

  47. catfan65
    2:26 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Actually I think a great KSR thread would be for commentors to rate the ESPN color people by how they perceive their anti-UK bias. Wikipedia lists the following as currently doing color on ESPN for NCAAB:

    Mark Adams
    Stephen Bardo
    Jay Bilas
    Adrian Branch
    Doris Burke
    Hubert Davis
    Jimmy Dykes
    Len Elmore
    Fran Fraschilla
    Doug Gottlieb
    Bob Knight
    Carolyn Peck
    Bill Raftery
    Dave Ryan
    Bob Valvano
    Jeff Van Gundy
    Dick Vitale
    Bob Wenzel
    Jason Williams

  48. Cat89
    2:31 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dick! He is just anohter eastcoaster with the eastcoast bias we have all come to know and expect. I will never forget how he bashed my beloved
    University when OTS resigned. #35 I totally believe your post. Again no suprise, he is just another in a long line of eastern media hypocrites.
    Pay no attention to how I behave or act just shut up and listen as I tell you what’s wrong with you. Ahhh waste of breath.

  49. Dane Brammage
    2:39 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I love CAL. I loved Pitino. CAL discarded and brought in players (Jorts was one exception). Pitino kept kids and won and brought in kids and won. Not saying one is better than the other. Just sayin’

  50. Guck Foodman.
    2:50 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Why is anyone still talking about this?

  51. Love the cyber day special!
    2:51 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    imo, Dickie V loves Cal but does not like UK that much. Sure, he talks about how much passion we have a million times but if you listen to him when he talks about UK, it is mostly about Cal and how much he likes him. Dickie V and others still hold the same opinion about Tubby and they wont let it go. They were loving it when Billy G was here and how awful everything was going. Then KY landed Cal and everything changed overnight and the talking heads had to change gears VERY FAST.
    Personally, I cant stand Dickie V and I think he is just another hipocrite(sp?) from ESPN.

    GO CATS!!

  52. CA UKFAN
    3:26 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    To even put Pitino and Calipari in the same sentence is wrong not to mention try and make a comparison and then say they are the same in many ways. WRONG!!

  53. Usernametaken
    3:34 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sick of our being the only ones called out. As many in the BBN can attest, fans all over the college basketball landscape act like dicks and no one says a word.

  54. CWat4threee
    4:21 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    booohooooooooo….Dickie V is talking about us….you talk about all the other fan bases but every loss there are a ton of threads on your boards about how the refs cheated you….how the announcers were showing a duke or UNC bias…they were not showing UK enough love. How dare they say anything negative about the cats. Hell your fans even watch Duke games and complain about the love the announcers are giving them…its pretty comical guys…same thing with the UK fans I know…if UK is one I can go to FB and see a comment about the refs cheating UK again!!

    and you wonder why people like Vitale say things like this.

  55. MustangCat
    5:02 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    So then, we have a FEW idiot fans, and the mouth is upset?? IU has a FEW classy fans (and i do mean few!) and he doesn’t say a word?! I for one would never say a word if the mouth never covered our games again! Hypocrisy is what he should be talking about, in his auto-bio.

  56. MustangCat
    5:11 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Any man who honestly thinks that the viewers watch a game to listen to him yap every bit as much as they do to watch their favorite team play? ESPN shud do an episode of “ComeOn Man” just about the ridiculousness of the mouth. He’s almost in the same class as Knight, someone that i NEVER pay any attention to anything that comes out of his mouth! There are announcers that i listen to closely, but he is not one of them. He’s to self-absorbed.

  57. Bob Loblaw
    5:51 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I decided to follow MTT’s lead and not follow Rex. His tweets are bizarre or indecipherable at best.

  58. TruBluFan
    6:14 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I love how IU and other fan bases get on KSR and disrupt the KY fan flow. I can only imagine it is because ESPN and commentators don’t waste their time talking about IU basketball, etc…

  59. There is no Eric Gustofson
    10:50 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I dont understand what he is eluding to. A lot of us were pissed of at Terrance Jones for the lack of effort, and lets face it, he was to blame for this game. There is no way to sugar coat it. He gave zero effort on defense and did not help his teammates at all on offense. I can’t help but think that that is why we lost to IU. To me, UK lost this game more than IU won it. Thats how all games go when a team with much more talent is playing one with much less. If its not classy to call out one of your own players for putting forth a piss-poor effort, then I do not want to be a classy fan. I pride myself, like all cats fans, on being an extremely knowledgeable fan. I have a lot of confidence Terrence, and when he lets us down, it is extremely disappointing, especially when he is obviously not putting forth the effort.

  60. Irwin R. Fletcher
    8:30 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Y does Dickie V choose to ignore the vitriol spewed toward Calipari over that very medium, as well as the abuse UK fans took at the hands of the Hoosiers?? FUDV.

  61. MountainCat
    10:32 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    60). probably because he knows the same thing happens in Rupp. let’s be honest. while we’re on the subject…how classy is it that a fan blew a whistle in the middle of a football game? that speaks volumes. we’re better than that

  62. OverweightUKfan
    10:00 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    UK fans crying wolf, lol.