I’d think that you don’t, but in the case of Rick Pitino, I guess the ole turd did enough good while he was here to mark this day with at least a little mention. Today is the 19th anniversary of Pitino taking charge of a Kentucky team on probation and bringing his aggressive style of play and New York bravado to a team desperately in need of a jump-start. But, before taking off for Boston and declaring that “Larry Bird isn’t walking through that door” and then taking over that glorified junior college on I-64, Pitino took the Cats to Final Four in 1993 and 1997, and won it all in ’96 – a feat that even the biggest Pitino hater in the world (i.e. Me) has to give it up for. So, yeah, I guess we can still celebrate this anniversary a bit….but let’s not get too crazy.
So, in honor of this moment, here’s a clip from The New York Times on June 2, 1989 and a video recapping why today is worth celebrating (moderately):