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ESPN gets in on the Jorts love, then Andy Katz gets a little crazy

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Not one to be left out of the fun of this ‘Kentucky Jorts Radio’ Monday, ESPN gave some props to the breakout big man in their Weekly Watch today. While he couldn’t follow up Doron Lamb’s Player of the Week award from last Monday, Harrellson did manage to find himself on the radar as one of the best performances of the week that was in college hoops:

Josh Harrellson, Kentucky: Here’s all you need to know about Harrellson’s career performance in a win at Louisville. All of last season, he contributed a total of 28 points and 27 rebounds. In the vwin over the Cardinals, the breakout senior contributed 23 points (10-12 FG) and 14 rebounds. Wow.

The Watch also noted this quote from Cal about what Jorts has taught him this season about coaching:

“What I said to him after the game was he’s taught me a great lesson. What we coaches like to do is just work with the good guys. The guys that struggle sometimes we just push them aside. What he has shown me is every kid deserves everything we have to help them get better.” — Kentucky coach John Calipari after forward Josh Harrellson’s 23-point, 14-rebound effort against Louisville.

Then, after apparently realizing that everything had gotten a little too positive for Kentucky, Andy Katz tried to sneak this juicy little prediction into the sidebar as his upset pick of the week:

Georgia over Kentucky, Saturday: OK Bulldogs, here is your chance to step up and say you belong in the discussion for an NCAA tournament berth and an SEC East title. Kentucky is playing well right now. Georgia and Kentucky enter the week with identical 11-2 records, but those records come with different perceptions. The Bulldogs have squeaked by a number of weaker teams, including Mercer and Eastern Kentucky recently. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are getting solid play from a variety of sources, including even Josh Harrellson. They routed Louisville on the road and are looking like a serious March threat. But SEC preseason player of the year Trey Thompkins is healthy and Travis Leslie is scoring at a more consistent clip for UGA, which must win a game like this in order to live up to its preseason sleeper hype. Let’s see if these guys are up for the challenge. I say they are.

Right. Kentucky is playing well and Georgia isn’t, but since people who get paid to write about sports for a living thought Georgia was good two months ago, it must be true and the Dogs have apparently just been waiting for the right moment to stop pretending they were overrated. It certainly seems most likely, then, that they’ll magically play good basketball for the first time in weeks and register their first even remotely quality win of the whole year over a team that’s head and shoulders and torso above the conference they both call home. Sure thing. Call your bookie. Don’t these guys talk to each other about picking ridiculous upsets? Apparently not.

Go Big Blue.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

28 Comments for ESPN gets in on the Jorts love, then Andy Katz gets a little crazy



  1. Gogh Big Bleu
    5:02 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    Boom.



  2. ricksVD
    5:04 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    It hurts when I pee



  3. catinhat
    5:05 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    Bump.

    The REAL correlation to Josh’s smooth face and his performance:

    “The Essence of Jorts”

    You see, in the pregames rituals prior to Josh’s big games, Josh did indeed shave.

    BUT THEN they took the shaven stubble, and placed it in an incense altar. Stacey Poole and Jarrod Polson then partook in certain “rituals” upon the top of said altar, while the smoke from Josh’s burning fuzz wafted through the altar grates and curled itself around their entwined bodies.

    Meanwhile the rest of the team gather closely with towels draped over their heads like hoods, and use the hoods to capture the smoke and inhale deeply.

    Thus, the Essence of Jorts is INFUSED into the rest of the team, who then go to the court and give him the precise playing environment he needs in which he can truly shine.
    So you see, it’s not that he shaves. It is the Essence of Jorts that is derived from the shaven fuzz.



  4. nassau65
    5:07 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    2. HI Dennis! we thought you got lost.



  5. nassau65
    5:08 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky Jorts radio, i love it.



  6. joe dirt
    5:11 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    3…it wasnt funny when isaw it in the last post…..and it isnt funny now



  7. UKfan
    5:20 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    Check this guy out, he is a real sweetheart http://twitter.com/#!/Blue_Devil_Matt



  8. fish
    5:21 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    3- damn dude i cant believe u typed all that over again



  9. mashburnmark
    5:21 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    Hey I was wondering if anyone knew where i could watch the UK vs Penn game. I don’t have EspnU, I was wondering if there was anything online I could maybe get?



  10. Harley Wells
    5:32 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink


  11. Helvete
    5:37 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    9 – Get Dish, it’s cheaper than cable and you get EPSNU and ESPN News.



  12. fish
    5:40 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    looks like its not gonna be on espn3



  13. Josh
    5:44 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    I think we’ll beat Georgia on Saturday, but I wouldn’t be surprised with a very close game. I’m glad we get almost a week to prepare for them, because they can be a very dangerous team.



  14. enough with the bread already
    5:44 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    ok its about time for everyone to cool it with the suck jorts nuts wagon. the kid had a great game he has i’m sure enjoyed the positive feedback and even the company of more than a few sorority chicks. but enough is enough. he will never do it again so lets enjoy his 8pts and 10 rbs a game and not put him under any more pressure than needed.



  15. BPsycho
    5:47 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    #8 Copy and Paste is yo friend.



  16. BPsycho
    5:48 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    #14 “Yer itchin for a beard ride son”



  17. CarolinaCatFan
    5:56 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    13 – I agree. I think we win by 8 or 9 points. UGA has not played really well, but they have some talent and everyone gets up to play UK, so I think the game will be close.



  18. Big Blue 66
    5:58 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    The best thing about Jorts stepping up is now people can not plan to hedge on Jones or double up so easily. I dont expect Jorts to play like that again or better stated, dont expect him to put up those numbers again, but that performance is huge in negating the, “lets slack off on Jorts” theory.



  19. Beav
    6:01 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    I do not have espn u and the game isnt streaming on espn 3 tonight…anybody know where I can stream it?



  20. RidgeRunner
    6:15 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    13, 17,…Completely agree.



  21. RidgeRunner
    6:17 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    16…ha, well ya warned him at least!



  22. Too Easy
    9:39 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    ” It certainly seems most likely, then, that they’ll magically play good basketball for the first time in weeks and register their first even remotely quality win of the whole year over a team that’s head and shoulders and torso above the conference they both call home. Sure thing. Call your bookie.”

    Great Post!!!!!!!



  23. SagaciousMind
    9:40 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    Well he’s not wrong. GA is gonna be tough on the road and their size and experience can be a problem. T Jones has to show up or we wont win. GA gave us trouble last year with their size and this year we have less of it. Good thing they have plenty of time to get ready for them. Saturday should be a good day. Football at noon and basketball at 4. Go Cats!



  24. serdi
    9:52 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    Georgia will play 220% better than they have thus far or after they play UK. Hey it is the SEC. Beat UK. That is what it is all about in the SEC.



  25. melloyello
    10:37 pm January 3, 2011 Permalink

    The quote from Cal about how he realizes it is important to work with all the players and not just the “good ones” epitomizes why Calipari should NOT be coaching in college basketball. He misses the entire point of helping boys become men through the medium of basketball regardless of their talent level. Of course, the ultra-talented will hopefully will make a living playing basketball but that is certainly not the case for the majority of players on a team. As such, it is a coaches responsibility to develop all of his young men. The fact that Cal needed this eye-opening experience should make everyone realize that his only measure of success is putting players in the NBA. He is an embarrasement to college athletics.



  26. Woo
    6:58 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a little shocked that the Turkey Hunter is that surprised that UGA is being picked as an upset. This will be one of our toughest games of the season in Georgia. Trey Thomkins is much better than any of our post players right now including Terrence Jones. Thompkins will likely make Jorts wish he was on the bench. It’s funny to see people like Hunter Campbell sipping the Big Blue Kool-Aid like always. It’s OK to be a fan, but lets be a little realistic.



  27. Woo
    7:01 am January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Terrence Jones and Jorts will likely be owned by Trey Thompkins. It’s funny that Hunter Campbell is sipping the Kool-Aid with his Blue Tinted Goggles on. This game will be down to the wire, and I am shocked that someone would actually think otherwise. This game will be much tougher than the Louisville game.