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ESPN Takes A Poll

When they aren’t trying to help the University of Texas funnel prospects to Austin, ESPN is in the business of sports reporting. And part of that sports reporting is asking hard-hitting questions of the nation’s most prominent sports personalities, which is exactly what Dana O’Neil-Forde did at the Peach Jam last week.

The subjects were the coaches and the subject was each other. They were asked who among their peers were the best at late game situations and who is the smartest guy in the room. According to what O’Neil-Forde posted, it looks like Dean Smith was picked for late in the game and Mike Krzyzewski was named as the smartest guy. Not named the smartest guy: any of the coaches who didn’t realize that Dean Smith retired 13 years ago.

Nonetheless, Kentucky’s John Calipari was selected in both categories. Here’s who picked him and what they had to say:

Best late game situation

Josh Pastner, Memphis: John Calipari. “In those situations you have to be quick with your thinking and he really is. He grabs the board and draws up something immediately. It’s a gift, really.’’ Pastner also named Jeff Van Gundy.”

Smartest Guys Around

Fran McCaffery, Iowa: John Calipari. “He’s so innovative, off and on the court.’’

Bob Huggins, West Virginia: John Calipari. “I cannot understand how he can have all these things going on and still be as good as he is. Who can do that? To be involved in all he’s involved in, that’s incredible. I don’t think anyone realizes what a great job he’s done the past two years basically starting over with a new team. And he’ll do it again this year and still be good.’’

So what’s your take?  Who is better than Cal in each of the categories?*

*That’s a trick question, dummy.  No one is better than Cal at anything!  Anything!

Article written by Thomas Beisner

34 Comments for ESPN Takes A Poll

  1. JasonT
    1:04 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    I thought Gillispie was really good at setting up a play out of a timeout. Probably one of his best attributes.

  2. PIkeville25
    1:09 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Not in late games tho…i agree a lil bit about having good out of bounds plays…

  3. tom
    1:17 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Is that picture photo-shopped or did Cal and Pitino really sit together? Guess U of L told Ricky to keep his legs tightly crossed in order to stay out of trouble.

  4. blink 82
    1:24 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    why is pitino wearing a xxl sized ul jersey.

  5. blink 82
    1:25 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    if that pic is real, it’s an instant classic

  6. Scottie Smalls
    1:31 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino looks so child-like and scared. And that’s a big boy shirt

  7. Scottie Smalls
    1:32 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    And guys, this picture has been on the site a few times before, i do believe

  8. FlashOfBlue
    1:34 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah…it’s old. Pitino has color in this picture.

  9. yeahright
    1:35 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    It may just be me, and I know we’re all aging, but Pitino has really, REALLY seemed to have aged over the past few years. Every photo I’ve seem of him… he seems tired, exhausted, etc. Maybe it’s just my imagining how I would feel with all he’s been through, but he never seems to smile, and just seems beaten down.

    Anyone else think along these lines?

  10. stevem
    1:36 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Calipari just knocked off a piece and Pitino just finished taking it up the a__!

  11. Buckets
    1:36 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    LMFAO!!! That’s the GREATEST PIC EVER of Quick Rick!!! You can see the shrinkage by the look on his face! HAHAHAHAHA!

  12. Howie Feltersnatch
    1:37 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe it’s the dorky glasses, but Jim Boeheim seems as though he would be one of the smartest basketball minds in any room of coaches. Tom Izzo should get a vote too especially when it comes to offense. His sets and plays are absolutely brilliant it’s just that they have been overshadowed the past few seasons because of poor execution and the lack of a good decision-making point guard. Last but not least, even though he has recently retired, you can’t have this debate without mentioning Gary Williams

  13. bung
    1:41 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    great pic of Cal…who is the other guy?

  14. Jay Schiedler's Mullet
    2:01 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Has Rick’s left eye always had the drift? I don’t remember that from his UK days. And I agree…his personal problems have aged him greatly….I still feel
    alittle sorry for the guy….everyone makes mistakes.

  15. FU of L
    2:06 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Every time I see that pic of Coach Stanky Leg, it’s like Christmas.

  16. Goose Givens' 41 points
    2:09 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Was there no bathroom at this event? Rick’s gotta pee bad

  17. blink 82
    2:11 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    ricks eyes look like they just reeled him up from 300ft of water. god he has aged.

  18. RadioRon
    2:15 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Rick says, “My hemorroids are killing me; does anyone have a soft cushion?”

  19. MemphisCat
    2:18 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Rick has finally figured a way to stop pre-ejaculation!

  20. iWantToGrowUpToBeTheDrewFranklin
    2:24 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    That picture never gets old!

  21. Doubting Thomas
    2:36 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    I’d vote for Izzo as best late game coach and Calipari as the smartest guy around.

  22. bluemister
    3:16 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Rick looks like he has irritable bowel syndrome and he doesn’t know where the bathroom is.

  23. slicky ricky
    3:40 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    a plate of lasgna, 15 seconds of lust, an abortion, a trial and a year later i get this burning sensation in my ding-dong right after i pee. i guess thats what i get for forking pete thamel in a blonde wig!

  24. Flyingfishman
    4:17 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Heh Heh… he crosses his legs like a girl.

  25. It's a Celebration
    4:35 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    That pic must have been years ago when Cal was at Memphis. He looks a little younger and in better shape. And Rick has that “please don’t go to UK, please don’t go to UK” look about him. Man does he look like death even back then.

  26. deepsouthfan
    6:36 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Tricky Ricky will always be king of quickies…..

  27. Every Friday Is No Bra Day
    7:20 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    That pic is classic. Somebody should buy ad space on Inside Howie Lindsey and just make that pic the ad.

  28. Wildcat Willie say
    7:40 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    What a contrast. If I was Rick I would try to find and buy every last one of those pictures.
    Also, find the person that took that picture and, I can’t say what I’m thinking I would do to him.
    Cal looks like the perfect man. Rick looks like all the descriptions of him in this comments section.

  29. Wildcat Willie say
    7:42 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    I actually feel sorry for Rick at this point in time. Please forgive me BBN, please.

  30. MemphisCat
    7:59 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Roids a Raging

  31. Update
    9:02 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink


  32. peyton siva
    3:05 am July 21, 2011 Permalink

    rick looks like he is gonna take a dump but he has constapation

  33. peyton siva
    3:09 am July 21, 2011 Permalink

    rick looks like a sunfish in a basket waiting to get his head cut off.

  34. big blue
    9:55 am July 21, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino is smarter listen to his music on his website!!