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Happy Birthday, Coach Cal! (Saturday Night Post)

In just a bit when the clock strikes midnight, it will be Coach John Calipari’s birthday. Hope you baked a cake (or at least cupcakes) and are in the room adjacent to Coach, waiting to surprise him right when the birthday hits. Don’t forget the candles.

Tomorrow is February 10th, 2013. Coach Calipari turns 54 years old this Sunday, and it will be a day of rest after taking care of Auburn at home. However, the fun can’t last too long because JC and the boys must prepare for Florida and then head off for Tuesday night’s game in Gainesville.

I think we can all join together in saying Happy Birthday, Coach Cal! Since his arrival, Lexington has been the capital city of college hoops and the University of Kentucky has been the single most exciting program in the game. We’ve all got a lot to be thankful for as fans with Cal as our coach – One National Title, Two Final Fours, continuous top recruiting classes, countless NBA Draft picks, and an unmatched fan experience. It’s been an incredible ride and I don’t see that stopping just yet. He’s the best in the business and he’s done it in a way that puts the kids first while still delivering the best on and off the court to the university, the state, and the fans. Here’s to hoping we have many more of these birthdays to celebrate in the Bluegrass.

Let’s take a look back at today’s highlights and then some:

– After blasting the cold-as-ice Tigers on the road a couple weeks ago, UK defeated Auburn 72-62. This win puts that Cats at 17-6 (8-2 SEC), which is good enough for second place in the SEC behind Florida. This was not the most convincing win, but hopefully it is enough to boost UK into their upcoming game against the Gators. There were some hard fouls, some ejections, some threes, some Uncle JuJu, some Big Willie Style, but only one Nerlens Noel block. Strange day. See Drew’s post below for more info on the game.

– Speaker of the House John Boehner came to the game today. Coach Cal posted this picture of Boehner and his wife after the game and I must say – I watched every episode of House of Cards in less than 24 hours, and Robin Wright spoiled me with regards to what Senators’ wives look like.

– Before the game, Drew chronicled this really great moment between John Short and Goose Givens (who is also my favorite UK player of all time). Check it out here if you want to relive the good-time-Cat-fan feelings.

– Looks like another slew of talented footballers are coming to town. Check out this list of football recuits visiting soon: Deion Singleton, Jacob Pugh III, De’Eric Culver, Drew Barker, Nacarius Fant, Tevin Lawson, Mikel Horton.  The hits keep coming under Stoops. I love it.

Rajon Rondo is currently getting his ACL surgery options together. Danny Ainge said he expects Rajon to have a surgery procedure finally this week. Ainge also said this re: Rondo: “He’s not one of those guys who reads a lot.” Hmmm, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt on this one, Danny, and assume you only meant reading press.

– I have no idea what this new Harlem Shake viral video trend is, but there’s a UK themed version already up. See below (and try not to stare directly into the eyes of the Tiger-shirt fellow in the middle).

And on that note, I’m out folks. Have a good Saturday night. Tip your bartenders, drive safe, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. And if you’re reading this in the morning, I’ll take two sugars in my coffee please.

Article written by Chris Thomas

72 Comments for Happy Birthday, Coach Cal! (Saturday Night Post)



  1. williamtitan
    11:12 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink


  2. CrashTheLoader
    11:14 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    UL just lost like a 9 point lead in the last 45 seconds to go to OT



  3. Mike
    11:25 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    UL should be able to close this out with ND having 3 starters on the bench after fouling out.



  4. Syrin
    11:30 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    Cooley got jobbed, big time



  5. Mass Confusion
    11:33 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    that’s not the Harlem shake…leave it up to white folk to not have a clue what dance they’re doing. having said that, looks like they’re having fun.



  6. gog8ors
    11:36 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, Happy Birthday! Now come on down to Gainesville and get your spanking. Go Gators!



  7. Rae
    11:36 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    3. And yet…double OT.



  8. CrashTheLoader
    11:42 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    Siva fouls out….advantage Cards



  9. BBN
    11:42 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    6. You should never show your face here again after letting UofL win the Sugar Bowl………..And Cal beats you every year. Good Day Sir..



  10. Mike
    11:55 pm February 9, 2013 Permalink

    Where wud UK be if we had Behanan??



  11. Bob
    12:04 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    #11 – Where’d U of L be if they didn’t have Peyton Siva? Already in the hotel room, asleep with a win, that’s where. What a piece of crap of a point guard he can be at times.



  12. Matt Jones
    12:08 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Mmmmmmmm thanks Robert!



  13. Ben M
    12:09 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone have the video of Archie getting punched?



  14. Hutch
    12:14 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    #14 – You can find the Archie punch video right here.



  15. Bobbum man
    12:16 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Wow this UL game is crazy



  16. Bobbum man
    12:17 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    And Russ smith is awful



  17. CrashTheLoader
    12:19 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    A team we don’t like and a team we hate, just running each other into the ground. Maybe no one has to win. This is a fun game.



  18. Harlem shake
    12:23 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    baauer baby



  19. Downtown
    12:24 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    OMG, I hope you guys make mention of the Notre Dame/Louisville Game! 5 OT’S now!!



  20. bmt22033
    12:24 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    @18 – until just recently, it’s pretty much been Notre Dame’s second string vs UL’s starters (sans Siva) and they’re *still* in the 5 the overtime!



  21. George
    12:37 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Notre Dame!!! The hunchbacks win!!!!!



  22. Thrashitup
    12:37 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t tell if Notre Dame is rushing the court or if Kelly’s subbing the crowd in



  23. Hoochie
    12:38 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Who was it that made such a big deal about us losing on the road to Notre Dame earlier this year? Certainly not U of L fans, right?



  24. reasedru
    12:39 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Russ Smith missed a shot at the end of every period..Wow hes clutch!



  25. Bobbum man
    12:39 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Awful free throw shooting from both teams at the end…. I liked Montrez’s airball



  26. these are facts
    12:45 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Looserville chokes another one. Sweet
    Now Chris a few things. First Robin Wright is hot as the wife of the majority whip, not a speaker let alone a senator. No wonder KY has such stellar representation if you “voters” can’t tell the difference



  27. these are facts
    12:46 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    and by voters I mean morons



  28. HAHA
    12:46 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Wow Russ Smith sucks!



  29. Downtown
    12:46 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Oh and Happy Birthday to Coach Cal, and myself!!!!!



  30. bmt22033
    12:47 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Louisville’s starters couldn’t put away Notre Dame’s second string in the first 4 overtimes! Finally, they almost all fouled out and ND finished them off. Head to http://www.cardchronicle.com right away! If you’ve never taken the time to troll UL fans after a loss, you don’t know what you’re missing. The world is ending over there right now! 🙂



  31. Go cats
    12:51 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    What’s better than watching one of the best basketball games of all time? Watching loserville lose it in 5 over times. Go big blue.



  32. these are facts
    12:52 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    #31 Good call what a bunch of whining linebeards. It warms the heart



  33. Go cats
    12:52 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Russ smith and siva were TERRIBLE. I love it.



  34. Go cats
    12:56 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    They are standing in line on the bridges in loserville right now ready to jump you should head them.



  35. Jackson Purchase
    1:07 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    31. Why go over there and troll? Who cares, they lost at the same place we did.



  36. YES
    1:16 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    What a great day to be a CAT



  37. bmt22033
    1:21 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    @36 – yes, but “we suck” and they’re a “top-3 team”. Don’t believe me? Just ask their fans! 😉



  38. John Ellis
    1:26 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Auburn punked the game closer than it was. Willie’s progress very useful, both for Florida and long term. Archie either needs to get it or get benched. Now.
    That photo of Boehner – ugh – could cost him an election in his northern Cincy area where UK isn’t very popular. Let’s hope.



  39. Insomniac
    2:10 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    @31 – wish u hadn’t posted. Never visited a UL board before, it was just bizarre. Gotta take a Brillo pad with me to the shower now and hope I can scrape the dirty bird stink off.



  40. Wildcatsteeler
    2:21 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    OMG its Speaker of I can’t control my own insane House Boner. He presided over the worst Congress in history. And cried to do it.



  41. mike
    4:24 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    41-Either make an intelligent or shut the hell up. Are you 4 years old? “What Senators’ wives look like”. Boehner is not a Senator.



  42. Satan's conscious
    6:22 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Is that how Christians dance now? Maybe my plan is starting to work. That room had no women, but apparently none were needed.



  43. Joe
    7:57 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    I love it. On the Courier Journal website, the U of Smell fans are roasting Pitino. Ha, Ha, Ha



  44. HoptownsBeast
    7:59 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Cal! Studies show that people who have more birthdays live longer than those with fewer



  45. Rosie
    8:29 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hutch should be banned. Young children are on this site. You are pitiful.



  46. uk_angus
    8:51 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Regarding the comment on Boehner’s wife ….I have never seen Chris Thomas but I do not have to know what he looks like to know that, at least at this stage of his life, he is an ugly ugly person.



  47. John in Clermont
    9:02 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    I am a democrat but yes, please don’t throw indirect or direct darts at the Speakers wife. Just let him & his family enjoy a game. We have to put politics aside in sports when we are all just fans.



  48. Ridge Runner
    9:08 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not certain everyone in the Harlem video is a guy. OK…wait…take a look at the big one at bottom-right of screen with colored long hair. I’m not sold on just what that is. Hmmmmmm,

    Anyway, Happy B day Coach!



  49. tankercat
    9:12 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    #44 your right, they have some funny stuff over there, bashing siva, smith, and pitino lol. the funniest one i rwad is that smith is better in transistion than john wall, one guy making bank in the nba and the other throwing up crazy shots in college, they live in a funny world



  50. Ridge Runner
    9:12 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    I know I have seen this “dance” before now.

    Remember the old Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon that comes on like every year as a rerun? Yeah, that’s the ticket…

    When Charlie Brown can’t get the kids to pay attention to his Christmas Play “directing”…-they all break out in a dance with one kid playing a piano.

    Yeah!



  51. Ridge Runner
    9:15 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    –all that video needs is a dog (like Snoopy) dancing on a piano.



  52. ThatsAShame
    9:16 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Ridge – You are 100% right! That’s some funny meff.



  53. Blue Mist
    9:19 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    ridge runner, lmao.

    UL goes down and i’m estatic.



  54. SexnNursinHomes
    9:26 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    15- I wonder how many “spins” #46 made it through. I’m guessing 6.



  55. rixter
    9:32 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    “I watched every episode of House of Cards in less than 24 hours, and Robin Wright spoiled me with regards to what Senators’ wives look like”

    Chris, you ooze class



  56. BernieSadori
    9:57 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Chris,

    If you are going to insult a politicians wife, at least be intelligent about it.

    FYI, the Speaker of the House is not a Senator.



  57. Fact Check
    10:03 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Kevin Spacey plays a member of South Carolina’s House delegation, not a United States Senator. That would make Robin Wright the wife of a Representative. Probably should have slowed down on the episode watching, Chris.



  58. bamablue
    11:01 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Cal, 54 years young!



  59. paducahfan
    11:18 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Is it really necessary for U of L to lose for us to have a good day? We’ve got enough on our own plate without worrying about them. Cal may not have given up on No. 10 but most of the fans have.



  60. Sammydog
    11:31 am February 10, 2013 Permalink

    You have to have good guard play to advance in the tourney. We don’t have good, consistent guard play. Without a competent point guard, there can be no consistent, effective offense. Our shooting guard can’t shoot and our point guard has no sense of command over his team. There is still time but I am seeing nothing to think our guards can be dependable. Polston and Mays can be effective against certain teams but they don’t have sufficient foot speed and athletic ability to be the guys against top teams.



  61. Goose Givens
    12:00 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    You are 25 years old…how in the hell am I your favorite player of all time?



  62. teecumsay?
    12:03 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    speaking of birthdaze, a mere 2daze ago marked the birthdate of one of the greatest military leaders ever, Wm. Tecumseh Sherman, who invaded & obliterated the deep south, & for that alone, Feb. 8 ought to be a national holiday!!!



  63. Lisa
    12:37 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    #63. You are a major a**hole. Spoken like a true ” damn Yankee”



  64. markp
    1:14 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    63. Sherman was also part of the same group of people to begin the genocide of the American Indian right afte they tore up the South. If these guys, the North, were so driven to free the slaves on the one hand why would they do that to the Indians? Because the Civil War was not about slavery. It was about smashing states’ rights and beginning the take over of everything by the federal government and corporations.



  65. Corey Nichols
    1:43 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    43 – It was a video from a Men’s retreat this past weekend.



  66. Dude
    2:00 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 1, are you the maker of that video? If so, great job..got me pumped up.



  67. Zack
    2:20 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    60- I didn’t realize there was a chance we could win 2 titles this year! Sweet!



  68. Antione Walker 24
    2:21 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Chris, I know you probably don’t care but I will never read another post from you again. Comments about someone’s wife should be kept to yourself. Very unprofessional and absolutely ridiculous. I don’t know the guy or his wife but think if his wife read’s your comment. What a [insert male genital] you are. Whenever I see your name, I will pass on by from here on out. You should think about apologizing.



  69. Keith
    3:48 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Why are people getting so worked up over someone saying Boehner’s wife isn’t hot? It’s not like you all have to go home to that old bat every night.



  70. diehardcatfan
    10:05 pm February 10, 2013 Permalink

    Can I get that 33 seconds back of my life; Stupid



  71. Miles
    8:54 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    The players need to do one! If Cousins was still here it would have already been done!