So did you listen to Tubby Smith’s call in show tonight? No, well I didnt either. And to be honest, I am not sure why anyone would. I mean I love Tubby Smith, but he isnt exactly a transforming entertainer. Plus there is never anything relevant said on the show….Tubby gives his normal “coach speak”, the MC of the show speaks in a non-threatening manner, so as not to ruffle any feathers and the normal UK topics are addressed, with virtually nothing resolved or illuminated.
The only highlight of course is when they open up the phones. Because there is nothing more ridiculous than listening to UK callers ask questions of the coach. Whether it was the old-school, “when you gonna play RICHEEEEE?” questions or the new school, “dont you think that if you played Jared Carter at the 2, it would throw off the defenses”, all questions lead to absurdity. I often wonder if Tubby is just sitting there thinking, “what have I done to have to deserve to listen to this drivel?” (I think a Kentucky Sports Radio Tubby show would be much better…..call your local Congressman.)
But tonight had one big moment. Former UK star and recent blog subject, Chuck Hayes called into the show. In what was an odd, seemingly contrived setup, Hayes spoke of how much he loved the University and how Tubby had made him into a power forward for the NBA through work ethic and defensive coaching (could this have been for Patrick Patterson….nah). Tubby then spoke of his admiration for Hayes and all that he had done for the university and program, mentioning that if every player were like Chuck, coaching would be easy. All in all, it was actually a neat moment and was one that mixed up what is normally a mind-numbing endeavor. Word on the street is that this will be a new feature and that next week, Adam Chiles will be calling in…..so set your calendars now!!!!