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His Brother’s Carrier


The play of the night was not Alex Poythress’s testosterone-fueled dunk to put a definitive end to the game. It wasn’t Archie Goodwin’s twisting layup followed by a Tarzan-like chest thump to the eRUPPtion zone, nor was it Julius Mays’ three pointer to save Kentucky’s streak of games with at least one three pointer made. And before you even ask, no, the play of the game definitely was not Devon Atkinson’s ability to hold back his tears as Sean Woods got in his face on the sideline (although that was admirable, almost as admirable as his French braids).


No, the play that deserved to be on Sports Center can be summed up in this picture:


(UK Athletics)


With about a minute left to go in the game, Archie Goodwin went down. Before the Rupp crowd could collectively gasp in horror, Julius Mays was there by his side to help him back up- or at least, that’s what we assumed. Instead, Uncle Jul took it one step further and literally carried Archie on his back to the sidelines- piggyback style- safely depositing the team’s leading scorer on the bench to the chuckles of everyone who witnessed it.


It was a small gesture. A goofy gesture. A light-hearted moment in a game filled with physical fouls, head coach tirades, whistle-happy refs, and a general consensus that this game was uglier than Joakim Noah on a bad hair day. But for UK fans- it has a much bigger meaning.


Let’s look at the physical metaphor first. Julius Mays- who had a solid night with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and no turnovers- was carrying the team’s leading scorer on his back. Archie went off last night for 28 points, coming from a combination of free throws (thanks, Hack a Cat strategy) and acrobatic drives to the basket. If Archie wanted to score last night, lord help anyone who tried to stand in his way. But even the leading scorer needs a little help sometimes. Despite the abundance of superstardom on any one of his teams, Calipari coaches with a team mentality. Sure, one player may carry the team through any one game- but the go-to guy can change at any point during the season, and when that happens, the rest of the team will be there as a supporting cast. Tonight, Archie Goodwin carried the Cats, and Julius Mays was there to back him up- on the scoreboard and literally on the court. At some point during the season, the roles may very well be reversed.


Also, the Mays/Goodwin piggyback ride shows something we’ve heard about constantly with last year’s team but maybe haven’t quite seen evidence of this year- brotherhood. Yes, we know they call each other bro on Twitter, and walk to class together in their matching Beats by Dre. Mays and Goodwin’s piggyback ride is physical proof of the bonding this team has already experienced- a bond that will only get stronger as the season progresses and they face tougher and tougher challenges. Honesty time, how many people do you like enough to give a piggyback ride to? I can think of maybe six, if we’re counting my dogs. Julius Mays was his brother’s keeper carrier last night.


(UK Athletics)


Another thing about that piggyback ride? Once I saw what was happening and got over my initial giggle fit, I thought, “It WOULD be Julius doing that.” More and more, Julius is building his reputation as the Kentucky glue guy, much like Darius Miller’s role on the team last year. Archie wasn’t surprised either; in post-game interviews when asked about the moment, Archie called Julius “my big brother” and said that was his role on the team. That support will be invaluable during the postseason. I’m calling it now: “That’s So Julius” is the new “That’s So Darius.”


And to end on a lighter note- we’ve said it before and we’ve said it again. Guys, this is going to be a fun team to watch. Uncle Jul and little cousin Archie, among others, will guarantee that. And that, friends, is something to be thankful for.


@KristenGeilKSR for UK basketball and the life of a vegetarian on Thanksgiving

Article written by Kristen Geil

31 Comments for His Brother’s Carrier

  1. EC
    11:14 am November 22, 2012 Permalink

    I guess in Sean Woods’ day they would have kicked Archie in the tail as he crawled back to the bench.

    What a jerk!

  2. Working Stiff
    11:15 am November 22, 2012 Permalink

    KSR should have the radio show tomorrow morning. He’s always looking for an excuse to cancel the show. Plenty of Kentuckians have to work the day after Thanksgiving. He won’t even have a 2 hour radio show on basketball game day, the day before the UK-UT football game and in the middle of a football coaching search. Lazy bastards…

  3. Bradley
    11:19 am November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Good post Kristen!

  4. BBN
    11:25 am November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Sean Wood is a thug who recruits and coaches a team of thugs. I no longer have respect for him. Several of the Unforgettables have become anti-UK pricks. We need to remove their jerseys from Rupp’s rafters. Leave one banner to recognize their contributions. Include the names on the banner if necessary, but remove their individual jerseys ASAP. They don’t deserve having their jerseys hanging in Rupp.

  5. crazy
    11:27 am November 22, 2012 Permalink

    #2 Are you for real?!?#@ Talk about entitlement, I have to work therefore you should work too. I want it!!!! Grow up man.

  6. jpl
    11:47 am November 22, 2012 Permalink

    That was a great article Kristen! The imagery and flow of the article…just very well done.

  7. Wildct Willie says
    12:01 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Sean needs to make a serious apology to that kid and too everyone concerned with that game last night. He doesn’t need to be fired or his name taken from the Rupp Rafters. He made a mistake, hopefully he will learn from it and never do it again. That kid played a great game last night and to be ridiculed in that way was out of line , way out of line.The whole Morehead State team played a great game and shouldn’t have to incident be the headline.

    I’m sure Sean hates what he did and so the way to make amends is be a stand up guy, make the apology Sean and try to learn from it, then lets all move on. Hopefully, this young man will not suffer any harm from this unwarrented attack.

    Go Big Blue

  8. fur eel
    12:09 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    I remember Adam Childs arguing with Tubby and the coach embarrassed him. BBN rallied around Tubby and said Childs needs to mature. Now BBN is wanting to crucify Woods? Neat.

  9. bigbluegdud
    12:12 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    I’m in the minority here, but none of you know enough about the words being exchanged to come down this hard on Sean Woods. Were you also all over Cal a couple of years ago on the road when he rained down words my momma won’t let me say on Terrence Jones? Team basketball in pretty intense and that was an intense moment. Someone called in on the radio last night who was seated behind the Morehead St bench. He said the player directed the F Bomb either right at Woods or at a UK player. While it’s a fact that Woods was in his grill on the bench, don’t judge unless you know for sure what the coach was telling the player.

  10. Anti-BBN
    12:12 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    4. I’d be willing to guess you think EVERY black guy that doesn’t wear a UK uniform is a “thug”. Probably voted for Romney too. Typical closet racist.

  11. kentuckyjoe
    12:14 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Kristen, are you a vegetarian? I am and have been for a long time. Lots of good stuff to eat at Thanksgiving so the turkey isn’t missed at all.

    And put me in the column of someone that wants to crucify Woods. The AD should tell him one more incident even remotely similar to last night and he’s history.

  12. NotSatire
    12:21 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    That picture could define the season.

  13. Kristen Geil
    12:30 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    I am a vegetarian, kentucky joe! Originally started in October and decided to only go til Thanksgiving and have a big turkey dinner- then got to the table and realize I didn’t crave the meat at all. Haven’t had it since, except for once or twice.

  14. Kristen Geil
    12:31 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    and thanks, bradley and jpl! it was fun to write

  15. kentuckyjoe
    12:38 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    great Kristen, I like your writing and now I like your eating habits. Me? not one bite of meat, poultry, or seafood for 37 years. Haven’t missed any of it for one minute. But, I’ll be scarfing yams, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, and God only knows what else in just a few hours and I just got thru downing a bagel and cream cheese to get me thru to dinner time. And after dinner I will watch the game from last night that is on tape as it came on at 2 AM here. I spent game time last night with you and the rest of the crew on the live blog. Loved it.

  16. Kristen Geil
    12:40 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Imma eat ALLLLLLL the sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie today. I ran a 5K this morning at Keeneland so I have no guilt. And thanks! I love doing the live blog, you never know what everyone’s going to be chatting about… glad you didn’t get tired of my karaoke talk!

  17. gog8ors
    12:52 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Those two looked as though they were somewhat comfortable in that piggy back position, a little too comfortable it seemed with both grinning from ear to ear. Maybe this could be a clue as to Harrow’s mystery illness. Name this team the cornhole cats.

  18. kentuckyjoe
    1:02 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Kristen, the karaoke talk went right over my head as I’m so old I didn’t recognize the work of any of the folks. But, I’m giving you credit for starting the Thanksgiving puns which were fun. And I’m giving you credit for knowing a lot about the game of hoop and having a good sense of humor. You better be a regular on the blogs, both the game blog and the site blog. And a big congrats on the 5K. All I’ve got to my credit today is about a mile walk with my dog.

  19. Briar Gates
    1:10 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Why don’t you pussies let Sean Woods coach his team and you coach yours. Man Up!

  20. Bell County
    1:21 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Seemed childish to me.

  21. Katdaddy
    1:38 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    i’m not sure if this is a top 20 team!

  22. LansingCat
    1:42 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Kristen, great write up! Thanks a lot, and Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t worry about eating turkey today, I got this 😉

  23. njCat
    2:14 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Very nice write-up Kristen. A perfect caption to a great image. Its so nice to see the players looking out for each other. Cal is instilling quite a culture at KY.

    Sean Woods on the other hand.. what a complete ass. He completely lost his cool, which you can NEVER defend on any level. He is the leader of that team, and leaders just don’t act like that. ESPN has videos of him going off on 2 or 3 other players during other games, which tells me he has an anger management problem. He needs to get some help before he ends up in BCG land.

  24. gottodoit
    2:24 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    There is never an excuse for any coach to behave the way Sean did. He knows that, too, I expect.

    Believe me, sideline conduct by coaches absolutely began to go to hell when Bob Knight arrived on the scene – and not only did he get away with it, he was also applauded and revered by Indiana fans for his despicable manner.

    The ‘immortal’ Vietnam draft-dodging Bob Knight. Hate him.

  25. joe
    4:32 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    I know this is off topic, but does anyone else get the vibe that Harrow is not coming back to the team?

  26. UK Freshmen
    5:24 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    Brokeback Mountain.

  27. barn
    5:32 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    24–glad you brought up knight’s military service. i was recently researching the subject and can find nowhere any reference to his actual active duty other than wikipedia, which says he enlisted in the army in 1962, then in ’63 became asst. coach at army, and spent a total of 6 years there. although coach k’s army service is documented, i find it strange that no mention of knight’s actual service, rank, length of service, etc., can be found.

  28. how about
    5:46 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink


    You nailed it with B Knight, throwing chairs, kicking players, obscene post game interviews.
    I have had my share of Coaches ‘”encouragements ” during the days. Never let them linger, just didn’t the same mistake for a long time. Wasn’t comfortable with Coach Cals ‘T. Jones outburst. Terrance seemed to move on. Don’t know about S. Woods and his players, they probably can too. I say let them handle it and every else play on.

  29. Carl
    9:33 pm November 22, 2012 Permalink

    He ain’t heavy he’s my brother!!
    GO CATS!

  30. jch
    8:57 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Since I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere else, is it safe to assume Goodwin just had cramp or bumped knees? Nothing serious or nagging I hope.

  31. Kristen
    10:55 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    I think it was just cramps