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“I’m not King Kong…yet” and other GameDay sights and sounds


Cal really loves that blue pullover. Photo by @derekpoore.

Cal just spoke to the GameDay crew, and due to a technical difficulty, the crowd couldn’t even hear what he was saying. But, one thing we did hear was this epic quote: “I’m not King Kong…yet.” Consider that a teaser, as Ally will add a recap of his comments at the end of this post.

15,087 fans came to ESPN’s College GameDay taping today, a record for the show this season and the second-largest crowd in GameDay history, behind UK’s crowd in 2010. Here are some pictures from the court:

During the breaks, Stone Cold Willow had dance-offs with other students and fans. And yes, he let those Hershey Kisses feel the cool air of Rupp.

This guy, who was holding a TeamNF sign, got kicked out of the student section. Anyone know why?

Finally, Jay Bilas didn’t try to win over the BBN with his choices during the team draft: Indiana, Louisville, Florida, Duke and St. Louis. Jalen Rose won the crowd over by picking the Cats as his non-ranked team.

Be back in a few hours…

**Re-cap of John Calipari’s comments during his GameDay interview:

– The segment began with a montage of many of John Calipari’s comments in front of various microphones this season about his team. The clips ranged from, “They deserved to beat us by 50” to “Yesterday was our worst practice in 3 years” to the “uncoachable” comment. The video might have been a little awkward for the Kentucky team sitting in the crowd, but perhaps it might inspire them.

– When asked about the infamous dodgeball game, Calipari said he “got hit pretty quickly. I had every ball coming at me. It was just a spur of the moment, we gotta loosen this thing up.”

– Cal then talked about some of the pressure of playing at Kentucky, “I don’t blame these kids. You’re here at Kentucky, you’re expected to win every game. You’re under the glow of a media that’s all over you. But at the end of the day, the guys that play the best are having fun playing and they play. They aren’t worried about the end result. They just play basketball.”

– When asked about the “bubble projections,” Calipari said he doesn’t think it matters. He once again brought up the “Bell Curve.” Calipari said his team simply needs to “stay in the moment.”

– The best part of the segment wasn’t anything from Calipari’s mouth. Instead it was the John Robic dodgeball fathead right behind his head. Kudos. Props. 3 goggles to whoever that was.

– When asked by Jay Bilas who the biggest talker on the team is, Calipari quipped that it was probably “Orlando Antigua.” He said at times they have to tell the staff to stop talking so they can evaluate who on the team is actually talking.

– As Tyler mentioned in the teaser, John Calipari was asked about the impressive play of Willie Cauley-Stein in Kentucky’s last game. Calipari said that after the game, Willie Cauley-Stein said after the game that he will do what he has to do, but “I’m not King Kong…yet.” Calipari said the message from WCS was that he will do his job, but everyone else has to do the same.

– And finally, “We still have the ability to do whatever we choose to do…”

And then Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel played an awkward game of “Know Your Teammate.” The highlight was the miscue with the answers, when ESPN mixed up two of Noel’s answers. As a result, it looked as if Noel answered that Rajon Rondo was the one thing that could make him change his hairstyle.

(h/t Derek Poole)

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

34 Comments for “I’m not King Kong…yet” and other GameDay sights and sounds



  1. catz
    12:27 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    What is Team NF?



  2. blue brother
    12:34 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    big willy steppin’ up trying to be a leader with only 3 wks to go. i like it. this guy would be a real force if only he would come back



  3. Roland
    12:42 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Just guessing:
    No Flux?



  4. Roland
    12:45 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe the answer is somewhere on this page:
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Team%20NF&src=typd



  5. Roland
    12:47 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink


  6. Cals Cats
    1:01 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    It stands for No FU$%#

    http://teamnfstore.com/

    He was probably saying it out loud.



  7. Cals Cats
    1:03 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t really know the connection but my guess it is saying this team could care less, an attack on the team. Ban the guy from Rupp in my opinion.



  8. markymark
    1:07 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    #7 — nope, but thanks for playing



  9. ShelbyCatFan
    1:09 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Lol #5. 6 is correct. Its TeamNoF**ks



  10. Billy bob thorntons
    1:11 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’d like to ban assuming people like comment maker number
    7 from Rupp Arena…. I don’t know him/her but I can tell from that holier than thou style post
    I would not like them



  11. I'm a man, I'm Forty
    1:15 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Marquis Teague, after the 2012 team beat the OK City Thunder in a pickup game two summers ago, famously said, “We’re Kentucky…we don’t give NO F—s!!!,” thus the creation of #TeamNF

    PS- Jennifer Palumbo brought the John Robic Dodgeball FatHead



  12. Roland
    1:17 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    6, If that is “correct” then wouldn’t it better to say:
    #Team Celibate?



  13. Roland
    1:21 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I guess a person can decide for themselves what 2 letters in the alphabet mean.
    Your not communicating, when someone you are talking “to” says to themselves:
    what did he/she Say?



  14. Chad
    1:23 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    #11…Good assumption, I heard this story on KSR just this past week and Matt Jones emphasized that Teague actually said, “We is Kentucky, we don’t give no f—s…..”



  15. UK Freshmen
    1:24 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    There must be nothing to do in Lexington. Seriously.



  16. johnny
    1:25 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    With the NFL combine this morning I doubt too many people saw this goofy show.



  17. Bec
    1:25 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Team no fun



  18. PIX2CLICK
    1:29 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    ==== We all know that Coach Cal isn’t KING KONG – yet ……

    That’s reserved for “top gorilla” King Ohbama ! ====



  19. 18's your IQ
    1:49 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    run along.



  20. JVice
    1:51 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think they kicked him out based on the offensiveness of his poster – merely the inanity.



  21. Aaron
    2:06 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I think he got kicked out for “shagging” another Fan on TV.



  22. Actually
    2:12 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    WCS said to coach he is not KING KONG YET!



  23. Frenchy
    2:22 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Touché. #20



  24. Jslone83
    2:39 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah my wife and I watched him “dry hump” some other dude and he was also holding a sign with a phone # and giving the Demarcus Cousins “call me” gesture.



  25. Gary Wildcat
    3:03 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I think the kid got kicked out for acting like he was punching Digger in the head when they had close ups. And along with the other stuff mentioned above



  26. Big Blue K
    4:42 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I know the guy. I highly doubt he was dissing the team. He’s bled blue since he was a kid. Don’t hate. Just a student trying to enjoy Game Day.



  27. lexslamman
    5:11 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    #18 Put your white hood away, Cletus.



  28. Blue
    5:43 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT STONE COLD WILLOW.



  29. Everyone
    5:55 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I for one have grown tired of the same lame-a$$ kids showing up on tv everytime sitting in the front row. COuld we at least get attractive student, so we don’t have chubby dude, chubby referee guy and chubby red beard. It’s almost as annoying as the same band member that always showed up for UofL acting like he was the drummer for Motely Crue.



  30. mike
    7:00 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I think dude got kicked out for holding up a sign of the mayor’s personal phone number.



  31. Mark
    7:03 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    Where can one buy those suits the team was wearing? Or are they only for the team?



  32. android
    9:48 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    I switched from iPhone to android, and I can promise you, I’ll never go back. There are so many apps and its extremely customizable. Love it 🙂



  33. I'm a man, I'm Forty
    11:46 pm February 23, 2013 Permalink

    14. I stand corrected



  34. godisacatsfan
    12:33 pm February 25, 2013 Permalink

    We were two rows up from him. He got kicked out for him humping his friend on tv. Didn’t even warn him