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Jerry Tipton and This Guy


Poor Jerry Tipton.  Despite being labeled as The Good Doctor, the oldest man in journalism still can’t seem to shake the whole curmudgeon label bestowed upon him by thinking Kentucky fans for the past twenty years or so.  Some people think it’s unfair for the Hall of Famer to catch so much flack, but it’s things like these that make you wonder if he doesn’t seem to like the labeling a bit.  Because there is no logical explanation for this otherwise.

In his college basketball notebook in Sunday’s Herald-Leader, the PhD of Positivity kicked things off with a little look into how UK might not be doing what the NCAA wants in terms of having Kanter as an assistant and why you are wrong for being upset over the Kanter decision.  Whatever.  Nothing new there.  But, Jerry does something that seems weird even for him.  He then devotes five paragraphs to a Bleacher Report story about the 25 “sketchiest” programs in the country, which placed UK at #3.  A story written by the guy above.  A sophomore at UNC.  A sophomore Biology major at UNC.  Umm…what?

Here it is:

Sketchy programs

The NCAA ruling on Enes Kanter was not the only bit of negativity to rain down on Kentucky on Friday.

UK figured prominently in the Web site Bleacher Report’s listing of the 25 “sketchiest” programs in college basketball. Writer Luke Dykes ranked Kentucky No. 3 in his top 25 behind No. 2 Michigan and No. 1 Baylor.

“The Kentucky Wildcats have a rap sheet almost as prolific as their successes …,” Dykes wrote. “It all started under Adolph Rupp.”

Dykes noted the point-shaving scandal of the late 1940s and early 1950s, the NCAA ordering UK not to play in the 1952-53 season, the public reprimand for failing to launch a serious investigation of the program in the 1980s and the $1,000 sent to the father of recruit Chris Mills in the Emery Air Freight envelop that forced the resignation of Eddie Sutton and his coaching staff later that decade.

“There haven’t been any other sanctions on Kentucky since then, but the hiring of John Calipari has me sitting on the edge of my seat,” Dykes wrote. “With his record, it may not be long before something happens in Lexington. Technically, none of the things he’s done in the past have been his fault, but lots of things have gone on under his watch, so it wouldn’t surprise me if something else did.”

And that’s it.  No commentary on it.  No connection between this and the Kanter portion.  Not even an attached picture of him flipping you the bird.  Nothing.  Just a few paragraphs from a site that we wouldn’t even quote taking a few shots at the Cats.  It’s truly the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.  It’s like someone hacked his column with some internet goober with an awful picture.  And it wasn’t even Drew Franklin.  That’s just turrrible, Jerry.

Of, course, to be fair, it’s not like his UK basketball beat had very many other things to write about Sunday, right?

(Link to Tipton story)

Article written by Thomas Beisner

59 Comments for Jerry Tipton and This Guy

  1. The Fake Gimel Martinez
    9:14 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Bleacher Report is the worst thing that’s happened to sports journalism since Rick O’Reilly.

  2. Jughead
    9:16 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    I didn’t know the guy who sings for Coldplay went to school at UNC!

  3. ??
    9:18 am January 10, 2011 Permalink


  4. Don
    9:20 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    What’s the matter with that guy? I couldn’t be more serious..

  5. bung
    9:21 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    UK basketball against the world…..what else is new. I guess that why our fan base is so unified.

  6. Al's IndiCats
    9:22 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    HUH? It seems like to me there could be a severe case of “ENES” envy. Especially with Kantor not being able to play. This and the Horrible HacK at the Hearld is just that…. NOTHING Most likely Mr. Dykes has already forgotten that Old Roy Boy was investigated for giving improprieties at ku. I can’t even put the LHL’s sports page in the bottom of my bird cage, because my Parrot sticks his ass outside the cage, for he says there’s enough SH!T on it already.

  7. MNBlue
    9:22 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Why do you even include links to Tipton’s stories. His employers undoubtedly count in-bound links to their site. That keeps Tipton employed.

  8. Another One In 11
    9:23 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Guys, I see the Enes thing as a victory! Enes will still get to be educated in the US. This is, afterall, what he wanted to come here for right? That is what everyone has said all along, and I understand it, he will be educated. Rejoice!!! Hurrah!!! This quote comes from Cal himself guys, “This has never been about our program or the University of Kentucky, it has been about the wishes of Enes and his family to have their son educated in the United States.”
    Unlike this season’s football team, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!

  9. Art Vandalay
    9:24 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    He loves to write negative pieces for 2 reasons. In his mind it gives him “credibility” with the rest of the sports journalism world and he attracts soooooo many hits because people can’t resist seeing what sort of assinine drivel he’s gonna write next.

  10. bung
    9:24 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    We need someone to publish the “rap sheet” of schools in the last 15 years. And insist that it gets airtime too.

  11. Enes Envy
    9:25 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    I assume there is a link so the H-L doesn’t threaten to sue today. There’s always tomorrow.

  12. What's New?
    9:29 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton has been a hack and always will be. I wish no one would read his drivel, as he loves to get hits on his articles by saying negative things about UK.

  13. bung
    9:29 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    email Dykes employer

  14. bung
    9:32 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    We need a newspaper in Lexington

  15. bung
    9:33 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    We need chasers taped to the side of bourbon bottles

  16. oldmaninblue
    9:34 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    why do you continue to feed him? more people read him through this blog and anywhere else. if you would quit giving him play, then he would shrivel up and blow away.

  17. oldmaninblue
    9:34 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    should have read, “than anywhere else”

  18. Tim
    9:39 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    blank the NCAA and double blank Jerry Tipton. I can’t wait until the day I can once again get a subscription from the LHL. Until he goes, I won’t even visit their website.

  19. kyeric
    9:39 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton’s best friend is the anger that he provides to the people on this site. How else could he generate any buzz whatsoever other than harping the same tune about how dirty/bad/terrible Kentucky Basketball is?

    Forde/Thamel have rumors, Doyell is agressive (but fair), and even Kige has his schtick. Tipton’s only real way to generate hits and sell papers is to be a thorn in the side of the University.

  20. Scotty b
    9:39 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Go to the Herald Leader machines, insert 4 quarters, take all copies of the paper and replace with a note that says “Fire Tipton.” Take copies of paper and throw in nearest trash can.

  21. MtnCat
    9:40 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Aww, Tipton speaks. Who cares. The LHL is as worthless. Once had D.G. Fitzmaurice and Chuck Culpepper, now this. Can’t believe people still subscribe.

  22. 78 NCAA Champions
    9:40 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    The whole “UK is a dirty program” routine is old and boring.

  23. I'm Just Sayin
    9:45 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    For the millionth time…..If you subscribe to the Lexington Herald Leader then you are part of the problem.

  24. bung
    9:46 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Whatever happened to Joe Creason?

  25. BrianR
    9:50 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Its sad that the media are now the news makers.

  26. SexnNursinHomes
    9:55 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Isn’t there some bar Jerry Tipton drowns his miserable soul, and somebody could beat the crap outta him?? I mean his face looks like an alcoholic’s face.. Gin blossom on that nose

  27. repsol-69
    10:00 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    stop giving these idiots more publicity! let them fade away in there mediocracy

  28. Rush3Redux
    10:07 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    24 — He’s now a Louisville city park.

  29. gemmerter
    10:07 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

  30. Pitiner's Wiener
    10:07 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Suck it Tipton, suck it

  31. VII
    10:08 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    This is great. The Good Doctor has now annoited anyone who posts a comment as a sportswriter and will quote them.

    Well, Tipton… feel free to quote VII on this “You should retire!. Immediately”.

  32. Kevin Probus
    10:16 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Why do KSR retards keep linking Tipton? How effing stupid are you guys?

  33. CalifCatFan
    10:25 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton, really, you should retire.

  34. Kevin Probus' Mom
    10:26 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Little Kevin, time for bed. Stop sneaking out to watch Rugrats. Also, might need to change your diaper, stinky boy.

  35. Kentucky101
    10:27 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    #23 Don’t need to you can link it here!

  36. Porcino's
    10:34 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tuck Fipton. That is all.

  37. Wildcobb Salad
    10:35 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    That’s a poorly written “article” to boot. Tipton should be ashamed.

  38. BlaineMan
    10:39 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton forgot to note that he was the only person out of billions of people on earth to actually read this story on Bleacher Report. Why? Oh because any hobo from the street could write and post a story on that site? Ah yes, that must be why.

  39. BlaineMan
    10:41 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton may as well start quoting people off of message boards. Carries the same credibility of the Bleacher Report.

  40. Jerry Tipton's mom
    10:44 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Now now little Jerry, put that old type writer away and go out and play with all the other little boys in the neighborhood. And if I told you once I’ve told you a thousand times to put take that poster of Liberace’ and Rock Hudson off your wall, and you CANNOT wear my apron playing Pitch and Catch with being a “CATCHER” all the time without a cather’s “PIT” err I mean mitt!

  41. C-A-R-D-S
    10:47 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Go Cards baby, number 18 recruiting class!!!

  42. bung
    10:50 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    what a great new video on youtube…..”fire emmert free Enes”

  43. DavenderCatTheSequel
    10:52 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Bleacher Report? Was Topix firewalled @ the LHL?

  44. Porcino's
    10:52 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    41. UK’s is #1, and you just got your ass kicked in the Grease Pit. What’s your point?

  45. Dennis Smith
    10:55 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    This Tipton crap is so juvenile. He has been writing like he does his entire career and hasn’t brought the program down just yet. And what he should be is your BFF because he has been your richest source of material forever. The Tipton drama squad waits with baited breath for each and every article just to compete to see who can express the first and foremost outrage. It is embarrassing to see grown men act this way.

  46. JEREMY
    10:56 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton just needs to hang it up! I think he just has gotten old and turned into a hateful old man! Maybe he should just go write for the ny times or somewhere he can hate as much as he wants! I don’t know who or what UK wise pissed him off but he has become just ridiculous with his negativity towards UK! Just a complete joke!

  47. Charley
    11:02 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton is a burned out sot who takes out his frustration with his miserable life on the UK program. One reinforcement for his boorish behavior is that he is quoted in other media for being negative toward the hometown program which is unusual.

  48. right said fred
    11:51 am January 10, 2011 Permalink

    So he attends the same University that suspended half of it’s football team for rules violations but doesn’t include them? Now that is looking through Powder Blue tinted glasses. As for Tipton, he only writes a positive article when he is doing a piece on our opponents. He is quite possibly the worst sports journalist in the state of KY and that is saying alot….I am looking at you Forde!!!

  49. JimmieUKfan
    12:10 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton is nothing more than a bad prune that keeps on giving.

  50. bigbluecatfan
    12:23 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    I would rate Jerry Tipton on the same level and the same ability as sportswriters, two has been angry old hacks that are past their prime looking for something sensational that will gain them some attenttion nationwide even if it is digging up lies and untruth on some worthless blog. What a pitiful excuse of a so called writer without any common sense what so ever.

  51. serdi
    12:55 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    That is right #48 but, that does not count. It was very unfortunate that the football stuff happened at Chapel Hill and threw any kind of negative connotation on the great university…we know that Dean Smith NEVER even stretched an NCAA rule nor did any of his players EVER receive any illegal benefits. That is not the way it was or continues to be in the “Carolina Way.”

  52. stfu
    1:11 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Not surprised but this douche bag didn’t get his facts straight. It wasn’t Kentucky that was involved in point shaving. It was a few players. Rupp told his boys to stay away from the gamblers but money is tempting to young adults. The NCAA also did not “order” UK not to play. The SEC banned UK from playing conference games and the NCAA threatened sanctions to other programs if they played UK so there was no season that year. The evidence against Kentucky and the players was shaky at best but the AD at the time did not fight it and accepted the SEC’s punishment. Nobody in today’s world knows the facts much like how they label Rupp a racist with no facts.

    UK basketball has only one real black eye and that was in the late 80s. UK football has two but nobody cares about it because we didn’t win anything while cheating anyway. To put UK #3 on a list like that is laughable. There are many more programs that have cheated way more than UK and most of those involve football programs in the south. There was no greater cheating in the history of sports than what was going on in football in the south in the 80s. Kansas has been on probation more than UK. The Wooden years at UCLA is the biggest scam ever in college basketball but the NCAA didn’t want to expose it’s golden boy so they waited until they had Larry Brown to finally put them on probation and tell Sam Gilbert to stay away. There are many repeat offender programs that make UK look like it’s never cheated but since we’re UK we’re put near the top of these baseless lists. It’s good to be hated.

  53. Tom Blevins
    1:21 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    As long as, there are reporters like Tipton working for the Herald-Leader, we don’t need the Courier-Journal. And if there’s any doubt, this is not a compliment.

  54. PeeWee
    1:39 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    I really wish Tipton would get out of town. The guy is always dogging UK. Why even bother bringing him up whenever he writes something like this. Whenever someone has pestered the hell out of me in the past I ignore them and eventually they go away. I think the same principle should be applied to Tipton. Ignore his ass and he will go away!

  55. messecat
    2:22 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    How about putting money up to start a newspaper to put that idiot and the HL out of business. I will even put money into it.

  56. Brett
    3:35 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    Link to another tipton garbage and I sop reading ksr. You guys are feeding us garbage.

  57. totaly blue
    4:33 pm January 10, 2011 Permalink

    news medias love negativity that is how most journalist make there living do not read his articles or comment on him he will have to change to survive. but it will take a ton of people doing this to make his empoyer understand we are tired of his crap. quitreading,quit responding and quit buying the newspaper.

  58. Oliver Simmons
    9:27 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton sucks.

  59. Hater Paul
    12:20 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    It is a waste, putting in print that UK cheats. Anyone with any intelligence already knows this and it is why UK fans get angry because of the lack there of.

    P.S. UK fans, please have another schools fans explain what I just wrote.