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John Steinbeck’s Happy We Won


Tomorrow, February 27, is the birthday of John Steinbeck, the famous American author. If he were alive tonight, he would most certainly enjoy the application of one of his titles, Of Mice and Men, to this Kentucky team. One may say that, when Enes officially had no chance of eligibility, Calipari fell victim to the line, “The best laid scheme of mice and men/Oft go awry.” Moreso, tonight’s performance against Florida showed further improvement in the aggressiveness department of Darius Miller, giving the Calipari and the entire Big Blue Nation an answer for their continuous cries for Miller to quit playing like a mouse and start playing like a man. Sunday will be another boring day, but at least this week we can finally hold our heads high when we think about the previous night’s game.

– Kentucky took down Florida by a solid, hard-earned 8 points, winning 76-68. Write-ups on the game are everywhere, but provides great postgame interview videos with Calipari, Knight, Harrellson, and Miller.

– Here are some interesting player tidbits from the Florida side…

Kenny Boynton: On playing against Brandon Knight…
“At the end of the day, I’m trying to get a win and he’s trying to get a win and we’re playing hard for both of our teams. I think he played a great game, but we’re just trying to play hard and do what is best for our teams.”

On the one-on-one match-up with Brandon Knight… 
“It is pretty hard to stop a player coming at you one-on-one, full speed going the full court. The majority of their plays were those one-on-one type plays so you have to try and stay in front of your man and depend on your help.”

Chandler Parsons: On how differently Kentucky played today versus down in Gainesville…
“They shoot the ball incredibly here. The atmosphere here at Rupp Arena is special. They are very good here (at Rupp Arena) and are tough to beat.”

On how difficult it was to matchup with Kentucky…
“They are very difficult to matchup with. They can put the ball on the floor and have guards who can throw it down inside. They have a very good all-around offense. At home, they are very tough. They make shots and their crowd really gets into it. They played well tonight.”

Notice how Boynton respects Knight from their years of playing together(aau) and as opponents(high school). Boynton also apparently learned from John Wall about the difficulties of stopping great point guards. Sorry, Kenny. Chandler Parsons called Rupp “special”. I guess that facial cream from freshman year did not kill all his brain cells, after all.

– Coach Cal shows us that he joins UK fans in his form of reaction to bad play by our guys. He said this when asked about Florida scoring on several in-bounds plays: “I don’t know.  I’ll watch the tape and probably punch the TV.”

Matt Jones drops some lines on the impact of Reappearius Miller for the team.

Michael Avery is having a tough time getting noticed by schools these days, and his “future is uncertain.” Wyoming and Texas Tech fans are trying really hard to change that.

– Photo 6/9 here really shows why Erik Murphy’s younger brother committed to Duke recently.



Article written by Chris Thomas

22 Comments for John Steinbeck’s Happy We Won

  1. Blueburg
    11:22 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink


  2. The Real Hambone
    11:33 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Parsons will find out that the Cats will be tough in
    Atlanta too. I have said all along Fla. is a ‘paper tiger’. They’ll hand your soft ass to you tied up in a pretty bow Chandler if they get another crack at you in SEC tourney.

  3. blueblue
    11:35 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you Dick Vitale!! I’ve been saying the same thing to all my friends for two weeks now. This team may struggle on someone else’s home court, but I feel confident in them on a neutral court. And that’s where tournaments will be played. We won’t win the SEC tourney, but that’s because of having no bench. We’ll win two, and then run out of gas. In the NCAA, they only have to play two games per weekend. We can make it to the sweet sixteen, and MAYBE the elite eight. That’s where it will end. Remember, a neutral court is much different than a hostile court. Especially when you think about the BBN. We can make neutral courts into home courts. Maybe it’s up to us to help this team make a deep run!!!

  4. holdmeclosertinydanson
    11:37 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Whole lotta nothins’ must be having birthdays tomorrow.

    Photo 6/9….heeheehee. Damn I’m still drunk.

  5. blueblue
    11:57 pm February 26, 2011 Permalink

    Forget seeding because we not going to get a high seed. I’d say a 5 seed at absolute best. I think most importantly is where will this team be sent?

  6. blueblue
    12:03 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Selection Sunday is two weeks away!!!

  7. Cats
    12:12 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Screw seeding, doesn’t matter. Play who you gotta play, take ’em down, beat ’em, stomp ’em. Win your game, move on. Cats going to draw blood.

  8. Herm Edwards
    12:14 am February 27, 2011 Permalink


  9. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    12:27 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    “Sunday will be another boring day…”

    Sorry Chris, you can own that one all for yourself

  10. BPsycho
    12:34 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    #9 Haven’t you said that to Chris before?

  11. Viren
    12:51 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    #3 I agree with you I really think this team will go far in the tournament because one they are do not turn the ball over very much, we are top ten efficient teams, and they can shoot the ball very well. Knight is playing very well and Miller is giving huge lift. I think SEC Tournament will show us a good indication of how well we can play on the neutral floor. We are 3-1 in our neutral site games to Connecticut. If we do not turn the ball over at the end of the game in key possessions our record will look much better right now. No way if these guys put up shots at the end lose to the likes of Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. We also have to keep in mind many times Ref’s are calling the games in accordance to crowd reaction.

  12. kycat
    1:59 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Terrence jones kinda looks like kevin galloway

  13. el hombre juan
    3:09 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    to everybody who didnt think miller had it in him: suck it. not really, i love all of you and may God bless you crazy internet kids. go cats.

  14. Coach K
    7:16 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Photo 7/9 also shows why Murphy’s brother is going to Duke. At Duke that would be a foul on Terrence Jones.

  15. SexnNursinHomes
    7:19 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    hahaha, Chris Thomas is right. erik murphy is gay. picture 6/9 proves it.

    I’m drinking 8 month old bong water this morning. been saving it for a special occassion, and Miller playing like a straight up pimp is a good reason to drink it. CATS!!

  16. uklaw95
    8:30 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    The Michael Avery article is a good one. Shows once again how athletic bodies at the college level and high school level do their level best to screw athletes by following the letter of the law with no consideration of the human aspect. As if regulating high school sports is akin to regulating securities.

  17. Troy Barber
    8:52 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    It all makes sense to me now: I didn’t know who that tall kid was w/ posse & coeds, sporting the Noxzema. Now I know. Thank you, KSR!

  18. Megan
    8:58 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Robert Burns, “To a Mouse” (1785):

    The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
    Gang aft agley

    (Read it in your best Groundskeeper Willie voice)

  19. eric church
    12:03 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    gonna fire it up, yea the shot looks good, Darius he strokes and the parsons he mopes, that billy donovan he uses grease to slick back that hair and rock n roll, but when he came to rupp kentucky took his soul, yea billy g drinks and brian williams smokes

  20. h2h
    12:25 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Miller disappeaius to determius

  21. Brandon Knight
    11:21 am February 28, 2011 Permalink

    Stop! Don’t touch me there! This is my NO NO square!