Mosley, a KSR founding father, once had a feature entitled “Know Your Enemy” in order for UK fans to be fully informed about their next opponent. While Mosley has moved on to bigger and better things, our enemies continue to be part of our life. I want to keep us prepared on a game-by-game basis.
“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare
Good Friday to you, KSR readers. My Thanksgiving was really great, thank you for asking. While I’m thanking people, thanks to everyone who posted pictures via social media of their young cousins/nieces/nephews I didn’t know. They were adorable. I can’t believe they did that certain thing or made that face, either. So funny.
I was at my parents’ house for Thanksgiving. My family is competitive. We play games when we get together. But I think I’m retiring from our Thanksgiving basketball game. I didn’t like who I’ve become on the court. Yesterday, I tried to deliberately trip my 9 year old cousin. That’s not who I want to be. I don’t think a press conference is necessary, I just wanted to let you guys know I was retiring.
As far as eating on Thanksgiving goes, I’m not retiring. I went from really hungry to really uncomfortable in a matter of 15 minutes yesterday. Unlike Rick Pitino, I don’t mess around at the dinner table.
Enough about me. We have a game tonight. Against the Brooklyn version of Long Island University. Which means we have an opponent. Which means we have an enemy. Which means we need to know them. Let’s do just that.
If you guessed Brooklyn, you’re right. Go get yourself some leftover pumpkin pie.
Brooklyn is the most populated borough of New York City, with over 2.5 million residents. Only 11,000 of them are enrolled in LIU Brooklyn. To put that into perspective, that is 0.004% of Brooklyn’s population.
Kentucky got their first win of the 2012-2013 season in Brooklyn. I know because I got a gyro for dinner across the street from the Barclay’s Center after the game and talked about Wilmore’s Jarrod Polson with anyone wearing blue and white.
Notable People Associated with Brooklyn on Wikipedia:
Michael Jordan- Before moving to and growing up in Wilmington, NC, his Airness was born in Brooklyn. If you are a basketball fan, you know everything there is to know about Michael Jordan. Six NBA titles, six Finals’ MVP’s, and current Charlotte Bobcats owner. Blah blah blah. But did you know he is one of the worst dressers of all time? Seriously. There is a website devoted strictly to his horrendous wardrobe.
Mike Tyson- This famous actor spent some time residing in Brooklyn with his pigeons. Before he became a mainstay on the big screen, Tyson was a professional boxer with an ear lobe fetish. Seriously. He once bit a guy’s ear in the ring. It seems like there are more crazy things about him, but I can’t remem…. OH YEAH! HE HAS A TATTOO ON HIS FACE!!
Cheerleading Scouting Report:
LIU Brooklyn’s cheerleaders ain’t out of your momma’s “2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits a dollar” mold. They do not wear miniskirts and half shirts and they taunt the opposing team when they are shooting free throws. Read about it here for yourself. Sometimes I poke fun at the cheerleaders. This will not be one of those times.
When their players aren’t being arrested for fighting, the Blackbirds do play a little basketball in the Northeast Conference.
Although the momentum from their 1939 & 1941 NIT has probably worn off, they did make an appearance in last year’s NCAA Tournament (won by Kentucky) where they lost 89-67 to Michigan State. They have four other NCAA tourney appearances in addition to last year.
They play their home games in the 2,000 seat Wellness, Recreation, & Athletic Center. This isn’t a joke. Actually, on second thought, it kind of is.
Jack Perri- For someone who knows nothing about LIU Brooklyn basketball, trying to figure out who coaches them was confusing. Jack Perri is in his first year as head coach this year. He took over for Jim Ferry. For someone nursing the Thanksgiving dinner food sweats, the rhyming last names with short “J” first names was confusing.
Regardless, I figured it out. Perri was the associate head coach for the past five seasons at LIU Brooklyn and was promoted when Ferry left to coach Duquense.
Perri was quoted as saying he thought UK’s players acted entitled and he didn’t like their vibe. Just kidding.
Jamal Olasewere & Julian Boyd- Three games into the season, these two players are averaging 40 combined points per game. They were two of the players arrested in the offseason altercation. I don’t know the details of the situation and young kids make mistakes, so I won’t comment. Just read the report I linked earlier.
Jason Brickman- While Brickman isn’t the greatest name for a basketball player, it is doing little to deter #15 three games into the season. He is averaging 15 points and just over 8 assists. I don’t know what else you can ask for out of your point guard, except for them to actually practice and play in your teams’ games.
The Blackbirds and Wildcats last hooked up in the 1947 NIT tournament. You’ll be glad to know that Kentucky was victorious, 66-62. I don’t know what else to say about this rivalry other than we really seem to have their number.
Like most UK fans, I’m looking for a few things tonight:
1. More offensive fluidity.
2. Less turnovers.
3. More tweets from Turkey Hunter.
4. More piggy back rides from Julius Mays.
If you’re still home for Thanksgiving break and haven’t started closing on your old flame yet, watch the game with her and drop all this LIU Brooklyn knowledge on her. I’m certain she will be impressed. Nothing gets the ladies going like knowing the difference between Jack Perri and Jim Ferry.