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KSR Trend Watch: November 23rd

It can be hard to keep up with all the changing trends in Kentucky sports these days. Therefore, in order to keep you informed on the latest happenings in the Big Blue Nation, I chart the trends of the week, from basketball to football to every ridiculous little thing in between. Keep up with what’s hot and what’s not with KSR’s Trend Watch!

Rising faster than Kevin Stallings’ cholesterol count

Brotherhood — When Archie Goodwin went down at the end of the Morehead State game, Rupp held a horrified breath. Julius Mays cut the tension by hoisting Goodwin on his back and carrying him back to the bench piggy-back style. The simple act of brotherhood lightened the mood and showed how much this team has bonded over the past few months. It was also one of the first insights we’ve had into this squad’s character so far. Is the piggy-back the new three gobbles goggles?

Beastliness — At times this season, you may have forgotten that Alex Poythress was even on the team. The quiet power forward from Clarksville roared back on the scene against Morehead State, scoring twenty points and throwing down a monstrous dunk that still has the rims at Rupp shaking in their bolts. Courage doesn’t always roar, but it sure did against the Eagles Wednesday night.

Erin Calipari – Cal’s eldest daughter tweeted out the picture seen ’round the Big Blue Nation on Tuesday night, which is pretty solid proof that Cal is actually human:

Erin’s stock continued to rise when she entered talks with her father and Matt to appear on the radio show during the holiday break. Make it happen! #ErintoKSR

Leftovers — Chances are you’re chowing down on a turkey sandwich right now. Hopefully, you’re doing it Cal-style, laid back in a recliner with your PJ’s on.

Cal’s hair – Even when he’s relaxing in his PJ’s on the recliner, Cal’s hair still looks magnificent. Maybe he isn’t human after all?

The Kentucky Effect — I can hear Cal’s speech at the 2013 Big Blue Madness now: “Willie Cauley-Stein came here a skinny football player who was the 40th best recruit in his class. Now, he’s a lottery pick in the NBA draft.” #KentuckyEffect

#Beat Tennessee – Even though we beat them last year and it’s a lame duck game, the memory of 26 losses in a row still lingers. Here’s hoping the Cats lay the smack down on the Vols and start a new streak.

Flatter than a Flat Top (No change)

The coaching search — We’re in Week Three of the coaching search and still don’t have a coach or clear leader. According to our sources, the top options so far are Sonny Dykes, Butch Jones, Tommy Tuberville, an NFL name and another unknown. The only real developments this week were Kirby Smart declining the offer and Tuberville becoming a major candidate. With most teams wrapping up their seasons this weekend, Week Four should be more eventful.

Falling like Black Friday prices

Sean Woods — After stirring up the fan base with comments about the current Kentucky team giving off bad vibes at the Hurricane Sandy telethon, Sean Woods went on an apology tour leading up to his Morehead State team’s game against the Cats Wednesday night. Woods got a nice ovation from the crowd and everyone seemed to have moved on from the ordeal, until Woods went off and shoved his guard Devon Atkinson late in the second half. The confrontation was caught on camera, made national news, and Woods could be facing disciplinary action at Morehead State. Needless to say, the Unforgettable had a week he would really like to forget.

Fouls — Part of Woods’ game plan against the Cats included fouling the Cats all. night. long. There were 44 total fouls in the game, 32 by Morehead State and 12 by Kentucky. Fortunately, the Cats had a decent night from the free-throw stripe, shooting 31-of-41. However, Nerlens really needs to work on his free throw shot.

Archie Goodwin’s control — There’s no denying that Archie Goodwin is fast, athletic, and downright skilled on the fast break. Yet, the talented freshman is too fast sometimes, and ends up barreling across the floor. For Archie to grow into the super player he can be, he has to learn some control. Like Cal said, you can’t go 600 mph all the time.

Kentucky’s first half performance — The Cats looked uglier than a turkey carcass in the first half against Morehead State, turning the ball over and falling behind by double-digits. Fortunately, they achieved some offensive rhythm in the second half, but the first half was a troubling low that we hopefully won’t see again.

Thieves — Off topic, but my husband’s car was broken into yesterday morning while we were on a hike with friends and my purse and wallet were stolen. Who does that on Thanksgiving?! I hope you enjoyed your $218.36 worth of crap from Walgreens, a-hole. (On the other hand, kudos to Bank of America’s Fraud Detection department. They shut that thing down.)

TREND OF THE WEEK: Ryan Harrow’s mystery illness
After being sidelined by a mystery illness for almost two weeks, Harrow left the team on Wednesday to tend to an issue with his family. After the Morehead State game, Cal said that Ryan’s mother was concerned about him and his family wanted to make sure he was okay. He’s expected back on campus tomorrow. The only thing certain about the situation is that Ryan is hurting, and I hope he knows the Big Blue Nation is behind him. Some things are bigger than basketball. #GetWellRyan

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.

18 Comments for KSR Trend Watch: November 23rd

  1. bsquared
    3:21 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    As much as I hope I’m wrong I can see harrow transferring

  2. RICK
    3:23 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    The comment about Archie Goodwin is stupid. Sure he’s going to lose the ball some when he goes to the basket but even talking about it is stupid.

  3. tltaworl
    3:26 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Lets move on from Harrow. Archie can score 20ppg as a point guard. If he can learn to pass more we will be fine with

    1. Archie/Polson/Julius
    2. Julius/Hood/Twany
    3. Alex/can’t sub
    4. Kyle/Willie
    5. Noel/Willie

  4. tltaworl
    3:27 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Archie’s Control, I see alot of Nov/Dec 2009 John Wall in him. He will be fine.

  5. Jules Camara
    3:32 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    To those saying Harrow is leaving, why is this happening just now? It’s not like he’s a freshman who just got on campus. He’s been practicing for a year now. He knew what the starting point guard job would entail. Why would he crack now and decide to leave?

  6. Some Guy
    3:39 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Archie tended to get out of control a lot in the first couple games. This last one was his best yet. Wrong category on that one. He is rising. He played a great game especially being out of position for majority of the time.

  7. H.T.G.
    3:40 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Good afternoon Kats fans. Harv T. Jean is still here. You can keep blocking me and I’ll keep popping up. If you think your twitter block finished me off. You are sadly mistaken. The Ghost of HTG will emerge very soon. So be on the lookout for more twitter gold Fatt. And to RICK, who think’s he’s a little smarter than everyone else. Last time I checked, Fatt and the gang used “Thameltoe” as a whitty name. Yet that’s ok. But, God forbid someone make fun of Fatt and Screw. It’s like they’re a Kat gift from heaven. Love ya KSR!!

    Oh, BTW I have IP addresses everywhere. So I won’t be stopping anytime soon.

  8. TheLaw
    3:46 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry to hear about your purse and wallet Mrs. TT. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving nonetheless!

  9. yeah
    4:00 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    5- that is what I keep thinking. Why after a whole year is this happening? He was supposed to be killing it last year in practice. What went wrong?

  10. Just A Thought
    4:35 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    KSR would be so nice if it was pure news, and no comments. I *know* I don’t have to read them.
    But the HATRED that flows through this place from jealousy is just exponential. ‘Seems to me
    it’d just be better to shut the comments down so the attention-seekers have to move elsewhere.

  11. H. T. G.
    4:43 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    10. You’re a smart one too. Thank you for your insight. Ground Breaking…it is.

  12. rixter
    4:49 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    speaking of dropping stock, the fortunes of the Unforgettables are somewhere south of the Mendoza Line (you baseball junkies will get that):

    Sean Woods – coaching career seems to be on the rise until his MVSU team blows close to a 30 point lead the last 10 minutes and loses a play-in game in the NCAA tournament last March. Miraculously, he lands the job at Morhead, and choosed to take the Billy Clyde Gillispie approach (sans booze)

    Deron Feldohaus – manages a 9 hole golf course in Mason County

    John Pelphrey – coaching career seemed to be on an uptick, with success at mid-major South Alabama, after being an assistant under Billy Donovon at Florida. Then he landed a job in the SEC, at Arkansas, formerly the chief competition of the Cats for SEC dominance. Today? He’s back where he started, assistant under Eddie Munster at UF

    Richie Farmer – don’t make me say it. He’s selling used cars now, and that’s the highlight of his last 2 years.

  13. rixter
    4:51 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    # 10, if not for the comments, this would be nothing but cut and paste repeats of stories you can read at other sites.

  14. Curtis lowe
    5:01 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Htg sounds like a lil boy or hardcore nerd ” i got I P adresses everywhere!” lol

  15. JBR
    5:27 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Where were you hiking TT?

  16. Todd A.
    6:04 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Was it a legitimate theft? I mean if it was, the banks have a way of sensing that theft and they shut that whole thing down.

  17. parking lot ninja
    8:09 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    you paid 236$ for this crap?! can i get that receipt?

  18. AbbyNormal
    8:18 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    This whole Harrow thing is getting pretty annoying. If the kid Is sick, why doesn’t someone come out and say so. (Btw, I hope he is not sick). But, as said before, he’s been around Cal and the program for over a year now… Something fishy goins on. It would have been really nice to have him during these first couple gimme games so the team can get into some rhythm with him leading the point.