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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The 2012-13 season is about halfway through, and just like in 1989 and 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats will struggle to make the NCAA Tournament. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Fire: Kentucky is currently 11-5 overall, and 2-1 in the SEC. If past history is a guarantee of future performance (and it usually is), then John Calipari may very well find himself in the unemployment line at the end of the season. After UK had played 16 games in the 2008-09 season, they were 12-4 overall, and 1-0 in the SEC. In fact, the Cats would go on to win their next 4 games, at which point they stood 16-4, 5-0 in the SEC. Despite winning 80% of his first 20 games that season (Calipari has only won 69% of his games this year), the Kentucky coach would find himself terminated at the end of the season. So if 80% isn’t good enough to satisfy the unreasonably demanding Kentucky fanbase, then 69% clearly isn’t. Of course, for Coach Cal, there’s always the optimistic view: If you’re anything like the last coach, you’ll walk away with a $3,000,000 settlement for getting terminated. Hmmm. Upon further reflection, maybe this year’s poor performance is no accident.

*Castles Made of Sand: When the AP polls were released earlier this week, Louisville found itself at #1. So, the university did what any traditionally elite program would do, and it made t-shirts honoring the achievement. If only Kentucky had half as much enthusiasm for its basketball team as UofL has for the Cards. Consider this: Kentucky has been ranked #1 in the AP polls for a total of 109 weeks. If UK printed t-shirts every time the Cats grabbed the top spot in the polls, every man, woman and child in the Bluegrass would have clothing this winter. And how much revenue is the University of Kentucky leaving on the table by not following the lead of the industrious folks down the road in Louisville? A lot, that’s how much. Oh well. I guess that’s the difference between UK and UofL.

*Manic Depression: In an attempt to coax as much effort as possible out of his players, John Calipari frequently yells at them, both during practices and games. This makes one wonder. Does he yell at them this much while he is recruiting them? If not, could all current and former Calipari players file a class action lawsuit for fraud, breach of contract, misrepresentation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress? Moreover, couldn’t these players also sue the University of Kentucky for negligent/wanton hiring, training and supervision? I’m no lawyer, but yes. Yes they could. It seems patently misleading for a coach to be nice to a player while trying to convince the player to join his team, only to scream at the player once he signs on the dotted line. The guess here is that if Cal’s players knew they were going to get yelled at as soon as they set foot on campus, they very likely wouldn’t set any feet on campus.

* On this date: On this date in 2012, Kentucky was ranked #1. Unlike Louisville, nobody at UK apparently cared enough to make t-shirts announcing it.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

32 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. ONE EYE
    12:05 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Jerry are you STUPID ? No way will cal be fired, TUBY destroyed the program for years. WOW



  2. We need to be Te'Oed
    12:08 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    All this team needs are virtual girlfriends.



  3. Several Eyes
    12:09 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    1 – Come here much?



  4. Rockfield, KY
    12:10 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    NJT, I’d be willing to guess you actually are a lawyer.



  5. Ryan
    12:12 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Jimi Hendrix is rolling over in his grave after this post.



  6. Great!
    12:15 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    NJT-This may be your best effort yet!



  7. Clouseau
    12:20 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    NJT continues to be excellent. Best post of the week, each and every week.

    Even if this was the first NJT a person had ever read, it should be blatantly obvious this is a joke. Talk about WOW



  8. hmmmmm
    12:23 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    are you sure those shirts were made by UofL, because I’m pretty sure it was an unaffiliated company (http://www.fanoutfitterslouisville.com/uol-we-are-1-ranked-tee-6.html) trying to make some extra money. Regardless it’s pathetic



  9. wildcat
    12:25 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    this guy is a tool kentucky would not fire calipari at the end of the season knowing next year there is national championship roster coming in next year ….crazy jerry



  10. Sheewwww
    12:29 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    1 and 8 You guys do understand that this is a post making fun of jerry Tipton and not really him, SMDH!



  11. Sheewwww
    12:30 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry 1 and 10



  12. bsquared
    12:30 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    10- Really?



  13. Blinded by irony
    12:31 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Gillispie’s track record has no correlation to Cal. I mean we just won a Nat’l C’ship. Jeez Jerry. Give this team a break. I may cancel my subscription to the LHL if you keep writing this trash and quit visiting this site if Matt keeps letting you write on here.



  14. Blinded by irony
    12:32 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    10 – agree 100%



  15. Screeching Stuff
    12:36 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve had it! Can anyone stand that annoying voice the YMCA commercial lady has….. jssssh, I hit mute every time. If I thought I’d meet that lady at the “Y” I’d never join!



  16. SayWhat
    12:36 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    what 9??? Are you trying to say a NJT article has a mistake? No way!!!



  17. dubowski
    12:46 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    14- stop trolling. you arent any good at it.



  18. lexslamman
    1:00 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    “I’m no lawyer, but yes. Yes they could.”

    You owe me a new cup of coffee and a keyboard, NJT.



  19. STEVE!
    1:01 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    8 out of the last 10 posts by Tyler, Matt, and NJT. Thanks, KSR.



  20. slash007
    1:17 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    I bet we would make t-shirts if we hit #1 in football…



  21. Carl
    1:27 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Which is more pathetic, someone creating the t-shirts thinking some UL fan is desparate enough to buy one or the actual act of purchasing one of the t-shirts by a UL fan?
    Good stuff NJT. I’ m with you, Cal doesn’t turn things around we should show him the door. How does a team with only one senior win a national championship and the next year they can’t even stay ranked in the top 25 +1?



  22. Hypocrite
    1:32 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Check out these Louisville shirts…Hilarious!

    http://deadspin.com/5458466/kentucky-back-on-topfor-about-36-hours



  23. Hypocrite?
    1:47 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah and we got ripped for them (and cried all the way to the title). Just take your punishment for having lame t-shirts made.



  24. Jughead
    1:51 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Excellent insight from a honored member of the BBN.



  25. katzrjamers
    1:58 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Jimi’s not rolling over, he’s asking our team “have you ever been experienced?” Wouldn’t he have been the best “Y” ever?



  26. notcoachCAL
    2:53 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    If these NJT posts continue to be this absurd, I will cancel my subscription to not LHL.



  27. Big Whoop
    2:58 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Dear Not,

    One of your best ever.

    Big Whoop

    I don’t know who is funnier, Not Jerry Tipton or those who don’t get it.



  28. Hypocrite
    3:11 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    #24 – UK won the title in 2010? News to me.



  29. Greg
    3:38 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Hypocrite, we won a title in 96,98, 2012 and my birth just a very short 26 YEARS ago since your trolling team was #1 when it mattered.



  30. Hypocrite
    3:57 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    So no 2010 title? Hmmmmmm….



  31. Oohlala
    5:50 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    Proudly, I have never seen anyone wearing one of those t shirts, unlike the five UL fans I saw today wearing theirs. It pathetic. I guess we just expect number 1 rankings more than once every 25 yrs.