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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:

*Gouge Away: In John Calipari’s 4th season at Kentucky, one thing is crystal clear: Rick Pitino got off to a better start at UK than Cal has. 18 games into Pitino’s 4th season (1992-93), Kentucky was 17-1. Meanwhile, 18 games into Cal’s 4th season, the Cats were a mediocre 12-6. And at the end of the 1993 season, the Cats found themselves in the Final 4. Will these Cats follow suit? Anything is possible, but no. They will not. Contrarians will point out that in their respective first 3 seasons at UK, Calipari won more games than Pitino (102-65), but those numbers are misleading, as they play a lot more games now than they did back then. Also, Calipari had the advantage of inheriting Billy Gillispie’s loaded roster, featuring multiple eventual national champions such as Darius Miller, etc., and so forth. So while UK fans and Calipari supporters may not like to admit it, one thing is certain: John Calipari is no Rick Pitino.

*Monkey Gone to Heaven: After the “win” over LSU last weekend, Kentucky stood 4-2 in conference play. However, this may be short lived. A reporter has petitioned the SEC, the NCAA and the White House to strike 2 wins from UK’s record, and change them into losses. In the Cats’ SEC opener, they edged Vandy thanks solely to the refs failing to call a shot clock violation on UK and Nerlens Noel. Then against LSU, the only reason Kentucky came out on top was because the officials failed to see that the Cats had 6 men on the floor during a crucial sequence late in the game. If the zebras get those calls right, then the Cats start 2-4 in the league rather than 4-2, and the season is pretty much over. The reporter who has initiated these protests has yet to get a response. But I’ll let you know when I hear something.

*Wave of Mutilation: UK and John Calipari announced Monday that the Cats will be renewing their series against North Carolina next season. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Clearly emboldened by the Heels’ lackluster performance against N.C. State two days earlier, Cal quickly moved to add North Carolina to the schedule, which can only mean one thing: He is scared of Indiana. When the news came out Monday, Hoosier fans were indignant that Kentucky and Coach Cal were ducking Indiana, and as usual, they were right. Indiana supporters are undoubtedly aware of the fact that Kentucky has won 15 of the last 19 against IU, which means the boys in the candy-striped britches are due to go on a long winning streak against UK. Also, the fact that IU will probably lose its two best players (Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo) while Kentucky brings in arguably the greatest recruiting class in the history of college basketball means that Calipari simply couldn’t handle the embarrassment if the Hoosiers came away victorious. You have to give Cal credit, though. He may not have any courage, but he is very shrewd when it comes to protecting his legacy.

* On this date: On this date in 1997, Louisville’s future coach beat Kentucky’s future coach by 25 points. In Rupp Arena, no less.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

59 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Subcinco
    12:05 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Pixies Rule! Cats rule! KSR Rules!



  2. WHAT!?!?!?!?!?
    12:05 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    HOW CAN YOU LET A COMPLETE JERK LIKE THIS POST ON A KY SITE?!?!?!?!?!? I MAY NOT EVERY COME BACK HERE TO CHECK THIS OUT AGAIN!



  3. emlang08
    12:07 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Why do we get this post again?



  4. Hahaha
    12:08 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Lol there’s always one..



  5. NiceJob
    12:17 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Loved the Monkey Gone to Heaven paragraph. Gold!



  6. e bone
    12:27 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    This dude is smoking crack. What a dumbass



  7. Beavis
    12:28 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    This post does not deserve comment but,,,,,,I want some of whatever Jerry is smoking.



  8. Looks like
    12:30 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like there is more than one!!!



  9. Josh
    12:30 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll let you know when I hear something.



  10. uk3k
    12:31 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #4… haha yeah you can tell who the rookies are here



  11. Weak!
    12:31 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Which one of Rick’s first three years as a UK coach did he win a National Championship?



  12. uk3k
    12:32 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    2- you are a moron btw



  13. yeahright
    12:32 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    That one was pretty good! I especially liked the “I’ll let you know when I hear something” set-up. Good stuff, thanks!



  14. Currently in class @ UK
    12:33 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Dear Guy With The Neck Tattoo That Wrote This Article,

    It is a shame they don’t have a website for the shit head louisville fans like yourself. I will gladly remind you of your bias Louisville statements next year when you are hiding in the nose bleeds at UK as you watch Cal get another ring. There’s no need to hate on Cal all because you are too old to keep growing your line beard.

    Sincerely,
    Big Blue Nation



  15. read this slowly
    12:35 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #2 and others…I’ll let you in on the secret. Go to dictionary.com and look up “satire”. This is not Jerry Tipton. Notice how the post is titled “NOT Jerry Tipton”?? That should be your first clue…..



  16. Nice
    12:37 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Pixies FTW!



  17. NotFirst
    12:38 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #1 is right on. Also, sounds like a few people need to learn who Jerry Tipton is and then look up the meaning of the word satire.

    What you call it when you look at the sky in a poetic kind of way, you know, when you grope for luna?



  18. tugger
    12:40 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    please dont taint the Pixies with associations to such undesirables.



  19. 3Kuk
    12:40 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Classic. My favorite art was “Calipari had the advantage of inheriting Billy Gillispie’s loaded roster, featuring multiple eventual national champions such as Darius Miller, etc., and so forth”

    Also classic is how many people still don’t understand the satirical nature of these posts.



  20. Black Francis
    12:41 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Love that you used my song titles to further the Big Blue Info train. Pixies Rule indeed; and those of you getting mad at ‘Not Jerry Tipton’ you’re just playing into his hands. Satire people. If you were a regular to the site you’d know about Not Jerry.



  21. Sylvar
    12:43 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wow…people still don’t get it? NOT Jerry Tipton is making fun of the ACTUAL Jerry Tipton. The guy who made me cancel my H-L subscription.



  22. Truebluejim
    12:44 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Some people have way too much time on their hands.



  23. Beavis
    12:46 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Canceled mine also. Don’t see how that rag stays in business.



  24. Dear Lord
    12:47 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    How can anybody get to where this writer goes with the facts?
    The work of the devil himself!



  25. Trey
    12:50 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    At least NJT has GREAT taste in music! Viva la Pixies!



  26. Some Guy
    12:55 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome… Is it sad I had to read the last ON This Date more than once?



  27. JKUK
    12:56 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wait a minute… Calipari did not lose 65 games his first 3 years at UK. Or is he talking about Pitino?



  28. tiredofyou
    12:56 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Please don’t make the mistake of thinking I am one of the lamebrains that show up week after week screaming and insulted over this segment. I believe more than half of those are pulling your leg and don’t fall for it either.

    I thought it was funny exactly one time. Way overdone, guys.
    And the last line = totally unnecessary.



  29. Ran
    12:58 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Love this album. One of the all-time greats. Especially if you are of a certain age(mid 40s) and listened to it in the day.



  30. #TheRealBBN
    1:04 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    14

    You shouldn’t be doped up in class kid



  31. LHL propaganda
    1:05 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    No doubt you’ll get to the bottom of it, Jerry … or your new handle the “monkey gone to heaven”.



  32. Hal
    1:05 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    28-it’s a uk blog. and they post just about every hour. stop crying.
    what is so wrong with the last line? what is so unnecessary about it? we just won the title last year, went to a final 4 the year before and we’re stacked for next year. why cant you just walk this off? its. a. joke.



  33. Sam Atlas
    1:09 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    31. Man, your dumb. It’s not real Jerry Titpon as the monkey gone to heaven



  34. Beth
    1:10 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    NotJerry, I have a newfound respect for you since I have discovered you are a Pixies fan.



  35. TheNewOriginal
    1:10 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    28/ So don’t read it. “And the last line = totally unnecessary.” Y very well may be one of the lamebrains,



  36. Maggard
    1:14 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    I cannot believe the garbage that this man is allowed to write on a weekly basis, farrrrrrr Not Jerry Tipton!!!!!. This does not bode well for KSR.



  37. Logan
    1:19 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    “Candy striped britches” hahaha



  38. Rockfield, KY
    1:24 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    What is satire??? What is Pixies??? What is NOT???



  39. Rockfield, KY
    1:26 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    33. I see what you did there. “your” tricky.



  40. Mike
    1:28 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    What Magic Eight Ball is this guy shaking to come up with these B.S. predictions? Indiana is due for a long winning streak against UK??? Are you serious?!?!



  41. Me, Me, Me
    1:32 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Only idiots post on chat sites. Hummmm that would be anyone but me.



  42. TuckerMaxi Pad
    1:33 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    The hilarity of the comments section rivals the genius of the post itself. I look forward to both every Friday.



  43. jaxcats8503
    1:44 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    One of your best posts yet NJT. Keep ’em coming.



  44. mr grieves
    1:46 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    and rick pitino is six rick pitino is six rick pitino is six



  45. nicko
    2:01 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Pixies song titles on KSR!! Holy crap, what’s next? Urge Overkill, Replacements, Connelss????



  46. LansingCat
    2:11 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    26–No. I had to double take it too.



  47. Surfer Rosa
    2:17 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Some respondents apparently doolittle research prior to posting. And why should anyone be upset that UK defeated U-Mass by 25 in 1997? I mean, it’s not like that’s a gigantic deal or anything. Sometimes I’m blown away with the inability to grasp satire on the interwebz–and that’s not just true here in the Bluegrass, but all over the world. And as far as this Not Jerry Tipton fellow goes, I wonder if he’s sent a letter to Memphis inquiring about any skeletons our current coach may have left tucked away in his office closet. Oh where is my mind, of course I should expect stormy weather after NJT posts. After all, every Friday he’ll go down to the well and start digging for fire. Vamos!



  48. Frank Black
    2:19 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for The Pixies references. Reinforces why KSR kicks so much ass.



  49. gossie21
    2:22 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    47.

    In 1997 Pitino beat Tubby by 25 in Rupp. I had to look that one up.



  50. Surfer Rosa
    2:28 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    49.-Doh! Now I feel like I have a broken face! I shoulda kept “where is my mind” in my pocket.



  51. Jughead
    3:52 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Another insightful posting, NJT! Always warm and yummy. Call me tonight.

    -Manti



  52. UK_Genious
    3:53 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a shame that we have some of the most dense, ignorant fans one could imagine. And it’s ironic that they don’t identify more with Jerry Tipton.



  53. Macho man randy savage
    3:58 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Snap into a slim Jim?



  54. UKBlue1!
    4:06 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    ” The reporter who has initiated these protests has yet to get a response. But I’ll let you know when I hear something.” classic!



  55. Chairman Rowe
    4:13 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    What’s that floating in the water? Oh Neptune’s only daughter.



  56. Kim Deal
    4:13 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Oh My Golly
    #47 I see what you did there.
    I think NJT has Something Against You Cats fans
    any he’s The Sad Punk
    its all Subaculta



  57. Surfer Rosa
    4:49 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    56.)–Cannonball!!!



  58. Surfer Rosa
    6:10 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    OK, my last comment regarding the Pixies. Is it just a coincidence that the Pixies have song titles including the names of Calipari’s first two collegiate head-coach jobs (U-Mass and Letter to Memphis)? I’m pretty sure no other band boasts such a song-list. I think I will give Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV a call and plant a seed about Calipari’s latest gig.



  59. mr grieves
    9:18 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #58 – also New Jersey is mentioned as well in Monkey Gone To Heaven. Glad to see there are quite a few cat fans who like the pixies.