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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


Now, the offseason. And while there may not be any more games to played, there is always excitement surrounding the Kentucky basketball program, whether it’s which freshmen (or juniors) will declare for the NBA before they’re ready, which player will be implicated in a New York Times story, or which NBA job John Calipari will actively seek this summer. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone: Kentucky fans were outraged when the local media diligently and repeatedly informed the NCAA that UK wrongfully celebrated John Calipari’s “500th” win. This kind of vitriol is what differentiates UK fans from other fans. Did Ohio State fans get mad at the media when “TattooGate” broke? Did Miami Hurricane fans get mad at the media when it was reported that Luther Campbell was making cash payments to Miami players? Did Ted Bundy’s family get mad at the media when it was reported that he killed over 30 women? Of course not. It makes no sense for journalists who cover the Cats to get lambasted by Big Blue Nation for doing nothing more than dutifully advising the NCAA that implicit rules are being violated, sort of. Consider: Do Louisville fans get upset with Rick Bozich and Pat Forde when they write articles that are critical of Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich?

*I’d Love to Lay You Down: A week ago, ESPN writer Johnette Howard penned a brilliant article on the controversy surrounding UK’s insistence on celebrating Calipari’s “500th” win. In her epic piece, she made several insightful points that nobody in the national media had picked up on. For example, Calipari gets a free pass from the media simply because he has a “terrific personality.” Granted, he’s never been named in an NCAA investigation, but hey. Smoke, fire, etc. It’d be nice if a national writer had the cajones to mention Calipari’s past every once in a while. Howard also pointed out that with all the other cheating going on (Ohio State, USC, the Fab 5), somebody has to pay. Why not the most visible college basketball coach in the country? And if those other programs are cheating, then it only stands to reason that Calipari is doing something wrong. I mean, he just has to be. Right? She also astutely mentioned that Kentucky is just mad because Enes Kanter was ruled ineligible last season. So what better way to exact revenge on the NCAA than by having a 90 second ceremony that wasn’t televised? Again, just a brilliant piece of journalism from a brilliant writer. In fact, I’d argue that this was the greatest article on college basketball that Johnette Howard has ever written.

*It’s Only Make Believe: John Calipari sent shockwaves around the Bluegrass yesterday when he admitted that his players, his program and his team are all overrated. While talking to the media in Louisville, Coach Cal actually conceded that UK players are perceived to be “20% better” than they really are. “Sometimes you’re taller, you’re faster, you’re quicker, you shoot better, but also, your draft position is better, your shoe contract is better, your marketing dollars are better.” He went on to say that DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrelson are terrible, and that if they played anywhere else besides UK, people would realize it. “DeAndre and Josh have benefited by it. I think the opportunities they’re going to get because they were at Kentucky will be more so than if they went somewhere else.” A shocking admission, frankly, from someone who likes to call himself a “players’ coach.”

* On This Date: On this date in 2010, Daniel Orton was somehow selected in the First Round of the NBA Draft.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

16 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. invisibleink
    12:18 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    rot in hell you SOB … oh i can’t stay mad at you NotJerryTipton … love you bro!

  2. Mammakin
    12:21 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    I hate to say I said this BUT.

    Liggins should have come back…Have fun in Europe/Japan/ect…I hope I’m wrong though

    And Josh Selby///HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

    Congrates to Jorts!

  3. RidgeRunner
    12:24 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink


    “* On This Date: On this date in 2010, Daniel Orton was somehow selected in the First Round of the NBA Draft.”

    Okay……Okay…..there is something I can now say that I agree with. Him beeing number 5 and us setting the record for most players selected in round 1 is the only reason I do not say

  4. Larry F
    12:24 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    the author looks like my friend Dave W

  5. no
    12:26 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    hahaha nice article this week

  6. Brandon
    12:42 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    pretty weak on the first two, but the ‘Kentucky Effect’ satire had me rolling

  7. Bob Farmer
    1:27 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    Perfect as usual. Genius

  8. Lucaine
    1:28 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    I can honestly say Johnette Howard is as talented as she is attractive.

  9. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    2:25 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    That’s gold Jerry, gold!

  10. Spurious
    3:29 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    Not Jerry would be a lot easier to read if Real Jerry’s picture was removed.

  11. Bob Loblaw
    4:49 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    Best one yet.

  12. Doug
    6:47 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    This is the biggest waste of reading time on the web site.. get this junk off of here..

  13. Freddie Leathers
    9:19 pm June 24, 2011 Permalink

    Just how did you get that Coach Cal said Liggins and Harrelson were “terrible”? I never read that quote, but I guess if you are trying your hardest to discredit the coach then making that ASSumption isn’t such a large leap. Actually, I think what Cal said is very true about KY, NC and a limited few other programs. It is attitude that is earned through success and hard work by everyone in those programs.

  14. Kelly P.
    9:37 am June 25, 2011 Permalink

    Very nice article this week.. Good stuff.

  15. ZombieLibrarian
    12:48 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink

    Like a fine wine or BTI’s mom, NJT keeps getting better with age.

  16. ZombieLibrarian
    12:50 pm June 25, 2011 Permalink

    I was worried that we might not have one of ‘those’ responses this week, but then Freddie came through in the clutch. Nice.