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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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We are now in the midst of John Calipari’s 3rd season as the coach of the University of Kentucky. Over the next few months, we’ll see whether he will finally be able to do what he’s being paid to do: Win an NCAA Championship. The stakes are high, but so are the pressure and expectations. Will the team flame out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament the way it did the prior two years? Will it suffer (almost) double-digit losses like it did last year? Will Coach Cal once again produce fewer NCAA Championships than first round draft picks? (h/t: Rick Bozich.) Stay tuned. In the meantime, to stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Is This The End: On Wednesday, in a game that was not sold out, Kentucky won at Auburn. This may very well spell doom for the Cats. Lost in all the hullabaloo surrounding their #2 ranking and the wins over UNC and Louisville earlier in the season is an incredible stat that doesn’t seem to be getting much attention in these parts: UK’s win over the Tigers was the first time the Cats had won a road game this season. It seems hard to believe, but it’s true. In fact, the Cats hadn’t won a game away from Rupp Arena (not including neutral site games in the SEC Tournament, NCAA Tournament, the Champions Classic, the Tip-Off Tournament and at Freedom Hall) in an astounding 311 days. In the first road game UK played this season, a slow start doomed the Cats to a halftime deficit, and in the last away game they played before heading to Auburn (who isn’t very good), they allowed themselves to be defeated on a last second shot. Lest we forget, the NCAA Tournament isn’t being played at Rupp Arena this season. If Kentucky hopes to fulfill the unreasonably lofty expectations of their overly demanding fanbase, the Kiddie Cats will have to figure out a way to win away from home at some point.

*Cool It Now: In Kentucky’s SEC opener against South Carolina, Terrence Jones (who has been accused by John Calipari of using his injured finger as a crutch) broke out of his slump to score 20 points. This may very well spell doom for the Cats. Before the game, Calipari emphasized how important it is that Jones focus on rebounding rather than scoring, but in an attempt to publicly embarrass his coach, Jones proceeded to lead UK in scoring against the Gamecocks. To make matters worse, Kentucky has several scoring options, and the guess here is that those guys would like the chance to shoot the ball as well. For Jones to take it upon himself to score more points than any of his teammates is a sign that chemistry problems may doom this team before all is said and done. If Kentucky hopes to fulfill the unreasonably lofty expectations of their overly demanding fanbase, the Kiddie Cats will have to figure out a way to get Terrence Jones less involved at some point.

*Can You Stand The Rain: Marquis Teague’s brother recently bought the freshman point guard a pair of shoes. This may very well spell doom for the Cats. Marquis’s brother is Jeff Teague, who plays for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, and he apparently was not impressed with his younger sibling’s choice of footwear. As such, he bought him a fresh pair of kicks. Aside from the issue of whether or not this constitutes an improper benefit under NCAA rules (NCAA president Mark Emmert has failed to respond to numerous emails, phone calls, faxes, letters, texts, and a carrier pigeon), there is also the issue of what kind of distraction this will be for the Cats. As can been seen in this video, Teague is surrounded by reporters who are bombarding him with questions about his footwear. The clip reveals that when Teague answered the question about the shoes, he lowered his head. In a telephone conversation with body language expert Tina Sue Greenblatt, a reporter asked her whether this gesture signified guilt and/or shame. Her response is sure to send shockwaves all over the Bluegrass: “I have no idea. Please stop calling me, sir.” Wow. Her refusal to clear the Teague brothers of any wrongdoing is quite telling. If Kentucky hopes to fulfill the unreasonably lofty expectations of their overly demanding fanbase, the Kiddie Cats will have to figure out a way to overcome this scandal at some point.

* On this date: On this date in 2004, Kentucky beat Mississippi State 67-66 on a lucky shot by Erik Daniels that probably shouldn’t have counted.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

42 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. yeah first!!
    12:06 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    if ye ain’t first…… ya last!!!! suckers!!



  2. yeah first!!
    12:10 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    given all the problems of bringing teague of the bench (limiting his learning curve even more than it naturally is) why wouldn’t this work?? He would still get playing time and get to watch people run the team better in real game situations. Could it work??



  3. Fan of NJT
    12:16 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks NJT, you are a beacon of clear thinking in a blue kool-aid town!



  4. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    12:23 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe he didn’t mention Tubby winning in Bloomington last night.



  5. Musial
    12:29 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Way to much negative thinking in this blog. Focus on the positives of what this UK team will bring to BBN. Negative tones only bring down the team. Do all you can to lift up the team in all areas. Let’s give praise where praise is due!! Go Big Blue!!



  6. fred
    12:33 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    It is clear that some folks don’t get NJT, but lmao at ““I have no idea. Please stop calling me, sir.” Wow. Her refusal to clear the Teague brothers of any wrongdoing is quite telling.”



  7. SexnNursinHomes
    12:34 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    5- baited and hooked.



  8. bmt22033
    12:34 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Pure. Comedy. Gold.



  9. Ozzy
    12:35 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Best blog week in and week out!

    Uh, #5….you serious??



  10. gullible
    12:47 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    “Stop being so negative NJT”. “Why do you continue to do this to us every week?” “Lets focus on the #2 ranking and”…blah blah blah…lmao!! Dispite the fact that all of the above “can spell doom” for the kiddie cats, I love the New Edition References. Can’t wait for the next one.



  11. rixter
    12:49 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Who would win a fight between Alan Cutler and either JT or NJT?



  12. GreenupRox
    12:49 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I’m is sick and tired of this KSR site always tryin to tare down my Big Blue. Why caint you all be more positive?



  13. Eloy
    12:54 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    OMG YES I LOVE IT!!!



  14. Reality Is
    12:54 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    2. Teague is doing fine. Chill.



  15. Sweetcakes
    12:54 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    NJT hit this one out of the park. Laughed my arse off!



  16. MadvilleMaroon
    12:56 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    carrier pigeon…priceless!



  17. mwgocats
    12:58 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry needs to retire and open a restuarant with Rick P.



  18. Not Eloy
    12:58 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Pessimism permeates proudly from this perfectly proficient and prominent pontificator of perpetual negativity, pressuring me to puke; perk up the peppiness and positivity please!



  19. T.J.
    1:02 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Can we get some sort of post that explains NJT to everyone who doesn’t understand. Even if you didn’t know that this was a parody of The real Jerry Tipton, you should atleast have the common sense to know that the things that are being said are so farfetched, that they can’t be true. I’m looking at you #5.



  20. ukfan
    1:04 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    5. fail



  21. lionelrichie
    1:10 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Priceless comedy!!! I love how people (NUMBER 5) get bent out of shape over NJT



  22. Al's IndiCats
    1:11 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    When I ever grow up I wanna be just like NJT. You sir are the sun shine on this somewhat dreary day. You not only knocked it out of the park, but you also broke several windshields in the process. Well Done NJT!!!!!!



  23. Musehobo
    1:12 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Lol I was giving #5 the benefit of the doubt. Thought his comment was in reference to the negativity toward the local media. But him being oblivious to sarcasm is highly more likely.



  24. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    1:16 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    #5…really? How long have you read KSR? As for NJT, this was the best one in a while. Keep up the good work. I am surprised that he failed to mention that Miller could only get off a circus shot at the half (made). Seriously, don’t we have a better play than that? (I can be old and sarcastic too!)



  25. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    1:18 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I think the Comments section is half the value of the column. It’s the #5s that keep me reading the comments. The first few weeks of this column were some of the best.



  26. yelping dog in a pack of dogs
    1:18 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    YELP !



  27. theWilkman
    1:41 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Always my favorite column of the week. Great stuff.

    As to the people who still don’t get it, it was George Carlin who said, “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”



  28. saki7
    1:48 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hahaha! Multiple ‘Kiddie Cats’. This makes my secret KSR-time while I’m supposed to be working worth the risk.



  29. Carl
    1:53 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Tina Sue Greenblatt. I think I did her in high school. Great stuff.



  30. C Ray
    2:03 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Why do you’ll continue to let him post this negative BS? You know this hurts recruiting!! You’re the reason coach Cal’s been on the hot seat the last 3 years! 😉



  31. Maddox
    2:11 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I almost featured Jerry Tipton’s picture in my “How to Spot a Pedophile” article. I figured it was too obvious, though. Remember kids, it’s all in the Pedro-smile!



  32. Maddox
    2:14 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Pedo-smile, darn autocorrect!



  33. theWilkman
    2:20 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Pedro-smile is better



  34. Hoss
    2:25 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Reverse troll is very effective among the slower in the group.

    Well done, #5.



  35. fletch
    3:23 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    winning the ncaa is a crapshoot at best, no matter how good the players and the coach are there has to be a little luck envolved to win it all. how many times has a team won it without having at least one game that could have gone either way? getting to the final 4 is something to be proud of for any team.



  36. Carl
    3:26 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    #30 i can’t believe you’re talking about this on the first anniversary of the last friday the 13th that fell in January.



  37. KER
    3:43 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    My oh my oh my. I love this weekly post!!! And yes the comments by the stupid people that think this a real person, Opps, sorry I let the cat out of the bag! It is just priceless! Avid fan of NJT! Keep up the great work Jerry, NOT!!!



  38. C Ray
    3:49 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Goot one Carl! Lol



  39. Stan
    3:51 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Why continue to publish this stupid picture of Tipton. He makes all of us sick!



  40. Musial
    6:18 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I am so delighted that most of you on this sight thought I didn’t understand Not Jerry Tipton’s blog. Personally I think he is hillarious. Just so you all know, I was being facetious. Loved the comments though!!



  41. Tipton is a pimple on the butt of UK basketball
    8:13 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I think it’s time for NJT to take it to the next level. Matt needs to get him some sort of Mission Impossible-type latex Jerry Tipton mask and a press credential. The thought of him standing side by side with the real JT asking the most ridiculous Tiptonish questions he can come up with would be hysterical.



  42. Natedog
    11:19 am January 15, 2012 Permalink

    41, great idea! I would love to see JT and NJT try to interview someone. And 11, remember the words of Anthony Davis, “the stache don’t play!”