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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


It’s that time of week again. Time to take an unbiased look at what’s happening with Coach Cal, World Wide Wes, and the overly-hyped freshmen who seem to comprise the UK roster each year. This season, the team hopes to make the NCAA Tournament, obtain a favorable draw, and a relatively simple path to the Final Four. They also hope against hope that unlike the previous Final Fours in which John Calipari has coached, this one will stick. For those who want to stay informed and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

* You Talk Too Much: After Kentucky’s recent win over Tennessee (aided by an injury to UT center Brian Williams), UT coach Bruce Pearl criticized Kentucky junior DeAndre Liggins for talking trash to Scotty Hopson during the game. Though he’s taken a lot of heat in the media for his alleged transgressions, you have to admire Pearl for sticking up for his player in that manner. Hopson is the most soft-spoken and humble kid you’d ever want to meet, and even the most ardent Tennessee-hater has to appreciate the blue-collar, no-nonsense approach he takes to the game. Even his haircut reflects the throwback nature of his style of play. No matter where your rooting interests lie, you have to admit — if you’re objective — that trash-talking has no place in the game of basketball, especially when a kid as likeable as Hopson is on the receiving end.

* Smooth Operator: When the ACC announced its postseason honors this year, one thing stood out: No players from league champion North Carolina were named first team all-ACC. Somehow, Roy Williams was able to piece together a roster consisting of 7 McDonald’s All-Americans, and turn them into the underdog, feel-good story of the season. Several early season losses (including a 20 point beatdown at the hands of also-ran Georgia Tech), left some people thinking that Williams lost his mojo, especially on the “heels” of last season’s trainwreck that saw UNC miss the NCAA Tournament, also with a squad featuring more talent on its roster than 99% of the teams in America. But what he’s proven this year is that if you give him a roster full of McDonald’s All-Americans, Parade All-Americans, and a National Player of the Year, he’ll turn them into a ragtag group of scrappy underdogs. Don’t underestimate how difficult this is. Most coaches, when given the kind of talent that Williams has at his disposal, would spend the entire season ranked in the top 5, and would be burdened with the pressure that accompanies such a lofty ranking. That Ole’ Roy has somehow managed to turn this group of high school All-Americans into a team of under-the-radar overachievers, without a single all-league player? Masterful.

* Don’t Believe The Hype: The current issue of Sports Illustrated features a lengthy, detailed article on John Calipari. The article, written by award-winning journalist S.L. Price, portrays Calipari as a complex, misunderstood figure whose reputation as a dishonest and unethical shyster is largely unwarranted. Additionally, the piece paints Louisville coach Rick Pitino as a disingenuous and hypocritical whiner. Predictably, UK fans have praised Price’s work, and have expressed gratitude that some long-held myths regarding Calipari were ostensibly disproved by the piece. However, one must question why such an article had to come from a national writer, as opposed to a local scribe. Consider: Kentucky-based journalists such as Rick Bozich, Billy Reed, John Clay and myself have had unfettered access to the coach for almost two years now. One would think that if Price’s portrayal of and assertions concerning Calipari were accurate, one of the talented writers I just mentioned would have written a piece like his. But this has not happened. In fact, no Kentucky writer has penned anything on Calipari that even remotely resembles Price’s article. As such, one must question its validity. And for those who unfairly ascribe more credibility to national writers than regional writers, there happens to be a well-known ESPN journalist who lives in Louisville, and has yet to produce anything about Calipari that’s even remotely positive. If the article’s portrayal of Calipari is accurate, then why hasn’t Pat Forde written anything similar?

* In Remembrance: There are no birthdays this week, so instead of celebrating the living, we’d like to pay homage to a formerly integral aspect of college basketball that is no longer with us: Bob Knight’s relevance. It died 24 years ago this month.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

46 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. The Truth
    12:04 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    AMEN Brother Jerry

  2. kentucky
    12:06 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Well, I think you have just voiced what we have all known for many years. ALL local writers are indeed the most inept journalists in the country.

  3. KySportsDude
    12:14 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    “You have to admit – if you’re objective – that trash-talking has no place in the game of basketball”
    People has talked trash throughout the history of basketball. Of course it has a place in the sport. And most trash talk is ultimately good natured. Basketball would be worse off, and a bit boring, without conflict and trash talking.

  4. motodog
    12:15 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton preaching the gospel

  5. NKYCatFan
    12:17 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Who at KSR still thinks this blog post is a good idea? I avoid reading it 99% of the time, it’s not as clever as you think it is.

  6. jeremy
    12:20 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Knight and those IU teams were pretty relevant all the way until say 98.

  7. Kidnut
    12:21 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Dear Not Jerry Tipton,

    Under the “Don’t Believe The Hype” don’t forget about all the college students who blog. Their articles often take the opposite stance to the SI article.

    Also, I am finding myself feeling very anxious and nervous during close UK games. Any tips on dealing with the stress?



  8. Cat fan in atlanta
    12:24 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    3) Can you imagine the trash talk in the early times of basketball…….”Say there chap, your game is less than adequate and your old lady wears dirty knickers”

  9. douggercats
    12:26 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Did anyone hear Mike & Mike on ESPN radio when they interviewed Bob Knight? His defense of Jim Tressel was absolute. And he stated that it is a little known rule about student athletes selling memoriabilia and wasn’t much of a big deal. He says that Jim Tressel is as straight as they come.
    Boy, what an endorsement.

  10. Kyle
    12:27 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    3) Do you still not get this is a joke?

  11. TheNewOriginal
    12:30 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    10> I don’t believe he does.

  12. bilhelm
    12:31 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    3 I really enjoy your insight. You just keep fighting the good fight, and don’t let “notjerrytipton” get away with his funny satire. -smh

    12:32 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    this may be the best NotJerry article yet … “But what he’s proven this year is that if you give him a roster full of McDonald’s All-Americans, Parade All-Americans, and a National Player of the Year, he’ll turn them into a ragtag group of scrappy underdogs. “

    12:34 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    3 hrs to game time … i might pass out, need to pace myself

  15. gman
    12:38 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    When the Ahole Tipton takes up for a UT player over our own it is time for that SOB to go! Liggins has worked as hard and payed as many dues as any player that I have ever know about. If poor little Scotty can’t handle the heat then he better get out of the Kitchen. Pearl is a Ahole too. maybe Tipton and Pearl need to go take each other out to dinner, then take each other to a movie, and then they can go home and %$#@ each other!

  16. bilhelm
    12:39 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    15 Your rage is well placed #WINNING

  17. Bad Brad
    12:45 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Scotty Hopson is one of the dirtiest players on UT team. Took cheep shots the whole game.

  18. DCousinsJewels
    12:48 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    That Goins gets my vote.

  19. yeahus
    12:48 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    we will beat down these Rebels like an oppressive regime

  20. bluesince66
    12:53 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    This may be the best not Jerry yet.

  21. You've Got To Be Kidding
    12:54 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Seriously??? people still take NJT seriously? please let me be wrong about this! I just don’t get people who don’t get sarcasm.

  22. Rob
    1:00 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    “you talk to much”
    Blasphemy! Taking up for UT! Trash talk is a part of junior basketball all the way through the pros. It’s a part of sports, competition, and men. Scotty H. may be the quietest kid on the court today but if your going to have your feelings hurt every time someone says some trash to you on the court then DON’T dress, sit on the bench and watch. It’s not like DeAndre elbowed the kid in the face. Liggins played hard and had a pretty good game. So for you to criticize one of our leaders on the most read UK publication, the day the sec tourney starts for UK, blasphemy I say blasphemy!!!

  23. bluensoutheastky
    1:02 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Amazing that Tipton is dogging Liggins for trash talking, most of what he writes is trashing UK.

  24. KYWineman
    1:04 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    A beautiful piece of sarcasm in it’s purest form. Well done.

  25. Assassin Number 2
    1:04 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Incredible post once again. I have not read Tipton in 10 years and it brings back a rush of memories. LOL!

  26. Lando CALrisian
    1:06 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    THIS IS A JOKE!!!!!!!
    Lighten up people……

  27. Bi-Winning
    1:07 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Let me tell you something, NJT! You can’t just come on here and post a message like you own this place. GO BACK TO YOUR NEWSPAPER! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!! You are the biggest jerk to write this stuff because it’s blatant homerism for any place other than UK. I JUST THREW UP IN MY MOUTH. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say this is a sarcastic post of someone pretending to be you, because dry satire is one of the most intelligent forms of comedy. But I DO know better, you stupid jerkface.

    Oh wait…

  28. bluetooth
    1:07 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    the best njt to date !

  29. bilhelm
    1:11 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    22 PLEASE take your meds. The article is sort of a funny piece written by a guy who calls himself “notJerryTipton” intended to make light of the way actual “Jerry Tipton” has such a propensity for seeing everything uk related in the worst possible way. It’s a joke. Now relax and come on back in from the first floor ledge before you get hurt.

  30. Citizen Cane
    1:15 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    NJT ought to be known as the Good Reverend, because he preaches the truth!

  31. Rob
    1:17 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    only thing I took as sarcasm was the qoute about the hair cut. I thought it was a tribute to hawkins!

  32. Sheeeeiiit
    1:17 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Loved this one. The Grandpa Roy stuff is very good. NJT should write a positive uplifting post about the cats. One that he clearly doesnt believe. I’m sure you guys could make that really funny.

  33. bmt22033
    1:20 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    As much as I enjoy reading the NJT posts, I honestly get more enjoyment from the people who *STILL* don’t “get it”. To all of you in that boat, here’s a little hint to make your lives more enjoyable:

  34. catty
    1:20 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    #26 – I think some of the replies are typed-tongue in cheek too. Cleverly written and sometimes difficult to find the clue that they are being cheeky.

  35. NBA league pass
    1:22 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    I agree. Roy Williams does less with more than anyone I’ve ever seen.

  36. KYWineman
    1:30 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Just a heads up. Be prepared for a new Jimmy Dykeism today, “Rip and Run”. Consider yourselves warned.

  37. Nall Bone
    1:58 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but if you think Scotty Hopson is humble then you are CRAZY…I watched him play in the LIT or KOTB a couple years ago and this idiot wouldn’t even go to the huddle during his team’s timeout. Be glad the CATS didn’t land this dumba**.

  38. Lou eaton
    2:10 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    At least Tipton is consistent and honest about his disdain for Calipari and the UK program in general. I’d rather him say how he really feels than to be a flip flop guy. My guess is that he is an ACC fan like Lachlan McLane(SP?).

  39. ???
    2:18 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    i need help, is this article totally made up by ksr for pure comedy like some articles on here?, or are these summaries of what jerry tipton actually writes during the week?

  40. Al's IndiCats
    2:18 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    Flipping back and forth from the OSU vs. NW and Ga. and Bama games….The Refs tried and succeeded in giving OUS the game. and Miami flat out gave UNC the damn game…..,19 point lead for crying out loud.

    NJT, I agree, Poor little Scotty is just misunderstood. While he was growing up much smaller kids would take his lunch money, then went and bought Booze and Hookers with it, the whole while little Scotty was stalki…er I mean following them, preaching the ills of their ways.
    Then came Coach Pearl (The crusified one) gathering him up in his loving arms keeping him safe and warm.

  41. bluekz
    2:28 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    You might be censorship to not publish the indignant literalist comments, but it would be less embarrassing. This makes me very sad.

  42. Samantha Ryan
    2:40 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    36) I did a Rip & run in my last movie

  43. Tom Blevins
    2:58 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    You should be able to tell this is NOT Jerry Tipton. Some of today’s stuff made too much sense to be by Tipton. (Comments on Bobby Knight and Roy Williams for example.)

  44. Usernametaken
    4:57 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    You’re really asking why Forde and Tipton haven’t written positively about John Calipari? Seriously? I question the validity of your KSR blog entry.

  45. Blasphemy
    9:45 pm March 11, 2011 Permalink

    You go NOT Jerry Tipton. Rip Jerry Tipton a new one!

  46. slow007
    6:45 am March 12, 2011 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton = JOKE