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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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We are now nearing the end of John Calipari’s third season as the coach of the University of Kentucky. And now that we’re in the Final Four, the games actually matter. Which is unfortunate for Kentucky, because for the first time since the postseason began, the Cats may actually have to play some decent basketball teams. Absolutely nobody cares about a 36-2 record entering the Final Four, because let’s face it, this Kentucky team has accomplished exactly nothing so far. The only way the 2011-12 season will be considered a success by any UK fan is if the Cats win a national championship. Anything short of that will be an unmitigated disaster. At any rate, to stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Amazing: As Kentucky prepares to play archrival Louisville tomorrow, it would be nice if UK fans could actually step back and admire the masterful job Rick Pitino has done this season at the helm of UofL. Pitino (the highest paid coach in college basketball) has taken his team (ranked in the top 5 earlier this season) and turned them into scrappy underdogs that almost nobody outside the city of Louisville is giving a chance to win. It’s not just any coach (especially the highest paid coach in college basketball) who could turn his team (ranked in the top 5 earlier this season) into lovable upstarts just happy to be there. Especially when you consider that the program he leads fancies itself a top 10 program historically. John Calipari, who has racked up a 36-2 record with a roster full of lottery picks, could learn a thing or two from his former mentor. I’m not saying Calipari should become involved in an embarrassing public scandal involving adultery and extortion, or that he should work his players so hard that almost all of them are injured, or that he should stock his roster with players who won’t ever see an NBA game unless they buy a ticket, or that he should lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament twice in a row, or even that he should start blaming his players when things don’t go his way, but when it comes to lowering expectations, Coach Cal could learn a thing or two from Rick Pitino.

*Swagger Like Us: In the four NCAA Tournament games Kentucky played leading up to the Final Four, the Cats were almost flawless. Not once have they been in danger of losing a game, and they have been a model of consistency and domination since the Tournament tipped off. This does not bode well for the Cats. Obviously, they are due for a letdown against Louisville, as no team can play at such a high level for three weekends in a row. Compounding matters for the Cats is the fact that the Cardinals have been on absolute tear since the postseason began. After losing 4 of their final 6 regular season games, UofL has won 8 in a row, and is showing no signs of letting up any time soon. This kind of momentum is likely the reason that in a poll of 20 college basketball experts, 19 of them predicted that Louisville would beat Kentucky Saturday. (source: InsideTheVille.com) So before Big Blue Nation crowns the Cats the kings of college basketball, they should remember the old adage “all good things must come to an end, except when they mustn’t.”

*That’s All She Wrote: As we approach tomorrow’s big game between Kentucky and Louisville, Card fans are finding comfort and confidence in one fact that should be a little unnerving to UK fans: If you give Rick Pitino a week to prepare, he is impossible to beat. As evidence of this, look no further than his 10-0 record in Sweet 16 games. So while Kentucky ostensibly has the advantage in terms of raw talent, Louisville has a big edge in terms of coaching. Of course, Pitino has lost 3 times in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at UofL when he had a week to prepare, including an embarrassing loss last year to Morehead, but other than that, he’s untouchable when given a week to get ready. And, technically, he is 2-3 in national semifinal games when he had a week to prepare, but still. Heading into the big showdown in the Big Easy, Louisville fans have to love their chances, thanks to the master tactician sitting on the UofL bench. (Though he did lose once before when the Final Four was in New Orleans, in 1993, even though he had a week to prepare then as well.) The bottom line is this. Other than his three first round losses at Louisville when he had a week to prepare, and his losing record in national semifinal games when he had a week to prepare, the guy is unbeatable in NCAA Tournament when he has a week to prepare for them. (So what if he’s never won a Final Four game as an underdog.)

* On this date: On this date in 1991, Duke beat Kansas to give Mike Krzyzewski his first national championship. Kentucky was ineligible for the NCAA Tournament that year because they cheated.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

47 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Tom Crean
    12:03 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    First



  2. James K
    12:05 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    “This does not bode well for Kentucky” might be my next tattoo, with Jerry Tipton’s face in a frame, like on a dollar bill.



  3. majestic
    12:08 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink


  4. UK Homer
    12:13 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    WHY let this guy post one day before the Final Four?!!! C’mon Matt! Get it together!



  5. The One
    12:14 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Davis wins AP player of the year



  6. strange brew
    12:15 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Love the INSIDETHEVILLE as a source. I recall last year Terry Meiners and all the local Louisville DJs like Tony Vanetti (however you spell that loser’s name) saying Uofl would win. Classic!



  7. mjblue2
    12:15 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    My Friday is complete…and it’s only 12:15.



  8. barn
    12:15 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    yeah, homer, this does not bode well beaucoup



  9. David from San Diego
    12:16 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Just saw on ESPN that Davis won AP POY, he really should pull of the grand slam at this point. Go CATS #8 8pril NOLA BBN



  10. symphonist
    12:17 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    LOVE these posts! Almost as funny as the posts are seeing how many people (see #4) are still too stupid to understand that it’s a tongue-in-cheek parody. Keep up the great work, most of us actually get it!



  11. ForReal!
    12:17 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Why the T.I. Song titles for titles… Just curious



  12. Derp
    12:17 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    The Bluegrass showdown is going to divide a lot of husbands/wives and brothers/sisters, which is pretty much the same thing in Kentucky.



  13. King Kelley Coleman
    12:19 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    @#4-UK Homer if you don’t get it by now, then you need to take your dumbass somewhere else, cause you are an idiot.



  14. Wasteful Showboat
    12:19 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    I cannot wait to see how Not Jerry Tipton handles it after we win it all next week. I loved the multiple “or”- run on sentence. This is consistently the best thing going on this site right now. Thanks.



  15. Champ
    12:20 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    10 see, I think by now the joke is on posts like yours, because #4 is hopefully just saying that as a joke in hopes that someone like you will say something like “Hey #4, do you know what satire is?” Maybe I’m wrong, but hopefully I’m right.



  16. UK Homer
    12:23 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    8, 10, 13 – LEAVE you bunch of Troll Card fans. Go to that website Jerry references and leave the rest of us Cats fans alone. I’d whoop your asses if this was in person. GO CATS!



  17. UK Homer
    12:24 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    15 – you’re ahead of the curve.



  18. Brow Down
    12:25 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    This guy is a Deusche



  19. Mike
    12:29 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Great work again KSR. This never, ever gets old. Go Big Blue.



  20. WeDontNeedNoStinkingBadgers
    12:35 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    A.D. just won the AP POY award! Bow to The Brow



  21. uklaw95
    12:36 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    One to go!



  22. Derp
    12:36 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    I can lick my own ****.



  23. Paul
    12:42 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    OH MY GAWD!! There r still people who dont get it?? Its sarcasm haha its “Not” Jerry Tipton. *Sarcasm*



  24. Rae
    12:43 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Oh my God. Gottlieb just said something that made sense.
    Where are the flying horsemen?



  25. Jorts4life
    12:46 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    18 – he’s German?



  26. Beavis
    12:47 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    # 12 Derp,,,you should know,,,,your mother helped populate half this state.



  27. Sick of this guy.
    12:55 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, I know there are people who are going to hate on Big Blue. And I know some of them are so absurd that they are actually kind of funny. I get that. This guy fits the bill. But I am more than a little ticked that you would give this guy a forum to spread his “knowledge” right before the Final Four game against are most hated enemy. We don’t need the guys reading this.



  28. Lincoln Park
    12:58 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    27 – NOT Jerry Tipton – it’s a joke. Can’t believe I even replied to you…



  29. Paul
    12:58 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    27…You just don’t get it! It’s “our” not “are”. Everything else you’re saying is on point though *grins*



  30. hurry up
    1:01 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hurry up and update this damn site. ANTHONY DAVIS IS UKS FIRST AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND ONLY THE SECOND FRESHMAN TO WIN THE AWARD!!! Whose in charge of updating. You guys are so slow. Way to be on the job!!! I broke the story before this site did!



  31. Delk for-3
    1:15 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    The old laughing at people who don’t get that it is ‘Fake’ Jerry Tipton is now the new laughing at people who think that those who make obviously baiting negative comments are really serious. See what happened there? Comedy gold, I tell ya!



  32. blueclue
    1:16 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Actually KSR had a post last week about Anthony getting SO player of the year. Today was just the ceremony.



  33. NegativeForNoReason
    1:17 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    The line about Pitino being unbeatable following a week off reminds me of former co-worker speaking on behalf of his sons report card…”He had straight A’s. Well and he had two B’s. So straight A’s and two B’s. But there was the C in science, So technically it was Three A’s, two B’s and a C. So yeah Straight A’s, and some other classes.”



  34. HeyDummie
    1:18 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 30 you should ask for a full refund on your subscription price for this site.



  35. LOLat#30
    1:19 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    And #5 broke it before you #30 get off their asses and stfu.



  36. catfaninrockytop
    1:23 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    34- Well played good sir.



  37. Carl
    2:19 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    THis has to be some of NJT’s best work. Nice job. I can only hope RJT gets picked up by a tranny on Bourbon Street and misses the game.



  38. Al's IndiCats
    2:21 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hey I read somewhere PP might be turning pro? Any news on that NJT? and has anyone heard about A.D. being the POY? Why is the sky so blue? Is Blue Grass really blue? Anyone else think we might make it to the Final Four?
    Maybe 27 can answer these and many other hard questions!



  39. LOLat#27
    2:30 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    I laughed so hard I peed a little at you post



  40. Brad
    2:45 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    The only funny thing on this website



  41. Steve
    2:58 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    True that Brad



  42. Delk for-3
    3:42 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Repost: The old laughing at people who don’t get that it is ‘Fake’ Jerry Tipton is now the new laughing at people who think that those who make obviously baiting negative comments are really serious. See what happened there? Comedy gold, I tell ya!



  43. Wasteful Showboat
    3:43 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    27 ARE you serious?!



  44. ZombieLibrarian
    3:55 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Aside from the actual games ending, not reading NJT every Friday might be the saddest thing about the end of the college basketball season.

    Matt, please make sure NJT comes back next year.



  45. Ukbloodblue
    11:19 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Love how non UK fans know how we feel ! ! Ive always heard it takes one to know one. He obviously isn’t one, but he loves writing about us. I will give him this credit though. At least he’s not scared to let us know how much he hates us, unlike others that won’t even mention our name. Let hope we win it all so the haters will have to find other reasons to hate us. Thanks Jerry for letting me know how I feel. I don’t even know you…



  46. Ukbloodblue
    11:22 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Oh my bad. Not Jerry Tipton. I guess I’m a dumbass. Bring Jerry on though.



  47. Ukjw
    1:27 am March 31, 2012 Permalink

    So where does the posting a comment bashing not Kerry Tipton although you know it is a joke though you want others to think it is not joke shtick end? This is inception on a comment thread level. Lol.