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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The season’s over. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*T-r-o-u-b-l-e Last weekend, the Kentucky baseball team won 2 of 3 against top ranked LSU, which gave the Bat Cats a #2 ranking and the best record in the country. It also made them the talk of the sports world in the Bluegrass. This does not bode well for John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball team. Though he has yet to publicly admit it, it must really chap his hide that the baseball team is garnering this much attention. Consider: Ever since the series win over LSU by the UK baseball team, how many commitments has Calipari and the hoops team gotten? How many Sports Illustrated covers have they been on? How many times have they led off SportsCenter? How many parades have been thrown for them? In fact, even ex-Kentucky star Anthony Davis has switched allegiances, as evidenced by his appearance at the baseball game last Sunday, where he gave the proverbial middle finger to Calipari by throwing out the first pitch. And those who think this is mere conjecture may want to ask themselves one simple question: Has Calipari released a statement in which he denies being extremely jealous of the baseball team? Exactly. Strike three, Coach Cal. You’re out.

*Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof During Kentucky’s national semifinal win over Louisville, Terrence Jones viciously injured a Louisville cheerleader (a diminuitive female), and caused her to get stitches. On Monday, Jones gave the cheerleader flowers in what was supposed to be an “apology.” This does not bode well for John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball team. First of all, it should be pointed out that Jones did this on Louisville’s campus when he was ostensibly supposed to be in Lexington studying. Since he was not studying, however, this will cast more doubt on whether or not he should have been eligible during his two seasons at UK. Luckily for Jones, the effect of his truancy on Kentucky’s APR will not make itself known for quite some time. And not only that, several questions have been raised regarding Jones’s financial condition, and just how he was able to pay for the flowers, which — as any aspiring Casanova knows — aren’t cheap. So while Jones runs off to the NBA to make his millions, Kentucky fans are left to worry and wonder if his cheap publicity stunt proves to the be the program’s undoing. Will UK’s 38 wins be vacated? Will the national championship be stricken from the record books? Even if nobody ever speaks of this incident again and it turns out to be nothing, it will remain a dark stain on the banner hanging in Rupp Arena.

*Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) On Tuesday, before the Reds/Giants game in Cincinnati, the Kentucky basketball team was honored, and John Calipari threw out the first pitch. This does not bode well for John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball team. When Calipari was introduced, a light smattering of thunderous boos could almost be heard throughout the crowd, presumably from fans of Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati. It seems these fans are a little tired of all the publicity the Cats are receiving, and felt like making their frustration known. Amazingly, despite over a century of playing basketball, this was the first time a UK team was booed while being recognized before a Reds game. This clearly sends an unmistakable signal that (despite recently being named the 2nd most popular college basketball team in America) people everywhere are sick of the Cats. Seeing as how UK never plays OSU or UC, it must be assumed that the displeasure exhibited by those fans is representative of the country as a whole, if not the world as a whole. And in response to conspiracy theorists who think that the boos were the result of some regional rivalry between the Ohio schools and the Kentucky school, one should remember that the University Louisville has never been booed before a Reds game.

* On this date: On this date in 1990, Kentucky was still on probation.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

32 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Ridge Runner
    12:03 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    This does not bode well for Calipari & UK Basketball

    Cracks me up everytime I read it.



  2. Laughter Ensues
    12:12 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I love the “When Calipari was introduced, a light smattering of thunderous boos could almost be heard throughout the crowd” lol



  3. tltaworl
    12:24 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Travis Tritt, nice touch Not Jerry. Need a new “on this date” though. How about on this date in 2009 John Calipari’s tenure at UK had yet to produce a single victory. It would be many months later before Calipari could end the streak of winless days.



  4. Bravo
    12:38 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    One of your best yet!!!



  5. Fred
    12:40 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    “Has Calipari released a statement in which he denies being extremely jealous of the baseball team?” classic!



  6. Kelm
    12:49 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    genious!!! best one in awhile



  7. Dougie
    12:49 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    You funny.



  8. tvillian
    12:50 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    which one of you mods thinks its a good idea to let this prick write on OUR UK site, he’s an ass



  9. Johnny Livengood
    12:57 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I set the over/under at 5 this week on people who comment thinking this is really Jerry Tipton. Great stuff again NJT



  10. Friday Funday
    12:59 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Unlike the Cats in the off season, NJT never takes a Friday off!



  11. Tin Bears
    1:00 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    There is iron in the words of Not Jerry Tipton. I will receive the Herald Leader at my lodge and display the sign of the Wildcat.



  12. Jeff
    1:01 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    #9 I’m going with over…:) Such goobs..



  13. he sucks
    1:04 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    who is the goon? this piece sucks



  14. Champ
    1:05 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    7 the same people that allow you to post on this site 🙂



  15. Evan in Northern Kentucky
    1:07 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Beautiful



  16. Blue Heaven
    1:10 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Cincinnati has been rated the WORST SPORTS TOWN multiple times by ESPN. The Bengals have been rated the worst sports franchise EVER. Think about that for a moment. Reds fans have a revolving door at all local hospitals with the injuries incurred from the constant jumping off and on the bandwagon. The Bearcat following doesn’t exist. There are more morons wearing UC/Kansas State/West Virginia gear for Huggins than Bearcat. There weren’t that many boos and the bozos that booed have a collective IQ of 4 and annual salary of $5,000.



  17. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:24 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Great line: “In fact, even ex-Kentucky star Anthony Davis has switched allegiances, as evidenced by his appearance at the baseball game last Sunday, where he gave the proverbial middle finger to Calipari by throwing out the first pitch.”



  18. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:29 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    The comments may be the most interesting part of this column. I read them every week just to pick out those geniuses who a) don’t get the sattire immediately and b) don’t see the “NOT” in the headline. Looking at you 7 & 15.

    8 – I’m taking the over.

    15 – Blue Heaven, FYI, most Cats fans are also Reds and Bengals fans.



  19. jchcharley
    1:30 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    UK schedules uc and osu every year it’s called the final four or the title game, but they never show up!



  20. Not Rick Pitino
    1:41 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    If there is finer journalism on the internet, I have not come upon it. And that’s saying something, because I have come upon a lot.



  21. theSkinny81
    2:07 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    20: +1



  22. Al's IndiCats
    2:15 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I agree 18, before the days out I’ll say 10-15 still doesn’t get it, but there again some of them get it to get our reaction. NJT again you’ve brought a chuckle to an otherwise bland day.



  23. Larry cox
    3:12 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    You are an idiot why don’t you go write somewhere else



  24. Terry
    3:56 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    well….every week this Tipton fella’s IQ keeps getting lower & lower. After reading this it tells of my IQ as I keep on replying here LOL. Still amusing to see how dumb people are!!



  25. theWilkman
    4:00 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    18 – I wouldn’t say MOST Cats fans are Cincy fans. Here in Western KY its more Cardinals for baseball and Colts/Titans for football.



  26. Terry
    4:01 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    #17 has it correctly lol. thanks for pointing that out as i am new to KSR lol.



  27. checks pool room
    4:08 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Fake Jerry ,all your doing is wasteing space!We all hate the real Jerry and your not any better.Write something thats worth reading……or better yet just stop



  28. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:26 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    Well folks, we’re up to five: 7, 15, 22, 23(redeemed at 25?), and possibly 26 (got it, but just didn’t like the writing?).

    Anyone else care to make a ridiculous comment to push it above the over/under line set by #8?



  29. Teacher
    5:47 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    #27 – what you say might mean more if you learned basic spelling and punctuation.



  30. Carl
    8:48 pm April 27, 2012 Permalink

    I think it’s time to start promoting NJT for a Pulitzer. This stuff is classic.

  31. Good jog Not Jerry.

  32. job for #31