The season’s over. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:
*Love Gun: A group of Louisville fans recently erected a billboard in Frankfort that read “Lexington Is For The Birds.” Needless to say, the billboard was met with a great deal of anger and outrage by Kentucky fans. This reached a boiling point last week when one crazed Cat fan damaged the billboard. Though UK fans are widely known to be irrational and paranoid, one would think that they would not go so far as to deface public property. However, one would be wrong. Though it is not clear exactly how this disgruntled Cat fan managed to scale the billboard and cause such destruction — it almost appeared as if the sign had been struck by severe storms* — one can only image the amount of hatred, vitriol, and Old Crow that was coursing through the veins of this fan. Of course, this sort of public relations disaster is something that the University of Kentucky can do without. A reporter recently informed several high profile recruits of this act of terrorism via email. it is perhaps not a coincidence, then, that Kentucky has received no commitments since this story broke.
(* A spokesman for the billboard company says the damage was caused by storms.)
*Lick It Up: Earlier this week, John Calipari started a mini-firestorm when he announced that he would like UK, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina and Kansas to all play each other every year. Though one would think that the coaches of the other four schools would be eager to publicly agree to Calipari’s proposal, they have not yet done so. This clearly shows the complete lack of respect they have for Calpari and everything he stands for. Obviously, if they thought more highly of Coach Cal or UK, they would quickly agree to the idea. Moreover, such an arrangement would only serve to add to the perception that Calipari wants to water down Kentucky’s schedule and only play teams he knows he can beat, as he is 12-2 against those four schools since arriving at Kentucky.
*Hotter Than Hell: Anthony Davis is having a great deal of success playing for the U.S. Olympic team. This does not bode well for Kentucky. The better he plays on the Olympic squad, the more he will be thought of as “Anthony Davis, Olympian” rather than “Anthony Davis, Kentucky Wildcat.” To make matters worse, many NBA experts have Davis pegged as a sure-fire star in the league, which would turn him into “Anthony Davis, NBA Superstar.” Calipari would no doubt like to hitch his wagon to Davis’s star, but he can only do that if recruits associate the Chicago native with the university. Unfortunately, the more success he has on the Olympic team and in the NBA, the harder it will be for Calipari to do that. Of course, this is apparently just what Davis wants: He has reportedly moved out of Wildcat Lodge.
* On this date: On this date in 1995, Kentucky was not the winningest program in the history of college basketball.