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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


The 2012-13 season is still a few months away. However, the guess here is that the Cats will not be able to improve upon last season’s performance, which saw losses to hated rival Indiana (which didn’t even make it past the Sweet 16 lol) and Vanderbilt (which is more known for its academics than athletics). To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*You Have Killed Me: ESPN’s Joe Lunardi recently released his initial “Bracketology” for the 2012-13 season, and Kentucky was projected as the #1 seed in the South. This is terrible news for the Cats. Research reveals that the vast majority of #1 seeds do not win the NCAA Tournament. In fact, of the 24 teams who were seeded #1 since 2007, only 5 of them — or a paltry 21% — managed to cut down the nets. Example: In 2011, Connecticut won it all, and they were a 4 seed. So not only is John Calipari faced with the challenge of coaching a team comprised almost solely of freshmen thanks to his controversial “one-and-done” rule, but he also has to overcome history, which says that almost 80% of the teams who earn a #1 seed end up losing in the NCAA Tournament. Sorry, Cat fans. It’s science.

*That’s How People Grow Up: In a poll that was released last week, 36% of anonymous college basketball coaches named John Calipari as the coach they most suspect of cheating. These results predictably caused a great deal of consternation in the Bluegrass State. Namely, among Louisville fans who couldn’t believe the number was so low. These fans were particularly vocal on message boards. For example, “MrsMangock” was incensed: “Thay no KKKALIPERRY be a cheeder!! Why that NUMber so low>.?! LwonCfor!” Also, “MARRASTRAIGHTBUTTER” seems to have a great deal of inside information: “man cheatapari pays players I know it lol I saw kyle wildjer in a range rover no way some dude from oregan or wearever can afford a pimp ride like that lol epsecially some idiot who go to cheatatucky lololol.” Lastly, “FiveCoreValues” was curiously angry that Rick Pitino and Charlie Strong were omitted from the list: “of course typical ESPN biased they have CALLIPAry on there that list but not COACJ PATINO or COCH STORNG man typical bias FIVECORPSEVALEUS buncha cheaters man I love weed GO CARDS FOREVER!!# 2006-2007 ORANGE BOWL CHAMPS SON WHAT WHAT WHAT!!!” So there you have it. At least one fanbase thinks the article understated the perception of Calipari as a scofflaw.

*First Of The Gang To Die: In April, UK won the national championship. This does not bode well for Kentucky. In the history of college basketball,* no defending NCAA Champion has ever advanced beyond the Sweet 16 the following year. Examples: The 2011 winners, Connecticut, lost in the 2nd Round in 2012. The 2010 winners, Duke, got beat by Arizona in the 2011 Sweet 16. The 2009 titlists, North Carolina, didn’t even make the Tournament in 2010. And so on. And to make matters worse, rivals such as Louisville, Indiana, Duke, etc., shrewdly lost in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, thereby ensuring that they will not fall victim to this curse. In fact, in a brilliant bit of gamesmanship, UofL coach Rick Pitino has avoided the jinx in each of his 11 seasons at Louisville, by never winning a championship. This is exactly why Louisville fans were so excited when they hired him.
*Since 2007

* On this date: On this date in 2009, people were still laughing about the fact that Billy Gillispie told Perry Stevenson to block a free throw.


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Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

41 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. BPsycho
    12:05 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Amazing job on the show today and the whole KSR tour. A lot of good things happening to good people today.

    Morgan County Long Term Recovery Team

  2. motillebigblue
    12:09 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Jerry Tipton…Remember Florida went back to back.

  3. jimbob
    12:12 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. Those made up UL comments are hilarious. I like the part where they misspell the names of their own coaches. Good reporting again LSR!

  4. stan
    12:29 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    DAMN HE IS UGLY!! Can’t someone photoshop his picture every week?

  5. me
    12:30 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    “Thay no KKKALIPERRY be a cheeder!!” Thank you. I really needed a good laugh.

  6. UK_Wildcat_in_AZ
    12:33 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    “UofL coach Rick Pitino has avoided the jinx in each of his 11 seasons at Louisville, by never winning a championship.”

    Well stated, NJT!

  7. TimeForNine
    12:50 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Nice work MJT.

  8. bbmike
    1:01 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Oh man-that is some good insider reporting on the ul message boards.

  9. viva_hate
    1:14 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    great morrissey references. i always like to test my musical knowledge with the subtitles.

  10. DonInFlorida
    1:30 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    My favorite part of Friday. Reading NJTFBN. Thank You.

  11. Big Blue B-Rad
    1:41 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    3)I agree as well. The hilarious part was the fake fans being offended Pitino wasn’t mentioned. Louisville fans would really be that stupid to be offended.

  12. Pu
    1:45 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    I love how UK’s team is comprised almost solely of freshman due to (Calipari’s) controversial “one and done” rule. I look forward to NJT’s wisdom every Friday, but he REALLY brought it today. Great work N. Jerry Tipton!

  13. THE ROCK
    2:08 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t UCLA win multiple National Championships in a row in basketball?

  14. jimbob
    2:17 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    11) I know, right? Also, I was being completely sarcastic. None of it was hilarious. There are plenty of dumb people on the internet, I have no idea why KSR has to invent more just to be sensationalist.

  15. barn
    2:17 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    yeah there was a team in ’96 that went to 3 champ. games in a row. sometimes i don’t think his tipton guy is for real

  16. Not Jerry Tipton
    2:26 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Because, #14, stupid people are funny. Ironically, you’ve proven that yourself.

  17. XPD
    2:32 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    2 / 13 / 15, do you know what an “*” indicates?
    Love NJT, best part of KSR.

  18. jimbob
    2:40 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    16. “Stupid people are funny” is not exactly a rebuttal to the idea that fabricating stupid people on the internet is pointless. If those type of people really existed, you could just use real quotes and that would be MORE funny than this.

  19. Why we love NJT examples
    2:41 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    That funny little symbol…. “*” you called it an ass-tar-risk…what does that mean? Also, why do we continue to let this Tipton fella on our fan site ??

  20. Not Jerry Tipton
    2:44 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    I agree, #18. Real stupid people are funnier than fake stupid people. case in point, you.

  21. tltaworl
    2:48 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Oh man, I forgot about that blocked free throw. Sad and funny all at the same time.

  22. jimbob
    2:49 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    20, A “writer” is showcasing his comedic wit by repeatedly calling me stupid. Stop it, you are hurting my feelings.

  23. Not Jerry Tipton
    2:57 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    No, it doesn’t take “comedic wit” to call you stupid. Just the ability to read your comments.

  24. jimbob
    3:05 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    23. I see. I read your comments, you are also stupid. Yay, this is fun.

  25. SheCat
    3:30 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    GEEZZZZ! John Calipari’s one and done rule? REALLY? Since when has John Calipari had the clout to make up a rule such as this? I believe Coach Cal has stated MILLIONS of times now that he DOES NOT like the rule, but it is a rule and he has to live with it, so something to that effect! Where does this idiot get his information? May be he hasn’t learned to read yet, for sure he doesn’t listen! Get your facts correct before you print them dude!

  26. fraudfighter13
    3:38 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ahhhh, SheCat…you have made my day…oh, and you too NJT…Keep up the great work!!

  27. Smiffanator
    3:43 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    #25 please understand that this post is meant to make fun of JT writing. No the facts are not correct. It is called sarcasm. Please lighten up and learn to take a joke when one is given to you. NJT is not meant to be real but a funny farce on reporting about the Cats.. Now re-read the article with the notion that this is a joke, funny, sarcastic writing then enjoy.. Who is the idiot, now?? Wow what really goes through some people’s minds ???

  28. jimbob's mom
    3:44 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    (smacks forehead) sorry y’all, his parents both have a sense of humor. sometimes you just don’t know what yer gonna get.

  29. NYC_Cat
    3:49 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry T’s logic regarding how it’s bad to be a number one seed is off a bit. It is correct probability-wise, but not in the context of measuring how the No. 1 seed fares versus other seeds.

    For every seeding, there’s only a one in four chance for that seed to win the tourney. So JT is off by a factor of 1/4 with his pct. In other words, there may have been (4) No. 1 seeds each year, but there were also (4) No. 2 seeds, (4) No. 3 seeds, and so on.

    Using JT’s “since 2007 (six tourneys), only 5 No. 1 seeds have won the championship.” (2007-Fla(#1);2008-KU(#1);2009-UNC(#1);2010-Duke(#1);2011-UConn(#3);2012-UK(#1)).

    Thus, a No. 1 seed for 2013 can look at the previous 6 years and realize there’s an 83.3% chance that they, or one of their fellow #1’s combined, will win the championship. Historically, since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, (18) No. 1 seeds have won the Natty in those 28 years. I’ll take a 64% chance as a No. 1 seed for taking the crown. If JT wishes to stick to his 16% chance for an individual #1 seed, 16% towers over and other seeded teams’ chances. Only (3) No. 2 seeds (10.7% by my cal, 2.7% for JT), and (5) no. 3 seeds (17.8% and 4.5% for JT), have won the tourney since 1985.

    64% or 10.7% or 17.8% – which one would you take?
    16% or 2.7% or 4.5% – which one would you take JT?

  30. NYC_Cat
    3:51 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    BTW – name the other 2 seeds higher than No. 3 seed to take tourney since 1985.

  31. Smiffanator
    3:51 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    #26 haha as she did mine too??? (not for sure if that statement makes much sense or not)

  32. NYC_Cat
    3:53 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, it’s 3 seeds. My #3 seed winners should be 4 – I accidentally counted Arizona (#4 seed) as a #3 in 1997 – NYC_Cat

  33. NYC_Cat
    3:54 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    BTW #2 – N.B. JT – UConn was a no. 3 seed in 2011 when they won it all – so we mixed up Zona and UConn – hah!

  34. jimbob
    4:06 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Just because you don’t think garbage like this is funny doesn’t mean you don’t have a sense of humor. Part of having a sense is being able to discern degrees. My sense of humor tells me that NJT registers just below YouTube comments.

  35. Not Jerry Tipton
    4:10 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    And my sense of humor tells me you spend a lot of time alone.

  36. Jimbob is stupid
    4:18 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    And so is NYC cat

  37. Tuxedo Park
    4:42 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    wow, UK and Morrissey. Never thought my two obsessions would ever meet.

  38. jimbob
    4:55 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    KKKALIPERRY is a cheeder cheese!!

  39. Bruce Pearl
    4:57 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    When is JTip gonna send me some love?

  40. Jimbob hateslife
    7:01 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Im smart on the internets! Yet i dont laugh much in real life. Sad…but yay for internets!

  41. barn
    10:09 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink