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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The 2012-13 season is still a few weeks 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:

*My Hero: Last Friday, college basketball expert Jeff Goodman astutely pointed out that the only reason the Harrison twins committed to UK was because of Nike. While Kentucky fans predictably took offense to this, Goodman was correct. Fact: Every recruit Calipari has signed at UK has been while the school was wearing Nike. Fact: The Harrison twins have yet to deny that the only reason they picked UK was because of Nike. Fact: Kentucky wore Converse in 1990 and 1991, and failed to even make the NCAA Tournament those seasons. Are we supposed to be so naïve as to think that Calipari would have all this recruiting success, if, for example, UK wore adidas? Look at Louisville. They wear adidas and Rick Pitino couldn’t sign a top 10 player if his life depended on it, even though he’s trying just as hard as Calipari is. Think about it. Both coaches are Italian-American. Both coaches have won national titles. Both coaches reside in the state of Kentucky. However, while Calipari has signed 13 top 10 players since 2009, Pitino hasn’t signed any. The only difference? Calipari has Nike, while Pitino is stuck with adidas. What other explanation could there possibly be?

*This Is A Call: Earlier in the week, it was announced on CoachCal.com that “John Calipari-signed pieces of the 2012 Final Four floor Kentucky won its eighth national championship on will be available for purchase in an online public auction.” It was also announced that all of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to charities in Louisville and Lexington designed to fight pediatric cancer. Frankly, one has to question the prudence of this decision. By giving all of the money to this particular charity, Calipari is essentially telling the thousands of other charities to go to hell. To be sure, the cause he has chosen is a noble one, but what about the American Lung Association? Or Greenpeace? Or Meals on Wheels? Or the Girl Scouts? Does Calipari really think it’s wise to ignore the Girl Scouts? Apparently he does. He probably doesn’t buy their cookies, either. Seeing as how Calipari has two daughters himself, it’s more than a little surprising to discover that he hates little girls.

*Monkey Wrench: It is anticipated that several high-profile and high-level recruits are expected to be in attendance at Big Blue Madness tonight. This does not bode well for Kentucky. By having these young men visit for this occasion, Calipari is telling his current team that all he cares about is the future, and that he’s not even focused on this season. How will Kyle Wiltjer feel when he’s on the floor tonight and he looks in the stands to see a top 10 recruit, just itching to take his place? Pretty bad, I bet. And not only does this send the wrong message to the current team, but it also sends the wrong message to the recruits. The whole point of a recruiting visit is to meet the coach and the players. What’s the point of visiting when the coach and players are going to be busy practicing? Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of an official visit? Sure seems that way. This is a lose-lose situation, any way you look at it.

* On this date: On this date in 2009, Pete Thamel and Pat Forde were in Birmingham, knocking on doors and digging through dumpsters.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

29 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. wellsir
    12:05 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    1st foos



  2. Manbearpig
    12:05 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Nice Foo Fighters references



  3. Walden Schmidt
    12:09 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll get it started. Jeez, how on earth can KSR, in their right mind, let this assbag continue to post on this site. I may have to quit coming to this site, if they can’t stop this man.



  4. Sick of Not Jerry
    12:20 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I hate this guy. Worst approach ever. Pease stop posting his articles. It’s a serious waste of time.



  5. @ss Napkin Ed
    12:24 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Fantastic and hilarious as always. Keep up the good work.



  6. Bruce Pearl
    12:26 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Why doesn’t anybody talk about me anymore?



  7. L1C4L
    12:27 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    It’s clear that Nike has the advantage. Pitino would be mopping up as a recruiter if he had Nike. Everyone know that Rick is more dynamic and better with the conversation with the Mom’s.



  8. vickinaboox
    12:27 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    That’s the whole reason the NFL switched, because winners wear nike. Nike doesn’t purposely set out to represent success, the winners go where the nike is. Makes perfect sense. Also its ok to ignore girls scouts when it comes to thousands of dollars in charitable donations, that’s why they sell delicious cookies. You’re clearly against girl scout cookies.



  9. Optomitrist
    12:28 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder if Thamel or Forde found those glasses Tipton is wearing in one of the dumpsters?



  10. Mr obvious
    12:29 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Seems weird to watch Cal recruit all the NBA caliber players when UL was NBA U when Crum was there. Pitino changed everything for the worse, even the shows. Maybe Pitino could sign Pro Keds



  11. Sources Close To Program
    12:31 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I heard Pitino is close to having a deal with Crocks!



  12. Big Blue B-Rad
    12:35 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Job well done as always!



  13. bsquared
    12:36 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I’m trying to decide if the best part of these articles is the blatant satire or the people who think this is real and can’t see the humor in them



  14. Walter Cronkite
    12:37 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Joe Biden couldn’t make Centre College team as a walk on!



  15. Big Blue B-Rad
    12:49 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    13) That’s a toss up. I’ll give the slight edge to the people who think this is real as the most entertaining part of these articles.



  16. tltaworl
    12:53 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I too am surprised Calipari hates little girls. I am not sure I can get behind a guy like that.



  17. CE Wilson
    1:35 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Is this a satire? You really had me going. No one is that deluted are they? I really think he’s trying to be funny. That’s the 3 nuttiest paragraphs I may have read in the last 20 years. If this were April 1st I’d say good April Fools stuff !



  18. bigcat76
    1:39 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I heard Pitino had a shoe deal in the infancy stages with Keds shoes, but the deal got aborted. However, he is now a Sketchers man.



  19. Delkfor3
    1:53 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    Always worth a chuckle to read NJT, then to read the tongue in cheek comments, followed by the incredulous ones in the know who think that the tongue in cheek comments are for real, further followed by those who legitimatley think NJT is serious….Bravo…reality upended all over the place!



  20. Carl
    2:00 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    NJT getting back into fighting form for the basketball season. When is KSR going to arrange a cage fight between NJT and RJT? That would be a great way to kick off BBM!



  21. UK Snuggie
    2:13 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    This post is what happens when the cow has been milked dry.



  22. Participant
    3:07 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    The reactions by the readers who miss the satire is sometimes funnier than the satire.

    Whomever NJT is, keep it up.

    The real JT is envious because more people read this.



  23. UK Beanie Baby
    3:07 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    “Seeing as how Calipari has two daughters himself, it’s more than a little surprising to discover that he hates little girls.”

    bahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahaha



  24. jcg
    3:17 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I’m cancelling my Herald Leader subscription right now.



  25. Crush Little red
    3:42 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I bet if you took two of the real JT’s notebook articles and combined with 2 from NJT, you couldn’t tell them apart. I remember when I would read my parent’s paper like 10 years ago (I refuse to buy that rag), I would get so angry at the crap he spewed out and couldn’t understand how he got away with it. So glad we have KSR to at least call him out.



  26. Banyan from Seinfeld
    4:14 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    That’s gold, NotJerry, gold!



  27. Rob Walters
    4:36 pm October 12, 2012 Permalink

    I cry from laughing so hard every time I read these articles.



  28. I like that Tipton now has a photo with no glasses on, like it was the glasses that made him look like a jack-ass.



  29. i.b.poe
    2:12 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    ?