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#OccupyKroger makes its way to Yahoo!

[Pic from Referee Guy’s Twitter (@Snackdaddy_Swiz)]

Nothing new to report, except further confirmation that the power of the Big Blue Nation struck again yesterday with the movement to get UK freshman Vincent Swope his money. The story of his controversial halfcourt shot made its way to Deadspin yesterday and all the way to Yahoo! today, demonstrating once again that it’s probably a better idea to just take care of your business rather than anger Kentucky fans. We will get you, and you will eventually end up looking bad. I think Referee Guy said it best when describing the UK faithful’s effort to get what is rightfully his:

“That’s the Big Blue Nation for you,” Swope said. “They supported me, and I really do appreciate it.”

Yes sir. That’s the Big Blue Nation for you. Now all that’s left to do is pay the man.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

26 Comments for #OccupyKroger makes its way to Yahoo!



  1. Fat ninja
    1:04 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Ninja strikes first



  2. Cousins Fake Teeth
    1:10 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    If the rules say your foot cant be in the line, then why should they pay?



  3. ribin
    1:19 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    They’ve never said anything when they’ve gone over the line and missed.



  4. TexasWildcat
    1:23 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    #3 of course they don’t, they have no reason to if he they missed it.



  5. big tim
    1:32 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    jay z named his baby BLUE ivy could that be because of uk BLUE lol



  6. GoCats2
    1:32 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is this the first documented case of Deadspin getting a story from KSR instead of the other way around?



  7. Va Kat
    1:46 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    If no one waived it off when he made it then the dang shot is good. I’m unaware that there ever was a replay booth for halftime halfcourt heaves. Geesh! Fork over the cash or suffer major reprisals from the BBN!!!



  8. Pitino's Pant Leg
    1:50 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    …You know there’s a Print Screen key on your keyboard for screen shots, right?



  9. mike
    1:51 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    who uses internet explorer?



  10. Steve Fitts
    1:52 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    I thought the Swopes were all Louisville fans–guess this one’s not!



  11. TampaCat
    1:53 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    #9 – what should I be using?? suggestions welcome….



  12. JVice
    1:55 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Man, I hate to be “that guy” but Kroger’s owes this dude nothing.



  13. thinking IGA
    1:57 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    So did they pay the kid



  14. OhComeOn
    1:57 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    11)Google Chrome



  15. dave
    2:09 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    gotta love the nerds that say the guy shouldn’t be paid. “well if the rules say….” everything’s black & white until it happens to you…



  16. BlueBloggin
    2:21 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    A half court shot is a half court shot. If you’re 1foot pass the time line it’s still a half court shot. I’d be willing to bet money they said nothing to this guy about stepping across the time line before he shot the ball. Pay the kid. He earned it.



  17. mike
    2:23 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    i bet they wouldnt have said crap if he a a foot behind the line and not right at the line



  18. UK 101
    3:02 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    A screenshot would have been better…



  19. Axe Cop
    3:36 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Sweet XP/IE shot with 2MP Kodak camera. Is grandma writing for KSR now?



  20. Axe Cop
    3:40 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    12. Then don’t be “that guy.” Also, it’s “Kroger.”



  21. barn
    3:50 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    cheaters never win.



  22. barefootpirate
    7:41 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    XP and IE… smh



  23. yep
    9:01 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    17, I have researched the rules on about 10 different half court shot contest. Every one of them plainly state in the rules that the shooter has to be behind the line. And of course they wouldnt say anything if he was 1 foot behind the line because the rules state that you must be behind it. 1 inch or 1 foot, both are behind the line.



  24. bmt22033
    10:34 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    IMHO, this was blown ***WAY*** out of proportion! I absolutely believe Matt Jones was well-intentioned by spreading the word that “someone” had suggested to this young man that he might not be paid. But come on Matt. As best I can tell from all the stories that have been written (at KSR, Deadspin and Yahoo), whoever it was that suggested the kid might not be paid wasn’t an actual Kroger rep. To quote the Yahoo story:

    “One of the organizers of the contest approached Swope in the midst of his celebration with a copy of the contract he’d signed and a video replay of the shot. The man intimated to Swope that the supermarket chain Kroger might not be willing to pay the $10,000 since Swope appeared to take the shot a few inches beyond the mid-court stripe.”

    “One of the organizers”? He “intimated” that Kroger might not pay? Unless this person was actually involved in making the decision as to whether the kid would get paid or not, there was really no need to try to “rally BBN” to this young man’s defense. Not until Kroger actually had the chance to talk to the kid directly. If Kroger officially told the kid he wasn’t getting paid, *THEN* it would be time to unleash BBN on them. But despite what the #Occupy movement would have you believe, not all of corporate America is evil. They should have had their chance to address this before Matt started stiring up BBN. And in the end, what happened?

    Again, to quote Yahoo:

    “A representative of Kroger called Jones within an hour of the game ending on Saturday and asked him to tell Swope that he would receive the $10,000.”

    There we go. There was never any reason to make this into the big deal that it became until Kroger, or a Kroger representative, stated that the guy wasn’t going to be paid.



  25. WTF
    12:56 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    The dude made the shot from half court. Period. His toe touched the line? C’mon!!!!
    IT”S STILL HALF COURT!!! What if his toe even DID touch the line does that mean he was at 3/4 court???!!??? Rediculous!!! Kroger should be EMBARRASSED!!! GOOD LORD!!! WHO”S SAYING KROGER SHOULDN”T PAY??!!! GEEEZ!!!



  26. ROKentucky
    7:32 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, an XP/IE artifact