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Perfect timing for Kentucky basketball AND Kentucky football

Things that do not usually go well together:

– Oil and water, Business and pleasure, Drinking and driving, Driving and texting, Drinking and texting, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel, Listening to someone try to eat a bowl of cereal and remaining happy, and Kentucky basketball and Kentucky football.

Don’t get me wrong…It’s not that Kentucky basketball and Kentucky football have been sworn enemies or anything of that nature. The two have existed side by side for decades, with football wavering in the shadow of the most successful and popular basketball program of all time. As with most BCS schools, attaining the status of being a football school AND a basketball school is a rare find. Not as rare as a positive comment about Aaron Flener’s “Bachelor series,” but still pretty rare.

Kentucky football is still a far cry from climbing anywhere near the same category as Kentucky basketball when it comes to success. Over the past 6 weeks since Mark Stoops’ hire though– the timing has been absolutely perfect when it comes to the current statuses of both the football and the basketball programs.

In a way, Kentucky football has been exactly what John Calipari needed. And you know what? In a way, Kentucky basketball has been exactly what Mark Stoops needed.

Kentucky basketball could lose to Gardner-Webb (sorry to bring that up) and get laughed out of the building by Vanderbilt (sorry about that, too) and people will still be consumed with it and care about the team and the program to unfathomable levels. Coming off of the high of a national championship, coupled with the early season woes and frustrations of Calipari’s young team this season– Kentucky basketball has consumed slightly less attention than usual. Again, people still care. People will always care. But the fan base seems to be more open right now than usual to placing their attention on something else as well.

What has that “something else” been? Kentucky football.

The timing has been perfect for both Stoops and Calipari. The excitement and newness wrapped up in the arrival of Mark Stoops to Lexington drew so much attention that we’ve all had a little less time to focus and beat ourselves up over the early struggles of this Kentucky basketball team. The attention that usually would be solely focused on Archie Goodwin’s no-look, fall away lay-ups and questionable decision-making has also been sprinkled in other directions– such as following Kentucky football recruiting news, or figuring out ways to make “Air Raid” alarms to wake you up in the morning (I’m looking at you, Drew Franklin). Kentucky basketball has benefited from having some of the heat and attention spread in other areas early this season while the Cats were (and still are) solidifying their identity.

On the other side of the equation, Kentucky football and Mark Stoops have also benefited from the early struggles of the basketball team. No matter who the new coach was for Kentucky, people were going to be interested. Mark Stoops and his early recruiting success, energized coaching staff and exciting brand of play, have stepped in and provided some much-needed bright spots on otherwise troubling days following losses or less than excellent play on the basketball court. The timing has been perfect for the football program as well, taking off on a new journey with a new coach during a basketball season that has been fairly average so far.

If you don’t think the timing has been important, imagine if Mark Stoops had been hired at this point last season. Kentucky basketball was on a collision course with the national championship from Day 1. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the apple of every Kentucky fans’ eye. Three goggles were being thrown, auto-lobs were being flushed, Terrence Jones glamour shots were being floated around, etc. Kentucky basketball dominated not only the local sports stories, but also the national college basketball scene as well. Even though a hire like Stoops still would have been a great one for Kentucky, would we have paid nearly as much attention? Would we be quite as excited, or would we have a hard time ripping any of our attention from one of the most entertaining and pleasing college basketball teams, with some of the most likeable players Kentucky has ever seen?

Timing is everything in life, and not everything goes together well all the time. But for the moment, Kentucky football and Kentucky basketball have both helped one another— whether they would like to admit it or not.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

30 Comments for Perfect timing for Kentucky basketball AND Kentucky football

  1. hoodat
    8:38 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    ‘Listening to someone try to eat a bowl of cereal and remaining happy’ ? I don’t get it

  2. I agree
    8:44 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    1.) The sound of someone else constantly crunching loudly, annoys the hell out of some of us.

  3. I agree
    8:46 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    And Ally, that was probably the best post that I have read of yours.

  4. Jason
    8:49 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Lawson not coming to UK now. Sounds like he going to end up a LA Tech

  5. Drone Wars
    8:56 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    5. That sucks. UK is probably too far away for him.

  6. Gypsy Robyn
    8:57 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Great post, good job Ally!

  7. Fufu
    9:00 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    I know Kentucky Sports Radio tries to bring some ridiculousness into posts and I appreciate that… at times. But posts like this has a lot of substance and is an interesting insight by a good writer. Keep it up.

  8. WTH?
    9:00 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Incriminating pic? Cal holding a maker’s mark bottle with the kid. Looks like he’s ready to start chuggin’

  9. ltylerj
    9:06 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    How does any team let a guy break wide open to the basket with .9 seconds left?

    #1 team? Yeah right.

  10. Catlogic15
    9:07 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Nice post. Insightful with fair question.

  11. Tyler Zeller
    9:08 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    #9 – because he’s not Anthony Davis. Davis blocks game winning shots. We Zellers prefer to let the opponent get the big W.

  12. CrashTheLoader
    9:08 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    While Zeller just stands there.

  13. Drone Wars
    9:10 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Down go the Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers! Where has that little guy been since the IU-Butler game? There is no great team this year. The Cats could possibly steal a NC like duke did a few years ago.

  14. jpgott2
    9:12 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    4. where are you hearing this about Lawson?

  15. ltylerj
    9:12 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    One of the few prime time games UCLA will have, and the lower level has about 50 people in it.

  16. ltylerj
    9:15 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Nevermind, late arrival I guess.

  17. Hey BBN
    9:15 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    BBN, remember ESPN kept re-playing IU’s last second shot last year over us. KARMA!

  18. dave
    9:22 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    we’re in the south. we’re always going to like a competitive & winning football team. mark stoops brings (hope of) that. that has nothing to do with whether or not cal & the cats are winning.
    you cant actually think ppl wouldnt have paid as much attention to stoops this time last year, or the year before??
    good effort though?

  19. Mike
    9:33 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Why do we keep saying the twin towers doesn’t work!? It’s probably our best lineup. The only time it doesn’t is when our GUARDS aren’t making shots or we turn the ball over. That is on our lack of experience not the lineup. I don’t know why we are suddenly turning against it.

  20. Tim
    9:35 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    No, I’m not one whit less interested in basketball this year. I hope the football program rises to the top, but the UK Wildcats, which goes without saying refers to the basketball team, will always be my favorite.

  21. hendoblue
    9:36 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Down goes IU, Down goes IU, Down goes IU! Somebody please wake up Cody Zeller. Brilliant screen and backdoor cut. I hope to be able to watch it over and over again for the rest of the college basketball season. And most of next year too.

  22. TexasCat
    9:41 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    UCLA game – big conference game on national TV – almost at halftime and stands less than 50% full. Shabazz hoped to fill Pauley?? OOPS!! Plenty of good seats still available.

  23. randomer
    10:48 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    excellent work ally tucker – great point.

  24. Deacon
    10:57 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    Why is Cal handing the kid a bottle of bourbon?

  25. Dwight Tooley's handles
    11:45 pm February 7, 2013 Permalink

    I see ya JP

  26. Ricky P
    8:41 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Is that richie farmer in the background?

  27. The Wildcats Nuttsack.
    9:37 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    26. I was thinking the same thing.

  28. What about Corey?
    10:57 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    #8 That was a signed Makers Bottle won at a charity auction.

    12:02 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Just becase we gotten a few good recruts dont mean anything. we havent winned a single game with them

  30. Issel's two front teeth
    12:59 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    @26 You beat me to it, I was wondering the same thing.