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Reality Bites

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The day after a Kentucky loss sucks. As Kentucky fans, we force ourselves to relive each mistake, dissect each fatal flaw, and wallow in the land of “what-ifs.” Today’s mood is particularly apocalyptic though (“Doron Lamb’s quitting!” “Terrence Jones has no talent!” “This makes me want to cheer for Louisville!”). Heck, even Fake Barney was depressed.

After I put my own hysteria aside this morning, I started to shuffle through the chaos to separate fact from fiction:

This team does not play well on the road: FACT
Obviously. There’s no question that the road don’t take no guff. Now, I can understand losing on the road to decent teams in hostile environments (i.e., Vanderbilt, Florida), but Ole Miss and Arkansas? Really?! I know we’re everyone’s Super Bowl (Cal’s new “pooping ice cream”), but geez guys, six losses? And we feel confident about going to Rocky Top? Screw the punching bag, let’s invest in a team therapist to sort through this team’s roadaphobia.

We would be winning with Enes Kanter: MOOT
Seriously, people, drop this. It was fun to think about when there was still a possibility for him to play on the team, but that’s not going to happen. Not. Going. To. Happen. Stop wasting time in “what if” land.

If Liggins had passed the ball to Harrellson at the end of the game, we would have won: MOOT
I know it hurts. I looked at the screen cap, too. Albeit painful, this missed opportunity was not the only reason the Cats lost last night. What if Liggins hadn’t gotten that technical? What if Rotnei Clarke had accepted his plight as a member of the Lollipop Guild and never picked up a basketball? What if the sun was made of lemon sparkles and Lindsay Lohan wasn’t a trainwreck? You get the point.

The officials hate Kentucky: EVEN
They hate everyone at some point.

This season is over: FICTION
What is today? That’s right: February 24th. Not late March. There is plenty of time left in this season. Now, is it enough time for the Cats to turn this leaky raft around? Who knows. But if there is a time for luck to trump logic, it’s March. Don’t jump off the boat just yet.

I’m not about to sit here and find a silver lining in last night’s game–it doesn’t exist. But for everyone’s sake, please put down the pitchforks, people. Start focusing on Florida and a player even more evil that Rotnei Clarke: Chandler Parsons.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

40 Comments for Reality Bites



  1. Cal Purnell here
    9:39 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I think Liggins was just got another Technical.



  2. Cal Purnell here
    9:39 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know what I just typed.



  3. OneAndDone
    9:44 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Purnell, lay off the herb bro!



  4. SexnNursinHomes
    9:47 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    1-hahah

    good write up.

    But the refs absolutely hate us. Know how I know? SEC refs make around $200K a year for 2 hours a night. That means they got 22 hours left in the day. If they really cared about their work they probably would at least spend 1 measly hour reviewing the games they just did. yet they keep making the same non-calls every game. piss on’em.



  5. SexnNursinHomes
    9:47 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    1-hahah

    good write up.

    But the refs absolutely hate us. Know how I know? SEC refs make around $200K a year for 2 hours a night. That means they got 22 hours left in the day. If they really cared about their work they probably would at least spend 1 measly hour reviewing the games they just did. yet they keep making the same non-calls every game. piss on’em.



  6. trey
    9:49 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Kentuckys 2011 recruiting class is impressive to say the least, but we are still weak at shooting guard and center. I personally believe that Calipari should start recruiting Ben MClemore and Michael Chandler. Recruiting Mclemore would pressure Lacey to commit quicker and Chandler could be our beat and bang center that we will really need in the sec and ncaa tourney. Although he is not currently commmitted to a school, Ben Mclemore is high on Kansas, but who’s to say he wouldn’t give Kentucky serious conideration? Plus Michael Chandler would most certainly commit to UK if Calipari made him a serious target



  7. bleedingblue
    9:54 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    if the refs hated UK, and if the refs were responsible for us losing that game, they wouldn’t have made the call that the Arkansas player’s foot was out-of-bounds setting up the knight shot that, had he hit it, would’ve had everyone here pooping ice cream.



  8. jaybruce
    9:59 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    good post. People, especially on here tend to overreact. I dont like the fact we lost, but it happens. Move on.



  9. Karl Marx
    10:01 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    1-6 on the road in conference. Awful.
    Who’s coaching our basketball team, Joker Phillips?



  10. TBone
    10:01 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    When this team starts playing like a team and stops pointing points on the board based on individual effort they will be unstoppable. Consider that on individual effort we are losing by no more than an average of 4-5 pts in each lose, a team playing well TOGETHER will easily yield an extra 5-10 points per game. This team needs to gel.

    Someone said earlier that they rank in the 160’s in assists. 160’s running the DDMO!!! It has been a bunch of selfish play at this point with flashes of selflessness. Twice they’ve played as a team. Louisville away and South Carolina last week. That’s it.

    T Jones isn’t in the NBA yet and until he can create for others and work within the offense his upside in the league is limited. He’s got to improve and so far he’s regressed. Team meetings, locker room fights, who cares? Either get it together or lets move on to next year as Coach has already said in last night presser he’s about to do. TJones to the bench if he has to. Lamb plays some D and shoots all he wants, but you can’t score 15 for the game and allow 25 to be scored on you in a half.



  11. STATE OF THE UNION
    10:09 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    enough with the excuses and the what if’s. face facts this team is not very good. lack of depth, size and coaching is killing this team. it takes good x’s and o’s and toughness to win on the road. when it’s all said in done the cats will finish 1-7 on the road in the sec! TERRIBLE! the cats are looking a 6 seed right in the face. the cats will need to win the sec tourney to boost there seed to a 5. calipari didn’t establish any depth at all in the none conference and that has cost this team all season long. poole, hood, and vargas have to be able to play to take some pressure of the six man rotation. we it gets down to money time this team is tired, like last night when knight had to play the last 9 minutes with 4 fouls and again in o.t. not only does he have to play but he has to carry the team on his back! terrence jones is a selfish mo fo. Shut yo mouth! i love calipari and the kids he brings in but let’s face it he couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag! sweet 16 at best for this team but most likely it’s one and done for the one and dones. let’s all hope, if not pray knight and lamb come back becuz cal might need 7 or 8 1st rounders to get us to the final four. hope i’m wrong



  12. Nassau65
    10:09 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler, Thanks!
    this post makes more sense than anything put on here in the last month, which is why i come here less than i used to.
    I get tired of all the what if’s too. It is what it is.



  13. Alex Legion's Mother
    10:17 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    If indeed Lamb threatened to quit the team… would you have a spot for my protical son?



  14. bluetexan
    10:26 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    #9-Too funny…made my day less miserable! Face it BBN…this a great post (except for the Jorts comment).



  15. Cat4Life
    10:26 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    How many of you felt like I did last night? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjVuar2vuLA



  16. bluetexan
    10:38 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    FREAK OUT? How ’bout this article today from SBB:

    “Buried in the laundry list of alleged violations perpetrated by Pearl and his staff, the NCAA noted the following:
    It is alleged that on or about September 14, 2010, head men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and associate men’s head basketball coach Tony Jones made an in-person, off-campus contact with prospective student-athlete Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, Georgia) during Adams’ junior year in high school.

    NCAA Bylaw 13.1.1.1 states: “Off-campus recruiting contacts shall not be made with an individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) before July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school.”

    Four days after Pearl apologized for lying to NCAA investigators while tearfully telling Tennessee fans,”I will not let you down again,” he committed what is a clear NCAA violation.”

    Bye-bye-Brucie! Oh, and take that damn orange balzer with you and bury it w/Ray Mears!



  17. Mike
    10:39 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    As I mentioned on earlier post…Cal needs to stop recruiting 5* athletes with only offensive skill set. We need players with heart, pride, passion and capable of playing some D. Cal and his staff have a lot of culpability here because nobody being coached up or improving at all.



  18. Mike
    10:58 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    SHOCKING…..LSU ends 10 game SEC losing streak by beating MSU on the road and UK can’t beat Arkansas and Ole Miss.



  19. UKGOBIGBLUE
    11:03 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Excuses Excuses Excuses, the fact is this team isn’t that good. These players make stupid decisions, they have no passion, they don’t care that they don’t have any passion, they don’t have enough common sense to know they are an embarrassment & that they are embarrassing themselves, and they have no leadership. I could keep going, but whats the point.

    Someone needs to tell Jones he needs to learn how to dribble the ball, learn how to shoot with your right hand, and stop getting your shot blocked.

    The season is over, time to start dreaming for next year.



  20. Hood's Wing Man
    11:04 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    18) SEC: Where amazing sh*t happens!



  21. tdogg4033011
    11:06 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    18) say what ya want, you know Arkansas & Ole Miss played way above average against us. Makes
    a little difference when teams hit bullsh*t 3’s and the crowd is going crazy.



  22. John Public
    11:09 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    There is NO CHEMISTRY with this bunch, HOPEFULLY, Jones will be gone after the season!



  23. tdogg4033011
    11:11 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    18)by the way, since Calipari can’t coach up players …. name one program to lose
    4 starters and 5 players to the draft and still in the top 25 this season?? Sounds
    like Calipari knows how to coach up players to me !!!!



  24. Rupert Ergin XI
    11:12 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Parsons is the Anti-Christ. Who would have thought that UK wold be staring at an 8 seed, Enes or no Enes? This team just doesn’t jive together. I don’t know why, but it is what it is.

    As far as the refs…yeah, that phantom foul call on Liggins that led to the technical of 88 free throws was just bunk. SEC refs are, without question, the worst in the nation. It isn’t even close.



  25. UKGOBIGBLUE
    11:14 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    #16 The NCAA needs to give Pearl a personal death penalty.

    Pearl has seriously got some balls.

    UT is screwed no matter what they do; Pearl contract is worded where UT has to pay him his entire contract even if they fire him for moral reasons. I hope he enjoys the money; since he has screwed up at 2 different schools, no school will ever hire him again.



  26. Blue
    11:14 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I hate the doom and gloom squad as much as anyone but while this season is not over yet, it has been a major disappointment by every conceivable criteria. We lose Enes, don’t even compete for the sec reg season, and are at the present set up to do poorly in the sec and NCAA tourneys. There is a difference between thinking cal can’t coach (he can) and thinking he has done a poor job coaching this years team (he has). There is a difference between thinking cal won’t compete for titles here (he will) and thinking this years team will not compete for any championships this year (they won’t). Last year was epic, next year will be also, this year has already peaked.



  27. Really?
    11:26 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Your posts are very good.. I enjoy reading them..thanks



  28. Mike
    11:27 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    19. you pretty well nailed it…well said and I do agree.



  29. Mike
    11:29 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    23….and by the way…name one program that has brought in as much talent as we did this year but hasn’t improved during the year??…in fact maybe even regressing thru the year.



  30. EW
    11:33 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone needs to calm down. Last year’s team spoiled everyone when they simply out-talented most teams. This team is VERY inexperienced, only having 1 player with any major experience in Miller. And yet they are a handful of plays away from being 24-3. Could they lose in the 2nd round of the tournament, sure. But they could also make a deep run if they start to click. At any rate, I’ll take where we are now as opposed to where we were 2 years ago. I’ll take Cal’s word over the thousands of wanna-be coaches around here that probably never played at any level over middle school.



  31. BBN
    11:41 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Selfish play and poor coaching is killing this team. I still think Brandon Knight is the most selfish of all. UK hasn’t had a player as selfish as him in years. He only cares about getting his own points and getting to the NBA. I’m sick of seeing him jack up so many 3 point shots. Terrence Jones should be getting more touches. He may also be selfish, but I don’t see that as much when he’s on the court. I hope Knight does leave for the NBA after this season because it will be addition by subtraction in my opinion. In his own way, Knight is also a team killer.



  32. me
    11:42 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    There are no longer SEC refs. They are independent contractors and can call games in whatever conference they want. Its not like the days of Don Shea and Don Rutledge seemingly calling every UK game.



  33. Oz
    11:56 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    For those of us old enough to get the “Lollipop Guild” line it’s hilarious, thanks Mrs. Thompson.



  34. stegbrent
    12:45 am February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I always enjoy your posts Tyler and the only reason I get the Lollipop Guild reference isn’t age but the fact it is on every year still.



  35. NashCatFan
    12:59 am February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not giving up on them yet. The team plays fine at home and loses on average by less than two points per game on the road. With the BBN, a neutral court in the tourney equals home away from home for the Cats.



  36. Dislexia
    1:40 am February 25, 2011 Permalink

    31) I think you should switch Brandon Knight with Terrence Jones throughout your whole comment. Jones tries to make way too many selfish plays and plays the perimeter when he should be down low bangin on the block. Knight has shot near 40% from three pt land and leads the team in assists per game. Brandon may take some bad shots but that is because no one else moves on offense they all stand there and look at each other like what do we do next? So BK has to do it himself.



  37. wldctky
    1:59 am February 25, 2011 Permalink

    4 mental mistakes cost us that game.. fouling clark twice on 3 pointers, the technical foul, and Knight not calling a timeout in overtime when he was trapped and ended up turning the ball over.



  38. Ben
    9:03 am February 25, 2011 Permalink

    #37 – You are so right! We also stood around and watched Ark player get rebounds that we could have easily had. Jones looked like a deer caught in the headlights.



  39. KY_Wildcat_AL
    1:01 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Ms T T… where have you been all my life?



  40. Gato Salvaje
    2:13 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Great post, Tyler. And good point #7 – my thoughts exactly.