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Thanks, ESPN.

You know that commercial you hate? The one that shows Indiana’s shot to beat UK at the buzzer? The one ESPN plays over, and over, and over? Yeah, you know it. Well, it turns out UK’s team is pretty familiar with it, too. Cal mentioned it in the postgame press conference this afternoon as one thing that has helped keep them motivated through the season:

“But I’m proud of them. They’re a good group. What’s driven them, I want to thank ESPN. They’ve done one of the greatest services for my program by having that advertisement that keeps showing Indiana beating us. Every time my team watches TV and on ESPN they see it, they just shake their head. Makes ‘em mad. Thank you, ESPN.”

Anthony Davis also weighed in on seeing the team’s only loss replayed all the time:

“We get mad every time we see that. It shows like 100 times on ESPN a day. That really makes us mad. It’s just the way we lost. We never want to have that feeling again. That was a tough loss to swallow. Everybody was mad, everybody for the whole week because we lost. We just don’t want to have that feeling again.”

Terrence Jones has his own strategy for dealing with the commercial:

“Oh, I turn the TV off. Every time. I know I turn the TV off every time I see that commercial. I almost sold my iPhone, my iPad. I turn the TV off.”

There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether Kentucky “needs” a loss down the stretch to help remind them that they can be beaten and re-focus them before the NCAA tournament. I don’t agree with that notion, but it turns out they don’t need reminding anyway. The WorldWide Leader has been doing the job all season long.

[Quotes via the Courier-Journal]

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

36 Comments for Thanks, ESPN.

  1. DB11
    8:19 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I too hate this commercial with a passion. I usually have my ipad, laptop, and iphone around me when i see it. Makes me almost want to chuck my stuff out the window, almost.

  2. mocha
    8:19 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    Same feeling toward Laettner shot, wish it would go away.

  3. -kSR friendly bookie-
    8:20 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    They mostly come at night…., mostly

  4. UK Law
    8:21 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    Of course they wouldn’t make a commercial from the UNC-Duke buzzer beater. That would show UNC in a negative light which is something ESPN would never allow.

  5. Lovely
    8:22 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    The mute button is the greatest invention ever. I don’t think I have submitted myself to that commercial in its entirety.

  6. Tony
    8:27 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    If ESPN ever finds out that commercial is actually motivating us to play even better, they will probably stop showing it!

  7. Big Diesel
    8:33 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    3.Thats what she said

  8. Apathetic Andy
    8:45 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN’s butthurt is helping us stay focused. Classic.

  9. LuvDaCats
    8:51 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I would think that one loss was enough for this team. They get it. Losing sucks. There is no way in hell they are gonna get another loss without a full blown war on the court. Another loss will do anything. They get it. No more loses.

  10. cconhhi
    8:51 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton: “So, Terrence, who bought you your iPhone and iPad?”

    9:07 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m actually surprised by this … I guess it’s good tho.

  12. Justin
    9:15 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t really mind it. The only reason why that game is significant is because it is the only game Kentucky dropped. If they went on to lose 10 more games this season everyone would have forgotten this game by now. In my opinion its just another reason why Kentucky is awesome.

  13. gcat4496
    9:16 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I hope we get IU in the tourney on a nice fair neural court.

  14. bluebiscuit
    9:22 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    What is this, KSR’s National Rain on Someone’s Parade Day? We had a great win today, an end to a great regular season, time to be thinking about some great tournament games, and what do we get from KSR? A post about how we are nothing but a number and can’t really be BFF’s with Anthony Davis, and now a post with a gigantic photo of the Indiana buzzer shot which we have suffered through dozens of times already, and now we get to see it again and be reminded of how it makes us feel bad. What’s next, a contest to win a date with Jerry Tipton?

  15. roydillard
    9:24 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I just sent espn a thank you email for that commercial! contact

  16. Bob Loblaw
    9:26 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    bobby knight is standing in the crowd just left of the ball with his arms crossed.

  17. JesusIsTheOnlyWayToHEAVEN!!!
    9:26 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone know or have a link to watch a replay of today’s game? Was out helping the tornado victims in Piner/Crittenden Ky during the telecast. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  18. Harvey
    9:39 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    Jason King has posted the yearly awards on The Kings Court. I will go ahead and say that Jason King is an idiot and I want to punch him in the face!

  19. BigBlueCats
    9:41 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    Hell Ive been saying for the past month or two that this team has learner their lesson from the IU game any time someone says we need another loss. I know I feel this way and I know a lot of other Cats fans just feel that this team is different from any other past UK team. They seem to have a focus and an agenda and if they arent making shots, it doesnt bother them like it would most other teams. They know that there is no time to hang their heads and get mad. They find another way to win. And with an exception to very few games this year, they have went out and put their foots on teams throats and smacked almost everyone around. All I have to say is BBN is going to rock New orleans on 2 different occasions this year and its going to be all in celebration

  20. Big Willy
    9:42 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    The haters the haters, mad cuz I got floor seats at the Lakers

  21. Curtis Blueblood
    9:42 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    It shows again how coach Cal can take a negative and turn it into a positive. I bet it burns the espn boys when they hear how their plans to make UK feel bad backfires. Cal IS too sharp to dull. GO CATS!!!!

  22. Reality Is
    9:46 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    14.What’s ur address? I will send over a waaaaaaambulance.

  23. Conspiracy Nut
    9:55 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve got proof of why ESPN is against UK! ESPN is owned and operated by DUKE! First, they show UK’s heartbreaking losses over and over (see Indiana and “the Shot”). Second, they hire a bunch of commentators lead by grumpy old men that hate UK (see Digger “listen to me” Phelps and Bobby “I need a drink” Knight). Finally, they openly root for Duke at years end and write columns against UK winning year end awards (see King’s Court POY today).

    Duke sucks forever and so do you ESPN for being their lackies!

  24. Catsrule101
    10:01 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    Haven’t we all noticed that espn seems to think Duke and NC are the only two college basketball teams in the US??? I don’t know of its just my imagination or not but it seems they show clips about those schools and talk about them all the time. Then they may throw in…oh yeah and Ky won today. How long do you have to be number one to get at least equal time???

  25. The Ginga Ninja
    10:09 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    17, try emailing a KSR staff member, they’ll probably hook you up

  26. Dave in Kabul
    10:16 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I was a little excited last night. Not a whole lot more to be excited about here in Kabul, but, it’s nice to get to watch the games when they’re available on AFN or the Canadian Forces Network. Good stuff.

    These games are real moral lifters for Kentucky fans out here. Trust me on that. This shit gets your mind off of the other bullshit that goes on in Asskrakistan.


  27. Dave in Kabul
    10:18 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    morale not moral

  28. rnet
    10:22 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I wish everyone would let the whole “need to lose” bs go. We dont need to lose, everyone knows this so let it go. I have heard this stupid crap going on 3 months now.

  29. blueswade
    10:30 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN…”Oh crap!..It’s just pissin’ them off…change the commercial…change it now!”

  30. Duke sucked
    10:47 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    I thought we need a loss just to ground them before the tournament but this team is playing so well and looks that Cal has them really focused and playing hard so win baby win.this team is real special mentally and on the court
    #26 if your in the military think you because of you all we can sit at home and enjoy basketball ,families ECT just want you to know I appreciate all of the armed forces and you sacrifices

  31. Catsrule101
    11:43 pm March 4, 2012 Permalink

    Dave in Kabul…it’s good to hear you guys get to see the game Kabul. You’re the ones who gives us the right to sit on our ass and watch these games from the comfort of our own homes. I hope the the cats can bring a piece of home to our big blue nation overseas.

  32. rawromgmoo
    12:35 am March 5, 2012 Permalink

    When the commercial first aired the only thought going through my head was “of course ESPN would.” But as it kept airing, and we kept winning, it just made me smile and laugh at the thought that that one loss motivated our team more than any win there could.

  33. kentuckycat
    6:42 am March 5, 2012 Permalink

    I bet ESPN Stops playing the commercial. You know you have arrived when most of the world hates your guts.

  34. Hindsight
    8:52 am March 5, 2012 Permalink

    Um… Foot? Line? How many points was that shot worth? Never noticed it before, but 3 months later, that sure as sh*t looks like a deuce…

  35. GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  36. matty ice
    3:58 pm March 5, 2012 Permalink

    and now its a front page story on yaho GO BIG BLUE!!