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The Geese’s Friday News and Views

Good evening, friends of KSR and trolls from opposing fan bases.  It’s a pleasure seeing you here on this Thursday night/Friday morning before a weekend with no basketball game.  What?  Yes, we’re on the heels of a Saturday in January with no basketball game.  I don’t get it, either.  I love Kentucky basketball.  I think they should play every day.  And if not every day, at least five or six times per week throughout the year.  Is that too much to ask?  Huh?  I digress.

So, I was listening to Coach Cal’s call-in show Thursday night when he took a call from a fan asking who he thought led the team against Eastern Michigan.  Cal, being the philosopher he is, told the caller he doesn’t want to have a single leader, rather a bunch of leaders taking on the role when needed, like last year’s group.  He said he wants a team of geese, not a team of buffalo.  And that is why geese are the honorary recipient of your Friday News and Views.

The buffalo/geese analogy describes two different types of team leadership.  The buffalo herd, a more traditional leadership, relies on one member of the group to lead while the others follow that “head buffalo.”  If the lead buffalo were to run off a cliff, the entire herd would follow it off the cliff.  Think, 2010-11 Auburn football with Cam Newton — a one man show.

The flock of geese, on the other hand, are a balanced group.  When geese fly in a V-formation, the leadership changes as the need for different leadership skills arises. Each goose (Kentucky basketball player) has a particular specialty (shooting, distributing, shot blocking) that helps the flock (team) arrive safely at their destination (championship.)  Using dynamic leadership, the geese share responsibility for the progress of the entire flock.  In Calspeak, the geese are their brother’s keeper.

Calipari likes his geese.

News and Views…

  Kentucky’s next basketball game is Thursday against Vanderbilt in Memorial Gym, and just like in Kentucky’s recent games, all eyes will be on Alex Poythress.  Poythress is still fighting his way out of a funk as Calipari pushes him to break out of his shell and be the emotional, explosive player Kentucky needs him to be.  Julius Mays said it’s hard on his freshman teammate right now because he’s being asked to change his entire demeanor on the court.

“He’s the only guy that I know that will dunk on somebody, then just run back down the court with his head down.”  Mays said of Poythress’ on-court attitude.  “I’m on him all the time about being excited, show that you’re happy to be here, that you love playing basketball, not like the world is about to end tomorrow.”

It could be another game or two before we see any signs of a more outgoing Alex Poythress.  Thursday’s game is a homecoming party for the native from Clarksville, Tennessee so his nerves will be tested under the pressure to play well.  Calipari said, “The Vanderbilt game is going to be hard on him.  He’s returning home.  That’s where he grew up.”

The Vandy fans will be giving him a hard time, too.  He was Kevin Stalling’s No. 1 target in the class and was strongly considering Vanderbilt before he committed to Kentucky.

  The Kentucky-Vanderbilt game will air on ESPN at 9:00 PM ET.

  Just as he promised after the Eastern Michigan game, Coach Cal used his website to reveal a unique training technique he has been using with his team over the past three weeks.  The big secret?  Heart monitors.  The players have been wearing heart monitors in practice and during games — which surprised me — so Calipari and the staff can track their exertion rate, sport zones, caloric expenditure and heart rate.  Rock Oliver sits at a computer during practices so he can monitor the players’ vitals in real time.  If Calipari thinks their rates drop too low, he has them hit the baseline and run until they’re back where they need to be, at maximum effort.

  Kentucky players burn between 5,500 and 6,000 calories a day, according to  I don’t burn that in a month.

  Outside of practice, Cal continues to push these guys towards being a tight-knit group, even if it’s just providing much-needed calories on a day off.  They had dinner as a team at Rafferty’s Thursday night, and now you’re craving one of those honey butter croissants.  It’s natural.

  UK Hoops kicked off conference play with a 76-69 win over Florida in Memorial Coliseum.  A’dia Mathies scored a season-high 20 points, marking the 20th time she has reached the 20-point mark in her career and the fifth time a Wildcat has reached the mark this season.  DeNesha Stallworth, a transfer from Cal, recorded her 16th career double-double and fourth at UK with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Matthew Mitchell’s squad returns to action on Sunday at Alabama.

  Tomlin’s post on campus life at Vanderbilt is one of my all-time favorites.

  2014 small forward Leron Black has decommitted from Baylor and is now considering Kentucky, among others, according to The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.  Black, ranked 11th in the ESPN 60, committed to Scott Drew and the Bears back in September but says he didn’t really look at the whole situation at the time.  Now, he’s reopened his recruitment and is looking at the Cats, Louisville, Memphis, Kansas, Ohio State, and a handful of other schools.

  No. 3 Arizona needed help from the officials to remain unbeaten after a buzzer-beater from Colorado was waved off.  The shot, a 3-pointer off the glass, was clearly out of the shooter’s hands and should’ve counted.

Colorado lost in overtime.

  KSR College is looking for a new writers for the spring and summer semesters.  Interested candidates need to be in either college or graduate school, have the ability to attend events on UK’s campus and an interest in writing about UK sports and topics surrounding UK sports in the coming year. You don’t have to be a student at UK but you do need to be at a college close enough to UK so that you could be sent to Lexington for events (Transy, Centre, EKU, etc).  We are especially interested in those that are SUPER CREATIVE, FUNNY, ENTERTAINING or UNIQUE in their viewpoints.  If you are interested in applying, the turnaround is quick. We need (a) A resume, (b) a writing sample of a story/blog post you have done or have created for this opportunity and (c) your class/work schedule. All of this needs to be submitted to [email protected] by SATURDAY at NOON. We will be doing interviews in Lexington the weekend of January 12th and picking the staff soon thereafter.  This is a great opportunity for all of those who are interested in writing/covering sports. You will get a forum to get your writing published and for those that excel, the potential to work on the regular KSR site in the future.

That’ll do it for now.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

35 Comments for The Geese’s Friday News and Views

  1. Unreasonable Expectations
    11:09 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, are we getting Wiggins, Randle, or Gordon? What about Wiggins and Randle? How bout Wiggins and Gordon? Randle and Gordon? Just Wiggins? Just Randle? Just Gordon? IMHO this is what us true fans want to know.

  2. Unreasonable Expectations
    11:12 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    Oh yeah and since when is this Colorado Sports Radio (CSR)?

  3. SMH
    11:16 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, I see you listened to the Coach Cal call-in show tonight. I heard him use the Buffalo analogy, too.

    An original thought isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  4. memphis wildcat
    11:22 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t the Colorado football team get a 5th down a number of years ago to preserve and undefeated season? Karma is a bear….

  5. Nick
    11:26 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    It’s Thursday…..

  6. G-unit
    11:37 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    1- right now Kentucky is #2 for Wiggins. Many are saying it is going to be very tough to get him away from fsu but we definitely do have a shot. Julius Randle is a complete wildcard, one minute nc state is a favorite, the next Florida, then he says something like “the player I wanna play with most is Aaron Harrison… It’s tough to get a feel for him but we are still right in the thick of it. Aaron Gordon is done with UK. You can cross him off. Dakari Johnson is the highest on UK and will most likely be the first to committ out of these 4. He is very Greg monroe-esque and I love his game. I think we are a definite for Dakari, Wiggins we are a very close second. Randle we are still right in the thick of it with him and Aaron Gordon is kind of an after thought now. In all honesty I think at the end of the day we land Dakari and Wiggins. If that doesn’t happen we could land Dakari and Randle but that is more unlikely than the first option and 3rd option we get Dakari and add either a good JUCO prospect or nab a transfer or a lower rated guy. Hope this helps.

  7. BigBlue1976
    11:38 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    Its the red square on the backboard that counts, not the clock you see on TV.

  8. Finally
    11:48 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. The night before 4* DT Ben Bradley’s visit and with a laundry list of recruits lining up to visit the 11th and 18th, along with the #1 CB in JUCO visiting the 25th and not a single mention of any of it. But yet they’re able to write a paragraph about a bball recruit from 2014 who has “interest” in uk, no offer though. Pretty sure almost every hs ghillie recruit has “interest” in uk these days. I love the basketball recruiting as much as anybody. I just want to see football recruiting, and these recruits, get the same sort of love and attention.

  9. Finally
    11:54 pm January 3, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t know why autocorrect turned bball to ghillie. Lol. That’s twice today I’ve fallen victim to autocorrect. Anybody find the cookware section yet? Haha.

  10. G-unit
    12:05 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    8- agree totally! I mean I will do the work for them… Just copy and paste this:

    Key: Stars — Recruit Name — Position/Rank — Height/Weight — (Interest Level H/M/L) — ^=has or will take a visit to UK”

    **** Asiantii Woulard — #1 Dual Threat QB — 6’4/205 (H)
    **** Shelton Gibson — WR — 6’0/175 (H) ^
    **** Javess Blue — JUCO WR — 6’1/170 (H) ^
    **** Rashaad Samples — Top 10 WR — 6’4/185 (H) ^
    **** Jeff Badet — WR Woulard’s Teammate — 6’1/165 (H) ^
    **** Mackensie Alexander — DB #27 in nation — 5’11/190 (H) ^
    **** Devin Lauderdale — WR/DB — 6’1/190 (H)
    **** Ben Bradley — DT JUCO #4 — 6’2/310 (H) ^
    **** Toby Johnson — DT JUCO #7 — 6’4/305 (H) ^
    **** Jason Hatcher — DE — 6’2/275 (M) ^
    **** James Quick — WR — 6’0/165 (L)
    *** Antoine Miles — DE — 6’3/265 (H)^
    *** Macenro Alexander — DB — 6’0/200 (H) ^
    *** Ryan Timmons — RB/WR — 5’11/170 (H) ^
    ***JoJo Kemp — RB — 5’10/190 — (H) ^
    ***Aregeros Turner — CB/RB — 5’11/185 — (H)^
    ***Stafon McCray — RB — 5’11/195 — (H)^
    ***Marquez Valdes — WR — 6’4/185 — (H)^

  11. Common Sense
    12:19 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Have you really not learned by now that they use the clock on on the goal yet? This has happened numerous times. Oh well..get a pic of the clock on the board then I’ll say they got screwed.

  12. SeaCat
    1:09 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins, Randle, Dakari in Blue
    Heard it through the grapevine…

  13. mike
    2:22 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, that angle shows the unofficial clock. It was much closer but it was still off just in time and should have counted.

  14. Buckets
    4:37 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Friends, trolls, Big Blue Nation, lend me your ears.

  15. Matt Jones
    6:20 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    There isn’t enough talent in the state of kentucky for uk to be good. uk fans need to accept the fact that we will never be good. We will never be able to play with teams like florida and bama. UK fans need to know their place and move on.

  16. SexnNursinHomes
    7:12 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    16- Easy there trigger, ya’ll won the sugar bowl, not the Super Bowl. #cardinaldelusion

  17. BPsycho
    7:14 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    hahahahaa ville think they somethin haahaahaha

  18. RealCatsFan
    7:39 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Alex is going to be fine – he will still be up and down a bit, but I thought he looked MUCH better the last game – much more aggressive – did you all see him rip that rebound away from the E. Mich player? THAT’s the Alex that we need!

    Can’t stand the idea of a weekend with no Kentucky basketball! Who put together this schedule, anyway?

  19. cats1068
    7:39 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    It was a turrible call. Why have replay if you can’t get it right? They should be suspended just because they are even blind when they see it on replay.

  20. RealCatsFan
    7:40 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, I thought the Buffalo Theory had something to do with beer and brain cells… Where’s Cliff Cravin when we need him?

  21. cracka
    7:46 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    alright knuckleheads … anybody wanting a different/better picture just has to click the link drew gave you … it also includes the ncaa rule:

    In games with a 10th-of-a-second game clock display and where an official courtside monitor is used, the reading of zeros on the game clock is to be used to determine whether a try for goal occurred before or after the expiration of time in any period. When the game clock is not visible, the officials shall verify the original call with the use of the red/LED light(s). When the red/LED light(s) are not visible, the sounding of the game-clock horn shall be utilized. When definitive information is unattainable with the use of the monitor, the original call stands.

  22. Blue_Cat75
    7:58 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Watch the video. Arizona wins.

  23. cats1068
    7:59 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    22- Say what you want, my eyes showed me the ball was out of his hands before 0.0. Sorry. It didn’t pass the “eye” test to me.

  24. cats1068
    8:05 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    If it was called good, to me it was inconclusive to overturn it. No matter how you slice it, it was a bad call. But CO lost a 10 point in the last 2 minutes like FL did against AZ. They should have never put themselves in that situation.

  25. them
    8:20 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    When Geese fly in V formation, it is a skein of Geese. On the ground they are a gaggle or flock,

  26. Big Whoop
    8:38 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    #10 -Thanks for doing KSR’s job for them. That’s an impressive list in such a short period of time. I believe we can get the Alexander brothers as a package deal. They looked to be going their separate ways before now. The only thing I might dispute is your stated interest level of the players listed. I’m not even sure why Quick is visiting. He is supposedly a UL lock.

    If you look at the roster of current players, you’ll notice that we are in desperate need of linemen on both sides of the ball.

  27. MJ4UK
    9:33 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Arizona was clearly bailed out in a Duke ish fashion…When the Refs miss a game changer like this they ought to be fired, no ifs, ands, or buts, about it.

  28. RaleighCat
    9:39 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s the problem with Poythress’ demeanor- if he can’t get fired up now what’s going to motivate him when he’s getting paid in The Association? Coaches don’t yell at you much in the NBA they just sit your butt on the bench. Forever.

    Some team is going to draft him in the first round- maybe in the lottery. But I think he’s the single biggest draft risk UK has had in my memory. Everybody can do what he can at the next level. The kid needs a major attitude adjustment for UK’s sake and his.

  29. RaleighCat
    9:42 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Actually he’s a lot like Randolph Morris without the resume. Morris barely had a pulse on the court and he washed out of the NBA as a semi-skilled 7-footer. That’s hard to do, frankly. Poythress is about 6’7. Red flags abound.

  30. yesterdays
    9:45 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure where you got this photo, but its not accurate at all. Not in the least bit. I saw the game live for last ten minutes. It was VERY, VERY close either way. I think he got it off but theres really no way to decide with absolute certainty.

    Here is the link with correct photos.

  31. Greg
    9:53 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    #3 Just curious, Drew referenced that he listened to Coach Cal’s show in talking about the buffalo and geese. Many of us didn’t hear his show so I appreciate hearing the analogy. Why don’t you get an original idea and quit complaining or better yet, just leave this site since you’re obviously far superior to the writers. SMH.

  32. Newblue
    10:00 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    KSR is a magnet for every blow-hard, egomaniac in the state. Can’t fathom spending time on something I don’t like just to criticize. Must have pitifully unhappy lives if that’s what makes them happy.

  33. The Blue Goose
    11:21 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I watched the ‘Zona vs. Colorado game and it was much, much closer than the shot above. They showed it over and over frame-by-frame and it was impossible to tell if it was out of his hand or not.

  34. Turd Ferguson
    11:23 am January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Cal must have talked to former Murray State coach Tevester Anderson. He used to tell his players that they needed to work together like “a flock of geeses”.

  35. Reality Check
    5:38 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I watched the Colorado vs. Arizona game the end of regulation was not the only time the officals screwed Colorado. With under 2 minutes left in regulation, the officials allowed an Arizona player to re-enter the game after no time had elapsed off the clock since the player left. During this same time, a Colorado player was correctly made to go back to the bench because he was not allowed to check in due to no time having come off the clock. Somehow the officials missed the same thing with the Arizona player. What did that Arizona player do after being allowed to stay in against the rules? He shot and made a three (the player shouldn’t have been in the game). If the officials don’t screw up that call, possibly there would have been no buzzer beater to review. One screw up by the officials leads to another screw up.