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The Josh “Jorts” Harrellson Top Ten


(10) The Free Throw Photo – The first known picture of Josh Harrellson.  It was used for every post about Harrellson throughout his recruitment and into his first season at Kentucky. Only the photo of that kitten being held at gunpoint and stills from the Paris Hilton sex tape have been viewed more times on the internet. Some call it the Mona Lisa of Kentucky basketball.

(9) Josh Harrellson Busts A Move – I don’t know who uploaded it, or where it is from, but it’s Jorts dancing.  And we love it when Jorts dances…

(8) Twitter Account Not Found – Jorts’ Twitter account was deactivated in October of last year after these tweets: “Either we are the worst offensive rebounding team or he had gotten better!!! Just amazing to me I can’t get a good job or way to go.” / “yes he has been working hard this off season… It is just amazing to me but I look past it and keep trucking! You can’t stop this train!!!” It turns out Jorts was right and that train can’t be stopped.  With two games left in the season, Jorts is first in the SEC and fifth in the country in offensive rebounds per game.

(7) “The Mother Hen” – It’s not very often we let others interfere with our nicknames.  But when Boston University coach Patrick Chambers called Harrellson the “Mother Hen” for his leadership on a young team, we jumped on board. “Garbage Man” would later be added to the nickname rotation, although he’ll always be “Jorts”.

(6) KSR Man of the Year – Jorts was named KSR’s Man of the Year in 2008. I don’t really know what that means, or what he got out of it, but it sounds important.

(5) Jorts commits to Kentucky, April 29, 2008 – When Josh Harrellson signed with Kentucky, UK fans only knew him as the big white guy with the free throw picture who chose Kentucky over Saint Louis University.  Three years later, he’s a fan favorite and UK’s all-time leading denim shorts wearer. No one saw it coming.

(4) It’s So Lonely In This Bathroom Stall – Billy Gillispie made Jorts sit in a bathroom stall during halftime at Vanderbilt in 2009.  After the game, Gillispie made Jorts ride back to Lexington in an equipment truck. It’s a Billy G story Kentucky fans will never forget. What a lunatic.

(3) Louisville Game and SEC Player of the Week – A career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds – Jorts absolutely dominated both ends of the brand new Denny Crum Court in the KFC Yum! Center. Regardless of what happens over the next month, Jorts’ performance against Louisville will be the highlight of the season. Well, unless he scores 40 to win the NCAA Championship against Duke. How awesome would that be?

(2) The Carlton – When it was time for someone to step up and replace John Wall and his ‘John Wall Dance’ at Big Blue Madness,  Beisner issued a challenge to Jorts over Twitter.  Beisner said he wanted to see ‘The Carlton’ when Josh was introduced to the crowd at Madness.  Of course, Jorts did not let KSR Nation down…

(1) Senior Night, March 1, 2011 – Rupp Arena will be full of pasty white legs hanging out the bottom of a pair of rugged cotton twill textile shorts when Josh Harrellson is introduced to Big Blue Nation one last time. As the lone senior on the team, Jorts will have the spotlight tonight before Kentucky tips off against Vanderbilt in a must-win game. He’ll walk through that giant hoop with his photo on it.  He’ll stand with his family at half court. He’ll accept his framed jersey. He’ll wave to the fans. He’ll shed a tear.  And then he’ll rip off his tear-away Kentucky warmup pants to reveal the phenomenon that started it all… the jorts.

Thanks for the memories, Josh.  Although, I still wish you had grown a Jortstache for one game.  Maybe in the tournament?

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

30 Comments for The Josh “Jorts” Harrellson Top Ten

  1. Owen
    12:23 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    I dunno if Calipari should coach in jorts… but I do think the team should definitely play in jorts.

  2. JortsMania
    12:25 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    The free throw pic is only #10???? I am highly offended!

  3. PhysicalPhil
    12:28 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jorts! Such epic dance moves! I am so jealous, and I wish I owned some jorts to wear at home while watching the game.

  4. UKFanInCiny
    12:30 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    No Jorts in Keeneland Photo?

  5. Pair of cut off wranglers
    12:33 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    Please wear the denim unis tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. flashcat5
    12:33 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    If Kanter isn’t the “Y” for tonight’s game, it should then be a large pair of upside down Jorts.

  7. Jean Jersey
    12:35 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    The team should wear the shorts from the jean jerseys worn the mid 90’s.

  8. Ukstudent
    12:35 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    The word is, their bringing back the denim jerseys for tonight!

  9. Coach Enes
    12:45 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    What about the time Jorts appeared on TV (Coach Cal show perhaps???)and he actually introduced himself as Josh “a.k.a. Jorts” Harrelson. Great moment!

  10. Stephanie
    12:49 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    I love Jorts Day!!!

  11. Ron Burgundy
    12:59 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    #7 “Shut your dirty whorish mouth” πŸ™‚

  12. Ron Burgundy
    1:01 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    In all seriousness, those denim uniforms were converse with the logo etc, I’m pretty sure Nike would go nuckin futs if we did that.

  13. kywildcat_96
    1:09 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    The denim uniforms were Converse so I’d guess they are off the table.

  14. UKsportsBIGMARV
    1:10 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    JORTS day every day until we hang #8! We will all be booty popping and Carltoning in the streets after this goes on a amazing run this month!

  15. kyeric
    1:12 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jesus…I lose it every single time I Jorts do the Carlton. That is awesome that he did that. GO JORTS! BEAT THE DORES!!

  16. Rush3Redux
    1:18 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure somebody already pointed this out, but if you actually type in, it will mirror to this site. I don’t need to do it (I have KSR saved in my favorites like everybody else), but today, I will deliberately type in every time I come to this site.

    Kind of like when JD agreed to dial the “k” in 1-800-CALL TURK, even though the “K” was an extra letter. For those who get the “Scrubs” reference.

  17. Still feel like Uggghhh, but improving
    1:18 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    Is there a picture of him in jorts? How did this all start?

  18. UKFAN97
    1:24 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    17) If I am correct…I think he wore jorts for a recuiting visit and everyone was poking fun at him. He has a good sense of humor though and it has still continued.

  19. Lando CALrisian
    1:26 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink


    Since we’re throwing Jorts some love. hahahaha

  20. Still feel like Uggghhh, but improving
    1:27 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    It’s not true until I see a picture on the interwebs….

  21. bigblueGH
    1:31 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    #1 – At the very least, we should pull those awful denim unis out of the closet for this game.

  22. Sweetcakes
    1:34 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    17 and 18…did you all miss the BTI post earlier today? I don’t blame you if you did, since BTI sucks 95% of the time. But he posted the jorts pic that led to the nickname.

  23. drewsster02
    1:38 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    Wasn’t it Jorts that ripped off his warm-ups at the Calipari’s Women’s Basketball camp to show off his package to the ladies?

  24. GummyBear
    1:39 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    22. As usual, BTI was wrong about that picture. It was a consequence of the nickname, not the orgin.

  25. Sweetcakes
    1:50 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    ha ha, 24…BTI wrong? I’m shocked πŸ™‚

  26. drewsster02
    1:56 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    Jorts did model the compress shorts for the ladies during the Women’s clinic. Erin Andrews narrated the fashion show. Jorts enters the show at 6:17. Very funny.

  27. Al's IndiCats
    2:00 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    Cats by 12 tonight with Jorts recording his first triple double. Wouldn’t that be fitting if he really did? GO CATS!!!!!!!!

  28. bluetooth
    2:15 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    dear jorts , i am sorry for the treatment you got from the moron bcg . you have made us proud of you . you have the enduring love and respect of the bbn ! hope you score 30 tonight .


  29. Hot UK Girl (Matt fan)
    2:29 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    I LOVE the Carlton! It makes me happy, so very happy!

  30. Daggumit Larry
    4:32 pm March 1, 2011 Permalink

    I think you left a major top 10 item out. The fact that Jorts made Calipari’s “cut list” when he was hired was huge. If we’re all honest, nobody expected him to stay with all the talent Calipari would bring in. Way to hang tough Jorts!!!