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The Trophy Tour’s Friday Night Notes

Our Fearless Leader appeasing the Owensboro fanatics (photo courtesy a Facebook friend who probs doesn’t even know I write for KSR)

John Calipari really knows this Kentucky fanbase. After winning #8, Cal took the NCAA tournament trophy (along with Matt Jones and company) on an impromptu tour of the state so that the great Commonwealth of Kentucky could all revel in its glory. We dedicate this night post to the wondrous Trophy Tour. From Ashland, to Pikeville, to Frankfort, to Midway, to Owensboro, to Paducah, to every Shoneys, McDonalds, and Orange Leaf in the state – this thing was a HUGE success. Take a look at all of the great pictures from each place. Amazing crowds came out, entire cities shut down, and every was smiling. Number Eight has been a joyride – an absolute, utter trip of a year. We watched some amazingly talented players take it to the limit. Let’s keep enjoying this as long as we can.

On top the Trophy Tour, we got that flat-top feller to commit to the Cats! Nerlens Noel made this week even better. And that’s why we are testing out his little avatar for tonight’s nuggets.

On to the news…

– Earlier today, Drew Franklin called BS on Shabazz Muhammad’s father’s denial of any shoe company (read: ADIDIAS, all day I dream about Shabazz). I concur. It’s a semi-common thing, and there’s no need to get all defense, guy. Your son will star anywhere he goes, but he won’t get the Kentucky spotlight because of this choice. In closing, Ron Jeremy >>> Ron Holmes.

The KSTV Casting Call is back!!!! (extra emphasis necessary). Drew posted the details earlier, but here’s the important stuff:


April 21st — Northern Kentucky — Florence
Insight Communications Studio, 7906 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042
Registration from 8AM to 10AM

April 28th — Lexington, Kentucky
Lyric Theatre & Cultural Art Center, 300 E. 3rd Street, Lexington, KY 40508
Registration from 8AM to 10AM

May 12th — Louisville, Kentucky
Swope Auto Center, 10 Swope Autocenter Drive, Louisville, KY 40299
Registration from 8AM to 10AM
At the end of the casting call you will know if you have made it to the next round.

– Rashawn Franklin asked earlier today whether we’d rather have Bennett or Oriakhi. Turns out, that question is moot. Alex Oriakhi committed to the Missouri Tigers this evening. He was slated to visit the Cats next weekend. Oh well. Hello there, Anthony Bennet.

– Speaker of Tigers, there will be No Tubby Club for LSU – The Tigers hired Johnny Jones out of North Texas today. It seems that Orlando Smith said no to another SEC team, or people were just blowing smoke again. Gary Parrish tweeted this nice info-nugget: Jones was the coach at Memphis the year before Calipari was hired.

– Earlier today, we featured a post featuring quotes from Nerlens Noel on his commitment and he shed a little light on his mother’s involvedment. Mama Noel ‘gets it’ after Nerlens (and Cal on his own) gave her a talk.

Brad Beal and Andre Drummond declared they will be going pro. These super talented dudes are going to make a lot of money. For the first time in a while, Billy Donovan didn’t hold back a professional-level kid from making the leap after one year. Congrats to him. And by him, I mean Brad. Andre, on the other hand, may have been the most elusive uber-talent to play college in a while. Like Nerlens, he reclassified for the class above, and then failed to dominate like he should have. Still, I am sure both of these guys will make NBA impacts before their careers are over.

– The #shoneysremodel on the Trophy Tour caused a lot of ruckus.

– It looks like the ball is really rolling with the Rupp Arena renovation – the folks in charge are currently looking for a an architect for the project.

Did this quilt actually sell for 275k on eBay?! Or am I just internet-illiterate?

– KSR’s own Chris Tomlin was published on McSweeney’s today. Pretty awesome. Check it out, and also check out his post from earlier today featuring excerpts from Bobby Knight’s upcoming word-vomit guide to hating The Power of Positive Thinking. Congrats, friend!
Stay tuned all day Saturday, as Stuart Hammer and I will be chronicling all the (non) breaking news that happens. (A magical Comic-Sans font appears! And I can’t fix it because it’s 11:30 on a Friday. Oh well.)

Article written by Chris Thomas

42 Comments for The Trophy Tour’s Friday Night Notes

  1. Charlie Warrior
    12:53 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    The UK quilt on eBay did NOT receive any bids.

  2. HeadOfTheGame
    2:59 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    As #1 stated, the quilt didn’t sell at all!

  3. UKBlue
    3:34 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Alex Oriakhi defiantly proved what’s happening at UCONN is true, UCONN basketball players really are smart !! Missouri over UK; Alex Oriakhi, just how stupid are you ?

  4. mocha
    3:54 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    All day I dream about shabazz… Missing the “I” there…

  5. Hicks
    4:46 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    damn it feels good to be a Wildcat.

  6. frantic29
    5:51 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    #3. Not stupid at all actually. He wanted to play center. Our center position is taken. If we get the rest of the class we are hoping for there will be a ton of competition for minutes at the forward spots with him here as well. He walks into Missouri as an instant starter and 35 minute a game guy. He very well may not get that luxury especially if we get who we want in our recruiting.

  7. herrm
    6:37 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    The last section of the notes is wrapped in a div tag, rather than a p tag like all of the others. You have no font declaration for a div selector in your css, so they inherit from the body selector (line 13, style.css). If you wrap the paragraph in a p tag, the font would change to match the others, because of the font selector (line 101, style.css).

  8. Paducah UK Fan
    6:45 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Only the BBN would be in a tizzy over recruits. I am OK with Coach Cal making the call, he has done an OK job in the past. I think he goes hard after the kids that have a great chance to “get it” and fit into his plan and represent UK with limited problems. I think he is doing a fantastic job and give him a big thumbs up. Way to go Coach, no pressure but we expect #9 this year.

  9. Jim
    6:52 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Oriakhi didn’t want to fight for playing time…with Noel and Cauley he knew he was limited in minutes…saw Missouri and was being told he would start and play 30+ minutes…so that makes sense for the this guy in his last year. What he failed to realize was he had an opportunity for something great here and in the past it tells us that you can go high in the draft regardless of your minutes playing for Cal…enjoy Alex…the smashing we will administer to Missou this winter!!

  10. LexDoc
    6:55 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Look at John Wall’s dunk!

  11. Shampoo
    7:43 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    10. something fishy

  12. NotTheSlickistRick
    7:59 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    11 You got that right……….. Probably a UL troll attempting to infect our computers.

  13. boozer93
    8:02 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    kudos to Matt’s new hair stylist !!!

  14. nassau65
    8:07 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    10. no thanks, i don’t need a computer virus at this time.

  15. LexDoc
    8:33 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    No guys… for real… It’s a link to espn. Just go to ESPN and it was on the homepage (on the iPad version bottom left).

  16. LexDoc
    8:35 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Oh. I see… not working on computers. I guess google it: John Wall’s Ridiculous Dunk over Baron Davis

  17. Dane Brammage
    8:36 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

  18. LexDoc
    8:39 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry about that guys… here’s a link to the YouTube version. First link only works on iPad (it’s the tablet version of ESPN).

  19. HeadBussa
    8:41 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    I think the 275,000 dollar number is what it would cost to just outright buy it without having the auction. But I think you could talk her down about 270,000 dollars if you wait it out.

  20. Luke whitehead
    8:50 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    7. Wtf are you talking about?

  21. Rupp says
    8:52 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Proofreading works!

  22. LexDoc
    8:56 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    20, he’s talking about fixing the font (the last line of the post)…

  23. Ridge Runner
    9:07 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    20…lol, I hear ya and if he wanted to offer technical help looks like he would have at least opened up saying it in laymans terms. Anyway…

    Hey that pic of Matt above looks like someone juked him in the back when he wasn’t looking and he said…”wtf” as he looked back. Prolly the Truth stopping by in disguise.

    9:10 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    What’s the story about Shabazz and Adidas? Is that why he may be ineligible???

  25. barn
    9:20 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    24–this was reported earlier: re

  26. barn
    9:21 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    sorry. don’t know why it didn’t highlight

  27. cracka
    9:36 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    barn – “rehttp”

    somebody break up western kentucky … mkg’s hs teammate derrick gordon and billy’s recruit vinny zollo are both transferring … gordon had said he was homesick and wanted to be closer to jersey, but his list doesn’t really reflect that (dayton, seton hall, penn st, va tech)

    good list of guys transferring –

  28. bung
    9:47 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    why no paducah pics? was it the largest crowd?

  29. Bob
    9:54 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    25, maybe 7 can assist.

  30. barn
    9:56 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    29—doubt if i could comprehend what he said

  31. UK Nannie
    10:00 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    No pics of Etown or Paducah?? very little coverage of these stops. how many people were there? were any UK players of the tour? very surprised by this.

  32. devastation inc
    10:44 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Flat-top-fellar again???? I am sure he likes that inbred nickname a lot. Your are an idiot.

  33. Doug
    10:50 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    No, no one bid on that quilt.

    10:51 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    25 – THANKS!!! Appreciate it!

  35. bmt22033
    10:51 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    @32 – well said. Every time I see that posted here, I think ‘if I was Nerlens Noel, I would *HATE* that.’

  36. katmandue2you
    11:29 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Some thoughts….Why wouldn’t someone buy that quilt for 275 grand? IT OFFERED FREE SHIPPING!!
    Yeah…Nerlens must really hate the “flat top feller” nickname. Considering i saw him on two occasions in Nawlins amongst the faithful…i’m sure he never heard that comment once before committing. And finally, quit short changing west Kentucky. Put some damn pics up of Owensboro and Paducah and let the rest of the state see that all this talk of eastern Kentuckians being more passionate about UK is (as we say down in west ky) “hogwash”.

  37. tyrus
    11:30 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    I got a quilt that my great grandmother and her friends made many moons ago. I’f that lame UK quilt sold very much…sorry grandmaw but I’m selling the quilt!

  38. Ridge Runner
    11:32 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    32 & 35…are you 2 serious? Did either of ya joke around as kids or understand part of many Kentuckians are people who talk like that and mean absolutely nothing by it? wow…sorry for you guys not getting that.

  39. Ridge Runner
    11:36 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    36…I hear ya but when ya talk about short changing, hell northern ky was left with an empty piggy bank on this tour.

  40. nlk
    12:24 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, Chris, did you do the lettering on the Pikeville “Key to the City” plaque?

    Really? Involvedment? Really?

  41. ZombieLibrarian
    12:53 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats on McSweeney’s Tomlin…..that’s a pretty big deal.

  42. bmt22033
    3:10 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    @36 – I never said that hearing someone say “flat top fellar” would prevent Noel from committing. But 1) he didn’t grow up in Kentucky and 2) he’s 18 years old. Do you seriously think he thinks that’s “cool”?

    @39 – I was born in Henderson, KY and lived there for 17 years before going to school @ UK for 6 years. I’m quite familiar with the various dialects in existence around the state. I never suggested that anyone “meant anything by it”. Yes, it’s how some people in Kentucky speak. But do you think that an 18 year old kid from Everett, MA thinks that “flat top fellar” is an awesome description? I won’t even go into the fact that he doesn’t even *have* a “flat top” (as has been pointed out many times already).

    My point is simply that I seriously doubt 18 year old African-American males from the Northeast whose lives revolve around basketball find that “nickname” particularly appealing.