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Top of the “Told ’em” Poll

So if we’re at the top, are we a… hawk with a mustache?  Baller.


With the new polls coming out yesterday, it’s time for us to sit down and come to terms with a harsh reality.

We’re number one again.

That’s not news to any of us, because I know we all were continually refreshing ESPN yesterday around noon until the rankings came out; not because we had any doubt, really, but because sometimes, when you’re number one, it’s just fun to look at.  This time, however, I didn’t get quite so much fun out of it.

Two years ago, when Kentucky was a newly-minted Number One Team, I was excited beyond belief.  We had waited and waded through years of tumult and borderline scandal, inundated with underwhelming play from our beloved Cats.  Though there were a couple high spots, they didn’t do enough to make me want to remember my out-of-state friends texting me when we lost to Gardner Webb.  And Virginia Military. And San Diego.  So when Calipari got his team to the top, even for just a week, it was a validation of everything we’d hoped for, and a firm repeal of our worst fears; Kentucky would not fade to irrelevance, or even struggle to recover from its precipice.  That number one ranking was a big deal.

This one?  Not so much.  That’s not to say that the team isn’t playing extremely well.  At this point, I absolutely think that they deserve the spot, and will do a good job defending it.  However, to the fan at home that agrees with me, maybe we’re beginning to see the ranking the way Coach Cal sees it: just a little number next to the name, and that’s it.  I think it’s neat that we’re number one (anybody else say “we” when the ranking is really high, but “they” when it’s low?), but it just doesn’t have the same appeal that it used to a couple of years ago.

And I think that’s healthy.  The fanbase that gets its collective panties in a wad anytime their team ascends to the AP’s zenith, is the fanbase that isn’t used to it happening.  If we lose, and Missouri is ranked number one next week?  Bedlam in St. Louis.  Absolute pandemonium.  And that’s fine; they’d have good reason to be excited, and I would probably be excited for them.  Kentucky, though?  Old hat.  It’s a sign that the team is performing well, but it really has no further consequence.

Anybody else feel the same way this week?  During the week of Cal’s first number one ranking at UK, I was calling friends from out of state to belligerently tell them to suck it.  Hard.  One of my friends is a Duke fan, and she couldn’t tolerate me at all for those seven days (or however long it took for us to lose to USC); I couldn’t tell enough people about how Kentucky was ranked number one.  Now though, for me, and I hope for some of you, the “Number One” mythos has lost some of its luster.  Not because it isn’t a great accomplishment for a team that deserves it, but because we acknowledge that we’re not surprised by it.  We knew this team was going to be that good, and they’ve not disappointed.  Number One?  No big deal, we’ve been there before.  This time, though, the team can be less focused on getting the top spot, and more focused on just winning the next game.  Because as good as that honor is (and it is an honor), this team knows that it can’t let the best it’s done so far be the standard for the rest of the season.


Oh, and speaking of the rankings, and hating Dook (I was thinking it), Eamonn Brennan had this to say about the Blue Devils over at

Either Duke lost to a good team at home Saturday, and Florida State deserves to be in the polls, or Duke isn’t that good, a close win at Cameron Indoor isn’t that impressive and FSU deserves to be ranked outside the Top 25. You can’t have it both ways. Naturally, the coaches’ poll does. The Blue Devils just lost to an unranked team on their home court. Their wins leading up to it — a near-escape over Virginia, uninspiring road wins over Clemson and Georgia Tech and a home blowout of Wake Forest — hardly spoke to this team’s overwhelming excellence. Anyone who has followed this squad closely this season, and anyone who saw Saturday’s loss to FSU, knows it was hardly a fluke: This team doesn’t defend anywhere near as well as we’ve come to expect from Duke teams, and its offense, which has been very good, relies on perimeter play and can be slowed by good man-to-man defensive schemes. Like, oh, Florida State’s. Sorry, but until this team’s defense ranks better than No. 89 in adjusted defensive efficiency, it is not the sixth-best team in the country. Not even close.

Good point, Mr. Brennan.  Good point.


Also, GAME NIGHT tonight at 9 pm (ugh) against the Flying Kentavious…es.  Are they good?  No!  Will we stay up too late to watch anyway?  Of course!  Live Blog, maybe?  We’ll see!  Stay tuned…

Article written by Corey Nichols

31 Comments for Top of the “Told ’em” Poll

  1. you suck
    9:06 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    you are still an ass-hat

  2. SteveM
    9:07 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Those who worry about Kentucky being #1 get out of the way. The #1 program in the history of college basketball is back in its rightful place….the birthright of every UK fan.

  3. The Cheese
    9:17 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t really care about being numero uno. It will be a common occurrence as long as cal is around. I care about hanging #8 in Rupp. Can anyone tell me who was ranked #1 this time last year? It is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

  4. BadBob
    9:23 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Bedlam in Columbia, not St. Louis!

  5. The Fake Fake Gimel Martinez
    9:27 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    You do realize that we were ranked number one earlier this year as well right? It seems like you are writing this as if it were only the second time in recent memory.

  6. Eloy
    9:28 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    What a post.

  7. Don
    9:31 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    How many years were we supposed to be set back according to tricky Rick?

  8. SeaBlue
    9:33 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    If we lose tonight, my panties will be in a wad.
    I may watch the game In a thong.
    Does KSR sell blue male thongs?

  9. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:33 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    UK by 12?

  10. mike
    9:34 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Cal needs our help BBN. Another poll on and last for eight weeks. For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9.

  11. Rich Pitino has daddy issues
    9:37 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Uniwatch says that UK along with a few other teams will be getting new uniforms tomorrow. What about the grey unis that we haven’t even worn yet? Does anyone know anything about this.

  12. SeaBlue
    9:37 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Come to think of it, I bet Ashley wears a thong.

  13. Bulldawg
    9:39 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    I hate Puke! They are always getting love from the talking heads. Not impressed. The real Blue team is #1 in the country AND has the longest active home court winning streak! People like gottfleas will always hate on a great UK team while giving props and offering up excuses for teams like dook. It is nice to see Mr. Brennan call a spade a spade. GBB!!!

  14. barn
    9:42 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    7)ten i think. 5 more to go

  15. BlueMark
    9:42 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Whatever that thing is on the top of the totem pole is sporting a unibrow. Awesome.

  16. Jones Returns
    9:43 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Being No. 1 is a big deal. Point.Blank.Period. Anyone who doesn’t understand that doesn’t understand the world of NCAA Men’s Basketball. Yes we expect to be at the pinnacle of college basketball, but don’t be a deuche and pretend like you’re panties aren’t wet. If they’re not then you have intimacy problems. “Meh” my ass… It’s as close as you get to a national championship without winning it. If we win 3 titles straight or something crazy like that then maybe you’ll have an argument about not being to enthuziastic about being ranked No. 1. We dominate and we expect to dominate, but we’re not the Lady Vols so quit acting like it.

  17. Cat Scan
    9:43 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Now my Short Term Memory loss may have gotten to me, but I think when we were #1 during the Walls, and Cousin era, we were tabbed as #1 that Monday and lost to USC later that night. Deven Downey could have threw up in the locker room and it would’ve went thru the basket without touching the nets.

  18. Cat Scan
    9:44 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    ^^^^^ That Tuesday night^^^^^^

  19. REAL BLY
    9:47 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    DUKE IS TERRIBLE! that is all.

  20. yeah first!!
    9:50 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    @ 1. If corey n. is an ass-hat, does that make matt king of the ass hats?????

  21. nassau65
    9:55 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    #1 ranking this time of year means squat. irrelevant in the big picture.

  22. FlySoup
    9:56 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    why would you refer to the team as “they” if ranked low, and “us” if ranked high? kinda seems like ur a little kid or something

  23. Believe In Blue
    9:57 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    It’s safe to say UK is going to start cranking out championships like Davis blocks shots. Four championships in the next six years is not unrealistic.

  24. REAL BLY
    9:57 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    9….I just got it, that’s funny! Spread is 12.5 / 13….

  25. HeyIdiots
    9:59 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    20 no, asking that question makes you king of ass hats. and you’re both ass hats for using ‘ass hats’.

  26. SeaBlue
    10:00 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    17). You r correct! Now I am really scared!
    No panties for tonight’s game!

  27. you suck
    10:03 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    ass hat, ass hat, #20 is an ass hat. (to the tune of the slinky jingle)

  28. you suck
    10:04 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    damnit, I meant #25. now it just sucks

  29. yeah first!!
    10:07 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    @ 25… well, if using the term “ass hats'” puts you in the ass hat club…..welcome. wait a tick…. what? I mean you’re a ass hat!

  30. Huff
    10:11 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    So…you’re saying that being #1 for 4 weeks out of, literally 168 weeks is old hat? You, sir, may have redefined the statistics field. Being #1 is something to celebrate. It’s an accomplishment that isn’t easy to maintain once you’re there, and even more work to reattain if you drop. Saying that we should be used to it after only holding the spot for 4 weeks…and I’ll even one-up my previous statement to go back to the time PRIOR to Wall & Co’s #1 ranking (2003), we’ve held the #1 ranking for 4 weeks out of 460 weeks. Old hat. Nothing to be excited about. Holding the top spot for less that 1% of the last decade is something that should make us snarky.

  31. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    10:12 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    @22 – It is a common psychological phenomenon. Has to do with the desire to distance yourself from negative descriptors and aligning yourself with positive ones. The more you know…