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UNC and Michigan State want you to pay attention to them

In the world of college basketball, the elite programs seem to be engaging in an arms race to see who can play on the biggest stage and net the biggest “look at me” impact on the rest of the world.  The Cats dabbled in it a bit when they played Michigan State at Ford Field in 2003 in front of what was the largest crowd ever for a basketball game and have their three-year made for TV ESPN series beginning next year.  Now, the bar seems to be raised again as North Carolina and Michigan State have announced that they will play each other on an aircraft carrier in San Diego next season to honor Veteran’s Day.  Many believe that the Tar Heels, who played Texas in cavernous Cowboys Stadium this season, are both starving for attention after their ESPN slight and looking for an opportunity to “accidentally toss Larry Drew II overboard. 

The game will be the first of its kind and allows Tom Izzo and Roy Williams to join Rick Pitino as the only coaches to lead their team into battle with a smattering of se(a)men on their side.  Obviously, this mean’s it’s now Kentucky’s move in the arms race.  I’m calling for a game on the moon or Eric C. Conn’s estate.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

33 Comments for UNC and Michigan State want you to pay attention to them



  1. RUPPSrhetoric
    11:07 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Outdoors? On the deck, or inside the bays that hold the planes?



  2. Phil
    11:08 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Cats should play in front of NCAA building, all while Kanter is mooning them.



  3. ThingTwo
    11:10 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder what this will cost the taxpayer?



  4. ThingTwo
    11:11 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    2) I like that idea. Maybe bring a portable goal in have someone just do a workout with Kanter in front of the NCAA building.



  5. Lincoln Park
    11:12 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    (3) Nothing. Find something else to whine about.



  6. Diaper Candy
    11:15 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Diving for loose balls may be worrisome.



  7. GummyBear
    11:16 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    UK needs to hire Jackie Moon to come up with some good promotions and game locals. He can surely come up with something better than an aircraft carrier. I just hope it doesn’t involve wrestling a bear at halftime.



  8. mocha
    11:17 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    i live in downtown san diego, this is sweet! as much as i hate both schools, i think i may try to get tix to this game.



  9. Ryan
    11:23 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    I’d bet it’ll be docked but would be great if the ship was moving! I’m still waiting to see UK Baseketball play at Commonwealth Stadium.



  10. cgivens21
    11:24 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    It would be better if the game was at sea and UK was playing. Because I have a feeling that “blue would still get in”.



  11. Bluewagon
    11:26 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    How about we play a game someplace really wierd and play in a ballroom with chandaliers hanging down and a bar at the end of the court…oh wait.



  12. UKBigDaddy
    11:26 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Classic……”allows Tom Izzo and Roy Williams to join Rick Pitino as the only coaches to lead their team into battle with a smattering of se(a)men on their side”



  13. Don
    11:27 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, the wind at sea will make this a giant game of H.O.R.S.E. – this is absolutely stupid. They still can’t top the world record for basketball attendance!

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=1685550

    UK – 79 MSU – 74 2003, infront of 78,128!



  14. HuntsVegas
    11:30 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know if this has been posted or not. From WLKY…..

    http://tedwilliamshead.com/2011/01/24/jew-york-jets-lose-pittsburgh-steelers/



  15. bigcat76
    11:43 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    We don’t need a gimmick we are UK. I say we play on the Haggin courts and take on all challengers and see who steps up.



  16. Cal's Pal
    11:44 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner said “engaging in the arms race”. This now makes me want to go shoot someone and hold you responsible.



  17. A.T.
    11:51 am January 25, 2011 Permalink

    That will be funny as hell if it’s windy that day.



  18. Jimmy Buffett
    12:01 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    You beat me to it #12. Great line; one of the best ever.



  19. Common Sense
    12:02 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    “only coaches to lead their team into battle with a smattering of se(a)men on their side”….

    CLASSIC!!!! Awesome stuff TB !!



  20. Joe
    12:13 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    17, I’ll be almost praying for it. Can’t wait to see somebody pull up, shoot a nice even jumper, and the ball get blown two feet off course.



  21. deer boss
    12:14 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    I can tell you after serving on a carrier for 4.5 years, there not going to set an attendance record.

    I like it…good idea.



  22. Al's IndiCats
    12:18 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe they could land a small Cessna on the deck and about 50 clowns get out of it at half time, then all we need for this “CIRCUS” is the elephant parade.



  23. kyrobman
    12:23 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    I am pretty sure I heard it said that it would be in the carrier. But maybe the heels will fall in the sea and lost due to their jersey colors. Shark bait.



  24. Newter Kanton
    12:27 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Nice post all the way around. A+ on that one.



  25. BlueFins
    12:28 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Beavis, Beisner typed se(a)men! heh heh heh heh heh



  26. univky
    12:29 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Texas and UNC played in Greensboro this season…………



  27. MidnightMadness
    12:34 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    I think Midnight Madness in a sold out Commonwealth will get plenty of attention.

    Let them play on their aircraft carrier and hopefully it will set out to sea and never come back. Don’t forget we set the record for the largest attended basketball game vs. Michigan State and won. Izzo needs an impressive win on his resume so he went to the aircraft carrier to set the record for the smallest attendance.



  28. memorial
    12:39 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Don, Unfortunately that record no long stands (I was there and proud to be part of the record). It was the largest indoor game at the time and fell at last years NBA All-Star game in Dallas which I am sure will be surpassed again when the Final Four is held there (this year I believe, not 100 sure when the Final Four is being held there). It was nice to be part of something so cool for 7 years at least. Go Cats!



  29. Al's IndiCats
    12:40 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Or maybe “Emmert” will land and say “Mission Accomplished”



  30. catfando2
    12:49 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Could Enes play in International waters? Just saying



  31. Scurvy Dog
    1:15 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    They should play on the deck of a Trident. Somewhere in the Marianas Trench.



  32. Big Blue Barber
    7:55 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Nasty



  33. TheMiz
    12:10 am January 26, 2011 Permalink

    The Michigan State vs UK game was in 2003….just thought I would clear that up.