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Where’s the toughness?

In his SEC notebook, Jason King of Rivals takes a look at what he calls the “Mild Cats” and the lack of toughness displayed by this season’s team.  According to King, the group of freshmen suiting up for Calipari last season had mental toughness that could carry them through rough stretches of the schedule and respond to hostile road environments.  Despite that criticism, though, King still places the Cats atop the SEC, which is essentially the giant turd in the conference punch bowl at this point.  SEC East leaders and UK’s weekend opponent, South Carolina, are ranked seventh.

Somebody call Ron Swanson!

Article written by Thomas Beisner

17 Comments for Where’s the toughness?



  1. AZKYCATSFAN
    11:05 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    First



  2. Scared to be a fan
    11:14 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    “Super fan” or “average fan” article? I dont want to be lumped in with the Nazi group BTI was talking about in the last post



  3. Chuck Hayes jockstrap
    11:23 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    That show is incredible. Swanson crushes anything Michael Scott does



  4. .........................
    11:25 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    I could not disagree more. Last year’s team relied strictly on talent to get by. What is mentally tough about constantly blowing leads and playing down to other teams’ level?



  5. GoodLord
    11:27 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    3.) They also showed a will to win…Which is exactly what this post is about. You’re an idiot.



  6. GoodLord
    11:28 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry, that changed on me…That’s meant for 4 now.



  7. Roach K
    11:32 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Last year’s team also listened to the coach when he called a play. There is no excuse for Jones deciding to ad lib it at the end of the game. Thanks to his selfishness, we got an off balance prayer by him instead of a good attempt by Lamb, an over 50 percent 3-point shooter. NO EXCUSE FOR THAT! Even down to pee wee league, players know they damn well better run the coach’s play out of a time out. Geez….



  8. dane
    11:34 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    5 and 6) i believe that’s irony.



  9. .........................
    11:36 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    5.) Please, tell me what part of that quote below, from the article, that you dissected gives you the impression that last year’s team had mental toughness? A will to win does not equal mental toughness. Also, executing plays and coming up with loose balls is not mental toughness. They were tough physically

    “That will to win we had a year ago, we don’t have [it] now,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “All that is is toughness. A year ago we didn’t win every game, but when it came down to it, we made the plays we were supposed to make and came up with the balls we were supposed to come up with.



  10. MissinBoogie
    11:47 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    3 – I think ‘crushes’ is a bit strong. I mean, Michael Scott made the resolution to floss. And at 12:01, he flossed. It bled a lot, but he did what he said he was gonna do and now its over. Classic.



  11. Ron Swanson
    11:48 am January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Matt,
    There are three acceptable haircuts: High and tight, crew cut, buzz cut. Are the scissors broken in your house, son?



  12. SoCalCat
    12:00 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Last year’s team had a physical presence that this year’s team does not. No complaints, other than the body frames of this year’s team is not as thick. And Jones’ would prefer finesse rather then power as his first choice. Lamb’s ball handling skills are still suspect and Knight is still figuring out when he should dish and when he should score. Last year’s team was a good one that could have won it all. This year’s team is doing the best it can…



  13. willdcat1
    12:05 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    last year’s team did have a certain quality the ’11 team doesn’t; not easy to express, but I think a lot of it came from Demarcus. The guy made his share of mistakes, no doubt, but you always felt as if he’d tear someones head off to get a rebound, or a loose ball. I don’t see that same thing on this year’s team. I love the team and they are very talented – but that physical presence just isn’t there. That one guy, that everyone on the court knew, would kick your arse if it came down to that. They still have time to develop some tuffness, but not sure that intimidation factor will ever be there…that’s not really Jones’ thing; Jorts, or Eloy = ? don’t see it…



  14. Runnin'Ramel
    12:13 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    This was never, from day 1, expected to be a Final Four team this year. It was last year, and this was supposed to be somewhat of a “down” year due to what we lost, with next year being *the* year. I have seen nothing that changes my opinion on that. This year’s team has some great individual talents, but missing key pieces to make a true championship contender. Just enjoy this team and support them. I expect a Sweet 16 – anything short will be failure, anything beyond will be a great success.



  15. deer boss
    12:37 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    I try to get at least one turd in a punchbowl reference a day. Thanks Beez for picking me up today.



  16. Winston Bennett
    12:48 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    It’s between my thighs.



  17. Jessica
    6:54 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Mildcats is about right. They are weak. Gotta toughen up boyz