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Why did Nerlens hold up Polson’s jersey?

I’ll be honest… It was hard for me to celebrate Nerlens Noel’s commitment last night because I was too consumed with the fact that he held up Jarrod Polson’s jersey when he announced. When most Kentucky fans were out burning old loveseats and shaving UK logos into the backs of their heads, I was left flabbergasted, staring at the television, wanting answers.

At first, I thought Noel was planning to wear #5 at UK and Polson would voluntarily take on a new digit for his jersey. But after closer inspection, Nerlens Noel held up Jarrod Polson’s actual jersey.

But why???

We need answers.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN???

Speculate…

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

132 Comments for Why did Nerlens hold up Polson’s jersey?



  1. Unknown
    1:58 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Bieber Fever



  2. nick
    1:58 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    first



  3. UK Wildcat
    1:58 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson is declaring for the draft.



  4. nick
    1:58 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    damn



  5. justafish2002
    1:59 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson going Pro… He’s the 6th player in the 1st round! Lamb is coming back for #9!



  6. CoalFreeCats
    1:59 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Just a handy prop. One of them will change numbers.



  7. bluesince66
    2:00 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    It means it was the only real UK jersey he could get his hands on. Reading way too much into this.



  8. Big cat
    2:00 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Noel is actually a robot controlled by young polson in a grand conspiracy to get playing time. I dont hate him for the idea.



  9. kfund
    2:00 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Because it is short enough to hold up and see the whole jersey over the desk. It’s just a prop.



  10. btowncatfan
    2:00 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlen’s is the #1 fan of the WBA.



  11. Champ
    2:02 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He was originally supposed to hold up Brian Long’s jersey but they knew that Long wouldn’t appreciate it enough.



  12. Champ
    2:03 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    7 he is joking



  13. Jim
    2:04 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He probably found it on Bourbon Street after the victory. Polson may have been streaking at that point.



  14. Seriously
    2:04 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    How can you tell it says Polson on the back?



  15. lldjr
    2:05 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Get your own number Nerlens. Polson earned his.



  16. Duh
    2:05 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens Noel is actually Jared Polson. It only makes sense… has anyone seen them together?



  17. Wildcatman44
    2:06 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Still amazing that so many people on message boards and here at KSR do not see sarcastic and humor posts and take them as legit.



  18. Randy
    2:07 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    There is no such person as Nerlens Noel! It was actually Polson in disguise the whole time!



  19. FlatTopBob
    2:07 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He is a cannibal and consumed Polson prior to making his announcement along with some fava beans and a nice chianti.



  20. elated
    2:07 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares hes in blue.



  21. jrod007
    2:08 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    If you look closely you can see Polson peeking out of the flat top. They are one and the same.



  22. AaronCAT
    2:08 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    saw this on twitter last night. typical KSR



  23. WWMKGD
    2:09 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Obviously Nerlens is a huge Travis Ford fan. He didn’t care that it says Polson, he just wanted to hold up the 5!



  24. Azubuike's Bicep
    2:09 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Has anyone seen Polson since Nerlens’ commitment? I don’t think that he was showing the number that he is going to wear, but merely showing what he ate for breakfast yesterday morning. I’m worried that little Pinochio got swalloed by the whale that is Nerlens Noel.



  25. Ashleyscheeks
    2:10 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe he likes dimples



  26. Wakecat
    2:11 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson knows WBA needs a little soul and sent him a jersey as inducement to join.



  27. obvious
    2:12 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Recruiting violation for sure. They already sent him offical team wear and he has not signed his letter of intent. Polson just brought down the progam.



  28. Slim Pickens
    2:12 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, where did the Alison Melder post go?



  29. UKBlue
    2:12 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    A producer at ESPN said to a runner, we need a UK jersey on set, and someone just went out and grabbed whatever UK jersey they could find.



  30. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    2:12 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens is Jarrod’s #1 fan.



  31. Rick Roy
    2:13 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    7- Go on



  32. SeaKat
    2:13 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    this is a mystery worthy of Scooby Do



  33. NERR NERR
    2:14 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    #8 has it

    we got flatTOPS



  34. jason
    2:14 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Drew – You can get replica customizable jerseys on UKteamshop where you can put a name on the back. You can get any name on the back as long as it’s not a current player. So, the name on the back likely says Noel, or N. Noel. That is not an actual uniform, and it is most definitely no Polsons actual jersey.



  35. '98UK
    2:14 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully it means that waste of a roster spot is leaving…..I can only hope….Make some room for Noel, Goodwin, Poythress, Bennett, Pollard!!



  36. WinchesterUKfan
    2:15 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Noel was really trying to announce that he was taking his talents to the WBA!



  37. '98UK
    2:16 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    And Cauley



  38. Monica Lawenski
    2:17 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    How else do you think we got Nerlens here Jared is the prettiest of the bunch so Coach Cal finally put him in the game as Nerlens fluffer(Head Giver).



  39. wildcat99
    2:17 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson lives in his Flat Top



  40. MyronPryorsLivingRoom
    2:18 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    36 – When he said “I’m taking my talents to…” I almost knew he was going to say South Beach.



  41. wildcat99
    2:19 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    When Polson gets on Noel shoulders they form one super human



  42. Catsrule101
    2:19 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson was suspended indefinitely for making Pro Castro comments and they also implicated him in the bounty program in New Orleans.



  43. CandyMan
    2:20 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    If Polson messes this up I’m pulling his WALK ON status!!!
    Oh wait a second…..



  44. Catsrule101
    2:21 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Pols on was also the third rider on Petrinos motorcycle.



  45. The Blue Goose
    2:22 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry, but I don’t see “Polson” written inside the shirt. I see Mother Mary with a flat top.



  46. I Say
    2:25 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    LOL probably because it was the cheapest one!!!



  47. KID
    2:25 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Its a box haircut!!!!! Not a flat top or fro!!!!!!



  48. BondUK
    2:25 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Its simple folks. He’s from an area that is close to Boston, Mass. Who was the last great Cat from that Beantown area? That’s right, one Wayne Turner. Turner wore 5, thus the reason for the 5 jersey in studio…uhh, thank you.

    the realest uk fan here.



  49. bung
    2:27 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    polson is in the jersey…



  50. Hmmmmm...
    2:29 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    My first thought was Ramone Harris. Am I a racist?



  51. FloydtheBarber
    2:29 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He was clearly stating how many nets he plans on cutting down while he’s here…

    HIDE YA NETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  52. Michael Gilchrist
    2:29 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    This post is dumb



  53. bmt22033
    2:29 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Well duh! I can’t believe none of you people figured this out already! He held up the #5 jersey because 2 x 5 = 10 – 1 = 9!!! #9!!!! 😉



  54. BondUK
    2:31 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    im pretty sure i won this. award? ill take the im smarter than drew franklin award. but thats like the same as being the smartest kid with down syndrome. this ish is too ez.

    the realest uk fan here.



  55. Cal >>> Rupp
    2:33 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson’s sweet twink ass belongs to me now. thats what it means



  56. UKfanfromWV
    2:40 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    BondUK #48 and #54, Good try.

    Nerlens Noel is not the “First Noel” to play at the University of Kentucky. Paul Noel holds that title in the 1942-43 season. “The First Noel” wasn’t technically a one-and-done player but did only play one year at UK. He then went on to play for the New York Knickerbockers wearing the number 5. Boom!



  57. Liberal Media
    2:41 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polsen created him in the basement with a bra on his head and a doll on a table hooked up to wires. He is actually a life size GI Joe…



  58. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    2:43 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He gets to keep Polson as a pet/wingman in Lex?



  59. KYKiller
    2:43 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Your reading into this too much! lol Maybe Polson will start next year or perhaps Jared is Noels fav! 🙂



  60. BondUK
    2:44 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    I see you UKfanfromWV, either one of us could b right….nah im right..lol



  61. Madmax
    2:48 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    They will be the next Master/Blaster. Polson riding on the flattop!



  62. JMFATZ47
    2:48 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe bc it is the smallest jersey to hold up? Maybe Polson wanted to have his jersey on ESPNU so everyone could get some laughs too!!



  63. SweetTeaMob Til I DIE
    2:48 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    35. I don’t think we need to worry about clearing any roster spots since 7 of our players are leaving, jeenyus. And don’t hate on my boy, Polson. Who do you think our backup PG is going to be next year?



  64. Bear
    2:50 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Noel is from Massachusetts so is Wayne Turner who wore the number 5 jersey.



  65. Monte
    2:53 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Please calm down. What ever is the problem…it’s not your concern… Polson has a ring Noel is looking to get one. Really who cares about a dumb jersey



  66. Jim
    2:53 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    It probably belongs to ESPN Game Day. They probably asked for a new jersey and we didn’t have any, so we sent one that is only slightly used. BOOM! Maybe Digger Phelps secretly had it stashed away. LOL



  67. Rae
    2:53 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    56. You mean we aren’t going to get to sing that in Rupp around Christmas. This makes me sad.



  68. manbearpig
    2:54 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Ive never seen Polson and Noels in the same room together…coincedence?



  69. Big Daddy Pane
    2:54 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    You’re all way off. Obviously a young Nerlens must have followed Polson down the runway after a tough game, noticed he was hobbling a little, and offered him a coke. Polson, in return, tossed him his game jersey. Case closed.



  70. SHOO
    2:55 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares



  71. bornblue
    2:57 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t pay much attention to the number because my attention , after celebrating, was on a certain name on the draft board. There’s a dude named Peter Jurkin on there. Really! I thought ESPN was bein Punk’d. What moron would name their kid that. Plus he is going to be a Hoosier. Imagine that! Heard they were recruiting his two brothers Dick and Ben.



  72. Future cat
    2:59 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys y’all wanna here a joke? Louisville basketball hahahahahahah



  73. Chicago Chris
    2:59 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    It was the only jersey that wouldn’t cause a firestorm over who was going pro or transferring.



  74. Kurt in Mia
    3:01 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you #63! #35 is a hater! Polson for President! Noel for NBA!



  75. Carl
    3:04 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He is Polson’s love child and daddy sent his son a little gift.



  76. Kurt in Mia
    3:04 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    #71 LMAO!



  77. BIll Clinton
    3:04 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully it means Polson is transferring to Asbury



  78. captain obvious
    3:04 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    it was the only jersey that didn’t have excessively visible wear and tear because it spent most of the season on the bench…



  79. Tootless Temp
    3:08 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe it’s because he will play the 5 (center) at UK?

    Now the question that has been bothering me forever is does Pirates Cove still exist in the Madisonville Mall? I know I have tickets lying around somewhere in my parents attic from the summers at the grandmothers.



  80. Gr8nessUK2k
    3:09 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    My guess is that he plans on being number 5. Showed everybody on National TV that Polson will have to find another number because it now belongs to the FLAT TOP!



  81. Apathetic Andy
    3:09 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens, like the rest of us, wants to emulate Polson in every way possible. Jarrod is a role model and Nerlens will fashion his game in Jarrod’s mold.



  82. OoogieBoogieMan
    3:12 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens will be joining the team as a walk-on?



  83. in this i believe
    3:12 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Is an explanation given when my post are deleted?:



  84. Lou eaton
    3:18 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Perhaps he was signifying five straight NCs counting this one!!!!!



  85. James K
    3:20 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    The obvious mystery of this is how did he actually GET Polson’s jersey. I’d understand Davis or a star player, but the fact that he had Polson’s — with his name on it — is pretty bizarre. Pretty f*cking funny, too.



  86. John Ellis
    3:22 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    It’s the last bit of evidence which proves that Paul is dead. We’ve been waiting since 1969 for this.



  87. BigBlueFan31
    3:29 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Now I see why a friend of mine, who is related to Polson, does not read this site. As a fan, I am embarrassed by some of the asinine statements I have read about Polson. You folks have no clue how valuable each player is to a team. Just because he isn’t getting minutes, doesn’t mean he isn’t a valuable part of the team.



  88. Billy
    3:31 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe he could not get #3 because Terrance Jones plans on coming back for another year and Shocking the World.



  89. Tim
    3:44 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    #34 you are dead wrong. It is actually Polson’s jersey, if you run it in slo motion it does say polson on the back, and it is illegal for UK team shop to make a jersey of an active player’s name and number. This is the biggest mystery in Lexington. Why does he have a polson jersey??????? Jerseygate! We need to know!! This isn’t even their current Jersey, this is the one before the pattern on the back. Why would Espn have a #5 Jersey laying around. This makes no sense! I hope we get answers and find out sometime. Another great story in KY recruiting…love it.



  90. Tim
    3:44 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He shocked the world…holding up a Polson Jersey!



  91. Barber Shop Talk
    3:46 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson Cut the UK in the back of his head!!!!!! He’s been cutting hair every summer here in Louisville since 2010…. He’s Shop name is P-Nasty…..



  92. Barber Shop Talk
    3:47 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    *his shop name



  93. MJ4UK
    3:49 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    do you care that much about Jarrod Polston?



  94. bdlflcky
    3:51 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson is out recording the title track to House Party 5



  95. Rambo
    3:53 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    WBA recruit.



  96. the anti-cat
    3:55 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He is polson’s brother from another mother.



  97. Beans
    3:56 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    John Short retired all the other Jerseys. Polson’s was the only one left.



  98. underKanter
    3:57 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    He should have held up #9 cause thats what he’s bring back to Lex!



  99. Eddie Murphy
    3:58 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    That was Polson!!! Dressed as a tall, black guy with a box!!!! Its the next Movie!!!!! WHITE BOY CAN JUMP in BLACK SUIT….



  100. maybe the nerls ate your polson
    3:58 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    maybe he ate him



  101. Proud to be a citizen of BBN!
    4:01 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta say – I’m not so proud of this post or of being a citizen of BBN. The post is dumb and like #88 I don’t appreciate the slurs against Polson or Noel. C’mon, BBN – I guess it’s all supposed to be funny, but really, it’s just insulting to Polson and Noel. Grow up!



  102. ChairmanRowe
    4:02 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    #61: A Master Blaster reference? Awesome.

    However, I think it means Polson will be the “Play” to Nerlens’ “Kid.”



  103. UKfanCali
    4:13 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson probably gave him his jersey. I would want a jersey from a buddy if he played college ball. Even more so if it is a real game jersey. I hope there are no violations. What a moron, taking my talents…come on. Why dont you just say dream team or so not 1, not 2…..

    I loved how the team put egos a side this season.



  104. KNOWITALL
    4:20 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #102…this is a stupid post..please think of something better to write about!



  105. Jimi
    4:30 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    There are no “Blank” Kentucky Jerseys….



  106. Jimi
    4:31 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    and because Anthony Davis’s Jersey was being in-cased in Glass & Wood at the Craft Center.



  107. Cal's Cats
    4:37 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Of course he wanted one without much wear to look all shiny on camera! That jersery was only used in warm ups…



  108. Evanv4
    4:44 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Wayne Turner played for the same aau team (BABC – Boston Area Basketball Club) that Noel played for. There ya go



  109. GreatWhiteNBAHope
    4:59 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder how some people make it through life without understanding sarcasm, or why they read KSR if they don’t understand sarcasm.



  110. Rae
    5:09 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Polson let him borrow a jersey so he could try it on while he was making his decision?



  111. NotInsertNameHere
    5:15 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    You people are all idiots. It doesn’t even say Polson. Debate over.



  112. bluebiscuit
    5:18 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Noel picked Polson’s jersey to hold up in hopes of getting an invite to hang out in Nicholasville.



  113. playersfan
    5:22 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    What about Jon Hood, not even mentioned on next years team, by anybody.



  114. Rixter
    6:07 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    We need to turn this over to Jerry Tipton, he’ll get to the bottom of it. This could be the Cats downfall….



  115. I like Polson
    6:12 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    I personally love Polson! Every Kentucky team needs a good Kentucky boy to walk on and be part of the magic. Now I understand how people could be upset about Hood maybe taking a scholly, but Polson is just living the walk on dream, have his back!



  116. ParkDaddy
    6:16 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    all the players are coming back so to get space they released the bench warmers!



  117. Mike Umsblue
    6:26 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone has a hero.



  118. GeneralRobertMontgomeryKnight
    6:28 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    EVERYBODY needs to read Number 71 !



  119. Wildcatsteeler
    6:33 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    It means the clincher to him coming to UK was Polson offered to give him his jersey to hang in his man cave.



  120. HE
    6:41 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    uh it’s not even polsons jersey????



  121. notpolson
    7:10 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    if you got to the previous post/video
    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=110090 when he initially holds it up you can see a glimpse of what looks like an N when he holds it up. I believe it says Noel on it



  122. tyrus
    7:14 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Best replies ever!!! LMAO



  123. catfan68
    8:08 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    STOP PICKING ON POLSON….ALL THE HATERS ARE JUST WISH THEY COULD LIVE HIS LIFE…JUST JEALOUS!!!!



  124. Polson is the man
    8:41 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    124 You are right. I would love to be in his shoes.Hes part of the team.Gets hot girls and seems to be a good kid. He is living the dream of all Kentucky kids myself included.



  125. ronkat
    8:53 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson has been suspended due to inappropriate texting to a young lady in Arkansas.



  126. ronkat
    8:54 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Oh somebody already said that…then Polson is OK



  127. ricard purcell
    9:47 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    Polson was feed for the Post . Nerlen looks hungry for #9.



  128. biddy
    9:48 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    who can’t resist that backstreet boy’s face? everyone has weaknesses, this is obviously Noel’s, pretty white boys.



  129. Johnny Be Bad
    6:35 am April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Polson has departed for lucrative modeling job he was offered in the preseason .



  130. jack
    8:35 am April 13, 2012 Permalink

    he is real big fan of Polson, he bought that jersey two yrs ago. and he really wants Polson to ‘shooooooottttt!!!!!’



  131. Jimi,Garden of Eden
    9:51 am April 13, 2012 Permalink

    71…do not forget his half brother Will B.