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Why Everyone In The Commonwealth Should Be Smiling (SI)

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There wasn’t much to smile about in the Commonwealth on Thursday night.  Not only did Kentucky fall victim to then sub .500 Georgia, but that happened knowing we’d have to battle with the SEC’s best team in a mere 48-hours. While you’d be safe in assuming that Wildcat fans everywhere were frowning (heck, even John Calipari was), one man suggests Kentucky fans have reason to smile.  Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated thinks that Wildcat fans have reason to look forward, even now.  In his article released yesterday, Glockner suggested that Calipari knew exactly what he was doing in his post-game comments when he stated, “I’ve done a crap job.”

He knew exactly what he was doing by telling the assembled media that he has “done a crap job” with his team this season. The quote immediately took the focus off a bad road performance and the bigger picture, and also off the players who have, at least in media and public perception, underachieved this season.

 

It’s now well known, but while Calipari blamed himself, some of the players had theories on who the blame really fell on.  Archie Goodwin was quoted as follows.

I don’t blame them. If we haven’t changed over the duration of the season, I don’t know what to say. It doesn’t look like anything’s going to change. We can still change, because we’ve showed games where we have played though throughout the whole game. Like, when we played Missouri, we played tough throughout the whole game and we got away with a win. But if we don’t do that, then I don’t blame those fans who may be down on us. We’re not giving them a reason to believe in us.

 

Knowing Kentucky’s players were blaming themselves and that John Calipari was blaming himself, Glockner hypothesized this was an outstanding move from all parties involved.

So at the end of the evening, everyone had taken blame for everyone else, everyone had agreed the fans deserved better, and no one ended up taking a hit for what was a poor performance in a big spot.  Brilliant.

So, anyway, I think both Calipari and his players knew exactly what they were doing last night. #LaFamilia isn’t just for when times are good. Cal and his players took bullets for each other last night and the message was unmistakable: This isn’t acceptable, but we all have each others’ backs. That may not allow them to salvage this season, but it’s a very good marketing message for next year and beyond, when SEC foes once again won’t be finding anything “crappy” about Kentucky.

 

If you’re interested in reading the article in its entirety, it can be found here.

 

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

18 Comments for Why Everyone In The Commonwealth Should Be Smiling (SI)



  1. Mike
    11:09 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Andy Glockner….you have got to be very delusional. All of the psycho babble has been tried all season long and to no avail. This team has been Team Disaster since shortly after season began. We need to earn and accept the next 2 losses, turndown the NIT, and move on.



  2. RubenV
    11:11 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    48 hours? I thought tip was in less than one hour??



  3. RubenV
    11:12 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Oh I had to read that again, my bad. Nice article Johnathan



  4. UK Freshmen
    11:15 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Until a “true” coach; someone like Bobby Knight is hired, this program will continue to sink into despair.



  5. MadTex
    11:18 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Smiling my arse – Calipari sucks as a coach!!!! If he were such a great coach then he would have been able to motivate this idiots or clowns that play for Kentucky. These clowns don’t care about wearing the blue and white. All Calipari cared about was bringing in the #1 recruiting class. Rankings as recruits obviously does not guarantee you a winning team – this team is made up of a bunch of losers!!!! They don’t know how to win or have any desire to win!!!!



  6. Jarweed
    11:25 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Our beloved team and blog sure does attract a lot of trolls.



  7. UKBlue
    11:35 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    This article is stretching it a whole lot.

    4. Go away; You are beyond stupid if you believe that. Be more like Bobby Knight: who hit kids, is beyond screwed up & bitter, threw chairs, got fired from IU, was a disaster in Texas, is horrible on TV , and isn’t getting his contract extended at ESPN because no one wants him. That Bobby Knight?



  8. Mike
    11:41 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    5. Mad Tex….Agree with all you said and even that Calipari sucks as a coach, but I would say he sucks as a coach at least this year. He has been a good coach and recruiter wherever he has been, but he had lost it this year and needs to be judged just on that.



  9. Telletubbies
    11:45 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Those were the worst license plates ever!



  10. Stoops
    11:45 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just glad we are a football school!



  11. Wildcat Blood
    11:48 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I blame Goodwin. He sucks. Please leave.



  12. Wildcat Blood
    11:49 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Goodwin, that whole BRRRR thing didn’t work out did it? In hind sight, maybe you have been too full of yourself from the beginning.



  13. Bigcat4453
    11:50 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Well, I still think we have one of if not THE BEST COACH in the ncaa. I haven’t seen Pitino, Crean, or any other coach, take a bunch of freshmen, with no senior leadership, and beat the rest of the teams in the country.

    HIs previous 3 teams had senior leadership to go along with thier all-American high school talent. We’ve had NO leader all year. NOel was the closest we had to a leader. He had limited offensive skills.
    I haven’t seen Crean or Pitino or others have successful seasons after losing one of thier star players to a season ending injury either.
    We are still KY, still 2012 NCAA champs! Still teh WINNINGEST Program in NCAA history!



  14. AARP "Group"
    11:53 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    #5 Hey there’s a speeding car rolling down I65….Go step in front of it!



  15. Union, Florence, Burlington, Walton, Hebron
    1:04 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Boone County: the best county in the state! Wildcat Territory!



  16. MadTex
    2:12 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hey #14 – can’t get in front of a speeding car – I’m driving one that will run over you!!!



  17. MadTex
    2:56 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta Go. My mommy won’t let me play on the compooter no more.



  18. MadTex
    4:06 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    #17 – nice impersonation. Where did you learn to do that? Kindagarden?