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You Knew It Was Coming (plus Coach Cal Dances)

photo via a friend of a friend of a friend (boom, incepted!)

When John Calipari took the Kentucky job, we all knew a national championship was coming under Cal.  There was no doubt about it.

Your blue blood was already pumping and you were preparing your vocal chords for their imminent destruction.  Corey Nichols himself, famed prognosticator, predicted this with certainty back in April of 2010, merely days after Gordon Lightfoot Bombay Hayward almost hit the biggest shot in NCAA history.  And we all remember El Capitan Jones’ tour de force performance on Grantland in which he made the case that this was Kentucky’s year to win it all.

It was a given that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was going to join the Big Blue train at that point, and the hype for the 2011 recruiting class went through the roof.  While John Wall and the 2009-2010 Wildcats were a special bunch who changed the face of Kentucky basketball forever, fans predicted early on that the 2011-2012 team was going to be the one who showed the nation was greatness (er, gr8ness!) truly looks like.  And these predictions were happening before Anthony Davis had become the superhuman version of Anthony Davis before us today.

As the Caeser’s Palace sportsbook ticket from October of 2011 above shows, UK fans knew this was going to be the year.  They knew it enough to predict this title two years ago.  They knew it enough to wager their hard-earned money on the team they love before these kids had even played their first game of the season.  While I make no contention that gambling is the best way to show faith in your team, but it’s evidence of a strong belief that something is going to happen.

And it did.

So go collect your winnings, UK fans.  We’ve been waiting a long time for this.  And make sure you celebrate by ‘doing a little dance’ like Coach Cal below:

Article written by Chris Thomas

21 Comments for You Knew It Was Coming (plus Coach Cal Dances)



  1. Blueballn
    12:05 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    yezir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  2. Kevin C.
    12:07 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    WOW….if that was my winning ticket, I wouldn’t even cash it in. I’d somehow get Calipari and the team to sign it, and frame it as the ultimate memento from this amazing season.



  3. Ridge Runner
    12:08 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Cal’s like… ok….here ya go ya bunch of goofballs………then, ok…..let me get outta here.

    LOL



  4. bleedblueky
    12:09 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Cool Cal 🙂



  5. Ms.Cats~
    12:11 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Okay Fellow Felines——–
    I have a pr. of extra tix for today’s Celebration.
    Who wants to go? (:
    They are lower level and I would love to see a Great Cat Fan Get Them!
    No Charge—–LET’S CELEBRATE!
    email me at: [email protected]

    Make it quick though…. I’m leaving out for Rupp in about 30 min. (I’ve gotta long drive)



  6. GR8NESS
    12:18 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Last six times the Cats have the title, the Yankees have won the World Series. That wager online today was +700. Nice return!



  7. NKY CAT MAN
    12:25 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty ticket!

    This team will go down in UK history. Love all these kids and want them all to go pro and get rich.



  8. JQ
    12:26 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    ? UK is in effect blowing KU away in the first half, why da hell did he (calipari) have them come out the 2nd half and walk it down the floor. Did he have money on it in Vegas?



  9. Ms.Cats~
    12:27 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Tix are gone.
    LUVTHOSECATS!
    WOOHOO HOO HOO!



  10. Mad Monk
    12:30 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    JQ- It’s called limiting possessions. Why give Kansas more chances at coming back than you have to. That was smart coaching. UK has been incredibly efficent and that’s what Cal expected from them in the second half.

    BTW- is the Rupp celebration going to be on tv? I would really like my kids at home be able to watch it.



  11. Ms.Cats~
    12:31 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Okay CatFans—– My best friend has 3 pr’s of lower level!
    If you want em …. you need to text right now!
    270-572-6994 NO JOKE, NO CHARGE—- COME WELCOME THOSE CATS HOME!!!!



  12. NBA league pass
    12:32 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    I have a ticket like that too (except its from the Wynn…and I only bet 50). Damnit, wish I would grown a pair and put down a hundred, oh well.



  13. minton
    12:33 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Caesar didn’t actually live there.



  14. the question
    12:39 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Who stays behind to repeat?



  15. Drews Beard
    12:46 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    #14……Wiltjer, polson, long, malone, hood, beckham, harrow



  16. Sammydog
    12:47 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Better yet, who comes in to repeat?



  17. Bob Loblaw
    1:43 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    This shows that Cal was happy about the win.



  18. FlySoup
    1:54 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    uhhh i’m pretty sure october 2011 was the beginning of THIS season? not 2 years ago? anybody else notice this? am i stupid or is everybody else?



  19. Jacob
    2:48 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    17- Next years roster IMO
    Wiltjer
    Polson
    Hood
    Harrow
    Beckham
    Muhammad
    Noel
    Poythress
    Goodwin
    Bennett
    Long
    Malone



  20. Jacob
    2:48 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Meant 16, not 17



  21. Urincatland
    6:33 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    So happy for these kids!! They have give their hearts to this team and the BBN. Coach Cal, definitely deserves this as well. The man is on the go constantly and sure hope we have him many years to come. Great job guys!! Go Big Blue!!