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Brad Swag: Numbers prove UK is better without Brad in blue

Kentucky is in the final stretch of one of the best regular season runs under John Calipari and vying for a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, but one of the hottest topics among the fan base, sadly, is Brad Calipari’s wardrobe.

Brad’s game attire has been a fun little side story for quite some time, but it really took off last Saturday when a postgame show caller, Nancy, called in with a strong opinion after UK’s 27-point annihilation of Auburn.

Nancy began her call by saying, “I am totally perplexed at why Coach Calipari lets his son sit on the bench in any color except Kentucky blue. To me, it is a disgrace to the team.”

Hear the entire call for yourself:

Nancy sparked a clear divide in Big Blue Nation, with many siding with her opinion of Brad’s outfits, and others, like myself, arguing it is a petty complaint and Brad can wear whatever he wants. As far as I can tell, it is a pretty even split with reasonable arguments on each side. So, the only way to truly determine the accurate take is to ask the only one who can settle it: the numbers. Because the numbers never lie.

After going through all 28 of Kentucky’s games in the 2018-19 season, I logged every game in which Brad wore a blue and white/grey Kentucky basketball shirt — a project I’m not proud to admit I took on, but somebody had to do it. And of those 28 games, Brad wore official Kentucky gear in three of them; most notably, the Duke game to start the year. Kentucky of course lost that contest by about a million. He then pleased Nancy’s wishes by wearing UK gear in the next two games, before expanding his wardrobe in his team’s fourth game of the season, against VMI, and never looked back.

Wears UK Gear Wears Something Else
Win Percentage 0.667 0.880
Record Against Top 15 Teams 0-1 4-0
Scoring Margin 5.33 13.96
3-Point Percentage 0.318 0.367

It is clear Kentucky is much better when Brad wears something other than traditional blue/white Kentucky gear while on the sideline. It is impossible for you to disagree after seeing the statistics. One popular college basketball fashion expert even went as far to say Brad’s non-traditional attire is the key to Kentucky’s success.

Barstool Big Cat, creator of the #BradSwag hashtag, told KSR, “Kentucky’s secret weapon is Brad Calipari’s swag. It’s both intimidating and breathtaking at the same time. If you’re an opposing team and you don’t gameplan for Brad’s wardrobe, you’ve lost before the game has tipped.”

Another person with direct inside knowledge on the matter, who agreed to speak with me on the condition of anonymity, said, “I’m weak,” followed by, “(crying emoji) (crying emoji) (crying emoji).”

The only weak I see is Kentucky’s resume when Brad dresses like his teammates.

So to the Nancys of the world, please let Brad live — or you could cost Kentucky a national championship. The numbers speak for themselves.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

67 Comments for Brad Swag: Numbers prove UK is better without Brad in blue



  1. Kfckernel
    1:36 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    I think Brad should mimic the opposing coach by wearing his exact outfit to confuse his team



    • grammarpoliceUK
      2:40 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      lmao



    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:38 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Could get get some technical fouls assigned to the other team using this method?



    • Memphis UK Cat
      4:39 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      That is funny. Good one!



    • unbridled
      7:18 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      That’s a great idea, but I think each game needs a new theme.



    • 4everUKblue
      9:13 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      Why is this article even on here? Is this the best KSR can come up with to get clicks? I can’t believe we’re even talking about this.



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    1:40 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    This is the kind of hard-hitting, research-based, fact-filled article that KSR is known for. I like the “wear what the opposing coach wears” approach.



  3. BUCats
    1:42 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Eat it Nancy. Numbers never lie



  4. kentucky1998
    1:45 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Please inform us what Brad wore against Seaton Hall (in MSG), Alabama, and LSU



    • nickobeazo
      2:55 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Neither of those teams were in the Top 15 #facts



  5. CayutsBy90
    1:51 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Plot twist – Brad paid Drew in Jordan’s to write this



    • Luether
      10:57 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      My sources have confirmed this…



  6. Smyrna_Cat
    1:54 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Fact … Nancy is really Bruce Pearl.



  7. BluemanGreen
    2:00 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Just not the suit and gold chain again EVER. That was one of the worst outfits any human has ever worn in public. 5’10 white guy trying to dress like 2Pac to sit on the bench at a college basketball game. This is why people say wear school colors lol. We dont want one guy…thats not even on the team…making the rest of the team look like idiots.



    • StillBP
      2:33 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Tupac mostly walked around shirtless, I don’t think he is the look Brad’s going for.



    • StillBP
      2:34 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Also, he is on the team. A red shirt doesn’t mean not on the team.



    • ukkatzfan
      2:41 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      For a blue and green man, you sound like you are particular about colors. You say it was worst “ any human “ ever in public, then say he was trying to dress like Tupac. ??? Tupac not human ?



    • BluemanGreen
      3:09 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      well turd nuggets. hes not getting in any game any time soon this season so hes not on the team. the ACTIVE team if that makes your little wee wees tingle. Also i didnt say it was worst “any human”…i said it was worse than any human…a real sentence…and i said he was TRYING to dress like tupac…i guess Suge Knight wouldve been more accurate since 2pac never wore a shirt or gold chain in his entire life excepttttt…just google 2pac gold chain suit since it wont let me copy and paste…jackass…and yes…2pac looked stupid af in it too!



    • StillBP
      3:20 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      You sound extremely mature and well spoken. I’m guessing you’re 12 years old. I hope you had a good day at school, but by the tone of your comment you must’ve gotten bullied. I hope they are nicer to you tomorrow, little buddy!



    • BluemanGreen
      3:42 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      youre the one crying dude. get a life



    • catsarerunnin
      4:06 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      That’s telling him.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:26 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Actually, this whole comment section sounds like my high school classes.



    • StillBP
      6:27 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Lol kids are so grumpy these days. Too much screen time. Hopefully his mommy took his device for the evening.



  8. peaches76
    2:02 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    For the love of Pete please just give it a rest!!



  9. gasman01
    2:04 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Must really be a slow news day to publish this nonsense!!



  10. az1006
    2:08 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Well, it’s been a pretty big deal for some fans (inexplicably). I don’t think what Brad wears on the sideline is a disgrace. The fact that an 80-year-old woman cares enough to call into a radio show multiple times is the disgrace. The fact that ANYONE is truly bothered by this is a disgrace.



    • Rixter
      4:30 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      So, everyone should feel the same way you do on this subject, else they are a disgrace? What about other subjects.. do people get to have different opinions than you, or is that also disgraceful/



  11. StayBlue
    2:11 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Cute side story for most but yes, some get bent out of shape over it.



  12. UKLugo
    2:16 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Anything but a uniform is fine with me. He sucks.



  13. UKfansNKY
    2:29 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Really? You guys must be bored.



  14. ukkatzfan
    2:35 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Why is KSR continuing to bully an elderly woman ? Looks like after the original call, Matt Jones would have just let it drop. If he wants to be so nit picky about the way Brad dresses on sideline, seems like he could do it by going at it in another direction. Looks like supporting the team with unification would be higher on KSR’s list than soap opera moments that replay an elderly person’s “senior moment”.



    • MrPioneer
      5:04 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Being a senior citizen doesn’t excuse you from making idiotic statements. If she has an issue with how another person chooses to dress after we win a game by 30, then that is a serious personal problem.



  15. truBLU
    2:59 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Anything but the peewee herman/turtleneck combo.



  16. Bluebloodtoo
    3:37 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    That is hilarious. But…..You are incorrect that numbers never lie. Numbers lie all the time. You can make numbers look however you want if you get to determine the data set that is used.



    • CATandMONKEY
      3:50 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      That was the joke.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:28 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      It was a joke?! I thought it was about the old fogies whining about what a baby adult is wearing at basketball games.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:33 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      PS – i love the fact that I’m in my 40’s but i still get to call them old fogies. The number of people i can call ‘old’ is getting palpably smaller by the minute.



  17. treeham3
    3:48 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Is this topic really worth all the bashing? Nancy has just as much right to voice her opinion as anyone else, why drive it into the ground? Used to be, in this country, you could give your 2 cents worth without coming under personal attack. While I don’t agree with her opinion over what Brad wears, I do believe that both are free to have and exercise that opinion.



  18. michaelb
    4:06 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Lol these comments



  19. bigblue2284
    4:30 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    If this kid wasn’t Brad Calipari Matt and Drew would be making fun of him too. I don’t even have to know this kid to realize he’s a spoiled rich kid who can’t take criticism.



    • wes720
      5:49 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      If this kid wasn’t Brad Calipari he’d be wearing what the team wears. He is still a member of the team despite taking a redshirt. That being said if his teammates are good with it who cares.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:43 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Wes- That is false. Was at the Auburn game Saturday. Travis was wearing gray seats that basically the required uniform of a Walmart shopper at 0300 AM. Lots of guys who are not active wear street clothes, UK gear, sweats, etc.



  20. timtim1960
    4:39 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Nancy just grew up in a different era. She like myself can remember players wearing a suit and tie to games they didn’t dress for and play in. Kids today like the general public don’t dress up anymore out in public going to church or dinner or even to the doctors office. Nancy just remembers a different generations priorities is all .



  21. King Kelly Coleman
    4:52 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Lets be honest here though, Brad is simply trying to draw attention to himself and there’s no question about it. Ask yourself this, if he wasn’t the coach’s son do you really think he could be a walk-on at UK? Not a chance. The best thing he could do is stop drawing attention to himself and be a part of the team or sit in the student section. The coaches wear suits, players wear unis or warm ups, and the staff wears school color polo’s.



    • Luether
      11:01 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      Agree. Just some very immature, punk, look-at-me moves by Cal Jr…



    • catsarerunnin
      6:59 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      My sources tell me you’re more interested in Coach K…



    • 4everUKblue
      9:09 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      cats I believe your sources are on the money.



    • King Kelly Coleman
      11:04 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      @catsarerunnin no sir, been a Cats fan since the mid 80’s. Love this team thru and thru. I just feel Brad isn’t really being a part of the team and he is trying to draw attention to himself, that’s all.



  22. KYFAN4LYFE
    5:27 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    B-Rad is a goober….but he’s our goober.



  23. wes720
    5:53 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    New topic. I bet Nancy could kick Drew’s arse



  24. dieden39
    9:01 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    The only superstition I like was the man in BROWN,THE BARRON OF BASKETBALL. He was true blue for years and never wore blue, if Brad could help us win 4 more championships like the man in brown…..then Brad dress in whatever way you can help us pick up the most “W” s. As usual, GO BIG BLUE.



  25. clarks
    11:30 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Injured players wear suits and stuff all the time. He is here studying to coach under his dad and I’m glad he is here. Our coaching job has to much stress and if Brad being here makes it easier on cal then heck yeah let him wear his pajamas if he wants. Maybe he can redshirt 3 or 4 years



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:45 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

      This is the truth being ignored by anyone saying ” Only gets to dress that way because of his last name”



    • BluemanGreen
      9:15 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      But who is going to hire a coach that dresses like that? lol



  26. clarks
    11:31 pm February 28, 2019 Permalink

    Zion wasn’t in Duke gear last game and no one cares



    • King Kelly Coleman
      9:01 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      Zion wore a black Duke polo.



  27. kuhlkat
    4:30 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

    Nancy is entitled to her opinion. Liberals like Drew can’t tolerate opposing views.



    • macattack
      7:56 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      Seems an awful lot like you are having trouble tolerating Drew’s position…



    • JoeMoney333
      8:32 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

      Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:02 pm March 1, 2019 Permalink

      Joe money- or a man with the realization that not all people have the same beliefs and that’s ok.



    • kuhlkat
      4:12 pm March 1, 2019 Permalink

      Correct. I can’t tolerate intolerance. Sue me.



  28. letsroll76
    4:30 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

    if Brad is happy then mommy is happy if mommy is happy then daddy is happy if daddy is happy that’s all that matters Go Big Blue



  29. CahillsCrossingNT
    6:09 am March 1, 2019 Permalink

    This story was old four days ago. Move on.