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Grantland’s Mark Titus gets it


To quote John Calipari, Kentucky is college basketball right now, which means we’re treated to an unprecedented amount of media attention. Each day, there is a new piece from the national media about Kentucky, but none nail the phenomenon that is Kentucky basketball, especially this season, better than Grantland’s Mark Titus. From his College Basketball power rankings:

We may be witnessing the greatest college basketball team of all time. Kentucky fans know this, which is why UK games have turned into such spectacles. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s not that the atmosphere is better than all the rest. But you can tell something special is happening. You can tell that it’s like a religious experience for Wildcats fans to watch this team in person. And the scary thing is that I’ve watched Kentucky only on neutral courts. UK games at Rupp Arena this season probably have baptisms and live births and lambs being sacrificed in the crowd.

Titus is so in tune with the UK fan base that he even drops KSR and Not Jerry Tipton references:

Kentucky fans are out of their minds. They get premature tattoos without regret. Parody Twitter accounts of UK basketball beat writers have enough followers to make you question everything about your life. You could probably gain 1,000 Twitter followers overnight just by tacking “KSR” to the end of your username.

Flattery will get you everywhere, Mr. Titus. But seriously, go read the entire piece over at Grantland.

[Titus’s Top 12 NCAA Power Rankings: Bow to Kentucky]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

2 Comments for Grantland’s Mark Titus gets it

  1. CottonMash
    2:16 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    Great Article. Nice work. A couple of highlights for me (and there were several)…

    “I’d rather stand behind elderly women in the self-checkout line at the grocery store than watch five minutes of Louisville’s half-court offense.”

    “I’m still amazed that Kyle Wiltjer – the guy who spent 90 percent of his court time with the 2012-13 Kentucky team either shot faking or tapping his chest while saying “my bad” – has turned into an All-American candidate… Just think, if Wiltjer would’ve stayed at Kentucky, the Wildcats would probably be undefeated and ranked no. 1 in the country right now.”

  2. ChicagoCat
    3:03 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    Despite being a former Buckeye, Mark Titus is consistently one of the best college basketball writers out there right now. His articles are always a good blend of real analysis and humor and he understands fan reactions to other teams and college ball in general better than pretty much any contributor not named Jay Bilas.