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Monday’s Top 10: Brady the GOAT?, Kentucky regroups, Brumbaugh to Maryland

Well, in case you’ve been under a rock, the Patriots pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history last night, erasing a 25-point deficit to force overtime and bring home their fifth Super Bowl title. Like the Pats or not, you have to give them and Brady credit; at halftime, it looked like the Falcons were on their way to a rout, but Brady led his team to 31 unanswered points, cementing his legacy as the greatest quarterback in history. It feels weird to write that sentence after everyone said the same thing about Peyton Manning a few years back, but with five Super Bowl rings and four Super Bowl MVP honors, it’s hard to argue against Brady’s case.

Meanwhile, let’s turn our attention to matters at home, which are, well, not ideal. Here’s today’s agenda:

1. First, Calipari will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference

With three losses in the last four games, Cal has some ‘splaining to do about his young squad, and we’ll see how he responds to reporters on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference. Cal’s up around 11:35 a.m. ET, so check back around lunch for a recap.

2. Tony Barbee will handle the pre-LSU presser

Cal is handing his pre-LSU media opp to Tony Barbee, who will give his spin on Kentucky’s downward slide around 2:45 p.m. this afternoon. Calipari was blunt Saturday night about his squad’s shortcomings, telling reporters he sensed trouble coming after the Tennessee game.

“Sometimes you gotta hit bottom, and maybe we have hit bottom, maybe we haven’t hit bottom. But I knew after Tennessee we had an issue. I said, ‘You’re going to lose the next two or three if you don’t change. We’re not passing the ball, we’re turning it over, we’re making hard plays, we’re making cute plays. We kind of got away, and we gotta get it back. At the end of the day, we know how they can play because we’ve all seen it. Now we see them at their worst. OK, now it’s a choice: do you want to be at your worst, do you want to be at your best?”

As someone yearning for the fun, fast team we all grew to love in the non-conference, please oh please want to be at your best, Cats.

3. Calipari will be back for his call-in show

Thoughts out to the call screeners, because this one could be interesting. Saturday night opened a Pandora’s Box of complaints from fans who have been waiting in the wings to gripe about Cal and the downfalls of the one-and-done system. Megan Calipari didn’t hold back while addressing those critics on Twitter yesterday:

Tune into WLAP at 6 p.m. for fireworks.

4. Who’s sick now?

If you’re like me, you’ve somehow convinced yourself that maybe the entire team has just been sick with the virus going around the Lodge, which would explain (but not excuse) their funk the past two weeks. De’Aaron Fox was able to play Saturday night, but wasn’t 100%, and Calipari said Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard were also ill. Hopefully, the virus hasn’t claimed any new victims this week.

5. ICYMI, the Georgia game will tip off at 6 p.m. ET

Mark your calendars for the February 18th showdown in Athens for 6 p.m. Considering the Bulldogs forced overtime in Lexington and Kentucky has lost its last two road games, that game seems way scarier than it did a few weeks back.

6. How far will Kentucky fall in the Top 25?

The Cats are currently eighth in the AP Poll and sixth in the Coaches Poll. How far will they fall after an overtime win over Georgia and a 22-point drubbing at Florida? Even though the rest of the Top 10 also struggled, I have a feeling the voters won’t be nearly as merciful to the Cats as they were last week. I predict they’ll wind up somewhere around 15th.

Let’s switch to something positive…

7. Did you see Kentucky Football’s Super Bowl commercial?

Pretty awesome. Unfortunately, there was bad football news last night, too…

8. Jimmy Brumbaugh is leaving for Maryland

247 Sports’ Ryan Bartow broke the news last night that UK’s defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh is leaving Lexington to go to Maryland, where he’ll be the Terrapins’ new co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Brumbaugh helped develop some of Kentucky’s most successful players in recent years, such as Bud Dupree, Za’Darius Smith, CJ Johnson, and Donte Rumph, so the news is discouraging to say the least. He’ll join fellow former UK assistant Andy Buh on the Terrapins’ staff.

Crab cakes and stealing UK football assistants; that’s what Maryland does, apparently.

9. What did we think of this (now-deleted) tweet from De’Aaron Fox?


This, of course, was probably a reference to Malik Monk laughing at the Florida student section singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him in the final seconds of Saturday’s rout, which didn’t come across well on cameras. Fox deleted the tweet, but honestly, I thought it was pretty harmless and funny.

10. Today is also UK Baseball and Softball Media Day

Nick Mingione and Rachel Lawson will preview the upcoming seasons this afternoon at the Commonwealth Stadium media room. We’ll bring you any big moments.

Radio in an hour…

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.

36 Comments for Monday’s Top 10: Brady the GOAT?, Kentucky regroups, Brumbaugh to Maryland

  1. FlySoup
    9:10 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    The fox tweet was, of course, probably about himself and not malik. Fans attacked him too after the game saying he was laughing.

    • sa_hunt
      9:28 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t have a “month” but I do have a “mouth”. Poor kid better stick to basketball cause real college classes I assume are not his “thang”.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:41 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Now that’s tacky.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:00 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Does Twitter have autocorrect?

    • Eazy
      11:27 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      That was obviously a typo. Fox is a 4.0 student and probably the smartest kid on the team. Nice try, though.

  2. TBW3011
    9:10 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    I just can’t go there with Brady. QB’s get too much credit and too much blame. I like the guy. Not a hater, but the last 2 Super Bowl wins were flat given to the Pats. Brady was really good in the fourth quarter last night, but one of the biggest plays of the game was a pass he through directly into coverage and the corner blows it and the Pats end up with a miraculous catch. Not Brady’s fault the corner blew it, but I’m not giving him credit for a terrible throw either.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:18 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Brady could only play against the defense Atlanta chose to present to him.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:01 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Winning any championship requires Lady Luck to be in your corner for at least a little while.

    • catsarerunnin
      10:23 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Five Super Bowl rings. Enough said.

    • 4everblue
      3:41 pm February 6, 2017 Permalink

      He is the greatest of all time like it or not. If it were easy more QB’s would have 4 and 5 rings…..

  3. runningunnin.454
    9:13 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    1. Brady didn’t win the SB; the Falcons’ conservative play calls the 2nd half gave it to him…they choked.
    2. Maybe not an excuse, but have any of us tried to play basketball with the flu?
    3. I would rather Monk smile and laugh at the opposing fans than be a jerk, scowl, and curse them.

    • ukjaybrat
      9:23 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      (3) my thoughts exactly. why are people blasting a kid for laughing? that’s probably the last thing we should be complaining about.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:30 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, don’t let them get the best of you; remember Boogie with the “call me” thing at Mississippi State?

    • RealCatsFan
      10:03 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly! Would it be better for Fox and Monk to give the crowd the finger like a certain ex-UK coach (who some fans are pining for) has done?

    • RealCatsFan
      10:04 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      rg, to be fair, MJ played with the flu once and it worked out pretty good for him. But I’m not sure if he was human back then. 😉

    • ClutchCargo
      10:57 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      I’m not a Patriots fan by any stretch of the imagination, but who says Brady and his team didn’t win the game is a hater, plain and simple. Also, I don’t believe for one second MJ had the flu during that game. Sick? Yes, clearly. But you can’t play winning NBA bball with actual influenza.

    • meeksfor3
      11:45 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Conservative play calls? If they had been conservative and ran the ball instead of passing they win the game.

  4. Sentient Third Eye
    9:17 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    Brady is clearly the GREATEST QB of all-time, but that is not the same thing as BEST QB of all-time. Montana, Marino, Elway and Manning are all better QB’s, but none of them are as “great” in terms of success. But plug any of these five (in their primes) into the Patriots, and they would out-perform Brady.

    • Mc12
      9:53 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      I sort of agree, but I disagree that if you plugged those players into the Patriots that they would out-perform Brady. It’s difficult to know, but it would be extremely difficult to do more than what Brady has done in his career, especially in the clutch.

      I also had a flashback to being a teenager when I laughed when I read “but plug”.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:06 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      “Heh Heh, Hey Beavis, he said ‘but plug’. Heh heh.”

  5. Sentient Third Eye
    9:20 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    Monk probably did need to be conscious of appearances when he laughed, but the reaction to it has been WAY overblown. It’s all been a massive knee-jerk and the kind of thing that proves social media makes people dumber.

    • ukjaybrat
      9:25 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      it has everything to do with the fact we aren’t playing winning basketball. jerks are taking the Ls and making it personal with a bunch of 18-20 yr old kids. they need to just let it go.

  6. a21CATSfan
    9:35 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    Adversity is what truly defines a man. When dUKe lost a couple and things weren’t going Grayson Allen’s way, he trips people and has a temper tantrum in the bench. Kentucky hits a rough patch and Malik has his worst game of the year; and he is able to smile and laugh on his BIRTHDAY! Give him a break!

    • runningunnin.454
      9:44 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Good point….play along with the crowd; I’m sure they have more respect for him than some of the UK fans that bash him.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:25 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Best observation of the day!

  7. runningunnin.454
    9:48 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    Malik > Grayson.

  8. Yes, Brady is the GOAT IMO, but that was GARBAGE play calling by the Falcons when they got to the Pats 22 late. Protect the ball, run it up the middle and kick a field goal if you don’t get the TD. I don’t care what ANY analyst says. I know their hammer RB was out, but hand it off, 3 straight times. Even if you lose a little ground you’re in FG range. Also, you run clock and/or force them to use their TO’s. Enough acronyms I guess!

    “Run the dang ball!”

    Oh well…

    • runningunnin.454
      10:04 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

      Absolutely, run the ball and kick the FG.
      Also, the pass play on 3rd and one, and you drop back and fumble on your own 30?
      No, run the ball; if you don’t make it, kick it 45 yards down the field.

  9. RealCatsFan
    10:07 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    Well, if a grown man who happens to be POTUS can use Twitter to put his foot in his mouth, why are some of us attacking a 19-YO kid for doing the same? 😀

  10. scwhite9
    10:14 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    We are adults on here – these are kids doing their best which is more than any of us could do on the floor. Treat them like your children or grandchildren – be positive but not so hateful. I love the fact that Malik smiles all of the time. He does it when he walks around, when he shoots the ball, when he misses is. If more people smiled this much they wouldn’t have time to constantly complain.

    I hated losing the game, but I don’t think a single one of them went on the court to be mediocre. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. And, Fox played his heart out and he wasn’t even feeling well.

    Next game, please.

  11. Booby Petrino
    10:19 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    Brady is the GOAT, agreed. I don’t know another QB that could’ve come back in that fashion. He gets the blame for losses, he gets the credit for wins.

  12. Sentient Third Eye
    10:26 am February 6, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone else think the overuse of the GOAT acronym is silly? It’s a terrible acronym because the word it spells has a negative metaphorical connotation tied to someone who gets the blame for loses.

  13. Jiminy Crickets
    1:10 pm February 6, 2017 Permalink

    I in no way think Cal should be fired, I do however disagree with his style on a lot of things. I think he is the best fit for this university as we could ask for. But the fire Cal guys will be out in full force when Louisville goes to Virginia tonight, down FOUR starters and wins. A large portion of the fan base (mainly over the age of 35) are tired of the one and done. I see both sides. On one hand we recruit the best of the best, and every year we’re told “this class may be UKs best class yet”, and yet we have as many NIT appearances as we do NCAA titles. I get the FFs too, but there’s no way UConn was better than us twice, and there’s no way Wisconsin should have beat us, and Indiana shouldn’t have been within 10 of us. Watching Bledsoe, wall, and cousins dominate the NBA while knowing that team didn’t even make the FF. This is where the Cal haters have a voice. So when we see this uber talented team, that cal said was going to be his best shooting, best defensive team yet, getting blown out by a decent Florida, getting beat handily by Tennessee, and a loss ts to Louisville where watching my the game it was obvious we were the better team, but couldn’t buy a basket, or free throw, and THEN we see monk laughing in the middle of a slide, happy birthday or not, it looks bad on monk, it mostly looks bad on Cal and gives into the thought these guys are here for the NBA, and cal can not dicipline them for fear it willl hinder his recruiting pitch.

    • catsarerunnin
      1:38 pm February 6, 2017 Permalink

      I’m over 35 and not a fan of the one and done. But they are the best possible recruits out there. So you want Cal to just say “I’m passing because he’s one and done.”? Isn’t it his job,not to mention every coach in the country,to recruit the best players? Yes one and done sucks but are you saying UK would have a better chance without them? I’m 56 years old and “only 8” seasons have ended with a national title. I would love to see UK win a title EVERY year but it ain’t gonna happen.