It’s my belief that it takes a big man to admit when he is wrong. And the truth of the matter is that I am the biggest man I know (he he). The only way I could be a bigger man is if I knew Muhammed Ali personally. But I don’t so I have to do the next best thing I can think of, and that’s admit all the times that I was horribly wrong in 2015. Below are the most egregious errors I could find for the past 365 days:
January 7th: Guards Worry Me For UK
-This post came after the Ole Miss win in overtime at home and I argued that the thing that worried me most about the Cats for the rest of the year was their defense against guards. Of course, as it turned out, we really didn’t need to worry about anything as UK went 38-0 and the thing that finally beat them was a forward (Dekker) and a center (Kaminsky).
February 20th: 3 Reasons Auburn Makes Me Nervous
-UK 110, Auburn 75. Whoops.
March 25th: Cal’s Sweet 16 Games Always Exciting
-UK 78, West Virginia 39. Whoops. In my defense, the stats did back up the fact that Cal always had memorable Sweet 16 games. And in some ways the WVU beatdown was memorable, but certainly not exciting.
June 16th: Don’t Be Scared of Louisiana-Lafayette
-The way the 1st quarter went, I looked pretty smart. As the game turned out, UK nearly imploded on the opening night of the season. And really, in retrospect, we should have seen a bunch of the holes in this team right from the beginning. Every team (besides Charlotte) was basically scary for UK.
August 19th: Patrick Towles and the UK Record Books
-I argued that if Patrick Towles even had moderate success in his (thought to be) final 2 years at UK, he would actually have a chance to break some records, especially the wins record. Looks foolish now as Towles didn’t last the entire season and transferred, plus played poorly most of the year, but he still showed flashes in his 2 years of being an elite UK QB.
-For those of you not paying attention, UK did neither of those things. Although, it does prove they haven’t turned any kind of corner. So in a way I was right with this article too.
-This post was built out of anger from fans and even players/coaches who just wanted to see a competitive game against UGA or UL. I said screw that, we needed to win one of those games. It didn’t happen. And was embarrassing in the process.
December 7th: Skal’s First 8 Games Against Other Cal 5-Star Big Men
-This post was meant to show that most Calipari big men were not super-impressive in their first 8 games, including Karl Towns. In retrospect, just 4 games later I am starting to have doubts whether Skal will get to the level of Cousins, Jones, Davis, Randle, or Towns this year. Might be premature to call this a mistake at this point confidence is shaky.
That’s it. That’s all the mistakes I made this year. Here’s to hoping I get to know Ali in 2016.