It has been a busy week for Rick Pitino — you know, with the two games in two days and Christmas and Saturday’s game with Kentucky just ahead.
But Pitino hasn’t been too busy to write on his blog, and yesterday he took a moment to tell us some of his favorite things in life. He listed his top three in several categories, ranging from favorite foods to movies and things he will never forget.
A few examples:
My favorite foods:
*Salmon (well done)
*Pasta with garlic oil (anchovies added)
Three of my favorite coaches:
*Vince Lombardi — The motivational king.
*Joe Paterno — Terrible ending for a man that had more character than just about anyone in the business. Awful what they did with his statue.
*Bill Belichick — Greatness lies in consistency of excellence. And no one is better.
Three favorite games: Tough ones to choose, but here goes…
*Louisville vs Michigan — 2013 Championship
*Kentucky vs Syracuse — 1996 Championship. Not as good of a game, but it was the last one held in an arena (Meadowlands). Ending was just as special.
*Providence over Georgetown — Freedom Hall Sweet 16, revenge for two 30-point losses.
Two thoughts here:
First of all, salmon should never be well-done. I’m so judging Rick for this one. I always knew we’d never get along, ever, and this one officially ends it for me. Enjoy your dried up piece of good seafood. Learn salmon.
And second, how about that Joe Paterno bit? Tactical move there mentioning Paterno’s “terrible ending” to his career. “Awful what they did to his statue.” Sounds like a subtle plea for fans to remember Pitino for more than the way his career will end, with a hooker scandal. It’s like he wrote those two sentences about himself.
You can read more about Rick’s favorites over on his blog.