Old Kentucky (sent) Home…. and

    John Calipari
    BobLee
    March21/ 2016

    Stephen F AustinIn a wild opening weekend that had much of America asking “what does the F stand for in Stephen F. Austin?” ….. A: “Fuller” ….. we saw the annual arrival (and subsequent departures) of 3-4 Davids.   But….. when the original 64 had been whittled down to 16…. it is now pretty much Johnny Swofford’s ACC and a few Friends moving on….

    NOTE: How many clueless college kids think “Stephen F” is “Stone Cold Steve’s” older brother?

    Only Pittsburgh among The Swofford Seven failed to survive.  Most folks forget “Pitt” is even in The ACC so who cares.   If Louisville hadn’t done what Rick didn’t know they did, they would probably be there too…. but they did and they aren’t.

    I was over on Franklin Street Thursday for lunch and to confirm that, yes indeed, it was unanimous among the locals that UNC was purposely placed in THE hardest bracket in The History of March Madness.   Exactly “why” that was done was unclear but pretty much everyone I talked with was sure that it was indeed the case.  FWIW…. this whining about “we was put in the toughest bracket” is an annual March occurrence on Franklin Street. Remember…. Roy said he is THE most persecuted / maligned coach EVER  !!!

    It was even suggested that “it” (being in that Most Difficult bracket EVER) should count as part of the “wrist slap” for supposedly doing “The Scheme”.  FWIW…. it won’t (count).

    Regardless, Royz Boyz (and all of Swofford’s guys but Pitt – see above) did manage to get thru Weekend One of March Madness with Two Ws…. and now head to The City of Brotherly Love to face Indiana….

    Did ya know that UNC played Indiana in Philadelphia in 1981 in The Final Four in The Spectrum.  That was the Isaiah Thomas Hoosiers and the Al Wood Tar Heels.  Bob Knight bested Dean in that one.

    Middle Tennessee has gone back to – one supposes – the “middle of Tennessee” – to savor their brief “shining moment” as a first-round Cinderella along with the afore-mentioned Stephen F’s and some geographical Iowa school and probably several others I’ve already forgotten.  Does it take surviving the entire first weekend to be a “for real” Cinderella”?  Who makes those rules?

    ….. Prominent among the “dones” of note are, of course, KENTUCKY and Izzo’s Spartans.

    A Second Weekend Without Tom Izzo is like “a Masters without azaleas”.   I thought it was “a rule” that Michigan State was always there?   Being touted by some as THE Greatest Upset Ever because some people persist in declaring all sorts of stuff as “EVER” because they have no knowledge of history…. Michigan State being beaten by The Mighty Men of Murfreesboro was traumatic for those who can find East Lansing on a map.   It’s east of West Lansing if that helps.

    Murfreesboro Tennessee is indeed in the middle of Tennessee.  Is Tennessee the only state with a “Middle ______” geographical school?   It is the only one I can think of.

    Ashley JuddWhich brings us to why Ashley Judd is a very very sad Ashley Judd ….. Her Vaunted ‘Cats were ousted.   “One & Done” John ain’t paid $8,000,000 or whatever to “win one & be done” in March. ….. At least Cal was not outed by a Cinderella Whozit.

    John, like his fellow SEC Mega Coach – Nick Saban – makes mega-bucks to Win Natty Championships.  That’s IT! ….. not to “just do the best you can Coach.  We’ll still love ya….”.   No, they won’t (still love him).

    “Cal” hasn’t done that (an NC) since Uni-Brow and that was a while ago.  Close don’t count in the rarified air that John Calipari breathes.   Whupping “a bunch of football schools” in January and February ain’t why John Calipari is John Calipari.  He knows that and the Very Very Fat (Wild)Cats around U of K know that.

    NOT a very good year for Kentucky-based basketball powerhouses.   Rick had his ho’s and now Cal is “done”.

    Did you know….. among The Sweet Sixteen Survivors there are Fourteen different states represented.  Two states have two representatives each.   Can you name those two states?  One is easy.

    Of those Sixteen, there is one Mentor / Protégé combo with Coach K and ND’s Mike Brey.   Not Coach K and Johnny Dawkins who was “let go” at Stanford last week.  I’m sure there are those forever tracking the respective “coaching trees” of Dean & K…. keeping careful records of the actives and inactives.

    If Royz Boyz can get by The Hoosiers they then play either The Spurs, Phi Slamma Jamma or Auerbach’s Celtics with Russell and Cousy.   YIKES…. maybe they ARE in “the Toughest Bracket EVER!

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    BobLee
    • Doug Reply
      4 years ago

      Just learned that Mid-American Christian University Evangels from Oklahoma won the 2016 NAIA national championship defeating Georgetown (Ky) in a buzzer beating 100-99 thriller last night. One for the directional schools, a Christian directional school for good measure. It’s a lot to digest for me but probably child’s play for a internet legend. ?
      http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=210826128

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The NAIA Championships in Kansas City used to be THE BEST BB Tournament of them all. Earl “The Pearl” took WS-State (and Big House Gaines) to the title in the early 70s.

    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 years ago

      I don’t wanna step on Coach, but if he’s not tuned in, Mullins was not a Kentucky kid. He lived in Lexington all of 2 years.

      He was an NYC boy…Like Art Heyman.

      Besides. Coach was real busy with Patrick Reilly. 😉

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I heard from him yesterday. Did notify him that the question was asked.

    • Doug Reply
      4 years ago

      The Bluegrass weeps. Lexington’s Broadway, New Circle Road, Tate’s Creek, Winchester Road, Paris Pike, Versailles Road and all points beyond and in between are hard wired to expect National Championship banners. SEC banners are nice fillers but the banners from the bid dance are the true icing on the cake and this is not unique to the Calipari era. Rupp, Joe B Hall, Pitino, Tubby Smith, Eddie Sutton. Billy Gillespie, all have lived under that burden. CNR lived it and KNOWS. BTW it’s time for another history lesson from Coach. How in the world did Jeff Mullins escape from Lexington Lafayette HS to Duke instead of playing for the UK Wildcats? Most hometown boys of his caliber back then usually stayed home to play for The Baron of the Bluegrass. Just wondering.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        He explained that to me a while ago but I forget the particulars. I’ll get him to respond. He was likely “involved”.

      • CPR Reply
        4 years ago

        CowDog knows stuff. Jeff was born in Astoria, Queens. His dad was an executive at IBM, coming to Lexington in 1958 when they built the monster electric typewriter facility. It had been located a few miles up the Hudson. CD is correct, he played his final two prep years at Lafayette. No question he was no going to play at UK. New York turned out many great players, especially, the City, Capitol District and Western NY.

        • BobLee Reply
          4 years ago

          CowDog “knows” that YOU KNOW EVERYTHING !!! 🙂 …. now what about Wagman and Jack Molinas?

          • CNR Reply
            4 years ago

            Jack Molinas played at Columbia with two good friends of mine as well against a prep teammate of mine from Yale. Often have wondered at what age his mind became corrupted. When we were together in Pittsburgh for the game, he spent no time with his teammates but mostly with some savory characters. Plenty of money was being bet on the game which I believe was the first national all-star game. Point shaving was rampant at the time. Perhaps he collected some tainted money for handing out some envelopes since we were surprised how easily we defeated them. We could have not have played better while thy could not have played poorer. Nah. He could have made some bucks, but they had a tremendous team, as did we. We were much better prepared.
            The other guy was a childhood friend of his who was in the “business” with him from the beginning.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 years ago

      Watched the Cinderella “Almost” victory. The Ugly Step Sisters were already in nooses and on the scaffold….

      BUT, it seems that some clandestine force became involved (now, I WONDER…..was it Ref B. Dorsey of KH Klan?……probably NOT)….and it gradually took over.

      In all fairness, Sir Charles’ summary of it was correct. The blame does rest squarely on the N. Iowa Coach. Never, EVER, throw the ball UNDER YOUR BASKET or to a Coffin Corner (same goes for checkers….).

      Felt sorry for the team….and the coach. Texas A&M almost proved the Jimmy V. adage…..NEVER, EVER play a school that had modifier in its name…..they are dangerous. Never, Ever play NORTHERN Iowa….play the WHOLE state. The boys from the “other” school will always have a chip on their shoulders and want to prove a point. This year, Middle Tennessee again proved that.

      Really some good BB, however, the upstarts have been strong in the first half…..even leading….and THEN the coach threatens to take away the Jags, the Cheerleaders, the Sweet (fill in the blank) squad, or the Assistant Coach’s “happiness squad”. THEN, they wake up and realize that they really DO have to play BB in the second half. Ask ORW about that. He was SO proud of the lads after the ACC Tourney and then Farleigh Who (misspelling of Raleigh?) gave them a tussle….but then the heavy duty PED’s kicked in and they rose to victory.

      One DOES have to wonder if the Louisville Lads are looking at this and saying…..There, for a little bit of quickie nookie, we could have been. At least it is quiet in Kentucky…..as BOTH the Goliaths have been shot down. One by a pebble in a sling and the other by a local Hooker’s scissors….

      We shall see what we shall see…..

      Glad you are posting again…..a little worried about your health….but I know a LOT of folks with “Somethings going around….” and the older we get, the longer it takes to shake the pesky little germ/virus….

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        No health issues at all. A touch of “writer apathy” is all. Roy played FGCU, not FairleighDick in opener. FGCU beat FDick in prelim.

        • NCSU68Grad Reply
          4 years ago

          Thanks for the correction…..I get my play in teams with F as the first initial mixed up. BUT, I do recall that the score at the intermission was close….but ORW and the Fired Up Lads….did come out with a mission and vengeance..

          Since neither of the BB persons of either sex are in post season drills, one can only watch and comment without much criticism….

          Glad you are hale and hardy…..

    • tarspartan Reply
      4 years ago

      To be fair, that “geographical Iowa school” gave UNC its first loss this year, so beating Texas (which gave UNC its second loss) isn’t too surprising. The two states with two schools remaining are NC and Indiana, of course. Having two degrees from Michigan State (along with one from UNC), I can find East Lansing on a map. 😉

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I thought of you as I wrote that …. ?
        Spurs over Stephs !!!! …. ?

        • tarspartan Reply
          4 years ago

          Yeah, that was a great game Saturday night, shutting down the Warriors. Then they have to go lose to the Hornets in Charlotte. That’s why they play the games…

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            Trust Popp!

    • Old MacDonald Reply
      4 years ago

      There is a “Central Michigan U.” … can’t think of another “Middle.”

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Michigan, I think, has more compass campuses than any other state. Missouri has three – a Southeast – a Northeast and a Northwest. Should we count Central Piedmont Commu College in Charlotte?

        • Dr.Vinnyboombatz Reply
          4 years ago

          Is there a Central Connecticut State University?
          There is Central Florida and Arkansas Central but I believe you are right that no other school has Middle in it’s name.

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            Its a semantics issue. Also a North Carolina Central too of course. Wonder how colleges get their names… other than the ones named for benefactors ??

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