Kudos for Coach Cal, Raves for Ragin’ Rex & Other Monday Rumblings

Anybody paying attention here knows I think John Calipari sells faux snake oil for a living.

But, at this moment, I have nothing but the highest regard for UK’s Hoops Savior. In about 48 hours he set up a telethon on the Big Blue Network that raised — Cue the Dr. Evil voice — One Milllllllllllllion Dollars for Haitian relief.

He did it in the middle of the season during important conference play.

For this he deserves what I consider among the highest of accolades. He’s a mensch. This is a humanitarian effort to be lauded and applauded. It is stepping up to the plate of the highest order.

So, to John Calipari and all others involved and the Big Blue Nation, hats off from a normal naysayer, but for today a not so secret admirer. What you have done is worthy of respect and a standing O.

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Former Eastern Ky and Morehead State assistant Rex Ryan — he now coaches the New York Jets in case you haven’t been paying attention — is a Love Him or Hate Him kind of guy. Not many folks who have listened to his bellow are noncommittal.

I have to say that I’ve thought the guy a might too full of himself since his Jets got off to that great start and he was all boast. (I guess you can say, it takes one to know one.)

But he’s growing on me. Hell, at 330 lbs. plus, he’s growing on everybody.

And, after learning his team was eligible to sneak into the playoffs, which he previously and mistakenly thought impossible, he got them there. Sure, the Bungles helped, but the Jets still went out and performed. As they now have for two straight weeks in the post-season. I loooooooved the way he went for it on 4th and 1 to seal yesterday’s game.

He bragged his team should be favorites to win the whole shebang. The way they’re playing, who am I to disagree?

Except that . . .

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. . . Peyton Manning is playing as well as any pro QB ever. And that includes the other current wonder, octogenarian Brett Favre who seems to have gone the Robert Johnson route and sold his soul to the devil at those crossroads in the Delta.

Manning does that Bojangles tap dance there in the pocket while surveying the field with seemingly four sets of eyes then line drives the pigskin to a receiver through the smallest of windows with maybe a hundredth of an inch clearance.

He is one of those very rare players who, through talent and hard work ethic and leadership, has raised the level of an entire football squad. Offense and defense.

Plus he’s pretty deadpanned funny in all those commercials where he makes fun of his strait laced reputation.

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Is it my imagination, or was it no so long ago when two hoopsters went on the floor for a loose ball, a whistle would blow in no more than a second or two. There would be walking, or a jump ball or a foul called almost immediately?

And now there are scrums that go one for 10, 15 seconds or longer. Until one of grapplers has a hang nail touching the ball and gets a timeout call.

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Yoo hoo, oh, Tiger, whatup?

Eldrick, Eldrick, come out, come out, wherever you are?!?!?!?

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Is Lane Kiffin Bobby Petrino without portfolio or what?

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Speaking of which former Big Orange Country coach, I’m reminded of what I like to call Bill Battle Syndrome. He coached the Vols from ’70 to ’76. His teams finished in the Top 20 and appeared in a bowl game — when that actually meant something — for the first 5 seasons. His last two years, his teams finished above .500 but didn’t make it to a bowl game.

So For Sale signs famously appeared on his front lawn. In abundance. He was one of the first coaches to be publicly run out of office notwithstanding a glossy record. He went 59-22-2 while roaming the Neyland Stadium sidelines. That’s a .702 winning %. He still was run out of Dodge.

Winning 70% of the time simply wasn’t enough for those ravenous Rocky Toppers.

Which is to say, it’s hard to feel sorry for Tennessee football fans. They’re bad karma goes back more a third of a century.

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Given what they’ve accomplished in the last couple of weeks, how come Pitt is ranked no higher than 9th in the country?

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In a blowout loss the other night, my man E5 played 21 minutes for the Phoenix Suns and tallied a dozen points.

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. Todd
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Calipari could have raised even more by asking his players to donate money from their paychecks.

  2. Timothy L. Schooler
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Todd for showing again how some of you U of L fans can always be counted on to make a mean-spirited ignorant comment, no matter the situation.

  3. Todd
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Tim. How is that mean-spirited? That’s just a running joke on Calipari no matter where he’s coached.

    Chill dude.

  4. Justin
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Anyone think that there is a 7′ Haitian that can shoot the three that is being funneled this money from Cal?

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