By now, it has become known as the “cartoon that drew the ire of the BBN”. We are talking about yesterday’s little ditty in the Herald-Leader which took an unexpected slam at Coach Calipari and set the Big Blue Nation on threat alert. Turns out that artist Joel Pett really does not seem to care that he angered Kentucky fans. As a matter of fact, he seems to think that many in Lexington agree with him on the content of his drawing:
But despite all the howling, Pett believes many people in Lexington agree with him that money long ago eclipsed college sports’ integrity. He thinks that’s behind Kentucky’s proposal to play Indiana on neutral courts and no longer on campus, which Indiana turned down. Pett, an Indiana alum, said he believes playing on a neutral court would sap games of all the atmosphere that made the rivalry great.
Once again, the atmosphere that made this rivalry great was the neutral court stage on which it has been played for 17 of the past 25 years. And I’m sure he does not care that the timing of this cartoon, only days after his alumni Indiana Hoosiers cancelled the series. comes of as PETTY and really diminishes any other message he was trying to send. Furthermore, Pett seems to take the threats of the BBN to cancel their sbscriotion to the LHL as petty and says they will be back:
“Only about half the people who say they’re going to cancel their subscription do and the ones that do will pick it back up again when basketball season starts”
Seems to be Pett has forgotten that print is a dying form and he must not notice those dwindling circulation numbers.