It’s been awhile, but it’s mailbag time. With all sorts of sports and action going on, I thought it would be a good time to dive back into the mailbag and answer some of the most important questions from members of the Big Blue Nation and beyond.
Without further ado, let’s get to the questions.
Did you see that? Dick Vitale has the Cards picked number one for the upcoming hoops season. What do you think about that? How do you like them apples!!!! #L1C4 Card Nation, Baby!
Brian, Louisville, KY
Well, I suppose that means something. Perhaps Tom Jurich can hang a banner in the soon-to-be-UofL-owned Yum Center to celebrate it. But, in Lexington, we put an emphasis on finishing number one at the end of the year. Trophies are actually awarded for such accomplishments.
With Coach Cal recruiting the way he has since he’s been at Kentucky, shouldn’t we make pulling a “Cal” a thing? I think it would be something like, “I went to the Playboy Mansion, pulled a Cal and left with 25 phone numbers.”
Frank N., Nicholasville, KY
This is a great idea and I like the way you used it. For other coaches, we could do the same thing. You could pull a “Crean” and send a creepy text or tweet or Facebook post, as in “I got drunk, pulled a Crean and sent 25 texts to my ex-girlfriend.” Pulling a “Charlie” means working at a place where they love you, but where you have no intention of staying long term because a better job is definitely coming. For example, “I’m working at McDonald’s today, but when I graduate from Yale, I’m straight pulling a Charlie on these people.” (editor’s note: Terry was going to mention pulling a “Pitino,” but this is a family website)
Philosophical question, does Coach Cal recruit top 10 players, or do players become top 10 because Cal recruits them?
That’s deep. Very deep and I’m afraid we’ll never really know the answer to such questions.
I have a room in my house that’s painted blue and white and full of UK memorabilia. With Cal bringing in these top recruits, what are the chances my room is going to fill up with Championship swag? I mean, I bought all the “GRE8TNESS” merchandise in April and it already feels a little dated.
Well, unless you want to look like one of those hoarders on TV, you might need to dedicated a second room to UK Championship swag or, even more drastic, move. I would probably do like the folks at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. They have so much stuff that they rotate through it all, with a bunch of items in storage. At this rate, you could feature a different championship team every few months and this would always be fresh and hip. And feng shui too. Can’t forget that.
How has UK Women’s Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell not received an invitation for Dancing with the Stars? Have you not seen his moves?
Excellent question. And, yes, I’ve seen his moves. I think the only thing holding him back is maybe there’s a question of how well he’d do with a partner. For my money, he could win the competition by himself, dancing solo all season. I’d definitely call in and vote… because, you know, I’ve never voted before.
What gets said more during basketball season, “Coach Cal gets it” or “You people are crazy?”
Billy Jack, Pikeville
Put it to you this way, if you’re a betting man, take the over and if you make it a drinking game… well, I wouldn’t recommend it.
People understand that every sport in the athletic department has had their best years ever since I’ve been Athletic Director right? Is there something I’m missing?
Yeah, I understand your frustration. People say you don’t care about football and your brought in a coach that provided the best 4 year run since Bear Bryant left Lexington. You hire another coach that ends the 24 year losing streak against Tennessee AND the losing streak against Steve Spurrier and still no love. I don’t know what to tell you other than “these people are crazy.”