Worldwide Wes has become John Calipari's Keyser Soze

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Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari watches his team play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Commodores beat the Wildcats 64-48. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

I am a huge fan of the film “The Usual Suspects” and especially of the villain “Keyser Soze”. Soze has become a legendary and ruthless crime lord in the film but is so effective that no one really sees him or really knows what he looks like. His works become the stuff of legends and he becomes a type of boogeyman in that no one really knows whether he exists anymore or if he ever did because he was so effective in masking his trail.

I admit, I’m not doing a great job in describing Soze due to the limited nature of “the 5″, yet every time I hear a Worldwide Wes reference, I think of Soze. Because apparently everyone has the goods on WWW and enough information to throw him and John Calipari away for good, yet in the end, it is all just vague accusations and a sense of warning that “WWW will bring you down”.

The latest WWW referral today goes to Eamonn Brennan of ESPN who nonchalantly and for seemingly no real reason, throws a WWW bomb in the middle of a story about Andrew Wiggins:


Of course, a high school coach saying a development in his player’s recruiting decision had no meaning even though it really did would be less surprising than Wiggins ending up playing for Kentucky. (I’m trying to think of the last time a top prospect was well and truly pursued by a Worldwide Wes-backed Calipari and ended up playing somewhere else. The list isn’t long.)


To be honest, it feels like a jab and the sentence would be just as complete and accurate had Brennan written “I’m trying to think of the last time a top prospect was well and truly pursued by a Worldwide Wes-backed Calipari and ended up playing somewhere else. The list isn’t long”.  Semantically the sentence makes sense and is just as accurate, yet those four little words totally change the meaning and suggest something nefarious is afoot.

What gives Eamonn?  If you have the smoking gun, let’s see it.


March 2, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts to a play during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated Kentucky 73-60. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

I woke up this morning ready to throw caution to the wind and write a good 1500 words blasting Brennan for throwing out the “W words” but cooler heads prevailed. I saw that the very capable Glenn Logan from “A Sea of Blue” was also touched by the wording of Brennan’s piece and took him to task. Mr. Logan seemed just as irked and confused as me, so I will share his words and spare my blood pressure by not writing another tangent:


Really, Eamonn? “Worldwide Wes-backed?” He makes it sound like William Wesley is bankrolling Calipari’s draft choices or something. It’s true that Calipari doesn’t miss many he really pushes for, but he does miss some — Shabazz Muhammad immediately comes to mind, and why has Wesley gotta be “backing” Coach Cal?

I totally get that the psycho hate-Calipari crowd on Twitter might go here, but it’s pretty disturbing to see ESPN’s lead basketball blogger make a comment like that. Perhaps it’s just an unfortunate choice of words rather than a Freudian slip, who knows?

Generally, I would willingly embrace the hate, but this is totally out of left field from a source not known to indulge in delusional, anti-Calipari rhetoric. I really don’t object to something like this from Card Chronicle, or some other rival blog. In fact, I’d consider it a badge of honor.


So kudos to Mr. Logan for fighting the good fight for today.  I do find it find of  fascinating that this whole WWW hate has irked me for so long though.  I was just a bit over three years ago that I mentioned WWW and Keyser Soze in the same story though.  I may have been the first of many to make that analogy.  Maybe not.


Photo courtesy of Karl Towns Jr’s twitter account: @KATis32

One thing we can all agree on is that Karl Town Jr seems to be one of the most genuine recruits Calipari has reeled in. And I love the fact that he marches to his own drum. You won’t find Town Jr on the AAU circuit this summer, which I love about him. Karl Town Jr recently caught up with KSTV on Skype and talks UK, Andrew Wiggins, and what other recruits he wants to joing him at UK in 2014:

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