Time to Jump the Shark

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If you’re not familiar with the term “jump the shark,” it’s the point where something that used to be beloved, or at least relevant, does something so outrageous that all the goodwill that had built up over years and years is gone away. It was coined after the famous, or infamous, Happy Days episode where The Fonz literally jumped over a shark on waterskis for no real purpose. It was from that point forward that the show’s run was officially over.

Jumping the shark is mostly still used to describe TV shows that seem to go on well after their sell by date, individuals and other entities can do the same. In fact, you can almost say that Miley Cyrus has jumped the shark, among other things, after her performance at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards. When an individual, who was once highly respected in their field takes that crazy step and jumps the shark, it’s sad and almost pathetic. Which leads me to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. And let it be known that on September 16, 2013, Goodman officially jumped way over the shark and is slowly becoming irrelevant.

Feb 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) dunks the ball against the Missouri Tigers in the first half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Missouri 90-83. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, September 16, Jeff Goodman posted an article on ESPN’s website that stated that the 2013-14 University of Kentucky’s Men’s Basketball team, a team that will at any given point and time have three high school McDonald’s All-Americans on the bench is only the 11th deepest team in the country.  That’s right. The team with the most highly regarded incoming freshman class in college basketball history in addition to returning highly recruited and ranked sophomores Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein is not as deep as SMU, Harvard and St. John’s.  Seriously.

I’m not even sure how to refute the premise of the article.  The Cats are going, or could go, 9 deep and and not have any drop off in talent or production. And that’s not even counting fan favorites Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson. If that’s not depth, I’m not sure what is.


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