Archive for March, 2009

Only In Kentucky

Just read this on ESPN and I laughed so I had to post if for other to see.

Cats Lose, State Emergency Ensues (Almost Literally)
Only in Kentucky does this happen:

The struggling Wildcats (38) are beaten on a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left by LSU’s Tasmin Mitchell on Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena. Shortly thereafter, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson (39) issues a Twitter blast on the subject:

“Maybe AJ Stewart should consider quitting again if he is going to leave his man wide open for a game winning shot.”

Stewart, a junior forward, was indeed the man guarding Mitchell on the fateful play. And Stewart did indeed briefly quit the Kentucky team last week, only to reconsider and return in short order.

In reality, though, Stewart was doing his job on the play, switching on a screen at the top of the key. It was teammate Kevin Galloway who bungled the defensive assignment by failing to switch off his man (Marcus Thornton) and onto Mitchell.

So Grayson should have hammered Galloway if the state cabinet member felt the need to rip a college kid for contributing to the demise of his favorite team. Grayson updated the following day:

“Perhaps I was too hard on Stewart because maybe Galloway was supposed to switch but I just got some Heaton’s BBQ and will soon feel better.”

After the original Twitter post was picked up by Lexington Herald-Leader columnist John Clay, Grayson was hardly contrite.

“Welcome to readers of John Clay’s blog. Like you, I am a passionate UK fan. And I make no apologies for it. Go Cats!”

So it’s clear that Kentucky players are not under any, you know, pressure or anything. It’s not like a man considered a possible successor to U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning is expressing digital disdain over every missed defensive switch — just the end of game missed switches.

Clearly, the Cats could use some TLC from Ashley Judd (40).

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