Monday, August 3, 2009

Is Calipari the Perfect Fit at UK Or Is It Just Me?


It's like peanut butter and jelly...

Like milk and cookies...

Like peas and carrots...

Like Cliff and Claire...

Bo and Hope...

Fish and water...

Rose, Sophia, Blanch and Dorothy...

You get the point? John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats are a match made in heaven. If you looked up Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach in the dictionary, it should say: (see Calipari, John).

Serving as the head coach at Kentucky requires a certain pizazz. It requires a certain flair, perhaps even a certain attitude. In the sports terminology, one might say it requires a certain "swagger."

John Calipari has all of the above. He has reunited the Kentucky fanbase to a point that I have not witnessed since an insane string of national championship appearances during the mid-1990's. The coach then was Rick Pitino, who also had all of the above during his time at Kentucky. Now, Pitino leads Kentucky's in-state rivals, which will surely lead to alpha-male battles for state supremacy in the years to come.

Calipari has poured gasoline on the Big Blue Nation and set it on fire in the few months he has been in Lexington. He has took a program bordering on mediocrity and turned it into the Phoenix of college basketball. Kentucky has brought in the nation's top-rated recruiting class, the roster has been completely revamped and many in the state would be pleased to skip football season and just start the basketball schedule.

Calipari and Kentucky go together like mac and cheese.

Just this week, Calipari ventured into foreign battleground (Louisville) and made a fundraising agreement with Papa John's - one of the Louisville Cardinals' chief sponsors and namesake of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Is that innovative or what?

Is Calipari the perfect fit at Kentucky - or is it just me? Somehow, I think I'm not alone.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I disagree with the comment about skipping football. Like many UK fans I can't wait for football to start. Not taking anything away from basketball...just saying.

BluegrassHoopster said...

I love UK football and college football in general, as well - but we might be in a minority. Who knows? Hopefully Brooks and the boys will give us reason to forget about basketball for a while.

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