Who the hell is Kent Sterling?
I was caught off guard almost a week ago when a guy I had never heard of released a ridiculous article about the University of Kentucky basketball team. I almost never respond to this type of garbage but for some reason, this particular one rubbed me the wrong way. The title of the article was: University of Kentucky Basketball Five Days Away from Big Dose of Hoosier Humility.
Here are a few statements from that first article (in the interest of space, I'll be nice and only rehash the three most ridiculous statements):
- "Indiana University will beat Kentucky. There it is. I say it, and I mean it."
- "Kentucky is overhyped and likely overpaid - at least Calipari is. College athletics is one of the few places in education where a coach can be openly acknowledged as - at the minimum - shady, and continue to get jobs where the money gets bigger and bigger."
- "That comeuppance awaits in Bloomington as the once great red and white of the Hoosiers will rise up behind a great game plan by Crean to neutralize Wall. The rest of the rest is relatively ordinary, and deserve no special mention."
I have to admit, it is difficult to read those statements without laughing, but I need to get through the other six (yes six) articles that were written by Sterling. Let's take a few excerpts from article number two:
- "Kentucky clearly grew weary of winning-less-often clean with Tubby Smith (late in his reign) and the peculiar Billy Gillespie, before turning their attention to the search that yielded a guy with two obvious blots on his resume'. The blots were big enough that Indiana never pursued Calipari, even when he made his desire for job known to everyone - including my former boss, who was a complete stranger when their conversation took place."
- "That arrogance will make the defeat on Saturday more difficult for them to accept."
Sterling can't possibly make himself look any worse after those two articles, right? Wrong. Here's a few quotes from article number three:
- "Kentucky has played well for exactly how long the 26-2 run against UNC lasted. They almost lost to Miami, and not even the Miami in the ACC. This is the Miami of Ohio that is in the MAC. Stanford took UK to OT. And yet the arrogance flows like the cash the kids at Kentucky used to get from Dwayne Casey."
- "They have won, but never impressively. They are ranked, but losses are coming and the first will be this Saturday."
- "Come high noon Saturday, the shootout starts and the guys in the candy striped warm-ups will hang in there and hang in there. When the clock reaches 00:00, you'll wonder just how that group beat the vaunted UK freshmen."
He had dug his hole pretty deep with the first three articles, but wait...there's more...article number 4:
- "Lexington is 179 miles from Bloomington, that is one mile for every loss Kentucky has suffered back to Eddie Sutton's last season ('88-'89). I thought we would have to wait another six or seven years to hit that mark, but the 52 losses in the last four seasons really helped get us home."
- "Youngsters who eat bacon before games get cramps. We found that out when UNC almost came back to beat UK in Lexington. Overconfident and undercoached is the way we like Kentucky. That's what we'll see Saturday."
And more - article number 5:
- "I'm going to sit here and happily blog away with every single Indiana basket and Kentucky turnover, and when the Hoosiers win that game, I'm not going to rub anyone's nose in it."
- "They have ignored forfeited Final Four appearances by the programs their shiny new coach headed. They have ignored entire seasons forfeited because of a point shaving scandal. They have ignored Emery envelopes filled with cash for a recruit sent by an assistant coach."
- "It's only teenagers playing basketball, but I love to see people who take this too seriously eat their words."
Can we go for article number 6? Of course we can because we're desperate for website hits from Kentucky fans. Now, Sterling starts worrying that UK might win the basketball game, so he goes after the entire Kentucky Athletic Department (and even manages to get a low blow in on Purdue University):
- "Indiana University is so incredibly dominant in an athletic department comparison, I couldn't believe it myself."
- "Shockingly, by 1972 Rupps UK was 100 pct white again. Glory Road indeed."
- "IU has 134 individual NCAA champions, UK 22, PU 19."
- "IU has won 23 NCAA titles, UK 8 (thank God for women's cross country!), Purdue with 2 for future reference"
Then, the final article, appropriately titled Kentucky Beats Indiana 90-73:
- "It would be politic to say that Indiana will get better because of this ass-whooping Kentucky administered today, and it would also be true."
- "But losing to Kentucky is totally unacceptable. IU can follow the rules and rebuild the program to where this kind of embarrassment doesn't happen. Get good players without paying them or breaking rules with ridiculous NCAA prohibited phone calls, make sure they get their degrees, and then beat Kentucky's ass."
- "Kentucky is going to get whatever it deserves. It might be a national championship. It might be a list of NCAA violations as long as the list of blog comments referring to me as "Turdling"."
Here is the new article for those that missed it (enjoy it Kent, this is the last batch of hits I'll be sending your way)
So, in five days, Kent Sterling released the following seven articles:
Posted 12/7/2009 9:10:00 PM University of Kentucky Basketball Five Days Away from Big Dose of Hoosier Humility
Posted 12/8/2009 9:04:00 PM Kentucky Basketball Fans Show Insecurity and Fear in Responses
Posted 12/9/2009 8:48:00 PM University of Kentucky Basketball Fans Learn Lesson as Indiana Beats Pittsburgh
Posted 12/10/2009 9:33:00 PM University of Kentucky Basketball Trivia
Posted 12/11/2009 11:15:00 PM Kentucky Basketball Loudmouths Invited to a Dance
Posted 12/12/2009 11:31:00 AM Kentucky Basketball Fans Need to Look at Stas in Comparing Athletic Departments
Posted 12/12/2009 2:10:00 PM Kentucky Beats Indiana 90-73
Hoosier humility, huh? Good call.
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