“We didn’t make any shots and we took some very ill-advised shots. … We didn’t play well and we didn’t play as well as we’re capable of. Give them a lot of credit too.”
Norm Roberts, KU assistant basketball coach after the fifth-ranked Jayhawks were dumped 72-40 by top-ranked Kentucky,, 810 AM
GH: Give Kentucky most of the credit. Maybe Kansas is as awful as they looked Tuesday night but I do not believe that to be true. I also do not believe there was much KU could have done to reverse what happened to them in Indianapolis. Kentucky appears to be that much better than the ten-time-consecutive Big 12 champs. And very possibly every other team not in the NBA.
“(John Calipari’s) team defended all right. It blocked 11 shots and limited Kansas to 13 percent shooting in the second half, 19.6 percent overall. Kansas guards would drive into the lane and quickly were lost in the forest, no light in sight. One of UK’s trees would stand with his arms raised straight in the air, giving another tall teammate the chance to come from behind to swat any shot.”
Tom Keegan, columnist, KUsports.com
“I’m personally pretty embarrassed. I mean I don’t know if I understand what happened yet. You don’t come to Kansas to play like this. It’s embarrassing to ourselves and our fans. We’ll take this and learn from it and be better for it.”
Landen Lucas, KU sophomore, KUsports.com
GH: Kentucky made Kansas look like Emporia State playing at Allen Fieldhouse – except that Kansas didn’t look at good as Emporia State at Allen Fieldhouse. It kind of reminded me of when the USA teams dominated the Olympics to the point of where the opposing teams were asking Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan for their autograph. It was that ugly.
“They may have 10 guys who play in the league in their platoon deal.”
Bill Self, KUsports.com
“They’re not as good as they’re going to be. Kentucky is legit.”
Jay Bilas, after Kentucky drubbed number-five Kansas by 32, ESPN
GH: Kentucky is going to improve??? Well, when do pitchers and catchers report?
“We kind of bum-rushed them a little bit and every time they looked, there were more tanks coming over the hill, more substitutes and reinforcements…here they come. It kind of gets to you a little bit. And I think that’s what happened.”
John Calipari, after his Kentucky Wildcats spanked KU 72-40 in Indianapolis, ESPN GH: Make no mistake, Calipari is LOVING his two-platoon “tank” system – and proving all of his critics wrong. This is not some coaching innovation that is going to change the college game. This is a coach who is the game’s best recruiter trying to keep ten future NBA players happy. And it appears to be working – for now.
“I’m blessed to have a group of guys like this. They’re talented yet they’re selfless enough to do this. I’ve talked to guys who watch us who say, ‘I wouldn’t want to do this. I’d be out of rhythm. I want my 35 minutes.’ These guys have performed at a high level, cheering for each other, comfortable in their own skin. … We have ten starters on this team. That’s what we have.”
John Calipari, on his players’ willingness to play five-man platoon basketball, KUsports.com
“Can’t believe how long Self has gone w/o a big time point guard.”
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, Twitter GH: Has not having what Gottlieb considers “a big time point guard” really stifled Kansas’ success under Bill Self? They have rolled to ten straight Big 12 titles and enjoyed number-one or –two seeds in the NCAA tournament almost every season. I don’t think that was KU’s biggest issue against Kentucky – or even an issue. I think Frank Mason is going to surprise people at how well he runs the point for KU the next three years.
“This is the biggest regular season game of the year for Kansas. … This game is huge!”
Ben Heisler, evening sports talk host, prior to tipoff of the KU/UK game, 610 AM
“There is nothing even remotely big about this (Kansas/Kentucky) game.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Tuesday afternoon, prior to the KU/UK game, 810 AM
GH: If Kansas is on the national stage, KK is going to find a reason to deny its importance. Now that the Jayhawks were embarrassed last night, I expect Kietzman to possibly take the day off like he did when K-State lost to TCU.
“This was an epic loss on national TV. It was the worst loss in Bill Self’s history. This was an epic loss by the Kansas Jayhawks. Is this going to be a regressing year for the Kansas Jayhawks?”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: This was a big game for Kansas and Kentucky. Kietzman might not understand how these two schools view their status as the country’s best basketball programs but anytime they get to go head-to-head it is a big deal. No one is going to forget this score come March or even five years from now. These are the games that blueblood schools remember. Anybody recall the score of 150-95?
“Marcus Foster might need an attitude adjustment. He seemed more concerned lipping off and being a punk to the UMKC players. Marcus Foster having five turnovers is an embarrassment. Part of the word on the street is that he is starting to think he is all that.” Kevin Kietzman, on the Wildcats best basketball player, 810 AM
GH: Sounds to me like Marcus Foster and KK would be great golfing partners.
“To the end, Billy wanted to stay a Royal. I understand the team’s position, but it’s hard not to love the guy. And what a way to go out.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, after reports that the Royals DH had signed a three-year deal with the Oakland A’s for $30 million, Twitter
GH: Gone. The BBQ sauce king of Kansas City baseball is now an Oakland A. We will miss his grin and his waddle but it was time for him to go.
“This looks like a complete head scratcher.”
Soren Petro, on Billy Beane’s decision to sign Butler to a three-year contract for $30 million, 810 AM
“Billy Butler is getting a raise! I am surprised Billy Butler is getting a raise!”
Henry Lake, 610 AM
GH: It was late September and Billy Butler sat on the Royals bench as the Royals battled Detroit for the ALC title. He had been replaced as the team’s DH by Josh Willingham, Nori Aoki and even Jarrod Dyson. In maybe the most important at-bat to date on September 20th, Ned Yost ignored Butler and instead turned to Raul Ibanez to pinch hit in the ninth. Butler’s future with the Royals was made clear to all who were paying attention that day.
“Did you read Dan Jenkins’ interview with me in the latest Golf Digest? I hope not. Because it wasn’t me. It was some jerk he created to pretend he was talking to me. That’s right, Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination. Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?”
Tiger Woods, responding to Jenkins’ attempt at satire in Golf Digest, MSN.com
GH: Jenkins’ fake interview can be read here. My question to the 84-year-old Jenkins is why? What is his motivation for skewering Woods? Humor? Okay, but this parody looked to bear more of a personal grudge because Woods never granted him a sit-down interview. Woods is an easy target nowadays and he is far from a well-adjusted grownup who can handle being poked with fake words. But Jenkins comes off here as a shallow cheap-shot artist wanting to stick it to Woods one more time before he fades into the gloaming.
“To question the journalistic integrity of Dan Jenkins, who at 84 years old has just ended his streak of covering 179 consecutive majors this summer is going to send major waves throughout golf. Jenkins is universally regarded as one of the great sportswriters in the history of the industry. His career writing about golf dates back to his days covering Ben Hogan at the Fort Worth Press. He’s a World Golf Hall of Famer.”
GH: If Tiger Woods should be big enough to handle a parody piece, Jenkins and his work are also not above being critiqued. Jenkins is one of the great writers of his day. Tiger is one of the great golfers of all time. Both need to grow up.
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