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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Pitino’

Bruiser Flint Zings The Louisville Cardinals

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Bruiser Flint

Apparently, Drexel is working hard in an effort to make themselves my second favorite college basketball team. First they upset Louisville in their house, something that pleased Rick Pitino to no end, and then, head coach Bruiser Flint offered this little gem:

Maybe the lowpoint for Louisville on Tuesday night came via Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, who told FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman after the game how he motivated his team.

“I told them, ‘We’re not playing against Kentucky,’” Flint said. “‘We can win this game.’”

Zing!

Granted, as my buddy Jim pointed out (@BigBakedBean), Flint’s comments were probably referencing last season’s Drexel game against Kentucky, the one that resulted in UK’s 2000th win, but nevertheless, and intended or not, it’s still a blast most Louisville fans would rather do without.

Rick Pitino Denies New Jersey Nets Interest

Rick Pitino

There were reports going around the WWL this morning that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino put feelers out, expressing interest in the head coach for the New Jersey Nets. Needless to say, Kentucky fans took this bit of news with lots of glee. Unfortunately for fellow members of the Big Blue Nation, it looks like those reports were false — it’s either that or Pitino was put off by the fact the rumblings were made public.

While rejecting the idea, Pitino offered these thoughts to ESPN’s Pat “4D” Forde:

“I have no interest, period,” Pitino said Thursday. “I’m done with coaching professional basketball. I’ve put the professional ranks behind me.”

Sounds pretty definitive.

Pitino’s comments have been supported by Nets’ president, Rod Thorn, who also denied the rumors. So for now, it looks like Ricky, Ricky, Ricky is staying in “The Ville” for the time being. Apparently, Pitino’s keen to be apart of the opening of the brand-spanking-new $250 million arena designed for the Cardinals’ men and women’s basketball teams.

Of course, there could be other, unspoken reasons why Pitino doesn’t want to go help the New Jersey Nets. Fixing a team that’s managed a mere four games (out of 52) is no easy task, and I wouldn’t blame any coach for shying away from such a project. Then again, the amazing attendance numbers could be just the thing to sway even the most stubborn coach’s mind.

Nets Fans

I mean, who wouldn’t want to be apart of such undying support?

Of course, if the Nets put a better product on the floor… As you can see, it’s a vicious circle, one that Rick Pitino wants nothing to do with — at least until the Cardinals’ season is over.

Billy Gillispie Continues to Win in Kentucky

Billy Gillispie

The most celebrated Kentucky basketball coach this side of Adolph Rupp has given us reason to celebrate once again. The coach a lot of people stupidly referred to as “Billy Clyde” or “Coach Clyde” (Seriously, WTF? You come off sounding like a complete tool.) was arrested — still in Kentucky for some reason — for an alleged DUI. Gillispie was pulled over near Frankfort, and after refusing a breathalyzer, he was escorted to the Franklin County Detention Center. This is Gillispie’s third arrest for alcohol-related driving offenses, although, one set of charges was dropped.

Of course, that doesn’t change the Gillispie was caught driving the wrong way down a one-way street four years after his first DUI-related charge, one he plead guilty to, although, those charges were reduced.

Thanks to LEX18, we have some video of Gillispie’s further fall from grace: After the jump >>

Relishing Pitino’s Misery

Weeks Late

In light of Rick Pitino’s admissions concerning the Karen Sypher story, allow me to relay a little lesson I’ve learned: If you want to find the best reactions when it comes to a Kentucky-related story, turn to Kentucky fans, something the lead image shows very well. Granted, the mock-up of the “Miles Ahead” billboard (originally found here) is pretty tasteless, but it goes a long way in capturing the kinds of reactions Pitino’s confession elicited.

Fan reaction to the Pitino news after the jump >>

Louisville Fans Like Their Number One Seed


Oh, the things an overall number one seed can inspire. Take this little ditty in the lead video. It was put together by a couple of Louisville Cardinals fans who are quite excited about the upcoming NCAA Tournament. So much so, they make fan songs with pop music lyrics to demonstrate their excitement and support. On the YouTube page, the song’s creation is credited to Phillip L. Fletcher and Rodney V. Noble Jr. Here’s an example of their lyrical genius, with the punctuation [sics] included:
Red Hot!

Red Hot!

give it all you got_

don’t be a flake_

hey, hey, hey

Incidentally, the song’s name is, of course, called Go Cards, Red Hot. If that doesn’t motivate and vault the Cardinals to a Final Four Shangri-La, maybe Pitino’s white suit can.

H/t to KSR for the find.

Pitino and Laettner Revisit History


I’m sure you’ve heard about the Rick Pitino/Christian Laettner commercial Vitamin Water was making. It recreates the famous shot from 1992 when Duke beat Kentucky in what is considered one of the best college basketball games ever. Of course, Laettner provided the dagger, courtesy of Rick Pitino’s unwillingness to guard the in-bounds pass, but I digress. The commercial has perfect timing, but not just because it’s March and the tournament starts in two weeks. No, this commercial hits the air just as the Big Blue Nation is grieving after last night’s pathetic loss to the Georgia. At home. On Senior Night. What better way to salve those kinds of wounds than offering a reminder of another low point in Kentucky basketball history.

With the ex-coach who now coaches for Kentucky’s rival, the University of Louisville.

Isn’t synergy incredible? Following the jump, we have video of the famous shot heard around the Bluegrass — at least, my favorite version of it.

More video after the jump >>

Fun With SI and Rick Pitino

As indicated in my last post, Rick Pitino issued an apology to Louisville fans for losing to Western Kentucky on Sunday. Naturally, when a coach of Pitino’s stature does anything something like this, it makes the media rounds. Unfortunately for someone at Sports Illustrated’s FanNation blogging platform, they forgot that while Pitino does coach in the state of Kentucky, he is no longer the coach of the state’s University and hasn’t been since 1997.

Observe:

Oops

Which has now been corrected to read:

Oops Fixed

Of course, it took a comment or two and an off-site blog post pointing the mistake out before the gaffe was fixed.

College Basketball Upsets are Fun

Cardinals Down

Still catching up from all the Thanksgiving fun, so excuse the tardiness of this post. I find college basketball to be much more enjoyable than college football. I understand this is blasphemy to some people, but I do have my reasons: one of them being watching mid-major schools beat up on the big boys. Yes, there are upsets in college football, but rarely will you see a team like Texas lose to a team like West Texas A&M. The talent gap between big time programs and smaller colleges usually proves to be too big to overcome.

More upsets after the jump >>