Gonna sit right down and write myself a letter…

October 1, 2009

I still say my biggest impetus for deciding to become true blue is Coach Cal.  What an amazing guy.  And he never ceases to impress me.  Most recently the Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton at Kentuckysports.com posted a story that solidified the idea that this new coach is going to be like no other — except  maybe Rupp — but with much more emotion and outward sincerity. 

Tipton writes that Cal has been writing letters to his players, something he does before each season, as a way to help them define their goals.  And he’s not looking for the loftiest of lofty goals. 

Baby steps seems to be Cal’s mantra.:  “My job is to keep these guys in the moment, not worrying about November and December. I must keep them in today. Then there’s no anxiety. There’s nothing crazy. There’s nothing overwhelming. There’s no, ‘Oh, my gosh, what if we … ‘”  What a way to inspire, it’s indeed counterintuitive to how  most people do things these days.  How could anyone (win or lose) not have confidence in this guy?

I still can’t wait for the season to begin so I can dig in for real.


Calipari Remembers 9/11

September 10, 2009

Kentuckysports.com reports that Calipari will be in New York for a book-signing of his latest book, Bounce Back, on Thursday and plans to visit the World Trade Center site afterward.  Proceeds from the book will go to the September 11 Memorial and Museum.

“Knowing that I will be signing books in a store adjacent to the World Trade Center site on the eve of 9/11 moved my wife, Ellen, and I to make this donation in hopes of honoring those who lost their lives on that solemn day eight years ago,” said Calipari.

OK I’m back — with a small gripe and some cool, new stuff!

September 8, 2009

Sorry about that little lie about the hiatus.  It was a little hiatuser than I had planned.  Long story involving exploding computers, the gout, and lots and lots of tomatoes.  Hope I didn’t lose any of my readers . . . or . . . reader.

So, I know it’s day late/dollar short’nall but I must tsk tsk the portion of the Big Blue Nation (hereinafter BBN) that has already gone all fickle and is bustin’  a nut (term of art) over Cal wanting to spread the word about the UBBN (United Big Blue Nation) by giving the President of the United States a jersey.  Geeze.  Stop it.  You’re making this adventure of mine unpleasant.  Read more of it here.

Now, fun fun stuff!  I finally, FINALLY got my coachcal.com t-shirt, sticker and blue rubber bracelet.  Wooohoooo!!  Here they are.  Lust after them.  Or go to coachcal.com and get your own.

The shirt.  Some Chinese stuff (Coach) and then "John Calipari"

The shirt. Some Chinese stuff (Coach) and then "John Calipari"

Autograph of the one and only.  I'm pretty sure my shirt was the only one with it.   If you want it, I'll put in a good word.

Autograph of the one and only. I'm pretty sure my shirt was the only one with it. If you want it on yours, I'll put in a good word.

The blue, rubber bracelet sets off the entire ensem'.

The blue, rubber bracelet sets off the entire ensem'.

Well, duh. Who would’ve thought Coach Cal could teach me the dribble-drive himself?

August 10, 2009

Thanks to youtube.com he can.  I’m gonna go practice.  😉

My lesson for the day

August 5, 2009

Over at John Clay’s blog he posted an excerpt from Adam Zagoria’s (of Zag’s Blog) interview with Coach Cal regarding the coach’s preference for playing three point guards.  Now, I’m assuming this strategy ties in with Coach Cal’s use of the Dribble-Drive Motion Offense (I feel so cool talking the jargon).  I’ve been reading  up on the offense over at a site called coachesclipboard.net, and I get the strategic gist, but frankly the squiggles and the zigs and the zags and references to cut-backs and wings make my hair ache — yes, I said it makes my hair ache.  So, your job, should you choose to accept it is to:

1.  Find me a site that has, or provide on  your own, a simpler user friendly description of the Dribble-Drive Motion Offense; and

2.  Explain to me how the three point-guard technique optimizes the offense (assuming that’s the purpose of the three point-guards).

Or, as Linda Richmond might say, the Dribble-Drive Motion Offense is neither a motion nor an offense.  Discuss.

UPDATE:  Vaught’s Views references some Coach Cal comments where he refers to teaching the cats “a totally new way to play.”  Talking about the same thing?

Answer to Question of the Day

August 4, 2009

We received a great response —  point by point I might add — to yesterday’s question of the day.  The answers came from Gray over at razorbacktalk.com.  Oh, and I especially loved the answer to No. 6. 

Here they all are:

1. No big deal about not having walk-ons although Mark Krebs is slated to return, maybe with a scholarship.

 2. I wrote the coaching staff and got an invitation to walk-on. Cameron Mills wrote that after getting a scholarship offer from Georgia and new SUV from his dad, his dad talked Coach Pitino into allowing him to walk-on.

 3. Walk-ons have to be eligible, of course. Some have played significant minutes.

 4. Mills got a scholarship by his junior year.

 5. Mills was a walk-on turned shooting star his junior and senior years on scholarship. Ravi Moss contributed significantly as a walk-on. Mark Coury started as a PF but played sparingly for Gillispie. Marquis Estill served as a walk-on for one season due to a numbers crunch.

 6. Mills claimed his dad got a bill for $8 every time he pulled a donut off the buffet line. 

C.J. Henry was a walk-on at Memphis who did not play his freshman season for Coach Calipari. As he was in the Yankee Minor League he enjoyed a nice signing bonus. Henry is now at Kansas with his brother Xavier.

Oh, and one last thing — A special thanks to John Clay over at the Lexington-Herald leader for linking to our blog’s Question of the Day.

Question of the Day: What’s the Deal with Walk-ons?

August 3, 2009

dontwalksignI just read a post over at kentuckysports.com called Calipari discusses walk-ons regarding Calipari’s decision not to use walk-ons on his team.  I understand, basically, what a walk-on is, but:

1.  What’s the big deal about not having walk-ons?

2.  How does one become a walk-on?

3.  Do walk-ons get to do anything other than practice with the team?

4.  Do they get scholarships? (I presume the answer is no)

5.  Have there been any famous walk-ons in UK history?

6.  Are walk-ons treated any differently off the court?  (i.e., must walk 2 steps behind other team members, can’t look coach directly in the eye, must do dishes and make beds of the rest of the team, etc.)

Anything else you think I need to know about walk-ons?