First of all, on behalf of TGR, I want to apologize for not posting the “Looker” yesterday. It may have worked out for the better, however, as the story that surrounds this week’s “Looker” continued to spread throughout the media into yesterday evening.
Let me get right to the point. As all of you know, five former Cats made history when they were drafted during the first round of last week’s NBA Draft. It was definitely a great moment in Kentucky basketball, even though it has left many of us wondering how the hell we didn’t win a national championship. The moment was apparently overwhelming for some folks, causing them to make some very wild, grandiose statements.
Enter Coach Cal. I realize our readers have read/heard Cal’s comment a hundred times now, but I’m going to provide it to you one more time: “I’d like to say it is the biggest day in the history of Kentucky’s program…the biggest day for the University of Kentucky.” Hmm…really?
As Herald-Leader sports writer Jerry Tipton noted in his article, Cal’s comment did not sit well with many former, well-known UK players and coaches. Hence Dan Issel’s rebuttal: “The dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. If the goal is to be a feeder team for the NBA, maybe that was the greatest day. I thought the goal was to win a national championship.”
Along with Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon, the hosts of ESPN’s PTI, I have to agree with Issel (click here to listen to the audio podcast of yesterday’s episode of PTI; Cal’s comments are discussed at the 11:30 mark). Some people may say that Cal was caught up in the moment, and that he didn’t intend to offend anyone, even the “old guard,” as he put it. Others may say that Cal’s comments revealed his underlying intentions for coaching at UK. I don’t know about you, but I definitely favor the latter.
Well Coach Cal, I honestly never thought TGR would have to say this to you, but you are our “Looker of the Week.” The Big Blue Nation has continued to grapple with your comment, and many faithful followers are left shaking their heads, including me. Maybe Ben & Jerry’s will name an ice cream after Cal and call it “Bittersweet Matrimony”—even though the relationship is awesome while it lasts, there’s a sense of uncertainty that continuously surrounds it. Nevertheless, your “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt is in the mail. We hope you wear it during your next telethon or local commercial.
As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know. And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.” Cheers!