Is Cal crazy? Most outside of BBN want to point to his newest idea, moving the SEC Tourney to November, as proof that our coach’s cheese has slipped off his cracker. I got another dose of some good ole anti-Cal rhetoric when I watched yesterday’s Around the Horn.
Backstory: I saw that “Calipari” was third on the ATH rundown and thought I’d forgo pool vacuuming until after the discussion. Then, the discussion seemed forever, so I just DVR-ed and went about my business.
Kevin Blackistone–He was sort of “meh” in his commentary. Obviously not on Cal’s side though because he might be ostracized from the community if he was pro-Cal. Not acerbic though. Listenable even in disagreement.
Jackie MacMullan–I appreciate Jackie Mac’s unique perspective: female, ex-athlete, from the time period at the forefront of the Title IX movement. I also like Jackie’s delivery. She is jovial and fair, but not a pushover. She garners respect in the sports reporting community. As for her thoughts on Cal’s suggestions, see Blackistone above…sort of ho hum. Laughingly called Cal crazy.
Bomani Jones–I’ve been a huge Bomani fan for years. He brings a unique perspective to most situations along with humor and a delivery second to none. I often find myself learning something when listening to Bo. I’m not just saying this because he (along with host Tony Reali) were the only panelists who didn’t seem to think Cal’s proposal was kooky talk. Bomani went so far as to find some merit in the early-season tourney, saying it would be interesting to see. I’m with you, Bo.
Bill Plaschke–I’m not one to slam reporters and/or, as LeBatard refers to them, “gasbags.” First reason, everyone has an opinion and that’s what they’re getting paid to give. Secondly, this isn’t easy. Daily opinion giving, talking, preparing for disagreements, these are all difficult aspects of a difficult profession. Those diluters aside: what the heck is up with Plaschke, a Kentucky native? I can think of no one at ESPN–not even Wilbon–who takes the anti-Cal slant more often. As expected, Plaschke did it again. Ardent Plaschke dislike, however, sort of makes me think Cal’s really onto something. I’d be worried if Plaschke ever agreed, but we won’t have to worry about that, thank goodness.
Bottom Line: Again, I rarely comment on the commentators because it’s a hard job and my opinion is not an end-all fact on the matter either. That said, Cal’s suggestion, one which will most likely be laughed off by many, could be a good idea. Change is not always a bad thing.
The further point (I feel Cal’s motivation was missed by many of the experts) is this: what good do we (UK) do ourselves playing three games in the SEC tourney when a win doesn’t help us any? Those who think Cal should “just get over (the terrible tourney seed)” aren’t just missing the forest for the trees, they’re “looking” with their eyes closed. It’s not just a one-time thing. Cal’s suggestion is made with the end in mind, not with the actual thought that the tourney will be moved to November. Not sure Plaschke gets or appreciates any of that…which, once again, makes me think Cal is onto something.