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UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

Posted on: January 27, 2010 12:51 am
Edited on: January 27, 2010 6:51 am
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I had the details wrong.

I admit that much.

But I did tell you that Kentucky would not go undefeated, that the Wildcats would lose on the road. And wouldn't you know it, before my stupid column was up even 12 hours, the Wildcats lost at South Carolina, otherwise known as a place I thought they'd win.

Final score: Unranked South Carolina 68, No. 1 Kentucky 62.

Call it the President Obama Jinx.

As you probably heard, President Obama called the Kentucky basketball team Tuesday to thank them for organizing a telethon that raised more than $1 million for Haiti. He referred to John Wall as "all-star" and told the team that "the way [they] were going" indicated they might end up at the White House accepting congratulations for winning a national title. President Obama then asked who Kentucky played next. John Calipari told him South Carolina, at South Carolina.

"I think you should be alright," President Obama said. "But there is that tendency once you get to be No. 1 to start letting down a little bit. So you guys stay focused."

Roughly nine hours later, Darnell Dodson missed an open layup in a one-possession game with a little more than five minutes to play. No focus. It seemed to foreshadow the conclusion, which was Kentucky's first loss -- a loss to a team that entered with an 11-8 record, a loss to a team that lost its second-best player (Dominique Archie) to a knee injury five games into the season.

"Let's be honest," South Carolina's Devan Downey told reporters afterward. "No one gave us a chance."

That's basically true.

But President Obama did tell UK to stay focused or else.

The Wildcats did not.

So now they're one of five teams with one loss.

Just like Kansas.

BYU.

Villanova.

And Syracuse.
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Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2010 10:50 am
 

UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

Classic!


stanrod02
Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 10:41 am
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 10:12 am
 

UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

I don't think the point of Parrish's column was to rile up conservatives
YEAH, IT OBVIOUSLY WAS!! SCREW THAT COMMIE MORON!!!

Kidding, of course.  plez, your point is well taken.


Anyways, back to Basketball...  It looks like the curse of the No. 1 ranking is back
It was back.  Now KU is back in the driver seat, and it will hold on to the top spot the rest of the season (as much as it pains me to say that as a Mizzou fan).



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:24 am
 

UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

Truth brother! As much as I don't really like the current CIC, you make an excellent point. I mean, who wants 4+ years of focusing on only doom and gloom? I don't mind at all if he - or GWB, or BC, or GHWB, etc.. - take a break to acknowledge greatness in athletic achievement. I just hope Obama gets to congratulate the Miami Dolphins in the next three years!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:20 am
 

UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

That's funny...I ignore Obama all the time, and I think that actually improves my focus!

"Infantry, Follow me!"



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:09 am
 

UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

VA Governorship
NJ Governorship
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:02 am
 

UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

I don't think the point of Parrish's column was to rile up conservatives; of course, it never takes much to do that anyways, right?

Anyways, back to Basketball...  It looks like the curse of the No. 1 ranking is back.  Everytime someone gets ranked No. 1, they lose that same week (most of the time losing to someone that they had no business losing to).  This same thing happened before a couple of years ago... and it was an exciting season.  But it is frustrating if its your team that loses when they're in the No. 1 spot.  Looks like its going to be crazy this season.




Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 8:33 am
 

UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

I love it...whenever any President spends two minutes doing something that is not explicitly laid out in his job description you have mindless clowns who say 'maybe he should focus more on running the country'. Liberals did it with Bush, and not mindless conservatives do it when Obama happens to take a minute break. Hey Corp Sports Suc, maybe you should focus more on your job (if you have one) rather than posting messages on Parrish's blog.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 7:14 am
 

UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

I remember starting a thread on a GP story on October 19 where I commented something to the effect that if Downey played against UK every game that he'd be a  lottery pick and that I'd like to see somebody hold him to 10 points in the first meeting...slaaaaap!  Didn't happen.  Now, I'm hoping that UK whoops them by 30 at Rupp.  (That's not likely to happen either!)  Wow, now I know the definition of mixed emotions!  I was right that he's a Cat killer (not literally), but he made a few of the men in blue look helpless at times. 



Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 3:39 am
 

Obama should give up the handicapper routine.

Why do I care what he thinks about basketball? Maybe you should run the country instead of taking any sound byte or photo chance that comes his way. He doesn't even use basketball as a diplomatic tool like GW Bush did and guess what it worked! Its no different that Nixon using ping pong with the Chinese.


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