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I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

Posted on: July 16, 2008 12:43 am
Edited on: July 16, 2008 1:03 am

The war on terror.

Amy Winehouse's life.

Those are two things I think might end worse than Derrick Caracter's 5,348th chance at Louisville, but those are the only two things I can come up with off the top of my head. I mean, I don't want to be a skeptic because I love a good comeback story as much as the next guy (did you see Josh Hamilton hit all those home runs!?!). But it's difficult to imagine any scenario under which this actually works out regardless of what Caracter has claimed he's willing to do while begging Rick Pitino to let him return to the program.

So what is it that Caracter has claimed he's willing to do, you ask?

According to Rick Pitino (per the Louisville Courier-Journal), Caracter has agreed to:

  • Pay his own way to school while missing the 2008-09 season (both practices and games).
  • Get a job approved by Pitino.
  • Secure his own living arrangements.
  • Get into shape.
  • Become academically eligible.
  • Stay out of trouble.

Pitino said Caracter will be allowed to rejoin the Cardinals for the 2009-2010 season if he does all those things.

My initial reaction: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Seriously, is there any way this is possible?

Caracter has been a problem at every level -- never been a good student, good teammate or good dude in general. The stories I could tell you about this guy are classic, and if you ever see me in a bar buy me a pint of Stella Artois and I'll be sure to share one of them. We'll have a good laugh. I'm looking forward to it. But in the meantime, just trust me when I tell you the odds of Caracter meeting the above-stated requirements and not doing something stupid over the 16 months between now and the time he'll supposedly play his next college game are about as good as Brett Favre ever permanently retiring.

Simply put, I just don't see it happening.

But I'll sure have fun watching it develop or unravel, whichever the case may be.


Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 6:09 pm

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

This cracks me up.  You say, " I love a good comeback story as much as the next guy (did you see Josh Hamilton hit all those home runs!?!)."

Then you slam Derek Caracter for being lazy.

Let me get this straight.  You like the Josh Hamilton story because it's an, as you put it, "great comeback story".  Let's look at Josh Hamilton.  He is an addict.  He received a multi million dollar bonus when he signed with a major league team.  He has a wife, kids, and a million dollar salary.  He then throws his life away on drugs.  He's a junkie.  He breaks laws, gets a ton of chances through MLB Association failed drug tests, leaves his family for who knows how long, then after several chances comes clean for a couple years, and he is a great comeback story.  Because he's willing to share his shame?  Yeah he found Jesus.  You compare this felon to a lazy kid in college Derek Caracter and feel good about Josh Hamilton but view Caracter as a piece of garbage?  That's fascinating.  Caracter is no felon.  How's Josh Hamilton look on the ol' police tale of the tape.  Josh Hamilton is a crack ^%@*#! junkie.  Derek Caracter is a kid that never enjoyed working hard and was always better than everyone else growing up, and didn't have to work to be the best.  Now he's at a level where his past means nothing and he can't figure it out, and never will.  But he's not Josh Hamilton, you're right.  He's not a crack # junkie that abandoned his family and broke a lot of laws.

Nice blog.  You're a moron.  Caracter breaks curfew to get girls and do things other kids his age do, and I'm not referring to the heroin Josh Hamilton was doing when he was in his college days.  He doesn't inject heroin into his body while his wife and kids are wondering where he is.  Yeah Josh Hamilton, what a great guy!  I'd like to see Caracter see you in a bar actually, he'd beat the %$$#@!^@ out of you.  Now go write a story about something you know alot about.  Homosexuality.

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2008 10:14 pm

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

I have to laugh at the "outage" and sanctimonious preaching of the UL fans in this thread.

This Caracter (NOT Character, by the way) situation is 100% Ricky P playing CYA.  If the 2009-10 season comes around and the Cardinals need a solid big man, Caracter will have magically "MET" all the criteria for his reinstatement!

Wow!  The kid is really turning it around!  I'm getting a little verklempt over this great human interest story!

No, it's just Ricky P being practical, something he's great at.  So the kid is a scumbag loser?  So what!  He's worth 8 and 5 per game!  That's more than any green, incoming freshman can give us! 

On the other hand, if UL is set in the front-court come the 2009-10 season, Ricky P will dispatch Caracter into oblivion and never lose a moment's sleep about it (so much for your "rehabilitation" theories, Cardinal fans--Ricky P might need the scholarship!).

Wake up, college basketball fans!  This is a dirty business!  And please, for the love of God, somebody tell Pitino to stop using black shoe polish to dye his hair!  He's 56, for crissakes!  He's not fooling anybody.

You're not "The Kid" anymore, Ricky.

Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2008 2:07 am

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

Basically what we have is a more talented BRANDON BENDER. Anyone remember him. Yeah he couldn't get his act together either. But Louisville is known for housing a few good convicts. Cards BLOW

Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2008 8:28 pm

How does a guy of Parrish's "talent" get a job?

Nice work, Mr. Parrish.  This is journalism?  ("I could tell you, but I won't... unless you buy me a beer.") 

Please, enlighten us.  What is it that Caracter has done?  Anything illegal?  Nope.  He must be disliked by his teammates, right?  Wrong, again.  Come on.  Be that gutty journalist and gives us the dirty.  My guess is, you have very little.  (But enough about your anatomical failings.)  I'd be willing to bet that Caracter's chances of meeting ALL of these requirements are better than the following:

1)  Parrish actually writing something of merit that doesn't involve taking shots at a kid who has already been vilified for doing... Oh, wait.  That's a secret.  (Shhh!!)

2)  Parrish showing up in a photo WITHOUT the paint-on tan and hip, spiked hair.

3)  Parrish being taken seriously as a <clears throat> journalist.

In comparing the odds, I'm "all in" on Caracter.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2008 2:23 pm

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

Saying Pitino is "permissive" and has a "win at all costs" attitude shows you know NOTHING of the man.

DC is getting another chance because Pitino wants DC to succeed in life. DC really hasn't done anything criminal, just been immature. It would be much easier for Pitino to just rid himself of this headache, but he is giving DC an opportunity to grow up and prove he wants to be part of the program. How anyone can fault that from an outside perspective is beyond me.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2008 2:16 pm

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

Reminds you of Bud Mackey????

Being lazy is MUCH MUCH MUCH different than dealing crack at school.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 1:08 pm

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

I think Pitino is doing the right thing. He's made Caracter's comeback almost impossible, but if Caracter can do it then I think he does deserve another chance (and, here's the scary part, I'm a Kentucky fan)! This reminds me of the Bud Mackey situation. Both of these guys are still kids. Some people just take longer to grow up, although, there are those who never do I suppose. And some kids have all the ability and opportunity in the world and absolutely no direction or no one they trust to guide them. But let Caracter have this chance, let him prove us right or prove us wrong, but since he is given another chance, let him have it.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2008 9:24 pm

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

That is weak journalism, agreed. Total bust at UL, no way. Look at production per minutes. Very impressive. Goofball is probably a better discription. Pitino is the best thing for this guy right now. He is at a crossroads. Every decision he makes in the next few months will effect the rest of his life. Not a bad guy (guns, drugs, that sort of thing) but needs to grow up. I could be wrong according to the in depth, on the street, inside scoop reporter.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2008 5:38 pm

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

Parrish you don't know what the hell your talking about.You are a good waste of ears on a dick. Don't you have something better to do,likeDIE!

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2008 3:31 pm

I'll take 'No chance in hell' for $1,000, Alex

Your wrong my friend.  Pitino is not just a coach, he is a motivator.  I think it is obvious in this case he wants to see something become of DC instead of him becoming another would be player gone haywire.  It is impossible for you or anyone else to judge Pitino's decision when you are on the outside looking in.  Your win-at-all-cost theory is bogus as well.  DC has never been a great player, probably won't, so how does this constitute winning at all cost?

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