Here at ASOB (A Sea Of Basketball) the past week has been nonstop gabfest on the whole Memphis/NCAA circus and especially the vitriole towards Calipari from a wide spectrum of basketball sportswriters. Obviously, it is near and dear to our hearts and a slap in the face for the Wildcat faithful. The basketball writers are trying to make a living and beating on Kentucky is the easiest way to get page views in the off season. After all, what else are they going to write about - Crean and Knight inducted into school HOFs, Nebraska gets a German player, schedules - not exactly exciting news for the 84 non Kentucky college basketball fans that follow the news in the off season.
Fortunately, the Calipari bashing comes when the whole sports nation is getting revved up for football and the country as a whole really doesn't give a crap about basketball. Its August and basketball is the forgotten sport this time of year. When you look at newspapers across the nation Memphis' loss of games was a below the fold page one story for a day, at the most, and ensuing articles religated to deep in the sports section. Even ESPN had only a little explosion, but they also have a pretty healthy investment in SEC (read Kentucky) basketball.
I don't live in Kentucky and when asking people around me what they think of the whole affair the responses have been "Huh, oh, tough luck for Memphis. Have you seen the starting lineup for the _________(fill in the blank with person's football team) ".
Although Cal has been unfairly chastised; the bright side is -- no one is listening.