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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Alabama Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky plays Alabama tonight at 9 PM in Rupp Arena. Jennifer O'Neill wins co-SEC Player of the Week. Men's Tennis defeats Arkansas. More.

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Tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in an effort to right the ship and get back on the winning track.

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  • Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal writes that Calipari's "mind games" with his players may not be as effective as he thinks they are. I say, fewer mind games, more blockouts, good picks, and free throws.

  • Alabama has totally struggled on the road this season, which makes this game tonight even more dangerous for Kentucky. The Tide have talent, and that always matters.

  • Alabama takes on "angry" Wildcats. One would hope, but we'll have to see.

  • I'm getting almost as tired of hearing "holding guys accountable" as "process." So how, exactly, is Calipari holding his players accountable? Maybe he is, but if so, he's doing it in a way that isn't obvious to me. He has had a really quick hook lately, but is that a good thing?

  • I think this is funny. Calipari and JerryTipton have a lot of fascinating interplay, and I get a kick out of the way Calipari is always mocking him or making jokes at his expense, but never in a mean-spirited way. Their banter always makes me laugh.

  • Coach Cal's pre-Alabama presser:

  • Just what we need — advice from Seth Davis.

  • Calipari takes a shot at Pat Forde et. al., and calls for a secondary boycott:

    "But, some of it they do to get your eyeballs on their site. Don’t do that. Don’t give ‘em your eyeballs now. Some of those people, those nasty dudes, don’t give ‘em your eyeballs. Paste it, and everybody read the paste if you want to read it, but don’t give ‘em your eyeballs. The guy will be in a soup line in another six months. Don’t give him the eyeballs. Selling pencils ain’t a bad deal either. That’s why I go to church every day, because that’s how I feel sometimes."

    Don't expect me to comply. I don't do secondary boycotts for any reason, and I don't support them. Each of you should decide what and who to patronize, for whatever reasons. Don't do it because a coach, or anyone else, suggests it.

    With that said, I'm mostly in agreement with Coach Cal's observation that some of this stuff, i.e. the Parrish tweet I talked about earlier and probably the Forde article of yesterday were just trolling the Big Blue Nation. Yeah, you have to respond sometimes, but let's just recognize it for what it is, and make fun of it.

  • John Gasaway writes that you shouldn't give up on Calipari yet:

    For the sake of illustration let’s be dire and defeatist and write these guys off now. They will lost the first weekend. When that happens Calipari will have competed his fifth season in Lexington. And, all in all, a system that produces a national title and three regional finals every five years isn’t all that bad. I’d take that.

    He also explains that the poor shooting Kentucky has been experiencing is likely to correct itself.

  • I don't agree with all of Mark Story's piece here, but this is a penetrating observation:

    In a more traditionally organized basketball program, a team starting five true freshmen that was 21-8 — Kentucky's current situation — would be seen as a squad of exciting promise. Even if fans felt the team might not be headed for immediate post-season glory, they would feel good over what the squad could do in the future.

    Yet because the program at UK now is organized around recruiting multiple players each season that are likely to turn pro after one year, everything has to be "now."

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  • Keurig to force people to use "licensed" coffee pods via software in their machines?

    I inherited a Keurig I bought as a Christmas gift from my dad, and it's fine for work — it makes just the right amount of coffee for me. But it's just drip coffee, really, done by extraction and filtration. The only true novelty is that it does it one cup at a time. Plus, I don't use the pods, I use regular coffee in a filter adapter as the pods, even third-party pods, are too expensive.

    But the best coffee I make at home with a French coffee press every morning. It is vastly superior to anything you get out of a Keurig, and it's just as easy to make. Sure, it takes a few minutes longer to boil the water, but the product is vastly superior.

    Keruig is going to find the popularity of their coffeemakers is as fleeting as April snow if they try this ham-handed profit grab.