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Kentucky Wildcats Sunday Quickies: Kentucky Softball Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. UK Softball loses to Georgia in the SEC Tournament finals, NCAA Tournament selection show today. Bat Cats drop game to Auburn, series tied. More.

Steve Sokoloski

Kentucky softball lost to Georgia yesterday 5-2, but they made their first SEC Tournament finals appearance ever. That bodes well heading into the NCAA Softball Tournament, and the selection show for that is tonight on ESPNU

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  • Mark Story asks if Aaron Harrison hit three of the ten greatest clutch shots in UK history this past NCAA Tournament. He lists them, and you have to admit, they all have a place on that list.

  • Jerry Tipton provides us ten reasons to complain, if we must, about next season's team. Consider:

    1. John Calipari figures to continue to use the label "succeed-and-proceed" for so-called one-and-done players. It's better than, say, fail-and-bail or null-and-void. But one-and-done is well established in college basketball vernacular. Succeed-and-proceed is mere marketing ploy. Besides, players proceed without necessarily succeeding (Archie Goodwin, Daniel Orton).

    Umm, Jerry, in case you missed it, Archie Goodwin is succeeding pretty darn well. Just because he isn't a starter doesn't mean he didn't have a successful season.

    While he's right on a couple of things, he's really reaching on most of them. I guess that's what happens when you try to find clouds in a gigantic silver lining.

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  • Jordan Spieth, your next big golf star.

  • An excellent analysis of the NBA's legal position in attempting to divest Donald Sterling of the Clippers. I should point out that this is all written from the most favorable possible viewing of the situation for the NBA, and contains mostly analysis from their advocates and lawyers.

    Viewed in isolation, such arguments always seem very strong, but Sterling also has a strong argument against such a divestment and the reading of the NBA constitution. Also, the light they make of the "slippery slope" and hypocrisy points seem way too cavalier for an entity as image-conscious as the NBA. I suggest that is a simple smoke-screen designed to help persuade Sterling not to bother, but I suspect he will bother, and bother quite a bit.

    This is going to be very interesting, and there are many sub-plots such as what the players, coaching, and team management will do while the process is going on.

    I understand why the NBA is doing this — they have no choice, really. Failure to try to oust Sterling would harm labor relations as well as the NBA's public image, perhaps irreparably, and who knows what could come of that. Their success or failure is not really as important as the effort, which I'm sure will be comprehensive.

    Should Sterling eventually prevail, I think that's probably the best outcome of all for two reasons — it would reinforce the idea that people may not be forcibly divested of their private property by creative reading of contracts, and it will force Sterling to face the actual business consequences of his actions rather than just collect a bunch of money for selling the team. The value of the Clippers will almost surely decline to a level where the league may well have a cause of action that they currently may not possess, although I think Sterling will sell the team himself before he lets his investment go completely in the crapper. He's a business man, after all, bigoted or no.

    By winning, Sterling may wind up losing tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars that he would have otherwise pocketed, and that would be a much more just outcome, in my view.

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