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Kentucky Wildcats Sunday Quickies: Randall Cobb Edition

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Randall Cobb re-signed with the Green Bay Packers, and in the process turned down significantly more money to play elsewhere. I'm really happy for him, I think he is totally happy in Green Bay and really wants to stay there. For four more seasons, we can look forward to Cobb in green and yellow.

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  • Pursuit of perfection:

  • Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy, who has repeatedly written articles critical of Kentucky whenever they get within shouting distance of an NCAA Tournament, is at it again, blasting UMass for wanting to honor Coach Cal.

    I refuse to link this piece because it's blatant click-bait, clearly designed to capitalize on Kentucky's position and draw the Big Blue Nation into a scrum. This is the second recent article to go completely off the rails making up utterly ridiculous commentary about Calipari in the hopes blogs like us will link them.

    Now, normally I would take him on, but this guy is a Kent Sterlingesque repeat offender who doesn't deserve my time to take him down. Google the article if you must, but here's a taste of his buffoonery:

    But the joke is on us when UMass chooses to honor Cal during the 2015-16 season, a year that will mark the 20th anniversary of the Minutemen’s one and only trip the Final Four, an appearance that officially never happened.

    UMass looks pathetic. It’s bad enough that the school bosses have signed off on a ridiculous, costly, and futile plan to play Bowl Subdivision football. Now they are once again honoring a man who produced a program that ultimately disgraced the school.

    You get the idea. Don't waste any more of your valuable time than it took you to read this. He can have his opinion, but it's not worth a single rational thought.

  • Kentucky's 31-0 record just a warm-up for what's next.

    But Kentucky’s most threatening opponent might be what Calipari calls clutter — the outside noise and hype.

    Yes. That's definitely a threat.

  • Praise from a foe is always the best:

    "They're a good team. They're a really good team," UF sophomore point guard Kasey Hill said after tallying a game-high 15 points and repeatedly challenging UK's enormous presence around the basket. "They've got [nine] players who can all play. That's huge in college basketball. It seems like they don't care about who scores or who gets to shine. It's just all about the team. That's what it takes to be great."

  • Dominant and resilient:

    "What they’ve done," Florida coach Billy Donovan said, "may not happen again for a long, long time."

  • An argument that Indiana's 1976 team was better than 2015 UK. Not a very convincing one, though.

  • The New York Knicks have spent more time than any other pro team scouting Kentucky. Hat tip: Daily Knicks

  • I'm not spending too much time celebrating an undefeated regular season. It's nice, don't get me wrong, but what I want to celebrate is #9.

  • Jon Terbush of The Week says that the hating on Kentucky basketball is particularly misguided with this team. He makes many of the same arguments I did against the Rolling Stone piece late last month. Consider:

    More disconcerting, though, is that the complaint is not at all about what is best for players, but what is best for viewers. It's an argument that crooked labor practices are preferable to a perceived erosion of entertainment value. But why should we be upset that young men want to go pro, escape the NCAA's exploitation, and finally make some money?

    Good question. Good read.

  • For Kentucky and Virginia, winning a title means sharing the burden. Consider:

    Meanwhile, in the game that made Kentucky the first major-conference team to finish a regular season unbeaten since Indiana in 1975-76, no one logged more than 28 minutes. No one took more than 12 shots. Karl-Anthony Towns collected 13 points, nine rebounds, six blocks and three assists in 27 minutes. Were Towns producing at that level, any other coach in America who gave his minutes to another player might be fired on the spot for gross dereliction of duty.

    Heh. Kentucky has figured out yet another critical piece of the dominance puzzle — how to convince more quality players to come here.

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