JOHN CLAY, Lexington Herald-Leader, on JOHN CALIPARI:
With Kentucky basketball, every action brings an overreaction.
If you are a columnist covering Kentucky basketball and Kentucky basketball loses a game in a tournament (NIT) in a setting (the 3,000-seat Charles L. Sewall Center) as Kentucky basketball did Tuesday night to Robert Morris 59-57, this shows up in your inbox.
“I have followed Kentucky basketball for 64 years. I now live in Florida. But I have never seen the likes of what happened last night. Coach Cal should be fired and C.M. Newton should be ashamed of what they did to this Kentucky team. It is a disgrace to Kentucky basketball.”
And this: “John Calipari needs to stop pontificating and start coaching.”
Trite but true: What a difference a year makes.
“If there’s doubters, have at it,” the Kentucky coach said in the postgame news conference Tuesday night in his native Moon Township, Pa.
Those doubters would be absolute fools.
MIKE BIANCHI, Orlando Sentinel, on TIGER WOODS:
Do we have go through this again?
Just before Tiger Woods’ official pre-tournament news conference at The Arnie on Wednesday, I Googled his name, and the first three stories that popped up had nothing to do with him being back to his old self on the golf course and everything to do with him having a new girlfriend on Facebook.
Enough is enough.
Isn’t it time for all of us to get back to a point where we care more about Tiger’s birdies than we do about his babes? As Irish funny man and Golf Channel talk show host David Feherty so aptly told me Wednesday, everybody just needs to stop “looking up Tiger’s kilt with a flashlight.” It’s time to leave him be and let him go about his business of trying to become the greatest golfer who ever lived.
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