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Move over “jersey pop,” “John Wall dance” and the “Dougie,” make room for the latest self-promotion symbol in college and pro basketball, the “three goggle.”
Sports Illustrated writer Seth Davis, a Duke graduate who is also an in-studio analyst for CBS’ NCAA men’s college basketball coverage, notes his hatred for the “three goggles” in his latest Hoops Thoughts column. UK players including Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb often flash the sign after scoring a 3-point basket.
“Let me be clear: I hate the three goggles. I understand kids should be able to have fun while playing a game, but there’s a big difference between exuberance and showboating — and the three goggles gesture clearly falls into the latter category.“
The symbol is made by forming “goggles” with the traditional “A-OK” hand sign and then placing the “O” over both eyes while also simultaneously sticking three fingers into the air. Some players cover only one eye but the message is the same: Look what I just did!
According to The Wall Street Journal, the trend began in the NBA as a joke. Now it can been seen most any given night on basketball courts throughout the land. Some fans even fork over their hard-earned bucks to buy “three goggle t-shirts.”
Recently Kentucky Coach John Calipari went on record as being “all for three goggles.”
Whether you view it as showboating or consider it simply much ado about nothing, like most fads, the three goggle phenomenon will eventually fade away, replaced by the next self-aggrandizing gesture–which is also destined to delight most fans and infuriate select sportswriters.
CBSSports.com has released their latest Top 25 and Kentucky is sitting on top of the men’s college basketball world in the CBS poll.
Kentucky was ranked #2 in the latest Associated Press and Coaches Polls but is expected to also be ranked #1 in both of this week’s polls due to be released on Monday.
Previous top-ranked North Carolina lost to UNLV this weekend, enabling Kentucky to most likely move up one spot and become the latest #1 team in the land.
Kentucky faces St. Johns at home on Thursday evening, followed by the much-anticipated match-up next Saturday at Rupp Arena between UK and North Carolina.
ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb lobbed a curiously cheap shot at UK football and at former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzon earlier this evening on Twitter. In a tweet apparently in reference to tonight’s Steelers/Chiefs game broadcast on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Gottlieb tweeted: “Big Ben least athletic looking athletic QB of all time? Or still Lorenzen”
He followed that tweet with: “Lorenzen was the Pilsbury [sic] Throw Boy, in nickname alone,he wins.”
In reply to Gottlieb’s tweets, another Twitter user, @PeytonsHead, responded, “Lorenzen was in the SEC…DON’T BAD MOUTH THE SEC!”
Not willing to let it go, Gottlieb fired back, “He was at Kentucky,barely SEC football.”
Some might find it interesting that Gottlieb, host of ESPN Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show, and a former basketball player at Notre Dame, would take such a cheap shot at anyone. During his freshman year, Gottlieb was charged with felony theft for allegedly using stolen credit cards to purchase nearly $1,000 of merchandise.
Gottlieb allegedly stole the credit cards from a roommate and fraudulently charged to the cards. He was later expelled from the team and eventually convicted of misdemeanor fraud. He played point guard for Eddie Sutton and the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 1999-2000.
Perhaps Gottlieb was merely trying to be funny with his tweets. He certainly isn’t the first to dismiss Kentucky football–and he is assuredly won’t be the last. Lorenzen has also no doubt heard all of the fat jokes before. So, no harm, no foul.
Just another pinhead “personality” popping off on Twitter.
Or in Gottlieb’s case, just another twit tweeting tiresome and tedious twaddle.
Gottlieb is on Twitter at @GottliebShow.
In case you attended or watched yesterday’s historic Tennessee versus Kentucky SEC battle at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, and was wondering if you were watching the “worst” Tennessee team in history, the answer is no. At least according to the Web site GoVolsExtra.
What you saw was the third-worst Tennessee team in the school’s history, according to site writer John Adams.
“The 1906 and 1909 teams were worse. They both went 1-6-2 and didn’t score in 15 games combined,” notes Adam in his current column.
Oh. Okay. Thanks for clearing that up.
If you searched the Commonwealth from Pikeville to Paducah today you probably couldn’t find a Kentucky football fan who cares one iota whether that was the third-worst, or even the worst Tennessee team that trotted off the field in Lexington yesterday with their tail tucked between their collective legs. All that really matters is Kentucky won. Albeit won ugly. But in the history books of Kentucky football it will go down as one of the most unlikely and most satisfying wins ever.
Long live the new streak of Kentucky over Tennessee. 1-0. It’s a start.
Now that Kentucky has broken the 26-game losing streak to Tennessee, is it time to bring back the historic beer barrel which was once upon a time awarded to the winner of annual rivalry game? An alcohol-involved car crash involving two Kentucky football players in 1998 prompted the end of the beer barrel exchange.
The traditional ceremony was cancelled for the 1998 season and the two SEC schools mutually agreed to permanently discontinue the tradition before the 1999 game. Bring it back or forget about it? Vote here.
Read more about the Beer Barrel trophy on Wikipedia.
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