John Calipari finally got his first NCAA championship, but that has not stopped people from speculating on how legitimate Kentucky’s win really was. Even the hometown paper, the Lexington Herald-Leader is taking swipes at Coach Cal, as seen in this editorial cartoon. The cartoon blasts Calipari for his supposed shady dealings and his refusal to play Indiana in Assembly Hall.
I can not believe that a paper in Lexington would do this. If you want to really prove the newspaper industry is dying, you might as well napalm your readership by making fun of the coach who brought a national championship back to UK. That is just smart business. I think their next move should be to sully the reputation of Adolph Rupp and really get the people talking.
Although I will give them props for not censoring the cartoon. It’s a hilariously stupid idea to anger the Big Blue Nation, but hey. They stuck up for their cartoonist. That has to count for something, right? Right? OK, it will not count for anything except lost leadership.
I wonder how long it will take for the Herald-Leader to print a retraction. Newspapers are desperate for viewers and unless they are trying to market to IU fans, they failed miserably with this. Kentucky fans are not always rational and most will see this as a slap in the face. Heck, I hate Kentucky and I see this is as a slap in the face. Until you show me proof that this title was not legitimate, I stand by John Calipari.
What do you think about this new cartoon? Should the newspaper take it down for the sake of business or let the consequences carry out? I would probably pull it, but let Rant Sports know by leaving a comment below. You know you want to.