In its pre-Vanderbilt walkthrough on Tuesday, John Calipari surprised his team with a new activity — dodgeball. Following the loss of Nerlens Noel, two beatdowns at the hands of Florida and Tennessee, and plenty of media attention brought on by their coach briefly suggesting some of his players were “uncoachable,” Kentucky’s team certainly needed some stress relief. An outside-the-box thinker, Calipari opted for a game in which his players and coaches could throw objects at one another.
Thankfully, he didn’t begin by throwing wrenches.
Before putting on a UK football helmet to protect his head and hair, the Wildcats’ coach told his team: “Look, I ain’t dumb. I know some of you want to throw at me. Don’t believe I don’t want to throw at some of you dudes, too.”
The game worked, sort of, as Kentucky held off struggling Vanderbilt 74-70 in Lexington last night. You can watch highlights of last night’s game right here. You can see highlights from the Cats’ dodgeball game here, complete with Calipari’s take on why the game was necessary:
“People watching my team are saying they look like their tentative. Well, you feel the weight of the world. I keep saying, ‘Don’t feel that way. This isn’t life or death or we’d have died twice already.”
One can only hope that Calipari properly prepared his team for their dodgeball match with this officially-sanctioned how-to video from the American Dodgeball Association of America: