Mark Story

'Wall Dance' inspires Copy Cats

Fast-break points from the arctic ice cap:

21. Kenzo. John Wall told Sports Illustrated there is no "John Wall Dance." The moves the Kentucky guard displayed at Big Blue Madness, he told SI, come from the video for the song Do the Shizz performed by the Louisville hip-hop artist Kenzo.

20. The John Wall Dance craze. You can see Kentucky fans on YouTube performing The John Wall Dance (sorry, Kenzo) standing over a dead deer after a hunt; at the symbolic center (the Old Well) of the University of North Carolina; and at New York City's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (among many other sites).

19. DeAndre Liggins. Did you ever think you'd hear a Kentucky coach say of the enigmatic swingman, as John Calipari did Saturday, "I'm proud of him."

18. Darius Miller. I suspect we've come to the defining moment, up or down, in the UK career of the 2008 Kentucky Mr. Basketball.

17. Patrick Patterson. Having had six or fewer rebounds four times in the past five games, needs to re-assert himself on the glass both for UK's sake and for his NBA Draft standing.

16. Bruce Pearl. Some coaches are simply more effective as underdogs. As Tennessee's upset with only six scholarship players of No. 1 Kansas emphasized, Pearl is at the top of that list.

15. Skylar McBee. The three-pointer that doomed Kansas which the Tennessee freshman walk-on hit with the shot clock running out was college sports at its best.

14. Draymond Green. Forward from Saginaw, Mich., who committed to Tubby Smith at Kentucky as a high school junior then de-committed after Smith left, is the second-leading scorer (11.3) and top rebounder (7.9) for Tom Izzo at Michigan State.

13. G.J. Vilarino. Guard who signed with Billy Gillispie and UK but was released from letter-of-intent by John Calipari is averaging 8.9 minutes and 2.8 points for Gonzaga.

12. Amber Smith. The fiery point guard for UK women's hoops flat went to war (as Cawood used to say) in leading the Cats to an upset victory over No. 16 Vanderbilt.

11. Matthew Mitchell. Coach's third Kentucky team, smallish but feisty, is fun to watch.

10. Kurt Warner. Remains an absolutely amazing American sports story.

9. Dallas Cowboys. Are looking like the most complete team left in the NFL playoffs — but I still don't trust 'em.

8. Joe B. Hall. Is the happiest guy in town over Joker Phillips hiring Mike Summers as UK's new offensive line coach. It means that Joe B.'s daughter Kathy, Summers' wife, will be moving home to Lexington.

7. Mike Summers. The new Kentucky assistant had some stellar offensive lines when coaching for Bobby Petrino at Louisville.

6. Ryan Wallace. When thinking of UK football newcomers for 2010, don't forget the former Bowling Green High standout who sat out last season after transferring from Colorado. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound sophomore could be Kentucky's starting tight end in '10.

5. Bill Curry. After going 26-52 as Kentucky football coach, received a payment of $610,000 to go away.

4. Hal Mumme. After presiding over a UK football program that committed at least 38 NCAA violations (albeit not being personally fingered), received a $1 million severance.

3. Billy Gillispie. After proving to be, arguably, the worst major coaching hire in UK sports history in his two years as Wildcats basketball coach, got a payout of $3.25 million.

2. Rich Brooks. Having conducted himself with unusual decency as Kentucky football coach while winning enough to go to four straight bowls, gets a hearty slap on the back after retiring.

1. Big-time college sports. Isn't there something a tad out of whack with the picture illustrated in points 5 through 2?

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