Gillispie’s Island

2009 March 27
by Don Hammack

As as fan of an SEC school, there’s always a special level of delight to be taken when the conference giants take a stumble. So I’ve spent a few moments (re)crafting a tune …

“The Ballad of Gillispie’s Island”

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this Aggie port
Aboard this SEC ship.

The coach was a mighty pi – - ed off man,
The skipper bitter and sure.
Five players set sail that day
For a two season tour, a two season tour.

The schedule started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fiery coach
Unrealistic dreams would be lost, unrealistic dreams would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted .500 isle
With Gillispie
Mitch Barnhart too,
Jodie Meeks … and his threes,
The movie star (Ashley Judd)
Patrick Patterson and Adolph Rupp,
Here on Gillispie’s Isle.

So this is the tale of the big ballers,
They’ve won for a long, long time,
They’ll have to make the best of things,
It’s an uphill climb.

The athletic director and lawyers too,
Will do their very best,
To make the buyout disappear,
In the Lexington nest.

No phone, no lights no motor cars,
It’s Appalachia,
Like the great Cliff Hagan,
As Wildcat as can be.

So join us here each week my friends,
You’re sure to get a smile,
From seven job offers declined,
Here on Gillispie’s Isle.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 March 28

    ‘Long as they don’t try to take my coach.

  2. 2009 March 28
    Don Hammack permalink

    I don’t think Pitino (or, more importantly, his wife) is looking for a return ticket to Lexington.

  3. 2009 March 28


    I can’t believe you just confused me with Louisville. Don’t make me unfriend you.

  4. 2009 March 28
    Don Hammack permalink

    Dangit. I’ll leave my stupidity up for the shame. I won’t bother to post why I don’t think UK will be interested in Calipari …

  5. 2009 March 31

    And the hits just keep on coming….

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