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DBR Praise For John Calipari

We come not to bury Cal but to praise him.

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 KNOXVILLE, TN - JANUARY 24: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts in the first half of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on January 24, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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As Duke fans, like most Duke fans, we enjoy poking fun at Kentucky and perhaps John Calipari most of all.

It’s generally pretty easy to do - he’s an easy target.

However today we come not to ridicule Cal but to praise him, and Kentucky fans, highly.

Together they’ve raised over $1 million to aid the Gulf Coast recover from Hurricane Harvey.

It’s been a terrible storm but the silver lining is that Americans put their differences aside and came together to help. Whether it’s the generous people in Kentucky or the Cajun Navy or coaches around the country stepping up to Kelvin Sampson’s request for help, people are getting it done and that’s great. Hats off to Calipari and Kentucky fans for their good work.

Incidentally, this has been described as the worst flood in American history. We don’t have numbers handy but that’s not true.

We don’t know the specifics of Hurricane Floyd in North Carolina but the entire state was flooded east of I-95.

We’d expect that was a bigger flood geographically but as we said, we don’t have numbers.

Both floods are contenders but not nearly the biggest.

That flood took place during the Civil War in California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Sonora, Mexico.

Some of it came after the snow melt poured into various rivers heading south, but any way you cut it, that’s a hell of a flood.

It came about as a result of something called an atmospheric river which occurs in the West.

As we do too often, people have forgotten this happened and so won’t be prepared for it when it inevitably happens again.

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