John Clay is my new favorite member of the Lexington-Herald Leader staff for his logic and reasoning when it comes to the Gators enthusiastic and talented center Joakim Noah.
He's just the player I'd love to have.
Admit it. When Kentucky meets the defending national champion and top-ranked Florida Gators tonight in Rupp Arena, between the taunts and chants, to your heart of hearts you're whispering, I wish that guy was playing for us.
"When you shine," Noah said, "you're going to have haters."
"You never see the 13th, 14th man get heckled," said Florida Coach Billy Donovan. "There's a reason why they do it. To me, it's the utmost sign of respect when fans do it."
And what about this "chest-thumping" that has all of a sudden become a sin?
A game I'd take on my team.
So would you.
To sum up something that Steve Spurrier once said - If they're complaining about you (and in this case heckling), it's probably because you're beating them.