In sports, as in life, you can always go home. It’s your sanctuary. It’s your safeplace. Or, if you’re a certain Herald-Leader writer or several of my uncles, home is where they disapprove of you quite heavily. In a move that I'm sure has some sort of reasoning behind it (mailing out comment cards privately are expensive these days?), Gentleman John Clay has started a series of Media (or Herald-Leader to this point) Approval Ratings over on his blog. Not surprisingly, Gentleman John landed a mid-90s approval rating and Mark "The Story" Story picked up just over 50%. However, the one they call The Good Doctor, Jerry Tipton, had only 8% approval this morning.
On his own site. From his own readers. Ouch. It sure is hard out there for a Hall of Famer.
Obviously, this got the wheels churning in my mind - a head that, it should be noted, has twice been approved by the readers on this website. Take that Tipton! I first wondered if Matt Jones could actually pick up 8% approval in a poll of the loyal Maggardites. After realizing that it's physically impossible to get 1.6 votes, which would be needed for 8%, I started to think about what could be more approved than Jerry Tipton.
Knowing that you guys are the real brains behind this operation, I took it to Twitter and the bright minds that read this site. You had some truly awesome observations. Here are my favorites:
@druboyer MC Hammer applying for a credit card #moreapprovedthantipton
@middlesborojoe Eddie Sutton and Billy Clyde carpooling is #moreapprovedthantipton
@chris_minton derrick miller getting a job with ticketmaster #moreapprovedthantipton
@billmeehan Eric Manual's ACT score #moreapprovedthantipton
@chainsaw01 Tiger Woods at his in-laws #moreapprovedthantipton
@wildcatfandave Karen Sypher coming over for Christmas at the Pitino's #moreapprovedthantipton
@RichBrooksUK Steve Kragthorpe's coaching job #moreapprovedthantipton
@tadbowman @KySportsRadio 's 'big' political announcements. #moreapprovedthantipton
@sevaen Kristie Alley in a bikini is #moreapprovedthantipton
@asb4UK Vinny Tatum, Maitre' De #moreapprovedthantipton
@dacarp2 Katie Martin's dunking abilities #moreapprovedthantipton
@lincolnduff uk's bball team at Joe b's #moreapprovedthantipton
@Jamo0001 Laettner doing "The Y" during the UofL game would be #moreapprovedthantipton
@thomasbeisner Rick Pitino at a National Right to Life rally #moreapprovedthantipton
@thomasbeisner Circumcisions from Michael J. Fox #moreapprovedthantipton
@thomasbeisner Matt Jones' barber #moreapprovedthantipton
And my personal favorite.....
@deuceshoes Rex Chapman's choice of girlfriend's #moreapprovedthantipton
So, cheer up, Jerry. You might not be getting the love at home, but we gave you like a 13% approval rating
or something. And, if you asked Tiger Woods, that'd be the good stuff anyway.