While touring the state of Kentucky, showing off the hardware his Kentucky Wildcats basketball team won, head coach John Calipari is being treated as an untouchable, even more so than he was before he captured the school's eighth championship.
Aside from stopping in small town Kentucky McDonald's restaurants, Calipari has also been rewarded with keys to the city, courtesy of the city of Pikeville. There's one small problem however. The commemorative plaque has not one, but two misspellings on it, which, when you consider the reputation of small towns in Kentucky, something like this only helps further the stereotypes.
As pointed out by Deadspin, not only is the "its" in "It's Rightful Home" wrong, so is an earlier attempt at spelling the word "the." Apparently, in Pikeville, the "e" in "the" is an optional inclusion. Here's a closeup of the unfortunate spelling:
Sometimes, words don't do enough justice, even in regards to misspellings. Let's just hope that error was committed due to the city of Pikeville rushing to get the plaque made before Calipari showed up, although, one wonders just where in the hell quality control was at the time.
As for the Trophy Tour, according to Steve Moss' Twitter account (@smosskyt), it's humming right along:
Folks in Etown getting a random stop at Shoneys... Cal and the trophy about to surprise the folks
The Shoney's staff genuinely surprised. Manager: "did you stop in because of our remodel?" Priceless!
What can I say? Kentucky fans, even those who never step foot on UK's campus, love their basketball team. So much so, apparently, their excitement causes some unfortunate misspellings.