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Someone forgot to proofread John Calipari’s key to the city plaque

Apr 12, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT


Winning a championship usually means receiving honors outside of the actual trophy for many in the world of sports, and that was no different for Kentucky head coach John Calipari as he embarked on his tour of the Commonwealth with the national title.

One of his first stops was the city of Pikeville, located just over 140 miles away from Lexington in the southeast corner of the state.

And to mark Calipari’s arrival the city decided to give him a key to the city. No problem with that at all.

But there were two glaring spelling errors on the plaque, with “the” missing the “e” and the confusion of “its” with “it’s”.

Not sure how often the head coach visits Pikeville, but in their one shining moment (sorry) someone didn’t get the job done. And that’s a shame.

Whether this falls on the person who came up with the words for the plaque or the engraver is up for discussion but either way someone had to catch this, right?

It’s likely a safe assumption that Calipari will receive a key with the corrected paragraph in the very near future.

h/t to Deadspin

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  1. packhawk04 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Someone forgets to proofread half the articles on this site.

  2. glink123 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Probably proof-read by someone who left college after only one year.

    • florida727 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      Best post of the day, “glink”. I’ll be laughing at this one throughout the day. Thanks.

      • kyfan33 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        You must have no life if this is all it takes to keep you laughing all day long! Wow!

    • kyfan33 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      This is foolish! First of all, it’s not a shame, and the man who made this plaque has served the community with class and dignity for decades. It is called human error!! No one is perfect, including you, glink123. Don’t pass judgement on people based on where they are from. You know nothing about the city or its people, and your assumptions are completely wrong!

      • zhangocracy - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        It should be mandatory for plaque engravers to know how to spell. There’s a difference between human error and complete incompetence in one’s job. I guess you’d have no problem with a blind bus driver.

  3. csuxrr - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    HAHA Glink

    • kingghidora - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Isn’t there supposed to be a space between Ha and Ha. You must have dropped out of middle school. Ha! Ha!

  4. ancientcougar - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    It is what it is.

  5. thefamousmred - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    It must have been proof read by an UK graduate.

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