I think I am hitting almost all of it below – yep, I got college basketball, the Hall of Fame balloting for Cooperstown, college football, the NHL lockout being resolved, and a rant about fishing at the collegiate level. I guess that does leave out NASCAR and horseracing, but if any of the above are your interest you are in look and if none are appealing check back later, as I am sure I will have something else in a few days.
Something a little bit different for today and the blog. Due to my wonderful job (at least most of the time) I am going to be attending the University of Kentucky basketball game this evening. Yes, I did just attend a game, way up in the stands, last week versus my old college, Transylvania. Yes, I have attended a little over a handful of games over the the years, going back to around 1989 for my first. Yes, the experience tonight will blow those out of the water. I will be seated down on the floor in one of the end-zones.
Early this evening I went to see something that had not happened in just over a hundred years. Crosstown potential rivals Transylvania University, of which I am an alum, met the steeped in tradition University of Kentucky on the basketball court. Obviously I went to support Transy, but still I have always enjoyed Wildcat basketball. And clearly, as one might expect in this match-up, I fully expected Transy to be short on the size front, outgunned speed and ability, and just generally at a much lower level of competition – hence the nature of the exhibition game.
I want to talk a little bit about the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, specifically the men’s team. I have been thinking it for a while and have said it to a few close friends. This is what you get when you recruit a strong class of one and gone type of players. You get a team the following year with no continuity and certainly no one has been around for two or three years that can step in and take on the leadership role, even if it is the silent encouraging leader. I mean come on, this is a team that has lost pretty much every road game that has even thought about being close and they have quit playing way to early enough times at home to make what should not be close games be way to close for comfort.
Kentucky Basketball has returned and that is welcome. Maybe a bit too much in expectation out of the team, but what does this do looking forward to maybe players wanting to return? Congrats to the team by the way for a long run and enjoyable, very fun season!