Before I start, know that I am very much a University of Kentucky basketball fan. I have been for as long as I can remember, having come to age watching the teams of the late 1970’s and stuck with them through thick years of the late 1990’s and the thin years on each side of that. I will further say that I was pretty excited when Cal came on board. However, shortly after that I really questioned the heavy reliance on the recruitment of “one and dones.” I relaxed that stance a little bit with the win of it all in 2012… Continue reading “Kentucky Basketball Rant”
Not my usual kind of thing, but there has been a LOT happening in the sporting world of late and I thought I would weigh in on some of it in one of my observing style posts of old, where in I just hit several somewhat connected topics under one post. 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.Â 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.Â Yes, I did just attend a game, way up in the stands, last week versus my old college, Transylvania.Â Yes, I have attended a little over a handful of games over the the years, going back to around 1989 for my first.Â Yes, the experience tonight will blow those out of the water.Â I will be seated down on the floor in one of the end-zones.
I am going to have my laptop there and tweet from the game, though not necessarily about the game, but the experience itself.Â I will do a little blogging from the game as well, either before, during, and/or after. And maybe, just maybe, I may get a column in the paper on Saturday/Sunday.Â Regardless of how it works out, be sure and to check back this evening around and during the game!
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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.
This is really more observations, this time for April. I bet you are wondering about why the heck I titled the post March Madness then, eh? The biggest reason I just finished watching what had to be one the better NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship games in ages (saying a lot, consider Duke won it all) and it April fifth. So lets start with that observation and roll on…
I am a fan and have been since at least the 1978 team, maybe a bit longer. I had kind of being disappointed with the program the last few years. I could have written a blog or two about the come back of the program under Callipari, but really decided to hold off until the end of the season and see how things went. Besides, what more could I say that my friend and co-worker Larry Vaught typically does not already cover? But as I sit here watching the last few seconds of the what surely the end of the Wildcats run I thought I would give some of my thoughts…