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”
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 said it two years ago, prior to Joker Phillips officially being named the head coach of the University of Kentucky football team and I will say it double strong now – that was a big mistake. Okay, I know that football is on the far edges of the kind of thing I normally talk about, but I am trying to get back into the habit of posting daily (and doing a better job of it than has been the case in the past). With that in mind, I thought I would get things rolling quickly with some of the easier shorter post as I work on some of the more in-depth postings for later this week and early next week. In case if you are around Lexington and have noticed, the football team at our fine university has slipped from barely above average to be the annual punching bag for everyone in the SEC once again and the blame rest squarely on the ‘Joke’ that is that is in the top coaching position.
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.
Nicholasville Road traffic can be enough to drive the most calm commuter insane at times. It starts to pick up at the Jessamine/Fayette County line and gets extremely congested fairly quickly. However, despite the numerous people using the road, outside of those special events like ballgames and concerts, Christmas shopping in and around the malls and of course accidents, traffic generally moves along fairly quickly. That is, until you get down to just before the University of Kentucky Medical Center and the lanes available narrow to just two, regardless of the time of day and the traffic flow.
Dear American Football, Please consider this my official Dear John letter to you. I have, over the last several weeks and even seasons become really dis-enchanted with most of your purported sport and have finally reached my last straw. I will no longer be a general watcher of your sport going forward. I have been coming to this break with your sport for some time now, but events over the last several weeks have just completely cemented my choice to abandon you. Honestly, I have never been a super big fan, other than the shared something to do in an often social environment, so my abandonment comes easily enough. After all, no big fan of any one team, but rather the fan of any game that offers a good level of competition. I am sure you are perhaps finding this as a surprise and maybe I am just catching you off guard completely, so I will fill you in on a few details as to why we are reaching this end of our sometimes Saturday and Sunday relationship. Continue reading “Dear American Football”
As summer winds down and I am keeping my eye on America’s pastime of baseball, and especially the surprising Cincinnati Reds, I am also turning my attention to fall and football. I thought it would be a good time to make a few notes of what I think will likely happen with the football season, since I do love to watch football, though I admit I have always been a baseball fan and always will be at heart – that is another story though. It does however explain while I only casually root for a football team as opposed to be a lifelong devotee of the Reds. On to football…
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…