Everybody here in Kentucky is wearing blue and being nervous. To cut the tension, let’s go to a nice article on some individuals in the long legacy of University of Kentucky basketball. I’ve been reading about them, listening to the radio or watching on the television since the late 1950’s so these names bring back a lot of memories to me. Even the ones I’m too young to remember are part of our basketball.
It’s funny but some of my memories aren’t on the all-time list. Ron Mercer is there but not Derek Anderson, who stayed for his senior year but was redshirted with a horrific injury. He healed and later played in the NBA but his loss cost us the championship final. Remember the two of them? What was we called them, Thunder and Lightning? And so many Kentucky natives like Richie Farmer.
Whatever happens tonight, it’s been a wild year and making it to the Final Four is a big success. Okay, that’s enough sportsmanship. I admit it, a UK fan demands a national title. Every year. Just 2 more games, Wildcats.
If you’re from Wisconsin and reading this, it’s okay. Nobody understands fan loyalty like Kentuckians. Believe me.
And for the last time, we aren’t upset at Duke and Christian Laetner because we lost a game. We didn’t expect to stay on the floor with the #1 team in the nation after our suspension. We’ve had plenty of heartbreak, worse than the Duke loss. We’re still upset because Laetner in cold blood stepped on the gut of a Kentucky player on the floor and he deliberately did this to a freshman, knowing he could never get away with it on any of our other players. We think he should have been thrown out of the game, we think it should have tainted his reputation. Rick Pitino had his head turned and didn’t see the blatant action; he says he would have gone to the refs and demanded more. Why was this different from slugging another player? You get thrown out for that. Laetner became a star on this Kentucky win but he was highly overrated. So there.
No matter what happens, lot of people in Kentucky will be at this point tonight [h/t http://ace.mu.nu ]: