Big Blue Bahamas Tour Begins

The long-awaited debut of the 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats finally arrived as UK took on Puerto Rico in the first of six games to be played in the Bahamas.  I had been so anxious to get my first look at this exceptionally talented team,  I was able to (mostly) overlook those hideous uniforms.   While I […]

Replacing a Legend

Most of the college basketball programs known for their rich traditions have all faced at one time or another the challenge of having to replace a legendary coach.   UCLA is a prime example, having to replace  John Wooden who coached the Bruins to 10 National Titles.  Nearly 40 years after his retirement, the Bruins […]

My Life as a UK Fan

This is the third installment in a series of my life as a Kentucky Wildcats fan.  The first part of my coaching memories can be viewed here. The spring of 1997 was an exciting time for Wildcat fans.  Kentucky Basketball was officially “back” as evidenced by two straight appearances in the Championship game.  Falling just […]

My Life as a UK Fan

This is the second installment in a series of my life as a Kentucky Wildcats fan.  You can see  How it Began here. When you think about the upper echelon of college basketball programs, i.e. those with at least 4 National Championships, quite often you associate a single coach with that school.  UCLA had John Wooden, […]

Basketball Season – So Far Away

Is there any time that moves more slowly than the days following the end of the NCAA Tournament up to the day Big Blue Madness begins?  Oh sure, there are lots of great discussions to be had as fans speculate on the upcoming season, but the off season is a challenging time for the Big […]

UK Softball Headed to WCWS

It’s not football or basketball season.  It’s not time for the cheerleading national championships.  It’s not even NBA Draft day or National Signing day for college football players.  And yet, despite all this, the University of Kentucky Athletics Department in the form of the Women’s Softball team is making history.  For the first time ever, […]

A Roll of the Dice

November 3, 2012, Commonwealth Stadium was a depressing place to be.  Where only 3 short years before, the Wildcats were preparing for yet another bowl game, this SEC match up with Vanderbilt showed how very far the Cats had fallen.   While not yet among the elite of the SEC, the Rich Brooks era did […]

Greater Expectations?

It’s been nearly a month since UK made their unforgettable NCAA tournament run and brought home the 2014 National Runner-up banner.  A month to bask in the afterglow of the magical tournament run.  A month to relive those 6 exciting games, with 5 incredible victories.  And a month to speculate on what next season’s team […]

Why You Should Attend the Spring Game

After having had a couple of weeks to deal with our college basketball withdrawals, we are now ready for the annual Spring Game at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.   This Blue/White Scrimmage gives fans a chance to see the new team in action as well as renew tailgating friendships prior to kick-off.   As of […]

A Strong Foundation is in Place

I suppose it’s inevitable for fans to speculate once the season ends.  They wonder which players will stay, which will leave, which staff members need to be replaced, and the annual question of which NBA team is currently interested in Cal’s services.  But as the player announcements have been coming out very slowly, the speculation […]

Basketball Ends, Speculation Begins

As the final seconds ticked off the clock Monday night, my heart grew heavy.  It wasn’t just the overwhelming disappointment at having come so very close to winning the National Championship but letting it just slip away.  It was also knowing college basketball season was over.   After having had games available nearly every day […]

The Story Ends Tonight

Photo Credit: (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)  “It’s going to be a great story.”  When Aaron Harrison uttered those words during the post-game interviews following the loss at South Carolina, many thought it nothing more than bravado, perhaps even delusional.  After all, this was what was arguably the low point of UK’s season.  This was March […]

New Slogan, New Perception?

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/David J Phillip) After a couple of days of teasing the media and the Big Blue Nation about a new slogan, Coach John Calipari unveiled his choice at the press conference Friday from the NCAA Final Four site.  Cal has not been shy about voicing his displeasure with the negative connotations surrounding […]

Final Four Thoughts Through Big Blue Shades

Photo credit: USA-Today/Bob Donnan Is there anything sweeter than Final Four week when Kentucky is one of the four and you’re a part of the BBN? Here are a few of my observations from behind my Big Blue shades: The difference between Louisville making the Final Four and Kentucky making it can be seen clearly […]

Big Blue Dream Come True?

Photo Credit: (Darrell Bird/CatsPause) Each October, things change in Kentucky. The leaves on the trees change from green to red, orange and gold. The air is a bit crisper, the temperatures a little cooler and the smell of autumn permeates everything. But the real change in Kentucky is the buzz created by the arrival of […]