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Kentucky Basketball — Rupp Remodeled

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Rupp Remodeled—By John Huang

I’m in love again. Like a perfectly restored finish on a classic car, Rupp Arena’s latest makeover has my heart a fluttering. The new overhead scoreboard, ribbon boards and freshly blue painted air ducts have put the much-needed Big Blue shine back into the home of our glorious and proud program. There’s an immediate “wow factor” now when you walk through the doors. It’s brighter, classier and definitely more inviting than before. It’s not quite the YUM Center yet, but our beloved venue should never be compared to its haughty little brother down the road anyway. Rupp Arena remains the elegant grande dame of basketball palaces—the upper deck bleachers and championship banners still oozing tradition while finally being escorted into this new millennium.


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Kentucky Football — Dawg Days of November

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Dawg Days of November—By John Huang

It was fun while it lasted! After Florida lost to Arkansas earlier in the day, everything seemed to be falling into place for a magical Wildcat run to a first-place finish in the SEC eastern division. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. The Commonwealth crowd was stoked all evening but couldn’t propel the Cats to those rarefied heights.


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Kentucky Basketball — Hold Your Horses

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Hold Your Horses—By John Huang

Hold your horses. I’m no Jerry Tipton but I’m already a wee bit worried about this year’s version of the UK Basketball Wildcats. Before you go booking travel arrangements for The Final Four in Phoenix next April, just think back to Tubby’s Team Turmoil or—or even more recently, Cal’s NIT team. I’m not predicting any losses to Robert Morris with this bunch of Cats, but if recent history proves correct, it’ll take time for this team to morph into a championship caliber unit.


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Kentucky Football — Manic in Mizzou

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Manic in Mizzou—By John Huang

Forgive me for being just a bit euphoric, but after Kentucky’s commanding 35-21 upset road victory over the Missouri Tigers this afternoon, the Wildcats are now officially in contention for the SEC eastern division crown. With an upcoming “sure-win” game with Austin Peay still on the schedule, bowl eligibility is a virtual certainty and the possibility of that long-awaited magical season is beginning to crystallize in the hearts and minds of BBN.


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Kentucky Football — One Mississippi State, Two Mississippi State…

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One Mississippi State, Two Mississippi State–By John Huang

Admit it! After Mississippi State scored to go up by one with just over a minute to go in the ballgame, you thought our goose was cooked. Don’t feel bad because almost everyone familiar with the rancid history of Kentucky Football thought the very same thing. Fortunately for Big Blue Nation, Austin MacGinnis’ 51-yard kick nestled gently through the uprights as time expired to give Kentucky a thrilling 40-38 win. The improbable victory was not only a “must-win” for the team but perhaps a “program changing win” for the current coaching regime.


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Kentucky Basketball — The Madness Begins

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The Madness Begins–By John Huang

The Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Program’s quest for another national title begins this month with the annual spectacle known as Big Blue Madness. Hopes are especially high this season as Coach John Calipari has reloaded his roster, combining some returning experienced upperclassmen with his usual highly rated group of incoming freshman. The near misses these last few years have added some additional urgency and expectations to a rabid fan base that will settle for nothing less than Championship Number Nine.


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Kentucky Football – Anchor Up!

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Anchor Up!—By John Huang

After the less-than-expected beat down by Bama on the road in Tuscaloosa, a date with the Vanderbilt Commodores makes for the perfect homecoming. A bounce back UK victory over your perennial fellow SEC “dore”mats would be a necessary soothing salve to a team looking to restore their season. The Cats need to permanently delete the mistake-prone memories of last week and focus entirely on the current task at hand.


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Kentucky Football – Fit to be Tide

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Fit to be Tide—By John Huang

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Give ‘em Hell Alabama! Like the Christians being fed to the lions, I’m headed on assignment this weekend down to Tuscaloosa, where our sacrificial Wildcats will take on the Crimson Tide in what could be a butt ugly encounter. Hide the women and children—this is big boy football at its best (and maybe worst).


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Kentucky Football – Cats Versus Cocks

 

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Cats Versus Cocks–By John Huang

Every season, I look forward to the Kentucky versus South Carolina football game with great anticipation. While living in Columbia for a three-year stint back in the mid-eighties, I developed a fondness for the Gamecock program that I just can’t seem to shake. I cheered for USC even during the Steve Spurrier days and I still root for the Garnet and Black except when they’re matched up against the Blue and White (or is that Blue and Anthracite). Coincidentally, the two programs are now currently regarded as SEC cellar dwellers but there’s a bit more inherent separation between them than you might think—especially in regard to the fan perception and game day experience.


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Kentucky Football – Shoot (out)!

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Shoot (out)! – by John Huang

Like a soothing shot of wheated bourbon after a particularly harrowing plane ride, these New Mexico State Aggies were exactly what the doctor ordered for our beleaguered UK Football Wildcats. Given our less-than-stellar history, there aren’t too many teams considered “gimmes” on the gridiron schedule. This was one of them–and these visitors from the southwest should have been unceremoniously pounded like a well tenderized steak.


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