Kentucky is Basketball Country.
have two degrees from the University of
and my wife and I had the opportunity to watch our son play in the Husky
band in the 93 Rose Bowl. So I have every reason to bleed
purple and gold.
I had the opportunity to watch Kentucky wildcats
play Tennessee seven years ago while my daughter Marnie was a grad
student at the Universty of Kentucky. That game gave me a
taste of the rabid thirst for basketball here in Lexington.
Now that I live here though I am fascinated with the
"basketball culture." The UK flag waving on the front
porch is a common accent. On game day the sea of
blue and purple garb ebbs over the city from Fresh
Market to Traditional
Basketball rivals the Bible here in the Bluegrass country. If
you are able to talk Bball then you can carry on a converstation with
the young and the old anywhere in the city.
This year as the Cats continue to go undefeated the frenzy
seems building daily. It reminds me of waiting to see if Mt
St. Helens would erupt in 1980. Fans have come to expect an
undefeated season although many will admit winning a National
Championship would be sufficient.
Meanwhile my Washington Huskies who were expected to challenge for a
championship in the very weak PAC Ten have really struggled.
So I am thinking about adopting another team. Can I
still love my Huskies and also have an affair with the Cats?
If you like basketball and have not watched the Wildcats you need to
find a way to make a date. John
Wall their all world freshman
guard gets his share and more of the press but they also have three
other lottery picks in my opinion. Patrick
Patterson is an All American big
guy with a sweet outside shot. DeMarcus
Cousins is a freshman that gets
better every game, is almost seven feet tall, built like a tight end
and amazingly nimble for a very large man. Against Arkansas
on Saturday he played 17 minutes had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
What would happen if he played a complete game? Eric
Bledsoe another freshman may be
as good as John Wall but he began the year with a sprained ankle.
Both quards are super quick, have great floor vision and play
tremendous defense. I haven't seen the statistics but it
seems to me Bledsoe is a better outside shooter.
Well I think I answered my question. I still love the Dawgs
but I certainly am courting those Cats!
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