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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Kentucky Tennis-SEC Champions

Congratulations to the UK Men's Tennis team on winning its first SEC Championship since 1992 and going undefeated in SEC play.

UK Softball vs. Cards

Speaking of Cats vs. Cards...here are a few shots from the recent softball matchup at the UK Softball Complex. It was a hard-fought game but the Cards prevailed 1-0. Pitchers Chanda Bell and Rachel Riley combined for 8 strikeouts.

Lauren Cumbess pitched her first no-hitter Saturday to lead the UK softball team to a big victory against the visiting Bulldogs. It was only the second series win over Georgia in school history. The Cats are 21-23 overall and 8-9 in the SEC. They have won five of their last seven.

Of course there was the usual Santa Card sighting. 

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/14/2150958/cumbess-throws-first-no-hitter.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/14/2150958/cumbess-throws-first-no-hitter.html#storylink=cpy

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cats vs. Cards

The Cliff was rocking to start the rivalry game, but the Cards quickly silenced the season-high crowd of 3,563. As temperatures dropped and the crowd dispersed, the flat Cats saw their 21-game non-conference winning streak snapped. This was one of those unexplainable off nights where you just have to reset and move on.

A couple of side notes... this was the first time in several seasons I have had to park at Commonwealth for a baseball game. It is great seeing the support for UK baseball from the BBN. There wasn't much to get excited about in this game for Kentucky fans, but it was nice seeing a reunion of former Lexington Hustlers, Louisville's Shane Crain and Kentucky's Micheal Thomas, closing out the game on the field together. UK's Corey Littrell and J.T. Riddle are also Hustlers alums. Steven Hoagland is listed on the roster for this summer.

Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

The Cats notched another SEC series win, but saw their school-record home winning streak ended by Ole Miss in game 2 at 21 games. A grand slam in the rubber match by Cameron Flynn sealed the series victory for Kentucky.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/08/2144282/flynns-slam-seals-series-win-for.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/08/2143778/u-baseballs-home-winning-streak.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, April 6, 2012

National Champions! #gr8ness

Sitting at Big Blue Madness, I could only dream of how the season would end. Watching everything play out and seeing Banner #8 being raised (lowered) from Rupp's rafters was even more than I could have imagined. I was lucky enough to cover the team as part of the media for 8 games this season. It gave me a different perspective. I felt so much more vested in these players. I wanted them to win to end the dry spell and return Kentucky Basketball to its rightful place atop the mountain as Coach Cal promised. I wanted them to continue the momentum set by the two previous seasons. In the end, I wanted us to win for the players themselves. They weren't dripping with swag like Cousins and Wall, they didn't have big personalities like Jorts, but they did have a quiet coolness about them. Their selfless acts and never quit effort inspired us all. I can think of no team more deserving of college basketball's highest achievement. I couldn't be more proud of them. They represented our university with dignity and poise. 

And MKG...come on. Every time you thought you couldn't love him more, another story would come out to tug at your heartstrings. This kid has overcome more adversity than most of us will see in a lifetime. Unbelievable courage and drive.

The coming days will bring a whirlwind of autograph sessions, news conferences, first pitches and "celebrity" appearances. Memories of the past two seasons are already flooding back. That sinking feeling in your gut as each one announces for the NBA Draft. While I wish them every success, I dread this side of it all. Those past seasons did teach me one thing, to appreciate every second we have with these players while they wear the Blue and White. I really tried to enjoy the ride and drink in every moment, big and small.

Although the season went by in a blink of an eye, we have amazing memories to last a lifetime. I will never forget the atmosphere in Rupp for the championship celebration. The deafening roar of the crowd and seeing the pride with which parents passed Kentucky tradition onto their children as we waited. For many it was their first experience in Rupp. As that bus rolled in and the players were introduced one by one, grown men had tears streaming down their faces. I get choked up just thinking about it again. I am as crazed a Kentucky fan as anyone, but I am a transplant. I don't think even I understood how deep emotions run here. I was blessed to witness two banners go up this season. As a player it has to bring great satisfaction knowing you have left a permanent mark in such a short time, a legacy that will be celebrated and revered forever. 

So let them talk outside of Kentucky about our program. As Coach Cal instructed us all, don't let them steal our joy because they really don't "get it." I don't feel robbed or cheated by the so-called "one and dones. " I feel immensely blessed. These Cats gave us a gift more valuable than any NBA contract. They reminded us of the value of hard work, of working together and sacrificing to achieve a common goal, the true meaning of being our brother's keeper. They united our state and gave us reason to celebrate when times are hard and some have endured so much. This is the true "Kentucky Effect." How do you put a price tag on that? Thank you Cats for allowing us to share in such a remarkable journey. You truly are Champions on and off the court!

To Coach Cal, thank you! Thank you for making your vision a reality. Thank you for your tireless efforts both seen and unseen. Thank you for your fire and passion. Thank you for teaching us to win and lose with grace and humility. Mr. Barnhart said it best, this program isn't for everyone, but it was made for you! Congratulations Coach!