Oh Football Santa… You so cray.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas yesterday and got everything they wanted. If not, well, there’s a reason December 26th is one of the busiest return days of the year. Just don’t tell Grandma that you’re taking back that sweater she bought you; she’ll be crushed. Don’t worry, I won’t rat you out.
While Christmas is over, and children everywhere have less to look forward to for the next 364 days, sports fans are just now getting their gifts for the year. College basketball is underway, and the busted BCS system is just about to provide literally twos of big games. And speaking of college football and Christmas, our friends at SEC blog Saturday Down South have an idea what it was that Kentucky fans were asking for in their stocking:
Mark Stoops knows the task that’s ahead of him: make Kentucky football relevant. Joker Phillips took over a team that was relevant from Rich Brooks, but he didn’t last long in just three seasons. Kentucky doesn’t want to win SEC East Championships, but they do want seven or eight win seasons and win bowl games. That’s winning at Kentucky. It’s not a knock on the program or any of the players; it’s just the reality of the job. After a 2-10 2012 season, Big Blue Nation is ready to turn the page and find some relevancy in the SEC East.
Can’t say they didn’t nail it. It’s funny, too, because “relevancy” was one of the words used when BCG was hired/fired in regards to Kentucky basketball. “Relevant” there, and here, have very different meanings though.
While “relevant” to basketball means Final Fours and number one recruiting classes, Saturday Down South pretty much pegged what “relevant” in means for the football team. The only thing I would correct is the part about the SEC East Championships. I’m not saying we should win it every year, but there’s no reason we couldn’t win it every now and again, right?
The rest though, specifically the part about the 7- and 8-win seasons, is accurate. So how likely are Kentucky fans to get what they asked for? Well, unlike basketball, we’re not asking for the world on a silver platter. For all its passion, BBN isn’t stupid; we know that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a good football program will take time. Tradition will take time. In the meantime, though, some 8-win seasons from Santa would be great. Unfortunately, we still have to wait several months for football to get here. … How many times has that been said in this state? Looks like those who asked Santa for some excitement for football this year got exactly what they wanted. Now let’s hope relevance follows up next year.