Most of you know about some of the other quality UK blogs out there, the majority of which lack a signature haircut like Matt Jones’ and thus have not been propelled to the great heights of KSR. Well, The wonderful folks over at A Sea of Blue have started running a series of pieces written by one of their readers. Now, I am (obviously) all for the readers getting to write for the sites they visit if they can contribute, and this series hasn’t disappointed me yet. The essays are written by a man who was a walk-on for the 1965-66 Kentucky Wildcat freshman team. Yes, that’s the year that Rupp’s Runts lost to Texas Western in the title game. So far they’ve been a good read and are a great way to kill some time if you want a unique perspective on Coach Rupp and the golden days of Kentucky basketball. I’m not sure how long the pieces will be running or what the schedule is for new ones, but check back often over there to see. The Baron is one of the greatest and his practices were legendary, so I plan on tuning in for the whole series. Here’s an excerpt to get you started:
“And fast breaks, oh, my goodness, the fast breaks. The quickest way to get yelled at if you were a Kentucky player was to have a man (or two) advantage and not push the ball up the floor. Coach Rupp simply believed that everyone should be able to handle almost any role on the fast break. Okay, maybe you wouldn’t want Thad Jaracz to be running the middle dribbling the ball, but he could do it if that’s what worked out. And the other four guys were masters at it. Riley, Dampier, Conley, and the late Tommy Kron could all handle the ball, and they all had better hit the open man if they wanted to stay out of trouble.”
Here is Part 1: A Big Blue Blast from the Past
Here is Part 2: Ironically, it’s about practice
Enjoy the goodness, people.