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Five happy things to look forward to

I don’t know about you, but I’m done wallowing in the misery of the past week. Forget April, February has been the cruelest month for Cat fans. First we lose Nerlens Noel for the season two days before Valentine’s Day, then get absolutely embarrassed by one of our rivals on Saturday. No, not Florida…Tennessee. Lowly Tennessee that going into the game Saturday, was ranked 10th in the SEC. More disheartening than the 30-point margin was the lack of effort by almost everyone on the roster, save Julius Mays and Jarrod Polson. (The fact that those two were the “heroes” of the game speak volumes about the surreal state of this season). Without Nerlens, the Cats were unmoored, adrift in a sea of uncertainty on a path to postseason irrelevance. It was so upsetting that John Calipari let his emotions fly during the press conference, calling some of his players “not real coachable,” a sentiment he had to retract on Sunday.

So much for not wallowing, right? This is like a hangover you can’t sleep off.

Let’s try this again. In the wake of one of the worst weeks to be a Kentucky fan, let’s take a look at five things to look forward over the next month or so.

1. College GameDay

We just went over this below, but ESPN College GameDay is coming to town on Saturday and once again, the eyes of college basketball will be upon us. And if you thought they were watching when we were on top, they’re definitely going to be watching now that we’re down. Nothing makes college basketball fans happier than seeing one of its giants struggle. After three years of whomping the competition with Calipari at the helm, the Cats have reclaimed their villain status. Now, with things not quite as rosy, only 13,000 tickets have been distributed to the GameDay taping, which drew 22,000 back in 2010. Don’t think that Digger Phelps won’t pounce on that. Speaking of, if you need a reason to come to the event, what better one than that? This will be the fans’ chance to respond to Digger’s scolding at Vanderbilt’s GameDay taping last season.

LIS-TEN TO ME **clap clap clapclapclap** LIS-TEN TO ME **clap clap clapclapclap** LIS-TEN TO ME **clap clap clapclapclap**

2. UK Hoops

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start watching the women’s team. After a few setbacks, the ladies are cruising once again, riding a three-game winning streak that started with an overtime thriller over Arkansas. They’re ranked in the top ten and look primed to follow up on last season’s Elite Eight finish. Ultimately, the way things are going, we may be watching them longer than we will be the guys. Enjoy watching their fun and exciting brand of basketball, starting tonight against Texas A&M at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

3. SEC Tournament

Even if all the bracket projections in the world predict the Cats won’t make the dance, there is one last way for them to get in: the SEC Tournament. The five-day party event starts March 13th on Lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. Could this be the year they have to win it all to get in? No? Well, what better place to drown your sorrows (aka Nashville’s #1 industry)? Don’t let a down season stop you from partying with your fellow Cats fans.

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

4. Spring football / Spring game

In one month, the football Cats will strap on the pads for the first time in the Mark Stoops era. After an exhilarating National Signing Day, Stoops and staff will finally be able to work with the team’s current players, as well as Za’Darius Smith, Steven Borden, and QB Reese Phillips, who enrolled early to participate in spring practice. Stoops has said it is an open battle for the starting QB spot, despite some saying Maxwell Smith already has an early lead With more enthusiasm in the fan base than ever and the culminating Spring Game taking place under the lights, you can always find solace in football. #ThingsINeverThoughtIdSay

5. Next year

When all else fails, turn your sights to next season. With five McDonald’s All-Americans already signed to next year’s freshmen class, Cal still has a chance to add a few more, with three remaining targets left on the list. Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon will make their decisions over the next few months, and even if we miss on all three, we’ll be the one blowing teams out by thirty points, not the other way around. Does this season have you a bit burned out on the Calipari Way? Last year, we learned how valuable a few “veterans” can be, and this squad will return more than one. Also, two of next year’s heralded freshmen have spent their whole lives playing together. How’s that for a leg up on team chemistry?

Plus, there’s always Keeneland?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

39 Comments for Five happy things to look forward to

  1. Ridge Runner
    1:01 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    ahhh, Happy Thoughts. I have to admit the SEC Tourney one I am struggling to force a smile with however.

  2. Dumbledore
    1:02 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    6. Beer

  3. Wlder Treadway
    1:03 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink


  4. Dumbledore
    1:03 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    7. The first bite into an ice cream cone

  5. Dumbledore
    1:04 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    8. ‘Girls’ on HBO

  6. Dumbledore
    1:04 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    9. Cherry Blossom Festival in DC

  7. Dumbledore
    1:06 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    10. Michael Bay’s next Transformers movie

  8. dorons lamb
    1:10 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    11. Dumbledore’s done

  9. PatGLex
    1:15 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    12. Star Trek Into Darkness

    (and the UK spring sports. I’m not waiting until football season to cheer on UK sports. We have good baseball, softball, and tennis teams! #BBN should spread across the spectrum, not just football/basketball!)

  10. ky_99
    1:19 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    Need 3 tickets together for the game Saturday. If your selling email me [email protected]

  11. Dumbledore
    1:20 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    13. Ginger Snaps

  12. weisdone4
    1:20 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    look ……. the season is DONE No NCAA, NO CHAMPIONSHIP, NO KIDDING!!! We where done before it started! We where done when we didnt get a point guard besides RYAN HARROW!! A NC State reject as UKs primary point guard…..really??

  13. Laker Cat 18
    1:22 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    What part of the SEC tournament is intended to cause happy thoughts?

  14. cutch
    1:23 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    please let the digger thing go. its not funny. its embarassing.

  15. dorons lamb
    1:24 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    12) You are giving away that you graduated from Louisville…it’s were dude

  16. John Madden
    1:25 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    13. Tummy Sticks

  17. Doubting Thomas
    1:29 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    I keep trying to make sense out of this season and in particlar this team. I believe Cal is a knowledgeable evaluator of players and their skills. With that said, what happened? Were these players over rated? Did Cal miss the boat somewhere? Where is the leader of this team?? Surely when you recruit you look at leadership ability, don’t you? Why did we end up with a team with absolutely no player willing to be a leader? Where is the effort? The PRIDE? I really don’t understand this team. I know there are players performaing at a much lower level than they did in high school. Are they afraid of getting hurt? Afraid of taking the chance so we can see how good/bad they actually are? I’m lost. Please someone help me understand!!!

  18. Aaron
    1:33 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    1 & 13: Amen

  19. Aaron
    1:36 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    17, I think it was ridge runner in a post below that commented this. But Cal wasn’t the only one missing on these guys. Florida & Memphis and much of the basketball world would have had these guys sign if we had not. Just don’t say Cal or UK missed on them.

  20. CatGrad7072
    1:38 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    Getting the Pope to do the “Y” at a game next year.

    It should be easy to decorate the ‘pope mobile’. I think the hard part will be getting some UK-themed vestments for him to wear.

    After all, he’ll be out of a job soon.

    Our only competition is Notre Dame but, I think BBN could pull it off.

    You’re welcome KSR.

  21. Negative Nelly
    1:46 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    Bless your heart for bringing the positive back to the BBN. Love the “Listen to me” cheer. Time to bring it for Gameday! Let’s show Cal how much we appreciate his championship! We are UK!

  22. blindsided
    1:48 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky Wesleyan womens game tonite.

  23. weisdone4
    1:51 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    (15) Dorons Lamb:
    Actually I am a grad of UK’s school of Engineering Class of 1992 Thank you VERY MUCH! Ive been a fan when you was still floating in your fathers bag! #ukseasonover

  24. Just saying
    1:56 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    19. Nope Cal did not whiff on this class, they are very suitable class. He whiffed on Shabazz and Anthony Bennett. Several guys were hanging around ( presumably waiting on Cal) but the world thought those two would be Cats. When both players waited until the very last moment to turn us down it left us with starting Wiltjer at the PF spot. Having Bennett would have let wiltjer be a sharp shooting specialist, and allows WCS to develop slowly (he was NEVER considered a one and done, but described by most as a project). Having Shabazz would allow guys like Archie to drive the rim at will. We wouldn’t need an elite PG if those two came, but they didn’t

  25. Forget me NOT
    2:01 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    You forgot one UK BASEBALL!!!!! Already off to a great start!

  26. dorons lamb
    2:04 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    23)dude you did it again…it’s were not was…but still glad to hear your from KY

  27. John Madden
    2:06 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    #25 – Baseball is for the weak-minded.

  28. Kevin
    2:08 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    24) I think missed was meant as in “misjudged the talent”. I’m ready for football.

  29. Cat Fan in Georgia
    2:15 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    26 – It’s “you’re” not your. If you’re gonna correct spelling….

  30. Cat Fan in Georgia
    2:16 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    I suck

  31. Cat Fan in Georgia
    2:19 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    30 – That the best you’ve got??? LOL

  32. weisdone4
    2:25 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    (26) #stopwiththevocab
    Being from Pike county me thinks using “was” is acceptable considering the rural area I am at livem in! (yes that last part was on porpoise LOL

  33. Real Blue
    3:04 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    UK Baseball – should be a great year

    And the Reds!!!

    Shame what’s happened to Henry Clay baseball though…

  34. Vitamin
    3:12 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    @25: Yes!!! We should be excited about them and they are primed to make another run at the SEC!

  35. UK Dudes
    3:17 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    Platinum Plus?

  36. Jaka
    3:20 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    When did KSR switch their allegiance to UK football. I’m tired of reading blogs that want to support the football team when over the last 3 years, it was nothing but bashing the team. The writing on here has made KSR so much harder to read each day. This website has gone downhill fast.

  37. OneTrackMind
    3:25 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    She said ‘strap on’…

  38. Katdaddy
    3:44 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    #5 was the best on as far as mens bb goes. But go uk hoops. Fans will be bashing fb team by november.

  39. Reality
    10:52 pm February 18, 2013 Permalink

    No kidding…football has always been a downer at uk. We all know basketball pays the bills around here!