Florida ends up winning by 15 and Kentucky plays their typical game of the season (one half good, one half bad). The Cats give up an astounding 95 points (most in Tubby Smith era?) and play anemic defense (its called the pick and roll Randolph….learn to defend it). Lots of important things happened including the emergence of Taurean Green, the lack of defense by Kentucky guards and the questionable defensive strategy by the UK coaches.
However what was of course most important was the remarkable nature of Florida forward Joakim Noeh’s moustache. Now Noah, thanks in part to his strong performance and his continued mastery of self-congratulation, has become a target of Kentucky fans since the game and this is understandable. But the absurdity of his moustache has no rational explanation. Much has been made of the Adam Morrison ‘tache and the fact that it has a white trash/greasy component to it. However this doesnt accurately portray Noah’s look. It is as if a 1980s hair band groupie met up with a French philosopher to produce the most bizarre mix of hair, both on the head and face, that this world has ever seen. As KSR Radio contributor Chris Mosley said earlier…..it is a moustache built on sheer arrogance.
It was said during the game that Noah is the combination of his father (Yannick Noah, a great tennis player but relatively ugly man) and Miss Sweden (I would guess a beauty). It is clear that in terms of genetics, he got the worst of both worlds as he has his mother’s feminine features and his father’s ugly features. When you throw in Jean Paul Sarte’s moustache, you have one of the most bizarre looking people that I have encountered in sometime. While I dont know if this game will ever be considered truly memorable, I do think the night will stick with me for some time. Like the first time I saw Michael Jackson’s booking photo, the first glimpse of the facial hair de Joakim Noah has scarred me for life….and it really is the story of the night.