Believe it or not, most of civilization is actually going to make it to see 2013, and more surprising, it’s coming in only nine days. I have no idea where the year has gone, but I guess seeing a year go by too quickly is like losing socks in the dryer: you don’t know how it happens every time, it just does.
So to commemorate the end of the year, Sports Illustrated writer Seth Davis put together a list of his favorite, most memorable moments from all the college basketball played in 2012, and sure enough, Kentucky made the list at Number …
Hold on, I know it’s here somewhere, just let me find it. Let me check in the sidebar here… See, there’s Western Kentucky mentioned, and Murray State mentioned, and Austin Rivers got a shout… Am I just overlooking this somewhere?
Ho. Ly. Crap. Mr. Davis, apparently, didn’t think that anything the 2012 Champions did was really memorable enough to merit mentioning in his end-of-the-
worldyear recap. So, in all benevolence, I decided to help Seth out and jog his memory regarding some of the best, most memorable moments, of the last year, Cats-Style. Maybe he’ll remember them once he reads about them again:
1) Emergence of a Star – Anthony Davis was billed as the best college player in a decade coming into the season, and didn’t disappoint. Earning a championship, PoY awards, the number one draft pick, and Olympic gold apparently are quite forgettable. In fact, I’m sure even Anthony doesn’t remember half that stuff, right? But that one shot that Austin Rivers made, boy I’m sure he can’t forget that. Probably because Austin talks about it all the time on the team bus.
2) Tournament of Destiny – There could have been no more clandestine draw for the Wildcats’ tournament run last March, which saw UK face off against rivals in Indiana, Kansas, and Louisville. Even the opening game against Western Kentucky smacked of the sort of friendly rivalry that close neighbors often exude. The only thing that could have made it better is if the tournament committee had put Duke as the 2-seed in the same bracket to make sure they played each other in the Elite 8. Oh, they did? But Duke lost in the first game before they were able to play Kentucky? Well, at least we got to trample the Hoosiers, Cards, and Jayhawks en route to a title. I’m sure somebody around here remembers those games.
3) Cal’s First Title – Coach Cal’s first championship was more than a championship for him, it was a victory for his entire philosophy. That seems overly hyperbolic, but it isn’t. His school of thought, getting talent over experience and doing the best you can with the time they have, was long eschewed by national media types as being too unreliable, too “flash-in-the-pan,” to ever mete out any real post-season success. One trophy later, and everybody’s jumping on the Coach Cal “players first” bandwagon. And by “everybody” I really mean Tom Crean.
So, Mr. Davis, I’m not sure if you suffer from short-term memory loss like Guy Pearce in Memento (if so I’d love to see your tattoos), but clearly I think there were at least a couple things that were worth mentioning. You obviously don’t have to enjoy those things as much as BBN did, being an unbiased media member and all, but how can you not consider those things memorable?