First off, let’s start this post off with a proper “Happy Veteran’s Day!” And to all former and current members of our armed forces and anyone who dedicates their time and energy for the protection of our nation: Thank you. Now let’s talk about a different veteran.
CoachCal.com called Jarrod Polson an ‘unlikely veteran.’ I think that’s very accurate. Many words have been written about Jarrod in the past 48 hours, so I won’t bore you with repetition We all know how it went down and we all saw a little bit of that Bluegrass magic sweep through the fanbase as every Polson bucket surely garnered screams and cheers from 8 out of 10 Kentucky households that evening. That’s what makes being a part of such a passion fanbase to much fun. When we have a storyline to latch onto, we’re going to go all out with it. And I love the potential that Polson’s story has.
I think the basketball team and its players/storylines will come in cycles with Coach Cal. Even though he’s only in his fourth season, we’ve seen each year kind of play out how we expected.
In 2009, we knew John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were going to come in and join forces with Patterson to do damage. They didn’t win it all, but they easily could have.
In 2010, we knew we lost a lot of talent but that we had great talent coming in — just not on the game-changing level of the previous year. And with that came struggles on the road, but also a magical storyline: Josh Harrellson and the Jorts nationwide phenomenon. The entire fanbase kind of got swept up in it, and Polson was there to watch it as a freshman walk-on.
In 2011, we knew we had game-changers in Davis and MKG and that a magical season was coming. And it all played out according to play.
In 2012, we start off in a very similar position to 2010 — we lost our game-changers to the pros, but we know we have a special group of kids ready to learn. However, we’ve already seen a potential year-long storyline emerge in the first game.
Will this storyline of UK’s unlikely veteran continue to grow? I think it’s very possible. If you look at our roster, there’s plenty of room for significant minutes to come from the guard spot depending on the lineup Cal feels comfortable rolling with. Harrow, Goodwin, and Mays will definitely take up the bulk, but Jarrod proved that he’s got the swagger and confidence to hang with the big boys when his number is called. He could never score another point the rest of this year, but here’s to hoping.