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This is it.

This is it, folks.

Kentucky vs. Louisville. For a chance to play for the National Championship.

Either is reason enough to get your heart pounding, but the combination is enough to send you into full cardiac arrest. It’s the perfect storm of passion: the biggest game, against our biggest foe, on the biggest stage, on the four-year anniversary of the death of the person to whom it would have meant the most.

Just think about the magnitude of this game; not just for our players, but for us, the fans. It’s been fourteen years since we’ve watched our team bring home the ultimate prize. Although we’ve always acted the part, it’s been fourteen years since the crown of college basketball was placed upon our head. Those fourteen years haven’t been easy; at times, it was almost easier to pretend the team didn’t exist than to witness the way in which it was being drug through the mud by someone who just didn’t care.

This is Rick Pitino, the man who brought our program back from its darkest days, leading us to the top with one of the greatest teams in the history or the sport. Rick was a god in the Bluegrass, which made his departure hurt, and his return to the helm of the team we hate the most burn. Outsiders will never understand that pain. Eleven years later, it still smolders.

This is John Calipari, who rescued a team from the brink of collapse, sweeping in with promises of a better future which we were almost too scared to believe. That is, until we saw it in motion. John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe…the talent came, and restored the swagger to the Big Blue Nation. We were so giddy we danced. Unfortunately, an off-night stopped us short, but that would have been too easy, right? Which is why we were thrilled by the gutsy postseason play of the “rebuilding year,” a sweetly unexpected trip to the Final Four, led by a whip-smart freshman point guard, basketball’s equivalent of a folk hero in jean shorts, and a defensive role player who refused to let his team lose. Again, our fingers brushed the brass ring but couldn’t hold on, but that’s okay, it wasn’t our time.

This is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the most mature 18-year-old I’ve ever seen. A coach’s dream, a player so pure and good it’s as though he was made for the “One Shining Moment” montage.

This is Anthony Davis, the best player in college basketball, and maybe the most humble. We may only have one year with him, but what a year it’s been.

This is Terrence Jones, the Real T. Jones, who has come full circle in his time at Kentucky. The real test of a man? Knowing you’re not ready and returning to learn more.

This is Marquis Teague, who came to Kentucky with the pressure of living up to Rose, Wall, Bledsoe, and Knight, and withstood it.

This is Doron Lamb, the sleepy-eyed assassin, who returned to college with unfinished business.

This is Darius Miller, the Kentucky native and four-year starter, to whom this game may mean the most.

This is Louisville, the team we like to think doesn’t exist, until they somehow find a way into our semifinals on our path to destiny. These are our friends, whom we have to ignore for certain parts of the year because of their dirty bird ways. This is our state, who is united we stand, divided in basketball. To the nation that has watched our anxiety this week: this is not hyperbole. This is real.

In the immortal words of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, we expected this, now it’s here.

This is our time.

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.

45 Comments for This is it.

  1. charlestoncat
    12:03 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Beautifully written Tyler! WOW! I can’t wait!

  2. DavisBrow
    12:06 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Look at TT getting all William Wallace up in here! Lets get this BBN!!!

  3. About time
    12:06 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Best post tt hasnever written

  4. Swagger Jacker
    12:06 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    KSR needs to show some love to Randolph Morris, who along with Starbury, helped guide the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association to a championship.

  5. Kyle Wiltjer
    12:08 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    This is me, the white boy from Oregon who is yet to miss from 3 point land this whole season.

  6. bobthebuilder
    12:09 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Cant wait for tip-off! Lets go Cats!

  7. Cats R Back
    12:12 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    WOW….I would run through a brick wall and smile while doing it if it meant these guys could lift that trophy.

  8. Its Miller Time
    12:17 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    i agree great post I got chills

  9. DavisBrow
    12:18 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    This one is for Mr. Wildcat, Bill Keightley, who oversaw the highs and lows of this team and continued to be a rock for players. His memory lives on today, and this game is dedicated to him.

  10. These ladies love their Rick ...
    12:19 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

  11. BigBlueCats
    12:22 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Tonight would just be icing on the cake for me. Proud to announce another future Wildcat, my beautiful son, was born this morning.

  12. J-Daddy
    12:29 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    This one is for Mr. Bill…UK get this, it’s your time, no backing down, no letting up. Own this day and head into Monday night with nothing but fire in your eyes.

  13. Sydney
    12:33 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    This is excellent Tyler!

  14. BluegrassLaw
    12:38 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    #11 – Dude, that’s awesome. You’ll be telling him stories about this day for the rest of his life. Enjoy.

  15. Blueballn
    12:38 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome Tyler you got me so pumped i think i could dunk two-handed!!!!!

  16. KnoxvilleCatFan
    12:40 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Oh man…That brought tears to my eyes…People outside of Kentucky just do not understand the heart of the Big Blue Nation. I’ve lived and breathed basketball. As Kentucky Wildcats, we do not need to demean any other team, coach, or players because we ARE Kentucky. We love basketball. We love our team. We love our players. We love the game of basketball. I will be disappointed if Kentucky is not the champions on Monday night, but my heart will still be in my Ole’ Kentucky Home. GO BIG BLUE!!!

  17. Gobigblue
    12:40 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    I could just hear the dramatic music playing in the background as I read that. I got goosebumps. It’s time! Let’s do this! GO BIG BLUE!

  18. scrawford3
    12:45 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink


  19. Awesome post! You ought to post audio of it with the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme (or insert your favorite dramatic music) in the background!

    LOVE that shot of MKG and LOVED it when I saw him do it in game!

    CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. donnie
    12:47 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    i shining moment is playing in my head

  21. 17, you beat me to the punch on that one. LOL! GO BLUE!!!

  22. CatFanInAZ
    12:49 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Made me a little teary eyed Ms. T. Go Cats!!

  23. NKY Catsfan
    12:49 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome read !!! #5 — that is hilarious ! I hope he does hit some 3’s tonight. I hope everybody can leave the 3 googles up the whole game too !

  24. UK3K
    12:54 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Great writeup Ms. T.

    I’d just like to take this time to congratulate two of my close friends and the biggest UK fans I know. Hopefully before the game starts tonight they will welcome a new fan into the Big Blue Nation. Her name is Katie and hopefully when she is older her parents can tell her the story of how she was born on the eve of UK’s eighth title. Go Cats!

    12:57 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    hell yeah TT. you go girl. u captured it perfectly without using 33498349832423490 words. GO CATSSS!

  26. Surgeon Michael
    12:59 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Chills. I’m dying right now. Can you start the liveblog?

  27. Eric K
    1:07 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Is it game time yet?! Time to kick loserville ASS!! GO CATS!!

  28. playersfan
    1:11 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t watch sports on TV this week, everything is about how to beat KY. It really gets boring and repetitive. What a switch to just have a short segment of how to lose to KY, just play your best game.

    1:15 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    very well done Ms. Thompson — one of the best this site has ever had.

  30. aintnothug
    1:23 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    nice post!

  31. Ridge Runner
    1:24 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome write up Ms T. Can you make it to the Cats halftime break and say something like this to the guys? I’m ready to run through my LR wall!

  32. Chris Roach
    1:25 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Is it gametime yet? wow this week seems like it has been about a month.. This team is as talented as the 96-98 squad. Completely loaded i mean loaded with talent like i have never seen before.. This will be the year i have it in my spirit. Have seen this coming since last season. Big Blue nation will come back with # 8 and with some swagger like never seen before. Cat fan for life!

  33. Ridge Runner
    1:26 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    By the way…

    A week of reading KSR to this build up & this is the #1 article!

    1:32 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    I used to not like you because you deleted my posts over the smallest criticism, but you just won me over. That was a GREAT post.

  35. Dave Ball
    1:42 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    ADavis just awarded the WOODEN award…hmm…AP, Wooden, Oscar, oh my

  36. Al's IndiCats
    1:47 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    33 I couldn’t agree more. Each day as it passes I think about what this game means to every man, woman, and child who wears the BLUE and WHITE with such pride that even the mention of the word KENTUCKY brings a smile to our face. Ms. Thompson, not only did you hit this one out of the park, but I feel it has to be a blip on some Airport’s radar somewhere.

    11, Congratualtions to you and your LADY. That is truely awesome! When my kids were still in the womb I’d talk nothing but UK basketball to them, and in Turn they did the same with theirs. We live in Indy so you know it wasn’t very easy for them. GO CATS!!!!!!!!

  37. bluefan
    1:52 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations to #11.
    And to you, Ms.T, for the best post EVER!
    Go CATS!!!
    Two more.

  38. BigBlueCat
    1:53 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    What a great post! I’m feeling good! Nervous, but good! This is our time! GO CATS!

  39. Dave Ball
    1:57 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Go this for my dad (who died exactly two days before Bill Keightley, and who would have loved this first semi-final game just as much)…win this for Bill Keightley…win it for the fans, for coach…must most of all…win it for yourselves…to be the best…so young and so good…as players and as young men…win it for yourselves and place this team in its rightful place amongst the best ever…at UK or anywhere else…win it for yourselves…go Cats

  40. C4TF4N
    2:21 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    TT…best post EVER!! You’ve had some great posts in the past, but this is your “One Shining Moment”!!

  41. Iluvblu
    2:30 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    I got goose bumps reading this!!
    Well done
    UK Gr8ness

  42. TeresainSC
    2:47 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    BigBlueCat — The kid has perfect timing. Showed up on national championship weekend and managed not to mess with game time at all.
    I hope he has the appropriate game day attire.

  43. EJ
    3:26 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Great article. Go Cats!

  44. J-Daddy
    4:23 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    I’m betting Mr. Bill would have loved MKG…I bet he’s setting up in heaven telling Rupp “that boy right there is a warrior”.

  45. CAT8
    5:05 pm March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe my favorite post in the history of KSR. Only thing that could top it is a national title post.