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Two Must-Watch/Must-Listen Clips for UK fans

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It is a somewhat sleepy Wednesday night, so I thought I would spice it up a bit with some clips from the archives:

CLIP #1: A reader alerted me to this edition of Cat Calls before Senior Day in 1992 featuring Cawood Ledford. It was Cawood’s final home game before his retirement and the broadcast from one of my childhood role models is absolutely great. He takes calls from all around the state and as a current host of a UK radio call-in show, it is great to see how some things never change. He has a number of people giving shout outs to their home town, asking about Richie and even one caller named John Short predicting a win by a certain amount of big’uns. If you love Kentucky basketball history, you have to listen to this great piece from the not-so-distant past.

CLIP #2: From Saturday’s game, here is a Youtube video of the National anthem before the Cats vs Cards. The singer directed the crowd to sing the lyrics and it was a great moment in Rupp Arena. Check it out in case you missed it:

Article written by Matt Jones

38 Comments for Two Must-Watch/Must-Listen Clips for UK fans



  1. knightynight
    8:02 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    First!



  2. JR Hop
    8:03 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    the national anthem was really something special. that guy pulled it off great



  3. roydillard
    8:07 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    hey matt find some info on kidd-gil and report! please



  4. Lovelease
    8:09 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Was there it wAs Pretty awesome



  5. bigbluefan
    8:17 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Incredible. Thank you for posting the anthem clip!



  6. Dean
    8:24 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    What time does John Short come on?



  7. Dean
    8:27 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody who is wondering, John Short calls in around 5:30.



  8. Mark
    8:28 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    That guy, Dr. Everett McCorvey, is the architect of a strong UK Opera Theater program that is quickly gaining notoriety in music circles. He was also the voice teacher of Antonio Hall, former UK football player (I think he played OL). I’m proud to be a former student of his and an alum of UK!



  9. YearyCat
    8:30 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    This is PURE GOLD!!!!



  10. Mr. Appraiser
    8:32 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Great post and link about Caywood. Brings back a ton of memories



  11. jay
    8:33 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Even Paul Rodgers from ul talked about how special a moment that was…



  12. old_school
    8:48 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    WOW – this should be required listening to anyone who claims to be a UK fan.

    THIS IS GREAT!!!!!



  13. Season Never Ends
    8:53 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, this really takes you back. Thanks for posting Matt.



  14. nolablue
    8:55 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Oh wow. Thank you so much for that Cawood recoding. ‘Know the source of
    any more for iTunes??? Glad to see I ain’t the only one who mangles it
    and calls him Caywood. ; ) I really always thought that was how his
    name was spelled until KSR started typing it out!



  15. Delaney Hanley
    9:04 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome a John Short call from 20yrs ago!! That made my night.



  16. Bmac
    9:06 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I must admit it was quite enjoyable to watch Austin Rivers miss every shot and freethrow he attempted in crunch time during Duke’s upset tonight.



  17. BigBlueSkyDog
    9:16 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I love Tom Leach and Mike Pratt and they are still the best broadcasting team bar none. But Cawood is in a realm of his own. Lord, I miss him.



  18. @mr_exquisite_
    9:28 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I think UK should start singing the national anthem like this for every home game..



  19. BigBlueSkyDog
    9:28 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    15) It would have been even better had JT called to give Cawood a “Heeyyy”



  20. Bigcat4453
    9:29 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m very disapointed that the ESPN website doesn’t run any headlines of dUKe being upset tonight. That WAS the 3rd ranked team in teh country..



  21. kycager
    9:34 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Most Awesome National Anthem ever.
    Dr Mccorvey is COOL!



  22. Paducah Patty
    9:39 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I sat and cried listening to Cawood. I miss Cawood. I was at that game in 92 and it was special. Thanks Matt!



  23. Geno'sCats
    9:55 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with you #18. GO BIG BLUE



  24. babiesmama
    9:56 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Thank the Portland timbers for the singing idea



  25. Paul Richardson
    10:07 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Make this a tradition and home games would become even more special.



  26. exedfan
    10:17 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with #22, listening to Cawood again brought a tear. For some reason I thought of him during the luavul game and wished I could hear his voice.



  27. BigBlueVet
    10:33 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Best version of the National Anthem I’ve ever heard. Nice to see 24,000 of our nation’s finest singing along. How do we start that as a new UK basketball tradition?



  28. kentuckygentleman
    10:38 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    What is scary is I even remember the Cawood “beef” commercial like it was yesterday. Hearing his voice brings back so many memories.



  29. Champ
    10:40 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    John short sounds exactly the same. Awesome



  30. Floyd
    10:50 pm January 4, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you for Clip #1 Matt.



  31. GCat
    12:19 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, listening to Cawood and Ralph with Cat Calls was awesome. Thanks. I went to that last home game in 1992 where Richie said something like “kids growin’ up have heroes like football players, basketball players, or rastlers (crowd laughter then silence). But, my hero has always been Cawood Ledford.” My Dad always said Rupp’s Runts was his favorite UK team and Cawood was the best ever. Now I tell my boys about the Unforgetables (my favorite team) and how great Cawood was. Cat Calls still goes on although not named as such. What a great uncomparable history and passion that we all have for this program. Thanks for the memories. How great to listen to Cawood and Ralph again.



  32. ukcats
    2:00 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Dr. McCorvey does that once every year. Guess it’s never at a big game.



  33. Winston Churchill
    8:15 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Dr. McCorvey has made UK into one of the Top 15 college Opera Theatre programs in the country. Awesome guy.



  34. Nancy
    9:12 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Really enjoyed listening to Caywood….as one of your older readers here, it sure brought back memories hearing his voice. He was one of a kind, but you do a great job on the call-in shows too, Matt.



  35. Tampa Amy
    9:36 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Love Dr. McCorvey!! I was in the music dept in the mid ’90’s and had the opportunity to work with him numerous times. Wonderfully nice guy and great teacher!!



  36. Winston B's Caddy
    11:16 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Would love to see that become a tradition at Rupp where the entire arena sings the National Anthem.



  37. BHiggy
    11:20 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Like many, I would like to see the crowd singing the anthem become a tradition at home games. As far as the Cawood clip, like many of you, I can remember the days of watching the game on TV, an turning down the volume and listening to Cawood call the game on the radio. Those were the days. Thanks for sharing.



  38. Al
    1:45 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I think the reason the national anthem is sticking out is because UK changed it from occurring at the 13:00 mark before the game starts to just after the clock hits 0:00. There are a lot of people there at 13:00 but most walk in just before intro’s.