The young ladies above were recently featured as UK Fans of the Day and were a big hit amongst the KSR readers. However unbeknownst to us, the picture we used was an old one from years past. So one of the ladies wrote us and asked us to use a more up to date picture. So there they are, the same three beautiful women, standing in the same pose, only this time from closer to present day. I am guessing the fans will like it as well. Some notes from the day:
— Joker has said to expect increased playing time for Freshmen, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Anyone who watched the game on Sunday shouldn’t be surprised at this news, but it is good to hear nonetheless. No offense to some of the Sophomores and Juniors that played against Louisville, but they were outmatched both physically and mentally from the opening kickoff. I would much prefer to see Freshmen who might make mental mistakes but have the physical ability to play in the SEC get their reps than to see the same error time and time again. Lets hope it makes a difference.
— In case you don’t know much about them, Kent State has the #1 defense in the MAC returning and includes a couple of pro prospects on that side of the ball. Offensively, Kent State struggled last year a great deal and should provide UK’s defense a measuring point for improvement. Simply put, if Kent State is able to drive the ball consistently down the field against UK, then everyone will.
— Enes Kanter keeps tweeting out pictures of him working out. He is a bad man:
— The Democratic Convention has started. In UK related news, Ashley Judd is a delegate to the convention from Tennessee. Proceed to fight with each other in the comment section.
— On the basketball side of things, we are getting closer to the UK ALUMNI GAME and 1996 REUNION GAME IN RUPP ARENA. I have to tell you that I think this is one of the cooler events that I can imagine taking place and I hope UK fans make the decision to come and see it, as it should be a spectacle. John Wall, Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins are among the guys playing, and the reunion of the 1996 team should be special. Tickets are affordable and there are still lower arena seats available. You can purchase tickets here for what may be your best chance to see future NBA superstars in action up close. It should be a great Kentucky day.
— I know we lost, but remember that they have fans like this:
— Finally, some of you folks like when I give reading recommendations, so here are two for a rainy day. I have been reading the compilation of essays “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” by Joan Didion, a great collection of writing describing California in the 1960s. Two of the best works are available online. “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream” is a fascinating story of the death of a man in California at the hands (allegedly) of his wife. It recounts the circumstances of the crime, the trial and more in stunning prose that puts the reader directly at the scene of the events. Definitely worth the time. Equally as good is “John Wayne: A Love Song”, a look at a cancer-stricken John Wayne as he shot the movie, “The Sons of Katie Elder.” The portrait of him is fascinating and the anecdotes of the type that you will relate to Wayne forever. Both of these can be read in one setting and worth taking a look.
So there you go. I know we lost, but we have to remember that the notion of being a UK fan and celebrating #LouisvilleHateDay stays with us no matter the outcome. The Big Blue Nation rises on, with its national championship firmly in hand and a collective sense of community unlike any other. A shout out to all of the fans who made this weekend special, even when the game didn’t do us any favors