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NEW: Tubby Smith and 1997-98 National Championship team featured on new Maker’s Mark bottle


The 2018 edition of the University of Kentucky Maker’s Mark bottle is officially here.

Here’s an exclusive look at the label for the new Maker’s Mark bottle that will honor the Tubby Smith and the 1997-98 National Championship team.

The label talks about the team’s success and overcoming the odds:

“In his very first season as the University of Kentucky head coach, Tubby Smith took the 1997-98 team all the way to the top. A 78-69 win in the finals over the Utah Utes gave UK its seventh national championship. The Wildcats ended the season with a 35-4 record, despite being one of the only teams ever to win a championship without a First-Team All-American or a future NBA Lottery pick.”

Maker’s Mark has a partnership with Keeneland to produce five University of Kentucky bottles that started back in 2016. The first three honored Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, and the 1996 National Championship squad.

The final bottle of the collection will release in 2019, which will almost certainly celebrate John Calipari and the 2012 National Championship.

What do you guys think?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

11 Comments for NEW: Tubby Smith and 1997-98 National Championship team featured on new Maker’s Mark bottle

  1. BannerDown2018
    8:41 pm February 13, 2018 Permalink

    Love it, it’ll go great next to my Rupp edition.

  2. Cowboy
    8:42 pm February 13, 2018 Permalink

    Well deserved… for both the coach and the team. I’m sure the comments will come of “He did it with Pitino’s players” etc Just shut up. That’s just a ridiculous argument.

    Kudos. I love it.

    • jim tom
      10:11 pm February 13, 2018 Permalink

      You got that right . Little to no appreciation for the job Tubby did by some. They still had to be coached that tiltle year. Always called bs on the Pitino players bashing on Tubby

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      7:12 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      Which Pitino players bashed Tubby? I don’t remember that. The Pitino players who also played under Tubby think the world of him. They’re the first to say they never would’ve even made the championship game, let alone won it, without buying into Tubby’s system.

  3. true2blue
    8:43 pm February 13, 2018 Permalink

    Where can I buy all of them!

  4. jim tom
    9:13 pm February 13, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sure some KSR fanboy willl once again complain about Tubby. Phenomenal job that season

  5. Blue Bill
    11:07 pm February 13, 2018 Permalink

    Damn, a positive comment from Jim Tom. Wow.

  6. Go_Wildcats_Go
    11:55 pm February 13, 2018 Permalink

    Great photo to put on the bottle. I really hope Tubby joins some of his players for the signing!

  7. henderblue
    7:52 am February 14, 2018 Permalink

    What took so long??

  8. Jiminy Crickets
    10:08 am February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Now put him in the rafters where he belongs

  9. Jiminy Crickets
    10:17 am February 14, 2018 Permalink

    I went to school at UK 1993-1999, yep took 6 years to get 4 year degree. All the KSR bulldogs like to say people that critique the success, realize we were not just good, but teams struggled to the ball across half court on us. We went to 3 straight finals, winning 2, and should have been 4 straight, that 1995 team was as good as any of them. Not to mention the 1993 team finished 30-4, and if mashburn didn’t foul out against Michigan, they would have won that one too.