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The Unforgettables 25 Years Later

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Next Tuesday marks the 25th Anniversary of the game many Kentucky fans would rather forget.  The fateful conclusion ended a season, but cemented The Unforgettables into Kentucky basketball lore forever.

Since their Kentucky careers came to an end, Sean Woods, Deron Feldhaus, John Pelphrey and Richie Farmer have led very different lives.  Two have become coaches, one a politician, another a golf course manager.

The Kentucky basketball beat writer for The Courier-Journal in 1992, Pat Forde caught up with the mythical Kentucky basketball figures and discovered that life has not been easy since their careers ended in 2.1 tragic seconds.

In the fantastic feature, Forde details their brief triumphs and falls from greatness.  Nobody fell harder than Richie Farmer.  Once a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Farmer recently declared for bankruptcy after serving 20 months in federal prison.  Farmer’s words to Forde are gut-wrenching.

“It’s been the most difficult thing I can ever imagine,” said Farmer, a divorced father of three boys. “The people of this state have been great to me my whole life. I want to say thank you to all of them.

“I would like to work dealing with people. I know I have a lot of support and would be an asset to a company. I know the Lord will lead me in the right direction.

“There’s no disgrace to get down. It’s a disgrace to stay down.”

It’s difficult to do the article justice in a blog post.  An emotional roller coaster ride, their stories are not easily told, but this is well done and worth your time.

Forde: From immortal to quite mortal, Kentucky’s Unforgettables face midlife challenges 25 years after their greatest moment 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for The Unforgettables 25 Years Later

  1. Ridge Runner
    6:33 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Really don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said within the 25 years.

    9:35 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

    The Forde piece is well done. I do not say that lightly.
    I moved to the Commonwealth in 1993 as a 25 year-old with zero knowledge of college basketball. I missed “the shot” by a season but have come to understand the importance of that game as much as any non-native ever could.
    Great article that balances the legend of the past with the day-to-day reality of the present.

  3. henderblue
    10:30 pm March 22, 2017 Permalink

    Great article. Well written. Worth the time it takes to read it.

  4. cjruk1
    9:31 am March 23, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not really a fan of Forde but this article is excellent.

  5. Dolfan66r
    11:08 am March 23, 2017 Permalink

    Also not a Forde fan at all but this is an excellent written piece. Even the immortal are mortal. Pitino still says that is the only loss in his career that wakes him in the middle of the night. Well he should have put someone on Grant Hill throwing in the ball.