We should be getting ready for Kentucky’s Final Four semifinal in Atlanta right now, but thanks to the coronavirus, our memories of games gone by will have to suffice. Today at 3 p.m., the UK Sports Network will replay the radio broadcast of the 1998 National Championship between Kentucky and Utah on 630 WLAP, 840 WHAS, affiliates throughout the state and UKAthletics.com. The KSR Pregame Show will start at 1 p.m. and lead into a special extended edition of Countdown to Tipoff with Tom Leach.
My dad and I taped most of Kentucky’s games during the ’96, ’97, and ’98 tournament runs, and this VHS was by far our favorite. Whenever we were bored or needed a pick-me-up, we’d pop the tape into our VCR and escape into the memories of the Comeback Cats battling back from yet another halftime deficit to claim the school’s seventh national championship. In case you were too young to see the game yourself, I won’t go into detail, but Kentucky’s performance in the second half was truly magical, and I can still see the celebrations on the bench as the final seconds ticked down. Seven is heaven, indeed.
If you’d like to try to sync the video and radio replays, here are a few YouTube videos:
Feel free to share your favorite memories of the 1998 National Championship in the comments. How many of you were celebrating at the corner of Euclid and Woodland?
There are lots of other UK games on TV today
That’s not the only Kentucky game you can relive today. The 2011 win over North Carolina will be replayed on UK Sports Network TV affiliates today and tomorrow, so if you’re in the state of Kentucky, you can relive the glory of Anthony Davis’ block over and over again. Here’s the schedule:
Saturday, April 4
- Louisville: 1 p.m. on WHAS11
- Lexington: 3:30 p.m. on WKYT
- Hazard: 3:30 p.m. on WYMT
Sunday, April 5
- Bowling Green: 12:30 p.m. on WBKO
- Ashland: 1:30 p.m. on WQCW
- Cincinnati: 1:30 p.m. on WXIX
- Paducah: 2 p.m. on WPSD
The SEC Network is also replaying SEC Tournament Championship games today, including some classics:
Eddie Sutton will be announced as a Hall of Famer
At noon, the new members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be announced, and according to ESPN, former Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton is one of them. Sutton led the Cats to the Elite Eight (1986) and Arkansas (1978) and Oklahoma to the Final Four (1995, 2004). He is one of ten Division I coaches with 800 or more career wins, but due to multiple scandals and his experiences with alcoholism, has yet to be voted into the Hall of Fame. That will reportedly change today.
You can watch the announcement on ESPN at noon.
A new BBN Jam matchup
In one hour, voting will open on the fourth matchup of the BBN Jam, the 2014 team of Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison vs. the 2006 team of Rajon Rondo and Randolph Morris.
Right now, it looks like Keith Bogans and Marquis Estill (2003) are going to beat Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2018), but you can still get in your vote on Facebook.
Could the freshmen hang with two upperclassmen or would they be choked out by the SuffoCats? https://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/bbn-jam-round-one-2003-bogans-estill-vs-2018-knox-shai/
Get out there and enjoy the great outdoors
The weather is gorgeous this weekend, so get out there and enjoy it, from an appropriate social distance, of course. Governor Andy Beshear has been asking Kentuckians to refrain from crowds and gatherings of any size, which includes crowded home improvement stores and setting up your lawn chairs six feet apart in the yard to get in some face time with your friends. We’re all going stir crazy right now, but with the number of coronavirus cases rising in the state (831 confirmed, 37 deaths), social distancing is more important than ever. If something doesn’t feel right, just remember Andy’s words, “You can’t be doing that.”
Join KSRun’s virtual group run
The KSRun Strava group continues to grow by leaps and bounds, with over 425 members. Today, we’re doing our second virtual run at 3 p.m. to coincide with the radio replay of the 1998 National Championship. Whether you’re running or walking, click here to join the fun and keep your distance from others, even if it means crossing the street or running in the bike lane. Navigating our neighborhood has been a little bit like Pac-Man, but the endorphins are worth it.
If you need further incentive to join KSRun, I’ll be awarding our next set of prizes on Monday morning. This week’s leaderboard challenge is Elevation Gain, so work some hills into your route and share your results/photos with us on Instagram (@KSR_IG) and tag our sponsors, @CTM.Band and @SwordPerformance.
This weekend’s KSBar special is ridiculous
Don’t feel like cooking today? Let KSBar and Grille handle dinner. This weekend, we’re offering an amazing prime rib family meal special. Dinners are available starting at 3 p.m. Feel free to call in your order early in the day for evening pick up. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The OTT’s 90s TV Show Bracket sparked a lot of debate
On the latest episode of The OTT Podcast, Fake Barney and I debuted our 90s TV Show Bracket, and a lot of you have some THOUGHTS about it on Twitter, especially concerning the Nickelodeon region. To hear what all the fuss is about, download the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen through the KSR App.