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Today on KSR: A Comeback Cats kind of Saturday

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 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?

Posted by Kentucky Sports Radio on Friday, April 3, 2020

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.

KSR Dog of the Day

I’ll leave you with these two adorable pups, who are ready to get outside and go for a walk.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

3 Comments for Today on KSR: A Comeback Cats kind of Saturday

  1. CatsFanFrankfort
    11:13 am April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Watching this 2010 SEC championship game against Mississippi State, and my main takeaway is that we would have gone 40-0 if Jodie Meeks had come back that year. We couldn’t buy a 3 in this game. One of the best ones I remember, though!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:32 am April 4, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t remind me (that WVU game…ugh) man, but yeah, I think we would have. When I watched the Cal 30 for 30, I think it was the first time I had seen the fast-pace montage of all those clanks we threw up that night. Paaaaainful. Especially when you think about Meeks.

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:26 am April 4, 2020 Permalink

    Tyler, you’re right. The run the 98 team went on was unbelievable. It was sweeter than the 96 championship to me (even though 96 was our first one in 18 years) because I fully expected us to win it in 96. I definitely didn’t expect it in 98 after how poorly we played against Ole Miss in Rupp. I remember thinking “Well, no national championship this year” and feeling dejected. Little did I know how hot Shepherd would get (not to diminish anyone else’s contribution). The Duke game was incredible for so many reasons and so many key plays/shots.

    BTW, millions more thank yous to whomever it was that fixed Shep’s ankle! I remember reading an interview with him in TCP. I was pretty dejected after Shep went down too.