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Your Saturday Morning Wakeup, Brought to You by The SEC Network’s Coverage of Big Blue Madness

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For the first time in the event’s 33-year history, Big Blue Madness was broadcast to a nationally televised audience.  It’s a testament to the reach and scope of the Kentucky basketball program.  However, anytime you take a local event nationally, something is going to be off.

Let me start by saying that I appreciate Dave O’Brien’s play-by-play presence.  I hope he’s headed South from the Big Ten for more games this season.  I don’t think anyone talks women’s sports better than Kara Lawson.  And Sean Farnham is a BAMF.  In the hierarchy of awesome color commentators at the four-letter network, he is my favorite behind Bilas and Vitale.

With that being said, I wish they would’ve just shut the hell up.

I’ve never been to BBM, but every year I enjoy it from the comfort of my home.  The videos get me hyped, the 5-on-5 is fun enough, and even though I know I’m in the minority when I say this, the best part of the entire show is watching the cheerleaders flip around the Rupp Arena floor.  It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen them throwing people sky high in the Seaton Center, my jaw drops every time I see them perform.

Unfortunately, the national network doesn’t understand our plight.  While highlights from last year played on the big screens, they continued discussing talking points we’ve been belaboring since May.  During 5-on-5 action, I couldn’t tell who was dropping dimes because they thought it was necessary to show Coach Cal’s face in a fancy box next next to the scrimmage.  I’ve seen Coach Cal talk PLENTY of times, I can handle not seeing his face for five minutes.  Their cardinal sin was cutting away from the cheerleaders.  It’s one thing to continue with talking points during that time, BUT COME ON!  This is the only time I have cared and ever will care about watching cheerleading, so let me watch SEC Network!

Rob Bromley would have let me watch the cheerleaders flip…

Another Saturday Without Kentucky Football

It feels weird being without the Wildcats for a second consecutive Saturday, but you better believe I’m going to enjoy every second of it from my couch.

  • Louisville at #11 Florida State, noon ESPN
  • #17 Iowa at #20 Northwestern, noon ABC/ESPN2
  • #10 Alabama at #9 Texas A&M, 3:30 CBS
  • #7 Michigan State at #12 Michigan, ESPN
  • #19 Oklahoma at Kansas State, 3:30 ABC
  • #8 Florida at #6 LSU, 7:00 ESPN
  • USC at #14 Notre Dame, 7:30 NBC
  • Penn State at #1 Ohio State, 8:00 ABC

The toughest time slot to choose from is at 3:30.  As much as I want to see the SEC Showdown, the good people in Michigan REALLY don’t like one another.  Just look at what Wolverine fans did to Magic Johnson’s statue earlier this week.

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But It Won’t be a Saturday Without Spurrier

The HBC may have resigned, but he isn’t going anywhere any time soon.  Turn it over to ESPN to see the visored Legend on College Gameday in Ann Arbor.

We Probably Shouldn’t Wear the Chrome Domes Anymore

As much as I like them, we don’t play good when we wear them.  Last year they were good Mojo, but we’re 0-2 with them on our heads this year.  When in doubt, blame the equipment.

Future Cats Fared Well Last Night

While the BBN was busy with BBM, Stoops’ Future Troops were busy kicking ass and taking names.  His latest commit, Lafayette QB Walker Wood, threw for 161 yards on 16/23 passing and a touchdown, along with 2 rushing TDs in a 45-28 victory over Madison Central.  Henry Clay beat Dunbar 14-6, thanks to Davonte Robinson’s 15 tackles (!) and forced fumble.  Kash Daniel’s Paintsville and Zy’Aires Hughes’ McCracken County had the night off.

The Ohio kids didn’t slack off either.  Gunnar Hoak threw his second consecutive 300-yard passing game, finishing with 360 yards on his way to a 38-13 victory.  The running back commits were even better.  Michael Warren had 3 touchdowns and 188 yards on only 18 carries, while Benny Snell collected 210 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Trey will be around a little later today with recaps from around the state and an analysis of Walker Wood’s game.

There’s Another Basketball Game Tonight at Rupp

And Drew Franklin will be there to cover all of the action between the Kings and Pelicans.  Hopefully Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins play for at least a quarter, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.  In even worse news, Marshall Henderson was cut a day before the team made the trip to Lexington.  At least we still have our Willie to watch.

Booing Henderson one more time in Rupp Arena would have sent swooping nostalgia over the BBN.

Booing Henderson one more time in Rupp Arena would have sent swooping nostalgia over the BBN.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

14 Comments for Your Saturday Morning Wakeup, Brought to You by The SEC Network’s Coverage of Big Blue Madness



  1. Smyrna_Cat
    10:08 am October 17, 2015 Permalink

    I like he chrome helmets. Maybe we should keep the helmets and just play a bit better.



    • The Rest of the story
      3:02 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

      How dumb to say the helmets are to blame. Lame ads comment



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    10:09 am October 17, 2015 Permalink

    the



  3. Smyrna_Cat
    10:10 am October 17, 2015 Permalink

    Hard to believe Henderson was on the team this long.



  4. Nuclearcontamination
    10:25 am October 17, 2015 Permalink

    Time for some throwback unis!



  5. pithuahua
    10:28 am October 17, 2015 Permalink

    I bet we see the chrome headgear and the black uniforms against Tennessee.



  6. kentuckyjoe
    12:17 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

    Nick, I am totally with you on the best part was watching those cheerleaders flip around that floor and being thrown into the rafters and returning safely to earth. And that last guy to flip, well, let’s just say they saved the best till last. That whole performance was just incredible and it’s easy to see why they win national championships every year.



    • Nick Roush
      12:26 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

      I should NEVER agree with KY Joe, but the male cheerleader looked like somebody pressed the rewind button while he was flipping. Un-freaking-believable.



    • kentuckyjoe
      1:06 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

      I don’t know if that guy has come down yet. And next year have them perform again and bring in those Firecrackers (the girl jump rope team), and then hopefully there will be some time for some hoop.



  7. Dee W.
    1:26 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

    All of that talking really got on my nerves – at least they could have stayed silent during the player introductions, but no, they had to talk over those as well. And no score during the blue / white game or commentary on the play…probably would have gotten a lot more of the atmosphere of the event by just listening on the radio with no visuals.



  8. linebeard
    2:28 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

    I was completely frustrated with the coverage of bbm last night. At least let us watch the scrimmage, why do we need to see Cal as he is talking? Much prefer the local broadcast of this event.



    • ESPN Exec
      3:24 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

      Fine, we won’t show it again. Good luck getting it locally!! 😉



  9. Big Poppa Azul
    5:24 pm October 17, 2015 Permalink

    >>I don’t think anyone talks women’s sports better than Kara Lawson.<<

    I don't think anyone talks SPORTS better than Kara Lawson!
    'Really appreciated her presence there last night!



  10. Catsrus
    10:53 am October 18, 2015 Permalink

    Not meaning to brag about the Cats but simple fact: BBM was shown on National TV. What other program got that kind of coverage? Loved it!! The Cat’s worldwide fanbase makes it all happen.