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.
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.