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Georgia columnist nails why Saturday is so big for Kentucky

If the fact that Kentucky is playing Georgia for the SEC East on Saturday still feels surreal, it’s because it is. This type of game never comes around for Kentucky, the significance of which isn’t lost on Mark Bradley, a columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Bradley covered Kentucky in the late 70’s and early 80’s, so he is well-versed in the plight of the long-suffering Kentucky Football fan, making his column on the game spot-on.

Bradley details Kentucky’s heartache over the years, with a special emphasis on the four games the Cats lost in the final minute in the 1980 season. Those games happened before I came along, but recent years of heartbreak have me familiar with the specific type of gut-punch that only Kentucky Football can deliver, which makes this week so sweet. Just read his description of Fran Curci after the Cats’ last second loss to Tulane:

This was Curci’s wild-and-teary-eyed postgame briefing in its sanitized entirety: “Go ask the bleeping players how they bleeping feel!” Then he dashed off into the night. In the locker room, I saw a player lying face down in the shower. He was still in his full uniform, helmet included. He was sobbing.

That was Kentucky football, and maybe it still is. But lots of things that just don’t happen to the Wildcats keep happening. They beat Florida for the first time since 1986. They beat Mississippi State by three touchdowns and South Carolina by two. They trailed Missouri 14-3 with six minutes left and won on a punt return and a touchdown pass after 0:00 thrown by a quarterback who’d been benched in the third quarter.

They’re 7-1, same as Georgia. They’re 5-1 in the SEC, same as Georgia. Do I believe Kentucky is as good as Georgia? No. But did I expect these or any Wildcats to be playing for the SEC East title? Not in this lifetime. Yet here they are.

Which is why we’re not letting anyone steal our joy right now.

[AJC: For UGA, it’s a big game. For Kentucky, it’s historic]

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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14 Comments for Georgia columnist nails why Saturday is so big for Kentucky



  1. cats646
    12:06 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Go big blue!!



  2. KYjellyRoll
    12:06 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    And why doesn’t anyone think uk is as good as Georgia? There’s been a few articles I’ve read that say they don’t think U.K. Is up to georgias level? Best defense in the nation and a runnin back that Georgia will not stop



    • Truman Claytor
      1:20 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      You are delusional. Not saying UK CANT beat UGA, but to think they are on level w them is just not true. That said, I couldn’t be happier with the direction of the program. Here’s hoping Urban doesn’t suddenly retire again and away goes Stoops…



    • Wade
      1:56 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      Benny is gonna have to run better than he did at missouri but if we can pass the ball a bit it shouldn’t be a problem. I’m tired of running him and everyone knows it’s coming. ID actually love to see him throw 1 out of the wildcat, someone’s got to be open, Or have Lynn line up at wildcat. That guy is special.



    • cheekdaddy
      8:52 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      No Wildcat please. Sic of the Wildcat. It does not work. Hasn’t worked in two years! We may win if we can stay out of that formation!



    • Cmart0907
      2:19 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      Talent wise. No we’re not on the same level. But we can compete and stay in the game.



  3. henderblue
    12:21 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    The title of the article says it all…big game for Georgia, historic for Kentucky. Go Cats!!! We can do this.



  4. davis2319
    12:22 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Read the article this morning. Was offended at first until the writer revealed he graduated from UK! This article is so true! Good read



  5. USMC5150
    12:44 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Going to do the Countdown Games “The Castle” this evening. Any pointers?



    • jimmer
      1:49 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      I think you’re on the wrong article. Make that the wrong website.

  6. Your last line said it all Mrs. TT. Good job!

    BTW, didn’t Bradley write for Oscar Combs at The Cats Pause at one time?



  7. notFromhere
    2:14 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    As good as Georgia? Depends on what you’re talking about.

    Star rating of recruiting classes? No.
    Total roster depth? No.
    First string defense? Yes, and possibly better.
    Second team defense? Maybe.
    First team offense? At times yes, and at times no.

    Let’s hope it’s all yeses on Saturday. Thats the only day that matters.



  8. east-ky-boy
    4:14 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    I honestly think we are as good as Georgia to be honest. Better defense, better running back, equal offensive line



  9. dcforuk
    6:50 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

    Wow! That Tulane loss almost sounds worse than the Mardi Gras miracle…..