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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Summer Fan Stories

1951 Student card
I am a 1955 graduate of UK and have attended,  listened to or watched   every men’s basketball radio or television broadcast that I could receive  since 1948.   I got interested when the Fabulous Five won the NCAA tournament and went on to the Olympics and  joined up with the Phillips 66ers.  When I enrolled in the fall of 1951 (see student card) it was only the second year of Memorial Coliseum and only one year past Alumni Gym. I was there on the street corner in front of Alumni Gym when the sign was changed to Avenue of Champions from Euclid. That had extra meaning then because Stoll field was there too and Bear Bryant was making football very important. I attended every home  basketball game and cheered on the Wildcats even  during the lost season of 1952-1953 when  EVERY game was a Blue-White game.  I couldn’t sleep for  days after watching the Jan 1955 loss to Georgia Tech that ended our 127 home winning record. I still hate Whack Hyder.
After graduation I moved to Atlanta and had to try to get the games on AM radio from WHAS. They carried them whenever it didn’t conflict with a UL game.  This was Caywood’s first years and the reception was awful and faded in and out.  But , no matter. I just had to wait till it faded back in again.
I recently came across an article that  summarized the 1948 team problems, including one item that matched last years conditions.
WE now live in northern Virginia and I’m looking forward to this BB season and will not miss a single TV broadcast.  It is great that now all UK BB games are on TV.  I have a VA license plate that reads UKY- BB .
Richard I. (Dick) Underwood

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Summer Fan Stories

  1. jdarren1963
    8:23 am August 28, 2015 Permalink

    Best BTI post yet!!! BTW, Matt’s campaign poster is missing a Boone’s Butcher Shop logo.

    8:40 am August 28, 2015 Permalink

    We definitely need to make some “I STILL HATE WHACK HYDER” T- Shirts!!

    • Megan
      10:47 am August 28, 2015 Permalink

      Seriously. I want one.

  3. DT in DC
    8:40 am August 28, 2015 Permalink

    Awesome!! Do you go to Grevey’s for game watch parties? Would love to meet you!

  4. Halstonrw
    10:11 am August 28, 2015 Permalink

    This is awesome.

  5. oldawgblue
    6:39 pm August 28, 2015 Permalink

    I’m not quite that old . . . but I do remember Whack Hyder. I also remember the nether lands and scrambling to find Caywood’s broadcast. Welcome back to God’s country, Dick.