You don’t need me to tell you how hard the last few days have been for the folks who have some connection to the Kentucky program. The BBN has been through the wringer in a year that was already hard enough.
On Thursday morning, Kentucky football legend John Schlarman passed away after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. The beloved and all-time wins leader of Kentucky Women’s Basketball, Coach Matthew Mitchell, had to step down due to health problems. Kentucky Football fans got an inside look at the emotional story of Chris Oats again on Saturday. Then on a lesser-scale around the state, there is the uncertainty of High School Athletes finishing up their last chance to play football with COVID cases breaking record numbers daily.
On a nationwide scale, the country is ripping at the seam over politics, COVID is reaching unfathomable numbers, and we’re all just trying to get through it. It has certainly been a week.
But, I’m a Kentucky football fan, which makes me the ultimate optimist, so let’s take a deep breath, sit back, and enjoy what could be a very fun sports week, especially for those in Big Blue Country.
For starters, Kentucky beat Vanderbilt yesterday. Sure it might have only been by three points and we’ve got plenty of time to talk about all the things that went wrong, but a win is a win and, most importantly, Chris Oats and John Scharlarman were represented well. Chris Rodriguez joined the 1,000-yard rushing club after a 149-yard, two-touchdown performance on Saturday behind Schlarman’s Big Blue Wall, and he did it donning Chris Oats’ 22.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) November 14, 2020
That has to put a smile on your face. Mark Stoops also gained his 34th home victory on Saturday, surpassing the great Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most in school history.
As fans, we can enjoy the week knowing Kentucky is going into Bryant-Denny Stadium next week with absolutely nothing to lose. Who cares? Let yourself dream, tell yourself Kentucky will beat Alabama on the road; it’s good for the soul, and if it happens, we’ll party like it’s 1997.
Later in the week, we get another chance to see the basketball team again, this time via our beloved Big Blue Madness. Of course, things will be a little different this year, but the excitement is still there,. It’s always a good day in the Bluegrass when it’s time to tip off the new basketball season, especially this year with both the men’s and women’s team expecting to be insanely good in 2020-21.
Then there’s today: Quite possibly the end to one of the most dream-sports weekends of all-time. For likely the only time in our lifetime, we will have the Final Round of the Masters and a full slate of NFL games going on at the same time. An absolute dream.
So yeah, it’s been a hard week, and the sentiment of enjoying every day is a nice one. But more so today, sit back, crack a beer, pour some bourbon, and enjoy what sports can bring us in the coming hours and days. It has the potential to be a really special week.
Unless you’re a Bengals fan getting ready to watch your team take on the Steelers, today might be hard. Sorry, Chris Tomlin.
Go Cats. Stay Positive.