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Your Phar-vorite Sunday Morning Wakeup

Danny Johnston, AP

Danny Johnston, AP

Danny Johnston, AP


Good morning, BBN! It’s time to nurse that Halloween Hangover, (I recommend a good, stout Bloody Mary) and recap the very busy weekend in Lexington. There’s a lot to get through, so grab a cup of coffee (or the aforementioned adult beverage) and review the highs and lows of the past few days.

American Pharoah ends on a high note

Everybody’s favorite thoroughbred, American Pharoah won the Breeder’s Cup Saturday afternoon and everyone’s heart soared for the big bay horse with the cropped tail.

Pharoah has had a heck of a year, he swept the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and only the 12th in history, an his stellar performance at the Breeder’s Cup yesterday was the perfect way to end the horse’s career. He beat his opponent, Effinex by six and a half lengths and netted the $2.75 million first-place check for his owners.

Now, it’s time for Pharoah to plan for his retirement here in his Old Kentucky Home, where I’m sure many visitors will still clamor to catch a glimpse of the modern-day legend who brought the magic back to horse racing.

Tennessee spooks us 

After watching American Pharoah clean house, I was expecting a little more from our other Kentucky athletes Saturday night during the Kentucky vs. Tennessee game. While I don’t think anyone was really expecting a win from the Cats, we were surprised when the Volunteers handed us a blow-out win at home. If you didn’t get to watch, count yourself lucky, it was more brutal than Jason Voorhees at Crystal Lake. I’m not going into the nitty, gritty details, (I’ll save it for another post) but last night’s game just makes me hate Tennessee even more and a second weak performance from the Wildcats has got me worried.

Basketball is Coming

In other news, the Kentucky Wildcat Basketball season will begin soon and today Coach John Calipari is busy at the annual coach’s clinic. Cal has already spoken about the team this year and said : “The difference between us being a good team and a special team will be how we rebound this year.”

Well, at least, he isn’t saying his team stinks now…

Article written by Ricki Barker

Writer of things. Watcher of sports. Wearer of blue. Sometimes all at once.

9 Comments for Your Phar-vorite Sunday Morning Wakeup

  1. Bob Baffled
    11:17 am November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Since you bring up horse racing….if the UK v. Tennessee game was a horse race, then we would have seen the dreaded track ambulance make its way to the UK sideline near the end of the 1st half, and put up the curtain around the team as the track Veterinarian euthanized the entire team, starting with the coaching staff. Only the Special Teams coach would have been spared…..oh wait, nevermind we don’t have one.

  2. Reality
    11:25 am November 1, 2015 Permalink

    I wonder if Patty Ice is still planning on going to Atlanta?

  3. Halloween Football
    11:28 am November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Appropriately the UK football team deserves a well rounded BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  4. ExTickerholder
    11:50 am November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Since our athletic director in his infinite wisdom extended Stoops contract until 2019 I believe we should validate his wisdom and let Stoops coach 4 more years. Then when no one shows up at Commonwealth for the gameS and we continue to serve as the doormat in the SEC maybe his judgment should be the subject of a discussion as to whether he should continue as AD. Most likely they could both be fired as we start yet again anew. Barnhart should not be let off the hook by merely firing Stoops at the end of next year at the cost of millions of dollars to the university.

  5. fatbrat
    12:55 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    Didn’t recall seeing Chris Westby last night…. did I miss something?

    • fatbrat
      12:56 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Chris Westby… wish you could correct after posts.

    • Faye Roe
      5:14 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

      Goot Lort……..phat barat…….jes b glad a dictatorial writer does not delete your work product. She nust be a L L’s cous Les: Be’A in.

  6. Booster
    6:44 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    @Exticketholder you seem like you have some answers. Why don’t you give us your plan for UK Football since you think what’s being done is wrong? Please give us a post at least as long as you last one spelling out the specifics you’d do if you were in charge. I’ll hang up and listen.

  7. yes
    11:09 pm November 1, 2015 Permalink

    I have no idea what a Ricki Barker is, but this headline really sucks.