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Final Four Story

You don’t have to tell Famous Coach how important Saturday’s game is. He already knows.

A scrawled, painted banner hangs on Fan’s house saying that this is the year for Basketball Team to win it all. Assistant Coach’s daughter kissed him goodbye at the airport, telling him to “win it all, Daddy.” A handwritten note, penned by Someone Who Couldn’t Make It, hangs on a locker in the New Orleans Arena locker room reading “This is Team’s year.” Students at University have ditched their classes and carpooled to the Big Easy for a glimpse of the moment when Team would bring home the trophy.

This is the Final Four.

Best Player has been waiting for this moment his entire life, from the moment he set foot on a basketball court for the first time when he was in the sixth grade. His opponent? Fellow Player. They didn’t know it then, but they’d soon join up to lead Team to the championship. And now all comes down to this.

Famous Coach has breakfast with Moral Center Of The Team once a week. They talk about the team, the game of the previous weekend, the game of the upcoming weekend. “This team’s really magical, you know,” Moral Center Of The Team told Famous Coach on Thursday morning during their weekly meal, a tear misting in his eye. He knows, more than anyone, how special this team truly is. Because these teammates are more than another University team. They’re his friends. His family. They’re there for each other.

They picked each other up off the floor after a devastating loss to Awful Team early in the season, and kept each others’ spirits high when Middle-Tier Team beat them or came close to beating them. When the sports pundits said Team wasn’t what they were supposed to be, they didn’t listen. When the papers tried to challenge Famous Coach’s credentials by rehashing past controversies, he refused to let their attacks get to him. When Beloved Senior missed three or more games due to Injury, Team rallied to win games in his honor. “We had to do it for Beloved Senior,” said Player With Questionable Past, “because that’s what we do.”

In City, the streets run Color with Team spirit. Because City is a place where basketball truly means something. Where young men dream of playing for University someday, and grown men recall the past greats which gave University the legacy it holds today. Just ask Old Man in Barbershop. He’ll tell you what it meant to see Past Great play ball. He still remembers watching Famous Game on his black and white television, back before City had high-definition television, or even cable TV. He remembers how that Win or Loss felt. He’ll tell you how important University basketball is. He’s lived it.

No one knows what it means to be a Team Nickname more than Walkon, who was once told by doctors he’d never play basketball again. After Time Frame of intense physical therapy, of doubts in himself, of questions whether it was all worth it, he finally picked up the basketball again. And now he’s one of Team’s most valuable assets. His parents are there at every game, watching his every second. His Father laid off from Job, his mother working overtime as an Occupation and an Occupation to send Walkon to Basketball Camp. To Walkon, it’s more than just a game. It’s the reward for a lifelong struggle.

On Saturday, Famous Coach will face Famous Coach for the first time since Last Time. The two have known each other for years, once being Relationship and now each leading his own team to the fight for the NCAA trophy. They’ll be on opposite ends of the court on Saturday, but make no mistake that surely they’ll be looking at one another with Emotion. For forty intense minutes, Emotion won’t matter. There are bigger things at stake.

As Fan Favorite told reporters on Thursday, “We have to do this for State. And University. And Famous Coach, who believed in all of us.”

And we all know what that means. Because this is the Final Four.

Pithy Closing Line.

Article written by C.M. Tomlin

31 Comments for Final Four Story



  1. hurry up
    1:02 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Another article not mentioning anothy davis AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR!!! U GUYS ARE PATHETIC. Do your job. 1st



  2. Derp
    1:03 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Tomlin you are by far the most witty, talented writer to ever grace this blog, but where’s the Davis POY post? Everyone that drunk already?



  3. Chicago Chris
    1:04 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Brilliant.



  4. Chicago Chris
    1:04 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    #1 Guess you don’t listen to Kentucky Sports RADIO.



  5. ktmiln2
    1:07 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Throw in Denzel Washington as Famous Head Coach, and that is Oscar gold.



  6. NOLA
    1:08 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    #1 agreed. Congrats Davis!



  7. Drew's Ailing Liver
    1:13 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Tomlin hits another one outta the park. well played sir.



  8. Coach Durbin
    1:13 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Brilliant! #1, #2 and #6 get your panties out of a wad



  9. Musehobo
    1:16 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    I listen to it on podcast…not all of us can listen live…some people work. On break now, and would love to read a post about AD! So Durbin STFU.



  10. Derp
    1:19 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Poster did a good job on Article. Viewer would read again.



  11. blueclue
    1:22 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Matt has a post from earlier today and the site covered it when announced about AD getting AP player of the yr. Chill out dude, this is like the 10th time you’ve p commented on that.



  12. blueblue
    1:22 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    http://www.facebook.com/ukwildcatsbasketball

    Where’s the announcement about AD as AP POY?!?!?!? Have I missed something today??



  13. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    1:26 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    This is a total rip-off of every Final Four article I have read this week.



  14. blueblue
    1:27 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    There’s no mention on this site about the AP POY. The Oscar Robertson and AP are two different awards.



  15. WCAT FN
    1:29 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Disappointed KSR used a template from the “free” version of this app. If you register for the paid version, they drop in the names of this year’s teams.



  16. Your Comment is Awaiting Moderation
    1:30 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    “Famous Coach will face Famous Coach for the first time since Last Time.” i lol’d for realz



  17. Ridge Runner
    1:32 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    I have to admit… Very surprised KSR doesn’t hit the AP Player of the Year announcement in here yet. Trying to rationalize it but can’t.



  18. UK All The Way!
    1:49 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Huh?!? I want those 2 minutes of my life back



  19. A Story
    1:51 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Aspiring Writer swings and misses.



  20. bluehaircatfat
    1:59 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    chill people. KSR is always on top of everything, but you can only do one posting at a time. good article from a good writer. congrats to AD. he is the best!



  21. question
    2:19 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    morons: why are all of you complaining about the lack of coverage for something you already know about?



  22. MN CAT
    2:20 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    I feel like I’ve read this article a thousand times.



  23. BD
    2:20 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Brilliant…..one of the best pieces in a long time.



  24. Al's IndiCats
    2:44 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Easy Cats fans….We’re all a little edgy and that’s OK. Some of you may have read this before, but for some of us this is the first time. Let’s all pull together for an EVIL foe for they are like toenail fungus. You don’t realize it until it’s kinda late so then you dig it out, throw it away, then forget about it, while you have your favorite beverage….Cheers CAT FANS! GO CATS!!!!!!!! CATS by 18, and it won’t even be that close!



  25. gulfbreezecatfan
    2:48 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    great job Tomlin !



  26. ZombieLibrarian
    3:49 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Guy stuck at work is momentarily amused by non-memorable story on website he frequents that will be forgotten in half an hour. Guy returns to the grind of work day, but spends most of afternoon daydreaming about tomorrow’s matchup between Team and Other Team. He really hopes Team pulls it out.



  27. Musehobo
    3:56 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Blueclue doesn’t have a blueclue. And all we knew was that he got it…no qoutes…no details. I was forced to go to ESPN where every 3rd article is an Insider (members only). KSR is usually right on top of everything. Stop telling people to chill out.



  28. Dumb
    4:45 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    LOL But dude, you REALLY do need to chill out! SMH



  29. Kenny H
    4:55 pm March 30, 2012 Permalink

    Is Bozich really allowing KSR to use his image for this post? He really must be sorry he yelled during the CN2 interview.



  30. Arms of Delk Legs of McCarty
    12:07 am March 31, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulatory expressions!