As a youngster sports meant everything to me. My mom has a picture of me sitting inches from an old furniture sized stereo, you remember the kind, AM/FM record player, 8 track and likely an ashtray somewhere too. I am listening to Cawood and the Cats are playing and I have my hands folded in prayer. I am wearing a massive UK hat about 3 sizes too big for my head.
Couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6.
But that’s how much UK sports have meant to me since I can remember. It has brought great joy and great pain.
And what makes this so cool is for so many in our state, that was their childhood too.
That was how Big Blue Nation was formed. In the living rooms and shops and trucks and barns of the people of this commonwealth from Pineville to Paducah.
Last night was so beautiful because it was a win for us. All of us. It was for the current players and staff who deserve so much credit and praise. It was for all the former players and coaches from whom you could sense such joy on social media.
It was for all the long time season ticket holders who have spent so many a dreary Saturday rooting on the team.
And it was for all of us who stop what we are doing and gather round a TV set or a radio and stomp and yell and scream and cheer sometimes to a crowd of 1.
Congrats Coach Stoops and all on a historic victory. I am glad to have seen it and shared in it and reveled in it. And I am glad all those years ago to have been born into it. Go Big Blue!