Category Archives: John Huang

UK Softball – For the Love of the Game

Photo provided by Chris Shoals - UK Athletics
Photo provided by Chris Shoals – UK Athletics

The UK Softball team advanced through the NCAA Lexington Regional on Sunday with an exhilarating 4-2 win over Illinois. The Wildcats, riding the golden arms of senior Meagan Prince and Junior Erin Rethlake together with the sizzling bat of freshman Alex Martens, swept through DePaul and the Illini twice this weekend to survive the double elimination format. Continue reading UK Softball – For the Love of the Game

UK Baseball – Blue Blooded Chemistry

Hugging is allowed on the baseball field - Photo courtesy of baseballamerica
Hugging is allowed on the baseball field – Photo courtesy of baseballamerica

While all of BBN has been fretting over the Diallo decision and the Kroger corporate takeover, the UK Baseball team has been quietly and methodically winning games, mowing down traditional SEC powers and moving up the national polls en route to possibly the most magical season in program history. What’s making this team so special? What supernatural Gatorade have they been drinking? The same players who last year went .500 in the conference and missed out on post-season play suddenly have their sights legitimately set on Omaha.   Continue reading UK Baseball – Blue Blooded Chemistry

Great Expectations

UK Blue White Game - Photo by Mike Cyrus
UK Blue White Game – Photo by Mike Cyrus

Curiosity won’t kill these Cats, but expectations just might. In one of the most highly anticipated seasons in UK Football history, hopes are already running rampant across the Bluegrass State. Last year’s on-the-field successes together with another Mark Stoops/Vince Marrow recruiting bonanza have combined for an upcoming perfect storm of a triumphant gridiron campaign.   Continue reading Great Expectations

NCAA Tournament – Blue Memphis

Hawkins with the drive - Photo by Brendon Miller
Hawkins with the drive – Photo by Brendon Miller

The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is the proverbial emotional roller coaster ride for die-hard Wildcat fans like me. I love the weekend and yet, I hate the weekend.

I love the exhilaration of knowing your team is one of sixteen teams still with a chance to win it all. I hate the realization that at any time during the weekend, your team can be sent packing, its season ended with a bad call or unlucky buzzer beater. Continue reading NCAA Tournament – Blue Memphis

Dynamic Duos

Dynamic Duo - Photo by John Huang
Dynamic Duo – Photo by John Huang

What do Batman and Robin, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, and Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray have in common? They were dynamic duos who, when the chips were down, always found a way to beat the bad guys. To that esteemed group, I’m going to add two more heroic pairs of all-star backcourt tandems—UK guard combos that arguably could be the best in the history of their respective programs. Continue reading Dynamic Duos

Senior Night, “Oh My”!

Coach John Calipari
Coach John Calipari

University of Kentucky senior night celebrations were once so poignant and unique that even television networks felt compelled to cover them live. I remember Dick Enberg’s voice quivering with his signature “Oh my” immediately after he witnessed the festivities for the first time. Nowadays, with everybody staging their own versions of these farewell moments, the occasion has lost much of its luster. There’s simply not as much sentimentality, emotion, and glamour to trigger our jaded excitement levels. Continue reading Senior Night, “Oh My”!

Here’s the Scoop

Monk on the drive vs LSU - Photo by Brendon Miller
Monk on the drive vs LSU – Photo by Brendon Miller

During Kentucky’s recent slide toward “rock bottom,” everyone wants to know what’s wrong with the Cats. Anytime the team loses a single game, people invariably start asking questions. Whenever the team loses three out of four, then all of BBN immediately plunges into full panic mode. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the answers. That’s for others above my pay grade and security clearance to figure out. I’m here simply to give you a taste of what it’s like to report on the action. Continue reading Here’s the Scoop

Cal-Speak

Coach Calipari
Coach Calipari

After the win over Cleveland State, John Calipari added another impressive item on to his coaching resume. His 123rd win against only 4 losses makes the Hall of Fame UK basketball coach the winningest coach in Rupp Arena history. Since arriving in Lexington in 2010, Coach Cal has also had success away from the friendly confines of the house that Rupp built, leading the Wildcats to four Final Fours and the coveted 2012 National Championship. Continue reading Cal-Speak

College Football – UK vs Tennessee – Quitting Your Cattle

“Don’t ever quit your cattle on a stormy night.” That’s how Kentucky

Coach Stoops - Photo by Brendon Miller
Coach Stoops – Photo by Brendon Miller

Coach Mark Stoops responded after I asked him about the confidence level of his team prior to their trip down to Knoxville. After the stormy loss to the Georgia Bulldogs last weekend, I’m certainly not quitting my cattle and neither are the coaches. Unfortunately, the cattle may not have gotten the message as Tennessee shredded the Wildcats 49-36 on a perfectly crisp and sunny autumn afternoon in the heart of Volunteer Nation. Continue reading College Football – UK vs Tennessee – Quitting Your Cattle