Category Archives: COLUMNIST

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

Rain and Wrecks dictate the outcome of the Xfinity Race Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

Bristol XFinity Race - Photo by Larry Robinson
Bristol XFinity Race – Photo by Larry Robinson

Bristol, Tennessee Bristol Speedway – April,22,2017

David Leveridge-Bluegrass Sports Nation Beat Writer

NASCAR returns to Bristol for the annual Spring race.  The Xfinity Series of NASCAR was held today at the Bristol Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.  Bluegrass Sports Nation was there in attendance to cover the race.  Bluegrass Sports Nation continues to strive to cover all sports and provide the public with excellence in sports coverage.  The race was attended by 2 members of the Bluegrass Sports Nation Coverage team.  Larry Robinson and myself David Leveridge were both in attendance covering the race.    Continue reading Rain and Wrecks dictate the outcome of the Xfinity Race Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300

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

ONE AND NOT DONE- The Review of Coach John Calipari documentary on ESPN 30 for 30.

Coach John Calipari
Coach John Calipari

David Leveridge- Bluegrass Sports Nation Beat Writer – Lexington,Kentucky – Kentucky Theatre.  April 10,2017

Bluegrass Sports Nation attended the Documentary on Coach John Calipari at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, KY.  The Documentary is called ONE AND NOT DONE, and will be aired for the public to view on ESPN Thursday April, 13, 2017.  The event was a one night pre screening of the coaching career of Coach John Calipari.   Continue reading ONE AND NOT DONE- The Review of Coach John Calipari documentary on ESPN 30 for 30.

UK well represented at McDonalds All American Classic

Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (25) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (25) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BLUEGRASS SPORTS NATION was one of the few media outlets from Kentucky to attend the McDonalds Classic in Chicago this past week.

Jarred Vanderbilt 2

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Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward Jarred Vanderbilt (2) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Miller took in all the action for BSN. The Kentucky Wildcats were represented by this years incoming freshman.  Jarred Vanderbilt, Quade Greene, PJ Washington and Nicholas Richards will all make their home in Lexington next season. UK will once again be a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading UK well represented at McDonalds All American Classic

Kentucky Loses Second Battle of The Bluebloods : North Carolina goes on to defeat the CATS in a game decided on final play.

What a foul is according to NCAA Officials - Internet photo
What a foul is according to NCAA Officials – Internet photo

David Leveridge- Bluegrass Sports Nation Beat Writer
Memphis, Tennessee

The South Regional Championship game in Memphis, Tennessee featured 2 of the most successful teams in College Basketball history. Kentucky and North Carolina are 2 of the biggest name programs in College Hoops. North Carolina is the #1 seed in the South Region with a record of 30 Wins and 7 losses.  UNC is on a current 3 game win streak.   UNC Entered today’s game against the Cats with a big win over Texas Southern.  

Continue reading Kentucky Loses Second Battle of The Bluebloods : North Carolina goes on to defeat the CATS in a game decided on final play.

Cats Fall in Final Second

Humphries with the jumper - Photo by Brendon MIller
Humphries with the jumper – Photo by Brendon MIller

March 26, 2017 – Ty Back – Memphis, TN

The Kentucky Wildcats season ended Sunday night at the hands of the North Carolina Tarheels. Carolina led for all but 3:57 of the game but in the last 50 seconds, Kentucky erased a 7 point deficit to tie the game at 73 with only nine seconds to play.  Malik Monk rose up from the top of the key, with two defenders in his face, to drill an off balance three to tie the game.  

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Early Foul Trouble is Too Much to Overcome as the Wildcats Fall to North Carolina 75-73

Today’s matchup between the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels is college basketball royalty at its best.  

The Wildcats are the all-time winningest program in major college basketball history with 2,205 wins, of course the Tar Heels are not too far behind in third place with 2,173. Continue reading Early Foul Trouble is Too Much to Overcome as the Wildcats Fall to North Carolina 75-73