Category Archives: John Huang

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

UK Football – Manic in Mizzou

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

By John Huang

Forgive me for being just a bit euphoric, but after Kentucky’s commanding 35-21 upset road victory over the Missouri Tigers this afternoon, the Wildcats are now officially in contention for the SEC eastern division crown. With an upcoming “sure-win” game with Austin Peay still on the schedule, bowl eligibility is a virtual certainty and the possibility of that long-awaited magical season is beginning to crystallize in the hearts and minds of BBN. Continue reading UK Football – Manic in Mizzou

Hold Your Horses (Special by John Huang)

Wildcats slam Clarion - Photo by Brendon Miller
Wildcats slam Clarion – Photo by Brendon Miller

Hold your horses. I’m no Jerry Tipton but I’m already a wee bit worried about this year’s version of the UK Basketball Wildcats. Before you go booking travel arrangements for The Final Four in Phoenix next April, just think back to Tubby’s Team Turmoil or—or even more recently, Cal’s NIT team. I’m not predicting any losses to Robert Morris with this bunch of Cats, but if recent history proves correct, it’ll take time for this team to morph into a championship caliber unit. Continue reading Hold Your Horses (Special by John Huang)