Big Game for Big Blue Tonight

Big man Julius Randle is enjoying the moment.

Big man Julius Randle is enjoying the moment.

Tonight’s the night for the Big Blue Nation of Kentucky Wildcat fans. After less than stellar play prior to the Southeastern Conference Tournament, few Kentucky fans thought that this night would even be possible, myself included. You see, I was born and raised in Illinois. But when most people think of Illinois they think of that town of corrupt politicians, and people who think that we are a bunch of rural dummies. That dreadful city that I’m referring to is Chicago, home of Major League Baseball’s lowliest team the Baby Bears, also known as the Cubs. Where I’m from, I’m just over an hour from St. Louis and about the same time in the opposite direction from Kentucky. The first town you arrive in after crossing the Ohio river is Paducah, which is also the site of the Tri-State regions NBC affiliate. That is how I became a Kentucky fan and part of Big Blue Nation. For as long as I can remember, WPSD, the NBC affiliates call letters, has always shown UK Basketball games. In the early 80’s, when I became a fan, they would show the games tape delayed after the 10:00 news. Their simply wasn’t anything greater to me than to spend the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s and get to stay up late and watch UK Basketball. Now, tonight again, they get the chance to do what Big Blue Nation expects them to do every year, win a National Championship. Louisville did it last year, with a former UK Coach, and it was like pouring salt in an open gash. But, if Kentucky can bring it home 2 out of the last 3 years, it will be a much sweeter accomplishment. It’s not going to be easy, The University of Connecticut won in 2011, the year before Kentucky’s last Championship. UCONN has maybe the best backcourt in the nation and a solid leader in second year coach Kevin Ollie.  One thing I will guarantee about tonight is that it will be a great show so tune in and GO BIG BLUE!

Why Baseball is striking out

MLB fans showed their ignorance by cheering Braun.

rounding third on accident

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Today is Wednesday April 3rd, which means baseball has just begun. For some this marks the beginning of a glorious summer and fall and for others it begins the long season of having to watch seemingly identical double plays and diving catches on SportCenter’s top plays. No matter which way you see it; baseball is in full force and is not going anywhere, at least until October.

Being a fan of the game, I spent opening day circling through the beginning slate of games, which were full of hopeful fans, teams and players. One player in particular caught my eye, and I’m sure many others as well. Ryan Braun. As you can likely recall, Braun was suspended for 65 games last season after being included in the Biogenesis incident. This was not long after Braun had failed a drug test but it was dropped due to a technicality…

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