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!

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2013 Perseid meteor photo

(Photo © wd.bowman) Photographer Bill Bowman created this composite image from photos taken on Aug. 12 near Ward, Colo. He writes: “The Perseid Meteor Shower as seen from the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station. This photo is a composite of 12 images (culled from 480) shot over a 4 hour period on the morning of August 12th. The Milky Way had light clouds in it that caught the lights of the nearby Boulder/ Denver Megalopolis and turned it orange. Only marginally adjusted to account for the Earth’s rotation. Note that the meteor trails mostly point to the constellation Perseus…. thus the Perseid meteor shower.”