HAPPY 200TH BIRTHDAY, LOUISIANA!
I don’t normally get that excited about other states’ bicentennial celebrations.
But New Orleans did all Kentuckians a kindness this year. They hosted the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship — an event that I’m not sure if I have mentioned here…
So, forever more New Orleans — and indeed the entire state of Louisiana — will have a warm spot in my memory and in my heart.
Enjoy your big day, Pelican State. You sure helped all us Wildcats enjoy ours.
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I had a dream last night, and it was a real Whoppler.
Wait for it.
In the dream, I was talking with friends I worked with back in the day in Lexington, Kentucky.
We’re talking over 20 years ago.
I can only assume that the NCAA tourney earlier this week has brought that time in my life to the forefront of my brain. But we weren’t talking about the Wildcats. No, we were all upset that we couldn’t find Whooplers in the local stores.
Not Whoopers, which is what I think we meant. Whooplers.
Even while the dream was taking place, I was thinking in the back of my mind…
“Don’t we really mean Whoopers?
But I couldn’t seem to express it.
So I woke up this morning with Whoppers on the brain. I hope I can find them in the local theatre. (That’s the only place I ever eat them.)
And I hope my Lexington friend Paul Fast is doing well. Because I dreamed about him last night.
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University of Kentucky Wildcats
A grateful Big Blue Nation salutes you.
You were the best last night. The best this year. Simply the best college basketball team of all time.
Thank you, Coach Cal!
Thank you, Cats!
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Last Saturday night, when college basketball fans like me were knee-deep in the Final Four, a host of Hollywood celebs were collecting more hardware at the Kids’ Choice Awards.
It takes all kinds, I suppose.
Now, this is one of the few awards show I don’t frequent (since I don’t have a kid). But I do so enjoy perusing photos and video clips from the broadcast because of one wonderful tradition:
You know…the green stuff?
Presenters and winners alike are always at risk of being slimed — and they never know when and where it will be coming. Here we see Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt on Glee, getting a surprise shot in the chin while announcing an award.
And poor Halle Berry wasn’t even safe in the audience. Some guy poured a bucket ‘o the green stuff over her unsuspecting head.
It’s a good thing she dressed down for the festivities. Try explaining green goo when you return your just-out-on-loan gown to the designer.
The slime hasn’t changed my viewing plans for next year’s awards…but it does make we wonder:
Wouldn’t tonight’s NCAA Championship Finals be even more fun with a bit of surprise slime for the winners?
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ONE. MORE. GAME.
Kentucky vs. Kansas
We began our season together in November at Madison Square Garden.
How fitting we meet again in the finals Monday night.
Oh, how I love the month of March!
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There are celebrities…
…and there are Kentucky celebrities.
Josh Hutcherson, who portrays Peeta in the blockbuster film The Hunger Games, hails from Union, Kentucky. And like all good Kentuckians, Josh is a diehard UK fan.
He’s also a face painter.
He shared this pic last night during his appearance on Conan. And he revealed that co-star Jennifer Lawrence, also a Kentucky native, is a Louisville Cardinal fan.
Well, I definitely know who I’m backing in The Hunger Games now.
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Have you heard?
‘Olympian Blue’ is the Pantone Color of the Week on Stylelist.com.
Designers tout the strength of its ‘jewel tones,’ and how this ‘pop of color’ enhances neutrals. As we say in the country…
I say Olympian Blue is especially hot this week for one reason and one reason only…
‘Cause these bad boys are burning a trail up and down the floor!
Sweet Sixteen and beyond…
GO BIG BLUE!
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If someone asked me to put money on whether or not you’re watching basketball…
I’d take that bet.
March Madness converts even the most casual viewer…and turns real fans rabid. And while some may attempt to crown the ‘greatest college basketball team’ based on all-time games won (Kentucky) or on games won over the past decade (Duke), I think a different stat is even more impressive:
Four teams in this year’s NCAA tourney — UK, Murray State, Western Kentucky and UL — come from the same state.
And they all ended the season in the Top 20.
Now that’s a sports dynasty.
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Can’t help it. I’m super psyched that Kentucky is the #1 Seed in the NCAA tourney.
And did you know that the state of Kentucky has three other teams in the big dance? Murray State University. Western Kentucky University. And the University of Louisville.
(I’m just faking it for that last one.)
Whatever the tournament may bring, March Madness begins Wednesday…and the pride of the Bluegrass is behind the Cats!
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The conference tourneys are underway — March Madness has begun!
But this year the upsets aren’t limited to the games. Seriously…have you seen the uniforms?
The Baylor Bears debuted this florescent-nightmare-of-a-postseason uniform last night in their win over Kansas State in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.
The color is foul enough. (Perhaps they thought they would be playing under a black light at the Sprint Center?)
But if you look closely, the shorts have a tonal tiger stripe.
Umm — for the Baylor Bears? Am I missing something here?
It’s been that kinda year in fashion for men’s college basketball. Nike unveiled a line of uniforms that is so edgy — and so alike — you are hard pressed to tell the teams apart on the floor unless you look at their socks.
Perhaps the fashions designers need to take a time out and remember what men’s college basketball uniforms are all about.
College Team. Color.
And then just accept that Kentucky will always look best on the ‘cat walk.’
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