Last night was horrible but guess what #BBN, it’s OK

Posted: January 6, 2016 by jmklee in Uncategorized

ESPN’s college basketball coverage the last two nights was like a Dicken’s novel.  The Kansas – Oklahoma game was the best of times and the Kentucky – LSU game was the worst of times.  That game last night was just brutal.  There is no way anyone stayed up to see the end of that one.  Only LSU basketball fans would stomach it and we all know they are as allusive as unicorns.

uniBeing a member of the BBN during the Cal era has taught me one thing.  Live in the now and enjoy it.  Each year you get a new group with a few holdovers.  Each year you get to watch them grow, learn, and most of the time succeed.  It is like watching one of those time lapse videos.  You know, like the ones of a stadium switching from football to baseball.  You see a full day of work in two minutes and with Cal, BBN gets to watch in one season what it takes most programs three or four years to build and if you ask me that is fun.  It is bitter sweet because when you have a team like last year’s team you want it to last forever but teams like that burns bright and ends quickly.  If you don’t enjoy it then you just miss out.  But, when you have a team that is frustrating or not as likable you aren’t stuck with it for three years like programs that “do it the right way”.   Like this one.

Outside of Ulis, Murray and Briscoe, who has the shooting range of 2 feet, this year’s Kentucky team is full of kids that just do not compete night in and night out or just don’t have the skills yet to contribute consistently.

You would think that I would be upset but you know what, I’m not.  I mean last night was just horrible and at times as if the only two even trying were Ulis and Murray and from the news coming out I am not alone.  This is what Tyler Ulis had to say after the game.

“Guys came out and didn’t really want to play and didn’t play that hard and basically it seemed like they didn’t really want it.  I feel like we came out, I don’t know what it was, a little scared it seemed.”

Hell, the only person in blue to move their feet and stop someone last night was Shannon Spake.

But once again I’m cool with it.  Maybe it’s because I am getting older and more mellow but I don’t think so.  I just think I realize that being a Cal era UK fan means that some teams just might not come together or the talent might not be as advertised.  What the UK coaching staff attempts to do each and every year with a new team is almost impossible and they pull it off more times than not.  Now this team is not as bad as the NIT team and barring an injury to Tyler Ulis this team will make the tournament and be anywhere from a 7-4 seed.  They will be a that team “no one will want to play” but could lose to Dayton in the first round.

So what am I saying BBN?  Just enjoy the season.  The Cats are going to lose some games but it’s ok.  Not every team will dominate like last years but they will still be good.  This team is still better than most and when they compete they are fun to watch.  Hey, it could be worse, much worse and don’t forget, next year will bring a new team and chances are that team will be AWESOME!


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