Coach Your Team! Kentucky Fans Expect More

BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — “Welcome,” said the spider to the fly.  Utilizing an offensive scheme predicated upon Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril’s Princeton Offense, an experienced Richmond squad spun a tangled and frustrating web the ‘Cats simply couldn’t escape.  Regardless of how hard they fought, coach John Calipari’s youthful Wildcats


By Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — Anyone who played the game of football realizes the importance that focus, detail to attention, and teamwork has on the outcome of a game.  Perhaps the most valuable lesson today’s student athletes learn, however, is that just like everyday life, regardless of the amount of effort


BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — Until recently, the Kentucky-Tennessee border war has been a pretty lopsided affair in favor of the Vols.  Before you can declare any contest a rivalry game, however, the traditional underdog should occasionally win a contest.  On Saturday at Neyland Stadium, two things became obvious after Kentucky trounced


BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — Coach Mark Stoops’ recent success notwithstanding, UK’s long-suffering fan base has witnessed this same scenario play out countless times over the years.  An excruciating 42-41 loss in OT brought back a flood of painful memories for many of the Wildcat faithful at Kroger Field on Saturday.  Despite

Miscues Derail Terry Wilson’s Return Against Auburn

BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky) — No. 23 Kentucky stood their ground for three quarters before a CATastrophic fourth quarter fumble coupled with a botched fake punt derailed senior quarterback Terry Wilson’s long-awaited return.  No. 8 Auburn took full advantage of the miscues and pulled away late for a 29-13 victory at

A World Without Sports

BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — In a world without sports, fear of the unknown leads to speculation which in turn generates uncertainty.  During these unprecedented times, regardless of whether or not you avidly follow sports, citizens across the Commonwealth of Kentucky not only long for normalcy, but crave comfort and relief.  In

‘Cats Refuse To Lose During “Gainesville Miracle”

 BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — Following a monumental collapse against Tennessee earlier in the week, John Calipari’s sixth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats somehow flipped the script during an epic 71-70 come-from-behind win over Florida.  Despite Ashton Hagans’ ill-timed personal sabbatical, Nick Richards and the ‘Cats refused to lose and overcame an 18-point second-half

Can “Team Tension” Coexist?

BY Bill Crockett During a monumental second-half collapse against a mediocre Tennessee squad, unexpected tension erupted on the sidelines between coach John Calipari and sophomore catalyst Ashton Hagans.  When Calipari removed Hagans from the game, Hagans’ negative body language and a somewhat heated back-and-forth told the tale.  While sulking on the bench, multiple

‘Cats Turn The Page Against Auburn

 Photo by Vicky Graff BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — When shots don’t fall, quality basketball teams fight through adversity on the floor.  During Saturday’s rematch with No. 15 Auburn, the ‘Cats turned the page en route to a hard-earned 73-66 victory.  A nip-and-tuck affair throughout, No. 8 Kentucky generated offense at the free-throw

Quickley’s Second-Half Explosion Powers ‘Cats Past Gators

BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — Elite scorers possess an innate ability to make shots.  Regardless of missed attempts, their mindset remains the same each time they touch the ball—the next one will drop.  Immanuel Quickley, who leads the ‘Cats in scoring at 15.7 points per game, started 1-of-6 from the field and