That damn Gillispie can't even make it through a press conference without a shot of liquor. I bet he had whores hiding under the table too.
Probably one of the most beloved quartets ever. Rich Brooks, Billy Gillispie, Rob Bromley, and Mitch Barnhart. I bet Bromley sings bass.
This is the cover from the 1998 NCAA Champion Kentucky Wildcats SI story. The second pic is just a classic from the Duke game in the Elite Eight. We named this move "the rings of Magloire". I'll never forget Billy Packer screaming "What is Magloire doing?". My friends and I celebrated in Blake's basement at the hilarious sight of Wojo writhing in fake pain as Magloire tried to act like it was all a big accident. They both deserved Oscars for the whole scene. I think Magloire really wanted to tie him up a little bit, but if you can remember or could watch it again you can also realize that Wojo played it up as much as possible and that little piss ant wasn't hurt a bit. That back bend he's doing in the picture was of his own creation.
Now on to the championship story. In 1996 Blake's parents bought a new tv for their living room just in time for the NCAA tourney. We watched all the games on this new tv and the Cats brought home the big hardware for the first time in 18 years. In 1997 we continued this NCAA tourney tradition by watching all the games at the Phillips house once again. However, I was able to land a couple of tickets to the championship game where Tom and I witnessed live the finals loss to Arizona. I have always blamed myself for the Cats not winning it all in '97. In 1998 I vowed to watch all the games at the home of Danny and Jackie Phillips no matter what. When Jackie decided to purchase a 60 inch big screen for their basement at tournament time I knew things were looking good for UK and their new coach Tubby Smith. We didn't miss a tournament game and sure enough Tubby and the Comeback Cats cut down the nets in San Antonio. This brought the Cats to an amazing record of 17-0 in a three year span of NCAA tournament games I watched in the Phillips house. If only I had been there for that 1997 final. In 1999 I had landed a real job and was working 2nd shift at Muhlenberg Community Hospital and there was no possible way that I could watch every game there. So, the streak came to an end. It was however one of the greatest and most memorable 3 year runs in the storied history of UK's basketball program. It was also the greatest and most memorable 3 year run in my history as a fan. Big Blue Madness tickets will be available Saturday morning. I'm pumped for another season.
I often stop and think about what is going to happen in the future. Here are some random items that I think may come true.
-Maddie Vinson wins gold for the 2024 USA women's soccer team.
-Dawson Guffy seeks presidency in 2050 election.
-Boner Bunch is the starting offensive lineman on an NFL team. I mean, really, can't you hear John Madden talking about how much he loves the name Boner Bunch.
-Kendall "The Git" Smith takes his grocery store running profession to Lexington, KY where he falls into legal trouble. I can see the headlines in the Herald-Leader now, "Local man vomits on UK coach Billy Gillispie after Cats win title." Smith is arrested for assault after trying profusely to clean the coach up.
-Kendall also decides to shave his goatee only to set a Guiness World Record by having it grow back before actually finishing the rest of his face.
-Cole "Trickle" Vincent, Clay's son, wins the 2023 Daytona 500.
-Abe Walker gets voted most honest man on the planet.
-Grant Sharp gets the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Bob Knight Award for 2008 and beyond. This award goes to the coach who displays sideline antics that rival that of the General.
-The Deh Beh actually misses a three at Bremen Gym in 2027.
-Joe Smith, father of Maholi, enters the UFC
-Maholi and the Git are welcomed back to Tennessee Pride for one last baking of biscuits.
-Shane Hardison begins to think he is actually Gill Grissom of CSI.
-Did I mention Guffy for president 2050? Get your sign today.
Here is a new video about the Devin Dearth documentary movie. For those who don't know, Devin is a friend who we go to church with who suffered a stroke. His insurance quit paying for his therapy here in the U.S. so his brother set him up with a hospital in China that specializes in using traditional Chinese medicine to treat stroke victims. His brother is also a film maker and is preparing a documentary of Devin's progress. This video is a trailer for that film. Devin is home now. Before he went to China (unable to walk, confined to a wheelchair), he said the next time he came to church he was gonna walk through the front door. Guess what he did 2 weeks ago? Please keep the Dearth family in your prayers.
10. Campaign in a batsuit
9. Instead of Lincoln, pepper speech with quotes from Broday Jenner
8. Get his Miracle Ear pierced
7. Stop yelling at reporters to get off his lawn
6. Play breakdancing vice principal in "High School Musical 3"
5. Take a page from Jason Giambi and grow a cool moustache
4. Wrestle a gator
3. Change name of "Straight Talk Express" to "J-Dawg's Booty Wagon"
2. Stop promising a Packard in every garage and a goose in every icebox
1. Never hurts to nail a few interns
Even though it is widely known that he rigged the poll for the next profile, I have elected to give "The Git" his profile anyway. Longtime blog readers will recall a few months back I gave a decent profile of this cheater when he was coming to stay with me for a weekend. At that time he hadn't been to Muhlenberg County in years. Now I see him more than I see my wife. Every time I turn around I see that classic Git. Play ball at Bremen, who shows up?--Git. Watch the UK vs. UL football game at Ho's--Git. Take my kid to the county fair--Git. Go to Shogun's for my birthday--Git. Purple Onion--Git. Olivia Newton John concert--Git. Bernadette Locke basketball camp--Git. 2008 Midget of the Year banquet dinner--Git, and Clint Allen. You get the picture. I see this cheeser in my sleep. I used to dream about good things: UK winning it all, me winning the lotto jackpot, Jordan in lingerie, you know, normal stuff. Now I can't get this cheating, cheesing Git out of my head. The next time I see him in person, I'm gonna personally deliver him to Barry Vincent's doorstep. I heard that Barry would love to see him.