Over the last week and a half, I have been busy reading a book about the Kentucky Wildcats. It would have been a quicker read had it not been for the distraction of social media!
When Sean Woods, a member of the Unforgettables and current coach of Morehead State, made some comments on Monday about players not knowing Kentucky history, it got me thinking. Is this some sort of promotional plug to get Kentucky fans to buy the latest must-own Kentucky Wildcats book, 100 Things Wildcats Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die? I couldn’t help but think that as soon as I heard it.
Ryan Clark and Joe Cox both attended Western Kentucky University but they both share a love for everything Wildcats. If I had to pick a 100 things that Kentucky fans should know, I wouldn’t even know where to start so more power to Ryan and Joe for digging through years of players and highlights to include.
Published by Triumph Books and containing a forward written by Wildcat radio analyst Mike Pratt, the book stretches 252 pages. It is currently available in bookstores everywhere, including Amazon. If you are so inclined, you can buy a copy for your Kindle, too.
Both authors have organized the flow of the book very well. They have the players that have to be mentioned. They have the teams that most definitely have to be mentioned. Of course, there are the coaches who brought home an NCAA trophy: Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino, and Tubby Smith. Don’t worry, they save the worst of them for last.
I’m one of those Wildcat fans that can tell you exactly where I was during some of the most memorable games in the past 20 years. I’m a child of the 1980s. The first team that I really remember watching was that 1991-92 squad, who won our hearts despite a last-second shot that nobody likes to talk about.
Despite my age, I knew of Rupp’s Runts long before Glory Road was released as a movie.
All the championship teams are mentioned as well as teams that fell just shy (No thank you, John Wooden).
All the individually inducted members of the Naismith Hall of Fame are mentioned.
If there is one book on your holiday wish list, it is this book. It’s worth the money, too.