Happy Fourth of July, Big Blue Nation! Thanks to all those who have sacrificed to protect our country; without them, our love for college athletics wouldn’t exist. In the Big Blue Nation, however, we have those that suit up in the Blue & White on the court or on the field to represent a great school and state, and its’ fans. If we were to really sit back and observe the special days that made the Big Blue Nation stand apart from other fanbases, what would they be?
I give you: the holidays of the Big Blue Nation. There have been so many milestones throughout so many decades that there are simply to many to make note of. But, there have been many significant dates during the last five years or so.
October 13, 2007: Kentucky upsets #1 LSU
- This one is obvious, being the biggest win for the football program in its history. No one would’ve ever predicted the outcome of that triple-overtime game, or that College Gameday would be in town the following week to watch a Heisman-contending QB in Andre’ Woodson.
December 21, 2009: UK2K
- Being the first school to reach 2,000 wins was just another milestone in the record books for John Calipari and the Cats that season, as they finished with a 35-3 record and reached the Elite Eight.
November 26, 2011: Kentucky defeats Tennessee, 10-7
- Another unpredictable outcome from the football team. With no bowl game in sight, and the starting quarterback injured, there was no doubt that Kentucky was going to lose to Tennessee yet again, right? False. A wide receiver played quarterback in quite a fairytale ending for the season.
April 2, 2012: Kentucky defeats Kansas for Number Eight
- 14 years in the making. After so many tough losses year after year, the phrase “wait until next year” became engrained in my mind. But this team was special. Although Anthony Davis was an all-around player, the team didn’t depend on him to win. This team had the talent, toughness, and will to win. The Big Blue Nation celebrated this day like no other.