Kentucky Basketball: The Precious Present

With the Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team completing their six game run in the Bahamas, Big Blue Nation is left without anymore basketball until October. Even with Coach Mark Stoops and the football team poised to make improvements, and all the other Wildcat fall sports teams ready to compete at a high level, the vast majority of Blue and White clad fans will be more than ready for this year’s Big Blue Madness.  The brief glimpse of the team has done nothing to dissuade talk of National Championship number nine for the Wildcats. In fact, a deep tournament run has become a near forgone conclusion in the minds of the BBN faithful.

Despite being not yet a full year removed from a team that was nearly crushed under the weight of ridiculous expectations, the vicious cycle of the rabid fan base is once again at a fever pitch. We’re not only ready to put another banner in Rupp, we’re already salivating over the recruits in the 2015 and 2016 classes, keeping the cycle going and going. Sometimes, in life and in fandom, it’s time to slow down and enjoy the present.

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As fans, we spend so much time looking forward to the next season, there’s barely enough time to focus on what’s currently happening.  There’s so much talk about who would replace head coach John Calipari, when he leaves to join LeBron James in Cleveland, that we’re really not focusing on how remarkable his five year run in Lexington has been. With three Final Four appearances, one national runner up and one national title since the 2009-10 season, Calipari’s resume is quickly moving toward the legendary Adolph Rupp in the annals of Kentucky Basketball.

In the words of Ferris Bueller, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” When the focus keeps on toward the both the near and distant future, we can overlook some really great events in the present. The “right now” is precious, let’s treat it as such.

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