Morning Newspaper: New Year's Eve Edition

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It's the last day of 2008, five days and counting until the next edition of the Dream Game.  Many may have forgotten, but we are only 2 days, 8 hours and some change away from the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

And now, the news:

Dream Game news

  • Jerry Tipton reports on Michael Porter's improving comfort level.  Patterson is quoted as saying, "It's all about confidence."  That young man is wise beyond his years (or perhaps he reads A Sea of Blue)

Liberty Bowl News

  • Chip Crosby takes a look at the seasons of both UK and ECU.
  • Already reported everywhere, but worth a read if you haven't seen it -- Dickie Lyons channels Elvis.
  • A touching story from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal about Chris Mosby, a Kentucky recruit from Memphis who was killed in an automobile accident before he made it to the Bluegrass.
  • The Commercial-Appeal notebooks the Liberty Bowl.
  • Jodie Demling says the UK defense is finally healthy.  It will be the first time we have seen our defense at 100% since the Louisville game.
  • Good piece form the Winston-Salem Journal, mostly about ECU but with some nice words for UK.
  • John Clay says that UK and ECU have a history, and it isn't a particularly friendly one.  Seems we pulled a buy-out on the Pirates, and they were less than amused.  Given the situation (opening an new stadium), I can see why.  John also has the funniest line of the day, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinal's Mike Bianchi.
  • We Is Notre Dame handicaps the Liberty Bowl.
  • Mark Maynard says a bowl win can make the 2008 'Cats memorable.

UK Basketball News

  • Some New Years' resolutions for the 'Cats in 2009.
  • Matt Jones quashes rumors about a disgruntled Darius Miller leaving the team, plus lots more.
  • In a similar vein, John Clay asks, "What's up with Darius Miller?"

NCAA Basketball news

  • Arkansas drills the #4 Oklahoma Sooners behind former UK recruits Rotnei Clarke and Courtney Fortson.
  • The Illini defeat the highly ranked Purdue Boilermakers.  Illinois is coming on strong, and Alex Legion had a good game.
  • Rush the Court checks in on the Big 12.
  • Gators win ugly over Stetson.
  • Darren Horn's Gamecocks fall short against in-state rival Clemson.

NCAA Football news

  • Is bowl season getting too crowded?
  • Oregon tops Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl.  The other bowls are going to have to really be impressive to top this one.  It was great.

Other news of interest

  • The Courier-Journal lauds Kentucky punter Tim Masthay.
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