Is anyone else out there really psyched about 2011? I have to confess that 2010 was a most bizarre year for the entire world of sports, and the Kentucky Wildcats headed the charge in a lot of categories. Let's take a moment and remember some of the more illustrious moments of 2010.
Just so we remember, we kicked this year off with that little skirmish against the same Cardinals we face tomorrow and won 71-62 at Rupp Arena. It is only fitting that we finish the year the same way. And that was just shortly after they had won the program's 2000th game against a Drexel team that went to Louisville a few days ago and mopped the floor with the Cards.
The Cats then hammered their way through the SEC, made it back to the #1 ranking for the first time since 2003, won the SEC Regular Season crown, and after that amazing tip in by DeMarcus Cousins, won the SEC tournament too. Along the way, they raised 1M for relief of those folks down in Haiti, one day while things were slow. Then they worked their way back to the Elite Eight, where they experienced their first case of "I can't hit anything's" they had all year to end their season. For an encore to their spectacular year, 5 Wildcats manage to get themselves drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, nothing major.
Then Cal locks down the #1 Recruiting class yet again, and oh yeah, I forgot, he collected the Adolph Rupp Coach of The Year Award as well as the Yahoo! Sports, Naismith, and SEC Coach of The Year Awards.
The Cats provided thrill after thrill all year long, from John Wall's amazing last second basket in his first game, to the Cousins tip in, and even right down to the very end of their NCAA Tourney run.
They didnt take the summer off either. They took a little trip to Canada, stopping to wash children's feet as they went, and whipped a couple of Canadian teams, in spite of not having a center for three games. Then Big Blue Madness rolled around and another class of Cal's Cats introduced themselves to the world. So far this fall and winter the Cats have responded nicely and Cal has yet to lose in Rupp Arena since his arrival.
All in all, quite a year for the program that was going to "regret they ever met John Calipari" according to the fans of little brother over on the river. I don't suppose we have any more good news we could squeeze in before the year ends do we????.............