Now that the nightmare 2020-21 Kentucky basketball season is over, perhaps it is time for some introspective reflection.
This was the worst year since the Eddie Sutton disastrous 13-18 record of 1988-89 (the last time we had to deal with the former Arkansas coach who had told the media he would crawl on his hands and knees to get the UK job).
But the UK team of 2020-21 was, as Winston Churchill once said, a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma — more ups and downs than a theme park roller-coaster.
There were some highs (trouncing Florida and Tennessee on their home floors), but there were far too many disappointments – blown leads, last minute collapses resulting in 10 losses of 7 points or less.
Some odd coaching by John Calipari (particularly his use of Dontaie Allen and his indecision on point guard lineups).
But hope springs eternal, as they say, and we are unlikely to ever see such a drastic downturn again.
But before we go, don’t we need to apply some kind of descriptive moniker to this team, a la The Fabulous Five or Fiddling Five of yesteryear?
Because the season was filled with so many disappointments why not just call this team The Disappointments or Cal’s Collapsers?
Can’t wait till December so I can get this bad taste out of my mouth.
(Ken Mink is a former Herald-Leader sportswriter and longtime journalist-author. He grew up in Vicco, near Hazard).