(BLOG) -- Big Blue Nation, it has been a bit of a rough start to this year’s basketball season. As Kentucky fans we always expect to win. Pre-season polls ranked our Cats as high as number three in the nation. Yet after losing to Duke (puke), Notre Dame and Baylor, fans are disappointed to say the least. Regardless of the losses, it’s time to look forward and keep the faith.
In Kentucky, basketball is king even during the off-season and this year was no exception. Fans said goodbye to all of their starters that won the school it’s eighth national championship and wished their favorite players the best in the NBA. Then we were introduced to a new exciting freshmen class with the help of a television show done by a little network called ESPN. (If you don’t know about the poop ice cream reference in this blog’s title please click here to enjoy the video from All Access Kentucky).
Coach Calipari warned us that it would take some time for this year’s team to meet our high standards. However, it was hard for us to listen because Calipari has brought nothing but success to the program.
Reality finally sunk in Saturday when the team suffered their first home court loss of the Calipari era to unranked Baylor. We now have more losses than last season as a whole, but fans, this is o.k.
I do not believe these losses are a sign of failure. We were spoiled with such a special team last year that included the irreplaceable Anthony Davis. Not only were the players incredibly talented, they were also a perfect unit together as a team. Kentucky was a championship favorite right from the start of the season.
Let’s take a look back however at the season before last. Remember all of those losses in the SEC back when Brandon Knight was playing? That team ended up making an impressive run to the Final Four and they had a real shot at beating the eventual champions UConn.
We need to give these new players some time and our full support, especially Ryan Harrow. Who knows what will happen by the end of the season? And Cats fans, do not fret, we will be reloaded with talent yet again in the 2013-14 season. So let’s take a breath, relax and enjoy the holiday season. The New Year is quickly approaching and I have a feeling it will treat us well.
About me: I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Communications. I’ve worked with ESPNU, UK Student News Network, LEX18 and now I'm a web producer at WHAS11. I’m a loyal Kentucky Wildcats, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Lakers fan. Follow me on twitter @NickiSue456.