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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sepia Saturday is Blue in Kentucky

Sepia Saturday
Big Blue Saturday in Kentucky
There is an amazing situation going on in Ky or rather New Orleans this weekend.

 Alan's theme is work.
Well these are just basketball games but believe me there is a lot of work going on here.
From the players to the coaches.

Sorry this is all I can think about as we wait for this history making Final Four game tonight.
Just a little history

Rupp coached the University of Kentucky men's basketball team from 1930 to 1972. There, he gained the nicknames, "Baron of the Bluegrass, and "The Man in the Brown Suit". Rupp's Wildcat teams won four NCAA championships (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958), one National Invitation Tournament title in 1946, appeared in 20 NCAA tournaments, had six NCAA Final Four appearances, won five Sugar Bowl tournament championships, captured 27 Southeastern Conference regular season titles, and won 13 Southeastern Conference tournaments. Rupp's Kentucky teams also finished ranked #1 on six occasions in the final Associated Press college basketball poll and four times in the United Press International (Coaches) poll. In addition, Rupp's 1966 Kentucky squad (nicknamed "Rupp's Runts") finished runner-up in the NCAA tournament and Rupp's 1947 Wildcats finished runner-up in the National Invitation Tournament. Further, Rupp's 1933 and 1954 Kentucky squads were also awarded the Helms National Championship.
In his 41 seasons as UK coach, Rupp coached 32 All-Americans, chosen 50 times, 52 All-SEC players, chosen 91 times, 44 NBA Draft Picks, 2 National Players-of-the-Year, 7 Olympic Gold Medalists, and 4 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members. He was a 4-time National Coach-of-the-Year award winner, and a 7-time Conference Coach-of-the-Year award winner. Rupp was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, College Basketball Hall of Fame, Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Kansas Athletic Hall of Fame, University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, and Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. Further, since 1972, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, considered one of the nation's premier basketball awards, has been given by the Commonwealth Athletic Club to the top men's college basketball player. In addition, the University of Kentucky retired a jersey in his honor in the rafters of Rupp Arena, a 23,500-seat arena named after him, dedicated in 1976.[5]
Rupp was forced into retirement in March of 1972, at the age of 70. At the time, this was the mandatory retirement age for all University of Kentucky employees.

John Calipari (born February 10, 1959) is an American basketball coach. Since April 2009, he has been the men's head coach at the University of Kentucky.
Calipari is the former head coach of the University of Memphis Tigers, the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, and the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets. He is the only coach to direct three different colleges to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, although two of those appearances (1996 at UMass and 2008 at Memphis) have been officially vacated by the NCAA. Calipari is also one of only two coaches to direct three different schools to a Final Four (1996- UMass, 2008- Memphis, 2011, 2012- Kentucky), with the UMass and Memphis appearances later being vacated by the NCAA. As a result, he is the only head coach to have a Final Four appearance vacated at more than one school, although Calipari himself was not personally implicated by the NCAA in either case.[1] As a college coach, Calipari has 18 20-win seasons (17 official), 8 30-win seasons (7 official), and has been named National Coach of the Year 3 times.

Rick Pitino (born September 18, 1952)[1] is an American basketball coach. Since 2001, he has been the head coach at the University of Louisville. He has also served as head coach at Boston University, Providence College and the University of Kentucky, leading that program to the NCAA championship in 1996. He has coached on the professional level for the NBA's New York Knicks and Boston Celtics with mixed results.
Pitino holds the distinction of being the only men's coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to a Final Four. (John Calipari did the same, but two of his Final Four appearances were later vacated by the NCAA.) Pitino is also only one of three coaches ever to take his school to the Final Four in four separate decades. In addition, Pitino has achieved a measure of success as an author and a motivational speaker.

All info courtesy of Wikipedia.

For more Sepia Saturday to

Will be off the radar for the next two days.
Will be back to visit others later.
Go Cats Go
We are all blue crazy and we know it.
Whom ever wins tonight it is still
the state of Kentucky in the finals.
Can't beat that.


MosaicMagpie said...


Alan Burnett said...

It was fascinating to read, just to discover what on earth Big Blue Saturday was. And by the look of things they certainly work for their fame and (hopefully) fortune.

Little Nell said...

I don't know a thing about basketball, but i can sense the mounting excitement from here. I bet you'll be jumping up and down and shouting out tonight!

barbara and nancy said...

That game must be super important in Kentucky. I saw a piece on the news this week where two opposing fans got in a fist fight as they were having their dialysis treatments. Now that's what I call sports fans going a little too far!

Wendy said...

Since you went to all this effort, I'll join you -- Go Cats Go!

Bob Scotney said...

Despite having played sports for many years it's amazing that we never think of it as work, or the work tahat goes into it so that we can take part.

Tattered and Lost said...

I have to admit to not being a college sports fan, but hoping you have a good weekend.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, my goodness, you worked so hard on this post, with all of your research and linking everything up!

We watched that game, and the surprise ending.

Thanks for the basketball history lesson,

Kathy M.


While the guys had a ball, I see you did all of the work to share this with us. Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Basketball looks like a very demanding sport! It doesn't have a high profile in Scotland, or at least it didn't when I was still doing competitive sports. I have a feeling that my aim would have been awful anyway :-) Interesting insight into a little-known (to me) sport. Jo

Pat transplanted to MN said...

At first it threw me, the reference to Blue but how could it, we are March madness devotees. Love the finals expecially and the games were so good and close. Lots of good information here that I did not know of before and wish I'd read earlier...