[Moderated by Matt Jones]
So if you’re a student at the mystical University of Kentucky, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the really tall women wearing blue that dribble basketballs around our campus. The University of Kentucky’s Women’s Basketball team members are so dedicated to their game, everywhere you see them on campus they’re dribbling basketballs. The first time I observed this on campus activity I was a little taken back. What’s the deal with this? Why would they have to dribble their basketballs to class? I mean, is it really even doing anything? Do they think that Anna Marie Armstrong, Georgia’s strongest defensive player, is going to pop out of the bushes and try to swat the ball away? Probably not, but I’ll tell you what this on campus drill does do for the player’s game.
When Samarie Walker hit campus yesterday for class, basketball in hand, I’ll bet my bottom dollar that not only did people look towards her and be reminded that there is a Women’s Basketball Game Thursday night at 7, but I’ll also bet that it kept Walker herself focused on the fact that in a few hours she would be headed to GA to match up with the Bulldogs (ranked #2 behind the Wildcats in the SEC). Having that basketball in your hands will literally force you to focus on what’s going on around you. So realistically, Armstrong isn’t going to run up on Walker while walking past White Hall, but what about the goofball who refuses to give up his Razor Scooter obsession from 5th grade? Walker will have her head up and her senses aware, ready to dodge or cross over if the Razor Scooter tries to get too personal. Walker will also be aided in her focus by dribbling the basketball in between classes. She will be getting excited about her game the next day, focusing on the skills and drills that the team has been going through since day one, going over plays and recapping past games.
The most compelling thing I noticed about the Lady Hoop team dribbling around campus was something I even compare to any other team at the University of Kentucky. The Lady Hoops team is never unaccompanied from another team member. Never. There are always at least two team members walking together, but more realistically it’s three or four of them, all laughing and always smiling. This dribbling shows a unity that runs far deeper than an on court meshing of talents.
Dribbling a basketball to class may seem kind of silly to the student body at first, but think about it; the dribbling not only helps the players get ready for the game mentally and physically, but also gets the attention of the rest of the student body. After all, these women deserve the attention. With a season that’s 16-2, a number 1 ranking in the SEC standings, and a number 6 ranking nationally, WHY ARENT WE ALL FLOCKING TO THEIR GAMES LIKE A SORORITY GIRL TO SPRING RUSH SHIRTS?!
Ill give you readers a chance for redemption. Sunday afternoon. Memorial Coliseum, at 2 PM. There’s literally nothing you can have as an excuse. Hotdogs and Popcorn will be a fantastic hangover cure, the games are FREE (with a student ID), and they’re playing the Florida Gators. I HATE the gators. HATE. So you already know I’ll be there, with a hotdog AND popcorn, hanging out in the press section, screaming my head off for Walker and her teammates. This Wildcat team has just as much of a chance as the Men’s team to win a national championship, and if they received even HALF the attention and support the men’s team got, they really just might win it all in Denver. Who wants to be able to say that they were a student at UK when the men and women’s teams BOTH WON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS? I do, so ill do my part and get my a$s there to cheer these extremely talented women on. Honestly, if you don’t, what kind of fan are you?
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