My God, Kentucky has done it again.
It's unbelievable, really.
But I just watched the program with the greatest combination of money, tradition and delusional fans lose in early November to an out-classed opponent for the second consecutive season, and it's about the craziest thing I've ever seen. I mean, seriously, how does this happen? Kentucky losing at home to a Gardner-Webb or VMI should be a once-in-a-decade thing, at worst. But somehow the Wildcats have managed to turn it into an annual event, and we might have to start adding it to our calendars.
-- POSSIBLE 2009 CALENDAR --
October 31: Halloween
November 11: Veterans Day
November 16: Kentucky Meltdown Day
November 26: Thanksgiving
(That seems about right, doesn't it?)
Last year Kentucky lost its second game to Gardner-Webb, a team that finished fifth in the Atlantic Sun.
This year the Wildcats lost their opener to VMI, a team picked seven in the Big South.
My first thought: UK was fortunate it didn't have to mess around with Radford (picked second in the Big South) or Liberty (picked fourth in the Big South). That could've gotten really ugly, and nobody needs to see that.
My second thought: That dead cat from yesterday should be fitted for a Patrick Patterson jersey because you can't be a serious All-American candidate and let your team lose its opener to VMI while taking just four shots and finishing with eight points in a game played in the hundreds. That's unacceptable.
But it happened.
So now UK is off to a rough start.
And top-ranked UNC is on deck.