Author Archives: Josh White

I'm a lifelong, die-hard Kentucky fan who loves UK sports as much as I hate UL and everything they stand for. I'd rather lose with the Boys in Blue than win with Cardinal red. That pretty much sums me up.

A Call to Arms for Kentucky Fans


  If you’re anything like me, you’re going through a wide range of emotions today. You’re probably sad, sad that the nation  is giddy with anticipation of the upcoming NCAA tournament, filling out brackets five at a time, and here we sit as UK fans, left out of the Big Dance for only the second time since 1992. It’s a ...

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Kentucky’s Tournament Hopes: How Much More Needs to be Done?

Nerlens Noel, John Calipari

  With the recent surge in the Wildcats’ recent play, their NCAA hopes are certainly more optimistic than they were a few weeks ago. While a key win over Ole Miss and not losing trap games to Texas A&M and South Carolina have certainly bolstered their NCAA resume, there’s still a lot of work to be done. At the present, ...

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Kentucky Pulls Away in the Second Half, Blows out Auburn 75-53


    It started fast and erratic, with the score tied at six halfway through the first half, but the Cats took advantage of some hot shooting from sophomore Kyle Wiltjer to cruise past the Auburn Tigers and win on the road 75 –53.   Both teams played at a breakneck pace, flying down the court but not making a ...

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NATION OF BLUE PREVIEW: Kentucky vs. Tennessee

John Calipari, Ryan Harrow

  Tennessee Volunteers vs. Kentucky Wildcats Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY 7:00 Tipoff on ESPN/WatchESPN     After a heartbreaking loss on Saturday, the Cats look to rebound and get back into contention in the SEC, as they take on the hated Tennessee Volunteers.   Tennessee (8-6, 0-2 SEC), much like Kentucky, has struggled over the early ...

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Ex-UL Football Player Sues University, Coach Charlie Strong


    On the eve of the biggest basketball matchup in the country, the last thing the University of Louisville needs is a distraction.   Apparently, they’re getting one anyway.   The Associated Press is reporting Former Louisville defensive lineman Patrick Grant has filed suit in Jefferson County Circuit Court against the University of Louisville and Head Coach Charlie Strong, ...

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NATION OF BLUE PREVIEW: Kentucky vs. Louisville


    Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals Saturday, December 29, 2012, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY 4:30 start time, coverage by CBS     In the state of Kentucky, this is the big one. This is the game that fans circle when the schedules come out. This is the game that proves to the entire world that basketball is truly ...

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Our Condolences to the Victims of the Connecticut School Shooting

Black Ribbon

  On behalf of all of us at Nation of Blue, we’d like to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Sometimes, life will teach us that there’s more important things than sports. Remember the poor children who were killed and injured, those who tried to prevent the tragedy, and those ...

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BREAKING: Tennessee Hires Butch Jones as Head Coach

Butch Jones

    After being rejected by Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden and Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, it appears the Vols have found their new head coach in Cincinnati Bearcat head man Butch Jones.   Jones, as you’ll remember, was a candidate for the Kentucky job and was strongly rumored at one point to have accepted the position. He also ...

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UK Gets Outplayed By Baylor, Loses at Home 64-55


    In what could be dubbed as one their worst-played games of the past three years, the Kentucky Wildcats allowed an unranked Baylor Bears team to sneak out of Rupp Arena with a 64-55 win, snapping Kentucky’s 55 game winning steak at Rupp Arena and handing John Calipari his first loss in the hallowed arena. Kentucky was done in ...

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Will Any UK Football Coaching Hire Satisfy the Masses?


    It looks like the UK Football coach’s search could be drawing to a close. Ever since the rumors started swirling around about Joker’s job security after the Louisville loss, we’ve had our noses stuck in computer monitors (or iPhones or iPads, if you’re one of those hoity-toity types) looking through rumors and trying to get any kind of ...

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Cats Struggle in the First, but Blow Out LIU-Brooklyn 104-75


It started out with a struggle, the lowly Blackbirds matching the mighty Cats shot for shot and showed they weren’t intimidated by the more talented and highly heralded Wildcats. Had it not been for a 15-0 burst at the end of the first half, the Cats would have likely been down at the break. But big plays from freshmen Archie ...

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Cats Fall Short, Lose to Duke 75-68


  It may have been a better overall effort than the Maryland game, but the Cats fell short after rallying to within three points, losing to the hated Blue Devils of Duke 75-68.   The rebounding effort was somewhat better than last Friday night, winning the battle of the boards 28-26. Tonight however, they didn’t seem to have an answer ...

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Big Blue Preview: Kentucky vs. Duke


  #3 KENTUCKY WILDCATS vs. #8 DUKE BLUE DEVILS Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia 9:30PM Tipoff, ESPN/WatchESPN   At times it was exciting, at times it was ugly, and it even ended up downright surprising at certain points of the game. Despite struggling mightily in the rebounding department, Kentucky was able to gut out a close 72-69 ...

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Big Blue Preview: Kentucky vs. Maryland


KENTUCKY WILDCATS vs. MARYLAND TERRAPINS Friday, November 09, 2012, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY 8:30PM Tipoff, ESPN This is it, folks. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for since the final buzzer of the Kentucky/Kansas National Championship game. Tonight is the night a new generation of Wildcats takes the floor to defend their championship. And what an early test it ...

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Why Sonny Dykes Will Be UK’s Next Head Coach

Sonny Dykes

It may have been a little earlier than we had thought, but the inevitable occurred on Sunday, when it was announced that embattled UK football coach Joker Phillips would not return to Lexington for the 2013 campaign. Almost immediately, fans took to social media and message boards with a veritable wish list of head coaching candidates. We here at Nation ...

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Potential UK Football Coaches Part 2: More Rumored Joker Replacements


  A few weeks ago, we posted a story detailing some of the names bandied around by fans regarding who Kentucky’s head football coach would be for the 2013 season. (You can read that story HERE ) The response we received was incredible, with even more names thrown into the mix. With the recent rumors that Kentucky has reached out ...

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Would a Georgia Upset Had Saved Joker’s Job?


  Unless you’ve been living under a rock since yesterday evening, you know that Kentucky nearly pulled off an impossible upset of 11th ranked Georgia. Try as they might, it just wasn’t meant to be. Maybe if they’d gotten a different call here and maybe gained a few extra  yards at certain points of the game, we may be having ...

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Final Thoughts on Big Blue Madness 2012

Big Blue Madness

    Another Big Blue Madness is in the books, and what an impressive show it was. Tonight we got to see our first look at the next generation of Wildcats as they gear up to defend their national championship. So let’s look back on what was sure to be one of the most impressive Big Blue Madnesses yet. *Hammer ...

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Potential UK Football Coaches: How Likely are the Fan Choices?


  With each passing day, UK head coach Joker Phillips is coming under harder fire. It comes with the territory when you’re 1-5 with a skeleton crew under center and a defense so decimated with injuries that the secondary is only playing six healthy defensive backs.  We had an inkling the season may be a little rough, but we had ...

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The H Twins

    Hey, do you remember the 2004 NCAA Tournament? Oh, who am I kidding? Of course you do. How could you forget? But juuust in case you don’t remember, that’s the season Kentucky was the number one overall seed in the tournament and they got upset by Mike Anderson’s Alabama-Birmingham team in the second round. Yep. Now you remember. ...

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