Rich's "Bridge to Somewhere"

In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Brooks' Cats or better yet if history prevailed, a sinking back into mediocrity, several freshmen and red shirt freshmen has bolstered Kentucky's viability in the SEC.

Throughout this intense political season we heard about the ‘Bridge to Nowhere.'With some infrastructure upgrade, occasionally that bridge to nowhere miraculously turns into a bridge to somewhere. Nothing is forever. And as in the case of Minnesota and Florida, that supposed endless bridge to somewhere breaks down and needs some infrastructure repair. Nothing is forever.

In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Brooks' Cats or better yet if history prevailed, a sinking back into mediocrity, several freshmen and red shirt freshmen has bolstered Kentucky's viability in the SEC.

There are no less than fourteen red shirt or true freshmen on the UK squad that Brooks has at one time or another talked about in glowing terms and no less than six as difference makers. A difference maker in this writers football vernacular is a player that has constant impact on a game. Obviously the first one that comes to mind is the dynamic Randall Cobb, who has his fingerprints all over two victories and within a whisper of an upset of No.14 Georgia. Among the receivers Gene McCaskill and Eric Adeyemi fit the bill. Lexington native defensive back Winston Guy, who almost went to Arkansas and linebacker Danny Travathan, who blocked a Georgia punt that led to a touchdown. Upon Travathan's arrival, Brooks said he was off the charts in speed, strength and agility for a freshman. From a punting standpoint Kentucky fans shouldn't fret the loss of Tim Masthay. With Ryan Tydlacka, booming punts will continually fly the friendly skies of Commonwealth Stadium.

Many say that Kentucky will never achieve the upper echelon of the SEC. Perhaps so but the football team is continually achieving first's. Nothing is forever.

Who would've ever thought Notre Dame would be in a eleven-year void of winning a bowl game. They once had a fifty-year tradition and obviously needs some infrastructure upgrade Nothing is forever.

Take a look at Michigan and Tennessee wallowing around in the depths of mediocrity Nothing is forever. There other examples around the country.

The legendary S. T. Roach, former Lexington Dunbar High School coach and first black member on the UK Athletics Board, made a huge splash at the inception of high school integrated athletics. We (some media members) had an early heads up on the potential hiring of Tubby Smith and when an unofficial conveyance of that bit of news, the now 92-year old Mister Roach said "no way," He could not bring himself to believe it. Nothing is forever. The legendary John Thompson once said there will be a Martian in the Whitehouse before a black head coach sits on the bench that Adolph Rupp once sat. Nothing is forever.

Speaking of the Whitehouse, Roach said of the election of Barack Obama - "I thank the Lord I lived to see it," Roach said. "I never dreamed I would see this happen." Nothing is forever.

What UK is doing on the football field is the shaking of the longtime label of a perennial loser. This as a extremely young team laden with young play makers and more to come in the 2009 recruiting class that could be the framework to the bridge to somewhere. Nothing is forever!!!


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