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Vaught’s note: Kentucky fan Beau Robinson of Lexington wrote this a week ago just before Kentucky got ready to play â€” and beat â€” Kansas to win the national championship. As UK fans continue to bask in the glory of UK’s eighth national title, I thought it certainly was worth sharing with vaughtsviews.com readers because I am guessing many of you felt exactly the same way then and still do today.
By BEAU ROBINSON
Tonight, you are 40 minutes from glory. You are 40 minutes from being legends. You are 40 minutes from being considered one of the all-time elite teams in college basketball. Each one of you has taken a different road to get here, and each one of you will take a different road after tonight. Enjoy this, becauseÂ this is the last time we will see you together as one team. Now you know what it means to have KENTUCKY across that chest. Itâ€™s not just any other team in the nation. It is KENTUCKY.
That name across that uniform means so much more to this state than you could ever imagine. We coach this team, practice with this team, play the game with this team and we celebrate with this team. And yes, at times we let our emotions dictate our actions with this team. KENTUCKY BASKETBALL is a way of life. Many, many years down the road, I will be the proudest KENTUCKY fan ever when I can tell my children and grandchildren about the greats of KENTUCKY BASKETBALL.
The day I can mention your names with the greats â€¦ Rupp, Hall, Macy, Givens, Walker, Mashburn, Delk, Bowie, Farmer, Woods, Pelphrey, and Feldhaus. The day that I can talk about the accomplishments this team has achieved. The day were I am dying, and the only thing that will spark a little bit of life back into me is when somebody mentions your names to me.
Tonight, do this for the fans. Do it for that old timer who sits up at Wheelers talking about the glory days with Coach Rupp. Do this for â€œMr. Wildcatâ€ Bill Keightley and Cawood Ledford who are looking down from Big Blue Heaven cheering you on. Do this for the blind guy who canâ€™t see the tv, but is hanging on to every word that Tom Leach is speaking through that radio. Do this for the families rebuilding their lives after the violent storms that swept through our state. Do this for our soliders who have put their lives on the line so we have the freedom to enjoy college basketball. Do this for that little boy on that KENTUCKY farm who spends countless hours dribbling a basketball and shooting it up into a hoop attached to aÂ barn in hopes for playing for the BIG BLUE one day. Do this for the high school team in Eastern KENTUCKY that still knows how to dream big. Do this for your family, and the coaching staff who have stood by you and have been there every step of the way.
Do this for KENTUCKY, but most importantly, do this for yourself. You deserve this more than anybody. Tonight, we are all in this together. You have one shot at gloryâ€¦and you are 40 minutes from it. Regardless, your legacy will live on for eternity in BIG BLUE NATION.