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Correct. Like Comeback Cats. I actually think that was initially coined by Jim Nantz on the CBS broadcast.
It can't just be a forced nickname.
You're a genius - LOL - I have to get me a WON & DONE shirt.
“People who live in the past are afraid to compete in the present. There's no future in it.” -- Sparky Anderson
I just remember the video clip of Tubby on that balcony the night of the big win, yelling out to the crowd, "How bout those Comeback Cats?". Jim Nantz could have been the one to actually say it first.
Dear six pound, nine ounce baby Jesus from Heaven.
Please, I'm begging You, please let it end with these touching nick-names.
I realize it was needed in 92, 96, and 98. All of those were special teams and earned the names they were given, but somewhere along the lines our fans have gone off the rails.
Not every team needs a nick-name, not even the great ones. Nick-names were meant to come naturally, like one day someone refers to them with a certain adjective and others pick up on it and it just becomes the norm. It was never meant for anyone to say "ok, what are we gonna call this year's group?" it was never meant to work that way.
I know You already know this, but please find it in Your Grace to shed this understanding with the rest of our fans, God love them (no pun intended your Holiness) but if I have to read one more suggestion for "the Un-fill in the blank with anythinng imaginable" name, I may have to ask for Your forgiveness instead of Your intervention in this matter.
I know you're busy but please, I've ran out of patience, even with my Big Blue brethren who mean well. I fear I may strangle the next person that suggests a nick-name, so please Lord, let it end.
"Kentucky Football needs to be and will be a championship contender in the SEC."~Mitch Barnhart 11/4/12
I like it Mike ... one of the best I've heard so far
I realize that some nicknames are going to have more meaning than others, but they have also been a Kentucky tradition for it's most memorable (and talked about) teams for over 64 years. Why stop now?
You can't bring up the past without names like the "Fabulous Five", the "Undefeated Team", the "Fiddlin' Five", "Rupp's Runts", "The Season Without Celebration", the "Unforgettables", the "Untouchables", the "Unbelievables", the "Comeback Cats", the "Draft Cats". It's not just teams that have received nicknames either. Who can forget "The Mardi Gras Miracle"? These names have gone down in Kentucky lore just as much as names like "Wah Wah", "Cotton", "Twin Towers", "The Big Dipper", "The Blonde Bomber", "Goose", "Sky Walker", "Monster Mash", "Woo", "Mu", "Jorts", "Boogie", and "Smooth". These nicknames go back 100 years to players long before our time, like "Nervy" & "Red Dock" in 1907 & 1908.
You can tell the history of Kentucky basketball with the nicknames of our past. I'm sorry if you, or others, don't seem to think it's cool anymore. Fortunately, you don't get to make these decisions, and we can thank six pound, nine ounce baby Jesus for that.
Can we add a +5 feature?
I think what my man was trying to say is that it happens every year. No matter how the team does, how good or bad they may be, they just have to be called the "UN" whatevers. Every year without fail.
I think it's the "Undeniables". That name has already begun to stick, and it's already on the Kentucky Basketball History Wikipedia page. It's also a very fitting name for an important reason that stretches back 14 years. I found this tidbit while doing some research on Kentucky nicknames.
This was following the 1998 Championship game .....................
In the UK Radio Network discussion following the game, it was mentioned by Cameron Mills that Nazr Mohammed coined the name "The Undeniables" for this squad, which is what the team calls itself during the end of the season.
I found this first - (Last sentence above Sheppard's picture) ...............
It appears to have come from the end all be all of Kentucky Basketball History - (End of 1st paragraph on this page) .................
So the name "Undeniables" seems to have been coined by Nazr Mohammed for the 1998 team, and then was stolen from them by history. It's been sitting there quietly waiting in fate's hands for the next team deserving of such a title. I'm done searching for a nickname, because it's been found and was found almost instantly. I'm not sure who coined it for this year's team, but I'm pretty sure nobody said it before Nazr - 14 years ago.
KENTUCKY'S "UNDENIABLES" - 2012 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by jasonukfan 2 years ago
I know what he was trying to say. My response was directed at it. You, he, and others might not care or even like the nicknames, but others do. It's a Kentucky tradition that dates back over 100 years. You call that ridiculous, I call it awesome. To each his own. Different strokes, I guess.
I too wish it was something other than another "Un", but it becomes what it becomes. These things happen for reasons larger than one person's opinion. Just like the difference between "Pearl Harbor" and "9/11". Pearl Harbor could have been coined "12/7". These things take on a life of their own, and it sinks into the public consciousness.
But its not for, nor was it ever meant to be for every single damn roster that laced em up!
Its similar to the thread regarding jerseys in the rafters. We would love to honor every guy that played but that would only water down and depreciate the value of having a jersey hung. Same thing has happened here. A tradition reserved for very special teams has become watered down, deluded, and beat to death simply because there are a few that insist on nick naming every team every year.
I'm going to call this group (the nick name junkies) the UNbearables. LMWAO.
This post was edited by tommy 2 years ago
Maybe I didn't make this clear, and if I didn't I do apologize, but I'm not against nick-names. I'm not against a nick-name for this year's squad in particular. Rupp's Runts, the Fiddlin Five, the Unforgettables, all great teams and all deserved and earned their place in UK lore.
What I am aginst is how these nick-names are now being tossed around on a yearly basis, and how they are come up with. Simply put, not every team needs or deserves a nick-name. Do you remember the 1990 team nick-name? No, because they didn't earn one. Doesn't mean we love those players any less but they didn't stand out in such a manner that anyone thought they deserved a team name.
My other point was simply this, if a name should be bestowed on a team it should be something original and something that identifys that particular team. Sticking "UN" in front of a word has gotten beyond stale. Do we not have any originality anymore? Undeniables? Because this team wouldn't be denied? Couldn't you say that about any team that wins a NCAAT, they won six straight games, they wouldn't be denied? Come on people this just isn't acceptable.
What has this team been known for all season? Lobs and blocked shots. Surely we have someone that has the creativity that can make a nick-name that relates one of those items without sticking an UN in front of something. The Lob City Cats, The LOB U Cats, anything is better than yet another UN-enteralameadjectivehere name.
I think I'm sticking with "2012 National Champions"
Umm... yeah, I'll just call'em that.
how bout uni-bombers? for Davis brow and the great field goal shooting
What about "The Unbelievables"? Because of their talent and youth and winning us #8 and having an overall record of 38-2?
I'm going with uncompetewitables. Its encompasses the swagalicious hip hop flavor of todays basketball as well as this team.
Note: Just so nobody gets gay, I'm obviously kidding.
I don't know about a name yet, but the the tournament could be referred to as the 'Revenge Run' with wins over Indiana and Cal beating Kansas and Bill Self in the title game.
I'm kind of partial to "Wildcats", myself.
Swat team. Darius just referred to the autograph tour as the swat tour. So there it's set.
We may have a winner!!!
"Swat Team" ... it fits great. (I hope it sticks)
Nice job Nate!
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