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Kentucky Basketball Legends: Still Making Their Mark

Members of the 1998 Kentucky Men’s Basketball Championship team will sign Maker’s Mark annual commemorative bottles at the Keeneland Entertainment Center this Friday, April 13, at 7 a.m. Among those signing at the event will be forward guard Allen Edwards, guard Jeff Sheppard, and former UK head coach Tubby Smith, all of whom are featured in Wildcat Memories: Inside Stories from Kentucky Basketball Greats. In this book, author Doug Brunk details the cherished bond between Kentucky basketball and the citizens of the Commonwealth through first-hand accounts from some of the Wildcats’ most renowned legends.

Tickets for the Maker’s Mark signing are already sold out, but you still have a chance to get up close and personal with these champions by way of this engrossing book. Below is an excerpt of Coach Tubby Smith’s chapter from Wildcat Memories:


As a coach, you love the fans, and you want their support. Having an affinity for the fan base is essential. You are providing a service coaching their team. You are trying to win, and you are trying to do the right things for your players, your coaches, the university, and the fans. Fans may boo you or cheer you. They call and they write with praise and criticism. But you can’t let that affect you, or you’re not going to last long in coaching or be successful in coaching. I became a college coach for the student-athletes, to get them educated and to teach them the game of basketball.

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During his ten-year tenure, Tubby Smith guided UK to one national championship, five SEC Tournament titles, and six Sweet Sixteen finishes. (Courtesy of Victoria Graff.)

During my tenure at UK there was an element of the fan base that didn’t think our teams had won enough games, but in five of my ten years as coach we probably played the toughest schedule in the history of UK basketball. I wish we could have won more games while I was head coach. But we were competitive, we graduated our players, and we kept the program clean. If there was pressure, it was pressure to make sure we did things in a first-class manner. 

One thing I appreciate about UK fans is that they know how to be grateful, because the program has been so successful , and the fans are proud of that success. They show their pride, and they should. They show their commitment by calling in to talk shows, writing letters, and flocking to Rupp Arena or wherever the team plays. You’re not going to find more loyal, passionate fans for their team than followers of the Wildcats. That’s the one common thing. Just about everybody in Kentucky is pulling for you to be successful. It’s a way of life in the Commonwealth. 

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Kentucky’s Irish Heritage: Burgoo

As we continue to celebrate Irish Heritage Month, take a look at this savory piece of Kentucky’s Irish heritage:

Burgoo is a hearty stew that was traditionally made with whatever meats were available, including squirrel, venison, possum, and raccoon. Luckily these days burgoo recipes stick with pork, chicken, and venison, along with a yummy combination of vegetables. Burgoo comes from the tradition of Irish stew brought by Irish immigrants to Kentucky and its surrounding states.

Check out UPK’s book The Kentucky Barbecue Book by Wes Berry for more info about burgoo and Kentucky’s rich culinary tradition, or stop by Keeneland to try some of their famous burgoo for yourself!

Here’s a great recipe for bourbon burgoo from Epicurious:

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork shank
  • 2 pounds veal shank
  • 2 pounds beef shank
  • 2 pounds breast of lamb
  • 1 (4-pound) chicken
  • 8 quarts cold water
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes
  • 1 1/2 pounds onions
  • 1 bunch carrots, peeled and sliced thickly
  • 2 green peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 quart tomato puree
  • 2 cups whole corn, fresh or canned
  • 2 pods red pepper
  • 2 cups diced okra
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cups dry lima beans
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 3/4 cup Kentucky bourbon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tabasco
  • Steak Sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce

Preparation

1. Put the pork, veal, beef, lamb, and chicken into a large pot. Add the water and bring it to a boil slowly. Simmer until meat is tender enough to fall off the bones, about 4—6 hours.

2. Lift the meat out of the stock. Cool the meat, remove it from the bones, and chop it. Return the chopped meat to the stock.

3. Pare the potatoes and onions and dice them. Add them, plus the carrots, green peppers, cabbage, tomato puree, corn, red pepper, okra, parsley, lima beans, celery, and bourbon, to the meat and stock. Allow the stew to simmer until very thick about 6 hours.

4. Season to taste with the salt, pepper, Tabasco, steak sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.

Place Your Bets on These Horse Country Titles from UPK

If you’re anywhere near Kentucky’s Bluegrass region this time of year, you know it is Thoroughbred racing season. The Kentucky Derby may give the state big attention in the spring, but at Lexington’s Keeneland Race Track, the Fall Meet in October is just as popular—and there is hardly anything as beautiful as the region in autumn.

In honor of racing time in the Bluegrass, enjoy one of these great books about horse country:

How Kentucky Became Southern by Mary Jean WallHow Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders

by Maryjean Wall

The Kentucky Thoroughbred by Kent HollingsworthThe Kentucky Thoroughbred

by Kent Hollingsworth foreword by Ed Bowen

Kentucky Horse CountryKentucky Horse Country: Images of the Bluegrass

by James Archambeault

Heroes and Horses by Philip ArderyHeroes and Horses: Tales of the Bluegrass

by Philip Ardery

The Prince of Jockeys by Pellom McDaniels IIIThe Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy

by Pellom McDaniels III

Never Say Die by James C. NicholsonNever Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry

by James C. Nicholson foreword by Pete Best

Keeneland's Ted Bassett: My Life  by James E. "Ted" Bassett and Bill Mooney Keeneland’s Ted Bassett: My Life

by James E. “Ted” Bassett and Bill Mooney

Bassett and Mooney win big!

Congratulations are in order for Ted Bassett and Bill Mooney who recently won the Dr. Tony Ryan Award for the UPK book: Keeneland’s Ted Bassett: My Life. The Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award is sponsored by Castleton Lyons and The Thoroughbred Times. The authors will be signing books at Keeneland this Friday.  Click here for the full article and to watch videos of the awards ceremony!