In the middle of the seventh inning, Christopher Kiradjieff, Assistant Principal and trumpet player with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, played God Bless America for the home crowd at Great American Ball Park. It felt for all the world like he was playing Taps for the Cincinnati Reds 2015 season.
“As I always say, a command is a lonely job. It isn’t easy to make decisions. Sometimes the captain of a ship needs help. And by help, I mean constructive loyalty. What I’m trying to say is, uh, a ship is like a family. We all have our ideas of right and wrong but we have to pitch in for the good of the family. If there was only some way we could help each other.”
“Get your motor runnin’ ” — Steppenwolf
Call it what you will. Renewal. A new beginning. A second chance.
The mythical map pointing the way to Kentucky’s demise is a unicorn
It unclear exactly when the narrative began. Perhaps it was in December after Kentucky put UCLA into the Maytag and hit “spin cycle.” Or maybe it was right after two David Blaine-like escapes against early SEC opponents. But, soon thereafter, a game involving the Kentucky Wildcats couldn’t begin until the “blueprint” for taking them down had been drawn up, discussed and disseminated to the basketball world at large.