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The only event in the bluegrass this weekend bigger than the beer drinking and hot dog eating will be the NCAA Softball Super Regional held at the UK Softball Complex on Saturday and Sunday. The 39-14 Kentucky softball team will play in and host their first Super Regional against No. 7 seed California. The first game will start at noon on Saturday, the second game will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and the “if necessary“game will begin at 3:30 on Sunday too. All of the games are sold out, but can be heard on 630 WLAP in Lexington, seen on ESPNU Saturday, and seen on ESPN Sunday. The winner of the 3 game series will advance to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the Women’s College World Series held June 2-8.
OK, now that I have that out of the way, allow me to say this. We have written several times this week about the Kentucky softball team. I have had several conversations with UK fans this week about the Kentucky softball team. Last weekend, I watched two games on television involving the Kentucky softball team. Don’t look now TGR, but the Kentucky softball team has created what I like to call a “buzz”. And how? One word Charlie Sheen…Winning! The fact the softball complex is sold out this weekend, the reason softball is being discussed on the net, and the reason anyone cares at all is because they are winning.
It may be hard for some to accept or swallow, but there is no other reason for it. Before last weekend, no one in Big Blue nation, other than their friends and families, knew who Meagan Aull, Annie Rowlands, Samantha DeMartine, Brittany Cervantes, and Megan Yocke were. With a 39 and 14 record, the team was obviously successful throughout the season, but not successful enough for us. BBN only started paying attention when they got in the national spotlight on the “Worldwide Leader”. We not only need you to be successful, we need you successful enough for us to point to when our enemies doubt us. “Yeah, you guys are swell swimmers, BUT look at our softball team! They are the shit!”
It is not just the fans who only pay attention when there is monsterous success. Don’t think for a moment that the powers that be are not paying attention to the fact the Super Regional is sold out. Could they have found a new cash cow? Could a new softball field/complex have jumped a few other projects on the UK Athletic Association’s list of things to build? If they pump money into the softball program, could they build an even larger softball fan base at UK? $$$$? One thing is for sure, winning sells. Good luck to the girls this weekend. We will be watching! C! A! T! S!