Wow, I can't believe I've finally made it to this point. This is a day I've dreamed of for a really long time. The day I finally took a step forward towards my dreams. Covering UK sports full-time.
First off, thanks for even clicking this post and giving it the time of day. I hope you continue to follow me on this journey of covering UK Athletics for myself, and building my brand of BBNation, which is currently just around 7,000 followers on Twitter (@BBN_Nation). That's nowhere near where I want it to be, but I'm thankful to have even that. I started this UK twitter account back in 2015, and used it as a place where I could post UK highlights. In 2017, when I got to go on the media side, I kept it because it was a place I could really be a fan and didn't have to tweet "professionally," then as time went on it grew and I treated it like a media outlet with one day hoping to connect a blog to it.
Let me now take a step back and tell you how I got here.. In 2009, I was in sixth grade, and I knew really nothing about Kentucky Basketball or Football. Until one day my Dad introduced me to it, which happened to be a pretty good time to do so, since that year was coincidentally John Calipari's first year in Lexington. John Wall... must I say anymore? The rest was history. I was instantly hooked and haven't let go of it since. I started to figure out over the following years as I got older, that I wanted my life to be involved with it somehow, some way. By the grace of God, those opportunities came in. I was a freshman at WKU, and started out covering WKU sports for a WKU Rivals site, which helped me get my feet wet. I had a blast covering the Conference USA Football Championship, Hilltopper Hysteria and plenty of home games. I met a lot of cool people along the way. But down the road, I ended up transferring back home and attending the University of Kentucky for personal reasons, which led me to my next opportunity.
In the winter of 2017, I was blessed with the opportunity to finally cover UK Basketball and Football on the media side of things, through A Sea Of Blue, an SB Nation website which is ran by Jason Marcum. I was so thankful he gave me an opportunity to practically live out my dream of covering the Kentucky Wildcats. Getting to cover press conferences, interviewing players after victories in Rupp Arena, watching Benny Snell and Josh Allen turn the program around with a "little" help from Lynn Bowden the following year, the SEC Tournament, Kentucky beat downs on Louisville- the list could go on. I've truly had such a blast doing so. I've learned so much. With new goals on my mind, my time with ASOB has came to an end after 3.5 years, but only with the greatest thank you to all the opportunities it provided me, and the great people it allowed me to meet.
Now, I take the first step towards building my own brand, and getting to cover UK sports everyday of my life. As this journey takes off, I hope you'll follow along and support me.
Each day I will do my absolute best to provide you with breaking news, highlights, stats, and opinionated takes of the latest Kentucky news.
Let's do this.