Mark Story

March 27, 2014 7:06 PM

Mark Story: Rivalry aside, try to appreciate the treat of living in THE basketball state

For the second time in three years, the commonwealth's signature sports rivalry will command the national platform that is the NCAA Tournament. On Friday night around 9:45 p.m., No. 8 seed Kentucky (26-10) will face No. 4 seed Louisville (31-5) in the Midwest Region round of 16 before an expected 40,000-plus fans in a sold-out Lucas Oil Stadium. Before Kentuckians split into the warring tribes that are Wildcats and Cardinals backers, however, I hope fans can take one moment and savor what a special moment in the sports history of our state we are living in.

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About Mark Story

Mark Story


I am a native Kentuckian, a graduate of North Hardin High School (Radcliff) and the University of Kentucky. I came to the Herald-Leader in the glamorous position of agate clerk on Aug. 27, 1990. Since that time, I’ve worked as small-college beat reporter, sports enterprise/investigative reporter and, since August, 2001, as a full-time sports columnist.

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