Sam Dick's Citrus Bowl Diary | Day 1: Road trip to Orlando

Published: Dec. 29, 2018 at 12:38 PM EST
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It’s almost here, and I am super excited about heading south to Orlando and the Citrus Bowl. I’m on the road this Saturday and expect to pull into Orlando Sunday morning after a sleep stop in Georgia.

Let me be upfront, right off the top, I am a UGA grad, BUT I have been a lifetime fan of UK football. My father, David Dick, graduated from UK. I was born in Lexington, and the blue and white has always been a deep part of my life.

In fact, I tell the story often on how in the Fall of 1977, I was sitting in Sanford Stadium with my fraternity brothers to watch Georgia take on a mighty UK team led by Art Still on defense and Derrick Ramsey at QB. I was very vocal in my support of UK that day, and when it was all over, Kentucky had put the beat down on the Dawgs by an astounding 33-0. None other than Prince Charles witnessed the UK domination. UK beat Penn State 24-20 that year on the road. The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 4 at the time. It was the only loss Penn State would endure that year. Wow! What a season that finished 10-1, the only loss coming to Baylor on the road. That year UK went undefeated in the SEC!

So it’s hard to follow that kind of season, but this year’s Cats have done it with wins over Florida on the road, Mississippi State, and Louisville on their home turf. Yes, there were some bumps in the road, but speaking as a season ticket holder, I am thrilled for the players, the coaches, and BBN.

Many of you may wonder how much of our work week in Orlando will be work and how much of it will be play. Honestly, it’s almost all work, and I am not just saying that because my boss will read this. I have covered the last three national championship titles for UK basketball (under 3 different coaches), and UK football bowl games at the 1993 Peach Bowl and the 1999 Outback Bowl in Tampa. They are very long days with plenty of stress and deadlines along with live shots, but in the end, I am blessed beyond belief to be doing this for a living and representing WKYT. I really enjoy seeking out special people for stories to tell on these trips, and I already have a few lined up for Orlando. We'll have more on that in the coming days.

So I hope you will ride along with me on this journey. I will post daily diary stories on, Facebook Live some of the key moments leading up to the game, introduce you so some interesting fans and be a part of our daily WKYT newscast coverage from Orlando. Let me know if you have any special moments following the Cats in football all these years. I’d like to hear from you.

Until I reach the Florida line on Sunday, have a blessed weekend, and GO CATS!