Jay Shidler was the first real "rock star" of Kentucky basketball. With the flashy blonde hair to go along with his great athleticism and record breaking scoring feats, Jay's signing with Kentucky was an unprecedented media event for its time. "Blonde Bomber" tells the story of what it was like to come from a small town and walk into the national spotlight of starting for the winningest team in college basketball.
As a book about championship level basketball and the world of elite athletes, "Blonde Bomber" delivers in a way that is unparalleled among sports biographies. Jay Shidler takes the reader right down onto the floor with him to experience all the intense action of the many big games he participated in both at the high school, college and pro level. You will experience what it was like to compete for a state championship or play in front of 23,000 screaming fans on national television. You will get a first hand account of what it was like to be in the locker room getting final instructions before taking the floor to play for a national championship on the biggest stage in sports.
For fans of the "glory days" of Illinois high school basketball when Jay played and for fans of Kentucky basketball, the book delivers detailed, in depth accounts of all the great games and great players that Jay teamed with and played against. The book also gives a thorough look at the great coaches Jay played for -- Ron Felling and Joe B. Hall -- as well as some of the legendary coaches he competed against. You will be right there in the huddle or in the locker room as Jay describes some of the moves and decisions his coaches made in the big games when it was all on the line.
No matter who your favorite team is, when it comes to the descriptions of game action, preparation and training and all other aspects of competing on a championship level sports team, this book is a great read for any sports fan.
"Blonde Bomber" also delivers when it comes to examining what the life of a big time athlete was really like off the court and away from the crowds. It examines the real, hard hitting life experiences that Jay encountered both during his playing days and after the "final horn" had sounded on his athletic career.