With a win over the South Carolina Gamecocks (YES), Kentucky has catapulted over the number one seeded team to the SEC Tournament Championship game, which will be played tomorrow at 3:30, versus either Texas A&M or Tennessee. If we are being honest right now, I was really not thinking that the Cats were going to be able to pull out a victory this afternoon, but I love that they proved me wrong. In true KSR fashion, today has once again, been filled with awkward encounters, ridiculous people, and #NaeNae ‘s. So far, here’s the Top Four encounters of the weird kind that we’ve had.
4. “GO CRY YA LITTLE CRY BABY!!!”
Wilder and I struggled early in our careers with press row etiquette (squealing pigs?) but until today, we had been pretty much subdued in our handling of the games. Even today, us getting ‘out of hand’ was just a few side comments to each other about the fans sitting behind us. One man in particular, who must have been friends with the Florida fans from yesterday, was convinced that he was officiating the game. Every time the Cats had the ball, there was supposed to be a foul, a travel, or a charge. This guy had been on our very last nerve all game, so when the final buzzer sounded and the Cats were the victors, I had a very smug “I hate you” smile to shoot to him. After pictures and the Kentucky fight song, Mitchell was heading back to the locker room when this guy screamed at him, “PUT YOUR FACE IN THAT TOWEL AND CRY YOU CRY BABY, JUST LIKE YOU CRIED THE ENTIRE GAME!” It was ironic because at the time, Coach Mitchell had the biggest smile on his face. Bye Cocks, go home.
3. Eager? More like #Turnt.
After our victory, Wilder and I headed to the press conference, which is customary. We sat in the same seats we had been sitting in, and were so excited to hear what Coach Mitchell and gang had to say about the win. While we were gearing up for note taking and social media overload, a beautiful melody began playing in the close by arena. Something with such a riveting and incandescent cadence that one could not help but pause and take in all that is the NaeNae. Something over came my body, and suddenly my right arm shot into the air, and I hit the NaeNae a few times. The lady sitting behind me mistook this out of body experience for excitement over the press conference, and said to us, “Oh… eager are you?” Rather than correct her and spend time explaining something that one does not simply explain, I let her believe that press conferences were my one true passion in life… cause why not?
2. The Blizzard Question Incident.
For those that read yesterday, you’ll remember that my silly locker room question was about mascots. Well, if you follow the Hoops team closely, you’ll recall that large victories are celebrated with a trip to DQ for some Blizzards. When we were waiting on the green light to head into the locker room, Coach Mitchell and his daughter Sailor headed in, with Sailor repeating, “Ice cream party!” on the way. Thinking that this could only mean one thing, I decided to ask the team about their favorite Blizzards. The answers I got were priceless. Bria Goss, in a very serious and deep voice, answered “My go to Blizzard… would have to be… the Reese’s Pieces.” Bernisha Pinkett answered, “I don’t eat Blizzards… I get a banana split with no chocolate, extra strawberries on the side,” to which Wilder responded, “Ok so she’s a diva..” and the two shared a moment. The best answer came from DeNesha Stallworth, who let us know that “chocolate chip cookie dough” was her favorite, and acted like we should have already known that. Cause, Duh. Fun Fact: the guards seem to favor banana splits, while Walker and Stallworth, our post players, both like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
1. Another Whispering Accident
Yesterday, we had a problem with Wilder whispering when he should have been a little louder. Today, we had a problem with me whispering a bit too loud. One of our favorite coaches has always been Texas A&M’s Gary Blair, who memorably called Wilder “rookie” last season. When we were leaving the locker room and headed out of the arena, he and his coaching staff were headed out to the court to tip off against the Lady Vols. I ever so sweetly whispered, “Come back here Gary Blair!!!” but it wasn’t a whisper. One of the members of his staff whipped around and looked at me with a face that said, “Wait wut?” and I can only imagine the petrified face that I made. Please oh please Coach Blair, don’t hold my excitement against me. I just wanna be best friends and swap college stories and basketball tips. Can we be best friends now?
In case you missed my Notes and Quotes from yesterday, you can check it out here. Make sure to join us tomorrow for our Live Blog of the SEC Finals!!
PS: Our hotel room is haunted. The alarm clock went to white noise last night at 1AM, the shower randomly turned on for three minutes a little after that, then the ice machine produced a brick that thundered through the freezer. Wilder is convinced it is the Rapture.