This afternoon I had the privilege of touring the new locker room renovations in Rupp Arena with other members of the local media. And like Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, I separated myself from the group to snoop around without supervision. Here are some of the photos from my golden ticket visit to Rupp Arena…
It’s so beautiful.
The actual floor from the 2012 Final Four at the Superdome, now the floor of the Kentucky locker room.
Don’t give up on your dreams, kids. Maybe one day you’ll be lacing up in here.
Like this guy.
A replica of the National Championship trophy, and a Joe Craft shout-out, at the entrance to the locker room.
If you stand directly in front of it and cross your eyes, it’s like you’re there. Kind of.
Maybe I got a little too comfortable.
Three sharpies, four paperclips, some paper and a “Victory Starts Here” medallion from Fort Jackson.
I found Coach Antigua’s secret to swag buried deep inside his locker. Almonds. Gordon Food Service almonds.
Armani. I checked the tags.
But no Afternoon Notes or Podcast to go along with it.
Nicer than anything you or I will ever shower in.
Yes, it’s perfectly normal to run out to the nearest drug store and buy these. I refuse to use anything else.
Tonight’s LEX 18 newscast will be classic clean and free of flakes.
I dared him to get in. He wouldn’t.
I swore on my firstborn child that I’d never take a mirror pic. I guess the Kentucky basketball locker room changes people.
“Hey, Malone, you’re on the left.” ~ Nerlens
I know a Malone’s chicken quesadilla when I see one. I can also tell when it’s been sitting in the fridge for a week, and this one has.
This is where opposing teams get ready to lose.
This is where they rinse the defeat off.
It really is incredible…