As the late Thursday night game winds down here in Bridgestone Arena, in front of a crowd of people who must really love basketball, allow me to share with you some non-basketball thoughts from this empty building.
Blue got in.
Kentucky fans showed up in droves, as is tradition. Tennessee will probably make its way to town with a big crowd tomorrow, but right now it’s all blue around the streets of Nashville. Earlier today the rooftop at Tootsie’s looked like a UK pep rally.
I found the secret to Tom Hart’s greatness: He calls the game while playing with a basketball.
I’m not proud to admit this but I made five trips to the nacho bar today.
They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem or something like that. Well, my problem is the unlimited nacho bar that’s 30 feet from my seat in Bridgestone Arena. I got mad at myself when I had two plates during the first game (big cheat day today). Then the third trip was a smaller portion that I could justify because they brought out new queso, but trips four and five were just excessive and pretty disgusting and I’m not proud of it and I’ll pay the price later.
The Nick Richards/Anthony Davis poster is still up and, surprisingly, not rolled up in the trunk of my car.
There is still a good chance it goes home with me though.
I really like the SEC-themed Do Not Disturb signs at the hotel.
I don’t sleep in Nashville, but if I did, I would use that.
The SEC Tournament is its best self when it is in Nashville.
With all due respect to St. Louis, which did a superb job of hosting the tournament last year, Nashville is the best. Atlanta had a good run with memories UK fans will cherish for a lifetime, but you can’t top the setup here in the Music City with the Broadway fun leading right up to the front door of the arena. It’s good that the tournament will be here through 2030 outside of the one year we give Tampa a try. This event is meant for Nashville.