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No one in the world should wake up at 7:00 am on a Saturday for anything, but tomorrow morning is an exception. Those fans who didn’t camp out around Memorial Coliseum this week will need to get up to join thousands of others in the Ticketmaster waiting game. A limited number of Big Blue Madness tickets will be available online at the Ticketmaster website and it’s worth sleeping with your laptop so you can roll over and give it a shot.
If you do get through and lock down some seats, you will only be allowed four per household. Be happy with four, though, because it’s not easy getting any.
Good luck, Cats fans.
Here’s the link.
Of all the great people to come through Tent City, ‘Yellow Tent Guy’ will forever be remembered as one that wasn’t so great. At all. You probably remember: we spotted him in the UK timelapse video (seen above) for having what can only be described as a disaster of a performance setting up his tent. I don’t know how long it took to finally get it done but the sun came up and he had still made zero progress toward getting it up.
After KSR called him out on the website, he was featured on Deadspin and several other national media outlets, leading Kentucky Wildcats TV to go back again for an interview:
Well, guess what ‘Yellow Tent Guy’ is up to now? He rebounded by joining KSR as one of our college writers. (We’re all about second chances here.) His name is Aaron Perkins and he is back at Memorial Coliseum this year, with help:
Tent is up! & Big Blue Madness campout is officially underway!
— Aaron Perkins (@Perk_21KSR) September 17, 2014
He was also around for Wednesday’s Za’Darius Smith Cupcake Giveaway:
Zadarius is giving out cupcakes. A sentence I never thought I would say. pic.twitter.com/XjRAeYaqKw
— Aaron Perkins (@Perk_21KSR) September 17, 2014
But we’ll always know him as ‘Yellow Tent Guy.’
In case you missed it last night, the players passed out pizza to fans at the Big Blue Madness campout. Our own JC Ausmus was on the scene, and here are her pictures.
Yes this is John Robic signing a shirt:
Here’s a video from KyWildcatsTV as well. More pics after the jump:
John Robic joined Matt and Ryan at the BBM Campout this morning to talk about how the team’s doing with less than a month until practice. Robic raved about how in-shape the players are compared to last year, which he said was a response to a challenge from Rock Oliver and the strength and conditioning staff. He said Dakari is down about 20 lbs. from last season, and said the Twins’s bodies are “totally different, much more athletic.” He also said Alex Poythress is in much better shape.
Robic said that Willie Cauley-Stein is playing in pickup games now, and both Willie and Trey Lyles have been conditioning and lifting. Unfortunately, he didn’t give much more of an update on Trey, so the mystery of his injury continues.
Will we see the platoon system during the season? Robic said maybe, and it depends on the match-ups and that with UK’s overwhelming size, he thinks a lot of teams will play zone against them. Like all of us, Robic said he’s been very impressed with Tyler Ulis, who he says has an “uncanny” ability to play the game. “We don’t have to coach him a lot. He knows how to play,” Robic said. “Boy, he’s really good.”
Matt ended the interview with a lightning round of five questions. Here are Robic’s answers:
- Who would you pick to shoot the free throw to win the game? Andrew Harrison
- Who’s your go-to perimeter lockdown defender? Tyler Ulis
- Who would you choose to battle for the most important rebound in the game? Alex Poythress
- Who would you choose to thread the needle on a pass to get to an open layup? Andrew Harrison
- Who would you choose to take the final shot to win the game? Brian Long [laughter] Aaron Harrison
Thanks to Robes for coming on. We’ll have the podcast up in a little bit.
According to UK Athletics, there are 760 tents in Tent City this morning, which breaks last year’s record of 755. And they don’t even pass out the tickets until tomorrow. As a result, UK Athletics sent out a release this morning to warn any fans that aren’t currently in line that still want to camp out that they may not receive a control card today for free tickets tomorrow morning:
“Based upon our estimated numbers, any tent or camper not already in line for Big Blue Madness tickets is not likely to receive control cards later today at 2 p.m. ET,” Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy said. “We will still maintain a limited number of tickets online for those who do not receive control cards or were not able to camp out. Some of those tickets online will have a slightly obstructed view. Due to the anticipated stage set-up inside Rupp Arena, the view may be partially obstructed during a portion of the event for the following sections: 11, 34-44, and 238-241.”
You know who requires a huge stage? Drake.
Here are more details on the control cards:
A maximum of four (4) control cards per tent will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Fans will receive a maximum of four (4) free tickets per control card on Saturday morning. Fans with control cards are encouraged to begin lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution between 5-6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 20. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards on Friday and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. All persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m. ET on Saturday.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©11:00 am
After this morning’s uproar about the Courier-Journal’s photoshop of a baby with John Calipari’s head on it, Courier-Journal Sports Editor Creig Ewing had some ‘splainin’ to do. Ewing, Tim Sullivan, and Kyle Tucker distanced themselves from the photoshop on Twitter, and Ewing gave these quotes to The Sporting News:
“The design was done outside of the sports department, by a design studio in the building,” said Courier-Journal sports editor Creig Ewing told Sporting News. “Someone should have flagged the photoshop and said that it was controversial, going too far. That’s on me.”
In fact, Ewing said that if they could do it all over again, they would put Coach K’s head on the baby instead:
“If I’m doing that over again, we should’ve gone with Mike Krzyzewski’s head so it doesn’t look like we’re taking sides,” he joked.
…actually, it would have made a lot more sense to put Jim Boeheim’s head on the baby. but whatever.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©9:46 am
This morning, this illustration accompanied Tim Sullivan’s column about the John Calipari, Jim Boeheim, Coach K story from yesterday, and it has some UK fans understandably upset. So far today, Tim Sullivan, Kyle Tucker, and the Courier Journal Sports Editor Creig Ewing are all distancing themselves from the photoshop, which they say is not consistent with Sullivan’s column.
We messed up with that illustration today, guys. I'm not happy about it. I know you aren't. We will do better.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) September 19, 2014
.@KySportsRadio Our design is done outside of Sports. Don't think what appeared in print was consistent with Tim's column.
— Creig Ewing (@acewing) September 19, 2014
@PJordan_WBN Wasn't my illustration. Don't think it was consistent with column. Where it runs outside my authority.
— Tim Sullivan (@TimSullivan714) September 19, 2014
To be fair to Sullivan, I didn’t think the illustration was consistent with his column either, but even if the headlines and designs that go with their articles are out of the writers’ control, this is not a good look for a paper that already has an anti-UK reputation. I mean, this is coming from a paper that published this cartoon after Nerlens Noel’s knee injury:
And they wonder why they’re losing subscribers…
By Aaron Perkins on ©9:30 pm
As I descended upon Tent City Tuesday afternoon, there were probably around 200 or more people already in line, but I was lucky enough to place my chair beside Betty Adams and her friends and family. Betty, who is 75, began waiting across the street from Memorial Colosseum around 12:30 Sunday night and is camping out for her first Big Blue Madness.
“I love it,” she said. “I’m a little tired, but not too tired to sit here. I sat through the cold rain, but I made it.”
After seeing Madness on TV last year, she knew she could not miss it this year. Betty has been a Kentucky fan for over 35 years and has seen many great moments in Kentucky basketball and football history, but nothing compares to this. “Putting all these tents up has been crazy. I was glad I was sitting across the street at my table because I knew if I ran across I would have been trampled to death.”
Although she cannot wait for Madness on October 17, she said the interactions with some of her favorite players such as the Harrison Twins and other fans has been fun as well. (Playing nasty neighbor with her has been the highlight of the camp out for me so far.) Betty is having the time of her life and is already making plans on being back next year. “If the Lord lets me be here , I’ll be here.”
John Calipari went on Twitter this afternoon and put the Boeheim/Coach K/USA Basketball mess to bed with a lengthy statement:
Jim’s comments were brought to my attention and I called him. We are friends. I have unbelievable respect for him and how he runs his program. Any concerns that college coaches have had in the past have always been addressed by USA basketball. The job that Coach K and Coach Boeheim have done to turn around USA Basketball, to make it what it is today is truly amazing.
If – and I emphasize if – they gained any advantage, because of that work, I don’t begrudge them in the least. My time with the DR team showed me how hard and how much time it takes away from your own team and your recruiting to do those things right. There’s not a college coach in the country that would say no to Jerry Colangelo if he asked them to coach the national team. My hope is they would handle it the same way it’s being handled now.
So there ya go.
By Drew Franklin on ©2:30 pm
The basketball team packed up lunches for its annual God’s Pantry Backpack Program and delivered them to three local elementary schools Thursday morning.
John Robic, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and Dominique Hawkins stopped by Cassidy Elementary to read and speak to students after delivering the meals. Coach Robic was quick to tell the students that Poythress will need only three years to graduate.
When asked by a student if basketball was their first love, Dakari Johnson admitted to favoring soccer as his favorite sport as a child (there’s a sight), while Aaron Harrison wanted to play football but it was too hot outdoors in Texas.
On a more serious note, Hawkins told a story about the time Eastern Kentucky basketball players visited his school when he was a young student. “I wanted to be those guys,” he told Kyle Tucker and other reporters at Cassidy. Now Dominique is happy to return the favor as a member of the UK basketball team.
Watch the Cats’ morning at Cassidy below, via Kentucky Wildcats TV:
Meanwhile, UK sent its four freshmen — Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Trey Lyles — across town to Lansdowne Elementary:
The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program released its finalized 2014-15 schedule today with all start times and TV information included. The Cats will have 32 nationally televised games this year on either the SEC Network, one of the three ESPNs, or CBS.
One game, at home against Boston on November 21, will be televised regionally on FSN.
The annual Blue-White Scrimmage on October 27 at Rupp Arena will be carried online through the SEC Network digital platform and WatchESPN.
It appears Coach Cal threw one of his not-so-subtle jabs at Jim Beoheim on Twitter this afternoon. The shot is more than likely a response to Boeheim’s “a little bit disingenuous of him” comment regarding Calipari’s complaint about Mike Kryzseszkwskfrski using his position with USA Basketball to promote Duke.
Cal tweeted, “A friend told me an orange a day reduces your chance of a heart attack by 50%. I told him having great players reduces your chance even more.”
Your move, Boeheim.
A friend told me an orange a day reduces your chance of a heart attack by 50%. I told him having great players reduces your chance even more
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 18, 2014