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It’s a BBW (Big Blue World)


Buenas días y hola desde Perú.

Since I’m currently on a trip with Samaritan’s Feet in Lima, Peru (Coach Cal would be proud) with a group of UK students, I was forced to miss watching the Cats-Cards game for the first time that I can remember. Don’t worry, though. I rocked the UK logo with pride along the Green Coast on New Year’s Eve, determined to do my part in helping the Cats to a huge W.

Of course, I won’t pretend to have watched the game and spit out completely ignorant words (I’ll leave that to Card fans and Chase Behanan). However, I have gained a new perspective on the concept of what Big Blue really means in the midst of this trip, and I’m perfectly willing to share my thoughts with all of you. I know you’re excited.

Kentucky fans do not exaggerate when we call our fanbase the Big Blue Nation. In fact, we may underestimate ourselves a bit. This fact illustrated itself nicely when a Peruvian man walked up to me on the streets of Lima, took a look at my shirt, shook my hand, smiled and said, “Buena Suerte, amigo.” Translation: “Good luck.” Here I am, 3,500 miles away from Home Sweet Rupp, and a local recognzes the fact that Kentucky and Louisville are playing basketball up in the States. Perhaps if it had been soccer I wouldn’t have been so surprised.

As if this encounter wasn’t enough to prove that the fame of UK basketball reaches far beyond the borders of the Commonwealth, another woman, during one of our shoe distributions, said she wanted to visit Kentucky because she knew of our “caballos, pollo, y baloncesto” (horses, chicken, and basketball). And, while walking amongst the parties kicking off in anticipation of midnight, I looked up to see a string of blue lights aligned suspiciously in the shapes of a U and a K. My friend said it was a coincidence. I’m not convinced.

Beyond all of this, though, I’m happy to have the opportunity to further the reputation of Kentucky basketball as an organization of people who care. Between Calipari’s multiple well-documented philanthropic efforts (including those with Samaritan’s Feet), the service of the team itself (such as the project to provide shoes for the children of Detroit), and the Bluegrass State’s renowned southern hospitality, perhaps the world is beginning to realize that Kentucky means more than just championship banners. It means striving for excellence in everything, and pushing others to succeed as well (except U of L).

We all need a little heart-warming, cheesy post every so often, and I for one am proud that Kentucky is reaching out beyond its borders. These kids are getting new shoes, sure, but perhaps I can inspire them to pick up a basketball, as well. Give it a few years, folks. We’re painting the Green Coast blue.

¡Vamonos Gatos!

Article written by Adam Schilt

14 Comments for It’s a BBW (Big Blue World)

  1. Ky El Toro
    9:09 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    #1 and good for you for spreading good will and Big Blue love to the lovely people of Peru.

  2. Dave in Kabul
    9:17 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    I ran into a fellow UK fan in Hoi An, Vietnam.





  3. Sexington
    9:49 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    ¡El articulo es muy interesante! Vamos azul y vamos los gatos. Arriba aye aye aye

  4. Comebackcats
    9:52 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    So proud of you guys! Peru is a such a beautiful an. Humble country. Don’t be afraid to try the different types of food. It’s all delicious. And keep up the great work! It is an unforgettable country!

  5. catinco
    10:44 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    had a similar experience in scotland. my caddie asked where i was from, to which he responded “oh yea, they play basketball over there dont they?” my buddies dad, who went to kansas, insisted that they played basketball as well, but the caddie had never heard of kansas.

  6. Jazzenl
    10:47 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am from Malaysia, reads KSR regularly and part of the BBW. Go Cats!

  7. Jimi Garden of Eden
    10:48 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    BBN is global…on a recent visit to Puerto Penasco,(Rocky Point) Mexico,we pulled into the fish market and next to us was a van flying 2 UK flags…felt right at home…

  8. Pitino's Pant Leg
    11:24 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    *Chane Behanan. But then again, who effing cares.

  9. Nassau65
    11:44 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    nice pic of the blue question mark.

  10. crazycatfan
    1:34 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    I was in a pub in Venice, Italy and saw several UK baseball caps hanging behind the bar, near the beer taps! Made my day!!!

  11. right
    2:23 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    i hitched a ride from chile to argentina with a couple of chilean basketball fans who were familiar with the basketball tradition of UK.

    btw, Lima is a hell-hole. Least favorite city in the world.

  12. Adam Schilt
    2:46 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    11) I would have to disagree about Lima. I absolutely love it. I have always prefered the coast to the mountains or jungles, though.

  13. Santa Claus
    4:08 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    BBN is strong up here too!! Gonna watch the Cats the rest of my vacation!!

  14. Salvador Pruneau
    2:29 am January 5, 2012 Permalink

    If you don’t get that it’s more on you than him. wow gold