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Asheville, North Carolina’s Thursday News and Views


Asheville, North Carolina. Holy hippies.

We knew we were in unfamiliar territory when a man passed us in downtown Asheville on a tall bicycle, dressed as a nun. He was one of the many wackos we encountered on the first stretch of downtown on our way to dinner. Keep in mind, it was a Tuesday night at about 7:30 p.m., and the streets were paved with people who looked like they smelled like urine. It’s like the Occupy Wall Street movement packed up its pot, sweat-stained bandanas, and drum sets, and headed south to The Tar Heel State for the 2013 summer season. Hippies everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Who knew???

After stopping at a local wings restaurant — a great idea before we survive on Hooters in Augusta for three days — we stumbled into one of the most bizarre scenes I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Right in the middle of town, in the heart of Western North Carolina’s largest city, there were fifty or so people hula-hooping without a care in the world. I’m not certain they were high, but they were high. All of them. High. Each person (or fairy, whatever they were) was in their own little world, rhythmically hula-hooping to folk music like no one was watching. It’s like they were all in a trance, unbathed marionette puppets controlled by some supernatural being that probably lives in the woods or the back of a Volkswagen Type 2 van parked outside Whole Foods. It was surreal.

Once we were back on the road and miles away from the fantasyland that is Asheville, North Carolina, I hit the Twitter machine to see what the hell was really going on — and if it really was going on, and not some post-wing hallucination we all shared. It turns out, hula-hooping is a common thing in downtown Asheville; the city recently received a 2013 Hoopie Award for Outstanding Hula-Hooping Community. Asheville and Brighton, England shared the award in the first ever tie atop the hooping community voting, decided by a panel of 50 hoopers randomly selected by drawing names from a hat. (That’s real life, too; I can’t make that up.)

So if you’re ever passing through North Carolina and get the urge to swing those hips in a tolerant, liberal setting with relaxed laws and social norms, I recommend downtown Asheville. And tell the nun on the tall bike we sent you, if you go.

How about some News and Views from a wild Wednesday evening in Augusta? Shall we?

peach The big news on Wednesday came from the Rupp Arena renovation press conference in Lexington, where John Calipari, Mitch Barnhart and Eli Capilouto were notably absent. Mayor Jim Gray, Governor Steve Beshear and members of the Lexington Center Corporation held the presser to announce the progress of the project and the hirings of its architectural firms. Gray opened things up by saying the ultimate goal is to “free Rupp Arena and reinvent it” into a “remarkable iconic building” with modern amenities. Some of those amenities include a new scoreboard above center court, expanded concourse space, new chairback seats in the lower bowl, and a hospitality level with premium suite seating.

peach Now, the big question is, where will the funding come from? These things don’t build themselves, ya know. The group announced that an announcement on funding will likely come in a couple months, but they did toss out an idea on Wednesday that is receiving mixed reviews. That idea is to possibly, maybe sell the naming rights to Rupp Arena. Don’t yell at me, I’m just the messenger.

Mayor Gray made it very clear that the Rupp Arena name is here to stay, but it may include the name of a business if naming rights are sold. Brent Rice from the Lexington Center Board said, “There’s significant value to have a company associate their name with Rupp Arena.”

If KSR can get in the funding mix, possible options include:

— It’s just Rupp Arena

— Kentucky Department of Fish and Rupp Arena

— UK Fans Of The Day Want Rupp Arena

— Guy On The Corner Of Rupp Arena

Submit your own in the comments section.

peach While Matt, Tomlin and I are listening to an ungodly amount of Conway Twitty pretending to be recruiting experts at the Peach Jam, John Calipari was in Philadelphia Wednesday night to watch Emmanuel Mudiay, Rashad Vaughn, and Josh Perkins.

(via ZagsBlog)

After Mudiay’s game, he told Adam Zagoria that he plans to cut his list down to five at the end of the month and the remaining schools will be where he takes his five official visits. That’s great news for Kentucky, considering Mudiay already announced he will attend Big Blue Madness in October.

peach Speaking of Big Blue Madness, Friday, October 18th is the official date. Ticket distribution will be Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 a.m. and fans will be allowed to start camping outside Memorial on October 2nd. Tickets will also be available online for non-campers, but those people will be miss out on a great time with some of Big Blue Nation’s proudest citizens.

peach Is ANYONE surprised that Marshall Henderson is suspended from the Ole Miss basketball team? The university said it was due to a violation of team rules; Gary Parrish said it’s related to a failed drug test. In related news, the sky is blue and Louisville sucks.

peach How are we supposed to get nachos and Nerds ropes with Anthony Davis guarding the concession stand at the Peach Jam?

I sent that photo to his father, who told me, “He is blocking everyone in line.”

Oh yeah, #KentuckyEffect

peach Has Nerlens Noel picked a jersey number for the next level? According to Pablo Torres on Around The Horn, he has. Torres said Nerlens plans to wear No. 5 in Philadelphia next season for each of the five teams that passed on him in the draft.

Cody Zeller will wear No. 29, a tribute to every NBA team still laughing at the Charlotte Bobcats.

peach Ryan Lemond will host Kentucky Sports Radio radio Thursday morning with Matt checking in via cell phone. The original plan was for Matt and I to broadcast live from courtside at the Peach Jam, but after testing the connection Wednesday night, it’s just not working out the way we’d like. But you can still expect lots of good stories and descriptions of the scene from Matt. Be sure to tune in.

Go Cats, everybody.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

80 Comments for Asheville, North Carolina’s Thursday News and Views

  1. Eric Theodore Cartman
    11:11 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I hate hippies! I mean, the way they always talk about “protectin’ the earth” and then drive around in cars that get poor gas mileage and wear those stupid bracelets – I hate ’em! I wanna kick ’em in the nuts!

  2. Ridge Runner
    11:11 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hope to drop by and say Howdy tomorrow at the Peach Jam. Think it’s great KSR made the trip again and it does informal-recruiting for UK to boot!!!

  3. BlueKolonel
    11:16 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    John Calipari IS coming through one of the doors in-Rupp Arena

    11:21 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Have fun closing down the Hooters tonight.

  5. mlvei
    11:22 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Clean Coal Rupp Arena?

  6. Gogh Big Bleu
    11:22 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hahahahaha at the Cody Zeller line

  7. Chicago Chris
    11:24 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Did you tell those hippies to “get a real job,” Drew?

  8. Cotton Nash
    11:38 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Franklin for President!!!

  9. Bob in J-town
    12:00 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    BTI Sucks Rupp Arena, or Boones Butcher Shop Rupp Arena.

  10. Bob in J-town
    12:01 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Lipton Rupp of Soup arena.

  11. scot
    12:18 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    im a die hard uk fan but i could only read the first 2 paragraphs. drew, it is common for petty people to hate what they dont understand (thats kind of their thing), but your comments make us all look bad. you make kentucky fans look uncultured and unappreciative of diversity. youre level of mean spirited vitriolic criticism is sad and speaks volumes to your unfortunate perspective. remember, it is better to shut your mouth and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.

  12. Black Irish
    12:18 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    For fear not the chaos of the falling world as from the fire we will rebuild, from the brink of oblivion society will emerge, and rising from the blood of those who claim ownership of these great lands will be born the new leaders of a great nation. Your lack of quality will phase you out as men that have a burn in their soul will show you your guts. Find your discontent with being held into your place and you will find an equal place among the rumble. The revolution grows with plans of ending your comfort to build america.

  13. 'the yo
    12:41 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    tremendous post drew. I will be in Chicago next weekend, and a good part of the city will be overtaken by phishheads for the weekend. It’s good to experience that culture every once in a while…peace and love.

  14. RuppsRunt
    1:02 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    X,Y and Z chromosomes N Rupp Arena

  15. jeremy
    1:03 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    11. Agree completely scot. Asheville is a great town. Diverse, creative, wonderful restaurants, interesting people and great Carolina BBQ. The natural beauty around the town is incredible. There is a lot I like about KSR but one thing that disturbs me is the constant putting down of other places, people and teams. It is great to be a Cat fan but must we always ridicule others? I realize some of it is the age of the writers but c’mon, America is a wonderful place with unique experiences around every corner.

  16. vinnycent
    1:37 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Im pretty sure those “hippys” are acctually people. Just saying.

  17. UKBlue
    1:42 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Never mind: Bonnaroo was this weekend last month; they’ve just got a punch of Hippies. It’s the smell of failure, giving up, patchouli oil & the drug of your choice. Welcome to Asheville

  18. Big Ron
    1:47 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Drew really has no clue. Typical douchebag that loves to bro it out every chance he gets at Tin Roof.

  19. nickinnyc
    1:50 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Nice job being incredibly judgmental and petty. Love how you used the word “tolerant” in an ironic, negative way. Pretty much sums you up on this one.

  20. Millie
    2:17 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Try Frankie Bones, we love it.

  21. turntable
    2:25 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    You dumbass, I’m assuming you have never been out west? Boulder, Colorado is one of the nicest campus’ in the country but you would not be able to enjoy it because marijuana is legal there. Pathetic. Also, you are not allowed to come to Forecastle or any music festivals or concerts that you will somehow make it to on accident in the future and become obsessed with. It is super cool in the bloggers world right now to hate on hipsters. Whenever you guys try to hate on anything, you sound like PG lame versions of El Pres and the entire barstoolsports crew….so stop.

  22. kingrex
    3:22 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    This was just a horribly ignorant post. I live in Atlanta and love Asheville, NC. It is a beautiful and unique town with an amazing music scene, great bars and restaurants featuring locally grown food. The town is filled with art galleries, independently owned shops, great micro brews, and incredible views. The people there are amazing, friendly, open and kind. I hope readers of KSR will not think of this blog if they ever have a chance to visit Asheville. This post just made me sad.

  23. Chris
    4:38 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    So they don’t plan on chair back seats in the upper bowl? What’s the point of a renovation if we are still behind the other top arenas?

  24. rj
    5:16 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Teddy bridgewater’s ladies apparel Rupp arena

  25. Sean
    5:43 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Interesting how Drew makes fun of hippies for being ‘high’ several times, but this man’s pic at the top of the KSR web page looks like he’s friggin’ black out drunk. Yeah, you are cool.

  26. GOT MULE?
    5:59 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    warren haynes is from asheville.. nuff said.

  27. KSR Fan
    6:01 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Jim Dandy Rupp Arena

  28. Eandtsdad
    6:38 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Romney Road Rupp Arena

  29. Walkers goggles
    6:39 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I would much rather hang out with that crowd in Asheville than the golf shirt pleated khaki pant guys.

  30. Reality
    6:45 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Drew those are the people running this country, now and people wonder why it’s gone all to shit. They all complain about the FDA and other big government organization shutting down their sustainable ag farms and organic co ops. Also putting a bunch of regulations on their organic products. Oh wait that’s right they are the ones who vote for Big Government.

  31. News flash
    6:48 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    30. Some of the loudest arguments against big government are from those who vote for it.

  32. Note to Drew Franklin
    7:08 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Probably want to refrain from bashing anyone other than Duke, UofL, UNC or Kansas.

    Actually encouraged by a lot of the responses. BBN has heart

  33. Kentucky Effect
    7:27 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    lol Asheville is a straight up hippy fest. Laid back and chill, though. And yes our Bobcats may be a joke, but at least we just landed Al Jefferson and will hopefully get Wiggins/Parker or Randle in next years draft.

    The HORNETS could end up having 4 first round picks in a loaded 2014 draft.

  34. Cats
    7:36 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Asheville is awesome. Would you rather have stopped in a town that had all your same chain restaurants and everyone that looks the same? Please don’t ever go to San Francisco, you’re mind will be blown with creative people!

  35. chad
    7:56 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    How about the “This does not bode well for Rupp, Arena.”

  36. Drew Franklin
    8:06 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I am sure those people thought I was a freak too.

    Imagine seeing a retard like me in the middle of their town looking for food

    Matt and I tried to have a conversation with them, but it was impossible because they were not familiar with UK football to the extent that we are

  37. Ifonlyyou'dopenyoureyes
    8:13 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, you are certainly entitled to your opinion. However, your article illustrates why Kentucky is lagging behind almost every single state in the United States when it comes to smoking, cancer, obesity, illiteracy, poverty, education, etc — close mindedness and inability to evolve with the rest of society. Do yourself a favor, open your eyes and mind. Enjoy Ashville for what it is and don’t hate on it because it isn’t what you want it to be. It’s okay if you don’t like it. Just don’t go back. There are thousands of other cities and 49 other states for you to visit. That particular type of lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Just don’t judge and bring people down to validate your own lifestyle and opinions.

  38. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:19 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    A corporate sponsor is not going to pay enough money for Rupp to not still cost a lot of money. The YUM center in Louisville still loses millions of dollars each year for the city, and state.

  39. Ridge Runner
    8:26 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    The lady with the hoola hoop in the pic looks like a Manson movie extra or…a Manson extra. Anyway, leaving for the Peach Jam soon gotta get these guys down here a good bargain meal. Beer’s need somethin’ to wash down.

  40. Cats
    8:26 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    For a site that loves Hunter S Thompson so much, it sure does seem close minded to have this post about Asheville. Are you for people being expressive and doing what they want or not????

  41. Ridge Runner
    8:27 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    By the way…

    Drew, don’t ya feel better now that so many have told you what you need to do? MUHAHA

  42. The Real JD
    8:32 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Whats with all the love of Ashville, NC on a Kentucky board? Who knew there would be so many ppl to take up for them HAHA!

    Right on Frew Dranklin!

  43. cincycat
    8:50 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a UK alum, lived in Lexington, and have visited Asheville a couple times. I think Lexington is a great city, but downtown Asheville is WAY more fun than downtown Lexington.

  44. jhnny
    8:54 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with #11-

    Drew you need to get out a bit more.

  45. tbens
    9:01 am July 11, 2013 Permalink


  46. Ball sack
    9:04 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    What is this world coming to? If we can’t make fun of hippies and [email protected], who can we make fun of?

  47. Bryan
    9:05 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have to agree with 11 and 15. Comments like this only show ignorance.

  48. Chip
    9:10 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Next time your rolling through my neck of the woods – drop me a line. I live near Asheville and could have helped you find some great grub. Asheville is a great city but like any of them it has some eccentrics, its just knowing where to avoid them. Keep up the good work!

  49. Ashevillian
    9:15 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Guys chill. I love Asheville just as much as the next guy (lived there for 8 years), but this post was hilarious. Thanks Drew. Honestly Asheville during the summer pretty much sucks because I can guarantee that 90% of the people down town were actually tourists. And whoever was going on about the music scene has not a clue. The music scene is terrible. A bunch of shitty bands that will play for free every night? No thanks. The bars are decent and the restaurants are good. Microbrews? Most of them are terrible (like LAB for example). The only exception is Pisgah Brewing, which is in Black Mountain, not Asheville, but you can get there deliciousness in many of the bars around town. Asheville, as a town, is pretty mediocre. What makes Asheville so special is the area surrounding it. You can’t beat the views, waterfalls, and endless hiking spots. Either way, stop getting bent out of shape. Dude was just making a joke. Stop being so damn sensitive.

  50. kyguy11
    9:21 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    does anyone know if the peach jam is available any where online to watch? i checked ihigh but cant find it.

  51. Blueston
    9:22 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Asheville is okay, I just think it’s funny how backward Drew and Matt are. If you go to ANY big city in the country, you are bound to see these kinds of things in some part of town at any given time. And no Drew, Louisville does not count as a big city. And Conway Twitty? Really? He was like the most over-produced made-by-the-labels kind of country singer ever. He is like the One Direction of classic country. Multi-fail by Drew. And Matt is a bumpkin.

  52. Daggum Ole Roy
    9:26 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Asheville, NC, my hometown!

  53. Jhnny
    9:28 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Either #49 is lying about having lived there or hates music. Ashville’s music scene is outstanding!

  54. Ashevillian
    9:29 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    53, Actually I was DEEPLY involved in the music scene in Asheville.

  55. Clam
    9:41 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    This post is an example of the downside of having sheltered, 24 year olds controlling KSR’s content: they are so shocked by something that doesn’t look like Cheddars on Tates Creek Rd that they write a whole post as if they are Stanley Livingston just back from the jungles of Africa. I think the hula-hooping thing is pretty funny and worth a mention on KSR, but the tone of slack-jawed wonder that something like this could exist is annoying. Get a passport, guys.

  56. tom
    9:52 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    And Asheville has Little Pig, for 50 years serving some of the best western Carolina style bar-b-que I’ve had. And some of the best college basketball conversations take place there. Tons of UNC fans but we all got along because fans of UNC and UK both despise Dook.

  57. The Joker
    10:05 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Why so sensitive? What a coddled little society we live in. Funny post, Drew. I like Asheville but I thought this was funny.

  58. jhnny
    10:21 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    #54- OK, but then why bash it? I wish Lexington or Louisville had anything close to that type of music scene.

  59. Seeking sense of humor
    10:22 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    God forbid Drew, you’ve written a funny, lighthearted entertaining little post. Lighten up people, it’s KSR (most ridiculous manner ……) Not world news. Get the sticks out, laugh,don’t take yourselves so seriously.

  60. Oogie
    10:22 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    “It’s like they were all in a trance, unbathed marionette puppets controlled by some supernatural being that probably lives in the woods or the back of a Volkswagen Type 2 van parked outside Whole Foods.”

    Drew, that’s the best sentence you’ve ever written on this blog. You clearly have some experience with this sort of strangeness. A lot like a Buffet concert scene perhaps?

  61. Musehobo
    10:26 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    I liked Jennifer Palumbo’s suggestion…Big Ass Fans Rupp Arena…lol

  62. Biglaw Dawgin'
    10:38 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Haha, that Zeller joke was pretty good.

  63. Obummer
    10:53 am July 11, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the big deal with the PC Gestapo out in full force suddenly taking over the comment section? I thought it was hilarious, Drew. Just like all of your posts. Some of these folks needs to lighten up.

  64. Chicago Chris
    12:09 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    …whereas I’m kinda impressed by my fellow fans. I thought it would be a celebration of bashing easy targets.

  65. Joe
    12:21 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, y’all been eatin fatty vegan wraps huh? It was a joke people, and damn funny I thought. Great post, lighten up francis’

  66. Bobbum man
    12:57 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Hippie trolls out in full force….

  67. dero
    12:58 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Ha! This is what happens when you mess with hippies. Myself included. Time to get out of your comfort zone, Drew.

  68. JDN1016
    1:14 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Typical dumb-ass, narrow minded, xenophobic post from a dumb-ass, narrow minded, xenophobic idiot. If Asheville, NC is one of the “most bizarre scenes” you have ever encountered you need to step away from the computer in your mommys basement and broaden your narrow minded view of the world. Seems you get your world view from Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. So glad I moved out of Kentucky and realized there are people who don’t hold your beliefs.

  69. chris
    1:50 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Asheville is a great town with a whole lot of nice people. I’d rather be surrounded by hippies that have direction than by a bunch of people in lex who think they are somebody/have already arrived because of who their parents are. And if you think Asheville has no music scene.. they have the GD Moogfest every year, a music festival that sprawls the city. Not to mention great shows at the orange peel. peace

  70. The Joker
    1:50 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    67 what happens? you get lots of comments on a website that operates off of the traffic it gets? wow, you hippies showed them.

    68 if a person is happy with the world they live in, why must they step out more and broaden their view of the world? does it improve life to see the hoola hoop mafia wiggling it’s way thru NC? Is Drew better off now having seen that? it would be nice if people stopped telling other people what to do or what would be best for them.

  71. Hippies
    1:52 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    we are out in full force today…crying our asses off! this was so mean! Drew you’re such a bully! wah wah wah!!!

  72. Sean D
    2:03 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink


  73. CatsFanFrankfort
    2:40 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Haha, why are people so pissed? I like Asheville just fine, but I honestly cannot see how some of these people complaining think this post is that terribly offensive or narrow-minded. The ‘looks like they smell like urine’ , ‘unbathed’ , and references to being high are the only things that could even remotely viewed as negative or xenophobic, as one person put it. While the urine line is only somewhat offensive, it doesnt really cross into xenophobic. At what point did Drew say, “This is what I saw, and I dont like it or agree with it”? All he was doing was pointing out what he saw, while making just 2 stereotypical assumptions, (being high and smelling like urine). He didnt say he didnt agree with it or thought it was bad or beneath him. He just said that it was happening in Asheville. It would be xenophobic to say that he thought it was wrong. But he didnt.

    Lighten up. This is a sports blog.

  74. CatsFanFrankfort
    2:49 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    And by the way, #51, the population of Asheville is 84,000. Lexington is 300,000 and Louisville is over 700,000. How can you say Asheville is a ‘big’ city comparatively? Check your facts first.

  75. JDN1016
    3:54 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    “Joker” I guess you like being a narrow minded fool. Enjoy that life! I don’t contend someone spinning through life with a hoopla hoop is going to improve anyone’s life but explain to me how refusing to look at life with an open mind degrades it? I am sure my words are wasted on you given your post so I’ll leave it to Mark Twain to hopefully put a dent in that great big unused part of your brain. You can broaden your perspective and embrace life or you can sit in your parents basement and blame everyone else for your misery.

    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain

    “CatFanFrankfort” apparently the word xenophobic is new to you so let me paste the definition for ya.

    Adj. 1. xenophobic – suffering from xenophobia; having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign

    … It has nothing to do with right or wrong, it connotes a fear or hatred of behavior or culture foreign to ones experience. You may want to know what a word means before you start using it to support your ignorance. Damn, I probably have to define connotes for you now! Or if you have a shred of intellectual curiosity you can look it up for yourself. Or you can just call “Joker” I am sure he can tell you.

  76. bluemister
    5:13 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Way to go Gray, you moron. How about putting some backs on the upper level seats first? The blue hairs in the lower level are asleep anyway, they’ll never know the difference. The people in the upper level make most of the noise in the arena, shouldn’t they be rewarded somehow with a more comfortable seat?

  77. Big Ed
    5:46 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    To 37. Just hate to live in a state that hasn’t taken away all our personal freedoms

  78. Big Ed
    5:49 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s name it The Coal Severance Arena or The Eastern Ky Poor County Arena

  79. Big Ed
    5:58 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Before all you politically ignorant people start yelling about coal severance money, get educated on what it is, where it comes from, and how much of it has been used to fund Lexington and Louisville projects in the past and present. Too many immature space heads aways letting their mouths overload their asses on hear. And no I’m not one of them.

  80. Pardon me
    9:04 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    #75,…say what????? Come on now. It’s time to come out of the closet. We all agree that your views are strange and foreign, you are not xenophobic. But the big question is,..are you Piers Morgan??? Please and thank you.