I don’t know about you guys, but I still hate Duke. And Laettner for that matter. Though we took the loss last night, I was encouraged by the flashes of good play and can’t wait to see this team in January.
If the loss still has you down, that’s understandable. It’s odd for us to lose a basketball game. We’re not sure how to react. If you need cheering up, you’ve come to the right place. Mr. Aaron has an aUKward Fan Photo for you.
Tonight’s photo comes from KSR writer Kristen Geil via her mother Patti.
“In 1997, hope sprang eternal in my home in Lexington. My bangs were finally growing out of that awkward “I thought it was a good idea to cut them myself” stage, and Orlando Smith had just been hired as the new head basketball coach. My mom took my little sister Rachel and I (ages 4 and 7 at the time) to an event at the Marriott introducing Smith to some of the people who would eventually cause him to go grey. It was there that we first heard the famed story of how Tubby got his nickname, and the man himself was nice enough to pose for a picture with the two of us. This picture is still sitting on my sister’s dresser in our parents house, encased in its novelty frame, as I’m sure it will remain for all eternity.”
What do you say we get to the goods?
Lots of good stuff here. Here is Kristen’s take, included in her email from above.
“Some points of interest:
1) You can only see my bangs in this picture. That’s because I insisted that my mom put my hair in a bun because I wanted to be “dressed up” when I met the man who would guide us to a national championship. This hairstyle is in stark contrast to my casual t-shirt and mesh shorts combo.
2) I rocked that Wilson wristwatch like I was J Cole. “It cost me a lot, my chain and my watch. They say time is money but really it’s not.”
3) You’ll notice that Tubby signed my t-shirt. Later, Hal Mumme would sign that same t-shirt. Patti has since threatened to sell it on Ebay.
4) Apparently my mom thought it a hilarious rite of passage that my sister and I had to have bowl cuts until we were about six years old. Rachel, unfortunately, was still in that stage of life. Luckily, her blue jumper/white tee combo clearly conveys that she is a girl.
5) Get down, Tubby, go head, get down. No wonder his teams were known for defense.”
There’s not much left for me to say after that extraordinary explanation. I enjoy that the t-shirt is “All Sport” brand. I’m not sure if that means:
1.) It was produced by the same company as the crappy carbonated sports drink.
2.) You can play any sport while wearing it.
3.) It’s a shirt for a fan of all/any sports that Kentucky plays.
Also, notice how young Tubby looks. His ten years in Lexington aged him considerably. Gillispie’s two years in Lexington intoxicated him considerably.
Thanks to Kristen for being a good sport and passing this on. If you have an aUKward Fan Photo you’d like to pass along, send it to me on twitter @AFlenerKSR or preferably by email at [email protected]