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Big Blue Madness Campout’s News and Views


Wednesday marked the beginning of a truly unique Kentucky ritual: the Big Blue Madness campout. And man, was it fun. It’s nearly impossible to explain the phenomenon to people not from the state; as Kentucky fans, its as part of us as reciting the lineup and the Whitaker Bank Shot. Hundreds of people waited in line Wednesday morning just to cross the road to Memorial Coliseum to camp out for three days for tickets to a practice. Read that again. In any other light, that sounds ridiculous. But, we’re Kentucky fans…it’s just what we do.

This year’s turnout is bigger than ever. As of 4 p.m., there were already 400 tents set up on the grounds around Memorial, surpassing last year’s first day count of 360. In fact, the Madness campers are well on their way to breaking last year’s final tent count of 525. And you know how we are with records. So, if you’re able, get down there and be a part of it. Drive to Wal-Mart and get a tent. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cheap Dora the Explorer pup tent with sparkles…you really don’t want to miss this. If anything, do it for those of us who can’t make it and are resigned to wistfully clicking through the photos and videos online.

Now, onto some news and views. Shall we?

– A few recruiting tidbits:
Yesterday, Memphis “insider” Keith Easterwood said that Alex Poythress will choose Kentucky over Florida, Memphis and Vanderbilt. Poythress has since said on Twitter that he “has not committed anywhere,” so it’s probably wise to take this report with a grain of salt. However, many feel Kentucky is Poythress’ leader, and as we know, if Cal’s going after you, how can you say no?

Mitch McGary will join Poythress and fellow 2012 recruits Shabazz Muhammad, Archie Goodwin, Willie Cauley, DaJuan Coleman and TJ Warren at Midnight Madness. Hopefully we can put on a nice, entertaining little show for them.

2013 PF Chris Walker will also attend Midnight Madness and announced that he will go public with his college decision on November 15th, the date of his season-opening game. Walker will decide between the Cats, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Florida, Florida State, UConn, Memphis, Baylor and Oklahoma State. UPDATED: According to Adam Zagoria, now Walker wants to “take his time” with the decision, eliminating the Nov. 15th deadline. Ah, to be young…

– Another day, another accolade. Today, John Akers of the Basketball Times named Kentucky the number one team in the nation:

“The consensus is that Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague are the equivalent of three of the top five freshmen in the country. Imagine last season if Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger and Brandon Knight were all on the same team with two or three good veteran players.”

Even better? He thinks the Cats are being “undersold.” Rounding out Akers’ preseason top five are North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, and UConn.

– On the football front, Joker Phillips said today that freshman RB Josh Clemons practiced today and is expected to start against LSU on Saturday. Clemons had a hamstring injury following the Florida game and was listed as questionable. His return is promising news for the Cats, yet Clemons and CoShik Williams will have their work cut out for them and more against the Tigers, who boast one of, if not the, best rush defenses in the country.

– The Cats continue to prepare for LSU by piping crowd noise into practice to simulate what the team will face in Tiger Stadium. Mogan Newton said the noise was deafening and working through it all week in practice can only help the team on Saturday. He also agrees with all of us when he says that having a noon game as opposed to a night game is “a blessing.” Drowsy/hungover/tired Tiger fans: advantage Cats. I’ll take it.

– Back to basketball: John “He Gets It” Calipari and company got a head start on the “You people are crazy” campout tour; Cal visited the campers and signed autographs on Wednesday afternoon, and later his players delivered pizza (Papa Johns, natch). Several players also took time out of their day to hang out with the fans, a trend that will intensify over the next 48 hours. As Matt reported below, Anthony Davis and others even fulfilled many fans’ fantasies by playing some pickup with them. One of the many things I love about Cal is the relationship he fosters between the program and the fans. Even from the cold air of my Nashville office, I can feel the love.

More all day, including full coverage of the campout from our very own camper Drew Franklin, who is currently wandering around looking for free wifi and Lunchables. If you thought today was fun, just wait. As always, send in your pics to the site (including me at [email protected]). A few of you already have:

Big Blue Madness campers, including loyal KSR caller Marsha (right) bbn-ksrsign1 bbn-ksrsign2

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

23 Comments for Big Blue Madness Campout’s News and Views

  1. Haha
    11:48 pm September 28, 2011 Permalink

    Whoa at that picture. Proof of the fan base stereotype?

  2. Put Richie In
    11:53 pm September 28, 2011 Permalink

    Is Chris Walker coming to madness? I thought it was reported he’s going to Kansas’s event instead. Also, the OSU on his list isn’t Oklahoma State, but Ohio State, who some have called his leader. But yeah, accuracy be damned, I’m sure you guys have all kinds of wacky pictures to post.

  3. 1st Down Kentucky
    12:03 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Sox lose! Sox lose! F U Pedro Martinez!

  4. 1st Down Kentucky
    12:03 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Sox lose! Sox lose! F U Pedro Martinez!

  5. doc18uk
    12:53 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Epic meltdown by the Braves and the Red Sox, I love it.

  6. JBR
    12:54 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    “Piping in crowd noise”? How about piping in some real football coaches?

  7. Doron aka Cold Buckets
    1:07 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    I believe the kids say, “Anthony Davis is a PROBLEM.”

  8. Woodford
    1:36 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Tonight, baseball rules the sports world…

  9. calipari rules
    1:47 am September 29, 2011 Permalink


  10. sluggercatfan
    7:52 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    $300,000 for a glorified practice..What a waste of money…And Papa John’s pizza..Bet Tom Jurich is smiling somewhere..More money in his cofers for his facilities!!…He plays Mitch like a violin..

  11. barn
    7:56 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    -3-4–what’s a sox? should we be concerned?

  12. JoeMoney333
    7:58 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Watching that Cal Video reminds me why he is the man. We all know the crowds of autographs and stuff have to get old, but he goes through it, says the right things, visits the fans, signs, and smiles. Just a great guy all around.

  13. SexnNursinHomes
    8:07 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    The guy from Clockwork Orange is a UK fan? Had no idea. I hope loyal KSR caller Marsha let him autograph her breasts.

  14. just sayin'
    8:14 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    “and as we know, if Cal’s going after you, how can you say no?”
    …Perry Ellis begs to differ

  15. Al's IndiCats
    8:27 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    14, Ellis will just drift off onto the sun set never to be heard of again. Evidently he has no aspiration of taking his game to the next level.

  16. Holden McGroin
    8:28 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    BTI is well represented.

  17. bluebayou
    8:40 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    10) you know John Schnatter gives to UK too right? The Cards don’t have an exclusive pipeline to his money

  18. Juan4UK
    9:05 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Great, Goodwin in a bit of amateurism trouble, but not as much as Drummond.

  19. Holden McGroin
    10:17 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    pretty good pic of Cal walking thru Camelot, huh?

  20. Kidnut
    10:31 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    They need to speed up the game of baseball. Limit the use of relievers, put a clock on the pitcher and batter to get in the box. A game should take no longer than 2.5 hours.

  21. Kidnut
    10:40 am September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Dodson wound up being “crafty”, that’s a pretty good assessment if you ask me.

  22. notBomaniJones
    1:01 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Marsha, Marsha, Marsha

  23. sluggercatfan
    3:01 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    16 Holden…Yes I do …but compare the amounts given…Not even in the same universe….