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Big Blue Nation Spreads into Ethiopia


Wanted to relay an email I recieved yesterday from a big KSR and UK fan, with a really cool story:

My name is Ryan Sweeney, and I am a huge UK fan and probably check KSR at least 20 times a day.  I just recently went to Ethiopia to adopt my 13 month old son, Greer, the second to last week of December. While I was there I took the attached picture with him sporting UK colors and I also freed Enes on my KSR app on my iPhone. The way adoption from Ethiopia works, we had to travel once for court and then will return hopefully in February to pick up our newest little UK fan…We can’t wait to bring our son home and to raise him up right so he loves the Cats too!

So, the Big Blue nation has officially spread from North America into Europe (Moraykino Williams) and Asia (Enes Kanter) and South America (Maggard’s PG) and Africa (Ryan’s child).  We are just 2 continents away from world domination, and I think Ramel Bradley’s verbal smackdown of Andrew Bogut means we have basically ruled Austrailia.  Anyway, congrats to Ryan and his newly adopted son, and hopefully the fine folks of Ethiopia will be cheering on the Cats from here on out.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

50 Comments for Big Blue Nation Spreads into Ethiopia

  1. Catmandoo
    5:09 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Great story and glad to have another Cat fan to cheer our teams on…

  2. nassau65
    5:09 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    good on ya Ryan! Greer’s a cutie. Nothing like a youngun to make life complete.

  3. You can't handle the Truth
    5:09 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Congrats Ryan!!

  4. Adopting from Ethiopia too...
    5:14 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Congrats! My wife and I are adopting from Ethiopia as well. Waiting on a referral. Go Cats!

  5. Kentucky14
    5:21 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink


  6. PuddingTime
    5:22 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    You forgot to mention beating AJ Ogilvy’s ass when referring to Australian domination.

  7. Kentucky14
    5:22 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #5…he has already fostered 2 US kids before this one

  8. Go Cats
    5:22 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    What a cute kiddo, congrats to the lucky parents who are bringing home their new child soon!

    Being a UK fan starts early, glad to see this!

  9. Go Cats
    5:23 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    5 – A home for a child that needs one should be the most important consideration.

  10. BPsycho
    5:25 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    He checks KSR daily so I have to say this: I have much respect and admiration for you. Congratulations and good luck in February.

  11. BPsycho
    5:27 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #4 Congratulations man that’s awesome.

    #10 There’s the nail, you just hit it on the head.

  12. ukchampion
    5:28 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    big blue imperialism… i guess that’s cool.

  13. thsbballpro32
    5:30 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Great post BTI

  14. LexDoc
    5:30 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    UK love being shown in Freeport, Bahamas as well!

  15. gossie21
    5:32 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Randolph Morris and Laudu are revolutionizing the Big Blue in China.

  16. Freeda Buck
    5:39 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    He will be the 1st Ethiopian PG to play at UK:) Congrats on your adoption and I’m thankful to God for people like you, who give people like “Greer” a better life.


    GO CATS!!

  17. gner
    5:41 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I actually also went to Ethiopia this past summer and can also tell you that big blue nation is alive and well in the land of Addis Ababa:

  18. TrinityPills
    5:41 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    5 – I was hoping this could have been a post that didn’t get some snarky contrarian comment posted via the anonymous internet. How many times have you had the opportunity to say something stupid like that to someone in person but failed to do so? Cheers to Ryan Sweeny and his family. It would have been easier to adopt a child here in America, but the fact of the matter is this, one less child (regardless of where they are from) will be without a family.

  19. Robo
    5:44 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink


  20. C'mon man
    5:50 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    5 – We adopted a little boy from Ethiopia last year. He had nothing there – now he has parents and three siblings that love him. And he gets to learn about Christ who loves him too. Not to mention he has multiple medical problems, including a newly diagnosed brain tumor — wouldn’t want to imagine where he’d be right now if not here with us. And there are many more just like him — OVER 5 MILLION orphans in Ethiopia alone. Please, know something about hat you’re talking about before you post. C’mon man!

  21. Irwin R. Fletcher
    5:51 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    5 – There are long, long lines of folks waiting to adopt children domestically. There are long lines waiting to adopt internationally as well. People have many reasons they choose to adopt, as well as where & how they will go about it. Try to respect that…

    Go Cats!

  22. UKChillFan
    5:54 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    As an attorney and as an adoptive father of two foreign born children, I can tell you adoption is NOT easier in this country. The US system sucks and does not have the best interest of the child at the forefront. With all that said, all children deserve a home of their own, and anyone who helps accomplish this important task is to be complimented.

  23. Cousins Fake Teeth
    5:56 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Congrats on adopting a kid, though we have plenty of kids here that need homes.

  24. Greer's Momma
    6:01 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for sharing our story, KSR! We can’t wait to get our boy home soon 🙂 Thanks everyone for chiming in positively about our adoption! We had a rough road with the US foster care system but obviously that’s because our son was waiting for us in Ethiopia. Go Cats!!

  25. dwperr2
    6:02 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    As an adoptive uncle to a korean born child, love is love no matter where they are born #5. Congrats to Ryan.

  26. RidgeRunner
    6:03 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Congrats Ryan & a great post for sure.

  27. gossie21
    6:03 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    5. I am an adoptive father, and looking to adopt again. Please let me know where I can find these kids hoping to be adopted.

  28. Big D
    6:10 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Good looking kid. Love the outfit. I’m sure that is a Wildcat face on the feet even though it resembles a puppy face. Good for your family.

  29. Lou
    6:18 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Go Cards.

  30. Big Blue 66
    6:18 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    the sun never sits on the BBN

  31. Adopted from Korea
    6:19 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Returned from China in March of ’10 with our son and a future CATS fan. This is a great story and leave to #5 that “hates” families who do travel halfway around the world, spend over a year filling out paperwork..finding paperwork, praying that some low level bueracrat will feel like doing their job today and stamp a form or put a form in the mail…needless to say this struck home, so hey #5 why don’t you get a clue about WTH your talking about. I’d be happy to talk to you about the 3 year process my wife and I went through.

  32. 5'8" white guy with decent but dwindling ball skills with no hope of having a 7 foot son
    6:36 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Would it be bad if you adopted a foreign child in hopes of them someday having a pro sports career?

  33. Bruno
    6:41 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    You should have given him a real African name like O.J.

  34. SeoulCat
    6:45 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    #33, I’m in Korea. Could you adopt me too?

  35. TheReaction
    6:54 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Why is that guy holding Jai lucas?

  36. oh Ciggy
    6:56 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know #5 and have been arguing w him all day about his sexist comments about women commentators….but I have to say that I think you all are taking his comment a bit out of context…I think his anger is towards the US system, not the parents here. That being said, this story rocks and could have done without his negativity altogether.

  37. WarrenThomas
    6:57 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I know him personally and can tell you they fostered american children and have had trouble with the system. I am happy they are getting such a beutiful child. #5 get the facts before you act like a fool.

  38. The Rock
    7:03 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Hate to do it, but BBN already took over Africa a few summers ago. J-Cart and RAMOOOOONN Harris conquered it back then together. Also, if Ryan truly was as big a UK fan as he says he is, he’d rename Greer to be Shagari Alleyne. Only kidding, but congrats still.

  39. Jeff Wills
    7:22 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    We too are adopting from Ethiopia. We are awaiting our court date in Ethiopia and are expecting it any day. For those who want to know, we have worked with a wonderful agency called Celebrate Children International and would highly recommend them. We are looking forward to adding twin girls to our family that includes 2 natural children. Congrats on your adoption and I hope that is goes smoothly from here.

  40. UKgirlinNC
    8:02 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    very cool Ryan Sweeney! God Bless. Thanks to KSR for bringing all the BBN together!

  41. Mike Lewellen
    8:29 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Absolutely awesome!!!!
    I have a grandson from Ethiopia!!

  42. Nathan Gower
    8:31 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Great story.

  43. 44 STICHES
    8:35 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Good job out of you Ryan. I don’t know if Greer is your first kid or not. If he is you will soon find out you won’t be able to check KSR 20 times a day. I have a 2 yr old son and I only get to check KSR about ten times a day. This world needs more people like you.

    #5 C’mon man really… sometimes people just need to think before they click on Submit Comment.

  44. AnotherUKEthiopianMama
    8:41 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    The Cats have two more adopted little wildcats from Ethiopia on the way! And hey, #5, your comment is hurtful, uncalled for, and ignorant…what are YOU doing about the worldwide orphan crisis? How many of the world’s 147 million orphans have YOU adopted or cared for? Thanks to KSR for sharing this awesome story! Many prayers and blessings for Greer and his parents!

  45. King_Rex
    8:59 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Incredible! What a great story! I get quite worked up during games and following the Cats. It’s nice to read something like this, as it reminds you of what is truely important!

  46. Sawyer
    9:00 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    38) what’s up #5

  47. Appalachian Wonder
    9:44 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    I must confess that I too checked KSR while in Ethiopia adopting two of my four.

  48. scrapinfificat
    10:30 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    As the mother of #46 I would like to request that the comment from # 50 be removed. After all #50 is probably a U of L fan.

  49. Oliver Simmons
    11:05 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink


  50. Ryan Sweeney AKA Greer's DAD
    8:24 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I love BBN and KSR. I think it is great that we all have a place to retreat to and share the joys and pains of being Kentucky fans. I had hoped that this would have just been a cool post to free Enes, and I am glad that KSR put our whole story on here. I appreciate just about everyones comments. I also want everyone to know that we tried to adopt here domestically and had quite a bit of trouble with the foster care system, and we are going to continue with the foster care system once we get our boy home and my wife delivers our daughter that she is pregnant with. And we will also probably adopt again, from Ethiopia. If I am lucky hopefully all of my children will grow up to fear God and then be decent human beings who don’t make stupid comments on posts, and then be die hard Kentucky fans. I love Big Blue Nation and appreciate KSR and everyone’s SUPPORT.