Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Are You Going to Nashville?

lp-field

BTI is in computer limbo again, so after much begging, pleading, and bribing with chocolates, I have agreed to cover this morning’s Rants and Ramblings. And you know what? I want to talk football!

With less than two weeks until Kentucky’s season opener against Western in Nashville, plenty of seats still remain, including some in the lower and club levels. What’s the deal? Do poor ticket sales equal a lack of enthusiasm surrounding the program or are people simply unable to make the trip for a Thursday night game? Got better things to do? Here are four excuses for not going to the game, followed by my solutions:

– The game’s on a Thursday night
If you’ve got the vacation time, make it a four-day weekend! Music City rocks, and the Nashville Sports Council is trying its hardest to turn this game into an event, branding it the “College Colors Kickoff Game,” with a special pregame concert by Kentucky native and UK fan Laura Bell Bundy in Riverfront park. You know what’s also in downtown Nashville? Fun bars. If I remember right, almost all of them ADORE Kentucky fans (and their Big Blue money). Bet we could get them to play the UK fight song.

– The game’s too late (9:15 p.m. Eastern)
Well, that’s 8:15 central. That gives you PLENTY of time to make it to LP field if you’re unable to get off early. Plus, a late kickoff means more time for tailgating. And you know you’ve been wanting to show off that Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip recipe.

– The football team sucks.
How do you know? The first game hasn’t even been played. When I interviewed Joker, he was adamant that part of the “RISE” campaign was changing everyone’s attitude about Kentucky football; that includes the staff, players, and fans. If you want to sit by and twiddle your thumbs until basketball season, that’s fine, but the football team would really love your support. If they suck, you can say “I told you so.” If not, then maybe you’ll have another reason to get excited on Saturdays. The first step? Giving them one hell of a crowd to come out to at LP Field.

– I don’t have a ticket.
Go get one! There are plenty left. Unless you’ve got some long-standing reservation at the beach, monetary issues, etc., you really have no excuse.

Are you going to the game? If not, why?

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.

60 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Are You Going to Nashville?



  1. RKA
    8:13 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    50 minutes from my house to see the Cats play…….. You bet I’ll be there.



  2. Nick Papageorgio
    8:19 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I live in West Kentucky so I have no excuse…I’m going!



  3. ebell55
    8:27 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I’m going just got my tickets lower level can’t wait to see the cats smash big red!!!!



  4. UK All Day
    8:29 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Going. Can’t wait. #WeAreUK



  5. WiLdCATfan4life
    8:31 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t go Have to work plus I don’t have the money for tickets gas and hotel. Will be watching GO CATS!!!



  6. bluesince66
    8:31 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    While I am a UK football fan we understand the basketball team can fill an arena anywhere, not so much for football. Not a home game for either team and not very high expectatations for either one, so I really don’t know what they expected.



  7. UK4LIFE
    8:33 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    The Cats suck. I’ve spent my final dollar to drive somewhere to watch them muck up another season. Final prediction 28-13 over a low level D-1A school. You forgot the “gas” excuse BTI. Gas at $3.50 a gallon isn’t too appealing to go watch a mediocre at best SEC team struggle with a team from the OVC.

    Bring on basketball, the real season! 2 months of surviving left people! #LIESNOTRISE6-64LIFE



  8. Bill Clinton
    8:37 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    It’s the economy, stupid!



  9. 3 fan
    8:40 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I think the UK fans may be falling into the “show me” apathy area concerning football. We all know they are going to line up a horrible OOC so they can win a bowl, they are going to lose to UT (doesn’t matter if it was a pick up squad from Knoxville), get creamed by UF, lose at least one SEC game we stupidly thought they would win THIS time, and finish 7-4, 6-4, or 5-6. Blah blah blah same ole same ole.



  10. hoop33
    8:41 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I work weekends, if this was Monday thru Wednesday, I’d b there



  11. KyHellhound
    8:42 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    It would take me four days to drive there. Am I excused?



  12. UKChillFan
    8:56 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll be there. I do enjoy Uk football and getting to see them only 75 miles from home is a huge thing. I also bought tickets for my daughter and her boyfriend. My sister in Nashville bought 10 tickets!! I also am happy we’re playing this series with Western.



  13. MR.Economy
    8:59 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Just remember – the game is televised on ESPNU.

    Mr. Economy



  14. Holden McGroin
    9:14 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Haven’t decided for sure yet, but probably not.



  15. BPsycho
    9:14 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    BTI’s computer was like : ” What!….. I’m not posting that ****! …..* Blue Screen *



  16. Brew Crew
    9:17 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Meh. I’m not going. No point in driving to a football game 4 hours away, when I’ll likely not even go to games when they’re a 10 minute walk from my door. Football is just… uninteresting.



  17. Josh
    9:28 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    hey i live in nashville and looking to go. if you have tickets but know you wont use them, please let me know.



  18. Michael Robinson
    9:32 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Me and some high school buddies making a weekend of it, golf,tailgate, ball game Thursday. More golf Friday. Where is everybody tailgating Thursday ? And what time?



  19. UKfanNKY
    9:32 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    #7 YOU suck! Your screen name ain’t shit! We will be in Nashville to cheer the CATS on and party!!! Bring on BBall ha… give me a break I bet when they have a bad season they suck too…fair weather fan!!!! GO CATS!!! RISE!



  20. Selnhos
    9:34 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Leeeeeerooooooy Jeeeeeenkiiiins!!!! At least I’m not chicken.



  21. AtWork
    9:35 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    They should have done this game at Western. I realize that from a money standpoint Western stands to gain much more money by having the game at LP but I seriously doubt more than 25K will show up for this game. Western’s renovated Smith Stadium holds around that amount and would have been packed.

    But again, I understand this game is all about money and getting play in a bigger market. Just saying, this would have been a cool game to watch in Bowling Green.



  22. Tom Handy
    9:35 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Has UK ticket office mailed out the tickets yet?



  23. P Shelburne
    9:38 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t have any vacation days 🙁 would love to be there!!!



  24. cats1068
    9:40 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    UK football is what it is. I’ve been following them for over 35 years and it’s the same ol’ same ol’. They give us just enough every year to keep us coming back. With every year I live, my hope for a good football program fades just a little more. Basketball has proven itself. Football needs to put up or shut up. A lot of us older fans are tired of the talk. All we want is wins. Until then, they’ll get my full support but with little confidence.



  25. bigbluemist
    9:42 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    ABSOLUTELY going with a group of 10. Too easy of a trip from louisville not to make. We’ll leave all the cereal boxes open so the kids can feed themselves while we’re gone. Look for mommy and daddy on tv! GO CATS!



  26. Andy P.
    9:44 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Why a UK fan site would go out of their way to make fun of the football team is a real shame.



  27. Tobias Funke
    9:47 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Am I travelling 3 hours on a worknight to watch UK beat (basically) a D1AA team at midnight EST. Um, no.



  28. C-A-T-S Cats Cats Cats
    9:50 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Definitely heading down to NashVegas for the weekend to watch a little UK football action. I’m staying optimistic that we will have a decent team this year… No need to get down on the team before we have even teed it up. It also doesn’t hurt I am alumni from WKU… GO CATS!!!



  29. I call shenanigans
    9:56 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    OK, whoever said the b-ball team can fill an arena anytime, anywhere. REALLY? Did you go to the games held in Louisville the last couple of years? NOT SOLD OUT fool. I think it was UNC-no name and some loser big least team and neither time was freedom hall full. If UK basketball was playing UNC-loserville or Eastern St. at Freedom Hall on thurs



  30. Yesterdays
    9:59 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I make several UK trips a year- SEC tourney, Ole Miss last year, Canada, etc. Driving three hours to watch us play Western isn’t on my list. Thanks for giving away a home game. My season tickets just dropped in value.



  31. I call shenanigans
    10:00 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    OK, whoever said the b-ball team can fill an arena anytime, anywhere. REALLY? Did you go to the games held in Louisville the last couple of years? NOT SOLD OUT fool. These people who are basketball only fans can just go away, we don’t want you. Don’t need fairweather fans. That being said, you can’t hold a game against an inferior oppenent on a weeknight in another state, and be surprised that it doesn’t sell out. Basketball or football. Its a combination of economics, reality (a lot of us actually have to work), and the quality of the competition being played.



  32. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:02 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    #15 – bahahahahaha



  33. UKGirl
    10:06 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I’m going. I love Nashville and the fact the Cats are going to be there makes it even better.



  34. bluesince66
    10:08 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry shenanigans I was way out of line with my comment since you came up with a couple of games not sold out. I was always told it takes a fool to know a fool.



  35. Acotky
    10:18 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I am a diehard UK fan and a WKU alum and grad student. I would love to go to the game, but being a first year teacher I can’t I have to work. If it would have been saturday we could have gone to the game and switched my brothers bachelor party to nashville.



  36. Cats#1
    10:19 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I am glad we are playing a instate school instead of a MAC team. I loved the idea of playing in Nashville and was looking forword to the trip and making a weekend of it, but with the game on a Thursday late night it is very hard to take off Thursday and Friday to do. If this game was on Saturday there would be alot more people going. The conflict with the field for a Saturday game should have been worked out. If the game had been on a Saturday it would have been better for all of the parties. Being on Thursday will cost everyone money, both schools and the city of Nashville. This is to be corrected for the next game in Nashviile.



  37. BigBlueLush
    10:22 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Need a better opponent and a proven product for people from Central/Eastern KY to come that far. If this was the middle of the season and we had pulled off a couple of SEC wins, and the opponent was an SEC team, you can bet it would be sold out already.



  38. the captain
    10:24 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Tired of nashville. We’ve been there enough already.



  39. philthyphil
    10:27 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    If I’m going to Nashville for a UK football game it’s going to be in Sept, not the end of Dec. I will be there!



  40. Speediseverything
    10:28 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Going…got tickets thru Ticketmaster (50 yd line – upper deck). Go Cats!!



  41. mjdotson
    10:35 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone know whether we are technically the HOME team or the VISITOR team for this game? I’m trying to figure out which side to get tickets for. The Ticketmaster site shows the HOME side as having sold a lot more tickets, so I naturally assumed that was UK, but I have been told UK is actually the VISITOR for this one. Does anyone know for sure?



  42. Cats#1
    10:44 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    UK is the visitor.



  43. DoubleZeroMostel
    11:02 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    31, if you mean last year when we had over 17,000 out of 19k seats. Yeah, I’d say that was over half full.



  44. Fastcatercats2009
    11:24 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    number 7: “Always, recheck your hole card. Hell, I was mucking cards before you were born”-sly stallone in SHADE



  45. Speediseverything
    11:25 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    UK sections in upper deck 303-321 (visitor).



  46. Fastcatercats2009
    11:27 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    zztop says to wear your blue



  47. mores
    11:30 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    “I think the UK fans may be falling into the “show me” apathy area concerning football…..and finish 7-4, 6-4, or 5-6. Blah blah blah same ole same ole.”

    The difference between us and the other not-historically-very-good fanbases in the SEC (and the Big 10 too sadly) is that they are more than willing to support their a team that does this every year. We are not. They shrug and sigh but show up and cheer nonetheless. We bitch and moan and refuse to go to games. And then we gloat about our fanbase being better than everyone else’s. Hmm.



  48. josh dublin
    11:43 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    GONNA BE A GOOD YEAR. Will will ROLL OVER the toppers easy. I got tickets for the central mich game and workin on UT tickets. If i had the money, i would be there! I LUV BIG BLUE FOOTBALL AS MUCH AS BASKETBALL. Real fans show support regardless what sport it is,,,,ITS ALL ABOUT THE BLUE! These boys put in alot of hard work and it will payoff!!!!!



  49. josh dublin
    11:49 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I cant stand to see a UK fan talk about basketball, basketball, basketball and then have a ROLL TIDE or a big ugly orange T on the cars to support another football program!!!!!



  50. uk12345678
    12:39 pm August 19, 2011 Permalink

    Uhhh…we’re the visiting team. That’s why it’s in Nashville and not CWS…



  51. mjdotson
    3:24 pm August 19, 2011 Permalink

    For whatever reason, I can’t see any of the comments beyond the one I made earlier (#41). Any clue why?



  52. saw32777
    6:34 pm August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I will be there with blue on!!!!! Can’t wait to see the red Grimaces get crushed by the Cats.



  53. UK4LIFE
    7:04 pm August 19, 2011 Permalink

    #19 – And you’ll be the same fan I talk to every year, who drives to Tennessee because “this is the year!” I used to be like you. I used to fall for the same hype year in year out. Oh, we’re 3 turnovers away from being 8-4 or 9-3! Right, well, we always make that turnover. And I’m tired of buying the hype. Go bite the bullet again! You’ll one day learn!

    You are talking about UK basketball right? We don’t have bad seasons… We’ve never sucked. I don’t know what you’re talking about!



  54. Hoss
    8:48 pm August 19, 2011 Permalink

    7- seriously. DIAF. UK doesn’t need people like you in any capacity.



  55. Hoss
    8:52 pm August 19, 2011 Permalink

    UK4LIFE is a frontrunner fan that lacks the testicular fortitude to show loyalty to anything other than what satisfies his narcissism. Cause, you know, it’s all about you, dude.

    Like I said, GTFO if you don’t have anything good to say about a group of college kids playing a sport, you sorry ass loser.



  56. Cale Barr
    12:24 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    #9. The records you mentioned are impossible after the UT game. 8-4, 7-5 or 6-6 are the likely outcomes. We play 12 games and UT is the 12th. Nice try though. Obviously you don’t care much about the football team. Thats fine just don’t speak on it.



  57. roosterrocks
    1:31 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    While it will be hard to find 6 wins, I will give them a chance. Who knows, they might just catch somebody.



  58. Dwayne
    9:53 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Who wants to drive 3 1/2 hrs to watch them play WKU? Sorry it’s just not a game that should be played away from home. PERIOD!



  59. OriginalCatFanForLife
    7:35 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Normally, we would attend ANY UK game in Nashville. But since the game is on Thursday night, it will make travel from our home in Bloomington-Normal (IL) difficult. We’ll still make the trip to Nashville for UK-Vandy in November.



  60. OriginalCatFanForLife
    7:36 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Normally, we would attend ANY UK game in Nashville. But since the game is on Thursday night, it will make travel from our home in Bloomington-Normal (IL) difficult. We’ll still make the trip to Nashville for UK-Vandy in November.

    And this is considered a home game for WKU.