When you have a fanbase as passionate and obsessed as the one we participate in, you compile a lot of memories. Some of them good andsome of them bad. Sometimes the memories are more powerful after losses than wins. Nonetheless, many people in this state have some of their greatest life moments revolving around this college sports program. But sometimes the story isn’t just about the joy of victory or the agony of defeat. Sometimes it is the “extracurricular” activities that give us our greatest stories. I want to know what your unique UK experience/story is. You can either put it in the comments section or email it to me at [email protected]. And throughout the week, and maybe more if I get more stories, I will put your story on the site. Doesn’t have to be long, and doesn’t have to be some inspirational piece. Just needs to be something unique to you connected to UK. Here is mine:
November 28, 2003: Kentucky is preparing for its 2nd game of the 03-04 season against Tennessee Tech. A top 10 team coming off an amazing season, the tide had seemed to turn for Tubby Smith and his tenure. But the one question that year was who was going to replace Keith Bogans as the star of the team. At the same time, I was just a college freshman, who at that time have never attended a game at Rupp Arena. And it was certainly I wanted to mark off my list of things to do. Lucky for me, I had found a friend at WKU named Paige who had 2 key things: a big time love of UK basketball and a relative with UK season tickets. Because it was an early season game and Thanksgiving weekend, she got a call that she had 2 tickets to that game. And knowing my situation never having gone to a game, she came to me first and we were on the road to the game. Unfortunately, that road happened to be snow and ice that night. Which meant we slipped and slide all the way to Lexington, but made it just in time.
And by just in time, I mean that we made it just in time to get to the will call window to realize that Paige’s relative did NOT leave us the tickets. Phone calls were made, or at least attempted calls were made. Safe to say, things did not work out well, and Paige and I stood there as 23,000 fans filed into Rupp for the game, and we filled in to the street. Devastating for both of us, but we decided to find a place to watch the game and eat. And this is where is gets kinda funny. Because Paige’s absolute favorite player was Gerald Fitch. LOVED HIM. Like Fat Albert love Skittles. Anyway, we sat in that restaurantas Fitch proceeded to score 36 points. AKA his career high. Despite the fact the Cats were romping, and her favorite player was playing amazing, it was agonizing for her to watch her favorite player have his best game knowing she could have been there. And it is safe to say I got quite a few jabs in at her expense. The point is, at a certain point, we just began laughing at the entire ordeal we were going through. Me missing my chance to go to Rupp and her missing her favorite player’s best game. By the way, I did catch a game (and many others) since that time, and Paige went on to marry Fitch. But, that night is a memory that could have become a negative experience, but at a certain point you just have to laugh at your bad luck. And because of that, the memory remains vivid to this day.
Now, what is your memory?
Weekend Sidenote #1: Happy Birthday to Tyty Thompson, who did not get a mention yesterday about the festivities of the best female writer from Nashville on the site. I think it shows just how sexist the writers of this site actually are. So, let me be the gentleman and say that Tyler has been a great addition to the site after Kate Martin broke her leg dunking a basketball. Tyler gives us good material all the time, and she always bakes the best pies andcleans up after us at the compound.
Weekend Sidenote #2: Congrats to Adam and Liz Wadlingtonon their nuptials this weekend, as I was lucky enough to be involved in another UK marriage in the books. The first time Liz met me she asked “Why do people on KSR hate you so much”. At the end of the night, she came up to me and simply said “I get it now.” Also was asked to give a shoutout on the site to the wedding party: Jordan Wadlington, Sean Pierce, Clayton Timmons, Justin Watson, Jake Minton, Andrew Rash, Katherine Hennessey, Holly Hart, Emily Fackler, Jessica Shoulders, Lauren Mackey, Emily Brandle, and Kelli Hagan. Damn, that was a big wedding. If you would like a wedding shoutout (UK weddings only), send me a picture and names to [email protected].