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Former Vol Dane Bradshaw Respects the Old Folks in Rupp

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Sometimes the crowd at Rupp Arena gets disrespected. In part because of its average age in the lower arena and in part because of its bedazzled sweater-to people ratio, sometimes Rupp gets very little credit for being an intimidating environment. And it is certainly true that for a random weekday game versus Lafayette, the crowd might be half asleep. But for a big game, Rupp rocks and opposing players know that. Former Tennessee guard Dane Bradshaw was asked about what road arena was the toughest in the SEC, and after giving lip service to the Rowdy Reptiles, he came forward with his true feelings:

It’s definitely Rupp. At Florida, they’re going to say anything and everything to you and they’re creative. They might say something about your mom, your sister, whatever, but the students make it personal. Sometimes that gets players distracted. Other times it can get them more ready to play. Teams and players are so friendly with one-another that it’s just not as personal as an old-school rivalry. When the fans bring that out of you, it can be a positive. That’s how it was for us at Florida. But as far as the toughest to overcome, it’s Rupp for sure. You might see a whole section of thousands of people who look like they’ve been retired for 10 years and you’d never think they can get that loud, but they can. It’s unbelievable. You can’t hear each other talking, you can’t hear the coaches calling out the plays, you can’t hear a teammate call out a back pick. He’s mad at you for not hearing him. You’re mad at him for not saying it loud enough. It can become a disaster.

So go get em’ people who have been retired for 10 years! You are loud, you are proud and when faced with players from the other team who don’t respect your vocal volume, you bring the noise. We are elderly UK!

Article written by Matt Jones

14 Comments for Former Vol Dane Bradshaw Respects the Old Folks in Rupp



  1. SUPREMECATS
    9:20 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    interesting perspective…good to know because sometimes our crowd is embarassing, but I agree, never for the big games.



  2. HicksPickSix
    9:22 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Can you imagine how much more intimidating and loud the crowd would be if the lower-level student section was expanded?



  3. bballdoc
    9:42 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    (Bluehair) power to the people!



  4. RYNO
    9:43 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Quit stealing topics from catsillustrated. Every story here is posted there first and then less than an hour later, there is something here. KSR is getting real lazy. Sure you don’t want to comment on wiggins with your incorrect info.



  5. old_school
    9:46 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Kind of sad that it takes an outsider to articulate the obvious.

    Old fans are true fans. They’ve been there for decades, in good times and bad. They know when and how to pick up the team.



  6. wolfewiz
    9:50 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    The age of the “quality” ticket holders at Rupp is the definition of college basketball tradition. You can’t have that unless you have the longevity of success that UK has had.



  7. wolfewiz
    9:53 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    #4 We dont read that site dude! If you dont like it, dont read KSR.



  8. SoCal Will
    10:06 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Young is preferable to old in this dimension for sure but there are ambitious 10 year olds gleefully watching your sand slide through your glass, Matt….



  9. theSkinny81
    10:09 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink


  10. Ol' Ancient One
    10:22 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    I know these people!!! True Blue Fans celebrating our 8th National Championship.. Every win and every National Championship is awesome. Terrific year…let’s do it again in 2013! Go Big Blue.



  11. James K
    8:59 am October 29, 2012 Permalink

    That is a really cool quote. Cool perspective from what it’s like on the floor.



  12. checks pool room
    12:24 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Go ahead Matt make fun of them too! Maybe one of them has cancer



  13. BlueHairsInFrontRow
    1:25 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Eh…what did he say…..huh?……get off my lawn!



  14. LadyLuck
    3:58 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Matt is the FAVORITE of the old blue hairs.