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I Once Got The Best Of World Wide Wes

Hi. I’m new here. My name is Aaron Flener. I am from Glasgow, KY. I know what you’re probably thinking: “Oh, Glasgow is off I-65. Close to Dinosaur World.”  You thought wrong. That’s Cave City.

 

Or maybe that’s not what you were thinking at all.  Maybe you were thinking “Was he around Glasgow when Brandon Stockton’s mustache got it’s start?” I’m pleased to tell you I was. I once combined with Brandon Stockton (and his mustache) for 54 points in a high school game. He had 51. I had 3. But who’s counting?

 

Enough about my relationship with another gentleman’s facial hair. I’m excited to join the team at KSR and tonight I want to tell you a story.

 

I’ve been attending the SEC Tournament for 20 years. My first one was in Birmingham in 1992. Some of you reading this weren’t born then. I have many great memories from these tournaments:

-UK won 7 of the first 8 I attended.

UK beat Tennessee 101-40 in 1993.

-This past year, I sat behind Mark Ingram and made him laugh.

 

I could list more but let’s be honest, you don’t really care about my memories. One story is worth telling, though…

 

ATLANTA – THE GEORGIA DOME – 2011 

My uncle is an expert in the ticket game. It is not uncommon for him to pay for his entire trip to the SEC Tournament buying and selling tickets.  In 2011, I paid $15 for a ticket to the UK-Florida final and I sat 50 feet from the floor at mid court. I was so close to the court that I almost got a t-shirt and hat during the post game celebration. Sitting close to the court is awesome for a lot of reasons. You are close to the action, you can hear stuff from the court that you can’t hear from up high, and you will usually find yourself sitting in the company of some notable characters.

 

This day was no exception. I found myself in the company of a very notable character.

 

As I was sitting in my seat before the game trying to avoid my cousin’s pizza grease fingers and pizza sauce mouth, I noticed some guys entering the row across the aisle to my right. At first, I didn’t look that closely at the people. I didn’t think anything of it except that I wouldn’t be able to invite people down.

 

As the game began, I noticed that the gentleman on the end of the row was very into the game, cheering all of Kentucky’s good plays despite not wearing any Kentucky gear. Then I saw his shoes and it all made sense.

 

 

It was none other than World Wide Wes.

 

I had seen maybe one or two pictures of Wes. Had I not seen the shoes, though, I don’t think I would have put it together. If you don’t know anything about Wes, I encourage you to google him. He is one the most well connected people in the sports and entertainment business. Wes knows everyone who is someone in sports and entertainment, and everyone who is someone in sports and entertainment knows Wes.

 

You remember the Pistons-Pacers brawl? Wes is the one who calmed Ron Artest down and got him off the floor (2:50 mark). Although everyone knows him or knows of him, not many know how he does what he does. And he likes it that way.

 

When I figured out who he was, I wanted to talk to him. But I didn’t want to bother him. This was going to be tricky. After all, he didn’t come to the game to talk to some dude with sunglasses around his neck who was sitting across the aisle.

 

I waited until a break in the action to break the ice. I was nervous to talk to him. If it went well I pictured him inviting me to hang out with him and Lebron in Miami sometime. If I blew it I still had to sit 5 feet from him for the rest of the game. After thinking about what I was going to say, I settled on this:   

 

Me: “Hey Wes, do you think Josh can play in the NBA?”

Wes: “He starts for Kentucky doesn’t he? If you start for Kentucky you have a chance to play in the NBA.”

 

*Okay, that went well. He could have answered yes or no but he elaborated. I’m in. Just don’t force it. A couple seconds later I hear him say “hey” in my direction. I turn. HE WAS TALKING TO ME! He wants to ask me a question. Play it cool, Aaron. Play it cool.*

 

Wes: Hey, how did you know my name?”

Me: “It’s on your shoes.”

 

Boom. Wes laughed. His friends laughed. It was the coolest I have ever felt. Even cooler than kindergarten when I successfully hit a car with a rock to impress a girl. After the game, I got a not very good picture with Wes. But you don’t ask World Wide Wes to retake a photo. Here’s what we ended up with.

No one knows much about World Wide Wes. But I know one thing. He was extremely nice to me. I gave him one of my cards and told him to check out the site I was writing for at the time. I’d say he didn’t. Regardless, one of the coolest dudes out there has a business card with my name, email, and phone number on it. Wes, if you ever want someone to write your story, give me a call. You have my number.

 

@AFlenerKSR

Article written by Aaron Flener

John, I was first team All-State. I can put the ball anywhere I want to. I'll make it rain out here.

28 Comments for I Once Got The Best Of World Wide Wes



  1. hardison
    5:07 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Great story, looking forward to hearing more about the Scotties in the future



  2. Rod Grizzard
    5:10 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome.



  3. Orangello
    5:11 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty cool article. I like that you kept it short and to the point. I hate it when people try to write a novel on a blog site. I have a very short attention span. Youre only gonna get me for a second. Well done.



  4. Joe
    5:13 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    He’s like Corey but can write and has interesting things to say.



  5. Lemonjello
    5:18 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Great story, KWAaron.



  6. MelissaGCE
    5:24 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    I second Orangello. Well done! Giggling at my seat.



  7. Shadynasty
    5:26 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    A!!! Congrats on your first post. Make sure you hit the readers with some “knowledge bone” in the near future.



  8. DaveUK
    5:26 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Great job Aaron. Good storytelling yet concise, and well written.



  9. patfordes hair
    5:38 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Bruce flener is Aarons dad if im not mistaken.



  10. Mark
    5:39 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Post. Well done young man. Look forward to reading more of the same. FYI, dont sell the picture tho, NCAA mite investigate you!! Rock on!



  11. braddahaubs
    6:13 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    I like this guy.



  12. Bleaker
    6:32 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Larry David would say, Meh



  13. Shelby County
    6:37 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    The “hit car with rock” bit was great. Lots of gems here!



  14. MtnCat
    6:40 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    I want to hear more about your uncle and the tickets



  15. Bob Day
    6:45 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Nice entry piece, Aaron. Welcome to KSR!



  16. Larry David
    6:48 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Meh!



  17. Wildcatfan79
    6:52 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Great post! Hope you write more often and have many more unique stories to share. Thanks for the laugh,



  18. Amaze Pants
    7:00 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome story. Very engaging, funny, personal. And the best part of all? Not a single glaring grammatical error or typo! @AFlenerKSR is a keeper!



  19. Cal Purnell here
    7:13 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Great post….I’ll buy you Little Taste of Texas sometime!



  20. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    7:44 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    How many of these commentors did you tell to come on here and say good things about your story? The only person that said anything critical at all was Larry David. Nice try, though, and good effort.



  21. BleedingBlue79
    8:06 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ha, nicely done! This is usually the kind of anecdotal exchange most people would think of moments AFTER walking away from such an opportunity, and having just completely blown it. You definitely nailed it…absolutely worth a post. Look forward to reading more of your stuff in the future…good to see KSR is remaining in good hands.

    And contrary to the implication in #20’s comment, I’m actually just being genuinely complimentary. Crazy concept, right? Actually no…no it’s not…maybe stop being so cynical.



  22. Stan
    8:06 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Well done. A few friendly pointers: The title was misleading. Your payoff was Wes actually getting the best of you. Denoument was the pic. Learn punctuation. Blogs don’t follow rules, but magazines do. You have magazine talent potential. Liked your creativity and humor.



  23. Shmikey
    8:26 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    I like your style, it reminds me of when Drew Franklin used to be clever!



  24. tlane
    9:07 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    i was at that game. Monroe if I recall.It took Branden about a half to get his 51 and the other half for you to get your 3.



  25. Aaron Flener
    9:09 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    tlane- You remember it pretty well. He didn’t play the fourth quarter.



  26. Computer Blue
    9:25 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Cool story.



  27. Zach Flener
    9:42 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Great job Aaron like the family references



  28. Crutcher
    10:50 pm August 21, 2012 Permalink

    Love it!!! Congrats pal!!! I want more!