If there’s one thing Kentucky fans love more than their teams, it’s the stuff they can buy to support them. KSR wants to see your odd and unique UK memorabilia. No, not just your run of the mill UK flag or t-shirt collection. We want the weird stuff. Have a stuffed Wildcat eating a cardinal? Send it in. A portrait of John Calipari made entirely of popcorn? Send it in. The odder, the better.
The response to our Kentucky Pickers series has been overwhelming. Since Tuesday, I’ve received over 100 emails with pictures and stories of your odd and unique “UK junk,” and by junk, I mean treasures. You guys took my request for pictures of stuffed wildcats seriously–so far, I’ve received pictures of FIVE different stuffed wildcats, which just goes to show that the BBN’s love for their team carries over into taxidermy.
Our first stuffed Cat from Eric and Ashley Rose:
Eric and his wife Ashley are big UK fans currently living in Tupelo, Mississippi. Eric writes the cat was killed on a friend’s farm and he offered him the skin. Eric took it, thinking it would be a great addition to his UK-themed basement. He build a wooden base to replicate the UK court, and tried various animals in the cat’s mouth, finally deciding that the Cardinal looked the best. He and his kids added the unibrow after wearing it around to tribute to Anthony Davis.
Roy Combs’ stuffed wildcat is just one of the items he sent in:
Our next stuffed Cat comes from Rick:
Rick says that one of the guys who works for him shot the cat while deer hunting and gave it to him. He had it stuffed, put a cardinal in its mouth, and put a signed basketball in its paw. He’s also standing on another UK basketball with tiny cardinals around it.
The next Wildcat belongs to Gary Johnson’s father, who shot it in the woods while deer hunting:
Gary’s cousin made the floor, which is an especially nice touch.
Our final stuffed cat lives at Craig’s house:
Craig trapped the cat in Hart County, and since his wife is a Louisville fan, he had it stuffed to display in their house: “Unfortunately, my wife is a Louisville fan, so I put this cardinal in its mouth just to piss her off every time she walks down the hallway.”
Well done, Craig.
Think you can do better? Send us a picture of your unique “UK junk” along with the story behind it and we’ll post the best ones on the website. Email pictures to [email protected] with the subject heading “Kentucky Pickers.”