ESPN made a road map of what events were must-sees for college sports fans, and amid beanpots, fields of blue, and breakfast clubs lies Our Old Kentucky Home.
One of the best traditions in Kentucky is apparently one of the best traditions, not just in college basketball, but college sports as a whole. And if you’ve ever made it to Rupp and stuck around to hear it sung, you know why it’s on the list. In case you don’t, though, Eamonn Brennan explains:
In Kentucky, the Wildcats and their fans sing “My Old Kentucky Home,” and they’re not alone — the official song of the Commonwealth is so popular you can likewise belt it out at Louisville, Murray State, Eastern, Western and of course at the Kentucky Derby, seersucker suit sold separately. Still, the old sing-song harmony dating back to the mid-1850s takes on modern heft in Rupp Arena, never more so than on senior night, when 20,000 members of Big Blue Nation create the kind of soaring sporting chorus you rarely hear this side of the pond. Goosebumps are a guarantee.
I remember being at Rupp when Cal’s home streak was broken against Baylor, and My Old Kentucky Home was sung then, and even in the midst of the depression, it was still something to behold.