After yesterday’s news that the University has distributed a little over 60,000 tickets for tonight’s Blue/White Game, I figured now was as an appropriate time as ever to salute the 4,500 brave souls who occupied Commonwealth Stadium for last year’s game. If you are on the fence about going right now, this picture speaks for itself. What Mark Stoops has done in his 4 months in Lexington is so extraordinary that I’m not sure I even believe it yet. Where Kentucky is as a football program now is light years ahead of this time last year, and not just recruiting-wise either. The Big Blue Nation is in the business of crashing live streams of high school FOOTBALL players’ college announcements now, and it’s not that we’ve never cared, it’s that we’ve never been given a reason to care. When Stoops took over, he said that he wanted to someday to take Kentucky to an SEC Championship and so far, I can’t say that anything he’s done has worked to the contrary.
Tonight’s game is big for not only the players, but the fans as well. The new coaching staff out on the recruiting trail is selling the Big Blue Nation to recruits, and without a game under their collective belts, some top-flight talent has bought into what the coaching staff has pitched. 60,000 people to the Spring Game in Commonwealth would be a major statement and proof of the shift in the mindset of the Big Blue faithful from the fragile place we crawled out of 4 months ago. So come out, enjoy a nice day at Keeneland, play some cornhole in the Commonwealth parking lot, and drink away a beautiful Saturday that ends with the first look at the Mark Stoops Kentucky football team in person.
Don’t forget to party responsibly, there will be a $1 shuttle running back and forth from Keeneland to Commonwealth Stadium throughout the day. Also, make sure you’re back for the CatWalk at 5:15 to welcome the players and coaches into the stadium at Gate 1. Go Big Blue/White!