With news of all the elite level attendees coming to Big Blue Madness, it’s time we all started getting excited for the basketball season kick-off event. It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be fun. There’s surely going to be some surprises, as Coach Cal really knows how to entertain. But how will you entertain yourself before the doors open? You don’t know? Well, then you better start preparing your pre-Madness festivities! Here are a few ideas to spark your inner party-animal’s imagination:
Big Night Out – Italian Style!
Some people like to do fancy, classy dinners. Others like to do the dirty on the same table as that classy dinner. Don’t be that person. Take your friends and family out for some wining and dining before you hit the arena. You’d even be paying homage to Calipari’s Italian roots. Just make sure it’s at a restaurant Cal supports. If one of your buddy lifts a random street-walker’s mother’s skirt, he will be asked to leave the premises.
Host Your Very Own Cookout/BBQ!
Ballin’ on a budget? Then there’s nothing quite like a beautiful Fall cookout under an orange sunset. First things first, though – you must go buy your groceries to satisfy everyone’s hunger. Don’t worry, Ol’ Brucey will be there to help tell you which aisle the hotdog buns can be found. Once yo and all your blue-blooded pals are full, head down to Rupp for the fun. Hey, maybe you should invite those high-profile recruits, too! Wait, don’t do that. Bad idea.
Haunted House Trip
Madness is in October. Halloween is just around the corner, and the local haunted houses will be up and running. Have a few drinks at dinner, then take your group out to one of these spook joints and see which of your friends you get to make fun of for the next year because he jumped at Edward Cullen’s mentally handicapped twin brother. If Florida didn’t also have their first practice, Eddie Munster might make an appearance, and possibly even the disgusting hobo-werewolf Joakim Noah.
Pick-Up Game Madness
The college kids are doing it. The pros have been doing it since the lockout started. If playing basketball is your thing, celebrate the evening’s sporting event by organizing your own pick-up game. Whether it be at an actual gym or your driveway, reel in your best group of all-stars and you can each pretend to be your favorite Wildcat. Shotgun Rex Chapman. At halftime you can lower the goal and have your own dunk contest.
All Day Hunting and Fishing
Making the trek in from Mud Creek? Already planning on wearing camo to BBM? Chances are, if you’re a UK fan, you might enjoy hunting. While it’s not for everyone, if that’s your thing you could possibly round up your good buddies and venture into the forest. Just beware of a wandering Bob Knight. He’s been headhunting UK folks for years.
House/Frat Party Style
This is probably the most common event going on in Lexington in the hours leading up to Big Blue Madness. The definition of ‘pre-gaming’. Kegs. Scantily clad women (and men). Solo cups. NBA draft picks jumping from roofs into pools. Wait…what? Nothing wrong with enjoying the traditional college experience before you watch your favorite team in the world have their first practice. Just remember, if you’re hosting a party, and a collegiate student-athlete propositions you for the use of your bedroom with a female, it’s because he really wants to read that poem he wrote for her in silence.
Don’t fancy any of these? Let the crowd sourcing begin. Comment with your ideas for having fun before Big Blue Madness.