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The Different Types of Fans at Tent City


Hello, friends. How are you? I’m great, thanks for asking. I’m starting to smell bad, though. It’s all part of the life.

I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates last night. Finding Wi-Fi out here is like finding a player on Tennessee’s roster who hasn’t been to jail — it’s not easy. I couldn’t even log-on from the library parking lot. Yeah, it was that bad.

But today I’m posted up in the Student Center (which makes me feel really old and creepy) and I’d like to tell you all about the different types of people in Tent City.

It’s like the Big Blue Melting Pot out here. Would you like to meet some of them?


The College Kid

This person went to the student ticket lottery and came out empty-handed so they’re back at Memorial Coliseum doing it the hard way. Or, they were out partying Monday night and didn’t bother going to the student ticket lottery. Either way, they’re set up in Tent City and eating like kings on their Plus Account. This group has an advantage on everyone else because they get to come and go as they please. They keep referring to something called “class” that apparently takes priority over camping out with the Big Blue Maniacs. I need documentation of this.

The Children

Sleeping outside Memorial Coliseum isn’t just for adults anymore; children are getting in on the action too. This adorably cute group was pulled out of the house with mom and dad – obviously, it would be weird if they were out here alone – to learn the ways so they can continue the family tradition one day. At least that’s what the parents say; we all know the kids are out here just to be an extra body to claim two more tickets.

The Fan of All Things #BBN

This fan just likes being a part of whatever is going on in Big Blue Nation. They’re at every game, fundraiser, luncheon, or campout for the sole purpose of being with others in #LaFamilia. They’re excited about getting Big Blue Madness tickets, but it’s really more about putting on their favorite UK t-shirt and showing love for the Cayts. When you see someone wearing a blue visor with the fake spiky hair coming out the top, they usually fall in this group. Those hats creep me out, by the way.


The Guy Who Smells Like A Distillery

Some people see the “No Alcoholic Beverages” signs posted everywhere and oblige by the rules as they take another swig of their Kool-Aid Jammer. A few others see that sign and pour another 5-ounces of Kentucky bourbon into a Solo cup. These people are usually pretty easy to spot because they’re loud, they smell like Grandpa’s old cough medicine, and they’ve almost been hit by at least four or fives cars on Avenue of Champions.

The Fan Who Lives For Big Blue Madness

While most people have been to Rupp Arena on more than one occasion to root for the Cayts, there are a lot of people who just don’t get that opportunity. Let’s face it, tickets ain’t cheap to see a UK basketball game and they’re not easy to get ahold of either. That’s why a lot of these campers are out here battling the elements to get their hands on free tickets so they can take the family to see an event in college basketball’s greatest venue. For some, it’s the only time they’ll ever sit in Rupp Arena. I like these people.


The People Who Won’t Stop Playing Basketball

Every year, there are about 30 people who never leave the basketball courts. They’re out here sweating it out like it’s the NBA Finals. This group tends to annoy fellow campers at about 5 AM when the games are still going. They’re usually shirtless.


The Oversized Tent Guy

What do you need a tent the size of a doublewide trailer for? And where did you get it? How many people you got in there? Is that an indoor basketball court? I’m not even mad. I’m impressed.

The ‘Why The Hell Am I Here’ People

These people lined up at 7:00 AM. They rushed across the street to get a good spot. They set up their tent, unrolled their sleeping bag, and said to themselves, “What the hell am I doing here?” This group is also known as the KSR Blogger Group.


I’m getting summoned to the cornhole boards. I hope this gave you a perspective of all the hooligans out here in Tent City. They’re absolutely crazy and I love every single one of them.

Talk to you soon.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for The Different Types of Fans at Tent City

  1. Rack Patyno
    2:13 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink


  2. Dandy Andy
    2:20 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    I fall into the guy who can’t get off work, and also the guy who wakes up saturday morning with a hangover smelling of bourbon and sex and prays to get tickets online at 8 am.

  3. Dandy Don
    2:31 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    I fall into the category of the guy who is awaken by 3 alarm clocks on Saturday morning. Pissed off because I have to be in a wedding that day, wear an ugly suit, and sit through a reception with no bar. The happiness of my Saturday rests on my quick mouse clicking reactions on ticketmaster. I was just kidding about the suit, it is quite nice.

  4. Lycanthrope
    2:32 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    This reminds me of the Burning Man event, except without all the naked women and weed.

  5. Catsantonio
    2:35 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Sending an internet reporter to cover something without Wi-Fi is like throwing John Wall on the court without sneakers. C’Mon KSR, can the man get an air card?

  6. Doom or Gloom
    2:46 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    KSR Blogger Group – if you dont want to be there then dont. Im pretty sure this post could have been done from your house, no offense. Nothing worse then half arse post in which you can tell the person does not enjoy the event (i.e. matt at recruiting events).

  7. Holden McGroin
    2:46 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    more pics of “BTI sucks” signs.

  8. lexslamman
    2:48 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    3. Silly protestants and their dry receptions.

  9. wildcatfan11
    2:48 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    dont forget the guy that doesnt even care about uk and goes to get free tickets to put on craigslist for 100 bucks and screw somebody over that really cares to be there! those are the ones that piss me off! last year i saw a entire mexicn village in line to get tickets and not one of them had on blue or uk!

  10. Harry Dunn
    2:50 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Worm farming does not allow for days off during the week to camp. Shouldn’t these kids be in school?

  11. Kenny H
    4:45 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Some of these people are homeless and finally found a place they can pitch their tent or cardboard box without getting harrassed.

  12. Clayyyy
    5:19 pm September 29, 2011 Permalink

    The oversized tent Guys, that’s us, come over and play some xbox

  13. rizzo
    3:19 am September 30, 2011 Permalink

    oversized tent guy reminds me of aziz ansari’s character in the parks and rec camping episode. hilarious stuff if anyone knows what i’m talking about.

  14. Steve from Nicholasville
    5:56 pm October 2, 2011 Permalink

    Got a picture of “oversized tent guys” response to this story. lol It was posted on the back of a no alcohol sign right outside my tent on the corner. lol