My first day officially on the job has started with a bang. I spent my morning hanging out with some Wildcat Legends at the opening of Jamal Mashburn’s newest Dunkin’ Donuts, located inside Kennedy’s bookstore.
Surprisingly, the place wasn’t insanely crowded. Fans got pictures, autographs and conversations with some of the coolest Cats from the 90’s without having to stand in a line or fight for their attention. Boston Celtics assistant, Walter McCarty, was repping his team while taking some trash from his old buddy, Alan Cutler, “Make sure you get all of the gray in his beard,” he told his photographer. I talked to Tony Delk for about five minutes. Instead of talking about his glory days or Cal’s new team, we talked football. Delk is pleased with the progress of the program’s facilities, and excited to see what Patrick Towles can do in his second season as quarterback.
Even though there was a superstar cast, the show-stopping real MVP of the day was Jerry Tipton. Yes, THAT Jerry Tipton. Jerry wasn’t there to scribble a story about Mashburn’s store, but he did have some unfinished business with Mash. After collecting dust for 22 years in the Herald-Leader’s office, Mashburn finally received his plaque as the 1993 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year.