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The Orlando UK Alumni Association Threw an Incredible Watch Party for the Battle of the Bluegrass

Kentucky fans that arrived to Orlando early for the Citrus Bowl had plenty of people to party with at the Central Florida Alumni Association Louisville Watch Party.

The Buffalo Wild Wings on the north side of Orlando was completely overtaken by Kentucky fans.  After the regulars filled up their normal spot, UK fans quickly took seats in the other two-thirds of the restaurant.  Florida football fans who wanted to watch the Peach Bowl were outnumbered by more than 350 members of the Big Blue Nation.

This wasn’t just a bunch of fans watching the game.  Led by Gary Harris, best known by KSR listeners as “Gary in Orlando,” the UK fight song rang through BW3s during timeouts.  Decorations adorned the walls to complement the “C-A-T-S, CATS, CATS, CATS!”

The weekly watch party is filled with rituals.  Each week, somebody is assigned to the 3-board.  The Rupp Arena placards line the wall after each made three-pointer.

At halftime, the Stat Girl patrols the place to inform the masses on where each team stands.

We also were treated to bourbon balls by Parker from Louisville.

Like most watch parties, the crowd erupted after each made basket.  The noise was exponentially louder for the last-minute exclamation point by Keldon Johnson that sent the crowd into a frenzy before the playing of My Old Kentucky Home.

The Orlando Watch Party was a wonderful experience and the perfect place to start a spectacular weekend for the Big Blue Nation in Central Florida.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for The Orlando UK Alumni Association Threw an Incredible Watch Party for the Battle of the Bluegrass

  1. Kat4Life
    9:05 pm December 29, 2018 Permalink

    My people !!!

  2. Paperbagface
    9:27 pm December 29, 2018 Permalink

    Still #1 in Orlando!!!!

  3. highway119
    12:35 am December 30, 2018 Permalink

    Jealous! If the idiots driving down I-75 in FL had any idea how to follow others without hitting each other, I would have been there!

  4. rickat
    6:37 am December 30, 2018 Permalink

    You People are crazy!

  5. spincr4hire
    9:15 am December 30, 2018 Permalink

    That was a fun bdubs

    10:04 am December 30, 2018 Permalink

    Watched the 2012 UK Championship game there whilst visiting Disney that week… That was the most incredible venue I have ever watched a game in! SRO, and (nearly) all UK fans. (There was one small table of Kansas fans who, for some reason, thought it would be a good idea to be in a bar full of UK fans…I guess they hadn’t watched UK play all season..)

  7. kybigblue
    10:43 am December 30, 2018 Permalink

    In the UK-UL Final Four game in 2012 the entire restaurant was taken over my local UK fans from the Orlando area. Then in walked a UL couple to watch the game. They stayed after the restaurant brought in a couple of chairs but of course being surrounded by UK fans there was no trash talk from them and UK fans were nice because we won to advance to the Final game. This group does a tremendous job. There is a Christmas Party, a Derby Party and a chili cook-off at other sites. Most importantly they raise money toward scholarships.