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WATCH: The Big Blue Road Trip discovers the true meaning of BBN

[Ed. Note: Keifer Winings and Chris Smith are two University of Kentucky graduates who took a road trip across the country to visit UK Alumni Clubs. They wrote about some of their stops for KSR and now, their documentary is complete and ready to share with the Big Blue Nation.]

A couple of years ago, myself and a friend took a road trip with the goal of experiencing the Big Blue Nation in person. Up until that point BBN had been abstract to us, and we wanted to find out what the term meant.

So, we contacted alumni and fans and scheduled a watch party for each UK basketball game of the 2015-2016 season in a different city across the country, with a different group of fans. When November came around, we bought a cheap camper van to live out of, stocked up on ramen and Easy Mac, and hit the road.

Over those five months we met some truly incredible people and made some of the best memories of our lives. In the years since, we have cut through hundreds of hours of footage to put together a documentary that tells the stories of thousands of UK fans that have left the Bluegrass and make the Big Blue Nation as far reaching as it is.


Article written by Keifer Winings

4 Comments for WATCH: The Big Blue Road Trip discovers the true meaning of BBN

  1. Jordan Coleman
    11:52 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

    The Big Blue Nation is alive and well here in Warner Robins, GA to! Theres a big bunch of Big Blue fans here that I have seen since I have moved here. Flags, car decals, people wearing UK gear, everything. Big Blue Nation!

  2. Kat4Life
    2:35 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    I would pitch this to Netflix……and I am 100% serious.

  3. nellis234
    5:22 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    This is awesome!! Not only is it great to see the BBN literally everywhere in the US, but now I know that no matter where I’m at, I can find some Kentucky fans to cheer on the cats with! Great job!!!

  4. weaver606
    5:38 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Or pitch it to ESPN/SEC. I live in the NYC ‘burbs in Connecticut and go to Jack Dempsey’s when I can during the football and basketball seasons. This documentary really spells out how it feels to be a Cats fan from far away. And how it feels to meet your brothers and sisters in blue. So, so powerful to me. Thank you!