The Kentucky Sports Radio crew made its first SEC road trip over the weekend to UK’s away contest at South Carolina, a big win for the Cats. You saw the game and you’ve read the aftermath, so tonight I’ll share with you a recap of our trip.
The ride down was a tight squeeze.
We went 6’2, 6’4 and 6’7 in the backseat, not the ideal length for almost seven hours of car time. Luckily the Ford Explorer had an extra third row seat for Flener, although it didn’t offer much more space with all of our luggage.
Matt’s music selection is improving.
There’s still plenty of old country to suffer through, but he’s opened up to sprinkling in the occasional 90s rap song to keep me sane. Keith Whitley and Jagged Edge have never sounded so good together.
The Triangle Stop in Saluda, NC is the best gas station in America.
When we stopped for gas between Asheville and Columbia, we didn’t expect a booze-fueled half hour of hanging out with the locals inside the store. What was supposed to be a quick stop to break the seal and stretch the legs turned into a beer tasting session for the passengers at the bar in the gas station. Yes, there was a bar. Inside the gas station.
The Triangle Stop looked like any other gas station you’ve ever been in, but tucked away in the back corner, next to the bathrooms and across from the Doritos, was a small bar with eight or nine taps coming out of the wall. We had to try a couple of pints and talk about Coon Dog Day, the small town’s summer festival. It would be wrong to leave such a wonderful opportunity behind.
Karen there in the orange, she told us everything one could want to know about Saluda. We’re like best friends now.
I miss her.
Friday night in Columbia was fun.
Dinner was blackened sustainable red fish, Spanish chorizo and pepper etouffee over a classic low country chicken bog at Motor Supply Bistro. We followed that up with drinks at Tin Roof and drinks, dancing, paying the DJ $20 to play Taylor Swift and bumping shoulders with Hells Angels at Woody’s.
If you’re ever in Columbia, go to Woody’s.
It was tough to pay attention during Saturday’s pregame show.
Matt and I were courtside at 9:30 am for the pregame show and we were not alone in the building. The South Carolina dancers were rehearsing their halftime peformance in front of us, and they could hear everything we said.
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What were we talking about again?
Arena security tried to remove the blue from the student section, but two UK fans wouldn’t budge.
By now you’ve heard the story of the two girls in the student section who were asked to cover up their Kentucky gear. We were standing there as it all played out and I have to commend them for not giving in. They pay tuition like all of the other students (the students who were yelling “KICK HER OUT”) and they deserve to wear whatever they want.
That was a B.S. move by arena security.
Kentucky fans were everywhere.
AND THEY WERE SOOOOOO LOUD.
Gamecock Jesus is a real thing and he loves South Carolina basketball more than anyone should.
That’s an old man in the South Carolina student section and he did not sit down the entire game. Someone told me he’s been going to games for 30 years and the students love having him around in their seats.
Also, he was wearing Crocs. I feel like you should know that about him.
We should do this more often.
But with smaller people in a larger car. And we have to stop in Saluda, even if it’s not on the way.
LSU? We’re going through Saluda.
Missouri? Mandatory stop in Saluda.
Vandy? Yep, Saluda.