Every Friday from now until football season, I give this post up to you. You give me your favorite, most memorable, funniest, saddest, whatever story related to UK athletics. It doesn’t have to be any minimum length although the person who send me a 1-sentence post probably will not make it. But I just want the story that you always tell your friends or means the most to you. You don’t have to use your name. Just send it to me at [email protected] Today, I give you a 2-story post, including one that might make you feel a little better about Billy Gillispie.
I know we all give Billy Gillispie a hard time, but I have to say he did something very nice for me and my daughter. She was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2007 (she was 15) and had gone through chemo and radiation. I contacted UK and asked if there was any way she could meet with Joe and Ramel, her two favorite players at the time. Billy had one of his aides arrange for her to meet them after the next to last home game. I too am glad he is gone but I have to give him props for what he did for us. Thanks.
It was in the Fall of 2009 after a Kentucky football game. I was a Sophomore in high school and my younger cousin and I were throwing football outside of Nutter Fieldhouse in the grassy area waiting for the players to come out of the locker room. I had my back facing Nutter and heard a voice behind me yell, “throw it here!”. I turned around to find John Wall standing there with his arms up in the air, and Eric Bledsoe and Demarcus Cousins standing right next to him. We begin throwing football with them and continue to do so for about five minutes. After a couple throws, John got his confidence up and told my cousin to go further away, waving him to keep backing up. John dropped back and threw the ball as far as he could, which went way over my cousin’s head. BAM! Hit an elderly man straight in the back. The whole group that he was with turned around to see who threw it. I turned around and John, Eric, and Demarcus had ran away and hid behind the big concrete posts in front of Nutter. So there I was, looking like I had just hit someone in the back with a football. I put my hand up to them as to say “sorry”, and John, Eric, and Demarcus snuck away laughing. To that man, I apologize for John’s actions. To John, Eric, and Demarcus, thank you for a memory I will never forget.