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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Hall of Fame Inductee #10, John Wall Dance


by Nick Roush

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

There have not been many times darker in Kentucky than the 2008-09 basketball season.  After starting the season with a loss at home to VMI and a thumping on National TV from eventual Champions North Carolina, an NIT loss in the second-round to Notre Dame was simply salt on an an already infected wound.  The blue flame of the Big Blue Nation needed a spark before burning brighter than ever.

After an offseason facelift, the Big Blue Nation was ready to end the enigmatic era of Billy Gillispie.  On October 19, 2009, John Wall’s introductory dance turned the page in Kentucky basketball history and we haven’t looked back since.  After being the butt of all college basketball jokes, we became the envy of all.  John Wall was a rock star that we haven’t seen in decades, and his simple dance inspired a generation.

The John Wall Dance made us do things we never thought we’d do: Courtney Cox flexed on an ABC sitcom, a Duke law graduate quit his practice for a blog, and we discovered that the history we were taught in school had it all wrong:

Wall Ali
 It also gave the Big Blue Nation a song to hang their hat on.  Sounds of Rocky Top can be now drowned out with a “flex to the left.”  I’ve proudly John Walled from Nassau to Omaha and from Pikeville to Paducah.
The John Wall Dance was the symbol of hope the Big Blue Nation needed to remember that “We Are College Basketball.”
Thank you John Wall.  We can never repay you for your flex, but the KSR Hall of Fame isn’t a bad start.
Wall moon

Article written by Bryan the Intern

4 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Hall of Fame Inductee #10, John Wall Dance

  1. ThatCrackerBZ
    9:29 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    I agree that was a terrible season. It was more fun listening to Cawood Ledford call the games when we were banned from TV. “Reggiiiiiiie Hansonnnnnn!!!”.. however, one of my favorite games occurred during Billy G’s last season, and that was Jodie’s field day against UT for 54 points. That game was something to be happy about in the worst of times.

  2. Tom Blevins
    10:42 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Bryan, the 2008-09 season wasn’t quite as bad as you remember. We actually won in the 2nd round on the NIT, a 65-63 victory at Creighton. We lost at Notre Dame in the 3rd round (quarterfinals?) of the NIT.
    ThatCrackerBZ, I remember that game in Knoxville. At the end of the game I yelled at the UT band (through the TV screen) “Now play Rocky Top!”

  3. Michael
    11:14 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    What’s with the picture of Buzz Aldrin? I’ve been trying to figure it out.

  4. michael
    11:31 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    ^^^^^^^michael,. look in the reflection of his visor