Every Friday from now until the beginning of football season, I open the Friday Rants and Ramblings post up to the reader. Part of what makes this fanbase great is the memories and stories that people cherish so much. So I am asking you to send me your favorite UK story. Whether it be a joyful moment or one that brings tears to your eyes because of the heartbreak, something that sticks with you as a fan of UK. You can send these stories to [email protected] You can even send me a picture if you want. Either way, I like hearing from you. Today, one guy’s memories attending UK and even living with some of the players:
I was a freshman in 1977-78. Great year to be a freshman as we went 10-1 in football and won the national basketball championship. My best memories revolve around Holmes Hall and Memorial Coliseum
This was in the era when the basketball team lived in Holmes with us poor freshmen. So daily interactions with the team were common. I can never forget the many games of ping pong with the players or hanging out in the TV room. Priceless.
Just down the street was Memorial Coliseum and across the street was Alumni gym. We played intramural ball in Alumni which was a thrill. The football team won the league that year. Really exceptional athletes.
All of the guys on my dorm floor played basketball, almost daily. A couple of months into the fall semester we discovered that there was an unlocked back door at Memorial. Of course we went in and the place was deserted. The lights were on and nobody was at home. The door we went in went directly to the locker room and the tunnel leading onto the floor. As you went to the tunnel you walked right past Mr. Rupp’s office. Clearly defined as his name was on the door.
It’s hard to describe going down the tunnel and onto the floor. Remember that Rupp had just opened and the best Cat’s memories were made on this floor. So. We played pickup ball there for the rest of our year. Never saw a soul. I vividly remember the games, my room mates and just the experience.
Follow all that with a Tolly Ho burger and hashbrowns at the original location. Pretty sure it doesn’t get any better.
Memories are funny things. Some days I can’t remember where I parked my car or that one important thing I was supposed to do. However, I never forget my Big Blue memories from that awesome time.
C-A-T-S. Cats, Cats, Cats.