While the rest of us waited for updates from the Big Blue Madness Campout on Thursday, Davis Love III adopted a squirrel. Love is currently playing in the President’s Cup, and during the rain delay, made friends with a baby squirrel who fell out of a tree. Love fell in…well, love, and carried the squirrel with him the rest of the day, even taking him into the team room when the weather got particularly nasty.
Because girls love anything that’s cute and small, even if it’s a varmint, Lindsey Vonn (Olympic skier turned Tiger Woods’ girlfriend) swooned all over the tiny animal, even getting up the nerve to put it on her boyfriend’s shoulder. Tiger had the reaction all of us do when our significant other distracts us while we’re watching the game, and it is priceless:
That’s adorable and all, but call me when he gets a pet possum. Then I’ll really be impressed.
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Tent City Reaches Capacity
The Big Blue Madness Campout has turned into a different animal under John Calipari. What was once the surefire way to get the best seats to Midnight Madness has morphed into a circus with a whopping 755 tents. “Tent City” reached capacity on Thursday afternoon, prompting UK to release a statement telling fans that any new tents/campers would not receive a control card on Friday afternoon to exchange for a ticket Saturday morning. That means the allotted number of tickets for BBM campers had been reached. On Thursday. The sheer absurdity of this never gets old.
Although UK threw cold water on the James Young/Stone Cold Willow pick-up game, there was still plenty of fun to be had Thursday night. The players passed out pizza to the fans and one extremely creepy person wearing an oversized baby mask:
The look on Willie’s face says it all. That is downright terrifying.
After pizza time, the players entertained the campers with some dunks. Our eyewitnesses on the ground say Marcus Lee was particularly impressive, showing off his freak athleticism and ridiculous hops. We’ll post any videos that go up as soon as they go online.
The players were reportedly stunned by the record crowd at campout, the freshmen in particular. Think about how surreal the whole spectacle must be for them…thousands of people camped out outside your dorm for free tickets to a practice. If that isn’t a crash course in the Big Blue Nation, then I’m not sure what is. Since Tuesday morning, a pathway formed between the Joe Craft Center and Wildcat Lodge, with fans waiting on either side to get autographs from the players as they went back and forth between the facilities. When they went out to deliver the pizza Thursday night, almost all of the players recorded the fans’ reactions with their phones and posted the videos on Instagram (you can see James Young’s above). Willie Cauley-Stein, who’s already been through this before, summed it all up with this tweet: “Omg I love this place!!! #BBM #campout #BestFansInAmerica.” After this week, how can anyone argue otherwise?
Hey, how’s the campout for Hoosier Hysteria going?
Thought so. Popcorn boxes celebrating the record attendance are coming your way soon, Bloomington!
Meanwhile, in the Joe Craft Center…
While the campers were camping during the day Thursday, the players were playing inside the Joe Craft Center. From the sound of it, the practices have been a bit of a culture shock for the freshmen, who weren’t accustomed to Cal’s style of non-stop action. Dakari Johnson said there’s no need for Kentucky to do any extra conditioning because they run so much during practice, while Julius Randle said the new guys are trying to learn how to “think slow while playing fast,” a staple of Cal’s style of up-tempo play. Wise veteran Jarrod Polson said that the other upperclassman have been trying to prepare the freshmen for two-a-days, which start this weekend, telling them that if you don’t get the treatment from the trainers afterwards, “you’re gonna die.” Suddenly the cold tub doesn’t seem so bad, does it?
Stoops makes a classy gesture
Earlier, Drew told you about Cameron Smith, a 13-year-old boy from Campbellsville who passed away suddenly in his mother’s home last Friday from unknown causes. Smith played football for Campbellsville Middle School and in a touching gesture, Mark Stoops sent Smith’s family a jersey with his name on the back to show his support. Here’s a picture of Smith’s team with the jersey:
Cal’s speech to campers
KSR will be LIVE from the Big Blue Madness Campout in the morning to tell tales from the scene and hang out with campers. Matt and Ryan will be set up on the outdoor basketball courts, so come say hello and enjoy the free entertainment. See you then.