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I’d rather shower with my dad than go to Starkville

Now that I have your attention.

Imagine the worst thing that could happen to you in life. Many of you, I’m sure, would say some form of suffering before death. Maybe your biggest fear is drowning. Maybe it’s being burned alive. Or it could be some really torturous exit from the world that only exists in movies, like the human head trap in Saw or being the middle of the pack in Human Centipede. All of those situations I just named are appalling and horrifying to even conceive; for me, though, none are as bad as spending a weekend in Starkville, Mississippi.

That being said, I will be spending this coming weekend in Starkville, Mississippi, on assignment for Kentucky Sports Radio’s basketball coverage. It’s a job I’m blessed to have every single day of my life that’s not spent in Starkville.

Now some of you may be saying to yourself, “But Drew, Kentucky is playing so well right now and you get to go watch them play against a potential NCAA tournament team in a road environment,” and I get that. I do get to watch the Cats in one of the final true tests of the regular season. Hopefully they play well and all is merry and bright. But if that was your first thought when I told you I am going to Starkville, then obviously you’ve never been to Starkville.

Starkville is, without question, the worst of the 14 cities of the Southeastern Conference and it’s not up for debate. But last fall I issued an apology for all of the evil things I’ve said about Starkville over the years–along with a promise to never go back, that I am now breaking–so I will bite my tongue and put a smile on my face as I pack for my weekend, which includes an eight-hour drive, each way (not that I’m dreading it or anything). It’s going to be fun!

Dear Starkville…

If you’re a Kentucky fan who is also making the trip, I’d love to hear from you. Or if you’re not going, (A) congratulations to you and I hope you have a great weekend wherever you are, and (B) you can follow my travels via Twitter (@DrewFranklinKSR) and Instagram or SnapChat (@drew_franklin).

I’m going to keep an open mind as I try to embrace the city I loathe, and you can expect a full report of my journey into hell (I shouldn’t say that) early next week.

And above all else, hopefully the Cats can escape with a win because that’s all that matters. This is a very important game for the tournament resume as Kentucky chases a No. 1 seed. Win and they’re one big step closer.

Good luck to the team and to me.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for I’d rather shower with my dad than go to Starkville

  1. TheAssman
    5:53 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Drew, if you happen to “accidentally” make a few wrong turns and end up in Tunica, I think we would understand.

    • MS_Wildcat
      6:29 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Drew, I have listened to you bash Starkville over the years. I am a transplant UK fan – grew up in Louisville and have lived in Starkville for nearly 28 years. I came for graduate school and never left. We have raised 2 daughters (one MSU grad, one at MSU, and both UK fans!) and stayed because we wanted to stay. If you like a lot of traffic, high crime rates, high property taxes, and a high cost of living, then Starkville is not for you. Maybe you can find us in the crowd on Saturday. And, like most of my fellow Starkvillians, I would welcome you into our home to visit, perhaps share a meal, and enjoy some Woodford. Go Cats..

    • jaws2
      10:13 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      If you’re a Woodford ‘neat’ guy, you’ve got my vote!

  2. sburks40
    5:57 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t think I’d admit to showering w/ your father, regardless…lol

  3. cats646
    6:00 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink


  4. JDizzle14
    6:53 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    If the worst thing to ever happen in ur life is to spend a weekend in Starkville, MS then please–let me trade places with u…..u must be living a storybook life…..

  5. Luether
    7:55 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Greatly appreciate the sacrifices you personally make for us loyal KSR readers…

  6. RealCatsFan
    10:54 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Tom Crean sees absolutely nothing wrong with a father and son showering together. Gotta keep family ties after all, and it conserves water.

  7. JASUN74
    1:27 am February 8, 2019 Permalink

    May be the only time I will agree with Luther. Hahah. Thanks buddy for your sacrifices!! Lmao. Actually Starkville is a great place to live and has some great people. As for that saw comment, Let someone put that head trap on you and I’ll guarantee you would change your tune. Hahahahaha. For real though my brother, we are lucky to have you. You are one WILD AND CRAZY GUY!!!! Lmao. Have a good trip bud.