Friday, October 15, 2010

There is Nothing like Big Blue Madness

Over the years the University Kentucky basketball kick off practice has become one of those rare treats that fans and players alike views as both fun and exciting. What used to be midnight madness, which was UK's first official basketball practice of the season, has now evolved into the spectacle that is Big Blue Madness.

Last year John Calipari experienced his first taste of it and looked as if he was giving the inaugural address at the White House as the president. The throngs of Cat fans hung on every word. He then helped introduce his team and the swagger that Billy Clyde (and to some extent Tubby) had sucked out of the program, and returned it with a gusto that had never been seen before.

The John Wall Dance was introduced and we saw a team that we all fell in love with for the first time. This year the Cats are somewhat different but the expectations are even higher.

Josh Harrelson is expected to do the Carlton. Terrence Jones has vowed to unleash the Terrence Jones Dance via Twitter. Eloy Vargas can barely contain himself. A special guest celebrity is expected to attend along with many of last year's Cats (Wall, Boogie, Patterson and Bledsoe) and new recruits Marquis Teague, Michael Gilcrhrsit, Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer. And last, but certainly not least, the anticipation of whether or not Enes Kanter will be made available to participate will be answered.

This has no bearing on whether or not the Cats get a win or a loss, but it sure is fun and it gives the fans a way to connect with the players and coach.

Gotta Love being a Cats Fan.

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