Big Blue Madness Sells Out, Thousands Turned Away
by Stu Dent, The College Basketball Enquirer
Tickets for Big Blue Madness, the University of Kentucky's wildly anticipated, first formal team practice of the upcoming basketball season, were claimed in an astonishing 45 minutes this past week. However, despite the overwhelming excitement surrounding the team, and its first year head coach John Calipari, some fans are upset that they won't be able to witness the public unveiling of Coach Cal's new look 'Cats. "This sucks!" said Jay Broni, a grocery store clerk from nearby Glasgow, Kentucky. "I freakin' skipped work to get tickets to this thing. Now all I'm gettin' is sixty-four dollars less in my paycheck."
Winifred Collins, 82, a self professed "lifelong 'Cats fanatic," claims she was tricked out of receiving her free ticket for the October 16th event by a fellow UK fan. "A young man in a Kentucky shirt approached me in line and directed me to another, shorter line. He said it was the line for senior citizens." said Collins. "As it turns out, it was just the line to the bathroom. By the time I found my way back to the line, they said the tickets were all gone."
According to some observers, a number of Wildcats fans were so distraught at not receiving a ticket to Big Blue Madness, they refused to leave Memorial Coliseum, where the tickets were being distributed. "My friend told me that one dude stayed there all night." said Ronnie Dowell, who was among the first to claim his tickets early Saturday morning. "My buddy said he was drinking from a flask, and he kept screaming 'I ain't leaving 'til somebody gives me a ticket! I ain't leaving 'til somebody gives me a ticket!' Eventually security had to carry him away, I guess."
Big Blue Madness, which will be held for just the fifth time at Rupp Arena, will begin at 7:30 PM this Friday night. Fans will be allowed to enter Rupp Arena at 6:00 PM.
(CBE) UK fan Jimmy Dent is forceably removed
from the premises of Memorial Coliseum.