If you’ve spent anytime around members of the Big Blue Nation most of the time the question comes up, ”How long have you been a Kentucky fan?” … And most of the time, the answer is, ”All my life!”
I’ve been asked this question a lot. When I used to interview tailgaters outside Commonwealth Stadium for KSTV it was a good ice-breaker question, because it helped bring into the conversation some credibility. Back in 2009 when John Wall brought a certain swagger back to Kentucky athletics it seemed like everyone was a UK fan. However, there are a certain group of people (like myself) who can say they’ve bled blue since the day they were born.
Are you one of those people?
Does that mean out the womb in ’88 I was saying, ‘Chapman Chapman’ instead of ‘Goo Goo Gaa Gaa’. Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. No. I mean since the day I was born all I know is Kentucky. Most of my childhood memories that I vividly remember have something to do with Kentucky basketball/football. In ’96 and ’98 when the men’s basketball team won the championship, the Hal Mumme era in football, the day Rick Pitino left for the Celtics… I could go on and on. I’ll never forget those memories, because at the end of the day… my family bleeds blue. We live, breath, and die Kentucky.
– After a loss, we take time to reflect (usually alone) and figure out what WE (yes as if we’re part of the team) could do better or different next time.
– After a win, we celebrate like a new birth of a child. Everyone comes together… we laugh… we joke… and we even cry a little bit (depending on the win).
Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about. Others may read this and think I’m ‘one of them‘. Well, I am… and I’m raising another one…
I’ve taken some time off writing and covering UK Athletics to spend time with my family. As “Chip” Bishop was born about a month ago… that’s when I truly realized what it meant to not only bleed blue but also breed blue. One of his first outfits that we owned before he was even born was the UK outfit you see above. The first day in the hospital that he was born, we were given UK socks and a UK matching hat. My aunt and uncle gave me a UK baby book on his second day, and we have so many UK binkies and cloths that I don’t know what to do with. Whether he likes it or not, Chip bleeds blue.
So I say to all of the BBN… please welcome Chip. Thank you for being the greatest fanbase and family that anyone could be a part of, and I’m proud to say that our family just got a little bigger.