“We’re everybody’s Super Bowl”. When ranking or listing classic John Calipari-isms, this ranks right up there with “I like my team” and “Pikeville to Paducah”.
Despite the tendency to chuckle every time one of these phrases are uttered, more often than not they are accurate. Being everyone’s Super Bowl is something that each crop of talented freshmen have to grow accustomed to. They hear about it, but they can’t know exactly what it’s like until they go through it. This isn’t just a Cal era thing, this has been the case for decades.
This season is no different as athletic departments throughout the SEC dig into their creative bags of marketing tricks when Kentucky comes to town. Mississippi State had a white out in their rematch against Kentucky down in Starkville.
It will be more of the same for Kentucky in their rematch against Tennessee.
The Vols have consistently brought out the big names through the years when hosting the Cats. In 2006, former coach Ray Mears and the voice of the Vols John Ward were recognized at halftime. The following season, Bernard King was honored. In 2008 Ernie Grunfeld had his jersey retired. Louisville native Allan Houston saw his jersey ascend to the rafters in 2011.
Speaking of Houston, he will be in town for Saturday afternoon’s match up between the Cats and Vols where he will again be honored.
Thompson-Boling Arena is always amped when Kentucky comes to town. Tomorrow marks the first time in the arena’s history that two top-10 teams will take the floor. So it will be on an even higher level. This Kentucky team has handled itself well on the road this season and will have to come to play once again in what will be arguably be their toughest road test of the year.
Any idea who the opponent of the schedule will be when the Vols get set to honor Chris Lofton? Hmmmm.