If you are looking for a Christmas gift for any University of Kentucky basketball fan, the 2013 Kentucky Basketball Calendar is for you. Once again, it is available at various retail outlets across the state or you can find more information in a rotating ad on the top left of the vaughtsviews.com home page.
I know I am proud this year that John Spalding credited vaughtsviews.com for a May 15 item with UK fan/Playboy model Megan Dills who was injured at last season’s Indiana-Kentucky game. When it became clear the teams would not play this season, Dills shared her feelings on the series and IU fan behavior in a May 15 story.
And is you use the code word “Larry” you can save $3 off the purchase price.
Spalding offered these other insights on his calendar, which is becoming more and more popular every year.
Question: Who is on the front of this year’s calendar?
Spalding: “The UK Mascot with a Unibrow (We wanted a shot of the national championship trophy or the banner, but the unibrow was just too funny. I wanted an image from the 2012 season, but those players are just too expensive).”
Question: What changes will UK fans see in the calendar? New posts? New information?
Spalding: “Every win from the 2012 season is here as well as ‘old’ gems from the past that we uncovered. Players that we couldn’t talk about from 2011 & 2010 because of eligibility (Lamb, Miller, Jones) changed how those stories were written. We’ve got commitments, NBA draft updates, and new angles — like the Megan Dills story. Plus, those little ‘bragging rights’ banners have been updated to include 8 national titles, 15 final fours, 12 Olympic gold winners, NCAA Tournament wins, SEC championships and of course 15 draft picks in the last three years.”
Question: What continues to make this calendar so popular with UK fans?
Spalding: “It’s a mix of things, starting of course with the recent success of the program. It’s an easy gift to give any fan (one size fits all). It’s not cost prohibitive. And there’s a vanity aspect to it. You put this on your desk at work and it just screams ‘Kentucky Basketball is awesome.’ Plus there’s nothing else like it made for any other school. This year we’ll ship to all 50 states and for the first time, a federal prison.”
Question: What is the most consistent comment you get about the calendar?
Spalding: “The most frequent comment is a question: ‘Is it different from last year?’ I find that the funniest on two levels. One is, yes, every page is different because there are new stories, games, commitments, players – Kentucky Basketball Never Stops, you know? (said a different way, The Season Never Ends! Part two of that is, I’ve been writing this calendar for five years. There are more than 300 stories. I can’t even remember them all. So even if I kept all the same stories and just changed the dates, who would be able to tell? But what fun would that be … so each is totally different.”
Question: On dates with more than one big event, how do you decide which one to include?
Spalding: “March takes the longest to write. I could include five stories on each day of the month if we decided to do it. For a single day, February 15 is the toughest. That is anniversary of UK’s Bombinos upsetting Shaq and LSU in 1990, and also the date of the Mardi Gras Miracle in 1994 when UK came back from a 31-point deficit. Of course, for this year’s calendar I went with a story from 2011, when freshmen Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb combined for 44 as the No. 22 Cats handed Mississippi State an 85-79 loss.”