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By LARRY VAUGHT
From what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen the last few months, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no better way to gauge the pulse of the Big Blue fans than what you have to say here at vaughtsviews.com.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why this recent post by Carolyn McConnell made me think she was exactly right. First, what McConnell posted:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Larry, PLEASE use your influence!!!! Can’t ya get Cal to pull them all together again for one last frenzy of fan appreciation and love? Rupp Arena would be filled to the brim! Heck I would go to the football stadium and stand in the pouring rain just to show them. I bet people would payÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ maybe that would contribute a scholarship fund or a foundation or SOMETHING! PLEASE, Larry, PLEASE! We just need something to get over these Funky Blues of sadness and back to our TRUE BLUE!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Then came this post from Sandy Williams, who went to Syracuse and saw UK lose to West Virginia to end the national title dream:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We also had a long drive back form New York. It was so sad. But I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have missed it for the world. There are no words to describe this group of young men. Yes we need to do a send-off for them. I for one donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want their last exit off a college hardwood floor to end the way theirs did, so letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s manage an exit off the Rupp floor fit for a king! IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m ready to buy a ticket. Lots of love and luck to the guys.Ã¢â‚¬Â
So is this feasible? Could it happen? Would coach John Calipari consider a Fan Appreciation Night where the Big Blue faithful could shower the players with love and maybe players could sign autographs, mingle with fans or just speak from a podium.
I thought the best way to find out would be to ask Martin Newton, CalipariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s director of basketball operations and someone who truly understands the Big Blue fans.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have discussed doing something like this, but wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sure it would go over well with us not achieving our goal. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll revisit with Cal and see what we can do,Ã¢â‚¬Â Newton said.
Now the ball is in our court. Show Newton Ã¢â‚¬â€ and Calipari Ã¢â‚¬â€ you would attend a farewell ceremony for this team. Respond to this post and let them know.
Less than 50 responses and Calipari/Newton wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be impressed. Seventy-five would have to get their attention. One hundred or more responses and you could be the driving force behind a special night for these players.
Let Calipari know what you think. Tell your friends to make their feelings known. Newton will be monitoring your responses just as he did when you offered suggestions, comments, etc, on CalipariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s TV show.
And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be the first to add this Ã¢â‚¬â€ bring Matthew MitchellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team to the same ceremony. The women were incredible. They also lost in the Elite Eight, but what an accomplishment for a team not even picked to finish in the top eight in the SEC. They set a school record for victories and NCAA wins.
Put the men and women together and make it a Big Blue party to remember what was a fantastic year.