By LARRY VAUGHT
Reader A.J. Palmer has a great suggestion for the Blue-White Game — one so special that it probably can’t happen. But here’s what he would like to see happen Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium:
“It won’t happen, but I think it would be awesome if UK did the following: Sometime in the first half of the Blue/White game when the crowd is at it’s maximum stop play for a couple of minutes hand Cal a mic and have him bring Julius Randle, James Young, Jared Polson, and Jon Hood out of the tunnel one at a time so the crowd of 40,000 can give them a raucous ovation. Then have Cal introduce his returning lettermen one at a time as they run out of the tunnel, or in Willie’s case ride his scooter out. The last two (twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison) choose that moment to let the world they are returning and run out together and the crowd goes absolutely nuts.
“That’s what I would like to see.”
Even without the dream ending for UK fans with the twins or perhaps Randle and Young having autograph tour commitments already, why not let Calipari trot the other players out for fans to applaud. It would be a much larger reception than the team got when it returned from the Final Four. The game will be on TV, so that will reach a large audience and replays are going to be on FOX.
Would it take away from football? Absolutely not. Football uses basketball. Remember Vince Marrow doing the Y at Rupp Arena or the early signees all being introduced at Rupp. What about the times coach Mark Stoops has been cheered at Rupp?
Plus, with the football injuries and the game likely to be shortened, there will be plenty of time to do something like what Palmer suggests.
It probably won’t happen, but what a win-win it would be for fans and players.