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UK football fan Dave Schmidt showing all he can to support spring game

QuakeBy LARRY VAUGHT

He’s no Ashley Judd, or quite like any one that ever posed for a UK hockey poster. However, that didn’t stop long-time Kentucky football fan Dave Schmidt, 32, from having his own with a poster promoting the UK spring football game April 13. He posted it on Twitter and it has made a huge splash. But he tells us the inside story about what made him decide to be so brave, brazen or what ever other word you want to us.

“What really inspired me to do it was pure boredom and cutting up with my best friend.  We generally always throw a pretty big tailgate party and when they announced the time of the Spring Game we started planning,” said Schmidt. “Among the ideas we mentioned was a schedule.  And then that got into us laughing about funny it would be to parody the UK hockey posters.

“It kind of started taking a mind of its own when I realized I had enough people in my life to make it happen. So, I contacted Kenny at Kennydid Studios in Midway to see if he’d be interested and he jumped right on board. I had no idea this thing would begin to take off as it has.  Look for a follow-up for the upcoming season as well!  We’d love to have you stop by for a bit of tailgate, too.”

Count me in. How could anyone not want to come by and see this fun-loving guy.

Schmidt was born in Louisville but lives in Lexington. He’s been a UK fan all his life.

“My dad is disc jockey in central Kentucky and years ago he worked for Ralph Hacker, so I’ve got a lot of great UK memories.  My love for the football program started during Bill Curry’s first year (I know, I know) and then it really blossomed during the Air Raid years of Hal Mumme,” he said. “ I’ve sat through more bad football games at Commonwealth than I’d like to remember. I’ve sat in the stands with brown bags over my head before, seriously.”

And why is he perhaps a bigger UK football fan than UK basketball fan?
“Football is simpler, it’s easier to get in. Easier to get great seats,” he said. “I’m a long-time battler of the ‘old blue hairs’ and love getting loud and supporting our team.  I’m respectful, but the people around me can’t ignore the fact I want to cheer. Sometimes the cheap seats are the best seats after all.

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  1. Larry Pup

    Now that is a real fan. He bares much for his team! No doubt about that.

  2. Jimcats

    Another cheap shot at the “old blue hairs”. Even tho it’s all we can do to get to the stadium and up to our seats (sometimes with a great deal of pain) lots of younger folks want to ridicule rather than appreciate those of us who’ve followed and supported the football Cats since the days of Bryant, Parilli, et al. I wish those young folk well and life long enough to learn to regret the foolishness of their youth—especially the b’ball fans who jealously resent the old ones down in the expensive seats, the ones who’ve made UK ball the pinnacle of the college sport–with their love of the game AND their money.

  3. Jimcats

    Another cheap shot at the “old blue hairs”. Even tho it’s all we can do to get to the stadium and up to our seats (sometimes with a great deal of pain) lots of younger folks want to ridicule rather than appreciate those of us who’ve followed and supported the football Cats since the days of Bryant, Parilli, et al. I wish those young folk well and life long enough to learn to regret the foolishness of their youth—especially the b’ball fans who jealously resent the old ones down in the expensive seats, the ones who’ve made UK ball the pinnacle of the college sport–with their love of the game AND their money.

    1. UKFAN197TONE

      Really? The “expensive seats” have made UK the pinnacle of the college sport? How big is your expensive hat?

      1. Blu-by-u

        Reread it, that isn’t what he said. I too have put down the blue hairs in years past, but as I get closer to being one myself, I understand. Most of the older fans I know appreciate the louder fans, they are just not able to join in anymore. It doesn’t make them a bad fan. Just older. Someday you’ll understand young man.

  4. Ira

    Oh man that pic is hilarious. Someone ought to send it to Ashley. Would love to see her face when she saw it. Talk about being a fly on the wall. Dude seriously we need more fans like him lol!

    1. larryvaught

      will try to see if I can get it to Ashley Judd for sure. Have a feeling it would give her a big laugh
      Think we should all go to his spring game tailgate

  5. Poppschmidty

    We support them with our money too, which is why we have the right to stand. But I’ve actually been told to sit down at games, to which I’ve always replied “Stand up!” Disabilities aside, I can’t understand sitting and being quiet at a game. I can barely do that at home….

  6. Shinny

    Count me in on that tailgate party!!! Turn the sirens on every half hour for us tailgaters!!!

  7. Lisa Johnson

    I’m a AU Tiger fan but,I have always enjoyed playing the Wildcats. You have some of the nicest fans in the SEC. But,if someone told us to sit down at an Auburn game we could only image it would be a Bama fan. We hardly EVER sit down. Maybe those Kentucky fans (IMO)would be better served watching from home! BTW…. I love the poster!

  8. dkybruce

    Bird died, don’t have a cat and don’t fish. Time has turned my hair platinum blonde, but I still get up and down the court. Don’t need a calendar. Go Big Blue fan for 70 years.

  9. Poppschmidty

    The tailgate party starts around noon 4/13. We’re setting up in the grass between the green and red lots. See everyone there! Go Cats!!

    1. larryvaught

      Maybe we should just have a vaughtsviews.com gathering there with you Dave Schmidt

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