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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.