Monday, March 16, 2015

Best of the Tournament

This past weekend, Daddy Pattiwagon and I attended the SEC basketball tournament in Nashville. This was my fourth tournament of the JVC era at UK. And it did not disappoint. The games, the Cats, the fans, the city, the company were all fantastic. As much as I love the basketball, I love the theatrics of the games, so here are some best ofs: 

Mascot of the Tourney: 
Suffice it to say, I LOVE MASCOTS. The new and improved Vanderbilt Commodore (with a touch of Benjamin Button) and of course past winner Rebel the Black Bear were tough contenders, but this year's prize goes to Sue E., the female Razorback. Her hair bows and pompons were on point. 

Dance Team of the Tourney: 
Another tough category. Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas earn bonus points for incorporating their mascots into the routines. Unfortunately, Arkansas was terrible and perennial favorite LSU has fallen on hard times. While I loved Alabama's routine, they have got to do something about that elephant's trunk. Grotesque. Georgia was the surprise winner here. The technical difficult was off the charts, and they killed it. Go Dance Dawgs! Too bad your basketball team isn't as much fun to watch. 

Song of the Tourney: 
I called it a month ago: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. I heard the song approximately 38,000 times this weekend. I'm not sure any of the bands played anything else. Good thing I love it. 

Band of the Tourney: 
Vandy. Every year. Might have a bit of cousin-bias though. 

Fashion of the Tourney: 
Belk was a sponsor this year, and during every game, they had a "fashion cam" and picked the best dressed fan to win a prize. There were thirteen games, and UK fans won twice. TWICE. The stadium was always 99% UK fans. Despite that travesty, I still got some great photos of the fashionable UK fans. 

Apparently the Bang This Twins are famous in Nashville? I can see why? Any insight, Nashvillians? 

Everwhere. You. Looked.

So here we are, three days before Kentucky begins its championship run. You can have the field. 

If you're feeling nostalgic, here's my last "Best of SEC tournament" post. There is a Draw Something reference. Hah. #tbt

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