[Moderated by Matt Jones]
I live in Chicago but travel to Lexington by bus or car about once a month, meaning I get to pass through Gary, Indiana, twice more than any human being should ever have to do in a given time span. You think I’m exaggerating; I am not in the slightest. Musicals should not be made about Gary, Indiana, unless it’s a brief mention in a musical of Michael Jackson’s life. And even then, I wish they would gloss over it and get to the good stuff.
Anyway, the hashtag du jour for Kentucky’s time in the NCAA baseball playoffs has been #SurviveGary, a play on both the Cats’ trying to advance despite the NCAA’s cruel and unusual punishment in the form of a #2 seed in a horrible city as well as the fact that Gary is the armpit of Indiana and one of the nation’s leaders in violent crime. Plus, the windmills are REALLY effin creepy, especially at night when all the red lights are blinking in unison… but maybe that’s just me.
Throughout the Cayuts’ 21-inning epic with Kent State, #SurviveGary united those in attendance with those listening on the radio and following on Twitter, as well as let us know who was still alive in that godforsaken stadium. Oh, and it trended in Kentucky for a hot second. Despite the loss, the tweets got pretty funny. Not to spoil it, but Kyle Tucker of the Courier Journal was MVP. Here’s a best-of to start your Sunday morning.
John, please text your mother when you get in tonight. I’m sure she’ll feel better. Text me too, for that matter. I worry so.
I’m sure the cow would still be down to party though.
Stay tuned with #SurviveGary as the Cats take on Purdue at 4 pm today in a loser-go-home situation. More importantly, stay safe, BBN.
Tweet me if you need to get taken to the hospital or bailed out of jail. @KristenGeilKSR
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