The greatest blessing of my life occurred on November 16, 2015 when my son Gabriel was born into the world and joined the Big Blue Nation. Having not been present during my stepson Grayson’s formative years, I’ve had to spend every single day of the past three years living with a Florida Gators’ fan. So this time, with Gabriel, I’ve painstakingly made sure that he will grow up to become a true blue Kentucky fan. The photos above from the day he was born show his true allegiance. He was one day old when he watched Tyler Ulis score 18 points and dish out 6 assists on the TV in the hospital as UK beat Duke 74-63 in the Champions Classic. He cheered for the Cats from his crib. I know it, I heard him. He also cried every time a Duke player flopped.
He was a fan even before he was born. He was undoubtedly conceived in Nashville during the 2015 Men’s SEC Basketball Tournament. He went to his first game in Rupp Arena in utero. Mom says he was kicking and punching wildly when the Cats were running and gunning.
He has been surrounded by Wildcat love from family and friends from the beginning.
He made it to a UK game in person as a live human being for the first time on February 6, 2016 to watch his beloved Cats stomp Florida 80-61. Take that big brother Grayson! He was quickly elected to his first term as Mayor of Rupp Arena.
But he’s not just a basketball fan. Gabriel loves football, and he especially loves to tailgate.
And he’s a big Stoops fan. And the Stoops are big fans of him.
I’d say Gabriel’s been taught well from the beginning.
He’s really enjoying his second term as Mayor of Rupp Arena.
Even Dickie V is a fan.
He’s been trying to get his cousin Lachlan excited about the Wildcats.
And perhaps best of all, he hates the Gators.
I’d say it’s a great beginning to a life-long love affair between Gabriel and the Big Blue Nation.
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