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Rupp Rafters

Rupp Rafters

Rupp Rafters

What's Rafter or Rupp Rafter? The fourth episode of Vancouver TV show Caught on Camera. It's gentle. It's uplifting. It's as Canadian as maple leaves, Timbits, and welcome home signs.

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As the Cessna moves northward, our most popular internet message board—Rupp Rafters at CatsPause.com—has over 11,000 fans logged on. A thread devoted to tracking the plane, begun only an hour ago, has already accumulated 250 posts and 18,000 views. A Google search by a fan with the screen-name BlueSuave reveals that Walter D. Yeager, the Cessna’s owner, is president of a company called Coleman Electric. Unfortunately, BlueSuave can find no connection between Walter D. Yeager and the University of Kentucky. The Cessna’s tail number, however—N1UK—has whipped The Mist into a frenzy.

If we speak of hiring and firing coaches and athletic directors and university presidents as if it’s “our” decision, “our” money—if there’s a possessiveness about us—please consider the money and support we invest in our program. The Mist—not the coaches and players—makes our program illustrious. We make it possible to build a state-of-the-art $35-million basketball practice facility, the best in the country. We sell out the 24,000 seats in Rupp Arena for every game, even preseason exhibitions against plebian teams like Athletes In Action. We sell out Rupp Arena for Midnight Madness, the first basketball practice of the year. We expect a lot in return. (Source: www.nplusonemag.com)

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This question is key to why The Mist believes that Billy will, in fact, leave. Gator fans are neither celebrating enough, nor are they worried enough. Wildcat fans care more—infinitely more—about winning basketball championships and Billy coming to Kentucky than Gator fans care about winning basketball championships and Billy leaving Florida. For whatever reason—the will of God, perhaps—Florida will always be, first and foremost, a state obsessed with football, while Kentucky will always be a state obsessed with basketball. Billy would mean so much more to us.

A press conference is held at high noon. The Mist huddles around televisions, computers, radios. Some of us ditch work to attend a pep rally on the university campus. When Billy G takes the mic, he gets all choked up. The forty-eight year-old looks handsome in his Kentucky-blue windbreaker. With a twinkle in his eye, he tells The Mist he’s just a country boy from Texas, and he never could’ve dreamt he’d wind up in the best job in college basketball. He’s ready to get to work: there’s recruiting to do to shore up next season’s roster. The crowd goes wild. (Source: www.nplusonemag.com)

 

 

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