NASHVILLE — Anybody who ever has attended the SEC tournament knows that the event generally is covered in blue. Kentucky fans dwarf those of other schools tenfold.
I would say it’s because they have nothing to look forward to during the football season. But then some yahoo from Maysville would post a comment, “Oh yeah? Cats 34, Dogs 27! Take that! Hahahahaha!”
So I’ll pass.
But here in Nashville, home city of Vanderbilt and home state of Tennessee, there’s only one school represented with significant rented retail space: Kentucky. “Cat Fan-Attic” has a store smack on Broadway, which cuts through the heart of town.
“We’ve been doing the SEC tournament for six years,” said co-owner Ann Stith.
How about the SEC football championship?
“No. Kentucky hasn’t been there.”
One of the most popular shirts is the one above. Even if you’re not a fan of freshman DeMarcus Cousins, it has obvious comedic appeal for anybody from the other 49 states. (When I asked Stith about the obvious double-meaning, she just smiled and said, “What? What do you mean?”)
“Cat Fan-Attic” has a retail store in Lexington, but taking this show on the road hasn’t always
been successful. The tornado in Atlanta two years ago, which forced the SEC tournament to be moved from the Georgia Dome to Georgia Tech, also obliterated the store’s temporary outlet.
“That was not fun,” said Stith, who co-owns the store with former Kentucky linebacker Lester Boyd. “All of our merchandise got wiped out. We had a trailer and three tents right there on the corner of Centennial and Andrew Young when that tornado came through. We were lucky nobody got hurt. We lost all of our merchandise. We had tables blowing through Centennial Park.”
There won’t be any issues in Nashville. The store is in a brick building. You’ll recognize it by the blue “K” flags out front.