If this is Nashville, why is everything so blue?

You don't suppose they intended a double-meaning with this shirt, do you.

Now, you don't suppose they intended some sort of double-meaning with this shirt, do you?

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!”

Welcome to Nashville. Or is it Lexington?

Welcome to Nashville. Or is it Lexington?

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?


Pick a shirt, any shirt.

“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

Hats from other schools are for sale in a side room, not the main room, of course.

Other SEC hats are for sale -- but in a side room.

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.

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40 comments Add your comment

Paul Hewitt

March 11th, 2010
1:38 pm

I wish we played in a pansy league like the SEC……we wouldnt be going to the NIT

Paul Hewitt

March 11th, 2010
1:39 pm

Oh yeah…..first all you blue headed cousin marrying hillbillys

Reid Adair

March 11th, 2010
1:39 pm

Smart marketing decision by someone, huh, Jeff? Definitely a shirt for Kentucky fans, as well as Kentucky haters.


March 11th, 2010
1:46 pm

But Jeff, are you enjoying yourself? Cause if you don’t like country, what else is there in Nashville? Wait another Elvis impersonator!

No Paul...

March 11th, 2010
1:52 pm

You would still be going to the NIT. Your pansy team is probably the biggest disappointment of the season. You’re a terrible coach with infinite talent. You would be out-coached in the SEC (by Calipari, Stallings, Donovan, Pearl, etc.) and you would still have NCAA talent attending the NIT.

Just like every year...

March 11th, 2010
1:59 pm

…the KY faithful are just that – faithful…


March 11th, 2010
2:05 pm

Nashville is not Knoxville.

Number of SEC tournament titles in the past half-decade

March 11th, 2010
2:07 pm

Georgia- 1
Kentucky- 0

Dawg 3/20

March 11th, 2010
2:13 pm

Funny T-shirt, what was even funnier was their irrelevant football team beat the Dawgs.


March 11th, 2010
2:29 pm

Paul Hewitt,

You know how the dogs feel in football now.

Joker Phillips

March 11th, 2010
2:31 pm

What was dat score against them puppies again? I sure do wist dat my man willie was still there. Oh well, we will not lose to those mutts ever agin.

At UGA the shirt slogan is real!

March 11th, 2010
2:50 pm

Aren’t most UGA grads the result of double first cousins marrying one another or is that a Birmingham rumor???


March 11th, 2010
2:56 pm

its just a rumor.

come on man

March 11th, 2010
2:56 pm

Hewitt, I mean Blewitt. Don’t worry after tonight when the Tar Heels thump your Jackets maybe a SEC team will pick you up as a ball boy or floor mopper. Go DAWGS! 30-24 and every other sport.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
3:07 pm

Reid — Definitely smart marketing.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
3:07 pm

Asheville — Something like that… Not a huge country fan (my wife is) but I’ve always liked Nashville. Cool little town.

Innocent Bystander

March 11th, 2010
3:19 pm

Nashville is a great town. Hope you’re having fun, Jeff.


March 11th, 2010
3:21 pm

It’s basketball…it’s like Lewis Grizzard said “Like watching two mules fight over a turnip….who cares”
I’d wouldn’t trade one SEC football championship for 10 basketball titles. Enjoy Kentucky…cause nobody else gives a flip.


March 11th, 2010
3:39 pm

Jeff, maybe the blue is the Titans. Or maybe not.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
3:41 pm

Hollywould: Not.


March 11th, 2010
3:50 pm

Why is this word (irrelevant) still being used so often by Georgia and Georgia Tech fans? Leave that one in 2009, and come up with a new word to describe each others football and basketball teams.

Ted Striker

March 11th, 2010
4:03 pm

I was tempted to make light of the “we had a trailer there” comment by Ann Stith, but I’m not gonna do it.

Nice read, Mr. Schultz.

p.s. You still owe me 20 beers. If you can’t remember why, make it 30 beers.

Tech Now

March 11th, 2010
4:13 pm

There are probably about 10 georgia fans up in nashville, including the players’ families! UGA–a real basketball school!


March 11th, 2010
4:28 pm

Asheville Dawg-you do know that Elvis is from Memphis, right?

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
4:30 pm

Ted Striker — I can’t remember. You’ll take two beers and you’ll like it.

Jeff Schultz

March 11th, 2010
4:31 pm

MatthewH — That’s true about Elvis and Memphis. But the gift shops in Nashville also are stuffed with memorabilia from The King.


March 11th, 2010
4:37 pm

Jeff, Point taken.


March 11th, 2010
5:30 pm

Is it still basketball season. Enough already… It’s time for some Beesball..


March 11th, 2010
5:39 pm

Oh I love to see the of blue in Music City. Next to the blue it is all Tennessee orange. I hope we play UT again. Go Blue!

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Atlanta Vol

March 11th, 2010
5:44 pm

kyblue….I too hope UT and KY get to play again. Shame it would be in the semifinals though. I think seeding in this tournamnent is a joke and will change next year. We played so sloppy against LSU and will will have to regain our form again Ole Miss to face the Wildcats. I think we will…..and there will be a sea of Orange and Blue at the game. Go Vols!

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March 11th, 2010
5:44 pm

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March 11th, 2010
5:49 pm

Ky just not have alot to cheer for except basketball….so I would expect alot of blue there. Music City Bowl does not qualify as having “been there” in football. My pick….I think ky gets upset sometime at this tournament and their rabid fans go home blue!


March 11th, 2010
6:38 pm

We split in basketball, and we have beat them 25 years in a row in football. I’m impressed by their following but all they have is this one sport. If they don’t win it all, the in-bred numbers will double.

SHINNY Cockrell

March 11th, 2010
6:40 pm

Hey Jeff while you are there ask those bar owners how they like it when the cat fans fill up the Music City Bowl-oh yeah last 4 years cats and dogs have split in football-nuff said cuz!

Eli Bailey

March 11th, 2010
8:28 pm

What is irony? It’s people in Ga and Tennessee calling somebody an ‘inbred’

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Too Easy

March 12th, 2010
8:34 am

Matthew and Jeff: Elvis was from Tupelo, MS.

Pearl Baby

March 12th, 2010
10:33 am

Tn Has to take the kitty’s 2 over time 2 win in Football And the Dawgs LOL OMG and u guys think ur Tough in Football when u been slipping twards the bottom of the SEC go ahead and Poke poor KY more like dummy Pearl hope The BIG Blue Thump u Both!!! Hard!!! So What Kentucky is good In BasketBall always will B!!!! Go Gator’s!!!!!!

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