WKU, UK Fans Tailgate In Nashville

By: Kristin Martin
By: Kristin Martin

Between Hilltoppers fans and Wildcats fans, Kentucky took over Nashville this afternoon while tailgating for the first game of the season.

"We've never missed one," said Ben & Becky Tomblinson. "We tailgate every game at Western."

"There's all different sorts of people from the die-hard to half and half UK fans and half Western fans," said a WKU senior, Ryan Demuth.

And while they didn't agree about football...

"Oh this chair is red?" laughed Lacey Markowitz, a UK fan who was sitting in a WKU chair. "Listen, they're nice people, fed my friends -- not so great football team."

They all tailgated the same way.

"A little cornhole, a little adult beverages," Markowitz said.

"Hanging out, eating good food," Demuth said.

However, it was more than that. It was about getting into the spirit to cheer on the team, and the people you were with.

"Being with my friends, look at these, I would never want to be with anybody else," said Markowitz.

"Seeing old friends and being caught up in this atmosphere. It's wonderful," Tomblinson said.

Both UK and WKU fans expect a good season.

"I'm trying not to get too excited, but it would be a great win for our program and for Petrino starting his tenure here."

And both were hoping for a win.

"I think we'll be up by a touchdown and a field goal, so up by ten," Markowitz said about the Wildcats.

"I think maybe 30-28 Western," Tomblinson said.

At the end of the day, they just hoped their teams played better than most tailgaters play cornhole.

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