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CRAWFORD BLOG | Barnhart, UK look for suggestions for football 'signature traditions'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart, as part of his BBN First Initiative, is asking for fan suggestions on creating "signature traditions" for football games in Commonwealth Stadium.

As an example, an email sent to fans said, "What do you think about moving 'My Old Kentucky Home?' Do you have any other ideas for pre-fourth quarter tradition?"

I'm not sure what the best pre- fourth-quarter tradition might be. Having the lead in the game would be a good start.

But leave My Old Kentucky Home alone. Trying to move the old song has proved to be an unpopular idea around here. And in my experience, a Kentuckian at a sporting event who hears My Old Kentucky Home wants to do one of two things: Cry, or drink bourbon.

You can't do the latter -- legally, wink -- in Commonwealth Stadium. And the last thing you want heading into the fourth quarter is a depressed, sentimental fan base. I mean, I thought the idea was to get away from the need to cry and drink in the fourth quarter of UK games.

Here's one tradition that someone in Kentucky should take and run with. The Florida State ritual of a Seminole rider on horseback holding up a spear in the four corners of the stadium before planting it at midfield is one of the best in college football.

So, in the great sporting tradition, I say rip it off. Get a thoroughbred and rider onto the field, parade the school's flag around, plant it at midfield. Tell me that wouldn't get a crowd going. Maybe they could make another pass before the fourth quarter.

Regardless, UK wants to hear your ideas. And based on that suggestion about My Old Kentucky Home, they need them.

I'm sure the Big Blue Nation will be creative. I shared my horse-and-rider suggestion with Lachlan McLean on his WHAS sports talk show Monday night and immediately one listener Greg Russell (@nukepharm) suggested that they have 11 players break from a starting gate onto the field.

Now you're talking. If you have ideas, UK is eager to listen. Email to make your voice heard.

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