Fans of both UK basketball and traveling, Jacob Broderick ’05 BE and Sherri Sullivan Broderick ’05 CI, 08 ED set out in 2013 with a mission.
“As UK alumni and true blue fans, we wanted to do something crazy with one of the best recruiting classes ever coming to campus,” Jacob says. “Over the past several years we have traveled to all the NCAA tournaments, SEC tournaments, Maui Invitational, Champions Classic and UK home games. The only things missing were the SEC road games. And we said, ‘Why not?’”
The two set out on their journey at the start of the 2013 season, creating an online presence with a Facebook page called Out of the Blue (sound familiar?) and a Twitter persona known as NoJortsNoProblem so friends and family could keep track of them along the way.
The Brodericks followed the Cats across the country, battling ice storms and flight cancelations, witnessing all of the wins and losses along the way. However, the couple never lost sight of their support for the Big Blue Nation and managed to sit in the stands at every 2013-14 season UK game todate.
Following the Cats through their regular season in the SEC was quite the experience, but the Brodericks said the crowds were never rude to them, even as they made their way through the rivaling crowds as lone specks of blue. “Most fans were just curious, and it was the same conversations each time,” Sherri says. “Are you from Kentucky? How long was the trip? What do you think about Coach Calipari? This weather is crazy!”
While the regular SEC season was the original goal, once the Cats hit their hot streak, the Brodericks couldn’t resist following their team throughout the NCAA Tournament.
“All of the tournament games have been legendary,” Sherri says. “My favorite win has to be shocking Wichita State. Winning that game really sparked our players to realize they can beat anyone.”
The two are hopeful that they can end their journey sitting in the crowd as the Cats bring their ninth championship title home, but say no matter what, they are proud of their team.
“Remember our team members are only kids,” Jacob says. “Even though they look like grown men physically, they have to manage many more things than a normal teenager does. Respect the players, win or lose.”