Big Blue Madness 2010 to be most star studded edition yet
October 5, 2010
Gil Espy, The College Basketball Enquirer
LEXINGTON -- Big Blue Madness, the University of Kentucky's wildly popular, annual prelude to the college basketball season, has long been among the most anticipated events on every UK fan's calendar. The 2010 edition of Big Blue Madness, however, is shaping up to be the most star studded edition yet.
According to the public relations firm Det, Blue, & Demon, one of Hollywood's biggest stars has been booked to emcee the October 15th event.
"We are excited to announce that Big Blue Madness 2010 will be hosted by none other than Henry Winkler," said DBD spokesperson Kenny Barnes. "In addition to his iconic role as TV's The Fonz, Mr. Winkler has starred in such classic Hollywood blockbusters as Heroes, The Lords of Flatbush, and Night Shift."
In addition to Winkler, as well as the unveiling of the 2010-11 Wildcats basketball squad, Big Blue Madness, according to Barnes, will feature a veritable who's who from the world of movies, television, and music.
"After the team is introduced for the first time, and Coach Calipari addresses Big Blue Nation, John Oates, one half of the classic rock duo Hall & Oates, will be performing songs from his new solo album," said Barnes.
According to Barnes, the star power won't be limited to just actors and musicians.
"We are thrilled to announce that, after the annual slam dunk competition, comedy legend Gallagher will be performing," said Barnes. "So you might want to bring your raincoats with you on the 15th because Wildcats won't be the only thing flying around Rupp Arena that night...chunks of watermelon will be as well."
Along with the artists booked to perform at Big Blue Madness, a number of A-list celebrities are slated to make appearances at Rupp Arena on the 15th.
"In addition to Winkler, Oates, and Gallagher, we've received confirmation that, among others, Vince Schlomi, pitchman for such products as ShamWow! and the Slap Chop will be appearing. Also, talk show legend Montell Williams, and Snooki from MTV's ratings juggernaut Jersey Shore will be on hand."
John Calipari, who was originally scheduled to participate in Gallagher's classic Sledge-o-Matic act, confirmed earlier in the week that he was forced to back out after twisting his ankle on a large wooden mallet.
Big Blue Madness is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM on Friday, October 15th.