In Matt Jones’ first week of vacation the listeners of Kentucky Sports Radio have been witnesses to exceptional parenting, more specifically, Great Moments in Dad History. The displays of Dad Strength are unprecedented achievements that have raised the bar for fathers everywhere.
Instead of injecting pure testosterone into a microphone, defensive coordinator Brad White peeled back the curtain on the UK football coaches takeover show to share his recent excursion in fatherhood. He loaded up four kids into a van, threw a cargo shell on the roof and traveled 2,000 miles from Florida to Indiana. He is not the first to show off his best Clark Griswold impression this summer, but he did take it to a new level.
Throughout the trip White relied on a game to pass the time, the classic License Plate Game. A road trip tradition, White took it to the next level, purchasing a map of all 50 states to cross off the list throughout their journey. An X’s and Os guy at heart, he spent a few minutes breaking down the interstate strategy to filling the map.
“The nice thing is, when you come down I-75 you sort of get the western side (of the US) license plates that are filtering in,” White said. “When we went the Jacksonville route back through you hit I-95 north, now you start getting the east coast flare and we were able to knock out at least 35 of the 50 states seeing license plates, so that was a good time.”
White may have been outdone by another ingenious Dad. Since the passing of Name, Image and Likeness legislation, student athletes now have the power to profit. Davion Mintz is grateful to have that opportunity at Kentucky.
“It’s a blessing to be in this position, honestly. It’s a rule that should’ve been in implemented years ago, but it’s just a testament to your hard work. The more you put into the hard work and the more you put into your game in improving yourself, you now have the benefit to make profits off of it,” Mintz told Jack Pilgrim on Thursday’s KSR.
“It helped make my decision more comfortable after I made the decision (to return to Kentucky) but it’s just a blessing to be in this position, especially to have the type of support we have from the university and from our fan base.”
The first way fans from across the BBN have supported Mintz financially is through Cameo, an app that allows users to pay for video messages from their favorite celebrities. Mintz had one unusual request from a parent.
“One of the funniest things a fan asked me to do was threaten their child. Not in a scary way, but they won’t be coming to games if they’re misbehaving,” Mintz said. “That one was pretty funny to me.”
A child can only hear, “If you act up one more time, I’m taking away…” from their parent so many times before it falls on deaf ears. This Dad enlisted Mintz to deter his child from making bad decisions. For young Kentucky basketball fans this is more effective parenting than threatening to share bad news with Santa on Dec. 24. This Dad is playing chess, while we’re all playing checkers.
Both Dads put on displays of parenting innovation this week, but who showed the ultimate Dad Strength on KSR?