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Pictures, video of record 650 tents camping out for Big Blue Madness (VIDEO)

Oct 2, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

The first thing that you’ll learn when covering college basketball is that you should never, ever underestimate the passion — and insanity — of Kentucky basketball fans.

This morning at 5 a.m., fans were allowed to begin camping out for a spot in line to get a voucher for a ticket to Big Blue Madness. Those vouchers won’t be given out until 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. That’s a full 74 hours later.

Look at the rush to get a spot in line:

A record 650 tents were set up as of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. This is what “Tent City” looks like now:




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Remember, this is all for a chance to see Big Blue Madness, which can barely be qualified as a practice.

As Coach Cal would say, “You people are crazy.”