NASHVILLE — I was nearly trampled Saturday afternoon.
I was navigating my way among wild creatures hurrying down a crowded, narrow corridor.
I wasn't running with the bulls at Pamplona.
I was doing something far more dangerous.
I was among the media trying to enter the Kentucky basketball locker room for postgame interviews.
Such is the Big Blue way of life here at the SEC Tournament where big, bad and unbeaten Kentucky handled small, short-handed Auburn 91-67 in a semifinal game in Rupp Arena, or rather Bridgestone Arena.
Same difference, as the kids say.
Most SEC Tournaments are mainly about Kentucky. This SEC Tournament is ALL about Kentucky.
An on-site eye test estimated 99 percent of the fans filling the seats of this hockey arena were dressed in blue-and-white, 96 percent of which prominently displayed the letters "U" and "K" in some fashion.
An educated guess says 98.9 percent of the media covering this fine affair is also from Kentucky. There are a few outliers from national publications and a handful whose job description required they pay attention to the Georgia-Arkansas semifinal. That's it.
I asked former Cincinnati/Kansas City columnist and noted author Joe Posnanski, now national columnist for NBC Sports, why he had traveled to the Nashville skyline, and Joe didn't hesitate.
"Your team," he said.
This is all because this Kentucky "team" — and it is a team — has won 100 percent of its games this season. The number is 33 and counting.
Here let us pause to praise Bruce Pearl. Our old friend from Tennessee, now Auburn's coach, found a way to squeeze three upset wins out of his limited Tigers before running smack into a Big Blue wall.
Playing without Cinmeon Bowers on Saturday didn't help the Auburn cause. The team's leading rebounder was suspended when the school learned of a possible rules violation.
His absence rendered the smallish Tigers even smaller, though the record shows Auburn with Bowers lost to Kentucky by 35 last month.
That brings us to the number 8.3, which was KT Harrell's shooting percentage. The Auburn guard scored 73 points in the Tigers' three tournament wins, including 29 on LSU on Friday. Against Kentucky, where Harrell was mainly guarded by 7-footer and SEC Defensive Player of the year Willie Cauley-Stein, Harrell made one of 12 shots.
Coincidentally, one-in-12 was your chance of acquiring some elbow room amid the jammed Kentucky locker room.
During the regular season, Kentucky doesn't open its locker room for interviews. Three players are brought to the media area to answer questions. Postseason rules require that locker rooms be open, however, and all non-injured players made available to the media.
So in Saturday's media mosh pit, I embarked on the perilous adventure of deducing the ratio of fun vs. pressure with regard to this mammoth winning streak.
"It's really fun, just to know that you're at the top of the mountain right now," said sophomore guard Aaron Harrison, who scored 12 points Saturday. "You have to stay humble, of course, but just have fun."
Stay humble, stay hungry? After Kentucky crushed UCLA in December, Bruins Coach Steve Alford predicted the Cats' appetite for destruction would only increase.
"I think that's exactly what we're doing," Aaron said. "I think we're getting hungrier and hungrier. We want to go unbeaten, really. So we're just fighting every day."
In its current blissful state, the Big Blue Nation would be considered more lovers than fighters. They're loving their team. They're loving the idea of hanging that ninth championship banner.
You better believe they are loving Nashville.
"It's a great time," said Devin Booker, the freshman guard, speaking into a thicket of cameras and microphones. "I know the opportunity like this won't happen ever again in my life. And I'll never be in a fan base like this the rest of my life."
Now that's 100 percent true.