The departure of Rick Pitino along with my enrollment at the University of Kentucky crushed my love for the Blue and White many years ago. With each passing year my love for the University of Kentucky Wildcats shrank until there was nothing left. A closet that was once full of Kentucky blue and white is now full of Rocky Top Orange and Cardinal red.
Understand these were not choices made in spite. I’ve idolized Rick Pitino since 1993 and will wear the colors of whatever school he coaches. Attending college in east Tennessee sold me on the pageantry, love and commitment surrounding Tennessee football (and yes, it is greater than that of Kentucky basketball). Whatever the reasons may be, the fact remains, I am not a University of Kentucky fan.
That being said…..
The world of sports is an astonishing one full of unexpected surprises, heart break, upsets, raw emotion, celebrations, disappointments and moments of exhilarating joy. Sometimes in sports, things happen, teams or players come along that captivate you. They grab you and even though you’re not a fan, they pull you in. They command your attention and even respect. You’re drawn to watch them play for reasons you can’t really figure out. For example….
1980 USA Hockey. Even people that hated hockey cried.
Cal Ripken, Jr. A man that who embodied everything that’s perfect in sports.
2004 Boston Red Sox. Absolutely unbelievable.
Sometimes people or teams come along that without reason or logic you just can’t help. 2007 University of Kentucky Football….without reason or logic, I am drawn to watching you play and without remorse I say, “Go Big Blue!”
Understand my mind still says that 7-6 is very much in the realm of possibility and there is no way UK beats LSU. My heart, however, is bleeding blue.
Disclaimer: In no way can I truly enjoy the successes of UK football this season. Only those (bobwicket and eday) who have weathered the years of probation and absolutely terrible football will get the true joy that could be the 2007 Kentucky football season.
I can, however, jump on the bandwagon. No, there is nothing wrong with that, it’s one of the joys of being a sports fan. Sometimes something magical comes along and you’ve just got to run with it. Go Cats!