Tomorrow night, Billy Gillispie’s Kentucky Wildcats will be in 2 unfamiliar places. The first being the National Invitation Tournament (first time since 1979). The second: Memorial Coliseum (booted from Rupp Arena for the high school state finals). Our own 2SL did a good job at explaining how they got to both.
As an outsider, I’d like to take a stab at a year-long observation I’ve made.
Kentucky fans have made the atmosphere stale, unwanted, and embarrassing. I’m not talking to all of you. I’m talking to the loudmouths upstairs at Rupp, the callers-in to radio stations, the sub-par writers that “cover” UK athletics in both mainstream and non-mainstream media. I’m talking to the jackasses who can’t enjoy a sporting event unless everyone who’s cheering for the other team (and most of his co-fans) are miserable.
It starts with your uninformed and often incoherent logic. It continues with your insistence that being a UK fan gives you the upper hand in any context, in any discussion.
If you’ve lost 2 in a row to another team, you’ll rattle off the all-time series record (which is of course in your favor). If you have a budding rivalry that consistently fills gyms and exhibits great talent and competition, you can’t leave until you mention UK’s national title count. If you lose in the regular season, you say “wait til the tournament.” If you lose in the tournament, you tell me how special next year’s team will be. This goes far beyond a standard “when we lose the refs are against us/our coach is an idiot” fans. You people have made it so no reputable coach would want to come here. Why would they?
Tubby left for Minnesota and immediately looked 10 years younger, had more energy, and oh–one more thing–coached a mediocre team into the NCAA Championships.
You don’t get it. You’re the problem! It wasn’t always that way, but it is now.
You Kentucky fans are elitists. You’ve passed the point of “proud of our history” and have wandered right into the land of Yankeedome.
And as I stand here watching you snobs, I think “With what reason could these people possibly feel above everyone else?!?” You’re in the middle of the worst 3 year stretch of UK basketball since probation.
Maybe a nice trip back to the roots of the “history and tradition” you so often quote but rarely exemplify will help. Maybe you’ll walk into the 9,000-seat Memorial and remember that it wasn’t that long ago Coach Rupp himself was walking the floor, taking corn-fed Kentucky boys and beating everybody from New York to LA.
Or maybe not, maybe you’ll pay your $33, walk in and complain about how small the gym is.
Either way, you’ve earned it. Right?