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UK would finish last in the Big South every year

Posted on: November 14, 2008 10:15 pm

My God, Kentucky has done it again.

It's unbelievable, really.

But I just watched the program with the greatest combination of money, tradition and delusional fans lose in early November to an out-classed opponent for the second consecutive season, and it's about the craziest thing I've ever seen. I mean, seriously, how does this happen? Kentucky losing at home to a Gardner-Webb or VMI should be a once-in-a-decade thing, at worst. But somehow the Wildcats have managed to turn it into an annual event, and we might have to start adding it to our calendars.


October 31: Halloween
November 11: Veterans Day
November 16: Kentucky Meltdown Day
November 26: Thanksgiving

(That seems about right, doesn't it?)

Last year Kentucky lost its second game to Gardner-Webb, a team that finished fifth in the Atlantic Sun.

This year the Wildcats lost their opener to VMI, a team picked seven in the Big South.

My first thought: UK was fortunate it didn't have to mess around with Radford (picked second in the Big South) or Liberty (picked fourth in the Big South). That could've gotten really ugly, and nobody needs to see that.

My second thought: That dead cat from yesterday should be fitted for a Patrick Patterson jersey because you can't be a serious All-American candidate and let your team lose its opener to VMI while taking just four shots and finishing with eight points in a game played in the hundreds. That's unacceptable.

But it happened.

So now UK is off to a rough start.


And top-ranked UNC is on deck.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Kentucky, VMI

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2009 4:04 pm

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

or maybe they would finish in 2nd, considering that VMI is rolling over the conference this year.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2008 11:44 am

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

To be fair, dismissing the tradition of a program like Kentucky as "irrelevant" is also a bit naive. Of course when you HAVE no tradition, like U of L for example...then I guess it's understandable why you would resent ours. The reason we bring things up from 15, 20, 30, even 50 years ago is simply because WE CAN. Fifty years ago Louisville's basketball teams were probably "club sports".....We had three or four National Championship banners hanging in our gym before U of L even HAD a can thumb your nose at that if you wish, but truth be told you are like many Kentucky simply resent us for our historical dominance. You can consider "history" to be the past 2 years if you like, but the facts are NO program in the history of NCAA basketball has won more games, more conference championships than the Big Blue.

Kentucky basketball is big business. We even command the top story on ESPN when we are not ranked and lose to VMI....think about that. Is there another team in the NCAA that could be out of the top 25 and lose and get top billing on ESPN and national news ?? No. There is not. Even in down years, we are big news.

Hey....for the record, no Kentucky fan is expecting the glory of our past to buy us a damned thing in 2008. This team will  sink or swim based on it's own merits. But don't diss the proud Kentucky basketball program and heritage. We were bigger than life when your dad was in diapers....and we'll be bigger than life when you grandkids have grandkids of their own. Like it or not, Kentucky basketball is THE biggest sports program in the nation, always has been, always will be. No fan base is more knowledeable, more passionate, or more respected by opponents than those 25,000 in Rupp.

At that........

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 10:30 am

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

why, why, WHY do uk fans always bring up something that happened 50 years ago?  how does the fact that uk has won so many titles, so many SEC titles, or the most games in NCAA history help this team this season?  adolph rupp, eddie sutton, rick pitino, or tubby aint walking through those doors folks.  face it UK fans, you all are in for another long season.  wanna know why when UK loses it starts off on espn?  look who your losing to...the likes of gardner webb and VMI.  sorry to bust another bubble of yours but the mystique of UK basketball doesnt scare anybody as it did years ago. 

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 12:11 pm

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

Hopefully the selection committee takes UK losing to a low major as a clear sign that they shouldn't be in the NCAA tournament, something that they failed to do last year. I think that it's a wee bit early to be deciding who should and shouldn't be picked for the tournament by the selection committee.  That's the great thing about college basketball as opposed to college football; one loss in November, no matter how embarrassing does not ruin your season.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 10:10 pm

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

To Katintexas

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 10:07 pm

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

Damn I couldn't have said it better myself. I live in NC now and stationed at Camp Lejeune and only get bits and pieces of whats going on with my cats. But all I've heard since last season is Patrick Patterson, let me say I hate this guy. He's not half the player Mashburn or Maglore was. I think Meeks may be the man on our squad. Patterson is a cry baby, I'd love to see him benched. How can u be considerd an All-American and let your team lose to VMI. And finish with 8 POINTS at that. I like everything you said. I'm adding u to my favs.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2008 9:51 pm

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

Agreed.  What a joke to try to claim some kind of intelligence or knowledge.   I know I may make occasional typos as most people do, but a person who is truly a skilled writer or teacher would NOT have wrriten something that poorly constructed.    And yeah, I really DID used to teach English -- above the elementary school level too.   No way that nutcase is truthful -- he just wanted some credibility with which to bash.  Sad the extreme some fans will go to.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2008 9:40 pm

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

And mentioning that he'd never get a job at the four letter network, like they are some sort of pedestal of journalistic grandeur.  I couldn't stop laughing at that post either, and also feel for the students.  At least this person didn't resort to the cussing of some of the other UK morons, but every single post by UK fans just proves Parrish's point, and I know that they're not all like this.  Just for some reason, the dregs decided that Gary insulted them.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2008 8:40 pm

UK would finish last in the Big South every year


You teach 6th grade writing? I feel sorry for your students. If you are going to comment on Gary's vocab and writing structure, then i would proof read your own writing first. Typical UK morons.

Since I brought this to your attention, im sure you will go back and edit it. LOL!!!

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2008 7:34 pm

UK would finish last in the Big South every year

UK would finish last in the Big South every year!


You should win a pretigious journalism award for coming up with such a creative title.   I have read several articles written by you, I have to say you obviously do not show any kind of professionalism by calling Kentucky fans dilusional.   I teach 6th grade writing and they use better vocab and writing structure than some of your work.  I suppose this is one reason you will never get to work for ESPN.  I think Kentucky fans have just as much right to feel pride in their basketball team, as anyone fans around the country for their own respective teams.  To single out just one group of fans is completely absurd.  It is true Kentucky got handed to them by VMI.  If anyone of you have watched Keydets play it looked like they would have beat any team in the country on this night.  It happened to be Kentucky, get over yourselves!  Upsets are part of the game and Kentucky is no exception.  This loss sent alot of waves around the country show that even when Kentucky basketball is down they are expected to win all games.  I know we may very well start 0-2 this year due to tough task Cats will face in North Carolina Tar Heels.  It is still to early to hit the panic button.  We still have a 30 + games left to play.  It is highly unlikely we will have any undefeated teams with exception of UNC.  Kentucky team that started 7-9 last year crawled all the way back to finishing second in SEC East.  It was our down year for sure thanks to entire team suffering from some sort of injuries.  I think Kentucky will be ok.  There is going to be some growing pains along the way since we are still young but we will be fine.  Keep hating the greatest traditons in the all of college basketball.  I promise you they will not go down without a fight this year and we will not be down for long.   

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