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UK fan Allie Townsend quickly took to Twitter to defend Ulis after tweet by Yogi Ferrell’s mother

By LARRY VAUGHT

Allie and Landy Townsend, who now live in North Carolina, took their oldest son to the Final Four in Dallas. "Some of his friends here think he is a bandwagon fan, but they just don't know how deep his Kentucky roots are," Allie said.

Allie and Landy Townsend, who now live in North Carolina, took their oldest son to the Final Four in Dallas. “Some of his friends here think he is a bandwagon fan, but they just don’t know how deep his Kentucky roots are,” Allie said.

For Allie Townsend and her husband, Landy, being Kentucky basketball fans living in North Carolina is difficult enough. However, it was more than she could take after UK lost to Indiana when she saw a tweet by Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell’s mother about the lack of class of UK point guard Tyler Ulis and had a photoshopped image of Ulis shooting the “bird” to fans.

Not only did Ulis have on the wrong color jersey, but the game obviously was not the one in Des Moines and the arms were obviously not those of Ulis.

“I do not follow Yogi’s mom on Twitter, but I noticed her post being discussed on Things #BBN Likes, along with several responses including a few from people I follow,” Townsend said.

However, she called out Ferrell’s mother on Twitter — along with some other UK fans and demanded an apology to Ulis. That resulted in Townsend being blocked on Twitter by Ferrell’s mother.

“I think we Kentucky fans feel a collective protectiveness over all of our players, past and present. My first thoughts were that nobody has arms that long, those were index fingers, and Tyler Ulis would not behave that way,” Townsend said. “I noticed that @lahrUK (BBN4LIFE) had mentioned she should apologize. I agreed and joined in with this tweet, including @DocLibby: ‘I think Tyler deserves a personal apology.’

“I can’t be sure when she deleted her original tweet. It took fewer than 30 seconds for her to block me, and I’m sure I wasn’t the first! I’d be very curious to know how many of the #BBN she blocked. I know it included several of my friends after.”

Townsend said Ferrell’s mother was blocking “all of us as quickly as possible” as UK fans were quick to defend Ulis.

“It wasn’t long before she gave up blocking and just changed her account to private. I think a sincere apology, as my friend Carol Ann mentioned, would have been much easier, but she doesn’t seem like the remorseful type,” Townsend said.

CeBKur8UUAAlDCGTownsend has always been a Kentucky fan, and always will be.

“As a kid, I remember watching ball games with my dad, cutting out newspaper pictures of players like Richard Madison and Ed Davender, and getting autographs from Kenny Walker, Roger Harden and Leroy Byrd during their Summer Tour. I watched the 1996 championship my senior year at the (Two) Keys and ran crazy in the streets (in Lexington) with everyone else,” she said.

“We were so excited when Cameron Mills hit that 3 against Duke in ’98, we broke furniture (accidentally)! I was there when Tayshaun (Prince) rained 3’s all over UNC. I’ve been to the Final Four the past two years and feel not quite sure what to do with myself this year.”

Her husband, Landy, is from Owensboro and she’s from Henderson. They met at Transylvania and realized they shared one thing — a lifelong Kentucky basketball obsession.

“We lived in Louisville for about 12 years after graduating and can attest to the 50:50 UK/UL ratio. We moved to North Carlolina in 2007, and one of the most pleasant surprises has been the great number of Kentucky friends we have found here,” she said.

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  1. LindaS

    I did not see the original tweet since I was not a ‘friend’ of hers. Thankfully it is a good thing…Evil Twin Sister would have gone off on her for sure. There is class and there is trash. She showed exactly which one she was by just one tweet. That will haunt her and Yogi the rest of their lives, it will always be available someplace on the internet. No UK mother would ever do that to a picture of another player.

  2. Claude Hoffmeyer

    I’ve stated previously that UK Fans back in the 1950’s would actually clap for the opposing players when they made a good basketball play.
    My wife and I saw in person Indiana Coach Bob Knight throw a chair across the court.
    The Indiana fans were so out of control when they beat UK the last time on their home court, that a Kentucky Fan Beauty Queen sustained severe injuries when trampled by IU fans storming the court.
    Bob Knight was fishing with a friend of mine in Florida when he threw a temper tantrum because he wasn’t catching fish. Bob Knight left the fishing for about an hour so he could tie his own flies.
    Now this tweet by a Indiana player’s mother!!!
    The Talking heads like Coach Vitale (who is a very nice man in person) rant on and on about UK should play IU.
    I don’t think IU is proving to be a class act but they were duped into this kind of behavior when they allowed Bob Knight to poison their fan base.
    Had to get this off my chest.

    1. Larry Vaught

      Good stuff Claude

    2. KingGhidora

      I appreciate the inside info Claude. I have my own horror stories of Bloomington. I’ve been some bad places by that is by far the worst ever. I’ve told the story before of how 2 dozen IU coeds made plans all night to beat up my wife just for fun. I was stuck at a party brought there by my wife’s cousin date who was an IU student. They had no idea we were UK people. If they had I’m sure we would have left there in an ambulance. I’m not kidding one bit. My wife didn’t go to UK but I did. She was a fan though. And they absolutely hate UK there. Even their coaches have said as much. What kind of school teaches kids such things? They’re the worst. That isn’t even my only horror story about Indiana. But one story is enough to make this point – I’ll never go back to Bloomington and I’d advise others to avoid that place also.

      I’ve been plenty of places where the people are just snarky. Charlotte NC for example. I’ve been to other places where I instantly wanted to move there. Gilbert, WV is one of those places. But of all the places I’ve been Bloomington is by far the worst.

  3. Theresa C

    What a found really interesting was that Yogi’s mother left the basketball game “to go somewhere in the gym to pray” during the game. At least that is what the announcers kept saying on Saturday. Now, let me tell you, I am about as passionate a basketball fan you will ever find, but I think that God has better things to do than listen to me pray about the outcome of a basketball game (if you think that sounds familiar, think Peyton Manning and football because he said something similar recently). I can understand praying for the safety of the athletes, the cheerleaders, the officials, the security and the fans in attendance, but, no way, do I believe that IU winning was an answer to her prayer. God does not reward those who treat people the way she did nor who act the way she did. I remember Deut. 32:35, “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord…” so we really do not have to worry about trying to get Yogi’s mother to apologize, I have a feeling that some day, in some way she has something coming to her.

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