By JESSICA JONES
Spoiled fans. High expectations. You’ve heard these things before right?
I hear it and see it often on social media when people are describing Kentucky fans. Kentucky fans will often even admit they are spoiled or unrealistic in expectations. I hate this. It’s ridiculous.
What’s more ridiculous is fans who say “Remember Billy G” or “Go back to the Billy G era.” Fans typically say this when the negative part of the fan base comes out and criticizes Cal and Kentucky after a loss. I’ve admittedly criticized Cal and I’m going to tell you why it’s OK to do it and it doesn’t make you a spoiled fan or unappreciative of Calipari. It’s quite the opposite actually.
Right now we have the king coach in college basketball sitting on our throne in Kentucky. There are maybe 1-2 other coaches that are even close. Not only is he one of the best coaches, he gets the best talent.
He doesn’t just get one or two 5-star kids, he gets four or five. These kids aren’t your average kids. They’re often kids who would already be in the NBA if it wasn’t for the one and done rule. Cal isn’t Billy G. He isn’t Tubby. He isn’t even Rick Pitino. Why would we set our expectations for Calipari based on Billy G? Do you know how stupid that sounds?
Fans like me have a bit of a different perspective. My expectations for Cal are very high. Why? Because he’s Cal. He is the king of recruiting and he’s one of the best coaches in the game. Let’s face facts: this isn’t going to last forever. One day Cal will retire and we will be searching for a successor. While we have Cal here I want to reap as many benefits as possible because who knows when the next time will be?
When Cal is our coach mediocrity isn’t OK. It’s just not. While we have Calipari here, we should undoubtedly be competing for titles, run the SEC, and win 30+ games a season. Sometimes things happen, injuries and others, I understand that.
However, I understand how rare and special Cal is. That doesn’t make me a spoiled fan, it means I understand what we have and I think we should use it to its full potential. You wouldn’t accept a McDonald’s hamburger if you ordered a steakhouse filet, would you? What we have here is special.
While Cal is here, we need to take full advantage and I won’t accept less than the best. You shouldn’t either.