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By LINDA SINCLAIR
I have seen a lot of hateful remarks all over the internet. I have heard some of our young men, My Boys, have deleted their Twitter accounts? I don’t blame them one bit. We all have off nights. So they had two off nights in a row, so what? I am sick of the fair weather fans, the people who don’t know what they are talking about, the fans who think it is OK to criticize 18 year old boys. I wonder if they could do better, where are their jerseys in the rafters of Rupp?
We don’t know these boys well yet; we have only heard the hype from the reports from their high school careers. How hard do you think it must be for these young men to leave the shelter of their homes, the accolades of their fans and step foot into Rupp. They are trying to learn a new system. They are not last year’s team. There will never be another team like them. The stars were aligned, the mojo was cooking and the basketball gods smiled down upon that team last year because ‘we’ deserved it. We are Kentucky.
I don’t think any of these boys has any reason to be ashamed, to be felt like they are the dirt of the earth. Give them time. They need to gel, find their place on the team, become comfortable and learn to be brothers.
The immaturity of the fan base leaves me perplexed and confused sometimes. How can you call yourself a fan when you stoop so low even your mother would be embarrassed to call you her child? Where do they learn this? They sure don’t read this site because we don’t feel that way. We support our young men. However, there have been some pretty harsh things said about another program and I hope in 2-3 years I don’t hear that again if it doesn’t work out.
I have seen a lot of good times with this program and I have seen some very bad times but I was still a fan. You take the good with the bad, the highs, the lows, and the ups and downs. Are their lives so perfect that they never face any of life’s disappointments? Do they live in a sunny, warm golden world where nothing goes wrong? What kind of delight do they get out of criticizing the boys and even Coach Cal?
Cal has been telling us this team has a long way to go. So what? Just how far this team will go is only known to one person and that is not Coach Cal, anyone in the media nor any of the so called fans who think they are better than any of the team members. People forget there are not any leaders on this team yet. There are not any experienced players who started from last year. You don’t throw a bunch of young kids out on a 94 foot floor and expect them to play like college basketball players in just a few months. The ones Cal is depending on have only been in college for about 4 months. Have you ever seen a four month old baby? They aren’t doing what a 6 month old or 1 year old is doing. They have to grow into skills. There is not much difference with this team. Give them time and space. Don’t make Cal keep them from us. We have always had a personal relationship with his teams.
If we don’t go far in the big dance it will not be the end of the world. No matter what, I will not tear up my membership card for the BBN. Seems to me some people need to step back and think about the things they are saying.
Livin’ Blue & Lovin’ It! Go Cats!