Vaught’s note: Kentucky basketball fan Tina Cox has been a contributor for vaughtsviews.com and will contribute regularly this summer.
By TINA COX
This is a hard time of year for UK basketball fans, including myself. I search social media every day for bits of information about the upcoming season. I wait for pictures of the team arriving on campus to be posted. I continue to watch the last ten minutes of each of the 2014 NCAA games, except for the last one.
To fill this void in my life, I decided to pose a question to random UK fans: As a Kentucky fan, which team do you dislike the most. I asked random fans in Danville from the patio at Mallards to the Courthouse. The response was overwhelming, DUKE.
I don’t hate Duke. I don’t like Duke. I really feel they are irrelevant since Calipari arrived. We seldom play them and they haven’t made a significant run in the NCAA tournament the last few years. Most UK fans will admit they respect Coach K but they don’t like that the refs love Duke. Should this matter since we hardly ever play them?
When asked why they hate Duke fans will say 90 percent of the time “the shot”. Pitino opted to not guard the inbounds pass, there were no hands up defense on a guy that was perfect from the field. Christian Laettner made the shot. Many say he should not have been playing after he stepped on Aminu Timberlake. Maybe so, but he was perfect that night. I would request if anyone knows the guy that wears the “I Still Hate Laettner” shirt to nationally televised games to retire the shirt. I just don’t think 25 years from now Wisconsin and Michigan fans will be wearing “I Hate Harrison” shirts.
The next team most disliked was Louisville. This is mine. They are our instate rivals. Some of their fans are obnoxious. The BBN had to endure the year of the Cardinal (2013). They excelled in everything in 2013. I am positive if there had been a tiddlywinks tournament they would have made it to the championship.
The majority of fans also pointed out that they cheer for Louisville if the CATS are not in it. Really? I can’t do that. Some of my dearest friends (Arnetta, Sherry and Kathy) are huge Louisville fans and they know that under no circumstance am I cheering for the CARDS. I could write ten pages on Coach Pitino but I will spare everyone.
A few fans said Indiana. The only moment they have had against Kentucky recently is the last second shot–knocking us out of the number one ranking. They made popcorn boxes with a picture of that shot. We went on to win the National Championship. They didn’t make the NIT last year. Enough said.
A team no one said was UConn. Since Calipari’s arrival they have knocked us out of TWO National Championships. We would be saying: Eleven will be Heaven instead of Strive for Nine if it wasn’t for those pesky Huskies. When the tournament starts next year put away your I HATE DUKE shirts and root against the Huskies!!