The Spoiled Kentucky Basketball Fan

Someday someone is going to have to explain to me why wanting Kentucky Basketball to do well each year is a bad thing.

Why discussing it is a bad thing???

How wanting to be entertained by a team…a real team…how wanting that team to come together under the tutelage of a Coach who is paid millions of dollars to field a great team of well coached athletes and excel…how the desire to see that team and that coach succeed makes one SPOILED???

Someday, someone, somewhere will have to explain these things to me.

Coach Cal expects to be paid his millions each year.  Is he spoiled?   Guys like Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress expect to be paid millions of dollars starting next year to PLAY A GAME.  Yes, they will be paid millions….MILLIONS to play a game.  Should I type that again?  Well, Poythress probably won’t make it to the NBA because he has no heart and no real game that I can discern but you never know.  There have been bigger NBA Draft Busts.

Kentucky Basketball pays Coach Cal millions each year to coach a game.  Yes…John Calipari is paid millions to coach…A GAME!

But it’s the fans who are spoiled…

I’m not expecting a UCLA like run of 10 or 11 Championships.

I do, however, expect that a guy who is being paid THE NUMBER ONE SALARY in all of College Basketball to consistently field a team that can ACTUALLY make it to the NCAA Tournament.

I’m not certain how that makes me spoiled.

Is Coach Cal still getting paid or not?  Did they lower his pay?  Is Cal giving back a part of his salary because the team that he has fielded this year will more than likely NOT make the NCAA Tournament.

I do not find it unfathomable that a Coach being paid millions to coach a game and  with a #1 Recruiting class won’t win the NCAA Tournament.   I do find it unfathomable that Kentucky likely will not even be invited to play in the NCAA Tournament.

NOT INVITED to the Tournament.  The NCAA Tournament.  Not a low seed.  Not a bad seed.  No!  Entirely left out of the NCAA Tournament.

The whole reason that College Basketball exists as a modern experience.

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.

Cal still gets paid his 3 or 4 million dollars but the fans are spoiled.

And oh, by the way, fans actually pay to watch the Game/UK basketball.  The only piece of the equation that actually spends their hard earned money to go to the games — THE FAN.  These are the people about whom the mouth pieces on TV and others complain.  The fans are the persons whom the talking heads call spoiled because they critique a game in essentially the same manner as the aforementioned talking heads.

It’s the fans who pay to watch the game who are spoiled.  Not the instant millionaires.  Not the Millionaire Coaches.  Not the players who will be coddled (BY THOSE SAME FANS) through most of their lives because they played at UK.  Not guys like Dick Vitale who have made millions off of College Basketball and it’s fans.  None of those guys are spoiled.  It’s the fan who actually shells out his hard earned cash who is spoiled because he actually expects a guy like Alex Poythress or Ryan Harrow to play the game like he gives a damn.

Someday someone somewhere will have to explain this to me.

Here is where I watched the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

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Yes, I watched the whole tournament with a bunch of Kentucky fans in a Dining Facility on Camp Alamo right off of Jalalabad Road just a few miles outside of Kabul in Afghanistan.
But what do I know.  I’m just a spoiled fan.

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Kentucky Fans Care

As Kentucky fans, we have been bountifully blessed this year with Coach Calipari and this outstanding Kentucky Basketball team. I know that many of you, like me, are very grateful for this program’s return to prominence as we have endured the longing for success now for several years.

I believe that Kentucky fans are the most loyal, passionate and generous fans of any sports team in America. And, I think I have a way that we can share who we really are with the rest of the world.

There are extremely cold temperatures throughout America now and will be next week as well. Even Florida has had a series of record low, freezing temperatures. Most of us are blessed to have warm clothes and a warm enough place to sleep to endure the arctic air that surrounds us.

But not everyone in America will have what they need to stay warm tonight. They need things that most of us already have in our closets, under our beds, or in our attics. I believe that everyone reading this has something, even just one thing, that they could share with another human being to help keep them warm.

Since Kentucky has the most dedicated fans in the world and we are a caring group of good people, I have an idea how we can show the rest of the world.

Between now and next Friday, January 15th let’s each find some way, small or large, to make a difference in the life of one single homeless person. Let’s choose to unite in belief, for one moment in time, that every homeless person can’t help where they are in life right now.

Let’s look throughout our homes for anything extra we have that we can share. The economy is too tough for many of us to go out and buy new things to give away. So, let’s simply share what we already have with just one other person

Look for blankets, sweatshirts, sweatpants, warm socks, gloves, hats, scarves, candles, or anything else you can share to keep someone warm.

Next, write in permanent ink on the label or somewhere discretely this one simple phrase, “Kentucky fans care.”

Finally, go find a homeless person and give it to them directly or take the items to your local homeless shelter for distribution to those in need. Sadly, there is no shortage in our country today.

Let the message resound throughout America that indeed, “Kentucky Fans Care”.

Feel free to share this message in any way or any place that you can. Post it on other boards. Send it in email to friends and family that bleed blue like us. Print 50 and hand them out at the game Saturday. Just try and help to spread the word in any way you see fit.

I know what good and kind hearted people we have in this Big Blue Nation of Kentucky fans. Just think of how many lives we can touch for the better. It’s a very small thing for each of us to do. But together, we will shout this message to the rest of the world. Let’s help one other human being trying to simply survive, one night at a time.

CurlyCat in Tampa

I think this is a fine idea.  Please feel free to copy this and pass it on and use it.  I’ll find a way to do it here in Afghanistan as well.  I’ll post pics later.

Thanks, Dave

Christian Laettner on Kentucky fans…

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I borrowed this from a post on WildcatNation.net.

I think it’s a little silly. Your average Joe out there in Kentucky isn’t even going to remember what Laettner looks like much less bother him if they see him at a gas station. The worst that would happen if someone did recognize him is a few cross looks.

Even so. It’s still a humorous remark coming from Laettner.