Take the brilliant Buick promotion posted on FaceBook as March Madness kicked off. UK fans have always, always, been No. 1 out of 68 teams.
Because we are more rabid and dedicated to the Wildcats than any other school. As of 9 o’clock on Thursday night, UK had more than 14,000 fans. OSU had more than 4,000. Really?
I don’t have a real explanation for why UK fans are so dedicated. They travel to away games, center court seats at Rupp Arena are inherited, Coach Calipari posted on FaceBook today that the gym in Newark, where the team was practicing, was filled with Wildcat Blue!
And I don’t just say this because I grew up in Joe B. Hall’s hometown or because his sister is a dear friend of mine…this is just the way it is.
One of my cousins used to have a New Year’s Eve party and she served many drinks in red plastic glasses. But come the UK-Louisville game, those glasses disappeared, and the Wildcat Blue glasses came out. And you didn’t even think of wearing a Cardinal Red shirt or sweater or you didn’t get in the house.
I am hardly a major sports fan, but I can tell you I’m sorry John Wall dropped out of school last year to join the NBA, and I can tell you that Coach Calipari will work with his freshmen Friday night to do their best.
And when it is all done, UK fans will still see them as champions…if they are defeated, well, 16th out of 68 in the entire country is not to be laughed at!