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Kentucky Named a “Hateable” Fan Base


Judging by the amount of emails I have received in the last 24 hours, a lot of you youngsters like the website “Bro Bible”. It seems to have a bit of everything for the young college “bro” and since it was showcased to me, I have spent a good deal of time exploring its contents (make sure you don’t do it at work, or like me, you will have Tony Vanetti over your shoulder asking you to click on this link or that link for 30 straight minutes). But the reason everyone sent it in my direction was due to this post in which Bro Bible ranks the Most Hateable College Basketball Fan Bases. Not surprisingly, we come in at #6:

Mainly on the list because they’re more successful lately than anyone else, and thus more apt to be hated, Kentucky fans are a strange breed.

On the one hand, there are very few Wildcat supporters who you immediately hate when you first meet them. Even their main fan site (normally a place for the worst writing and whining on the Internet), Kentucky Sports Radio, is likable enough to non-UK guys. Unless you went to Louisville, conversation with a Wildcat is bound to be civil.

On the other hand… If you ever talk to a fan who perhaps has a few drinks in him, you’ll notice something weird. He makes absolutely no apology about the crookedness of Calipari. He’ll explain very matter-of-factly that yes, there’s a chance every win we’ll have will one day be forfeited. But, no, I’m not really concerned about it right now, because every year I get to watch the best f*****g players in the country play. And he’ll be right, which is annoying. Deals with the devil have never sounded so great. Screw you for your unblemished conscience. At least feel some confliction, Kentucky.

Plus, much like Syracuse, Kentucky fans travel in giant hordes, driving up ticket prices and turning your home stadium into an away arena. Damn your support of your favorite team!

A mixed bag in that review. On the one had, the writer acknowledges that we are mainly on the list because we are good. On the other hand, he uses the tired argument that Calipari is crooked. On the original hand, he says that UK travels like no other, acknowledges we are nice and gives KSR the Obama-to-Hillary compliment that we are “likeable enough.” But on that second hand again, he says we have no conscience. In it, there is something to love and something to hate…which probably means it is balanced.

In the end, I think the list is probably worthy of praise. To only have Kentucky #6 is actually pretty fair to the Big Blue Nation. If the largest fan base still has five that are more annoying, I count it as a win. Plus, the list acknowledges our newest hated group of fans, Maryland, as the rightful holders of the top spot. So for that, it deserves praise. And with the combination of the moderate compliment to KSR and the discovery of all the other interesting tidbits on the site (such as this well-done overview of what tv stars would be recast as a member of a Fraternity), I consider it an overall win. Just dont go exploring the contents while you are at work.

Article written by Matt Jones

31 responses to “Kentucky Named a “Hateable” Fan Base”

  1. Drakesrake

    Find me another fan base with an “unblemished conscience”, and unless you’re talking about a program without athletic scholarships, all you have to do is wait a few more years.

  2. Blackhawk

    Not sure I agree with his take on UK fans….

  3. Nerlen's Flattop

    WHERE IS IU ON THIS LIST?!?!?!

  4. Wildcatsteeler

    Why would we acknowledge the “crookedness” of Cal when there is no evidence of it? An agent secretly giving a player money 16 years ago and a player who’s SAT was APPROVED by the NCAA?

  5. UKGrad83

    #4 – What you said.

  6. Down south

    Well, don’t worry… You’re number one in my book

  7. UKBlue

    Being awesome, having the best fan base, having to hear chants of Go Big Blue in the other teams arenas, and hanging banners has a tendency to piss people off.

  8. what?

    Why do you guys continue to refer to UK as the “largest” fan base? Most passionate when it comes to basketball maybe, but not the largest

  9. WhyTheAgeOldArgumentWasBroughtUp

    The guy is a former Duke student…

  10. Signed!
  11. theSkinny81

    KSR comment section UK football fans should be number one. To me, it would be the equivalent of Ole Miss basketball fans bitching that they should try to hire Calipari, or even Tom Crean. They also don’t seem too worried about the risk to the integrity of the school if it means wins. “Bobby P or Mitch dies!!!!!”

  12. Blue

    The fact the author of the piece is a former Dukie makes a lot of sense considering Maryland takes the top spot on his list…Depending on where the author is from would definitely play a role in naming the most hated fan-bases in the country. If, for example, a UofL or IU fan wrote it, Kentucky fans would be an overwhelming number one on this list. Just like if one of us wrote it, our top five would consist of (in no particular order): IU, UofL, Tennessee, Duke, Florida/UNC. It’s all about perspective.

  13. VinDatuk

    Syracuse fans travel in hordes if the games are in Syracuse, New York City, and/or DC.

  14. Chris

    Remember that time we were ranked in the top 25 in football and hosted Gameday? That was awesome.

  15. Knaves

    Heh, as to Calipari’s ‘crookedness’ he turned Marcus Camby in to the NCAA and the whole Derrick Rose thing happened years after the NCAA itself cleared him. If the NCAA was going to punish Memphis for that they should at least punish themselves as well.

  16. thick rick

    Is it weird everything they said I took as a complement?…

  17. fish on

    10-YES!!! given u props for that 1

  18. SexnNursinHomes

    Let the haters hate. I don’t give a shit what they think. Like it matters what some shitbag fan another school thinks about UK.

    Piss on’em.

  19. FlashOfBlue

    I’m under severe confliction over use of the word confliction.

  20. Ridge Runner

    After reading that… I say thank you.

  21. michael burks

    When have Syracuse fans traveled? They have a 31,000 arena and only averaged 22,000 fans a game last year, lol.

  22. kingrex

    I am always proud of how our fans handle themselves when surrounded by fans of other schools. I live in Atlanta and have quite frankly been spoiled by the number of UK games I have gotten to see here since 1984. At the Duke game the other night I was sure I was going to see some inappropriate behavior because of the smattering of Dukies, but once again I did not witness anything. My experience in life has been Duke fans tend to think they are better then everyone else, just as a matter of course. Their own state cannot stand their student population and that should tell you something. I truly wish Rose had gone to a school other than Memphis. The SAT incident was not Calipari’s fault and all it did was bring him to the attention of everyone again in a negative light. I think everyone here feels as I do that It is so good to be hated again. We all knew the marketing possibilities of our basketball program, combining the passion, the resources and the tradition. Pitino understood this like no other and all those advantages were thrown away by Tubby. I love the guy, but the only reason he won that lone title is because Jeff Sheppard went to him and asked if they could go back to playing the way they had under Pitino. That is when that team became a force. Tubby refused to speak to AAU coaches. Umm what? Seriously? I think Tubby was an amazing X’s and O’s guy and you always knew he was going to fix problems at halftime, but that is not enough. With our fanbase, history, banners, and passion we should have always had at least a couple of McDonald’s ALl Americans. Period. Tubby was starting off behind the 8 ball by not talking to AAU coaches. It may be a slimy world, but it is what it is.

  23. RealCatsFan

    No South Carolina fans on the list? Or IU? The article definitely shows the slant of a writer from an ACC school – he obviously never met fans from the afore-mentioned schools.

  24. Road Rage

    For me UK would rank high on this list simply due to the fact that every jerk I see on the road seems to have a UK sticker or license plate. Many of your fans are totally obnoxious drivers. Other than that, the fanbase is awesome!

  25. James K

    I’m sure this was written by some dudes that hang out at the Maker’s Mark Lounge and enjoy a good Friday night at Drake’s.

  26. Ryan

    No IU or UofL on the list? Must only be counting relevant teams.

  27. BPM

    I disagree with alot of the teams on that list. Duke fans are annoying, but ultimately harmless. I don’t really even mind UNC fans, most that I know are knowledgeable and respectful – though hypocritical. The worst I have encountered over the years (I did not experience the Maryland fans) are by far from Marquette, IU and UCONN. Inside the SEC it is defintely Florida taking the prize for the worst fans. You could add just about any Big 10 school to that list though. Illinois fans are particulaly bad but not quite as bad as the IU idiots. I hate UL fans the most but that is just because I am around them the most – not sure their basketball fans are really that bad outside of the UK/UL context. The UL football fans are a different story, completely unknowledgeable about the game and unaware of their place in the football world.

  28. NKYdude

    Yeah, I would definitely have IU on the list.

  29. John

    I can’t believe Matt posted an article from another site that mentioned him and his website. That never happens!

  30. Chris

    To anybody who follows the link and goes to the list of “hateable fan bases”…I urge you to watch the 9 1/2 minute video that is posted with the UK ranking. If it’s not one of the most amazingly well done videos I’ve ever seen about UK (current), then I’m missing some really REALLY good videos. I love how in the video, the haters hate, but they can’t stop what Calipari and UK does. Lol* Enjoy the video.

  31. Digger phelps

    I’ve been saying this about KY fans for years. Sit down this is vandys day not yours. Get off my lawn. Somebody please change my depends.