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.