In a piece previewing the Kentucky/Louisville game in the Washington Post, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer makes it clear which team he supports:
â€œWe have two very different approaches to running a program. UK has a one-and-done approach. We donâ€™t. Plus, we have a new arena here [the 22,000-plus-seat KFC Yum! Center opened in 2010] and the Cats have arena envy. We got the best arena in the world and they canâ€™t handle that.â€
That’s probably the least politically correct comment I’ve ever seen. The article also includes a few quotes from our very own Matt Jones about the rivalry:
â€œIn North Carolina, people are big fans, they care. But in Kentucky, basketball is part of the definition of who you are,â€ said Matt Jones, the unapologetic Wildcat supporter who runs the popular kentuckysportsradio.com site, in addition to his regular radio and television gigs. Jones attended law school at Duke and knows basketball is different in the Bluegrass State. â€œIf you ask most UK fans, â€˜Who are you?â€™ UK will come up right away. Itâ€™s not just their job or whatever. Itâ€™s â€˜Iâ€™m the worldâ€™s biggest UK fan.â€™ It matters more to them.â€
Yes, it does matter more to Kentucky fans, which account for roughly half of the population of Louisville. Greg Fischer might want to retract that statement when he’s up for re-election.