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An open apology letter to Kansas, UCLA, and West Virginia from the Big Blue Nation


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It’s no secret the 2014-15 Kentucky basketball team was elite top-to-bottom, undisputedly one of the best groups in college basketball history. They were historic. Downright filthy.

Throughout the course of their 31-0 undefeated season, the Wildcats not only defeated teams, they sent them crying home to their mothers. In ten of the team’s regular season victories, Kentucky won by over 30 points. Six of those victories resulted in wins of 39 or more.

Just three games into the season, the Cats managed a 32-point beatdown in the Champions Classic against No. 5 Kansas, turning a 10-point lead at halftime into a 72-40 victory. Kentucky’s victory over UCLA was one of the most memorable moments of that season, going up 41-7 at halftime and finishing with an 83-44 victory. When March Madness came around, the Cats held West Virginia to just 39 points in a Sweet 16 game.

They would go in for the kill-shot before halftime, running up the scoreboard until opponents waved the white flag. Watching other teams squirm and beg for mercy was a joy to watch from our perspective. We ate up shots of crying fans in the audience and deflated opponents with towels over their heads like a sack lunch.

Last night, however, the roles were reversed for our beloved Wildcats. In the wise words of Michael Scott, “Oh how the turntables have… turned.”

Kentucky fell to Duke by a final score of 118-84, a 34-flipping-point deficit. The No. 2 team in the nation was embarrassed on the national stage, instantly becoming the laughingstock of college basketball for the time being. Coach Krzyzerhlskdjhjsfdh absolutely dominated John Calipari from a coaching perspective, while all of the young Blue Devil pups obliterated Kentucky’s “veterans” on both ends of the floor. Kentucky flat-out sucked while our arch-rival looked like world-beaters, an obvious nightmare scenario.

It was easily the most devastated I’ve been watching a sporting event in years, and I’m sure the rest of the Big Blue Nation shares that pain.

This morning on Kentucky Sports Radio, one individual called in and said the fanbase needs to write an apology letter to our past victims for all of the pain we caused them over the years, specifically with that 2014-15 team and the matchups against Kansas, UCLA, and West Virginia. In his explanation, he claimed that by apologizing, the karma returned to us last night will be lifted and we can get back to the fun season we were all expecting going into this thing.

Because I am a man of the people and want this bad juju instantly lifted from our shoulders, here goes nothing.


Dear Kansas,

You guys were the No. 5 team in the nation with hopes of a Final Four run. There was excitement surrounding five-star recruits Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander, Wayne Selden and Frank Mason III were set to build off of solid freshmen campaigns, and Perry Ellis was receiving his third doctorate from the school on his 12th year of eligibility. Jayhawk Nation had legitimate reason to dream big.

Then we came along just two games into your young season and ruined that.

We won 72-40, allowing just 19.5% shooting and 11 total made baskets. Scoring only 40 points and having your leading scorer finish with just nine points on ESPN with the entire basketball world watching had to have driven you absolutely crazy.

From our perspective, it was the first time Kentucky fans were able to look at each other and realize this team had the chance to be special defensively. So in a way, you guys helped us pick up steam and actively participated in one of the most memorable seasons in recent history. That has to mean something, right?

That season ended with a tournament loss in the Round of 32 for the Jayhawks, and if the humiliation from the start of the year had anything to do with that, we sincerely apologize. Seriously, you have returned the favor with three consecutive victories over us the last couple of years. Let’s just call it even.

With love,

The Big Blue Nation


Dear UCLA,

No one deserves to experience what you guys went through. Seriously, if there is anyone that deserves an apology, it’s you guys for what happened that dreaded afternoon on December 20, 2014. There should have been a “Not suitable for children” warning label for those watching at home.

The final score was 83-44, but even that looks more respectable than the actual finished product. There’s embarrassing, and then there’s your opponent finishing with more total blocks (13) than you did points in the first half (seven).

As much as we loved the following image, to be on the receiving end must have been absolutely dreadful, and we’re sorry about that.

Last night, we felt that same pain. Our loss was “only” by 34, but it felt like a million. Time stood still. It was beyond heartbreaking, an absolute nightmare for the entire fanbase. Dealing with folks on social media was just sad, as we had to respond to our own angry fans, rivals teasing us, and the national media scoffing at us for the no-show we presented on the big stage.

We sincerely apologize for all of the teasing we did that day. Like Kansas, you guys have beaten us three times since then, so we genuinely hope that’s enough for you guys to forgive us.

With deepest sympathy,

Your friends in Lexington


Dear West Virginia,

I’m just letting you know now, you guys brought this on yourselves. What kind of moron says, “Salute to them getting up to 36-0, but tomorrow they’re gonna be 36-1,” before a matchup with one of the greatest college basketball teams of all time?

Come on down, Daxter Miles Jr.

“I don’t think they’ve played a team like us,” he mistakenly said at the time. “To me, they don’t play hard. To me, they don’t play as hard as we play. Nobody is invincible, so their time will come, and I think we’re going to pull it out.”

Our beloved Wildcats steamrolled your Mountaineers by a final score of 78-39, allowing just 13 total made shots on 24% shooting. One West Virginia player finished in double figures.

To make matters worse, Miles finished with zero points and just one rebound in 19 minutes of action. The Cats went out of their way to ruin his day.

It was a horrible, horrible decision on his  part, but after four long years, we forgive him for the mistake and apologize for the 39-point blowout. It seriously wasn’t nice, and no one’s season should end in such horrific fashion.

We hope you find it in our hearts to forgive us.

Best,

The guys that tried to take #CatsBy90 literally


Please accept my offering, Karma gods. Let us move forward with respect and dignity.

We beg you.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

20 responses to “An open apology letter to Kansas, UCLA, and West Virginia from the Big Blue Nation”

  1. lexcatfan2367

    I thought this as it was happening last night.

  2. Cousins Fake Tooth

    Stupid.

  3. RAGE

    I honestly wish we would get another rim protector like we had that season in Towns and WCS… I don’t think we have had one since that season have we???? I mean I can’t think of one… but maybe I am just still reeling from last night…

    1. Cmart0907

      A rim protector is exactly what this team is missing from being good to great.

  4. Realme

    Speak for yourself, Jack. Those games were awesome, not sorry at all. And if losing to a better team in the first game of a season was devastating to you, get some perspective. Embarrassing maybe, but not devastating.

    1. RAGE

      Def Embarrassing!!!!

    2. Miller45

      Truth. No one said I feel bad for Kentucky losing big I promise you that

  5. ukkatzfan

    The writing of the “World’s Biggest Loser”. For the ones that just want participation trophies. I’f Rather lose by 100 than lose by one. Not one reason to look back on as a regret. An L is a L. Duke didn’t learn one thing in that game last night. UK learned to let their play speak before their mouth. Was just the other day, Cal said it was better to win the last one than the first one in his pre game presser. Should have listened and bet the farm on Duke.

  6. SanDiegoCats

    So that’s where we are at. We have a team with high expectations and we lose so now sink to the level of teams we heavily beat and apologize to them?

  7. Nickerbocker05

    What the hell? Jack, you don’t speak for the BBN and definitely don’t speak for this fan!

  8. CoachCat

    How they let you post this sorry excuse for writing is beyond me. Nothing embarrassing about losing to that team last night. What’s embarrassing are these articles on KSR today. We’re going to have a great year. Go big blue

  9. Bluebloodtoo

    I completely agree with this message. Perspective is an amazng thing.

  10. cats646

    No apologies. Beat them all by 30

  11. NOLAcat

    Since when did Duke become our arch-rival? Jesus y’all are bad.

  12. KYFAN4LYFE

    FU Jack, you arrogant idiot. Who the hell ever gave you the right to speak for all of BBN?

    1. ibescootch

      I did. I used all of my rights as a fan to tell Jack he speaks for all of us. It’s similar to the amount of power you have in saying he doesn’t have the right. So I guess we cancel each other out? Jack, do what you want.

  13. ukbradstith

    Funny post! Well done!!

  14. Gr8scot

    we can use a little “art of the distraction” after last night

  15. Miller45

    The north remembers

  16. kyle heavy

    A sore loser who is living in the past.