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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Unwritten Rules of Being a UK Fan

Not to bring up arguments of the past but one of the main reasons that I dislike baseball is this idea that it is a gentleman’s game, with all of these unwritten rules on how the game should be played.  We saw this last weekend when Ryan Dempster threw 4 straight pitches at Alex Rodriguez because the “unwritten rules” of baseball say when a guy cheats the game, plunk him.  Because throwing a fastball into a guy’s back is totally not dangerous and an appropriate reaction to steroid use.  All those “unwritten rules” actually do is separate the fans from the players because fans don’t know, don’t care, and don’t respect those goofy unwritten rules.  What annoys me most about the unwritten rules of baseball are the fact that most of them revolve around the fact that players are “owed” something.  A pitcher with a no-hitter is “owed” that a player can’t bunt.

But, I digress.  The reason I rant above is that I wonder if you think being a UK fan has its unwritten rules.  Things that you just don’t do or say.  Things that if you do, you deserve a 95mph fastball to the spine.  I racked my brain this morning and came up with these:

1. Never say a negative word about The Unforgettables

2. Never say a positive word about Joker Phillips or Billy Gillispie

3. Rupp Arena is the best environment for a college basketball game

4. Never ever cheer for Louisville (unless one of their guys breaks his leg)

5. Prettiest girls in the country are in the SEC.  Fact.

6. Football never, ever takes priority over basketball.  Ever.

7. BTI sucks.  Always.

Those are 7 that came to my mind.  What would be your additional unwritten rules? 

Article written by Bryan the Intern

60 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Unwritten Rules of Being a UK Fan

  1. JoeMoney333
    9:02 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I only disagree with:
    2. (Joker did play at UK and recruited well for UK before being a head coach)
    3. That isn’t necessarily true (unbias)
    6. Doesn’t have to be true.

  2. Hard Hittin' CAT
    9:05 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I only agree with 4,5, & 7.

    Farmer sucks, Joker was a good guy, Rupp isn’t always the best environment, and football takes priority until about mid November. Dig it!!

    BTI Does Suck.

  3. cake
    9:05 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Only one I have an issue with is number 2. Joker may not have done a great job here, but comparing him to Gillispie is a little harsh. They are on two completely different levels here. Unless you mean that they have over shadowed by the me who took over their job, then that I would agree. Joker sub par career but not terrible here, seems to he a nice guy. Gillispie terrible person and was bad for Us. Huge difference.

  4. SaratogaCatsFan
    9:06 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    First off, hitting a guy who “cheats” isnt an unwritten rule.

    Secondly, if you never played, then dont write about unwritten rules in baseball.

  5. Seven Eight Nine
    9:06 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Dempster was perfectly justified in hitting A-Rod.

  6. Mac-Fu
    9:07 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Always wear Kentucky shirt/hat when going out of state to represent and seek out other members of the Big Blue Nation.

  7. UKHowell84
    9:08 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I disagree with the Joker issue because he was a player here. I also completely disagree with ever cheering for Louisville. I don’t care what catastrophe happens to them, it is NEVER okay to cheer for them

  8. tom
    9:10 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Amendment to #1 should allow comments regarding Farmer who brought shame to the Commonwealth.

    You might add “Never rush the court” to your list

  9. Matt
    9:10 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Disagree about only cheering for Louisville if a player breaks their leg. I wouldn’t cheer for Louisville if everyone of their players broke their leg.

  10. UKNation
    9:12 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with #1 except with rule 3.
    UK will never be a “Football” school… We can be BOTH!

    Would like to add:
    8. A nice word shall never be spoken of that pompous A-hole Robert Montgomery Knight.
    9. No evil shall be spoken of the following: Adolf Rupp, Joe B. Hall, Jamal Mashburn, Tim Couch (list to be added if necessary)
    10. Always keep the many national championships of our cheerleading team in your back pocket when defending the awesomeness of UK!

  11. Coach
    9:14 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Football takes priority over basketball in my book. Just a better sport. UK basketball and the NCAA tourney is the only basketball I watch.

  12. Chase
    9:17 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I guess im not a true UK fan then, because I am all in for UK football. I have not even thought about basketball for months. It is UK FOOTBALL season. #stoopstroops

  13. OneAndDone
    9:18 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Why is Joker Phillips on this list? I think the majority of (rational) fans have nothing but respect for Joker. Was he the man for the job? Absolutely not. But at least in my UK circle of friends, no one even has a bit of bad blood for Joker. He is a Cat for life…. Poor choice BTI, but I expect that from you.

  14. jobob11
    9:20 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    6 – I totally agree with your rule. In fact I think its the best unwrittin rule that a big blue fan could ever have!!! I am an active duty Air Force member and this rule has helped me find new friends all around the world!!! for instance, I was deployed to Saudi Arabia in ’07 and I was playing softball on base. I was pitching and there was an older gentleman from the other team hitting. He had a UK hat on so I ask him after the game where he was from. Wouldnt ya know it, same town as me (Harlan). In fact, this guy grew up on the same street in Fairview with my mom and dad! It was amazing to meet this guy in Saudi Arabia, and all because he had a UK hat on!

  15. MrWildcat
    9:21 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Only been listening to KSR for one year, I must have missed it. Why does everyone hate BTI so much?

  16. Jeff
    9:22 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Speak for yourself on 6. I don’t know why we have to say shit like that on here. We have great support for football (many whom like it more than basketball due to our entitled fans). All it does is give opposing fans and coaches validation on their claims to recruits that they won’t be loved here. Just shut up with that stuff…Unnecessary!

  17. Catlanta
    9:22 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    BTI does suck (example #29420402: this post). Rupp, unfortunately, is not the best environment for a college basketball game. Anyone who has been to Allen Fieldhouse knows this.

  18. bigbluelush
    9:22 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    6 is totally wrong. Football is a better sport than basketball. I love UK basketball but dont really care about most other teams, unless then are playing UK, are competing for a better ranking than UK, or have some sort of tie in with UK. I can watch just about any college or NFL football game. If Stoops can start winning here then there will be alot of people surprised at how quickly winning UK football will supplant UK basketball here in KY.

  19. Poppschmidty
    9:23 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    We can say plenty of positive things about Joker. He was part of the program for so long, a true ambassador. Proof that after all of these years BTI still sucks.

  20. Not Dan Issel
    9:24 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #17 as does anyone who has attended a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

  21. asdf
    9:24 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Rule #1 now contains a Richie Farmer exemption. Hard to say much good about that stinker anymore…

  22. dylan
    9:25 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    A few of those rules are bullsh&t and I’ve been a true blue fan all my life.

  23. dylan
    9:26 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Right on #16

  24. Poppschmidty
    9:27 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #15 because BTI sucks.

  25. JoeMoney333
    9:31 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    15. Did you read this post… That’s why.. BTI sucks…

  26. Stoops Double chin
    9:31 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Rupp Arena is kinda lame other than the amazing team. fans are too old to stand and cheer and create an advantage for 10 mins at a time.

  27. Daddy_Jorge
    9:31 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    8.) The refs always screw us with that pass interference call.

  28. MrWildcat
    9:33 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    @25 yeah the post sucks. I was just wondering where everyones hated comes from for him.

  29. Jason
    9:34 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    We could have been great if only…

    We had paid the $1,000 moving expenses and hired Pat Summit.
    We had given Bear Bryant a Cadillac.
    Barnhardt had beaten Jerry Jones to Bill Parcells.

  30. Scott (2)
    9:38 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Number 6 needs to be completely and irrevocably struck from that list!

  31. Rockfield, KY
    9:41 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    29. I hope you’re kidding

    Bear Bryant would’ve ended up at Alabama regardless of what we gave him. His direct quote was “When mama calls, I come runnin’.” The Cadillac was to honor Rupp’s tenure at UK up until that point. He had just won his third title in 4 years. And, Bill Parcells would’ve gone to the Cowboys over ANY college job.

  32. wayne
    9:42 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    No. 6 sucks. Hell of a statement when we’re trying to rebuild our football program and recruit. Go work for Louisville, jerk.

  33. KyWampusCat
    9:46 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    3 of these arent rules at all, they’re just statements….

    and why can’t i say something positive about Joker? He recruited tons of players that were good. He beat Tennessee and others… c’mon

  34. Musehobo
    9:48 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    BTI must have had a late night out. A stat-less post? I almost cried. This is a good idea for a post, and you didn’t even have to dig up the over-under on player with high offensive rebounding percentages in the 1st half of home games during non-conference play.

    However, as always, your offerings fail. #1 and #2 are wrong, and #5 is not specific to UK and has nothing to do with an unwritten rule. Sloppy.

    But #7 is the best thing you’ve ever written.

  35. Toothless Temp
    9:52 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    As multiple posters have already said while Joker did not have the success we all wanted him to have that does not put him in the same boat as BCG.

    I think most can agree that we all were hoping that Joker would have worked out as a Head Coach and been successful because with being a UK Alum he probably would have stayed here. While Stoops has had a great amount of success on the recruiting trail and all indications point towards success on the football field in the future I am not as positive that he will stick at UK if he does have the level of success I want (think Georgia Football). If Stoops has success you will soon hear the rumblings in the media of other “big name” programs coming after Stoops just like we have seen with Charlie Strong. Now of course this is all speculation and getting way ahead of myself but if this does happen I do find solace in the fact that Neal Brown would most likely be the next HC of UK but there would be similarities between Neal’s potential hire as HC and Joker’s.

  36. tltaworl
    9:55 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty Good BIT, I agree with 3, 4 (kinda) and 5,6,& 7.

    1. Disagree – Farmer, Farmer, Farmer. Sean Woods Sean Wood Sean Woods, and Pel needs a hair cut and to stop hanging out with Billy D.

    2. Disagree – Joker tried it his way. Didn’t work, he is gone. but still a Cat.

    3. Agree, because it is the only place UK plays home games. Thats 1 BTI.

    4. Disagree, even if a guy breaks his leg, don’t cheer for them.

  37. Common Sense
    9:56 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I was 5 days old when that bastard made that shot in 1992. Because of that, I hate everything Duke and they are my most hated team. UofL is a very close second, but in the small chance they play each other (can that arena explode?), I would be more angry if Duke won.

  38. Bluegrass
    9:57 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Here are the ones I’ve noticed (I don’t agree/disagree with any/all of them)

    – You cannot be friends with a fan of another team
    – You cannot say “U of K”
    – Tim Couch was a success story no matter what
    – You have to like Rich Brooks
    – You either hate Tubby or love him, no in between
    – You can never wear red, orange or any other color other than blue. Ever! Even in the offseason
    – You can’t be a die hard fan if you didn’t attend UK
    – It’s ok to cheer for Tebow/Peyton Manning now (I STRONGLY disagree with this one!!)
    – UK fans should not have tattoos or wear flat billed hats
    – If at any point in the season you say “we’re not that good this year” you are a traitor
    – You have to cheer for other SEC teams when they’re not playing UK because it makes the league look stronger

  39. JR72UK
    9:59 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    My unwritten rules are: Never wear red. Never date a Louisville fan, Indiana fan, Duke fan, Tennessee fan, or North Carolina fan. and you must at least know the current basketball players.

  40. CatsCatsCats
    10:00 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Treat Coach Cal as a recruiting god.

  41. btowcatfan
    10:03 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    As a Red Sox fan my only problem with Dempster hitting ARod is it took him 4 pitches to get him. BTI, after a great post yesterday back to sucking today. Good job!

  42. Jason
    10:03 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    31. No, I am 100% serious, just like BTI is always 100% serious. We could have the most wins in Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Football if it weren’t for our cruddy AD’s.

  43. Jason
    10:06 am August 21, 2013 Permalink


    I had no idea that would actually lead to a website!

  44. kymover
    10:12 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.

  45. Big Blue B-Rad
    10:19 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    36) completely agreed. I find it hilarious all the U of L fans who said everyone should cheer for them because of what happened to Ware. These are the same fans who laughed at UK when Noel got hurt.

  46. Rosco P Coletrane
    10:21 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Kew..Kew..Keww – #16 is spot on – I want a retraction and an apology for number (6). If not, this Bryan the Intern needs a hefty suspension for treason against Mark Stoops and the 70000 fans that show up to dispell that notion. Pathetic

  47. DH
    10:23 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    37) Uh, UL played Duke a few months ago.

    38) I think your list was worse than BTI’s. I realize you said you don’t agree with all of them, but some of those were ridiculous and I can’t believe some people follow those “rules”. Living in Louisville, I have many friends that not only aren’t UK fans, they are UL fans. I actually have some red clothes. Including a couple St Louis Cardinals shirts (though they do say St Louis, not Cardinals…) I DO like Payton Manning. I have many tattoos (no flat bill caps, though). Just last year I said our football team “just wasn’t good this year” and may have alluded to it regarding our basketball team. Being a UK fan shouldn’t mean that have to live in a fantasy land

  48. dylan
    10:23 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’m the truest of blue fans, and was I rooting for f’n Michigan in the title game? Hell no…
    Only pathetic Louisville fans hate on Kentucky because we’re better, I’ve got no reason to hate on Louisville because they’ll always be little brother. The state of Kentucky Basketball could mirror Alabama football…
    Bama title
    Auburn title
    Bama title
    Bama title

    We’ve got the best basketball state in the Nation.

    I feel if you don’t have a positive scope about the Football program you’re not a true fan anyway. Rule 6 is harmful

  49. Bluegrass
    10:27 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #47 – It’s not MY list, it’s just what I’ve experienced from other fans. I too have many tattoos (including UK ones), I didn’t attend UK, most of my friends aren’t UK fans, I wear every color possible – even have a red UK hoodie, I sport the flat bills, I am critical if deemed appropriate, I’m in between on Tubby and I never cheer for any SEC team (or their former players) ever!

  50. PhilUK18
    10:33 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    38 – it’s already been referenced, but that list you put up was terrible. Significantly worse than BTI’s.
    48- there’s a perfectly good reason to hate Louisville, and it’s bc they hate us. All the sh*t they constantly talk and you cheered for them? To each their own, but come on.

  51. DH
    10:38 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    49) Ok, the list you POSTED. I know you said you didn’t agree with all of them and were probably posting it to show how ridiculous some fans are.

  52. Laughable
    11:07 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Saying that UK football never, ever takes priority over basketball is the OPINION of a UK fan. If that is an unwritten rule of yours, then you are not a UK fan. You are one of those “fair weather” fans that so many people love to hate. Come on, you can do better than that.

  53. Poppschmidty
    11:58 am August 21, 2013 Permalink

    1) The Untouchables were the best college basketball team EVER.
    2) Get pumped when you hear the Air Raid siren
    3) Rupp Arena might be the classiest place for college basketball, but not the most exciting.
    4) Respect what Pitino did for the program, and then hope he loses every game from now on.
    5) Never say a positive word about Bill Curry or the option.
    6) Tennessee and their orange is the worst thing in the world.

    These are my rules. Have fun people!

  54. C-bass
    12:35 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    38. You are a complete idiot. “Can’t be a die hard fan if you didn’t attend UK” just drop by any other campus in the state and you will see that there is a large amount of UK fans at those schools too. I guess since UK accepts everyone and has every single major ever offered, its our own fault for not attending. I guess I have to trade in all my blue for my schools colors….Oh I guess we can’t be a fan of any other professional sports teams either if they aren’t blue and white colored teams either. Complete idiocy. Do us all a favor and run face first into a wall with BTI.

  55. Bluegrass
    12:56 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #54 – thank you very much for your kind words
    Obviously your reading comprehension skills are on par with a first grade level because I CLEARLY wrote that I do not agree with all of these points they were just things that I have experienced from other fans over the years.
    But thanks for the personal attacks anyway. Instead of a wall I will just run face first into your mom! (two can play at the immaturity game)

  56. Never Ever
    2:58 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Never ever, for any reason, cheer for Louisville.

  57. Jen
    3:28 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Richie Farmer is a right-wing douchebag. Most of the SEC’s pretty girls are plastic mannequins. “BTI” isn’t important enough to register on this list.

  58. Jenni
    5:10 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Have your entire wardrobe consist of UK gear. Preferably UK t shirts from Wal Mart.

  59. Yep
    5:47 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Rule #6 sucks A Double S. Get that bs off of the list.

  60. Tampa Satchel
    7:23 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    How do you know Dempster hit him for that reason? Do you have a source? I have heard it reported on multiple national stations that he beaned him for a personal reason.

    Apparently Dempster invited Rodriguez to a charitable event in the offseason and Rodriguez was a no show after saying he would be there. Dempster actually told a Canadian journalist that if he faced him during the season he would hit him.

    I don’t know what the truth is because it’s all hearsay to me, but it really bugs me when people write accusations that they have no insight on.