The young gentleman above was a KSR follower on Twitter until this morning, when he tweeted to us:
Feeling pretty good about unfollowing @KySportsRadio, ready to follow my CATS w/o cheesy, annoying commentary from Matt Jones #BYE!LOSERDORK
For the man with the 2 dollar moustache, cocky head nod and pink wallpaper, annoying commentary from a dorky blogger is not acceptable and keeping up with the Cats in a cooler, more Ed Hardy fashion will make him much happier. Getting KSR commentary in the most ridiculous manner possible was not satisfactory, but now he has found inner peace.
I hope a similar peace can be found in the UK fanbase. After most games this season, there has been a feeling of discontent in the Big Blue Nation. I sense it most heavily on my postgame radio show, where callers usually take to dissecting the game by initially saying what the Cats did wrong and noting that if “they do that in March, we can’t win a title.” It isn’t that such observations are not true…they often are. But they are also incomplete and generally do not focus on what the team has done well. After the Arkansas game, the mood was much better, as the Cats had produced a complete effort, with no obvious letdowns. It might have been the best game the Cats have played since North Carolina, and fans treated it as such.
But unfortunately, that view has been an outlier for basically every game since Indiana. With six top players taking the majority of minutes, it seems that we all too often focus on the player that didn’t play well, rather than the ones that did. At various times this season, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller have all taken criticism, not necessarily for playing terribly, but just for not reaching the heights that their vaunted teammates have in a game. In some ways, it is the downside to having a team in which anyone of six players can lead you in scoring every night. While praising the one who ended up being the top point scorer, you then ask why the other five could not have done it as well.
At the beginning of the season, I thought it was very important for fans to “enjoy the ride” of what would be a special season. It has been different than what I initially expected as there have not been quite as many signature moments as we experienced in 2009-2010. But nevertheless, Kentucky is still 18-1, with the only loss coming on a buzzer beater in the most hostile environment I have ever experienced. Anthony Davis has set the all-time single season block record, MKG has become a fan favorite for all time and we have seen the development of maybe the best six man rotation in a decade. All of us, myself included, want this team to reach its next gear and become special…and there is nothing wrong with that. But it is important to remember that even if Kentucky hasn’t hit the turbo button to become other-worldly just yet, they still are damn good right now.