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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Could UK sustain a 3rd major sport?


UCONN and Tennessee have women’s basketball.  LSU has (had) baseball.  Penn State has volleyball.  Many schools across the country have not only valued football and men’s basketball, but have taken on a 3rd sport as a fan favorite.  One that the supporters of that school have latched onto and support just as passionately as they do the revenue sports.  In some cases, these sports actually bring money into the school.  Now, in all those cases listed above, the sports team HAD to be a national title contender every year, because fans love championships, and in the minor sports, it is a must. 

But, I wonder if Kentucky fans could ever back  a sport as much as they do football and men’s basketball.  Below are a couple options, and you tell me if any of these are possible:

-WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Why: This is a basketball state, right?  These girls have elevated Kentucky into the upper tier of the SEC, including a win or two over Tennessee.  They play an up-tempo style of basketball that is rarely seen in the womens game.  They have a coach who is personable and appears to be here for the long term.  They have experienced a deep run into the NCAA Tournament and have an in-state rival pushing towards the elite just as hard.  What they don’t have is a Final Four or any LONG-TERM success.  But the pieces may be in place for this to become the 3rd major sport, and rising attendance figures back that up.

-SOFTBALL
Why: Dubs and Woots.  Have we figured out what this means yet?  Doesn’t really matter because whatever the case, the softball team vaulted itself into the front of the UK fanbase’s attention by nearly making the World Series this season.  It turns out that softball has a couple things baseball doesn’t: attractive women and a quicker paced game.  The games take 90 minutes or 2 hours.  The team plays in a very tough conference.  Maybe this past season will start getting more attention headed their way, and continued success will make them a major sport in Lexington.

-HOCKEY  

 

 

Article written by Bryan the Intern

34 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Could UK sustain a 3rd major sport?



  1. Buckets
    9:09 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Good volleyball is a lot of fun to watch.



  2. iloveuk
    9:24 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing like midnight Hockey….



  3. Cousins is king
    9:24 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Emily cox is fun to watch



  4. Mr Schwump
    9:29 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Hell no, they’re only sustaining one now.



  5. stevem
    9:31 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    You have to be kidding. There will never be anything other than Kentucky basketball.



  6. @jrodwhalen
    9:35 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    What about Cheerleading? After all we are a national powerhouse…



  7. BBDK
    9:38 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    BTI you are horrible.



  8. bluesince66
    9:38 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Agree with #1 thought they were on the way, but last year was sort of a set back in record and attendance.



  9. bluesince66
    9:42 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Agree with #1 thought they were on the way, but last year was a mild setback in record nad attendance.



  10. Matthew
    9:42 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    What about the rifle team?



  11. bluesince66
    9:43 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Server is really slow, sorry about the double post.



  12. jtra222
    9:44 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    LSU had baseball? Didnt they just win the CWS in the past 3 yrs?



  13. bigbluemist
    9:51 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Obviously we support the first 2 already. And we support a TON of others pretty well-vball, soccer, gymnastics, etc. The only 3rd sport that could be supported like fball and bball is baseball. If you made the regionals the years we hosted you would agree. A lot of fans are DYING for consistent baseball winner. And you actually have several games on tv each season(SEC is best baseball conf) and great radio coverage. Neil Price is the best.



  14. BTI has to go
    9:51 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Since when did Penn State value basketball?



  15. ZZbottom
    9:56 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    no



  16. BOrr
    10:01 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I’m thinking start the offense in the crease.



  17. kentuckyfan
    10:28 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry, but what women play is not basketball.



  18. wildcatfan
    10:51 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I say volleyball! What’s better than watching women in tight shorts bend over, jump and punch the lights out of a volleyball???



  19. wildcatfan
    10:52 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I say volleyball! What’s better than watching women in tight shorts bend over, jump and hit a volleyball so hard that it almost knocks their opponent on their arse???



  20. wildcatfan
    10:55 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I say volleyball! What’s better than watching women in tight spandex shorts bend over, jump and hit a volleyball so hard that it almost knocks their opponent on their arse???



  21. jaaayyyyy
    11:07 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    No, BTI. No.
    /end of thread



  22. wtf
    11:15 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    what a suprise BTI with another pointless article that no one will read.



  23. ZZbottom
    11:28 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    top right…ouch



  24. Bastard Yak
    11:33 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    22. you are an idiot, and you read it.



  25. Stud Studerson
    11:36 am August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I literally read the title and thats it. Shouldn’t the question be sustaining a 2nd sport? Because personally, and I speak for many, I don’t care about Kentucky football.



  26. peoplewhowork
    12:10 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    agree with 25. It is not so much Kentucky’s fault as College Football does not interest me with the Bowl System in place.



  27. timmay
    12:53 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    If you don’t think UK Hockey has a chance you’ve never been to a game. Its an awesome time, and only 5 bucks.



  28. UKGirl79
    1:17 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I have football season tickets but I also love girls basketball!!!! Their games are even more fun in person and just as exciting as the boys. I am glad Amber Smith will be back this year! Got into softball over the past couple years as well.



  29. SagaciousMind
    1:34 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    17, you’re an fn idiot. those girls would smash you at one and one. if you dont think that’s basketball then you must not know basketball.

    I’m just glad other programs have been on the rise and we owe it all to Mitch Barnhart.



  30. BGrassKY
    1:55 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Soccer is the next best sport for fans…… in-state rival, we could compete in the conference (in time).



  31. Luche
    2:13 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I think that hockey would be bigger if there rink didn’t suck, and they weren’t so far away from campus.



  32. Brian Storn
    3:36 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Glad to see my KY brethren are all ready all over it w/ the VB suggestion. UK’s team had been in the top 20 several times in the last few years and has momentum.
    Also would like to see UK’s soccer teams RISE. GO KATS!



  33. Woodsworth
    7:48 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Hockey……I’m sorry, what were the other choices again?



  34. RebbeccaGayheart
    10:10 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Volleyball is not as exciting now that Blaire Hiler is gone.She needs to be an option for the next UK Hockey poster!