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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The 10 Commandments of a UK Fan (Actually 8)

1) THOU SHALL NOT CHEER FOR ANY COLLEGE TEAM OTHER THAN KENTUCKY

-Doesn’t matter if you went to another school, if a close relative played or is playing at another school, or if your father is Tom Izzo, once you declare yourself a UK fan, you must follow and worship one team: UK. 

2) THOU SHALL WANT MORE PASSING IN FOOTBALL AND MORE UP TEMPO PLAY IN BASKETBALL

-Once Rick Pitino and Hal Mumme rolled through Lexington, the fansbase was hooked on the up tempo, high scoring level of play in both sports.  The biggest complaint against Tubby Smith, even during his winning years, was a boring style of play.  Bill Curry was chastised for running the ball alot, even with runners like Mo Williams.  Of course, he also lost alot.  The favorite UK football team of the past 25 years, 2007, passed the ball all over the field with Andre Woodson.  We get runners like Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke into Lexington, the fans moan.  We want action, and we want it all the time.

3) THOU CAN BE CRITICAL OF OUR COACHES AND PLAYERS BUT OTHER FANBASES CAN NOT

-We can say that Jodie Meeks made a bad decision to go to the NBA, but a UL fan can not.  Jodie is OUR player, so we have that right, the Dirty Bird does not.  Yes, we have some worries about John Calipari, but so help me god if a Kansas fan says he is dirty.  The jayhawk just doesn’t get away with that. 

4) THOU SHALL CONSIDER IT A FACT THAT KENTUCKY IS THE GREATEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM EVER

-Don’t give me UCLA’s 11 titles or UNC’s Final Fours, no team has been as consistent a power in college basketball over the last 70 years.  Hell, we’ve only had 7 coaches since the 1920’s, and that’s with Billy Gillispie thrown in there.  There is no argument here, NOBODY can hold a light to Kentucky.

5) THOU SHALL NEVER GIVE UP HOPE ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM

-Year in and year out, the Kentucky football season gives us its share of disappointments.  Losses to Vanderbilt or blowout losses to Florida and Tennessee.  But through it all, come Saturday, we can convince ourselves a Kentucky win is coming.  Wheras most fanbases would have long since given up on this football program (ahem…Vandy), UK fans show up to the games in large numbers in hopes of becoming a SEC contender.  It’s easy to be an Alabama fan, when the team is a mortal lock to win 10 games.  Try being a Kentucky fan when every win a struggle.  That shows the true heart of the fanbase. 

6) THOU SHALL CONSIDER ONE MAN AND ONE MAN ONLY AS THE DEVIL: CHRISTIAN LAETTNER

-Joakim Noah, no thank you.  Tyler Hansbrough, nope.  JJ Redick, don’t think so.  Matt Walsh, nada.  There is only one person that has 100% percent hatred of the UK fanbase and that is Christian Laettner.  He stabbed us straight through the heart with that jumper in 1992, and despite the fact that we should be proud to have been witness to that game, we will never be proud of the outcome or the person who got it there. 

7) THOU SHALL NEVER RECOGNIZE LOUISVILLE AS AN EQUAL ATHELTIC OPPONENT

-They are forever little brother.  Their basketball history is a joke, their football history was good for all of 5 years, and the fact we even play them is because the state government is making us.  We must always look our noses down at the Dirty Birds up north, while also always taking shots at the city itself and its inhabitants. 

8 ) THOU SHALL ALWAYS CHEER LOUDER FOR PLAYERS FROM KENTUCKY

-“Is Richie Gonna Play Tonight” should be the motto of the basketball team.  Tim Couch and Andre Woodson were loved just a little more because they were from Kentucky.  Who cares that Artose Pinner was 34 when he played for UK, he was from Hopkinsville, so he is one of our own.  Hell, we put 3 guys from Kentucky in the rafters at Rupp largely in part because they were from Kentucky.  All I know is that Jon Hood better see some serious playing time this season, or the fanbase will get restless with Calipari.

So, what should the last 2 commandments be?  I will take your suggestions in the comments sections and two winners receive round trip airfare and hotel and game tickets to the 2010 Maui Invitational.

(Contest Rules: Must be over 94 years to compete and must be able to give valid credit card information to KSR)

Article written by Bryan the Intern