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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Unwritten Rules of UK Sports

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, composed of the most elite athletes, with all of these unwritten rules on how the game should be played.  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. 

For instance, on Sunday, the Tigers’ Justin Verlander had a no-hitter going into the 8th inning when an Angels player attempted to get on base by bunting.  Verlander proceeded to throw the ball into right field, leading to a run later in the inning.  After the play, Verlander glared at the runner as if he had done something offensive.  I guess in baseball, if a pitcher has a no-hitter going, you are not supposed to bunt.  Doesn’t matter the score or the situation, you just can’t bunt.  It’s an unwritten rule.  Gag me. 

Last season, Alex Rodriguez got into a shouting match with an Oakland A’s pitcher after he ran across the mound after making the last out of an inning.  Because doesn’t everybody know that the dirt on the pitchers mound is sacred, and field players shall not touch it.  Oh, we wouldn’t know that because it is an unwritten rule.  The list goes on and on.

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:

-Never say a negative word about The Unforgettables

-Never say Tubby Smith was good for the program

-Always claim the 1996 team was the greatest college basketball team ever

-Laugh at anything Louisville does

-Eddie Sutton coached here, I don’t remember that

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

-BTI sucks.  Always.

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

Article written by Bryan the Intern

73 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Unwritten Rules of UK Sports

  1. John
    9:07 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Unwritten rule…

  2. Matt P
    9:09 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    You can take that last rule and stick it up your ass. Football > Basketball and it aint even close. Although I do love our basketball.

  3. Princefor3?
    9:11 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Every White duke point gaurd is a schmo.

  4. Princefor3?
    9:11 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Saul Smith is the greatest point guard we ever had?

  5. T.J.
    9:14 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never have a chinstrap beard, for it is an unwritten rule that you will be labeled a Louisville fan by default.

  6. R. Smith
    9:16 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    We don’t rush the court…ever

  7. Roto
    9:17 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never refer to the Gillispie Era as “the good old days”

  8. R. Smith
    9:17 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    We don’t rush the court

  9. Tom Handy
    9:18 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never read a Lexington Herald Leader…..

  10. George
    9:19 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never fart close to an open flame.

  11. DirtySnitchHater
    9:20 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    When attending UK vs TENN game and they play that god awful Rocky Top song. You must stand proud and scream “Good ole Rocky Top…..Suck me off Tennessee…..suck me off tennessee”

  12. AD's unibrow
    9:21 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    never fart in the face of those ppl your climbing over up in the bleacher seats at rupp

  13. mocha
    9:22 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I turned 30 today, where’s the love?

  14. bluereefcat
    9:23 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Anything associated with Duke sucks!

  15. Coyote Hunter
    9:27 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    womens purses are only used for hiding Bourbon at football games

  16. hoop33
    9:30 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    13. Happy bday lol, I turn 20 today

  17. Catsantonio
    9:34 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    11) that made me laugh

    Tubby was good for the program the first 5 years, then he just got lazy.

  18. NJ
    9:34 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I liked tubby. So you still suck BTI.

  19. Blue
    9:35 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    2) riiiiiiiight….

  20. c. aMERICAN
    9:37 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    never accept rick pitino back in the BBN LA FAMALIA

  21. UK fan in NKY
    9:37 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    In Cal we trust

  22. Coyote Hunter
    9:39 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville: No superstars here

  23. ThankfulCat
    9:42 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Laettner will always be gay
    Coach K will always suck
    Mark Emmert dates blow up dolls
    Joe B is better than Denny on the radio too
    Our players never wear headbands
    Tubby won with Pitino’s players but Pitino stole his ideas from Calipari

  24. I heart Jorts
    9:42 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Tubby WAS good for the program. Terrible post.

  25. Stud Studerson
    9:44 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Know that all the ‘successful’ coaches we hire are either racist or cheat..

  26. lerge
    9:48 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    if we write them … they are no longer “unwritten” …KABOOM !

  27. Jay
    9:49 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Awful takes all around. Putrid.

  28. Boogie
    9:49 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    23 – What about me? You don’t like my headband?

  29. tavius the unworldly
    9:50 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with not bunting, bc that’s bush league. You basically showing u don’t have the skill to hit me. Btw tubby was good for the program, he just blew his last few years. I also like that we will never rush the court, cldnt happen at home anyway, lower level can’t leave their walkers and wheelchairs

  30. bung
    9:51 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Always acknowledge that Adolph Rupp was the greatest basketball coach in history and the Fabulous Five were UK’s greatest team and Ashley is the greatest cheerleader.

  31. Brew Crew
    9:56 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    A rare miss by BTI.

  32. Eric
    9:56 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Bad Write up all around

    Unwritten rules, smules – 3-1, try to win the game

    Tubby was a good coach, unfortunately there are those who were spoiled by the Pitino 95-65 pt wins, Tubby showed defense wins games 55-54 (might not be as exciting, sorry hockey/soccer fans). The only area that needed improvement was the recruiting.

    A] everyone compares Tubby to Pitino – but now all UK fans despise him

    b] If you disrespectful fans would not have run off Tubby, we would not have had to suffer the Billy G for two years.

    That said – I am from Louisville KY, Die hard UK fan, Bleed bluer than most, I still want my hometown school to do well, just not two games a year – HOW awesome would a UK vs UL finals be!!!

    Let UL fans be the “bad fans” – not us

  33. David
    9:56 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    1. The program is bigger than any individual.
    2. Never accept mediocrity.
    3. Understand that Louisville fans are obsessed with Kentucky and it affects their whole perception of all things sports related. (and possibly more)
    4. Understand the the media at large does not like UK and never will. The do root against UK and especially Cal. This includes Tipton.
    5. Never hate for the sake of hate like the above mentioned. Be above the fray as a fan of the greatest basketball program.

  34. Ghost of Bear Bryant
    9:57 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    We Believe = WE RISE

  35. Andy P.
    10:00 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t get why this site goes out of it’s way to diss UK football.

  36. Holden McGroin
    10:03 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    If Cal has any new ideas—unwritten rules will soon be written.

  37. Eric
    10:04 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    UK Football is on the Rise
    Hartline to Colts
    Cobb excelling at GB
    Lumokin a Cardinal
    Mathews a Brown
    DeQuin Evans a Bengal
    Locke on the SB future Eagles

    Athlon top 40 SEC
    #13 Trevathan
    #21 Warford

    NOTE: Only one for UF, Tenn and Auburn

  38. ThankfulCat
    10:05 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    28 sorry, orange headbands. yours is fine, carry on

  39. Lando CALrisian
    10:10 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I would have to amend that. We don’t rush the court for anything less than a national champioship. lol

  40. David
    10:24 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Disrespectful fans did not run Tubby off. It was time for Tubby to go and he knew it. Also, Tubby negotiated with Minnesota while the Cats were still playing. I’ll accept the 2 miserable years of Gillispie as a good trade for landing Calipari as our coach now because we have a Final Four and more on the way. Something that would NOT have happened had Tubby stayed. Sorry Tubby Marks, but we had 9 straight without a Final Four with Tubby. Don’t get angry with the messenger if your problem is reality.

  41. Dave in Asskrakistan
    10:29 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Football sucks at UK.

    Tubby sucked it up and was terrible for the program. No one ran that old deadbeat off. He ran off of his own accord. He was a loser who couldn’t take the pressure but was happy to cash those checks including that “loyaltly” bonus that he practically stole as he was negotiating with Minnesota for the whole season prior to scurrying off like a crack whore.

    Tubby had some good seasons. That said, he didn’t WANT to do what it would take to be elite. Elite is what UK Basketball is and should be about. UK Basketball is not and should never be about excuses and almosts and should have beens. That’s why we have UK Football. So that pathetic fans can have their legacy of losing and NIT like bowl games (football) to go along with winning and Championships (basketball).

    If you want to get mad at someone about the reality of the losing football program, get mad at the UKAA. Don’t get angry at folks who simply aren’t afraid to face reality.

    TUBBY SUCKS and so do all of his damn defenders.

    Bite me!!!

  42. stevem
    10:30 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Tubby did a fine job here his first five years and deserves credit for winning the national championship. His las five years however, he hated UK and everything it stood for, which resulted in a deliberate attempt to run the program into the ground. As a consequence, his name should never be mentioned again in the annals of Ketucky basketball.

  43. Coyote Hunter
    10:32 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Do they still play baseball? If so…who effing cares about it?

  44. C'mon Time Warner
    10:39 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Tubby didn’t hate the program and he never negotiated his own contract. That’s what agents get paid to do. Tubby was good for the program. He won with Pitino’s players argument is ridiculous. Pitino couldn’t win with his players all the time. Without Tubby there would be no 1998 banner. period.

    Terrible post. Football doesn’t always take a backseat to basketball. basketball doesn’t even come before football national signing day!

  45. Brewer
    10:46 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    #41 nailed it on the head. Tuck Fubby.

    I really can’t think of unwritten rules other than not rushing the court. Kind of like pre-game traditions, we’re lacking there

  46. TEEHEE
    11:00 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    What does BTI stand for?

  47. TreyDay
    11:04 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    1. Even though Cal has had 2 Final Fours vacated, that will NEVER happen at KY. We know it, the rest of the world has their doubts.
    2. A 6 win season for the football team still sucks, no matter how you want to slice it.
    3. If UK is actually in a bowl game, we better win it or the season will not be successful.
    4. UK has a Woman’s basketball team. At least acknowledge the fact that Mitchell is turning that trainwreck around.
    5. Mitch Barnhart has done some good and bad things for UK…but we still want #8 before we are sold.

  48. Look Out Fireworks!
    11:26 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    The Succession of basketball coaches went Rupp, Hall, Pitino, Smith, Calipari. Any other years that you may think existed were simply products of great players.

  49. Look Out Fireworks!
    11:30 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    On the note of Tubby winning with Pitino’s players though, that logic would also mean that Cal has won, and is still winning, with BCG’s players. Patterson, Liggins, Miller, Harrelson, etc. were his players. Granted, Cal has put his own players in his system as well, but we would not have made it to the elite 8 without those boys, nor to the Final 4 without the awesomeness that is Josh Harrelson

  50. Walsh is Gay
    11:31 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    For starters BTI, if you bunted when I was throwing a no hitter, you would have a fastball at your head the next three times I faced you. Also, running over the pitchers mound is the equivalent to stomping on the mid court logo of basketball teams prior to games which often causes hatred. And thirdly, Tubby was fine until his all star recruiting class didnt perform up to standards, so in fact the only thing you got right was that you suck

  51. Bryan the Intern
    11:48 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    50) OK, you told me what you would do if I bunted but you didn’t explain WHY it’s such a big deal. Why does bunting suddenly become NOT REAL BASEBALL if there is a no-hitter on the line? What is actually says to me is that a pitcher doesn’t want to lose his precious no-hitter on a hit that goes 15 feet. It’s arrogance. Maybe if pitchers would get their fat asses off the mound a little quicker, nobody would bunt on them.

  52. Ky76
    11:55 am August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Unwritten Rules….

    Laettner SUCKS always and forever…..

    Boogie was misunderstood…(The ELBOW WAS JUSTIFIED) *Bonus points for using the word Justified*

    Ashley Judd is never wrong.

    Coach Cal Gets it.

  53. Sheeeeiiit
    12:16 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Biggest unwritten rule came with Cal.
    * John Calipari is not a cheater just a victim of cheater players.

    Don’t get me wrong I love Cal and what he is doing for UK. But if the unspoken rule above turns out to be false then that would suck. With Cal comes great reward and some risk. I think it’s worth it but if he turns out to be a cheater and he goes down, UK goes down with him. I hate even thinking about it.

    Tubby was good and bad for UK. Good=NC 1998. Bad=Pretty much everything else.

    Last unspoken rule.
    * Saul Smith was Tubby and a Klingon’s lovechild.

  54. kyflash
    12:22 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never say “Done Deal”

  55. Walsh is Gay
    12:24 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    The only unwritten rule I can think of is my handle on here. See above.

  56. JackB
    12:36 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Dickson wrote the unwritten rules in his book it appears. So quit bitching about baseball, sucky BTI.

    A couple have said this, but the one I think of is UK fans don’t rush the court. We will, however, tear down goal posts.

    If the game is close, bunt to get a runner on base. If it isn’t, you are a punk for buning during a no-hitter.

  57. ?
    12:36 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink


  58. JoshfromCincy
    12:36 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never, under ANY circumstances, rush the court. Leave that for the amateurs who get lucky and upset us. We should have pride and act like we’ve been there before, because we have.

  59. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    12:37 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Rule #1 – Players from in-state must be remembered as significantly better than they really were.
    Rule #2 – Don’t talk about La Familia.
    Rule #3 – Don’t fake the funk on a nasty dunk.
    Rule #4 – Do NOT talk about La Familia.

  60. Nolecat21
    12:41 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Number 1 and 2 on the list are a joke. Tubby was good for the program, he brought us a Nat’l Championship and one of the greatest regular seasons in history. The Unforgettables are a bit overrated. There are definitely more deserving jerseys that should be hanging in the rafters.

  61. CatTough
    12:47 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never bet against UK.

  62. MISSUKFAN42141
    12:51 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Basketball Rules:
    1.) DON’T BE LATE for a basketball game at Rupp without a good excuse, announcing the starting line-up is a religious experience that must not be disturbed
    2.) DON’T LEAVE EARLY from a game!! 15 minutes of UK sports, even if we’re winning by 30 is worth the extra time in traffic
    3.) My Old Kentucky Home – no loud obnoxious cheering during this time, only slow swaying back and forth and appropriate hand gestures
    Football Rules
    1.) You only drink Bourbon made in KY while tailgating at Commonwealth Stadium, no whiskey from the state below
    2.) If you have a ticket to the UofL or UT game, you must enter that game at some point despite extreme drunkenness

  63. BTI is a moron
    1:00 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I hate BTI

  64. ChairmanRowe
    1:08 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I basically have one unwritten rule since I’ve moved out to Denver.

    1A) Stop and compliment anyone I see one the street wearing UK apparel. This should be accompanied by a “Go Big Blue” or “C-A-T-S” whenever possible. I’ve also been stopped by other UK fans while wearing a UK shirt. This always makes my day.

    1B) If you’re wearing UK apparel and see someone walking by in UL/UT/IU/Duke apparel, stop them and make some disparaging comment about Pitino/chinbeards/Bruce Pearl/Bob Knight/Wojo/etc. Throwing a “Go Big Blue” in as you walk away to let them contemplate their love of a second rate school.

  65. Irony
    1:12 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Ironic a poster labled “BTI is a moron” posts on a BTI article.

  66. Carl
    1:19 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never EVER wear orange (unless your deer hunting) or red (unless your trying to pick up Karen Syphor).

  67. Carl
    1:20 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Never EVER wear orange (unless you’re deer hunting) or red (unless you’re trying to pick up Karen Syphor).

  68. sump
    2:44 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    yea, i may disagree wit the tubby one (minus like 3 years). couldn’t recruit? try prince, bogans, rondo, and our beloved chuck hayes just to mention a few.

  69. Always > U ..of L
    2:56 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    (Unwritten)Rule 1: Jorts and a tie are acceptable apparel
    (Unwritten)Rule 2: #48 is Sacred
    (Unwritten)Rule 3: Cal never, ever, under any circumstances, did anything wrong.
    (Unwritten)Rule 4: Always pick UK to win the Championship in your NCAA bracket
    (Unwritten)Rule 5: It’s absolutely normal to mute the tv and listen on radio as you watch, just like grandpa does
    (Unwritten)Rule 6: Hate Louisville no matter what, Tennessee no matter what, & mock Bob Knight because there is no other possible response to his stupidity
    (Unwritten)Rule 7: Win with style, lose with class — we’ll get revenge #rightTarHeels?
    (Unwritten)Rule 8: Ashley Judd is your favorite actor no matter what
    (Unwritten)Rule 9: You only care about NBA teams based on where UK players are
    (Unwritten)Rule 10: Grantland is really just a poor-mans KSR, matter of fact so is ESPN #NotenoughUKcoverage.

  70. tom5673
    3:07 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    the lack of respect for sutton always puzzles me. the ’86 and ’88 teams were incredible, though they came up a bit short in the tournament (like in 2010). and, the ’87 team did not have a good year overall, but featured king rex as a freshman and blew the doors off of louisville in freedom hall. they also damn near beat indiana (eventual national champion) in bloomington. the last second back-to-back wins over ole miss and oklahoma on senior day on cbs national tv were amazing moments. i’m 38, so i was 13-15 years old then. compared to the boring mediocre tubby ball that we were subjected to the 7 out of 10 years of his tenure, the sutton era was extremely exciting and very fun to watch. davender and chapman backcourt was amazing. bennett was nasty. and don’t forget, madison could throw a 94mph fast ball. some of you younger whipper snappers probably won’t get that last one. don’t mean to be negative…it’s just funny how different generations view certain eras. i get it…sutton had a drinking problem and was in charge of our program when we got served the death penalty. but if anyone still thinks dewayne casey sent mr. mills $1000 cash in an emery package, you’re ass hurts. not saying sutton belongs in the rafters or anything, but he was one hell of a coach (one win away in ’86 from sending three different teams to the final four). show the man some respect.

  71. Real-Realist
    7:02 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    41 – Keep sucking. You’re good at it.

  72. Real-Realist
    7:03 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    “-Football never, ever takes priority over basketball. Ever.” Ooops..I’ve lived here all my life, attended UK–but apparently missed this little memo.

  73. Walsh is Gay
    9:26 pm August 4, 2011 Permalink

    BTI, It is a big deal because its busch league. That is the only explanation needed. It is hard to compare it to anything in basketball because there isn’t really anything in basketball that would be considered busch league. You would understand if you liked baseball, but the fact that pitchers have the capability to throw at hitters is awesome retaliation that exists in no other sport.