While seeing basketball in August may have been unbelievably exciting, if not a little strange, for Cat fans, the sight of the Cat fans themselves apparently made quite an impression north of the border. Bob Duff of the Windsor Star (who, unfortunately, is not Dom Pappa) attempted to capture the craziness of Kentucky fans and the reaction to our commitment to Big Blue. A few telling quotes:
The passion is that deep.
Approximately 3,000 Kentucky fans flocked to Essex County from all over America to watch their favourite team roll over the Windsor Lancers 95-62 in the first game the fabled basketball school has ever played in Canada.
“I had a guy come up to me who was from Anchorage, Alaska,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “That’s our fans. They’re nice people. And they’re crazy.”
Crazy for their Wildcats.
It isn’t often that the visiting team is afforded a standing ovation upon entering the arena.
“I thought when we came out, ‘Am I in Kentucky, or Windsor?'” wondered Lancers forward Isaac Kuon.
“It’s something that the whole state can buy into,” [Kentucky fan Tim] Harrison said. “It’s one thing that the whole state can enjoy.”
Or the whole world, it sometimes seems.
“It doesn’t matter where I travel around the world, if I have my Kentucky hat on, I’ve met a Kentucky fan,” Harrison said. “They’re all over.”
They wear their passion, too, like the fellow in the T-shirt which read, “The Road To Houston Begins In Windsor.”
Winning in Kentucky isn’t expected as much as it is ordained.
Playing basketball for Kentucky is like pulling on the pinstripes of the New York Yankees, or wearing the maple leaf of the Canadian national hockey team on your chest.
It’s as close as you’ll come to a religious experience without entering a church.
Kentucky basketball, taking over the world one exhibition game at a time.
Also…aboot..eh…aboot. That is all.