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Football vs. Basketball in September


Earlier today, I ran an extremely informal poll on Twitter. I asked, “In September, the beginning of football season, which do you as a UK fan care more about: football or basketball?” Here are the results:

Football: 8
Basketball: 5

First off, let me say this: I get you, KSR readers. I know that on the giant scale of UK sports media, we will always lean a little more toward basketball than football. I also understand why: we’re more successful in basketball. We have a history with it. We’re a “basketball school,” if you will. Screw lullabies — Cawood Ledford sang us to sleep.

Which is why I always feel like I’m betraying my kind in September when I flip into “football mode.” I can’t help it–I’m a football fan. The game, the rat-tat-tat of a snare drum, the tailgating, the beauty of a night game in October in Commonwealth Stadium…I love it all. SEC Media Days got me so excited that I spent a good chunk of my morning searching for a new UK football shirt online. My requisite viewing before the first game of the season? Rudy. On Saturday mornings, I take my eggs with a side of “College Football Gameday,” please.

But, Tyler, you say, we don’t care about football because we’re not good at it. Okay, fine. I know that being a UK football fan is frustrating. And I know you’ll roll your eyes when I say this, but it has gotten better. Good lord, it’s gotten better. My most vivid memories of the Bill Curry era? The “Bill Curry Farewell Tour” t-shirts. Hal Mumme and his air raid siren injected some major excitement into the program, but it turns out all of that was just chicken scratches in the dust. Call me crazy, but I’ve never been so proud of a fat man as I was of Jared Lorenzen. I could watch those silly “Who’s the QB?” CBS clips with him standing next to Florida offensive linemen all day. And sure, most of you may sniff at our “D-list” bowls like the Music City and BBVA Compass, but at least we got to bowls. Trust me, some schools (cough, Vandy) were actually jealous.

I guess what I’m getting to is this: as a football fan, I will take it any way I can. Six wins? That’s fine, just get me to a bowl. Any more is icing on the cake. Would I like more? Of course, but as we long-suffering UK football fans know, that’s not always realistic. Hell, as a Kentucky football fan, I’ve even learned to see the silver lining in just about anything (other team scores? That’s okay, we get the ball back!). Should I feel bad about caring more about football than basketball for the two months in the fall when it has center stage? I think not.

Some of you obviously think otherwise though. So, I ask you: why? Is it that you just love the sport of basketball more than football? You crave hardwood more than turf? Or is it winning you care about?

I don’t like to pit one sport versus the other, especially since it’s pretty obvious with this fan base who would win. But in my heart of hearts, for September and October and yes, part of November, give me six or give me death (no really, Morgan, give me six). Basketball can have me the rest of the year.

How about you? On September 1st, which will you care more about: Kentucky’s game against Western or basketball recruiting? Can you love the two sports equally?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

52 Comments for Football vs. Basketball in September

  1. Mobird
    5:17 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Basketball recruiting

  2. ARDEE
    5:20 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    4,2,1,3 no, probably, yes, no

  3. Han
    5:21 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I love watching UK football and go to games when I can, but between games, I don’t worry too much about it. With basketball, I follow all the news and recruiting I can find all the time. Basketball first.

  4. chris
    5:25 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    13 responses on twitter doesn’t equate to a post

  5. Amazed
    5:26 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    A woman that makes watching Rudy a priority every season? You just trumped every other woman alive.

  6. ebell55
    5:26 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Great post there is nothing like college football!!!! Even with the BS BCS. Football is a man’s game and the ultimate team sport. Basketball is cool but football is king of the sports universe!

  7. Irwin R. Fletcher
    5:28 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I love UK basketball, but when that final horn sounds in March (or hopefully, early April) all I can think about is Spring Practice… Give me tailgating, crisp autumn nights & being tied (with the eventual National Champs) at the start of the 4th quarter any day.

  8. Rex Chapman
    5:30 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I didn’t know UK even had a football team:)

    There’s a reason Bear Bryant left and it’s because KENTUCKY IS BASKETBALL. I’d rather watch an Obama interview than watch a UK football game. UK football is the same ol’ story every year and now with Joker, it’s going to be just like the Bill Curry days.

    Wake me up in time for Midnight Madness.

  9. Blue Virus
    5:31 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    8- un-orginal material

  10. Bledsoe's Biceps
    5:42 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    For me, the past few years, football is center stage in September & October. There have been enough good times, quality wins and progress to keep me interested. The Legend of Cobb, upset of LSU, finally beating Spurrier, etc. Still a lot of games we let get away, but progress none the less. But last year was a disappointment and if Joker let’s the program slip at all, I’ll revert to apathy.

  11. SexnNursinHomes
    5:48 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    that chick on the far left is quite the unlooker.

    I love UK football, even despite the so-so seasons.

  12. goboxoutorgogetinbox
    5:56 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    first off bowls dont mean anything anymore…and have we really gotten better? we play cupcakes to make sure we get to a bowl every year. Even the year when Woodson was QB and we upset Uofl and LSU that season was a dissapointment bc we should have won the east that year, instead as always we dropped games we were supposed to win. Thats why I laugh at the hardcore football fans, every year they are like 8,9,10 wins…no we always upset someone, but then we lose 2 or 3 we should win. 6 wins this year per usual, trip to the Toilet Bowl, but I love college football, afterall tailgating is worth the season alone

  13. JohnnyWoo
    5:56 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I like football, I really do. But I can’t get into college football mainly because there’s 7,654 irrelevent bowl-games in lieu of an actual post-season, and all that’s required to get to one is to win 6 games. I hate pro-basketball, and LOVE college basketball. With football, its the other way round.

  14. [email protected]
    6:02 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Honestly? Do that many people hate on the football program that you thought this article was required? Is the passion the same as it is for basketball? Of course it is not. Everybdy loves a winner. Hell, we’ve seen a lot of years the last decade we were not winners in BB. However the bottom line is that true fans of the university love football. It has a mystique and atmosphere all of its own that cant be found with BB. I think for most fans footbal is on a level plain with BB until the bowl game is over. Note, I said bowl game! On the prep level this is a football state and I think that carries to the college season for UK. A consistent SEC contender in football would rival the basketball fandom.

  15. modern man
    6:05 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    d’ey some skanks fo’ real

  16. WOW
    6:09 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Look at those sultry vixens

  17. It's a Celebration
    6:09 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    12. I agree. That season could have been the best UK has had since the Bear Bryant days but we choked down the stretch. I at least thought that we would build on that season but all we did was get a little worse each season. We’ll always be a .500 team. Once in a while we’ll get an 8th win but as strong as the SEC is right now we can’t compete. And we never have a balanced team. We’re always poorly deficient on one side of the ball. The only thing we can count on is not being picked dead last in the East. That’s reserved for Vandy. As much as i like Joker i just don’t think he is head coach material.

  18. Al
    6:15 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    the first two games compared to BB recruiting, I’ll take the latter. But with the Louisville game and into the SEC schedule, then things even out. I really want to see us performing at a higher level. I’m talking quality play. Few fumbles and missed tackles…that’s inexcusable. I can watch children play to see that any day. Basketball has always offered high level of play with high probability of winning. Exciting style of play is a plus if you can get it (and we have lately). I am excited to see what Minter can do. I have alot of hope for our defense. I am hoping our 3-star recruiting base produces better play. I hope our offense can execute consistently even if the play selection is predictable.

  19. Jake_GOCATS
    6:31 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    14. I agree with you except I am a football fan all year, not just until after the bowl game. I remember being a fan before Rich Brooks it here – I caught a lot of flak for that one. But nonetheless I will always be a KENTUCKY fan, football, basketball, women’s tennis, whatever. I will bleed blue until the day I die. We are UK!

  20. Every Friday Is No Bra Day
    6:55 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    TT, Don’t apologize for supporting the football team. These yahoos cracking on the football team are just basketball groupies.

  21. Huh Hefner?
    7:57 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Like the groupies in the B&W. The two groupies behind the K flag are semi-hot. The other two, hotter than a brand new Peterbilt and Mao Tse Tounge.

  22. mudcreekmark
    8:01 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    To be honest, I have a hard time getting into basketball when football is still going on. It takes some time for me to get into basketball season. I love Kentucky Basketball and always have but when its football season I could care less. There is just something about the experience of a college football game. It is an all day and sometimes all day and night event. Nothing compares to it.

  23. jwilly
    8:26 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Football 1st. Maybe I should have been born in Alabama, but football has always and will always be 1st.

  24. Moses
    8:27 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Shouldn’t have to settle for. Get a real head coach and thing turn around ASAP

  25. clay county
    9:30 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll agree 19. I will cheer for kentucky even if they had a pocket pool team.

  26. kentuckyfan
    9:35 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I couldn’t care any less about football and it is obvious that the people running the UK program don’t care about football either. If they did they would go out and hire a real coach, not a man who has never been the head coach of even a small program. The record this year will be dismal and it is all because we don’t coach and we don’t recruit.

  27. Robukpt
    9:40 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    You bring up an interesting question bc football is by far my favorite sport. I played it. It’s what I was best at. But I follow UK basketball most passionately. I watch a lot more football (college and pro) and i watch UK basketball and march madness. That’s it. So for me, UK basketball comes first and football as a whole second but there’s nothing wrong with putting UK football on the pedestal for a couple of months. And yes we as UK football fans have gotten spoiled. I’ll take 6 wins and a bowl every year vs 2-10. That sucked donkey! UK can’t compete nationally in football. The state doesn’t produce enough talent. Unless they get a coach that can pull that talent from elsewhere it just ain’t gonna happen. And that kind of coach isn’t coming to UK. Louisville fans showed their stupidity during the gillispie years when they’d argue tradition doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter to players, but it does matter to coaches. It’s why saban went to Alabama and cal came to UK. Now those coaches pull the elite players. See how tradition works now or is your flat billed cap in the way? Be happy with more wins than losses people. That’s all our tradition affords.

  28. Ghostofbearbryant
    10:01 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Dear college bball fan: your sport is popular one month a year. Your stars are students for 5 months. The D league will absorb you away in 10 years.

  29. Lady Blue
    10:19 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    “I see no reason to end the basketball season in February just so some of these schools can start spring football practice early…
    Someday they are going to wake up and realize that basketball is here to stay.”
    Adolph Rupp on his Southeastern Conference brethren in 1934.

    I feel Adolph’s pain. To me football is just foreplay for basketball. My view of football is: 11 guys standing around in a circle patting each other on the butt, scratching their private parts, telling during jokes and talking about women. Once they line up on the field and start the play from the first time the ball is in play you are lucky if the play last 3-4 seconds. Sometimes if you are lucky a play will last 7 seconds. I know, I have timed a game. It’s boring, too much stop and go.

  30. Hard Hittin' CAT
    10:49 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m in FOOTBALL mode now! By September 1st, I’ll be about to lose my F’n mind. Basketball is on the back burner awaiting November. People, try to give some love and support to the football CATS and root this team on to 8 wins hopefully.

    GO CATS!!

  31. Rh575
    11:04 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a uk football fan… I’d rather watch uk football than basketball anyday. I will admit I do get frustrated with football and do say “atleast we can beat you in basketball” but, call me crazy, I would still rather watch uk football than uk basketball.

  32. Le Sigh
    11:06 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    This shouldn’t be an either/or for most Cats fans. I follow basketball recruiting and football. In fact, that’s why I come to KSR, which covers both.

  33. rh575
    11:12 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Call me crazy but, I would much rather watch uk football. Basketball just bores me until tournament time.

  34. Brew Crew
    11:35 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    There is no football. There is only basketball.

    You will do well to remember this.

  35. Brew Crew
    11:40 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    You people make me sick. You want to be a football fan? Move to Alabama where you can lead the country in poor educational systems and glory in all 7 games of the wondrous game of handegg that seems to be gripping the nation.

    Being in Kentucky, I will continue enjoy this poor educational system, but also enjoy basketball.

    I mean seriously, football? You hardly ever even kick the ball. And it’s not a ball. It’s closer to an egg.

    You guys like a sport that should be called “handegg.” Congratulations.

  36. Brew Crew
    11:41 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    You people make me sick. You want to be a football fan? Move to Alabama where you can lead the country in poor educational systems and glory in all 7 games of the wondrous game of handegg that seems to be gripping the nation.

    Being in Kentucky, I will continue enjoy this (slightly less) poor educational system, but also enjoy basketball.

    I mean seriously, football? You hardly ever even kick the ball. And it’s not a ball. It’s closer to an egg.

    You guys like a sport that should be called “handegg.” Congratulations.

  37. Football Man
    11:49 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Whoever typed those words is speaking for me exactly 100% . My world stops for both, but Football is an experience, a happening that drives me like no other. I watch every b-ball gm. , but I go to every f-ball gm.

  38. Robukpt
    11:51 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    Brewcrew: “handegg?” A little less brew before you post bro. That rambling nonsense was worse than thamel.

    And you’re right. It doesnt have to be either or. It’s not like picking UK vs Louisville. You can enjoy and root for both.

    But to claim one sport is superior is completely subjective. 4 seconds, 7 seconds. Who cares? If you like it you like it. If you don’t you don’t. But dont criticize those of us who do. The worlds most popular sport has about 45 seconds out of 90 minutes where something actually happens. But those 45 seconds can captivate entire nations. Spew your venom somewhere else.

  39. jeff
    11:51 pm July 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a football guy I care more about UK football in MARCH than UK basketball

  40. BlueBones
    4:01 am July 23, 2011 Permalink

    Love’em both! Any true alum would be on here supporting both. During my UK years, the football games involved huge cookouts and most of the campus walked in unison to the games. For basketball games the select few headed to Rupp (which is awesome because we have a huge arena and it’s still hard to get tickets!) and the rest kicked-it at an awesome UK bball house party. UK football = outdoor fun, UK basketball = indoor fun. We all love UK bball because we are the sh*t, give some love to football because we have won some huge games in recent years. Go Big Blue!

  41. og68
    8:36 am July 23, 2011 Permalink

    What is the average age of your audience? 13.15,maybe 17?? Read this,you will not publish it anyway.

  42. Anj
    9:14 am July 23, 2011 Permalink

    No need to feel guilty! I love UK football all year round. And between Pitino and Calipari, I RARELY watched a basketball game. A UK football game is an experience. It stirs your soul. Even when UK basketball was at the top with Pitino, a game inside Rupp was virtually dead silent unless it was a close SEC game. Rich, elderly season ticket holders (yes, I was one also) would scorn and tell you to ‘sit down’ if you stoop UP to cheer on the Cats. God forbid! At a UK football game, the energy stirs your soul and you are scorned if you sit down!

    I’ve been a faithful UK football fan since college (Curry days). It was tough times back then. Remember “Game One – Won”??? Painful. So times like these I am grateful for. And yes, I do believe we are a team on the RISE. Now if our AD would take the revenue dollars that the FOOTBALL TEAMS has EARNED for the rest of the athletic department and sink it isn’t a legendary, successful coach, our football team would explode.

    I will have to agree with someone earlier and say that Joker is a product of Curry. Things won’t get better under his watch unless his Offensive and Defensive coordinators grow a pair and challenge his conservative play calling. What happened to the gutsy play calling when he was behind the glass? FEAR OF LOSING HIS JOB.

    I love football. It will always be FIRST. If I am choosing between both on tv at the same time or going to a game – I will ALWAYS choose the football game. Even if it’s WKU.


  43. Anj
    9:15 am July 23, 2011 Permalink

    PS. I’m a FEMALE TOO.

  44. Ira Tatum
    9:22 am July 23, 2011 Permalink

    #40, thanks! You nailed it.

  45. ukfan
    9:45 am July 23, 2011 Permalink

    Not even close Football will always be #1. College basketball fans remind me of hockey and soccer fan always have to put down your sport and give you countless reasons why their sport is #1. No one cares about college basketball except for 4 days a year, 1st round of the NCAA tournament after that your bracket is destroyed and what’s the point.

  46. Megan
    12:03 pm July 23, 2011 Permalink

    The question suggested a particular response. “In September, the beginning of football season – Are you ready for some footbaaawww?! – and with basketball season still months away, which will you currently pay more attention to: football or basketball?”

    Uh, let me see …

  47. Buckets
    12:19 pm July 23, 2011 Permalink

    I love the Cats but facts are facts: UK football stinks. I still watch every game and cheer and yell as much as I do during basketball games, but I know what’s realistic concerning UKfootball. We have no recruiting base and will never be an SEC contender… unless all the top schools are on major probation.

  48. Lady Blue
    1:04 pm July 23, 2011 Permalink

    Age wise I am a 63 year old widow. I have friends who are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s who come to this site as well as other UK sites. They may not comment but they do read it. It does not matter what age you are if you are a member of the BBN. You want the news and you want to know what is going on. How old are you og68? Is that your age, year you were born or your IQ?

  49. Walsh is Gay
    3:44 pm July 23, 2011 Permalink

    I played football for 10 years, and loved every second of it. It’s a brutal, violent, unrelenting, wonderful game.

    But watching it can get old. It’s not the same as playing – my surgically-repaired shoulder aches every time I see someone get hammered off their feet, but I’m not the one doing the hammering.

    I do enjoy watching the games, and as long as I’m nowhere near the worthless Greeks – you know, the drunk idiots who don’t know the rules and are there to talk with each other instead of watch the game – on a cool October night, Commonwealth can be a lot of fun to watch a game in. Call me old fashioned, but I actually sit down, and don’t talk or yell, or cheer, but watch the game.

    Still, basketball is LEAGUES more fun to watch. It is qualitatively better to watch basketball than football in the same way that it is qualitatively better to watch football than soccer. Just as tying 1-1 and calling that a contest in soccer is awful, scoring 12 points in a 3-4 hour game is vastly inferior to the fast-paced, high-scoring game of basketball.

    And no Tyler, it has nothing to do with wins. I watch Auburn, LSU, SCar, any and every game I can get my hands on. I watch high school basketball from states I don’t live in, on TV.

  50. Will
    7:40 pm July 23, 2011 Permalink

    I love UK football and basketball. In September I am in football mode, its just easy for me. All summer I crave the sport, and when August comes around the preseason starts I get excited. The big thing is understanding that yea, our football team will not see the success of the basketball team. And thats alright. It is, however, seeing some success in the best conference in the league, and still is seeing more success than a good majority of other teams. I will take that any day over the crap that the team went through prior to the Rich Brooks era.

  51. Tokyo Satchel
    7:50 pm July 23, 2011 Permalink

    I’m originally from Florida. Both parents ar FSU grads, so I grew up tailgating in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Miami and following FSU around the country for some of their biggest wins. I love both sports, but would gladly trade a bball national championship for a football SEC Championship. I would even go so far as to say I would agree to some occasional bball mediocrity for some occasional football excellence (ie BCS bowl appearance).

  52. Oh god
    10:10 pm July 23, 2011 Permalink

    You shouldn’t feel bad for liking the football season, it’s just personal preference. I personally have always loved basketball much better as a sport overall, and spend every day of the offseason, whether football is going on or not, counting down the days to big blue madness.