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For Kentucky Fans, It’s Always Been Worth It

Despite getting drenched in unknown substances, it was worth it

I woke up in Lexington Tuesday morning lying a semi-stranger’s extra bed.  At DAWN.  I had to make it to a 9am law class back in Nothern Kentucky.  My head was still spinning a bit as I tried to gather my belongings.  I stumbled as I headed for the door while trying to piece together the details of the unbelievably joyous night that recently came to an end.

Did we really roll through the NCAA tournament and win the championship?  Is there really some form of alcohol stuck in my hair and covering my clothes?  Why am I still wearing shoes?  I feel like a couch used to sit in this living room?

The reality set in that the Wildcats did, in fact, give validation to the term “#8pril.”  I didn’t let the early morning ailments impede my trip to class, so I stopped at gas station for hydration, caffein, and breakfast and drove directly to NKU’s campus in the previous night’s clothes.  I strolled past the scene of Daniel Solzman’s infamous “Lazy Tuesday”, walked into the prison-like building, sat down in class, and layed my head in hopes of catching a couple more Zzz’s before class started.

Within moments, my professor inquired, “Judging by your shirt, Mr. Thomas, I assume you’re fairly pleased with last night’s outcome.”  He was talking about the Kentucky blue and emblazoned Wildcat, and not the liquor stains, I presume.  I could only smile and respond, “Yes, yes I am.”

Despite my ragged appearance and generally poor current hygiene, no [insert generic, plural curse word here] were given.  In my mind, I whole-heartedly thought, “That was so worth it.

And I think that may be an aspect true amongst UK fans in general that separates us from the rest of sports world (often for the better, sometimes for the worst).  No matter what it takes, for Kentucky fans, it’s always worth it.

Whether it’s spending countless hours on sports blogs, twitter, and UK-based websites; it’s worth it.  It’s worth paying ridiculous amounts of money for Kentucky gear, decorations, memorabilia, and tickets to games.  Taken off work to go to NOLA, ATL, Hawaii, Canada, or wherever.  Arguing and debating with rival fans over every aspect.  Rewatching old games on ESPN classic.  Dedicating entire rooms in your house to the Cats.  Standing in line for hours to see your team celebrate their eighth national championship.  Going to South Limestone or whichever neighborhood and trudging through ‘one in, one out’ bars with insanely long drink lines.  Rushing into the street and getting drenched in beer/champagne/god knows what while you jump, scream, and hug people you’ve never met before in your life.  Driving to class at dawn in last night’s attire after staying out until an ungodly hour.  All worth it.

The passion and ability for Cat fans to care so much about this school and their sports teams is special.  Don’t let the reports of violence in Lexington bring you down.  The term ‘riots’ may be a misnomer, at least from what I saw.  I prefer the word ‘celebrations’.  I witnessed no violence, only bliss.  No other fan base would go out of their way to do the things UK fans do in honor of this team.

For us, it’s different.

It’s worth it.

Article written by Chris Thomas

28 Comments for For Kentucky Fans, It’s Always Been Worth It

  1. Ridge Runner
    6:02 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I hear ya Chris. Ahhhhh, the things we in BBN do.

  2. 2012 national champs!!!
    6:20 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Waaaaaaaa Hhoooooooooo national champs!

  3. HugeUKfan
    6:21 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I really hope you weren’t drunk when you drove back to N.Kentucky (as your post implies.)

  4. Dane Brammage
    6:27 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks 2KATS.

    I voted for KENTUCKY.

    Can’t believe Eye You and dook are in the poll.

    You in Se(men) and Kay You don’t deserve it; You See LA was a blip.

  5. Jeff J
    6:29 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I spent about 250 on final four and championship shirts, pint glasses and a poster. Totally worth it for the joy this team brought #BBN.

  6. I slept with you mom
    6:33 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink


  7. 3 fan
    6:37 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Chase building had to be designed by prison manufacturers

  8. *vacated
    6:37 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink


  9. *vacated
    6:38 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    #BBN *vacated

  10. *vacated is a loser
    6:42 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink


  11. crazycatfan
    6:47 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    When we won in ’78, we stayed up until 5 AM singing and dancing to WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Had two hourse sleep and went to work. Got busted napping at my desk. SO WORTH IT!!!

  12. ewwthatsgross
    6:49 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    #9 &10 *vacated swallows his own vacated biological matter…

  13. *vacated
    6:52 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink



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  15. PolsonForThree
    6:53 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I walked back to the parking garage on W Main Street(the one next to Harveys)a little after midnight only to find my and 4 other peoples’ cars were practically destroyed after a drunk driver had slammed into them all…still worth it.

    6:54 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink



  17. allergic to penicillin
    6:58 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    after sleeping with vacateds mom I had to get a shot

  18. Truth
    7:01 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Chris Thomas is a [email protected] loser.

  19. ComicKevinJones
    7:05 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Another great write up Chris.

  20. BigBlueCats
    7:17 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I dont know if its been said, but I had thought about this before the season even started. Lets just say the Mayans got it right. Probably not but what if? And its only fitting that UK would be the last National Champion of all time. Im sure its depressing cause no one would be here anyway but the Greatest program of all time would be the last to hoist the trophy. Off topic and just a thought

  21. M Caron
    7:26 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Actual quote from a Louisville fan ‎”It was nice while it lasted but its always more fun to see your team do well as a pleasant surprise, not as a guarantee because you recruit the top 5 every season.”

  22. stevie
    8:24 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    This is for the greatest basketball program of all time. At the moment UNC is leading UK 30% vs. 29%. Go and vote for UK. And, pass it on to all UK fans. Lets go BBN.

  23. Just wondering
    8:35 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    How can they even think UNC is the best.UK more championships and wins.If someone wants to say UCLA. I’ll listen.I think their wrong but I will listen.NO ONE else has a case.

  24. best1978
    9:35 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Considering alcohol disipates at a rate of .015 per hour I strongly suspect you were DUI on your drive to Northern Kentucky University.

  25. tim4crds
    10:07 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    totally agree about the reported riots, i didnt witness any rioting either,just big celebrations

  26. fourthininches
    10:13 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    How come this site had like no pics from NOLA? Wasn’t there whole crew down there? My photo album from NOLA is more interesting than the pics ive seen on here.

  27. lawschool
    7:32 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    What do you know? He managed to throw in not one, two, but three law references in a tiny article.