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How NOT to be a football fan


Four days later and it still hurts.

I know I’m supposed to have “turned the page” on Kentucky’s ugly win over Western by now, and mostly, I have. There was nothing good about Thursday night, other than meeting Boogie, Drew, and tons of great, albeit frustrated, Kentucky fans downtown. Otherwise, it sucked; the atmosphere was laughable, the crowd uninspired, and the players uninspiring. And as ugly as the play on the field was, the guy sitting two seats over from me was worse. For three and a half hours (yes, I stayed the whole time), he chastised the crowd around us for standing and cheering while the team was on defense and oddly, during commercial breaks. The familiar barks of “Sit doooown!” made me feel like I was back in Rupp Arena surrounded by blue hairs. This is football, for John Madden’s sake. As a fan, you’re supposed to stand up and cheer on defense. Plus, who cares if you stand up during a time out? It’s not as though the dance team or cheerleaders were in front of our section, and I seriously doubt ole Grouchy Marx cared about watching offensive lineman slump and sweat into the bench.

Anyways, I could relay the whole tale of “Sit Doooown” Sammy, which includes me getting frustrated and confronting him, but I’d rather use this story as a teachable moment. I know most of you guys reading this know how to cheer at football games. But, after attending football games for most of my life, several inside Commonwealth Stadium, I’d wager about 50% of Kentucky fans don’t. This will go without saying for all of you, I’m sure, but for the non-football-savy fan’s sake, let’s go over the basics and use them as healthy refreshers before Saturday’s game against Central Michigan:

1) DO show up early. Yes, I’m looking at you, students. If you’d really rather drink beer in the parking lot than go in to the game, just show up earlier to your tailgate. Nothing fires a team up coming out of the tunnel more than a half-empty stadium. #rise

2) DO stand up and cheer when we are on defense. Not just on third down. The louder the crowd, the harder it will be for the opposing team to call plays and concentrate.

3) DO NOT cheer while our team has the ball. The first step to them pulling off a good play is being able to hear said play from the quarterback. I will never forget being in the stands for the 2009 Kentucky/Tennessee game at CWS and having to shush people while our team was on offense, especially when we were a few yards from breaking the streak. #smdreads

4) DO NOT feel guilty for standing up on defense or timeouts. You paid for your ticket, stand up and act like it. If the Cats are going to #rise, the fans have to rise too.

5) DO NOT participate in the wave or beach ball tossing if we are down or the game is close. Hell, don’t participate in that stuff at all. If you see a beach ball coming your way, DO take it upon yourself to spike it and remind the rest of the crowd that we’re at a football game, not a Kenny Chesney concert.

6) DO watch this video for further inspiration.

While it remains to be seen if the football team will actually #rise this fall, for us to become an SEC contender, our fans MUST rise as well. I am sick of bringing friends from other SEC schools to Commonwealth and having them laugh at us for our pathetic gameday atmosphere. Yes, new video boards, an invigorated band, and, god willing, a good football team, will improve that, but much of the responsibility lies on the fans. STAND UP on defense. Be proud to cheer on your team. How can we expect our team to turn the page if we refuse to?

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.

48 Comments for How NOT to be a football fan

  1. need a reason
    9:34 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve been going to UK games for a loooonnngggg time, I will do those things when there’s a consistent reason.

    9:35 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t need this chump to instruct me on how to cheer for my team. You want to see us get loud and crazy at Commonwealth? Well, then quit being the damn joke of the SEC and try to get win more two damn football games in the conference. Enough with the corny RIIIIIIISE B.S, the team almost got beat WKU for Christs sake but all we hear about is how the “fans are’nt loud enough” or “never stand up” what a joke.

  3. Karl Marx
    9:36 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    DO wear your black high tops, jean shorts and wife beater tanktop.
    Go CATS!

  4. Mike
    9:38 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    YES! About half of the fans at the game are SEC ignorant and in many cases football ignorant. Guys behond me were upset at people standing, including a quick discourse with me which ended after the initial discussion. In fact, I’m not sure why they came to the game, other than cat call girls half their age.

  5. tdogg4033011
    9:40 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    2&3) maybe if we as fans can do a better job, it will result in a better result on the field. Two
    of the loudest moments in CWS history resulted in 2 big wins for the program …. that
    was the UL game and the LSU game.

  6. Kate Upton
    9:47 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Instructions to Football TEAM: RIIIISEEEE!!!!111

    DONT: Let the opposing team blow thru the O-Line giving Newton zero time to throw the ball.
    DO: Catch the damn ball if you’re wide open and it hits you in the hands.
    DO: Try to win more then 2 SEC games
    DONT: Throw the ball to Matt Roark….ever again.
    DO: Play Collins more and get him involoved.

  7. Doron aka Cold Buckets
    9:47 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Been out of town all weekend….I’m assuming Shabazz committed…

  8. Calipari'sInYourEar
    9:48 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    This guy in the video should give my garden a pep talk. The tomatoes and okra might get really excited by him.

    Then he could graduate to old folks homes and give all the senior citizens a “30 minute pep and push” before diaper changing hour.

    IMAGINE! (cue John Lennon song)

  9. billy bob
    9:48 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    dj khaled? really? ahahahhahahahahahahah shut up

  10. Calipari'sInYourEar
    9:48 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    This guy in the video should give my garden a pep talk. The tomatoes and okra might get really excited by him.

    Then he could graduate to old folks homes and give all the senior citizens a “30 minute pep and push” talk before diaper changing hour.

    IMAGINE! (cue John Lennon song)

  11. tdogg4033011
    9:49 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    7) ummm, Collins is out for the season with a dislocated knee cap …. just sayin

  12. Kate Upton
    9:58 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    @ 12, Ooops meant Clemons.

  13. me
    9:58 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    How about we all just chill out because we aren’t very good. I’ll start doing these Do’s and Don’ts when we find a way to manage more than 5 yards of offense…

  14. This dude
    10:13 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I say they should play ‘Call to Post’ as the players take the field, then a little ‘William Tell’s Overture’ every time they make a first down. We own that. Let’s do it.

    Could. You. Imagine?

  15. wildcat_marine
    10:15 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Hey UK collegians… cheer however the f— you want to. You or your parents or someone else paid for your rite to be here so just enjoy it. I love UK and so do you. Show the world!

  16. KJ Choi
    10:22 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    How about this for the offensive coaching:
    Do’s: play to win
    Be creative
    Be inspired
    Show some emotion
    Pass on first down occasionally
    Get pissed off when someone does something wrong
    Quit making excuses
    Be prepared and start the game like you have actually watched film of our opponent’s defense

    Run up the gut on 1st downs
    Play not to lose
    Blame the fans for anything
    Call plays like you are scared to death
    Continually make excuses…we’re too young; to injured; wrong read, blah, blah, blah
    Walk around the sidelines like you are at church….yell, scream, smack a helmet…something!

  17. SeoulCat
    10:23 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    “You paid for your ticket,…”

    Yeah, and so did the guy sitting behind you. Show a little respect to your fellow ticket holder and sit your ass down if he complains. If you really insist on standing up and being the pompom squad’s “twelth (wo)man,” then do it in the aisle or somewhere else where you are not obstructing another’s view. Personally, I like standing up and cheering, but I understand not all people do, and you have to respect those sitting behind you. Don’t be that “me first” asshole.

  18. Bleedblue
    10:28 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Seriously, he makes a good point! I was front row on 45 yard line and saw four people get kicked out for refusing to sit. UK “fans” were throwing stuff at these people and making fun of them because they wanted to stand up and cheer on the cats. Seriously, just stay home and watch it on TV if you want to sit in a chair with your mouth closed and bash those true fans who are trying to help the team get the much needed W! The cheerleaders came over with a sign saying stand and cheer and we couldn’t because a few supposed “fans” wanted to sit! Get up BBN!!!

    10:38 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Video Dude, you lost ALL credibility when you said you love yelling “First down Kentucky!” As much as Ms. Tyler dislikes other fans’ impressions of the Commonwealth Stadium experience, I can assure you, without a doubt there is NOTHING opposing fans mock us about more than the uber-lame “First down Kentucky!” While we should certainly cheer when we get first downs, let’s quit acting like it’s such a big friggin deal! We’re SUPPOSED to get first downs, and LOTS of ’em, so let’s act like it’s not such a huge event. As the saying goes, “Act like you’ve been there.”

  20. nashvillecatsfan
    10:41 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t berate everyone around you for not standing up and yelling as the drunk a-hole in section 312 did Thursday night. The guy did it almost the entire 1st half. He seemed to think we should act as if it was a rock concert for a team that is sucking it up against one of the worst teams in the country and hasn’t finished a season above .500 in the SEC since 1977. Telling fans how they should act in general is pretty much an a-hole move. I’m pretty sure there is no school in the country that would have passionate fans with UK’s track record. The only school comparable in the SEC is Vandy and you should go to a game there if you think UK has poor football fans. It’s really hard for me to think of any other teams comparable in terms of futility, and don’t give me that consecutive bowl BS. That is a direct result of the nonconference schedule, not of beating teams of any quality.

  21. RidgeRunner
    10:44 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    13…good point.

    Ms T has some valid points as well but lets just say, this may not be the time to post this right now…lol

  22. Lw
    11:03 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    All you negative sbs, I’m sure none of you ever played a sport and I am sure your boyfriend won’t let you watch Monday night football. I’m am positive you are checking yourself out in the reflection of your commodore 64. Sa’s

  23. Lw
    11:16 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    #20 c’mon man. Passionate fans? Yea we are lovin it when we beat # 1 Lsu, # 10 sc, # 15 Georgia and # 9 Lou ville. But they aren’t there for the spring game and they aren’t there when we play bad and most of all they aren’t there when it counted for a guy like Randall Cobb. Cobb was the poster child for all that is good about college athletics and our fans didnt even fill the stadium to watch his senior game,

  24. Lw
    11:18 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Where’s my post s

  25. Lw
    11:22 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Where’s my post

  26. War Eagle
    11:24 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    what a douche bag

  27. Will Hill
    11:26 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    I remember back a few years ago when I was usually the beneficiary of my dad’s 2nd season ticket that the band would always try and start the wave, and it was always section 107 that put a stop to it. I was always so proud of them. Also, if you happen to catch a field goal, DO: throw it back, DON’T toss it around the stadium.


  28. Justin G.
    11:29 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    You know, the funny thing is that the three fan-bases shown at the beginning of the video (V. Tech, Penn St., and Wisconsin) all have something in common. They actually win! Why would we play ‘All I do is Win’, when we struggle to do exactly that?! Myself, and many of the fans in the stands, do stand when there is a critical down on defense, but, you are not going to get the crowd into a game when our team is down by 3 touchdowns before the first half is even over (last season). There is a phrase that I like to live by: Actions speak louder then words! Joker needs to quit hyping up our team with propaganda, and produce. He should use his time to get a fire lit under the teams butt, and not use it to make excuses. If UK was actually remotely competitive in many of their games, then the fans would create an atmosphere to remember. UK football fans fill a stadium every year with the hopes to see the teams do better, but they never get the results. Fans showed great support in the 09 UL and LSU games, because they were actually COMPETITIVE.

  29. 2020
    11:32 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    Did this guy really call it “UK Stadium”? What fan doesn’t know the name of the stadium? Even my dog knows its Commonwealth Stadium.

  30. Baxter
    11:42 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    1) “Traditions” aren’t invented, especially by a marketing department. They just happen for years and years until someone remarks, “Hey, we can’t change that. That’s a tradition.”

    2) Winning comes first. Then the fans get super-energized and do cool things. Not the other way around. Trust me, if we go up 21-0 on Florida in the first quarter, the house will be rocking and no one will be sitting.

  31. 2020
    11:48 pm September 5, 2011 Permalink

    28) You’re right, this guy should be giving the pre-game pep talk to our team. The players are the ones who are in dire need of being energized. Does Joker give them Ambien with their Gatorade? I’m tired of UK spotting every SEC team 3 easy scores in the 1st quarter at home. And with the exception of a few guys last Thursday night, the team looked like they didn’t even want to be there.

  32. ukcat1
    12:14 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    UK football fans don’t demand winning. Being competetive has been enough. I agree traditions come with winning programs. Most traditions start with the student body being led by the band and cheerleaders!

    Physiologically, please explain to me how one can make more noise standing than sitting. They do place seats in stadiums for a reason. When the 6’+ person stands up in front of 5’2″ me, what do you think I see?

    Fans do need to be knowlegeable in football. the home crowd must know when to scream like crazy to make it hard for the opposing qb to be heard and quiet when the home team is on offense.

    UK fans will know what to do and how to do it when the time comes. Remember we do hAVE EXPERIENCE IN BB.

  33. SagaciousMind
    12:54 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    No people dont stand up all the time. But if somethin big is goin on down on the field, people stand, and are bitched at for doing so…then that person just shouldnt be at the game cuz they obviously dont give a shit. Also, if a bunch of people are standing in front of you, it’s simple, stand up! Players feed off of the crowds energy. I know this football team isnt perfect, but supporting them and cheering for them no matter what is a must. Didnt fans learn anything from Cobb’s tirade last year? And if you are one of the assholes who yells at people, I will gladly take your ticket so a REAL fan can watch the game.

  34. Joebro
    2:18 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    1) Most of the comments on here seem to just be content with the atmosphere at UK games, and don’t seem to believe that they make a big difference. Thing is, it’s a snowball effect, the louder we are, the better the team performs. In turn we get louder. The Auburn and USC games last year were absolutely incredible, unfortunately we lost that momentum as the season went on.

    2) To my fellow students reading this, we are there to support our classmates. We should be going balls out for them every single game. If we don’t, our college experience isn’t everything it could be. Also, if you show up to the gate ten minutes before kickoff, you won’t get to your seat for the kickoff, I promise. Show up early, what’s an extra half hour?

    3) Also, if the game is at 12, drinking beer before is no fun. It’s just going to make you tired and want to pee, and the bathrooms at Commonwealth suck. Go to the game, have a great time, then go get sloshed after while watching other games.

  35. Sick of people dumping on the fans...
    8:45 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler, I usually love your posts, so I’m going to be nice. Otherwise, I was just going to go off on you, had you been someone like Chris Thomas or BTI. The fans AREN’T TO BLAME FOR POOR COACHING AND PLAY ON THE FIELD. Period. End of discussion. True, most of the football fans don’t seem to really get some of the finer points. But they DO NOT have anything to do the outcome of a game. This is the kind of stupid crap I see posted over on WCN after a loss by guys like RV and johnkyblue. Look, I played football. The crowd doesn’t really matter, at all. Otherwise, how does a visiting team ever win? If you can’t get motivated to play, or coach, you shouldn’t be in that position. The crowd factor is the most overrated thing there is. Perpetuated by folks like you who have never played the game.

  36. DerbyDemon
    9:06 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    #19–Uh, I’m afraid this year it WILL be a big deal when we get a first down…

  37. nashvillecatsfan
    9:06 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    23 – UK fans are much more passionate than their history of success, or lack thereof, indicates they should be. No other team in the country that consistently finishes near the bottom of their conference sells out as many games as the Cats do. If anyone thinks I’m wrong, please give examples. And anybody getting worked up because you are upset that other fans aren’t as loud and don’t stand up as much as you needs to get a life.

  38. nashvillecatsfan
    9:10 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    35 – I couldn’t agree with you more.

  39. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    9:12 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    35-I don’t think I blamed the fans for anything. Our team sucked on Thursday, no doubt about it. But, I do disagree that a rocking stadium doesn’t have an effect on the team. Look at the end of the South Carolina game last year. I was there and have never heard Commonwealth so loud. Tell me that didn’t pump the team up. Yes, ultimately it comes down to talent, good play calling, and motivation, but I seriously believe the crowd can have some influence on the latter.

  40. nashvillecatsfan
    9:16 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    UK was 25th nationally in attendance last year for a team that hasn’t had a winning conference record since 1977. If that isn’t pretty good fan support I don’t know what is. I’d also like to invite anyone that believes crowd noise is a more important factor to team success than money to join me in the real world.

  41. nashvillecatsfan
    9:32 am September 6, 2011 Permalink

    Why would you criticize somebody that actually paid for tickets and went to the game on Thursday night when there were only about 25,000 or so there? Those people went to an 8:15 game on a Thursday night, against one of the worst teams in the country, and many traveled to a different state to do so.

  42. andycfight
    12:28 pm September 6, 2011 Permalink

    Is that Kige Ramsey’s brother?

  43. Nashville Joe
    12:51 pm September 6, 2011 Permalink

    Whether or not it’s ok to stand up is a much bigger issue that I realized. I was sitting 3 rows from the field on Thursday night and witnessed 2 fans who were sitting on the front row get escorted out of our section for standing up to cheer and refusing to sit when asked by the fans around them. Fans sitting behind them were yelling profanities, making fun of their weight, and throwing trash at them, but they refused to sit. The fans around them all started sending text messages to security to report them for being out of line, and the security guard came and told them to sit as well. When they refused, they were escorted out of our section. To top things off, one of the two girls had an older brother who was sitting in another section, so he came to use the seats during the second half, also refusing to sit. Security was again texted and came and escorted him out as well. Never imagined that someone would get thrown out for standing up at a football game.

  44. Pistol Pete
    1:01 pm September 6, 2011 Permalink

    yes, let’s stand up and cheer as we watch paint drying (offense)

  45. Pistol Pete
    1:10 pm September 6, 2011 Permalink

    yes, let’s stand up and cheer as we watch paint dry.

  46. nashvillecatsfan
    3:05 pm September 6, 2011 Permalink

    yeah, they’re not very good because of the fans. yeah, that’s it. if the fans would only cheer louder, they would try harder. give me a freaking break. thousands of kids bust their butts every friday night in front of 100s to a few thousand fans, but college kids can’t perform well unless they have a packed stadium on their feet making lots of noise. please. the atmosphere will follow the winning, not the other way around.

  47. Yroc53
    4:50 pm September 6, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone remember this guy? One in the same with the guy from the video just posted. All I do is win is for basketball, find a different one. Play better music throughout the game to keep the crowd into and like most the people who already commented…We have to win!! This team is going downward fast… Beating cupcakes and getting to a bowl is fun but hoping we beat Vandy and maybe get lucky against one other team every year sucks..

  48. TruthAbouttheSEC
    7:49 pm September 6, 2011 Permalink

    Guys: Every school in the SEC has this problem with’s not just a Kentucky thing. At Tennessee, you have the same problems with people bitchin’ and moanin’ about fans standing up in front of them-as you do at UGA, State, Auburn etc. Everyone talks about Rocky Top (gag) bein’ “tradition”. They didnt start playing it at UT games until around the late 1980s