Only a fool could say no to UK, now or in the past (right?!)
Or so some of America thinks. While there is plenty of evidence to refute that claim (Kentucky fans are the most knowledgeable, most passionate, and best travelling), sometimes we do silly things that give ammo to our opponents. Most recently, folks tweet-bashing Anthony Bennett have garnered more negative attention towards Cat fans. This trend of bashing recruits has continued throughout every era of Wildcat success, albeit not always in the medium of twitter. Let’s check out a few examples of what NOT to do (I’m serious – stop it!) from history:
— December 1st, 1904 via U.S. postal service —
Dearest [name redacted],
My boys recently informed me of your commitment to play basketball for Georgetown College on down the road in Scott County. I assume this augural season loss to Georgetown swayed you, but just want to let you know that we won’t be offering you or your daddy the same discount on our ‘shine anymore. Take your business elsewhere. We’ll be looking to improve from 1-2 next season and your help won’t be necessary, anyway.
— January 2, 1942 via morse code to French WWII frontlines —
..-. ..- -.-. -.- / -.– — ..-
— July 8th, 1951 via carrier pigeon —
[name redacted], I’m writing re: you cutting UK from your list. The government is watching the lines, and Kentucky’s point-shaving scandal proves it. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you. A witch hunt for point-shavers and communists. How can you even shave a point, anyway? Makes no sense! I’m tempted to call you a communist for buying into the garbage. Reconsider UK or consider yourself warned.
— November 20th, 1972 via one fan’s lucid acid-trip dream conversation with himself —
You’re decommitting from Kentucky just because Adolph Rupp is retiring? How fascist of you. Ya got ahold of the wrong dope, my man. Quit being a square Richard Nixon-lover and get back on board. Sorry, I must go. I’ve got a hot-air ballon ride with an elephant to catch. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, my brother. The Wildcats will stay on top. Follow me back to Lexington as we fly along this rainbow path to the promised land.
— February 1st, 1989 via an early form of e-mail —
To: [name redacted]
Message: I know you’re a Louisville kid, but TENNESSEE? R u kidding me? (you think this type of lingo will catch on?)
— December 28th, 2008 via KentuckySportsRadio.com comment section —
[username redacted] says:
“Folks, next year we will have (4) kids who can bring the ball up the floor and run the PG:
Why waste a scholarship on a kid who is undersized and who has to sit out, while we could instead give it to a big man to help rebound and score from inside.
Again, we don’t need Jai Lucas.”