Kentucky fans have experienced a range of upsetting losses over the years that span across all sports. From the Christian Laettner shot to the 1997 loss to LSU on a Hail Mary pass, the heartbreak and disappointed is something fans are never able to shake.
But since I’ve been alive, three losses have stood out to me the most, two of which have occurred in my four years of attending the University of Kentucky.
First we have the 2015 National Tournament loss to Wisconsin, when Kentucky’s basketball team could have competed for the title and topped Indiana’s undefeated season. Instead, the loss for the Cats turned into another championship win for Duke.
Then, we have last night’s loss to Florida in football, marking 31 years of disappointment for Kentucky fans when facing the Gators. Aside from the fact this has happened year after year after year, this time around felt different. The talent was there, all of the chips had fallen into place and the Cats looked like they could actually pull this one off. The streak was finally going to end. Until in true Kentucky football fashion, it didn’t.
The pangs of disappointed and funeral-esque mournings across the Bluegrass today are plentiful, but I can’t say I’m surprised. At no point yesterday was I fully confident Kentucky was going to win that game. However, a few years ago when watching Kentucky vs. Wisconsin, I was nothing but positive we could win, even when we got off to a terrible start and let Wisconsin on a 12-3 run.
Something about a season ending for players who you know will not return the following year settles a little bit differently than a regular season loss that you kind of felt coming. But don’t take my word for. Whatever it is you’re feeling today, here are a few fans from Big Blue Nation who are on your side…
Wisconsin Loss. A game away from a ship, 40-0, topping IU’s undefeated season, led to another title for Duke. Tonight was bad…but still.
– Jesse Wright (@Jwright0910) September 24, 2017
Wisconsin b/c it ended the season. This loss hurts really bad, but this team has a lot of football left & it can still be an awesome season.
– Ray J. Vaske (@outRAGEous02) September 24, 2017
A (small) portion of the people have spoken, and it looks like they side with me. Of 33 votes, 24% were more upset by the Florida loss and 76% by the Wisconsin loss.
What hurts more? (reply with your reasoning)
– Kelsey Mattingly (@kelseyKSR) September 24, 2017
What say you? Florida or Wisconsin? Which loss will haunt you more going through the remainder of your life as a Kentucky fan? Let us know in the comments.