Hey, remember that time the Rupp fountains turned red? That was a gaffe, right? So it turns out it was just supposed to be pink, but still. Crazy stuff. For like, five minutes. Some thought it may have been a prank by a subversive Cardinal fan, but no, the real story was far less exciting.
Unless you’re from New England.
Apparently New England Sports Network’s Jen Slothower thought Kentucky fans might be afraid that the sanguine pool was a sign of horrible things to come, based on how the program has been run recently. Here’s an excerpt from a blurb entitled “Kentucky Fans Get Collective Heart Attack When Water Outside Rupp Arena Turns Red”:
It’s a fair guess, though, that some diehard fans had to be wondering whether the university was getting payback for making some kind of Faustian bargain to get the title this year, and whether the fountain turning red was a sign that locusts and plagues are next.
Is that a fair guess? Implying that Calipari, and Kentucky fans, made a deal with the devil in order to win the championship this year, that’s a sensible thing to do? Not only does she have her knowledge of Faust and the plagues mixed up by grouping them together (the devil was responsible for Faust; God, the plagues), but she is insinuating that Wildcat fans must have some sort of guilt for winning the championship.
It was probably done lightheartedly, but works off of the assumption that we must have done something wrong, and like a petulant child, we’re waiting to see how long it will take others to notice, and punish it. Unfortunately, that must be a pretty pervasive sentiment around there. Well, sorry to disappoint you, Jen Slothower and NESN, but those guys earned this one.