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New England Writer “Perfectly” Understands Kentucky Fanbase

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.

Article written by Corey Nichols

28 Comments for New England Writer “Perfectly” Understands Kentucky Fanbase

  1. wellsir
    9:04 am May 18, 2012 Permalink


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  3. Tom Smykowski
    9:11 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    You see, it would be this mat that you would put on the floor and would have different CONCLUSIONS written on it that you could JUMP TO.

  4. Dollar Dave
    9:13 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Wanna attract attention to your story? Revive a dying career? Mention Kentucky Basketball in a potentially negative spin, KSR links to it and whammo, we have a winner. At what point will KSR start selling their services?

  5. Rock Slyde
    9:14 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    I see what you did there with the commas Corey. You’re not as dumb as you write.

  6. nolablue
    9:14 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    She’s probably a disgruntled Redsux fan; she just hates anything and everything right now. I can’t make
    myself care about anything a yankee says about our ‘Cats anyway; anytime, ever.

  7. Dumbledore
    9:15 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    This is why I love Corey. Locusts, Death Angels, Rivers of Blood – those are all in God’s bag of tricks. Way to call her out.

  8. BigBlue1976
    9:17 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    How many seasons have to go by with no cheating and violations before these white whale hunters lay off?

  9. CO
    9:19 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Jen who? Does KSR really have to address every single low-level writer who disses us. Who cares?!?!

  10. John Ellis
    9:19 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    No, it’s the UK fanbase’s sympathetic expression for the bloody mess that Jim Calhoun has made of his UConn program. Talk about a Faustian bargain. The same could be said for Boeheim, who has a program that won their only title with the ultimate one and done, while ongoing drug, sex abuse of children and classroom problems are roiling his wretched program. We are a sympathetic lot.

  11. about time
    9:29 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Not bad, Corey. This post didn’t suck…

  12. 13th. Grade
    9:30 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Lighten up, Francis! You’re spot-on, #9.

  13. Al's IndiCats
    9:33 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    10, I think you said it all. With all that’s going on up in the Big (L)East why would any writer worth their weight in Puppy presents on an expensive Oriental Rug even say one word about a school thats almost 1000 miles from their office.

  14. ScotlandCatFan
    9:35 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    3 – I LOL’d.

  15. Smyrna_Cat
    9:40 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    This is the kind of thing Corey should be posting … simple, straight-forward, with a link.

  16. blue reefcat
    9:40 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    I just called it cardinal blood.

  17. Joe Walsh
    9:51 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    I like big tits…that’s right!

  18. Buggy Whipper
    9:55 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Their will be blood…

  19. Comma-City
    10:18 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Corey still uses too many commas.

    What is, up, with that, Corey? Did someone, bet you, that you couldn’t, use, 500 commas, yes, commas, in every, post,,,,,,,,?

  20. Noel
    10:27 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Corey is easily the worst writer on here every single morning I laugh out loud at his posts hahaha

  21. Chicago Chris
    10:37 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Sensitive much? Since the red fountain has a wrath-of-God feel, the article makes sense (as humor).

  22. Terry
    10:47 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Imagine the headline if Rupp was shaped, in any way, like a myan pyramid LOL.

    10:48 am May 18, 2012 Permalink


  24. ty
    11:15 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    People from the northeast are god-awful.

  25. TampaCat
    12:52 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone knows The “Red Sox” suck!

  26. HicksPickSix
    1:00 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Today’s Example of Irony: Corey Nichols citing another writer for getting their facts mixed up.

  27. blueinmemphis
    1:49 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    When will you stop quoting, linking and giving attention to otherwise forgettable and lame stories? Yes, there’s smoke there so stories will be written; no, there’s no fire there, so why spread the smoke around?

  28. yep.
    3:27 pm May 18, 2012 Permalink

    the writers for KSR have turned into cry babies. Joel Pett, whoever wrote the current article you’re complaining about, thamel, etc. No one cares. Talk about basketball.