At only 21 years old I haven’t had the opportunity to experience many sporting events. I have seen some great games, like the North Carolina game last year at Rupp. I’ve seen a few strange ones as well. During the 2008 wind storm in Louisville, I watched a middle schooler punt a ball for -30 yards. That was a weird game, but it doesn’t touch what happened yesterday at Commonwealth Stadium. They couldn’t pay people to show up with more seats empty than filled. Our Section 206 sideshow with #TeamPatrick drew more attention in the stands than the performance on the field. With the game dwindling down Rob Bromley told me, “Hopefully you’ll see many more seasons, but you probably will never see anything like this again.”
With the team 1-9 and only 2 games left in the sad season, there’s not much left to say. The coach for next year is still uncertain, as Joker will be the head coach for his last time in Commonwealth. If the fans were trying to make a statement by not showing up, they did that yesterday. It is time to set aside grievances and support the lone remaining class with a bowl victory. Senior Day vs. Samford isn’t an attractive game, but the seats SHOULD BE FILLED.
It is much easier for eager freshman to continually be excited to be on the playing field, but for a Senior that has seen success in the SEC it is gut-wrenching. La’Rod King is one of Kentucky Football’s Top 10 Wide Receivers. Yesterday he had to take the field in an empty stadium. He’ll never say that it impacted his performance, but King is not the type of guy to drop two 4th down passes that would have been for 1st downs. The 17 Seniors deserve the chance to end their careers with a win in front of an enthusiastic Commonwealth Stadium crowd. For most, it will be the second to last game of football they will ever play: don’t let them leave the sport they love with a bad taste in their mouth.
In 2 weeks when Kentucky plays their final home game of the season on senior night, a movement has already begun for the fans to “Pack Commonwealth.” The movement is in an attempt to show support for the players, the future of the program and Joker Phillips for his contributions and years of service to the Kentucky football program and University (not just as a coach, but also as a player and assistant coach). Use the hash tag #PackCommonwealth on Twitter and other social media outlets to spread the word if you wish to join the movement.
– #PACKCommonwealth @RoushKSR