As this could be my farewell post on KSR, and will be the last as a contestant in this here competition, I just wanted to say a few parting words. First, to the staff, thanks for putting this thing on, as backwards as it may have seemed at times. It was a great opportunity for me and everyone involved and I feel privileged to have competed against most worthy adversaries.
To the readers, thanks for paying attention this whole time. No wait. Most of you guys wrote this off a long time ago so thanks for however long you paid attention. Obviously the people who have voted for me get some thanks, as well. I’d also like to inform Tyler Thompson’s voters that there’s plenty of room on the bandwagon.
Win or lose I’ll still be here every day, and given the way Hilbert tried to sabotage me earlier, it’ll probably be to heckle him almost exclusively. Would it be kind of tough to come here and read posts from the guy I lost to? Probably, but there would be no shame in losing to someone as capable as Mr. Robertson. I believe both of us could benefit the site, but alas, there can be only one. Whether it’s him or me, this has been a hell of a ride and something that I will definitely never forget.
Before I go, I’d like to put a call out to all the Kentucky fans. The crazy ones, the sane ones, and even the ones who think they fall in one group but actually fall in the other. Everybody together now…take a deep breath…and exhale. Let’s all take a few minutes and reassess where we are. The mood about the team hasn’t been positive since before the season, and I think it may be time we as the Big Blue Nation start to get behind this group.
I don’t want to sound all rah-rah or whatever, as I’m fully aware of the Wildcats’ volume of issues. It’s just that we have the power to control one of those issues, that being the prevailing attitude around the team. Better play would obviously help the cause, but the fans (myself included) have been digging a hole of negativity for sometime now and it’s time to climb out. We are not helping things.
So lets use this week’s buildup to the Indiana game as a springboard to a season where we maybe don’t jump on every possible tidbit like the world is falling. Maybe, even if he plays poorly, we can learn to appreciate and cheer Michael Porter for playing his butt off in spite of the jerks that want him gone. Instead of waiting for the bad and then criticizing, let’s search for a little good and celebrate it.
I realize that I may alienate some voters with these words, and I’m not too worried about that. We weren’t even that good last season, but the will of the team and the fans in the second half of the year was unbelievable and propelled the squad to success beyond expectation. Simply put, basketball season is more fun if we’re all on the same page. It’s also more successful. It’s also better when we focus our trash talk on the opposition and, after all, that’s what it’s all about. You’re still not feeling positive, huh? Well here, let Matt Foley, motivational speaker, see if he can’t help that attitude out a little. That’s all I’ve got for you all, and I hope I have kept you satisfied with your KSR experience today. Tune back in for Corey Robertson tomorrow and don’t forget to listen to Sportsnight. No, wait, nevermind. Tom Jurich sucks.