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They’re Making T-Shirts…

The WKU online store is striking while Joker’s seat the iron is hot.  Like all schools celebrating a big deal, Western officials have decided to market a t-shirt commemorating the upset loss from this past Saturday.

I don’t know whether this is good or bad.  On the one hand, we’re such a big deal to them that they have to make t-shirts for winning a regular season game.

On the other hand… freakin’ look at it.


At least we make T-shirts that look like this:

Still sucks though.

Article written by Corey Nichols

70 Comments for They’re Making T-Shirts…

  1. JayCee
    9:05 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Basketball as a reply to a football shortcoming.


  2. asdf
    9:09 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    They won the game. They earned bragging rights. They get to print T-shirts.

  3. Bubba Hotep
    9:09 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t just let them have a good time? No need to be a baby about it.

  4. barn
    9:12 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    i don’t think we have a right to criticize anything wku fans do or say after that game. “red is the new blue”. damn

  5. CatGrad7072
    9:13 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure you meant ‘upset win’. Give WKU credit and quit worrying about offending Mitch and losing your program access.

    But, you may be right about the loss part. UK lost the game the day Joker was named HCIW.

    Congrats to Western.

  6. Bob Sugar
    9:13 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    So what if they’re making or wearing t shirts? Mitch Barnhart and Joker Phillips should be forced to wear one everyday for the rest of the season. A scarlet shirt marking them for this unforgivable transgression.

  7. FrigFullofBeer
    9:14 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    It was a hugh win for Western’s program… Like Kentucky made T-Shirts after Tenneesse win last year, and I am still shocked UK lost, same like losing to Louisiana Monroe back in early 90’s when Raymond Mclaurin was the Cats rb at time

  8. wildcat502
    9:19 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky football will never be more than a 500 team. As long as the current adminstration is in tact, past and present. We get as much bowl revenue as does Alabama, LSU,etc. Even if we go 0-8, the money is still paid out evenly.
    We will always hire an older coach or an up and comer. This way, we can get by paying them 1.5 million. We will fire and hire a new coach every 4 to 5 years to give the impression that they care. They will give out 6 to 8 million every 5 years or so to non-revenue sports to make it look as though they care.
    Football is the money maker for most schools, but at Kentucky its basketball. Our basketball program sells the hats, t-shirts, pictures, etc. Basketball keeps us logging onto and paying for Catspause (Rivals and 24/7), Bleed Blue Kentucky, etc, not football. Without basketball, Kentucky would be nothing and they understand this. By paying less for coaches, not placing money into football, U of K will make money in football. If they put money into this sport or paid a football coach basketball money, we would lose money.
    Until the adminstration decides that Kentucky can play both sports and compete in both, make money in both, then we will always be Kentucky in both sports…………..status quo

  9. Floyd
    9:20 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    That should be a billboard in full view from barneys office window.

  10. dave
    9:20 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    We aren’t a “big deal” in football to anyone.

    We are supposed to be an SEC football team, for god’s sake.

  11. JayCee
    9:20 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    The money is not “even.” BCS bowl berths and BCS bowl wins pay more. Few million more, actually. The base payout is the same conference-wide, yes, but there are still incentives.

  12. sodfather
    9:21 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    different sports…

  13. YearyCat
    9:24 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN rumor central headline “Petrino a good fit for Kentucky?” its insider only someone please do a post on this!!!

  14. barn
    9:24 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    8–i don’t dispute what you say. i too thought that basketball was a bigger moneymaker than fball, but according to things i’ve read and heard from other sources, football is still the cash cow, even at UK. i never would have thought it

  15. wildcat502
    9:26 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    I`ve been a Wildcat fan since the 60`s. If you ever think we will compete in the SEC your only kidding yourselves. It isnt the current AD`s fault either. We have had several before him and will have several afterwards and it will continue to be the same until the Administration attitudes are changed.
    Look at every football coach we have had over the years and all have had 500 or sub records. We showed, in the fifties, where we stand on sports. When Rupp was given his Cadlilac and The Bear was given a watch. When Rupp said this town isnt big enough for you and me and I`m not going anywhere.
    Put 10 million into the football facilities, give football a recruiting room, an updated locker room, new practice facilities. Then gauge the recruiting.
    We should have hired Howard in the 80`s but the admin was afraid of him. Afraid he would upset the basketball “people”, turn the page on football. So we didnt hire him, U of L did and look what we did for them. Turned the page.

  16. wildcat502
    9:27 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    14 – I cant imagine that as well

  17. barn
    9:28 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    we’d be the laughing stock of all the tard fans if petrino were to be hired by UK. remember how we ragged them when pitino went to ul?

  18. Yar
    9:28 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah…When I was at WKU they made shirts after the basketball win at Rupp under Tubby. Considering who WKU plays on a regular basis, beating UK is a big deal especially since most of the WKU diehards thought the second coming happened on Saturday.

  19. SteveM
    9:29 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Where can I buy one?? The low point of UK football should forever be memorialized so that the UK administration will never again be inclined to allow the program to sink to such depths. low.

  20. Darren
    9:29 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Kind of like when UK made T-shirts for the win over UT last year? Let WKU do what they want!I love UK but it’s getting PATHETIC that we can only defend our Football Program by a quick reference our Basketball Program.

  21. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    9:33 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    We made shirts when we beat ranked UofL and LSU in 2007. Higher quality opponents, sure. But no different really. They won. Let them have their day.

  22. asdf
    9:35 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    We are terrible this year. Even if we were a Sun Belt team, we would be behind Arkansas.

  23. notv
    9:36 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Come on, KSR — man up and take a stand. As one of ten total UK football fans left, the repeated refusal of this website to drop the B.S. and criticize Joker is getting to be ridiculous. Admit that Joker is a terrible coach, was terrible as OC, was needlessly appointed as HC in waiting, and is as big of a failure as the BCG experiment was in basketball. Only difference is that us ten football fans yelling for his head is not as effective as the entire BBN calling for BCG’s head.

    The only thing a UK head football coach has to do is put rears in the seats at Commonwealth Stadium. I don’t (and no UK fan should) expect an 8 win season. But I do enjoy watching a game where I don’t have to anticipate a 63-0 loss to UF for the umpteenth season in a row. Build up a little hype, steal some wins for good teams now and then, and let me get drunk in the parking lot on Saturday mornings/afternoons. But don’t lose to the WKUs of the world. If we continue down this road, it’s going to be a loss to Eastern in football (they’re not terrible, btw).

    That is all.

  24. UKBlue
    9:37 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    We totally deserve all the heckling & ball breaking !! I honestly don’t know how the entire coaching staff can look at themselves, justify to themselves keeping their jobs, and for that matter expect & cash their pay checks. Next to being on probation & losing scholarships, how much worse could it get? At this rate, we might as well be on probation. UK football is on a year round self imposed probation that we can already ever get off; we don’t have to worry about NCAA Bowl Bands, UK takes care of that themselves.

    11. If you look at the audits of the bowls since the Bowls are labeled as charities for IRS tax purposes; unless it is a big time Bowl, schools usually lose money on excepting lower end bowl bids. Especially since the bowls make the schools purchase no matter what their entire allotment of tickets. If the tickets don’t sell, the school is still required to buy the tickets. UCONN lost over $1 Million Dollars a couple of years ago playing in a bowl.

  25. asdf
    9:37 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is a snake who always leaves his jobs is complete chaos. Any school that hires him will be in a total disarray when his tenure ends. That is proven by history. Our mistake was letting Leach get away last year. If only we hadn’t beaten Tennessee (I can’t believe I’m saying that!).

  26. bluecoat
    9:38 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Is there anyway we can Minnesota interested in Joker as their next football coach?

  27. The Postman
    9:39 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Boy, you realllllly mailed it in on this sucky 9:00 am post.
    Nothing wrong with the T-shirt. Good for them.

  28. Pot Meet Kettle
    9:41 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Another fabulous entry by the site staff.

    The Kentucky fan base is a fine group, but the folks running this site are nothing but big wimpy babies. They have hate days, poke fun at other schools who “suck”, disrespect conference teams and out of conference opponents.

    Well to the victors go the spoils…put your big boys pants on and suck it up

  29. JayCee
    9:42 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    17- why, exactly? B/c we’d be beating their ass like we’re supposed to?

  30. bigbluebear
    9:43 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    We didn’t make a t-shirt after beating Tennessee last year? That was a regular season game…

  31. John O
    9:45 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    I see no big deal in the shirts. When you are a smaller school with a smaller budget and upset someone on their home field, you should be allowed to celebrate. If WKU had upset UL, we would be claiming UL as the 3rd best team in the state. I’m now wondering if UK isn’t the 4th best football team in the state this year.

  32. Just Sayin'
    9:46 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    um, they make a shirt for a big win for their program in football. your response is “hey, look. we made tshirts for winning a BASKETBALL championship.” are you serious?

  33. JayCee
    9:46 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    30- It’s OK for UK to make a gaudy, visually repulsive shirt covered in 900 words with an elementary-level catch phrase referencing the number 8, but we laugh when others do it.

    Again, WEAREUK.

  34. nassau65
    9:47 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    No different than UK making shirts for beating UT last year. It’s the first time in school history for WKU to beat an SEC team in football. Worthy of a t-shirt IMO.

  35. jay
    9:49 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    corey corey corey… coming from a die hard UK fan and somewhat topper’s fan… im embarrassed by this post you did man… We made shirts when we beat UL and LSU in football a few years back… lets let WKU have their day! its sore losers like you that make me not want to be a UK football fan…

  36. barn
    9:49 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    that tee we made last year for beating tenn was a real low point. vol fans had a field day with that. as a UK fan that shirt was embarrassing

  37. Jack Nicklaus-Stein
    9:50 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    The arse-whipper gets to point, laugh and brag.
    The arse-whippee must sit back and take it.
    Thats the way it works.

  38. Lol
    9:51 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Most of their students will continue to wear uk shirts

  39. CatGrad7072
    9:53 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Where is Matt on the WKU game? He must be outraged; either that or he’s basking in a post-fantasy camp afterglow.

  40. Duck Fuke
    9:53 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Great attitude lets bury our head in the basketball sand. I’m tired of UK fans using basketball as an escape from football failure they are completely different animals! UKs failure to build the football side of the program hurts the schools ability to attract new students and make money to support the university as a whole. It’s a real and serious problem.

  41. Lipped
    9:54 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    No I don’t remember that. I remember being pissed and thinking Louisville might own us one day. I’m sure card fans were loving it and obviously happy as hell that pitino would stick it in uk fans

  42. Henry Earl
    9:54 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    yes, exploit the recent football woes by depressing your readers in to buying 6 moth old basketball memorabilia. very nice advertising.

  43. Lipped
    9:56 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    (41) comment was in response to (17)

  44. Lipped
    9:59 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    25). All Petrino left the teams he left was a TOP 10 ranking! I’d really hate that for these cat fans

  45. barn
    9:59 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    at least wku football is division I now, since 2009 i think

  46. ky
    10:04 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    we made t-shirts this year in basketball after we beat carolina

  47. DerbyDemon
    10:08 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Really guys? REALLY? Let WKU have its day AND its t-shirt. The truth hurts, and I’m afraid (with regard to this year) we AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET…

  48. millwooded
    10:09 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    they have every right to make shirts, no matter how much UK sucks at football! they still beat an SEC team, and if anyone who has followed their transformation to div 1,(the losing streak, etc), this a big deal to them…..but on the bright side of us UK football fans, we did make one school a football powerhouse…we let the “bear” go to alabama, then kindly took bill curry off their hands.

  49. CATsFan
    10:21 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    It is kind of funny though, you can’t be mad though they are a Sun Belt team beating a team in “The Best Conference in the Nation”. Taggert drew up an amazing gamble of a play at the end. I would say he needs to be in the talks of being UKs next coach, he takes a lot of what the state of Kentucky has to offer from H.S. football and then beats the flagship university of the Commonwealth. They are taking it a little to the extreme though, I am from western Kentucky and a journalist wrote about how WKU has become a dominant force in college football, they beat a team that is in the lowest of the SEC. I am a graduate of UK and bleed blue, it is hard to hate on a team that the University of Kentucky is all around better than. Let them have their fun, but it is time to think about the job of head football coach at UK, I was a huge supporter of Joker coming into this season, but now not as much. I just hate to see the talent on this team (there is a lot, Max Smith is in top 10 QBs) not have the leadership they need from their coaches to succeed. I love my CATS, I love CATS football, I will be one of the few that still goes to the games. It is because they are my team that I support. That means supporting them through this time and giving these young guys support, not to give Joker support. Joker’s paycheck is his support, give these young guys that chose to play at the University of Kentucky support. Support the next coach the best way possible. They say that we can’t be a football school as well, well that is not true. If there was half the support for the football team as there was for basketball then we could have a decent team. That is all of my rambling, but GO Cats, thanks for your time Joker, and get 9.

  50. Matt in Franklin
    10:26 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Let them enjoy their shirts…for God’s sake, they EARNED that win…I like the idea of making our football coaches wear it too…the best thing UK can do is copy WKU’s blueprint for putting a winning product on the field…that’s right, I said it…UK NEEDS TO FOLLOW WKU’

  51. Class
    10:28 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    …….I can’t wait till basketball season.

  52. Big Blue B-Rad
    10:36 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s call it what it was. It was a big win for them. They deserved it. We dug ourselves too deep a hole to get out of. Give credit where credit was due.

  53. UKforDAYZZZ
    10:36 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    45 – Yes WKU is D1 now. I’ve followed their transistion some. It’s hard to go from one level to the next even if you were at the top of your lower level. They were dominating teams like Murray and EKU before jumping up to D1. They struggled through 20 something losses in a row during the transition. Since Taggart became coach, in just 3 short seasons he has broken the losing streak, finished bowl eligible last year, and in the last 11 games WKU’s only 2 losses have been to the current #1 ranked team (LSU 2011, Bama 2012) Yes this is a huge win for WKU because it is an in state foe as well as their first SEC and BCS victory, so let them have their day with their shirts. To the victor goes the spoils. In the same since, I know UK fans are dissapointed losing to “lil ol’ WKU” but to be honest they aren’t “that” program anymore. Taggart has this team on the rise and I expect them to atleast be a consistent bowl contender now that they are bringing in D1 recruiting classes. Those first few years were rough, it’s tough to beat D-1 schools while your starting Junior/Seniors are D 1-AA recruits.

  54. RealCatsFan
    10:37 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    WKU fans have a right to brag and be happy with the direction that their football program is heading. Give their AD credit – they hired an up and coming coach who has the balls to be aggressive and has the charisma to get his entire team behind him. Joker is by most accounts a truly nice guy, a person that I would venture most would be happy to call a friend, but he just doesn’t seem to have that charisma, that “IT” that gets his team fired up and truly BELIEVING that they can win when they get on the field. We want to believe that “nice guys finish first”, but it isn’t always the case. Joker unfortunately reminds me of Bill Curry – quality individual with integrity, but not a winner on the field. Some folks are just too nice to have that level of ruthlessness that it takes to win in a competitive environment.

  55. Clam
    10:42 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Just got through walking across WKU’s campus this morning: I didn’t see any UK clothes.

  56. Yngvie Maumsteen.
    10:58 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Good for the Toppers. It’s a big win for them and a huge humiliation for UK FB.

  57. nassau65
    11:01 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    38, not any more. I happened to drive through WKU’s campus this morning during class change time. I saw no UK blue, not even one. It was red from one end to the other. Dream on.

  58. Wku&catsfan
    11:10 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    55- Were there really THAT many people wearing UK stuff on campus before this weekend, or were Western fans making a bigger deal out of it than it really was? Were there 3,000 WKU students faithfully adorned in all UK logo’d blue from head to toe running around campus shouting Go Big blue, or were there like 11 or 12 people here and there that mistakenly put on a blue shirt unbeknownst to the fact it was UK week?

    Big win for the Toppers this weekend, and good luck to UK the rest of the season. I think UK might be better on offense than people think right now, still might not win very many games (if any)in the SEC but might be more competitive than people think right now. Western and Louisville might both end up ranked in the top 25 before the season ends.

  59. JandPsDad
    11:12 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a WKU alum (like Beisner) but I have been a UK fan since “birth.” WKU won – I knew the day would come…but I think it is interesting that WKU and IU have something in common – they celebrate regular season victories. It makes sense for WKU – a little sister school… Proud of my alma mater – “taking it” with my first love – UK. My kid, who is going to WKU (and is a huge fan of UK), keeps me in on WKU. So as a UK fan we need to take it with class – we have certainly handed some stuff out recently (when we beat LSU or win championships). Still, I’ll always keep bleedin’ blue in Hoosier Land!

  60. Matt
    11:27 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    58-During the 4 years I spent at WKU there was a lot of UK blue worn on campus, and no they were not exaggerating. Although you do tend to see more UK blue during the winter months than you do the fall months, and it could have just been heightened awareness, but whenever WKU would play UK in any sport there seemed to be an increased amount of blue around campus. I too wore blue throughout the school year, but had to do so sparingly (I was an athlete). Trust me, everyone on that campus knows when it is WKU vs. UK week

  61. topper
    11:58 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Why criticize western for making those shirts? Kentucky did the same thing when we beat Louisville, lsu, Georgia, and Tennessee.

  62. Katdaddy
    12:05 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    YEAH #61

  63. Super13
    12:45 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    As a WKU faculty member and alum I can say that this is embarrassing. I am proud of the win, but there is not need to print shirts. This is a decision of the bookstore – – not representative of the fans.

  64. Beavis
    1:10 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to WKU….Personally,,,,I see nothing wrong with the the shirts. Maybe we can line up a game with Trinity and if we beat them we could move up to the number 3 ranking in the state.

  65. Sean
    1:40 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Red is the new blue!!

  66. tuco
    1:53 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    uk making fun of somebody making t shirts is hilarious! If it weren’t for uk tshirts a uk fans wouldn’t have any clothes to wear period!

  67. Litig8tr
    2:02 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    I have been looking all over for the Tee Shirt shown on the back row on the right. Anyone know where I can find it?

  68. Martyin
    4:47 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    On the bright side, UK losing to WKU didn’t HELP UofL…

  69. Pen and Paper
    4:54 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ok… so this was WKU’s first win over a BCS school and it happened against their biggest in state rival. What’s the big deal with them being proud of that? WKU entered division 1A just 4 years ago, and in just 4 short years they have gone from being 0-12 to Bowl Eligible to beating a BCS team on the road. That a pretty big accomplishment for a Sun Belt team.

  70. ABE
    2:07 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    Please don’t let Corey Nichols write anymore. He is soo god awful…