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Thoughts before we move on

The only cruel thing about last night’s win over Louisville is we can’t give it the full attention it deserves. Fortunately and unfortunately, we have to turn the page at some point and get ready for Kansas. But, not just yet.

A week of build-up, breakdowns, and meltdowns culminated in Anthony Davis’ fiery scream at the end of the game. The normally reserved and humble Davis let it all out Saturday night, all of the emotions that come with working so hard for something and finally seeing it on the horizon. He’s been given almost every award in college basketball, and has accepted each with poise and grace. His scream was our scream, his emotions our emotions, and his performance our privilege.

I could go on forever about the game. It was ugly, emotional and gut wrenching, just like the week that preceded it. Darius Miller was the man we knew he could be, hitting clutch shots when the team needed him the most. He played like a kid who grew up with the rivalry. MKG was MKG, gutsy and fierce, the epitome of every inspirational quote ever written. Even Cal and Pitino made nice for one night, with Pitino classing it up by telling Cal he’s rooting for the Cats to bring home the trophy.

I woke up this morning ready to revel in victory, and was disappointed to open my computer and instead see pictures of Lexington on fire. When asked about the riots in today’s press conference, Calipari said he was “disappointed” to hear about it, and that “the state of Kentucky is so connected to this program, they go overboard sometimes.”

Yes, college is college and I guess there’s something entertaining about burning stuff, but I really don’t understand rioting. What did I do last night after the win? Went outside and danced. I literally did a really embarrassing jig that thank god Mr. TT didn’t catch on film. At no point did I feel the need to flip over my patio furniture and light it on fire. What’s the point? How does that memorialize a win? Some of the pictures of the State Street riots are unbelievable, and quite frankly, sad. Yes, we won a huge game. Probably the most emotional game Kentucky has played in quite some time. A week’s worth of emotions were going to express themselves somehow. Unfortunately, in this day and age, everyone gets to see it instantly.

I’m not chastising the students. Lord knows I did some stupid stuff when I was in college. I’m all for bonfires, but when it gets to the point that people are flipping over cars and not listening to police, it turns into something different. On Monday, let’s act as though we’ve been here before and put down the torches. As one of my Facebook friends (and Kate on State) put it, celebrate with nudity, not fire.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

127 Comments for Thoughts before we move on

  1. UK > KU
    3:04 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Well said Ms Thompson…now only if every UK fan could read this maybe the message will be understood. hmmm maybe a message similar to this could be posted next to every beer frig at gas stations.

    I second the celebrate with nudity not fire. (we need more Kates on state)

  2. UK's Freshmen
    3:11 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Poor little Rednecks.

  3. rupp's grunt
    3:13 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    It’s shameful that there are those that will use a fantastic victory like this as an excuse to behave like idiots. It’s not even the championship game! If, God Forbid, the Wildcats lose on Monday night, then what were you celebrating and setting fires for, exactly? Second place?

    Not classy.

    3:14 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    As a student at UK I have to say I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Ever been in college? Ever been at UK after we beat U of L in the Final four to make it to the title game? This is fourteen years of build up and the celebrations were well-deserved and I applaud my fellow students for partying hard. C’mon you have to admit you were mesmerized by all the cool videos of college kids burning stuff in the streets. And by the way, this is State St. not Main St. downtown. Chances are you none of you have ever been down that street and more than likely don’t even know where it is. All you people are doing is sitting at your computers and pointing your fingers at college kids (who happen to be paying large amounts of money just to be a student at UK). Get over it we’re college kids and we’re having the time of our lives. Go Cats

  5. Wow!
    3:15 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    This truly isn’t as big a deal as you make it out to be. Their is nothing wron with celebrating by burning your coach. I used to live around that area and burning coaches happens all the time, not just after the final four. I love nudity too, but you just can’t beat the two combined.

  6. Crazy Pills
    3:16 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Come on guys. Was anyone hurt in the celebrations? I just don’t see how this is such a big deal. They should’ve saved those couches for Monday, though.

  7. Axe Cop
    3:17 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    5. Can’t tell if serious…..

  8. KnightIsFruity
    3:17 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Lead story on Drudge.

  9. Wow!
    3:18 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been trying not to say anything ms Thompson, but just about every one of ur posts sucks

    3:18 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    #8 Yessir!

  11. CATSCATSstupid
    3:18 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Good write up TT. The idiot kids are going to justify thier stupid behavior, ignore them. They are immature and are too young to realize that UK is a basketball dynasty and has been here many time before. They will grow up some day.

  12. Andy
    3:19 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares its not hurting anyone. Let us have our fun and tradition. Mrs. Thomspson you didn’t go to UK so i could give a rats ass what you think.

  13. Dragonophile
    3:21 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    If your car was one of those damaged #4, I bet you would have a different view. No one is against celebrations and joyous outbursts, but how does looting and property destruction have to be part of celebrating? Lessens my pride in the victory to know non-UK fans are stereotyping us because of the stupid acts of a few. Again, I am not against some rowdy celebrating… but there is a line not to cross. It’s called criminal act.

  14. haha
    3:22 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    haha yeah lets tip over cars for a Final Four game. losers. sterilize yourselves. Mondays game is what counts, burn a couch if you feel they need, or take off some clothes…but stop being toolboxes and leave the cars alone. idiots.

  15. Dragonophile
    3:22 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I am a former UK student…

  16. CRD
    3:23 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Why do these cat fans, after a wildcat victory, flip over and destroy another cat fan’s car? Makes no sense. Bystanders need to talk some sense into these drunk idiots & stop the mob mentality.

  17. Common sense
    3:23 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I am a 21 year old college “kid” too. There is partying and there is rioting. Rioting is shameful. I agree that couches aren’t a big deal but people’s property was ruined last night. Imagine if you were the car owner who lost his car. And yes there were injuries. You can consider yourself a college “kid” all you want but you are grown-ass people! Act like it. With that said may all of the sensible fans get crazy drunk and make bad decisions (just without flipping cars)

  18. Sammydog
    3:23 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry kids but it is a big deal. Destroying people’s automobiles for the fun of it is not youthful indiscretion. Staring fires that could be dangerous to human life and homes is not OK. Attacking police officers is not OK. It is stupid, stupid, stupid. No one was hurt but they easily could have been.

  19. shutup
    3:24 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I saw beer bottles thrown, people hanging from light poles, guys getting punched out, girls flashing everyone, and had the time of my life. Oh… this was in 96 and 98. It will happen Monday and it will happen again next year. It is not a big deal!

  20. Whooptie Doo
    3:24 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Burning a couch – Whooptie Doo! burning or beating the crap out of someone else’s car…bullshit…your ass shoud be in jail…and I hope Mommie and Daddie let you rot a few days…student or not…leave other’s stuff alone asswipe.

  21. Wow!
    3:25 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    11… Go ahead and do the younger generations of cats fans a favor and die

  22. E
    3:26 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    4) It’s pretty simple, the celebration turned destructive and dangerous, at which point it’s not OK. Paying money to attend UK doesn’t give you a right to destroy other peoples property.

  23. jb
    3:27 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    For those that say this isn’t a big deal, then why did it make national headlines? Clearly it is a big deal and an embarrassment to the university, students and alumni like me. These players, coaches and staff have worked too hard to have their efforts overshadowed by these events. Thanks KSR for posting this.

  24. kfund
    3:28 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    4. You are talking like an idiot. You’re condoning celebrating an expected win over a lesser opponent like it’s the greatest event in your life. This is akin to celebrating when you got a B minus on a test. Then again, maybe a B minus would be the greatest event for those who are burning couches. If so, may not be UK students for long. Take a lesson from the team. Treat this as an expected event, take care of business and handle it with class.

  25. Axe Cop
    3:29 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s see all the police, EMS, and fire patrol services required to keep all this under control in fact costs lots of money, plus pulling these resources away from real emergencies too is not good. Throw in the property damage (if someone did that to my car you best believe I’d prosecute to the fullest) and I’d say it is definitely hurting somebody. I graduated from UK in 2003 so I understand what it is like to be a UK student. I wish we had even made a FF when I was there and I would have been out in the streets celebrating but wanton destruction is a purely immature reaction to something that should be joyous occasion. Show some dignity and intelligence.

  26. UKBlue
    3:29 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    These kids have absolutely nothing to do & do this for the much needed attention they want & almost demand even if it makes them look stupid & brings negative press attention to UK, Lexington, the basketball program, and the BBN. In 96 when we beat UMass to move on to play Syracuse, we didn’t act stupid, we waited until we had won it all. Then again we hadn’t won a championship in 18 years when we did it, and we weren’t trying to update our Facebook page or Twitter. To all the idiots that got arrested, hope it was worth it.

  27. shutup
    3:30 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    The media is different now, that is the difference. Everyone didn’t carry a camera phone. Society as a whole loves this stuff, which another story and sad.

  28. StupidKid
    3:31 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    yep i’m a privelaged idiot. i’m too young to realize that UK is a really good basketball school with lots of tradition. i blame my parents. yeah lets tip over cars! whoohoo! dumb.

  29. Crush little red
    3:31 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I was at UK the last half of the 90s. I was lucky enough to experience ’96 & ’98. Never once did it cross my mind that I needed to destroy property to make it a worthwhile celebration. I have no idea where you get it as a “tradition”; if burning couches happens all the time around there, then what’s the tradition? Part of college is learning that there are consequences. I hope my friends on the police force hold those people responsible. As an owner of property in the area, if those were my tenants, they would need to find a new place to live.

  30. RealTalk
    3:31 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    21- You have a lot of growing up to do. I’m only 23 myself but I feel like an old man reading some of these comments. This whole rioting ordeal was embarrassing for the majority of our fanbase.

  31. scfcats
    3:32 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sitting here on the other side of the country and I’m brought down from the high of beating Louisville in the final four. Instead of news reports of a great victory and looking forward to the championship game, I get to hear about people in Kentucky burning stuff and flipping over other peoples cars.

    It makes us look stupid, it makes us look like we didn’t win 2,000 games, it makes us look like every other program that has never even sniffed success.

    You guys don’t think its hurting anyone? You represent a state I grew up in, and a University that we are all proud of. So much for the Kentucky brand.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing the streets filled and the celebration is great. Just don’t make it national news, is that to much to ask?


  32. Wow!
    3:33 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    my parents should have aborted me

    3:33 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Could be worse. We could have lost. If you were one of the 2 maybe 3 owners of those cars that sucks. Why your car is parked on the street at that very moment is beyond me. I promise you people will get over this in about 20 minutes haha. Continue with your lives people.

    3:35 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I have tooliosis. and a learning disorder. i hope to be better someday.

  35. 4444
    3:36 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    These are the people that need to be court-side in Rupp. Not the 70 year olds that knit their own sweaters and take naps during the game. Would love to see some of this type of passion when I watch home games on tv. That’s just wishful thinking on my part though, it’ll never happen. Blue-hairs pay way too much $$$ to the K Club. Sorry to change the subject on everyone.

  36. Logan
    3:37 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Well. I just don’t give a shit about the whole situation. I don’t care what drunk college students do. If someone is trying to flip over my car, I come out of my house with a glock 21 and fix the problem. Other than that you can burn or flip over whatever you want as long as it doesnt bother me. Go Cats.

  37. Elmer
    3:38 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    People should not burn furniture, riot, argue with police officers, or break the law.

    All good Cat fans should behave!! Don’t act like Loserville fans!!!

    No one is more disgusting or revolting than a Louisville fan. Nothing is going to get done at Lexmark tomorrow. All the Loserville graduates who work at Lexmark will just want to fight all day. They will be whining, complaining, ranting, and raving, and interfering with work. They will lie, stab their coworkers in the back, and generally disrupt everything.

  38. Experienced
    3:38 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Was out last night after the win…….can’t wait to be out tomorrow after a win. Act like we’ve been there before? For us, as current students, a lot of us undergraduates don’t even remember 1998. We were too concerned with picking our noses and finding a place to put the booger. Partying hard= FUN. I don’t condone rioting but the constant cheering and high fives and everyone being one and the same was incredible! Go Cats! Let’s bring home number 8 tomorrow!

  39. Elmer
    3:39 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    If you think the UK students are behaving badly, you ought to see the Loserville graduates who work at Lexmark. Total jerks.

  40. uklaw95
    3:41 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Whenever there are celebrations there are always going to be people who destroy things. Many times, its not even fans, just jerks who come to the city because they know there will be a lot of people there. The win was an excuse, not a catalyst.

  41. Elmer
    3:41 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Word to the wise: NEVER trust a U of L graduate. NEVER.

  42. Experienced
    3:41 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Also, there is NOTHING TO DO ON THIS CAMPUS. It’s not like high school where everyone has the same schedule and you can get together whenever. The closest form of entertainment we have, that isn’t sponsored by someone from the University with an agenda, is the freaking hookah lounges. So bystanders who might normally be out doing other things get dragged in because there is nothing else to do. Just a thought…..

  43. DB11
    3:49 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I was 7 when we last won a final four game. You think I’ve been here before? Think again

  44. Old School
    3:51 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    back in my day we tipped over wagons and burned virgins

  45. kfund
    3:52 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    43 get arrested for damaging property or hurting someone Monday night and guess what age you’ll be when you’re released from prison?

  46. Frank
    3:52 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I hope and pray that the police lock everyone of you all up tomorrow night. Get yourself a police record and then try and get a job later in life. Then maybe mommie and daddy cannot help you. Last night cost the general public tax dollars to babysit you and repair the damage. God I hope they turn the fire hoses on you all tomorrow night!!!! this is just beyond my belief the way people are talking on here. Oh by the way I am a UK gradute so do not throw that in my face that I do not understand.

  47. Garrett
    3:55 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    How about NUDITY AND FIRE!? Now THAT’S a celebration!

  48. Class
    3:57 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    First of all, I wish everyone would stop saying Lexington was on fire. I was circling the area for a while last night with some pals for hours, and I did not see any fires, destruction, etc. I saw a bunch of people pumped and ready for Mondays big game. State street, however, was on fire. That is ONE damn street in all of Lexington. Of course, the bad will always overshadow the good. Please, get the story straight. It was a ONE group of people out of thousands. Geez. No focus on the Cats and Monday night. Get over last night, and have a good Sunday. Lord knows it’ll be long! Peace out fellow Cat fans.

  49. Mardi Gras
    3:58 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Show us your TITS!!!!

  50. UK > KU
    3:59 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    of course if you partied on State last night you wouldnt have a problem with what happened and what will happen Monday…

    I agree that if you are under age you cannot go to the bars like TinRoofs block party. (good idea to have that). The city needed to organize more events like that in bigger areas like that grass field downtown that is not being used.

    Yes there were several people hurt. Several girls were hit in head with beer bottles, some fell off guy’s shoulders busting heads open, and some were trampled in the mosh pit riots. (remember girls are smaller than us big guys).

    CATSCATSCATS– You are part of the problem with that attitude. When was the last time you saw a riot on TV from a college campus? It was from Penn St firing Paterno. Before that? It was years before…The last colleges to win NCAA title did not riot…Its one thing to say were in college we can do this. You are wrong. No need to RIOT AND BURN CARS. Couches are ok but its illogical to say that. Riots are historically for angry groups who have a point to prove, not to celebrate a victory.
    You are too young to remember 96,98 celebrations. They were far crazier than last nights. Remember there wasnt much cellphone coverage, but it was all over Lexington and more than 2 cars were flipped. You dont know anything about riots. There were more police out last night than in the 96,98 years as well.

    you had your fun last night, but you wont be able to enjoy the same type of fun Monday night. The couches and rioting is ok but now police will be in full force Monday night. The cars getting flipped is the craziest thing to have happened last night. It wasnt innocent fun either. That was pure immature drunken antics. Kids obviously cant control their liquor if they must pull stop signs out of the ground and flip any car in site. If there was more gas inside the tanks they could have exploded and burned the bystanders…sure they didnt will be your argument, because the firetrucks were quick to respond.

    Quit being immature students and realize that your faces are plastered all over NATIONAL TV and not for a good thing. Your parents may not care, you may not care, but when you grow up and realize your record is at stake. If police decide to identify anyone in the photos/video and turnover to UK, you will be kicked out of school and handed a misdemeanor or felony plus damage costs and fines. The underage rioters are lucky the cops didnt enforce arretss and pull the drunks away.

  51. UK > KU
    4:01 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    48- During halftime 3 streets ….3 different streets around lexington (state, alyesford, richmond rd) had reported couch fires. By the time game ended, the police/fire scanners said 15 couch fires were reported on several other streets (woodland, kentucky, elisabeth, state, university, newtown crossing)

    4:04 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    When the national news…and when ESPN has to report about the riots of celebration then you know things went too far. ESPN does not report celebrations unless they are sports related. I remember that Penn St one but that was because the students were pissed off at the campus…. UK fans were not pissed off and they did this rioting…wtf

  53. Axe Cop
    4:06 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    OK, apparently some people need to have explained to them the phrase “act like you’ve been there before.” It’s not literally act like you have literally been alive or conscious of this level of accomplishment, but be in consideration of the fact that UK as a program has been to 14 previous FFs , so yeah “we’ve” been there before.

  54. UK > KU
    4:06 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    53- did they riot 4 weeks in a row? no…they ‘celebrated’ after the title win..not before during and after like we are now

  55. BigBlue
    4:08 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone needs to calm down about the rioting (and yes it was rioting)…it is a sports riot..they usually happen when large groups of excited and drunk sports fans congregate in one place after a big victory…the mob mentality takes over…think AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Celtic, Boca Juniors…it happens…is it smart? No. Would I do it? No. But it is not abnormal. Happens all over the world and in many cities across the country from time to time. Everyone stop whining about “tax dollars”, “future leaders” and all of that crap. From what I read this happened in two or three blocks of Lexington…not the whole city and a SMALL minority of students. Only casualties were a few recliners and a car or two. As for injuries…if you were in the rioting…that is a risk YOU chose. And if you parked your car on State street…I would love to see your SAT score. Overall, everyone lighten up.

  56. Because Im in College Is not a valid excuse
    4:10 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    UK would never rush the court after a win. Why destroy the city and limit what we can do in the future? Open container laws are in jeopardy now, possible more enforcing and less leeway from police on Monday too. Anyone remember when UK football beat #1 LSU and we stormed the field? Yeh what happened after that? no riots on STATE at all…lol quit justifying it was only on State st and no where else..and saying its ok we’re in college. Police dont care how old you are, you drink and drive you get pulled over and arrested.

  57. obi-wan
    4:12 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    56, The Force is strong with this one.

  58. panhandler
    4:12 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously people lighten up. Keep in mind this was arguably the most hyped up final four game EVER. Again i say EVER. Seems like we got a bunch of 65 year old farts mad at 18-22 year olds. Get a life.

  59. UKSTUD
    4:14 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    it could have been a lot worse. Lets face it, no one died and insurance will cover the few mistakes a couple kids made. We can do better Monday!!!

  60. I dont Understand
    4:15 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    UK does not rush the court when we win a big game in Rupp… Why? Because we have been there before and have class. We need to treat this just the same, we won a big game lets celebrate! Not burn cars and couches, that only embarass’s the university and all kentucky fans.

  61. At #61
    4:15 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Insurance doesnt cover riots

  62. UpperSectionStudent
    4:18 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    WAIT! So you mean when a bunch of college students and myself drink beer for hours then beat UL for a chance to go to the championship, us losing our shit is surprising? I’m 21. We won in ’98, I was 7. This is our first championship experience ever. Yeah, we shouldn’t have messed with cars, but that’s what happens when a bunch of hyped up drunk guys do. Other than that, I was there on State Street, we were all happy and drunk. It wasn’t out of control at any point. Just loud music, beer and burning Cards shirts. You old people can STFU. With that being said, we’re doing it all again tomorrow night! GO CATS and eff the national media!

  63. crazycatfan
    4:20 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’m embarrassed for the BBN! This only proves to the rest of the country what they already think of Kentucky … bunch of idiot rednecks!

    Instead of nudity or fire, how about celebrate with some Class!!!

  64. obi-wan
    4:20 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Rioting is bad but all this tut-tutting by people who weren’t out with the crowds because it was apparently past their bedtime is just as embarrassing.

  65. scfcats
    4:21 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    64 = Douchetacular.

  66. Jasper
    4:21 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Burned my mattress in 96 after the title game… Kids are kids. Nudity, yes! Couch fires, yes! Cars anything you don’t own? No, no, no. Simple as that.

  67. kentuckyjoe
    4:22 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    We beat Louisville. BFD. We should save the histrionics for when we beat a team we’re not expected to beat.

  68. Jasper
    4:25 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    KSR is getting worse and worse everyday, imo… I’ve been here since the OH Napier days. Let’s keep this website fun and goofy please.

  69. paratrooper
    4:25 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    can we bring my politics into this somehow? please? i love attention.

  70. I may be old but Ive partied harder and been with more girls than you have drinked beer, kid
    4:27 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Its cool to celebrate after you win the game….but 4 weeks in a row is over-doing-it. When I say the game…I mean the title game….after Monday is when I will celebrate. You will not see us burning anything, why bring attention to my party? I wouldnt want the cops to show up

  71. scfcats
    4:27 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    71 – No, no, no… we need to bring your religion into this. That would be much better.

  72. Frank
    4:28 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    #61 That just shows how inmature you really are. Who pays for the insurance costs? Adults do. I can tell mommie and daddy pays your premiums because you are clueless.

  73. We Are UK, We are #1 .....Act like it
    4:31 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    We were supposed to beat Louisville. If you celebrated because of that by burning a car then you are looking for an excuse to burn and destroy. When I was on State last weekend, I was thinking this is fun one or two couches. Last night was a joke. No one could stop the madness and thats what it was….peer drunken pressure madness. YEHHH lets burn stuff. Surprised girls didnt get tops ripped off and stripped naked too. Safety first, party second.

    Would you brag to your bro in another state that you burned a car and pulled a stop sign? No….I bragged about hooking up last night to my bro after the game. Have some class and live it like you are part of the BBN

  74. We Are UK, We are #1 .....Act like it
    4:37 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Pulled this from the Herald…

    She said 150 officers deployed on the streets at one point to quell what she called “a very dangerous situation” with the fires and violence that dragged on for hours.

    The scene was similar in 1998 when Kentucky won the national championship game. That year, 300 officers in full riot gear lined downtown streets as a mob of nearly 15,000 fans celebrated.

    Police made 10 arrests, and 25 people were treated for minor injuries.

    Two years prior to that, though, chaos ensued following Kentucky’s championship game – officers were pelted with beer bottles, and a television news crew’s van was overturned.

    that proves last nights party was not crazier than 96/98.

  75. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    4:42 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t condone the behavior because someone could have been seriously injured. But in my opinion the 4 emails, post on the main web page and Youtube message from President Capilouto was pointless and may have even fueled some of this to happen. I say give the kids one night to celebrate. Facing an inter-state rival in the Final Four doesn’t come often……

  76. Alex
    4:43 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    For the record, the owner of the car intentionally set his own car on fire. It was a very small majority that got out of control. No need to blame the entire student body

  77. biffswitters
    4:45 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    quality writing. Love the opening, and the bit about AD’s scream being our scream!!! Go Cats and everyone stay safe!!

  78. 8 seconds in Blue
    4:51 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Back in 75 when we lost to UCLA in the final, students trashed the dorms and even wrecked elevators.
    We also had streaking back then.
    I remember the naked girls were a little plump.
    Some things never change.

  79. SeaBlue
    4:55 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Does this mean we get to see Tyler naked?!

  80. Ken in Middletown
    5:04 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    78-noone’s blaming the entire student body, but for the small, immature asses who embarrassed BBN, grow the F up & get a life. As a wise man once said, your mother should have aborted you!

  81. Mudcreekmark
    5:09 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    76) You proved a point even though you didn’t mean to. In ’96 and ’98 we actually won the championship. We haven’t won the championship yet. What is all the celebration about? UK does not storm the court nor should we burn the town down because we won a game. What happens if we lose Monday night? What were we celebrating? A win over a Louisville team that we should have beaten?

  82. bcat
    5:23 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty sure there wasn’t a single couch or car fire in 96 or 98. Who the hell started the couch crap? It’s ridiculous.

  83. majestic
    5:29 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    56 and 64 speak words of truth.

  84. Culver
    5:29 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    4) You’re an idiot! Thank you and have a good day.

  85. Cristoforouk
    5:33 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    This whole situation has been over exaggerated by people who weren’t even there. It was one street that was out of control. A small percentage of the people who were celebrating. Limestone and Woodland were under control without many incidences. Not even 10 people were arrested. Yes State Street was an issue but it’s not like this was going on throughout the city. Articles like this are just fueling the skewed perception of the celebrations that went on

    5:35 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    University cops need to be on site with their cameras so they can ID those idiots later. Any student with 100 feet of an arson or act of vandalism should be expelled. That would put a stop to the “tradition”. Plus the university need to organize some sort of post game celebration although that’s pretty hard to do. I was a student once at UK and we had a great time but never destroyed anything.

  87. Furry Beaver
    5:38 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Flipping cars is not traditions at KY. Maybe Pittsburg, but not Lexington.

    It’s as if we have students that are from Indiana.

  88. Whitney says
    5:42 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter how much it’s been blown out of proportion here, the thing that is too bad is that it’s made national headlines and it makes us, Kentucky, look like a bunch of non deserving idiots. Yahoo, AP, I’ve seen several headlines today with the story. Like someone else said, grow up, it’s Kentucky, let’s act like we’ve been here before.

  89. catfever
    6:07 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Reason many of us older folks still are concerned for the future of our nation. 1 creative step forward & 2 very strange steps back that are attempted to be justified.

    I yi yi..

  90. Cristoforouk
    6:15 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    90 – It sure does matter when the entire city of Lexington is being portrayed untruthfully. Like I said it was a very small percentage of all celebrating. Most of the celebrations were extremely positive. It does suck that a minor few idiots give the entire city a bad name, but as UK fans aren’t we used to that by now? More than anything I see bad journalism without research. Nothing new in today’s media world. It is sad our own are blowing this up more than it should be though.

  91. MortifiedUKgrad
    6:16 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’m absolutely horrified by some of the comments on here. How on earth can these kids justify what happened last night? Guess what, it was a big deal. A very big deal. Our team is one of the best teams in the history of college basketball. And on top of that, they are one of the classiest teams as well. They are all future superstars, yet have checked their egos at the door in the interest of the team and of UK. And yet, last night, their tremendous successes were overshadowed by the selfish acts of a very select few members of the BBN. How sad is it that we have to turn on ESPN or any other national network and see students (bearing our proud colors and namesake) making a mockery of our proud university? I was lucky enough to be at UK during the 96 and 98 championships and stormed Euclid myself, and God knows that mischief happened then as well, but nothing like I witnessed last night. For these kids to rationalize and defend these actions now is unfathonable to me. At 33, I don’t consider myself to be an old fuddy duddy, I just consider myself to be UK fan with some class.

  92. NJCat...
    6:20 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    If you have to wait until this team beats a team it isn’t supposed to beat, you’ll have a long wait for that celebration.

    Based on my foggy memory of my college celebrations, this one sounds pretty tame. Lighten up folks. The press is always looking for something to blow out of proportion.

    Oh, and if kids drink and do stupid stuff, they know the risk they are taking. If they end up in jail, that will mean a lot more to them then a bunch of preachy comments. Just let the cops do their jobs, and let the fines fund the police OT.

  93. kramer
    6:21 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    This is UK not West Virginia…UK hasn’t even won anything yet, and some of our fans are acting like idiots. Setting stuff on fire and flipping cars over is never ok,some of these kids need to be grounded!!

  94. NJCat...
    6:24 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Oh, and Mrs Thompson. You’re post is outstanding. You’ve been absolutely killing it lately (not that you didn’t earlier), including holding up the live blog last night when Matt wimped out. You’ve got a real future in this business (if it is one 😉 )

  95. Ridge Runner
    6:27 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Some of these comments really concern me. To justify this behavior. Hell, I did some bad things too but I never justified it. Wow, suddenly I feel better about my college years.

  96. Sheeeeiiit
    6:35 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I grew up in Lex. I lived on campus for years in a party house a few blocks from state street. I was there when we won 1996 NC. We did not party after winning the first game in the final four. But we did party after we beat Syracuse. There werent any fires but there were riot police. A few idiots climbed the sign in front of Lynah’s and it looked like for a sec there he would fall to his drunk ass death. So i cant figure out why they were partying last night. I could understand if we had just won #8. But we have not yet so looks like another episode of premature ejaculation from a bunch of college boys.

  97. Yup
    6:43 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I feel like State St. wasn’t that bad last night. Im assuming majority of the people who have posted comments were not on State St last night. So therefore everything they know is from the media or hearsay. Yes things got crazy but 90% of the people there did not partake in the events that were looked down upon. EVERY fanbase has idiots, flipping cars is extremely dumb and shouldnt have happened. But if you look up pictures from any other NCAA past champion you will see the same stuff. Uconn last year did the exact same thing and they have been more relevant than us as of late ( champs 1999, 20? 2011). Dumb drunk college kids.This happens everywhere and looks bad. But media blows everything up, and when your on top (Us) they love bringing you right back down.

  98. crazycatfan
    6:45 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink


    Now, that sure makes UK look bad.

  99. bung
    6:47 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    uhh… i didnt see a thing…

  100. UKGuy
    6:58 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    you shouldnt even post on here unless you actually saw it. It was not half as bad as the media showed it. no one died, so who cares.

  101. BigBlue
    7:11 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Move on..a few cheap recliners were burned and someone flipped over a car. As other posters said…that were THERE…this was small minority of fans on a few blocks…not the majority of UK students or fans…and furthermore those of you concerned about what the NATIONAL news is portraying…VERY few people even care…there are more important things going on. Quit freaking out and continue to support the CATS tomorrow!!

  102. kybigblue
    7:18 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    We all know the media makes things seem worse but burning property is wrong. We won’t even rush the court out of pride but some can burn property. Does that make sense?

  103. blueswade
    7:23 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Anymore the media blows things waaaaayyyyy out of proportion.
    We get an inch or two of snow and they act like it’s armageddon.
    I don’t like the damage to cars, but the couch burning is just
    a stupid college stunt.
    As long as doesn’t get worse than that…it’s not too bad.

  104. Seriously
    7:24 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    102. Using your logic, I guess it’s not a big deal if someone gets raped or robbed as long as no one died. That’s awesome. You’re a genius.

  105. Friends in Blue
    7:25 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    My friends that work at the Fire Dept. and the Police Dept. seemed to think it was a little more than nothing. Especially the ones hit by the flying bottles! I’m KNOW everyone wasn’t guilty, but when a crowd hangs out and cheers on the few idiots causing problems, then they themselves are part of the problem and not the solution.

  106. Bazz
    7:40 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    G’damn Idiots. Embarrassing the Kentucky fanbase. Why the f do people think it’s cool to burn stuff when the team they cheer for wins?? Grow the hell up!!!

  107. Ugh
    7:46 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink


  108. Cop
    7:53 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Just to advise: the police will be under cover Monday and will be taking pictures then will work with the university to ID them to press charges where needed

    You’ve been warned

  109. HungWell
    8:12 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Mob Mentality. Normally taken over by those with tiny penises, insecurities and the need to feel loved and shown attention. Expect it to be in full effect Monday night…so get out and point and laugh at all the tiny penis people! Their parents got lazy and forgot to raise them right.

  110. Paducahfan
    8:34 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    When I was there they burned the ROTC building so maybe a couch isn’t so bad.

  111. Beavis and Butthead
    9:30 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Fire! Fire! Fire!

    Uhhhuuu! That’s pretty cool.

  112. Tampa Satchel
    9:31 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Personally, I agree that burning couches is not a good idea, but what is it about burning couches that gets everyone’s panties in a wad? It’s against the law. If someone does it, then they should get arrested, but if every student that got arrested got thrown out of college, then close to 50% of male students would get expelled before they graduate.

    Hopefully no one gets hurt. Hopefully, the property damage is limited to these donated couches and hopefully people will quit whining and overreacting on message boards.

    I believe the first two are infinitely more likely than the last.

  113. old_school
    10:26 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Tipping cars, burning cars and destroying other people’s property should have been answered with rubber bullets, tear gas, arrests nd suspensions from school.
    Truly unacceptable behavior. Pathetic!

  114. Btown
    10:57 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, remember when y’all were so critical of IU fans storming the court? “act like you’ve been there before” you said. OK, then.

  115. UKCourt44
    11:40 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    I personally think that those students that got ridiculously drunk and tore state street apart are not fans. They’re college students who like basketball, took advantage of the situation, and used it as an excuse to go insane! They looked like savages sacrificing to the gods. I didn’t approve. I understand 18 year olds are stupid and do stupid things but that was uncalled for. I was scared to go anywhere near campus or downtown after seeing those pictures and hearing the things that were going down. Heck, the swat team with their riot gear had to come out last night. Thats mind-blowing! Not a good representation of what UK fans really are like.

  116. UKCourt44
    11:51 pm April 1, 2012 Permalink

    and for all the people that think it’s the persona;s fault for parking on state street. TRY WORKING YOUR BUTT OFF 40 HOURS A WEEK TO PAY FOR A CAR ON YOUR OWN… then talk about how it’s no big deal when your car gets burned to a crisp by idiotic children. It’s a really big deal for that person who no longer has a car!!!!!

  117. Ignite
    12:58 am April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hey. See you guys on State Street Monday night!

  118. 5-0
    3:39 am April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Yes people were injured. Police officers! Bottles, rocks, and flaming pieces of furniture were thrown at everyday women just like me and you that are simply doing a job: policing. Get a life people. It’s 12 teenagers that have won a game that no one on this page or that street had absolutely anything to do with. I will be on State Street Monday night. But not celebrating. No sir. Doing my job to protect the city.

  119. UKELVIS
    7:41 am April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Burn Cutlers Stache!!

  120. Eric
    8:44 am April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Ever walked into a restroom stall and looked down and the first thing you see, sitting there, inside the toilet bowl, is a big brown chunky turd, beached on the side of the bowl, left there by the last asshole who didn’t bother to flush the toilet? That’s what these kids are. Big, brown, chunky turds left beached on the inside of a toilet bowl of some desolate, dirty, out-of-the-way second-rate restroom. And their parents are the assholes who didn’t bother to flush the toilet.

  121. Number1CatFan
    9:49 am April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Lines were crossed. Fortunately, plenty of videos were taken, people are gonna be facing some consequences. Would it be bad if that was your car that was turned, set on fire? How would you feel then? Some people will be going to jail, see how that feels.

  122. Jimi Garden of Eden
    9:53 am April 2, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Ms. Tyler for the suggestion…nudity > fire/violence…You are truly a woman after my own heart…Let’s all get naked!!! Go Cats!!!

  123. Number1CatFan
    9:59 am April 2, 2012 Permalink

    99. 101. 102. Thanks to all the phone videos, the whole world seen it. I didn’t have to be there to see it.

  124. Uk_Bleed_Blue
    12:15 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    The media failed to recognize the dance party that was actually going on at first. A house on State had an amazing dj that rocked the entire street. We all ran out of the houses we were watching the game at to Dj Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win”, quite fitting for the occasion. For 3 hours it was thousands of students dancing, cheering, chanting, kissing people you didnt know, hugging everyone in sight, boobs being flashed, UK flags being waved. The media was completely overboard. By 10:30, people got drunker, and more rowdy… THATS when it went downhill. But they failed to recognize the 3 hours of just good fun (as the cops sat back and celebrated with us!). It may have eventually got out of hand, but “riot” isnt the word that I’d use to describe the crowd. From my ass that was planted on state street since 1pm that afternoon, it was a party and a night in my college career that I will NEVER forget, and it makes me DAMN PROUD to be a wildcat!

  125. Frankfort Fan
    1:05 pm April 2, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe this. Civility is always important and this is definitely far from that. How does rioting help your cause? I’m a UofL fan and will say this if anyone did it.