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Was 2013 the Worst Year Ever for Kentucky Sports?


Hope is a powerful thing.  As we’ve finished the seasons in both football and basketball, it’s fair to ask, has this been the worst 365 days in modern Kentucky sports?

Eliminate any foresight; say you could only see twenty minutes into the future (in other words, pretend you’re Dan Gilbert).  This would be the worst time ever to be a Kentucky fan, right?  Our football team failed to meet even our low-ish expectations, and the basketball team forsook its usual dominance for a brief spot in the NIT.  Joker was fired, Nerlens got hurt, and even the Triple Crown got our hopes up before letting us all down with a bout of tendonitis.  Even years where one of our sports struggled, the other has done okay.  When BCG missed the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09, at least the football team won a bowl game under Rich Brooks.  And almost every other year, when football has missed a postseason, basketball has been there to give us a reason to celebrate.  This year was the first in a long time where neither season gave us a postseason to look forward to.

Even worse, in the mire of all our disappointment, Louisville’s had the best year ever.  Don’t worry, this isn’t a post about Louisville, but it’s easy to look at our year, and look at theirs, and get a little sad.  It’s okay; you don’t have to feel bad about that.  They had a great year, and we didn’t.  It’s just salt in the wound.

So why, with every reason to pout, are people around Lexington still in such good spirits?  Like I said, hope is a powerful thing.  I hate the “wait til next year” retort, but it’s never been more appropriate.  Go ahead and take off your Dan Gilbert glasses (sometimes called “Beer Goggles” because they only focus on what action you can get in the next third of an hour), and that’s easy to understand.  The week after the basketball season was over, there are two images that convey that almost perfectly:

IMAG0180High School Basketball: McDonald's All American Games

Hope is a powerful thing.  It’s taken what should have been the worst time to be a UK fan, and turned it into a tiny blip on the Big Blue Nation’s calendar.  In spite of last season, it’s a great time to be a Kentucky fan.  And don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

Article written by Corey Nichols

28 Comments for Was 2013 the Worst Year Ever for Kentucky Sports?

  1. 1st
    9:11 am April 15, 2013 Permalink


  2. Look Out Fireworks!
    9:11 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    What an awful post. Is this really what KSR has come to?


  3. niaps
    9:13 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Worst year ? Not even close. Bad year yes but with the future we have for next year in all sports and the boat load of recruits we are getting across the board , this year really not to bad indeed.

  4. what?
    9:13 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    couldn’t you have just posted a clip of a randle dunk or something. This is awful

  5. Bubba Earl
    9:18 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Pat Forde wrote this article, no doubt!!

  6. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:19 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    I miss when BTI would talk about how ugly Michelle Wie was…..

  7. IDontGetIt
    9:20 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    What? I really fail to see what was so bad about this post… And 3) just completely swung and missed on the point of it as soon as you said “but with the future…” This post is about this last 365 years being awful and its because of the future we still have hope.

    Great post Corey. You might not be the best, but when you get it right you deserve credit.

  8. IDontGetIt
    9:20 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    *days not years

  9. JKUK
    9:20 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    @3 if u read the article you’d see he said to pretend you didn’t know what we had coming — “eliminate any foresight”

  10. Blasphemy
    9:25 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Worst “2012-2013 academic year in UK sports” would perhaps be better…… mostly because 2013 just got started…..

  11. adam
    9:27 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    The Eddie Sutton era is accountable for the worst year in my lifetime….

  12. fat jesus
    9:33 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    thanks for ur insight Chris chase!! ur the best

  13. Z
    9:37 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ask a question and then don’t bother to discuss it in any detail…. and why are we so obsessed about framing questions in the “is this the _____ ever?” vein.

    1988-89: the basketball team went 13-19 under the crumbling leadership of Sutton, while on the precipice of the worst NCAA sanctions the school has ever seen. The football team went a decent 5-6 but still had a losing record.

    I would say all things considered, and by that I mean we knew the basketball team had major question marks going into this past season (which is counter-balanced by the incoming class which we’ve long assumed would be great) and most fans had little faith that Joker would turn things around last year…. I’d say this is far from the worst season ever.

    Besides, why concentrate on the negative. This coming year in both sports will quickly make this past year a distant memory.

  14. ajh
    9:58 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    It was the worst year for as long as i can remember…

  15. The Truth
    10:01 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    The truth is that this is simply not true. It is the worst year if you define UK athletics in terms of two sports. It completely ignores the successes of the other sports at UK. I realize that the core group at KSR (Matt, Drew, MTT) can’t write everything, but there needs to be some sort of quality control to keep these types of articles from appearing. KSR is becoming something just this side of the Bleacher Report.

  16. uncle si
    10:22 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Im talkin bout hey, it could be a lot worse. Did lead to a change in culture for football program…..imagine if Joker had won another game or two……..spring game attendance would have jumped from 4,500 to 5,400 and we would still be saying “yeah but stars don’t matter in football recruiting”

  17. Duuuuuude
    10:23 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Less than a year ago, UK finished second in the Capital One Cup which encompases all sports programs. I don’t think things were that bad…..except of course basketball and football.

  18. symphonist41169
    10:37 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    11 & 13 – I wholeheartedly agree. Watching the implosion in 88-89 and waiting on the NCAA axe to fall had to have been the worst year ever. And even though I wasn’t around for it, my Dad has talked about how terrible it was in 52-53 when there was NO basketball season due to the alleged point shaving.

  19. haha
    10:45 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    You know UK fans are bitter when all they have to complain about is the post. IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE POSTS THEN DON’T GET ON HERE. I LOVE KSR and I LOVE KY! Please continue posting

  20. rick
    10:50 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Was a good year. Such a cry baby.

  21. HicksPickSix
    11:11 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    This reads like a Not Jerry Tipton post, except without the sarcasm and irony.

  22. Look Out Fireworks!
    11:35 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    19- We are bitter UK fans because we don’t think the best UK site should be complaining about how difficult the past year was? If anything I think we are trying to be excited for what is to come, what was accomplished outside the limelight, and to realize that BBN has had a lot more struggles in the past than a bad football and mediocre basketball season.

    Look outside those two sports and UK has had an amazing run. Did UK Hoops have their Worst Year Ever? Or their Best? UK Baseball is ranked #14, Worst Year Ever? Or consistently above par and one of the best team in the SEC? How about UK Rifle finishing second at the NCAA Championship? Or UK Cross Country having 2 All Americans? Or all the other countless achievements for “Kentucky Sports?”

    I would say despite football and basketball, “Kentucky Sports” has had a pretty great year. Plus, those young men worked very hard for the BBN week in and week out trying their best to put a good product on the field/court. Lets give them a little bit of credit for what they did accomplish and let’s not forget the young men and women who do not get the spotlight but have achieved greatness over the past year.

    Not the Worst Year Ever for Kentucky Sports by far.

    And please, forgive those of us who come to Kentucky Sports Radio looking for the excitement and pride of true KENTUCKY SPORTS FANS, not just the opinions of young bloggers who either don’t seem to care enough to do a little research, or just plain don’t care about the entire athletics program at the University of Kentucky. I understand this site is mostly dedicated to football and basketball, but to exclude those other programs when answering the encompassing question “was this the worst year ever for Kentucky sports,” is wrong.

  23. Teachable Mo'
    11:51 am April 15, 2013 Permalink

    No. There have been murders that involved members of the UK athletic community. There have been players who have died or who suffered significant paralysis. Losing seasons? Even lost seasons? Not so much.

  24. Turntable
    12:00 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Nice follow up post to the “be excited to have great week for Kentucky sports” blog or whatever. Idiots.

  25. STEVE!
    1:10 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Add “Radio Writing” to the end of that headline, and I would say Yes.

  26. David from Bowling Green
    2:32 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t believe the UK Hoops team or baseball team or rifle team, etc would agree. Not the worst year ever for UK sports.
    If you’re talking only UK football and men’s basketball then maybe….

  27. haha
    2:44 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    22. Yes, this is the best UK site. No, there is not always going to be some juicy story on here.

    “not just the opinions of young bloggers who either don’t seem to care enough to do a little research, or just plain don’t care about the entire athletics program at the University of Kentucky”

    -These “young bloggers” care very much about UK athletics- That is why this is their job. Also, they are probably more educated than you on writing and on UK sports. It is not that they do not care about the “entire athletics program” it is that people like you, that like to complain, get on here and post negative things if it isn’t about Basketball or Football. Geeze even on some of the posts about football people are getting mad about because all they want to talk is UK BB. This isn’t the worst UK sports year ever, and they know that. The point of this post is to talk about what is to come! What is going to be different. I think we can all agree that we are very excited for next year for all sports… but let’s be honest it goes 1. UK basketball 2. UK football 3. Uk Baseball 4. All of the other sports. It is not that we don’t care but they are the 2 biggest programs at UK- they bring in the most money so I think it is okay for those sports to be the bigger issue. If they go downhill it reflects our University. If girls soft ball goes down hill… Life goes on!