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Why leave early?

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There are several things about the Rupp Arena crowd that confuse me. From the blue hairs telling fellow fans to sit down to others who refuse to wear one of the team’s colors to a game, admit it–we can be an odd group. Yet, the thing that may upset me the most is when people leave games early like they did last night. Now, before I get started, let me say this: the crowd was fantastic last night. They were loud and spurred the team on when they needed it the most. There are few better atmospheres in college basketball than Rupp when it gets rocking like it was. Fans even got a chance to let the boos fly when Willie Cauley-Stein received a technical for slapping the backboard.

BUT, with one minute left and the game still very much in question, many fans hit the exits. If Kentucky had been up by 10, maybe I could understand, but we they were only up by three to a team that lit it up from the outside all night. If there was a time to stay and cheer the team on, this was it. This group needed a win just as much as the fans did. I know, I know, you’re beating the traffic, but is it worth missing the best part of the game? I’ve been thinking about this all morning and here are my two times in which it’s somewhat acceptable to leave a game early:

A) The game is a blowout

There are reasons Kentucky schedules cupcakes in November and December and there’s a reason most of the fans hit the exits early for those games. That I can understand. But for a 3-point game with one minute left when your team desperately needs a win? I think that’s worth a little bit of extra traffic.

B) You are old and/or disabled

You need a little more time on the stairs and in the aisles. Fair enough. Please don’t fall.

For those of you who live very far away and want to get a head start: I hear you. I’ve made that trip from Rupp to Danville and Rupp to Nashville many a time. And I understand that the late games mean you won’t get home until very, very late, making the next day pretty rough. But again, what’s thirty more minutes on the road when the game’s still going and the team needs your support? It’s not like I expect you to stay and sway with the cheerleaders to “My Old Kentucky Home,” but why not make the most of your ticket and cheer the Cats on until the very end? Besides, why rush when it means you’ll have more time to listen to the postgame show on the ride home, right?

Simply put: with the game on the line, why leave early?

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.

122 Comments for Why leave early?

  1. UK
    1:02 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’d say even in a blowout you don’t leave early. Arcgie Goodwin had some pretty amazing dunks against Portland that came when many people had left.

  2. Coach Durbin
    1:02 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Any excuse that anyone makes will be inadequate.

  3. Blue haired wasps
    1:03 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    This is ‘merica. Leave us alone.

  4. ThatsAShame
    1:03 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    TT: “My Old Kentucky Home” (thanks)

    By the way the playing of My Old Kentucky Home at the end of the game is one of the coolest things about a game in Rupp. In my opinion that could easily be our home legacy.

  5. dub-c
    1:04 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    we leave early because the product isnt very good.

  6. Rockfield, KY
    1:06 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’d say people with kids have a pass too. I’ve never left early, but I don’t know if I’d even be able to stay if I were driving 3 hours home after a game. I don’t function well without sleep.

  7. Rockfield, KY
    1:06 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    5. does dub-c mean warren central?

  8. Smart Person
    1:07 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Doesn’t most of the lower arena fall into #2?

  9. John doe
    1:07 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Some started leaving with 7 minutes left!

  10. go cats go
    1:07 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Well the players leave early for the pros before their career is over, why shouldn’t we do the same thing?

  11. Mc
    1:07 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I agree. I can’t believe fans (and it’s not just the older fans believe me) would tell other fans to sit down. It has a Weekend at Bernie’s vibe at time. It’s okay to be there and be old, don’t get me wrong. But you’re in a college environment. Let the hair down and have a little fun. Standing at times isn’t terrible.

    However, what confuses me the most is A) The sad size of the “eRupption” zone, and B) That this little section is on the wrong side of the court during the most crucial times of the game-2nd half.

  12. ed
    1:08 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    want to?

  13. leave when you want
    1:09 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    if you purchase a ticket you are able to attend the game, not required to. you may come if you please and leave when you please. or choose to not come at all. if you want to leave early to avoid the slow ignorant kentuckians that take all day to exit the arena, feel free. it also helps beat the terrible traffic flow out of the parking lots located around the arena. if leaving a minute early saves 45 minutes to an hour of waiting it seems like a good deal to me. however, you are not required to leave if you don’t want. i will not criticize you for staying. it is none of your business when i leave. if they need me to stay til the very end to beat vandy, that is pathetic. that said, if we are playing north carolina or louisville, i will stay til the very end no matter what. on an ordinary boring game, i will sacrifice 1 minute of action to avoid almost an hour of senseless waiting.

  14. Wilma Dixfit
    1:09 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    What a tired discussion piece. Mrs. Thompson get back in the kitchen and do something useful, like make me a sandwich….

  15. Jay
    1:13 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    If people leaving the game early for whatever reason they have is making you upset then you need to find other things to get upset about.

  16. CalifCatFan
    1:13 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Preach it, sister Tyler!!!

  17. leave when you want
    1:13 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    all of that said……….if we have a lead and i leave and we blow the game, it spares me seeing something i wouldn’t want to see anyways.

  18. cristoforouk
    1:16 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Never understood this. I have never left a game early, not even Gardner Webb. Tickets aren’t exactly cheap and you leave early? Must have money to burn. Any excuse is just that, an excuse. A tired excuse. Want to beat the traffic? Hey guess what you just went to a sporting event! There will be traffic!!! You sign up for that when you purchase your ticket. People that leave early are lame. Extremely lame.

  19. esteban
    1:17 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    13 if u leave a 3 pt game with 1 minute left because “you just want to” then you arent a true fan. move along

  20. esteban
    1:19 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    true fans care about the result. period

  21. Hey Fatty
    1:19 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    14 I doubt you need another sandwich, fatty. Instead of sitting your lard butt in front of a computer, do something useful, like hit up a treadmill.

  22. CallYouOutIfIWant
    1:21 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    13 – if you want to leave early, do so. If we want to call you a d-bag for doing so, we will. Welcome to America.

  23. leave when you want
    1:21 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @esteban – sorry i don’t meet your criteria of a true fan

  24. Pamola
    1:21 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a season ticket holder who lives in Paducah, KY. I don’t leave a game early, even when it is a blowout and I drive 3 1/2 hours to get home, and then work the next day. I watch people leave all the time, just like you said, with the game still on the line. I also see many people around me come in to the game at about the 10 minute mark of the first half. I have never understood why you would want to come late or leave early, excpet for the reasons you stated. GO CATS!!!!!!

  25. me
    1:23 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Tyler is right. WCS was trying to shoot free throws, and fans were streaming out. How distracting that must be when you’re trying to play. I will admit to leaving 2 football games early because it was so cold.

  26. leave when you want
    1:23 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @ 22 – if you are so jealous and judgmental you are welcome to do so. just makes you look like a jealous whiny b!^@#

  27. Nel
    1:23 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the hurry? Stay until it is over!

  28. Its the Old People
    1:24 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    The problem with Rupp Arena is the “old money” people. They hurt the atmosphere sitting in their front and center floor seats and clap/get rowy on occasion when they get the energy to stand and their aching backs dont prevent them. I hate the fact that they are grandfathered in for these season tickets. The Kentucky student section needs to be larger and move from the endzoe to center court, or take up both endzones. Rupp fans need to cut loose a little bit and get wild for once. Not going to happen with all the old folks hanging on to their life long season tickets that their great grandpa started out with.

  29. Wildcatsteeler
    1:24 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Yea I was shocked to see so many people leaving in the lower deck with the game still very much on the line. If you care that little about the outcome of the game just stay home and watch it and let some real fans sit there. It’s absolutely pathetic that we don’t have a situation like Duke where it’s all students in the lower deck going crazy and making noise.

  30. yepyep
    1:25 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    People who leave early suck. Plain and simple. If you can’t handle traffic, stay home. Give your tickets to true fans. Stay with the team until game is over regardless of winning or getting beat by a lot.

  31. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:25 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Totally agree with this. If you’re that bored, why come?

    The remedy to this is all about policing each other. A friend and I were once booed for leaving with 5:00 left and up 15. And come to think of it, rightfully so. I’ll definitely think twice before leaving early again.

  32. Ridge Runner
    1:26 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Agree Ms T 100%! Although I personally like to stay for not just the game but Cal’s radio show and the fact, I don’t want the experience to end.

  33. thanks
    1:28 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks to those of you that leave early. I like moving down to a good seat for the last 45 seconds of the game.

  34. MtnCat
    1:28 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Leaving early says nothing about your fanhood. Some things in life can’t wait.

  35. mocha
    1:28 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    not trying to start a war here because I’m a huge Kentucky fan, but can’t people leave whenever they darn well please?

  36. leave when you want
    1:31 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    i stayed until the very end of the final four game vs louisville and the championship game vs kansas. did you? if not, you are not as real of a fan as me. if you weren’t there at all you definitely are not as real of a fan as me. #childish #dontgetintoapissingcontestwithaskunk

  37. leave when you want
    1:32 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @35……….thank you.

  38. bsettle
    1:34 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Not at all what I thought that blog was going to be about after reading the title! This is Kentucky, right?!

  39. Hey 19, 20, 21, 22
    1:35 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Tough guys on here acting pretty judgmental. I love how esteban is the almighty fan who can arbitrarily decide what actions make you a true fan or not. Give me a break, you guys sounds really ignorant and childish. People have all kinds of reasons for when they leave a sporting event, mind your own business. I am just hoping you are teenagers, that would explain the childish remarks.

  40. Why leave early?
    1:35 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Why post this? You wanted to stay the last minute of the Baylor and Texas A&M game? “There are reasons Kentucky schedules cupcakes in November and December…” Ms. TT, we are the cupcakes this year, respectively.

  41. Ridge Runner
    1:35 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Mocha, ya know I respect you and no bud… -no war here.

    But, I think we all agree you can leave when you want to as that is a given. I just can’t figure why you would want to (being a part of BBN) –except for emergencies or unplanned circumstances of course.

    1:36 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    This team should be experts at dodgeball!

  43. Blue hair
    1:36 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    All you old ass blue hairs can suck a fat one

  44. j
    1:36 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Well, most of the time I agree with you but in this case, I have to disagree. I live 2 hours away from Rupp and on a night like a tuesday night game or a wednesday night game. I have to work the next day and be there by 7am. If I want to leave 2 minutes early to beat the crowd, then so be it. Especially if the team were to lose I dont want to witness it. If they win, well they were ahead by 3, and its been hardly a game to see anyways.

  45. kentuckyrules
    1:37 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #36- I am sure you are just talking to one person here, but your statements about being more of a ‘real fan’ are pretty presumptuous, right? I mean, I am sure the Kansas fans stayed the whole game, but doesn’t make them as real a UK fan as me, right? 🙂 Silly analogy.

  46. crazycatfan
    1:39 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    TOTALLY AGREE!!! I live out of town so am unable to get to a game. On the rare occasion where I’ve been fortunate enough to go to a game, I stay through “MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME” and relish every minute of it. While watching the end of last night’s game, I saw people leaving and didn’t understand it either!

  47. Ridge Runner
    1:40 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    It’s just me…but i can’t wrap my mind around leaving to beat traffic. I mean, I would factor and plan for the entire game experience when I get my tickets. I’m not beating anyone up –just don’t quite get that. In other words, if I couldn’t see the entire game, I wouldn’t go and sell my tickets. That’s just me I guess but I am surprised in how many don’t see that here today. hmmm

  48. PotMeetKettle
    1:41 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    26/Mr “leavewhenyouwant” you just called someone judgmental, yet your first comment said “slow ignorant kentuckians”. Ironic much?

  49. PotMeetKettle
    1:42 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    also 26, what exactly are we supposed to be jealous of? your ignorance?

  50. Mc
    1:43 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Would someone that is maybe a little older that may leave early answer the question as to why they would tell someone to sit down during a game? If the answer to leaving early is they can do as they please, wouldn’t the person standing have the same argument?

    I’m okay with leaving a little early, but why tell others to sit down?

  51. leave when you want
    1:48 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @45 – it is directed at anyone who says i am not a real fan if i choose to leave a game with a minute on the clock. it is directed specifically at esteban in this situation.

  52. set4uk
    1:51 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Do I also have to finish every meal I eat? What’s wrong with you people? Stop judging people for leaving a seat that they paid for! If you paid for their seat feel free to stop them and complain, otherwise shut up, mind your own business and enjoy the game however you choose.

  53. Mc
    1:52 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #52 I’m okay with that, but can you explain the logic to telling other’s to sit during games?

  54. leave when you want
    1:53 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @48/49 – not sure why the jealousy exists. usually worrying about what someone else is doing that has no impact on yourself is due to a sense of jealousy. kentucky is one of the lowest states based on iq and education so it is not being judgmental, it is using available data to make a decision. maybe a bias, but not a prejudice if you understand that.

  55. leave when you want
    1:56 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    how many of the people complaining about others leaving early were even at the game last night? if you were not there at all, you chose not to come at all. those that left early at least made an effort to go to part of the game.

    if you want to go, go. if you want to leave early, leave early. if you don’t want to go, don’t go. if you want to sit, sit. if you want to stand, stand. if you worry about what anyone else does as far as going, not going, sitting, standing, leaving early or staying until the security guards kick you out you need to mind your own business.

  56. Mr. Obvious
    2:02 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I say move all of the long-time season ticket holders off the floor.

  57. mocha
    2:03 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    41 (ridge) – agree and i hear ya, it probably is a given. in all honesty, while watching the game on tv last night i did think to myself, where the heck is everyone going? post seemed to be more judgmental than an observation.

  58. Poppschmidty
    2:03 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    It’s simple: Most of the reason that Kentucky travels well is the fact that the majority of PASSIONATE fans can’t get decent tickets to games in Rupp because all of the old, should be dead, blue-hairs have them. I went the the 2,000 win game and sat in the nosebleeds, and by the start of the second half I made my way down to the lower arena because people had already left, AND THAT WAS A HUGE MOMENT COLLEGE BASKETBALL. People were filing out of that place with 5 minutes left and it just disgusts me. I get mad when I go to Rupp. I yell at the fans around me to stand up, and get off of their dead old asses and cheer. Make some damn noise people. Go knit and and talk about Joe B. Hall at home or CCI. #Evictthebluehairs Kick them all out, or at least when they die make sure they can’t pass along tickets.

  59. leave when you want
    2:06 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @58 – what made the 2,000th win bigger than 1,999? or 2,001? just because it was an even number? if that excites you, congrats. if it didn’t excite someone else and they wanted to leave early, so what? you can get lower level season tickets at uk. send in your k fund donation and buy the tickets. if you choose not to, that is your choice.

  60. Mc
    2:07 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #54-Referring to UK fans leaving an arena slowly as being ignorant based on the educational levels of the state is also an ignorant assumption. There have been slow-exiting crowds at nearly every arena I’ve been to throughout the country. Now if you can provide a comparison of the typical demographic profile of those attending a game while finding a connection to different sections of the state that score poorly in areas such as education/IQ feel free to do so. However, to attach random fans to this assumption doesn’t make sense. It’s a broad generalization that you can’t quantify. My guess would be that those that attend games for the most part have the means to do so, and a majority will have higher testing scores than those regions of the state that drastically reduce the mean.

  61. Mc
    2:09 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #59. Leave when you want. I get that. However if someone wants to explain why some fans tell others to sit down, I’d like to hear that rationale.

  62. poppschmidty
    2:16 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    It was bigger because we were the first there. That’s why. I understand we were the first to there other numbers as well, be 2K brings a sense of pride to the fanbase. Only person who cared about 1999 was Prince.

  63. leave when you want
    2:19 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @60 – i agree with your reasoning and what was meant to be a lighthearted jab has become a talking point. i agree that those at the game are probably not the same kentuckians pulling us down. i apologize for lumping the arena crowd into that. that said, traffic flow away from the arena is very bad. that is the best reason for leaving a few minutes early. joke/sarcasm to follow……….there are probably enough of the slow ignorant kentuckians scattered around to cause some delay in exiting the arena.

    @61 – i can offer no logical explanation for why anyone would think they have the right to tell anyone to sit down.

  64. Sittin' Bull
    2:20 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    If you dont leave early you will miss Chris from Richmond’s call to Larry Glover call-in show.

  65. leave when you want
    2:21 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @62 – so you cared more about 2,000 than 1,999 or 2,001. i hope you had a great time and enjoyed that moment. to me it was not any different than 1,999 or 2,001, so i actually did not even choose to attend the game. i gave my tickets to a co-worker to take his son to the game. i hope they enjoyed it as well. however, if they left early that is not of anyone’s business

  66. leave when you want
    2:22 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @64 – is that the guy that refers to each player by their uniform number?

  67. bluehair
    2:23 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t you realize all us “bluehairs” give a lot of money to the athletic department, which in turn allows for new locker rooms, better facilities etc., so we can come and go as we please.

  68. tom
    2:24 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I can leave when I want. None of Mrs. T’s or anyone’s business ESPECIALLY Ridge Runner! lol

  69. kybigblue
    2:24 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Retires shouldn’t have to leave early because they don’t have to go to work the next day. Young people with child who have to go to school the next day and have a long drive home would have a reason to try to beat the traffic. I knew an elderly man who before his death had to catch a bus to get to Lexington. He didn’t get home until the next morning. He had to be sick or the bus wasn’t runing because of the weather for him to miss a game. We have great fans of all ages.

  70. Poppschmidty
    2:25 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    While there are various reasons to leave early, all of which I can understand, there still needs to be a shake-up of Rupp. The student section should be more than what it is. The E-Rupption zone is almost pathetic. I think the 1st 2 rows around the entire court should be devoted to students.

  71. Linda Taylor
    2:29 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    61 – I think it is a simple matter that they cannot bear the discomfort of standing at their age and are not able to see through those standing in front of them. As someone who has had a number of back surgeries and knee surgery I sympathize with them. However I have also noticed that they also have a tendency to stay quiet the entire game and do not cheer their team on. Perhaps it is time for them to give up their tickets and watch the games from the comfort of their homes. As for me, I’m going to keep standing and screaming as long as I can every game until they play “My Old Kentucky Home”.

  72. #1UKfan
    2:29 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    We need a bigger student section. All these old people in the lower arena spend most of the game sitting there with there arms crossed. Watch a UK game and the flip to any other major college basketball game. What you’ll here is crickets chirping and then a roaring crowd that doesn’t stop roaring. The only time the grey heads in Rupp stand up is when something big happens, like they are just waiting to be pleased. I talked about this for years. It’s so aggravating to be at the game and watch people just sit there when the team needs the crowd, like they’re bored or something. Go be bored at home, this is a college basketball game.

  73. bluehair
    2:30 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    The student section should not be more than what it is now. There have been leftover tickets to the last few games. At least the bluehairs buy all theirs up.

  74. #1UKfan
    2:33 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    67- What good are great facilities if the crowd sucks? The atmosphere at Rupp is not up to par. I suspect you’re one of the lazy people at the game judging by how you got offended.

  75. bill
    2:34 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Lol, at the old people. They always make this excuse that i paid for it I can do what i want….that still doesnt answer the question…why do you leave early? I didnt ask what did you pay for it, why did you leave early is the question, just as why dont you cheer? The question was never why do you feel entitled. You sound like a pout baby. So next time if i’m in front of you, i wont sit down to cheer, when you whine like a baby…because I got those tickets, i can do what i want.

  76. AWAT
    2:35 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I was thinking the same thing last night, couldnt believe the empty seats at the end of the game. I have some tickets to the Mizzou game Saturday, no chance I’m leaving early!

  77. #1UKfan
    2:36 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Why shouldn’t it be? So we can have more snoozers like you at the game? Besides, football makes twice the money basketball makes so forget what you’re talking about.

  78. bluehair
    2:41 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    75-I think the atmosphere at the game is just fine and our home record would back me up. At least the people leaving early bought tickets and came, unlike the students.

  79. #1UKfan
    2:47 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Even if the student section has sooo few people coming to the game as you make it seem like (which btw is bs). It’s still the loudest and best part of Rupp by far. And as for the home record. I think the talent level plus experience on the court is what is backing you up. The crowd in Indiana is the main reason why we lost there last year (and also the reason we won’t go back). So your argument is totally off.

  80. Mc
    2:50 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    71)I agree with you for the most part Linda. However, there are fans in their 40s, 50s, and 60s that have the ability to stand and make noise in the lower section but don’t do it. Maybe they don’t stand out of respect to those around them that can’t stand. In the end though, it’s a college environment, and they should embrace that as much as they can. I don’t care how much they’ve contributed to the University. How do other schools survive? If their bodies don’t facilitate that, like you said, it may be time for them to enjoy the game from the comfort of their home. I for one believe that fans should be able to stand and make as much noise as they want regardless of those around them.
    This may sound like a joke, but it is entirely serious. They should somehow create a handicapped section for those that can’t stand up and make noise. Just a thought, although it obviously isn’t going to happen.

  81. clay county
    2:57 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Some people have to wake up at 4am in the morning and go to work in the coal fields of eastern kentucky. Be proud they support the university with all those dollars so we can have a team for all of us to support.

  82. Mc
    2:59 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    How do teams like Kansas have a loud crowds? Where does their money come from?

  83. Mc
    2:59 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink


  84. beth
    3:03 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    For me, getting to come to a game is an event, and I’m not leaving one second early. I guess if you’ve had tickets your whole life, it becomes very ho-hum.
    If it’s such a hassle for you to miss 30 minutes of sleep, why come in the first place?

  85. RealCatsFan
    3:06 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    “leave when you want”, I wouldn’t say that you don’t have a right to leave the game whenever you want to – sure, you paid for the tickets, so you can leave at halftime if you want. In my view it is simply in poor form, from the viewpoint of the players and the coaching staff. Kind of like leaving church early (if you are inclined to attend) – you certainly have the right to do just that, but your fellow fans (parishoners) certainly also have the right to judge your actions. From the standpoint of the other fans, even those at home watching it on TV, it makes the whole UK fan base look spoiled and dispassionate.

    I have had the good fortune to attend several games this year – the first time I have been able to in years. Maybe it’s the novelty of the experience, but we hung around to hear the postgame show and cheer on the athletes and coach as they came out for the interviews. For us, it was part of the experience, and we could then leave at a relaxed pace after all the traffic has gone. Sure, we all lead busy lives, but for me going to a UK BB game is special, so I set aside a little bit more time for it. For many fans, attending games is a privilege that they just can’t afford or perhaps they live too far away. Perhaps the season ticket holders who have been to hundreds of games approach the “lesser” games in a more blase’ manner. You have every right to continue to leave when you see fit, but don’t expect to avoid judgement from those who stay, and even from the fans watching on TV.

  86. Mc
    3:06 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    We need an occupy Rupp movement. For one game we’ll buy as many tickets as we can in the lower section, and will refuse to sit. Hopefully we can find a decent amount of available tickets on stubhub, craiglist, and ebay to make an impact. Who’s coming with me lol?

  87. RealCatsFan
    3:07 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    oops, meant to say that Mr or Mrs “leave when you want” DOES have a right to leave when they want…

  88. #1UKfan
    3:10 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    “I have to work in the morning, that’s why I sit on my ass during the game and leave early”. So lame, soooo lame. You go to a bball game to cheer for your team. Kinda remind me of this…

    3:15 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    People with kid don’t leave early because the kids will throw a fit and don’t understand lame excuses like traffic or needing to get to bed early.

    Tyler, if you’re going to make 14 a sandwich, make me one too!

  90. Wow
    3:39 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Deleted my comment about my grandpa not being able to stand. I would delete comments that you dont like too you dumb bimbo. Anyway, My grandpa can’t stand long periods of time and so it is crappy that anyone would stand for more than a couple times during the game. They have seats for a reason and it ruined my experience to take my grandpa to probably his last UK game because of the standing. Next time I see someone standing in front of me I will ask him to sit down and if he doesnt I will be getting into a fight.

  91. koombaya
    3:41 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I paid for the seat, it’s my choice if i want to leave early, or not come at all. Feel free to take my seat once i leave, i won’t be needing it. If you want to control every seat in the house, then buy’em all.

  92. papasnapp
    4:03 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Just a note to all of the moaners and wailers railing against the “bluehairs”. Although my screen name may imply advanced age, I don’t quite yet qualify as a bluehair. Getting there, yes, but not there yet. What I see in some of the these posts is absolutely no respect, bordering on vitriol, for the older generation. If your parents are living, and brought you up that way, go home and smack the crap out them. If your parents raised you to have respect for other people, and you chose to be a raving punk regardless, someone will eventually smack the crap our of you. Karma.
    If you are asked to sit down, (by the way, I will stand most of the game myself), please consider that the “bluehair” asking you to sit may not be able to get up and down as easily as you can. They may want to see the game, too, you know. Have some respect is all I’m asking.
    Simply [email protected] Peace…

  93. Mc
    4:05 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #90) This is the tricky part. If person A can’t stand and is behind someone, person B, that wants to embrace the college atmosphere and stand and cheer person B has every right to do so as they purchased that seat. One person not being able to stand can create a domino effect for another section. If someone wants to leave early, they have the right to do so. If someone wants to stand they have the right to do so. It’s a college atmosphere and people can stand however long they want. See just about every other college in the country. If your grandpa can’t stand Rupp need to make different accomodations. However to say you’ll fight someone for not sitting is comical. It may be best for your grandfathers health to enjoy the game in the comfort of his own home rather than expecting to control tendencies of everyone around him.

  94. Mc
    4:06 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #92. I get it. Have respect. And if I notice someone that can’t stand I’ll be respectful. On the otherhand, if there are those surrounding me that won’t sit, and I stand, I will pass no judgements on them either as they are trying to enjoy the game.

  95. Ican
    4:09 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    bc I paid for the tickets

  96. happy2behere
    4:19 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    The players leave early. How come the fans can’t leave early?

  97. Poppschmidty
    4:23 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I think a great idea would be to play one game at Memorial each year. Make it available just to students. It doesn’t have to be a big name game, but it would be something different. Better than a nuetral court, but sets aside from the usual ho-hum that is Rupp Arena. Hell, I wouldn’t even be able to go to this game, but I still think it’s a great idea.

  98. Mc
    4:32 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I guess what I’ve learned from this thread is that I’m going to continue to go to UK games until I am physically unable to stand and cheer. At that point I will know that my time of making noise and being part of the college atmosphere is over with, and I will watch the games at home. I will not judge those that stand, and I will not judge those that sit. I will not judge those that leave early either. However, I will continue to be frustrated that Rupp is one of the quietest arenas in the country that doesn’t even have it’s tiny student section on the right end of the court to impact second half free throws. Since I know that boosters run the show, and that change isn’t coming anytime soon, I’ll continue to just cheer on the team in my own way understanding that the quiet fans are also part of what makes UK fans the best, because it’s a lifetime thing. I just wish one side of Rupp was sitting only, and the other side was for those that can stand and sit.

  99. papasnapp
    4:37 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #94. Agree, no problem. My only hope is that the ones on here bemoaning the fact that some elderly people like to go to games are only blowharding because this is a message board. Anonymity breeds keyboard Supemen. I hope that their encounter with the person asking is in a more respectful tone than they represent in this forum. Gotta go get my nap so I’ll have enough energy to head out for the early bird special at the cafeteria! Rest easy, y’all…
    Simply [email protected] Peace

  100. RealCatsFan
    4:37 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    92, like another said, if I am at a game and there is someone elderly or disabled behing me who POLITELY asks me to sit so they can see, I will accommodate them on a moment’s notice. However, if they instead DEMAND in a crabby voice that I sit down (aka, “get off my lawn!”), then they are much less likely to be accommodated. The problem is that modern society has abandoned manners by and large. Now, they have to realize that there are going to be occasional spectacular plays that bring the entire arena to their feet, so they are just going to have to deal with that.

    It’s funny how this seems to parallel what happened to my wife and I at a Van Halen concert recently. We are both in our 40’s, but still like to party a little bit, and a concert, well, that’s what you are supposed to do there, right? But she was asked to sit down several times when some of the bigger hits came along and she wanted to dance along. I guess it’s another example of “the greying of America”.

  101. Richard Gozinya
    4:39 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    This site jumped the shark when they let Mrs. TY write blogs and Matt started to front goblet squat Barnhart.

  102. papasnapp
    4:39 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #99 – “I just wish one side of Rupp was sitting only, and the other side was for those that can stand and sit.”
    Now that is a novel idea. Won’t ever happen, but I like the thought. Now, on to that nap.

  103. papasnapp
    4:45 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #100 – Agreed. Respect begets respect, or at least should. Disrespect deserves no respect in return. If the bluehair is haughty in their request, I’d see no reason to placate them. However, I would mention to them that if they want me to sit down for them, then they need to ask respectfully. If not, stare at my shorts until I’m ready to sit down. Once again, Karma.

  104. 5 o clock
    4:57 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    It is 5 til 5. sneak out now. will give you a headstart on traffic!

  105. joeoo
    5:09 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Hey I hear them loud and clear. Ive been in a situation like that where I did not want to leave, but my ride seem worried about the traffic in a tight game. My ride was older, but most of all lacks patience. Patience is a virtue I preach, but know very few people who have it.

  106. Cousins Fake Tooth
    5:16 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I usually leave with a minute left. That minute saves me 45 minutes getting out of the parking lot

  107. Class
    5:24 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, so typically you go to a game to see the game. Screw traffic. Yes, it can be daunting and horrible but its never taken me an hour to get back on the interstate. Maybe you don’t know where your going. Now, if your looking to stroll through Lexington to see the sights and all that jazz, it’ll take some time. The point is, the end of the game is just as exciting as the beginning! Support that Cats, and stop making excuses like “I’ll sacrifice 1 minute to save 45 minutes”, that’s not UK fan behavior! Unless your a casual fan; in that case, get the heck out!

  108. Response to MC
    5:27 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I am willing to fight for my 80 year old plus grandpa so he can enjoy a UK team that he has loved for years. There is no point in standing for more than a few seconds every now and then and standing for over a minute is rude as hell. I just hope you aren’t a person who would stand in front of my gpa after asking nicely to sit or youll be getting a knuckle sandwich.

  109. gorerd
    5:33 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Looking down from section 223 last evening we were wondering where and why the people were going. Have not missed many games since Rupp opened and NEVER have we left early, plus traveling 170 miles each way why not stay to the end. Never will forget the UK-Kansas ending with Kyle Macy and Dwight Anderson.

  110. Jackson Purchase
    5:37 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I have attended more games than most on here and the thing that annoys the $hit out of me is all the older fans who sit in the first level. Stand your old as$ up and make some noise or put your hearing aid in and watch from home. Rupp would be better and louder if we moved the students lower. I know we have the Erupption zone but that is not enough. 108.. If I was in front of your gpa hel! yes i would stand up in front of him and cheer! I dont spend that kind of money to sit down in a seat the whole game… He should consider watching from home so he can sit on his couch.

  111. Leave When You Want
    5:56 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Last time I checked there was nothing printed on the ticket that one is expected to stay until the end of the game.
    It is a free country and each person has their own reason for leaving when they leave.
    What I do not understand is why others want to question others motives and/or reasons for leaving the game whenever they want.

    Who are you to question why someone decides to leave a game early? There are so many possible reasons that it is silly for you to even speculate. Furthermore, for you to state that there are only two reasons for someone to leave early is, well, down right stupid.

    This is a free country and folks should be allowed to leave a ballgame when they want without having to be subjected to ridicule from others.

    Get a life and worry about something far more important than a small group of fans deciding to leave a ballgame before it is over. Let people leave when they want…it should be their decision…and it does not mean they are less of a fan than you are. GEEZ!!!!

  112. JB
    6:10 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Why are you bitching about this when the real crime is the empty seats in lower arena. If you have tickets and aren’t going to a game, GIVE THEM TO SOMEONE WHO WILL!

  113. Reaponse to jackson purchase
    6:15 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Id beat the shit out of you punk. My gpa is a korean vet and he cant stand very long. Peiple like you have no respect for the people that keep you free. Pansy

  114. #75 Bill Is A Punk
    6:38 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    #108, good for you for fighting for your grandpa. And, if I am in your section I will help you beat the shit out of a disrespectful Punk like # 110. I bet he is one that has his jeans half way down to his knees, exposing his rear and who wants to look at that for an entre game? I do not blame you at all…stick up for your Grandpa.

  115. Dirty Water
    7:42 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the game and I was saying the same thing! The game was close and a TON of fans started to leave early. It was a terrible thing to witness when Rupp had provided such a great atmosphere for everyone for most of the game, only to see 1/3 of the attendance head for the exits with the game still very much in the air. And for those of you who are sticking up for your elders, I understand, BUT the lower arena needs to have more students because they are the life force behind all the noise in Rupp. The E-Rupption zone is simply not enough. I love to stand during a game, and absolutely HATE when someone tells me to sit down, especially when the game is as fun and crazy as last night’s. I try to be courteous, but it’s also courteous to give your ticket to someone who will stand and make noise and enjoy everything about the game, instead of crippling the atmosphere by sitting on their hands, and fussing at those who make all the noise.

  116. Bledsoe's Biceps
    8:08 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @Mc – After reading all of your comments, it is obvious you (and some others as well) believe that if fans stand it somehow improves the performance of the team. News flash – It’s not true. There’s not a single player who will play better because you are standing instead of sitting. Secondly, you are able to yell/make noise/cheer/clap/etc without standing the whole game. Most people will be ok with others standing to cheer a great play or during a crucial possession. That’s expected. But it is common courtesy to be respectful of those seated behind you, who do not wish to stand the entire game. ie. Your selfish behavior impairs their ability to see the game. If you want to stand the entire game, go stand near an entry. It would be “cool” if Rupp had a louder crowd, but in the end, it’s not a parlor trick we need to play. Lesser schools often rely on crowd noise to help motivate them to win. We rarely need that. We have won 89% of the games played in quite ole Rupp Arena.

  117. Jackson Purchase
    11:15 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    @113 First learn how to spell, second, I am an active duty warrant officer who has deployed three times. Bring @114 with you! Not a punk, 41 years old.

  118. ukfaninohio
    11:42 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Had never been to rupp before last year against vandy and got same seats this year against auburn.Get the tickets from an auction here in ohio really great seats section 113 row h i believe it was and was told a couple times to sit down which i did not do.Way i see it yes if u pay your money you have the right to sit there and enjoy the game.Just like i have the right to stand and cheer my team.

  119. Jackson purchase response
    11:50 pm February 21, 2013 Permalink

    Give me your telephone number and I will gladly meet your ass anywhere.

  120. Joe
    3:07 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow! Y’all are crazy! Sit, stand, stay, leave. Who gives a shit? I do love it when people try to measure something as ridiculous as how big a fan they are! True fan, real fan?! It reminds me if trustafarians at a music festival. You know the ones who act like you can’t appreciate good music if you’ve bathed in the last month & don’t have white people dread locks. We all love the cats, & if not that’s fine too.

  121. pain
    8:56 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Proud to say I left with 4 mins left and I bleed blue. Product wasnt worth me staying any longer

  122. Jackson Purchase
    10:03 am February 22, 2013 Permalink

    @119 tell your gpa thanks for standing beside me defending this great nation. Did you serve? Didnt think so.