You’re looking at Margaret Swindler, a Kentucky basketball fan that’s the subject of an article today by Pat Forde. Yes, the same Pat Forde who hates John Calipari. Yes, coincidentally, the same Pat Forde that three years ago today, wrote an article telling Calipari to lie in the bed he made after Kentucky’s loss at South Carolina. I actually had an entire post dedicated to the three-year anniversary of said article ready for today, but then Forde had to go and write a great article like this one. Prick.
Anyways, odds are you know someone like Margaret Swindler. Before passing away in 2010 at the age of 88, Swindler had a habit of keeping score during every UK basketball game in a notebook, watching faithfully in front of the TV in a scene that sounds very familiar to many of us:
Here was the ritual: she sat on the floor facing the television and/or radio with her notebook in front of her — and often with notebooks from previous years spread around, for research and comparison purposes. There was always popcorn in a white porcelain bowl. (Scooter, the family dog, loved popcorn — but he learned not to stick his face in the bowl during a Kentucky game. Scooter stayed under the kitchen table when the Cats were playing.)
When the games were televised, Margaret performed the time-honored Kentucky tradition: turn down the volume on the TV and turn up the radio to listen to legendary announcer Cawood Ledford’s call.
Here’s a page one of those notebooks:
Forde couldn’t help but get in one dig at Cal, sneaking in a line about how Margaret’s family knew she wouldn’t have liked the one-and-done system because she got so personally invested in the players. Still, a nice portrait of a fan that makes the Big Blue Nation so unique.
Go check out the rest of Pat’s piece, which I will actually link this time instead of linking a video of baby goats like I usually do with his stuff.