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“Everybody’s Super Bowl” is so true

John Calipari’s “everybody’s Super Bowl” comment has gotten a lot of run during his time at Kentucky. He says it so often, it has become a joke amongst the media and fan base. We have all mocked it together for years.

But it’s so true.

Kentucky is everybody’s Super Bowl, and last night was another prime example.

Unless you’ve been to some of these opposing atmospheres, it’s really hard to comprehend what the Cats face every time they’re on the road. It’s a completely different challenge than what any other team around the league sees when they play against the same team in the same building. Auburn had fans lined up outside the building for hours before last night’s game. Do those same fans even go when any other team is in town? Of course not — and even if they did, they don’t bring it like they do when UK is on the opposing bench.

Auburn Arena was insane last night, so much that I think I went deaf for a couple of minutes in the second half and almost passed out while trying to chew my chicken sandwich. It was one of the best atmospheres I’ve seen at a college basketball game, and I’ve been to more places for more games than I care to remember. For a building that only holds a little over 9,000 people, it got as loud (or louder) than anything I’ve heard anywhere else. It was on fire.

But only because Kentucky was in town.

Calipari said afterward, “Everybody gives us their best shot. There’s no one that’s gonna not play against Kentucky.”

He often sounds like a broken record, but last night reminded me that it’s so true. There is no catching a team off guard when you’re Kentucky. You’re getting everyone’s best, which can’t be said for the rest of the teams around the SEC. It’s always a t-shirt night. The fans are louder, way louder. The players have waited all season for this one game and they’re hungry to get out there and play well. All the celebrities are out. It’s a huge deal for the opponent, and Kentucky has to play through it, each and every time they leave Rupp Arena.

I’m not making excuses for last night’s loss or any other disappointing road losses in the past, but there really is something to being “everybody’s Super Bowl.” Auburn Arena, which averages under 7,000 fans per game, felt like the wildest scene in all of college basketball last night, like some impossible place for any team to go in and win.

But only because Kentucky was in town.

As much as we mock it, “everybody’s Super Bowl” is right and it only makes it harder on the Cats.

At least it doesn’t exist in the SEC or NCAA tournaments.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

24 Comments for “Everybody’s Super Bowl” is so true

  1. kjd
    9:12 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    The “gold standard” of college basketball should expect no less. The “Super Bowl” effect magnifies the problems with this dysfunctional team.

  2. BigBlueNationDude
    9:17 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe our team actually try to play other teams like its their super bowl.

  3. Blueballz
    9:25 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Wow, I’ve never read an article like this before. Very astute Drew

  4. BigBlueNationDude
    9:26 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Teams also arent scared of UK anymore as a brand or team. We arent good and shouldnt be considered with any top tier programs currently

  5. syrin23
    9:30 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a dumb comment which is making excuse for sub-par play. I’m sure Duke is also “everyone’s SuperBowl” as is Kansas, and any other perpetual top 10 team. If you really are a top team, you should beat teams below you even if they give your their best.

  6. binarysolo
    9:32 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    If we keep playing like we are now, we’ll soon be everybody’s Tax Slayer Bowl.

    • syrin23
      10:40 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      You win the award. Hilarious.

    • BBNstrive49
      2:20 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

      Come football season we will all be begging for the tax slayer bowl, and be overjoyed if we get it.

  7. callitlikeiseeit
    9:57 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Several others face the same thing but KSR wants us to believe it only happens to UK. UConn women prolly get the same treatment and then they beat you by 30, of course they ae well coached and get any player they want. Yep Cal and his “we are college basketball” and “we are the gold standard” comments were alos eye raising. Now we have to rush the court and players dog pile to celebrate beating a 10-15 Vandy team by 2 at home. Man how far we have fallen.

  8. AFR0_SAMURAii
    10:09 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    These KSR writers forever making excuses.

  9. Aar
    10:09 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Seriously, what 22-3 (10-2), #10, projected 2 seed program packs the arena with t-shirt night when hosting a 17-8 (6-6), unranked, projected #7 seed?

    We are Big Blue! The rules don’t apply.

  10. MadHatter
    10:18 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    “I’m not making excuses”…lmao. Being “everyone’s Super Bowl” is what you willingly sign up for when you come here. Every single team before this one has faced the same thing. This squad has zero toughness to be able to overcome adversity in hostile territory. Hell, they struggle to win the neutral site games at Rupp. Lol

  11. drbigblue
    10:34 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    KY is always everybody’s Super Bowl for sure. When your the best year in and year out, the underdogs dream game is to beat the best. One nite, I really feel bad for Coach Cal, he gave his 2017 recruitment his best shot, these guys just don’t have what it takes under their hoods as those have in the past. The maturation is just going to take longer. Not your fault coach, keep on keeping on!
    One last note, two perineal football powers went out and got them a first class basketball coach to take them to the next level. Wouldn’t it be nice if KY would upgrade their football staff to get them to the next level.

  12. Jiminy Crickets
    11:01 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    While I agree with Calipari, he;s been using the “were everybody’s super bowl” for long time. He was quoted in Memphis saying often.

    His interview after taking the KY job….

    Nov 7, 2009 – “People have rated us high hoping we can’t reach it and my goal is to make our team believe we can be better than that,” Calipari says. “When I was at Memphis we were everyone’s Super Bowl. Everybody we played, they’d sell out one game and it was us.”

  13. BigBlueOnYou
    11:39 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Same stupid comment he’s made for years. Who cares? Just coach and don’t lose the super bowl then? Clown

  14. BradCalthegoat
    12:00 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    Always an excuse

  15. BBNstrive49
    12:51 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    “We’re everyone’s super bowl” “they’re freshmen” I’m sick of coach excuse get his ass out of here

  16. ukkatzfan
    12:52 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    One thing about the loss to Auburn. With a coach named In same report as c-2, surely Auburn will be one of the 36 teams. We might just get this one back for the record books. Bruce Pearl may have had his biggest use of smoke and mirrors yet last night.

  17. 4everUKblue
    4:46 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    If only there was an excuse for all the haters on this site…..BUT THERE IS NONE!!

  18. Blue Jesus
    5:30 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    That’s why when the SEC was weak in past years I didn’t think it was as much of a cakewalk or disadvantage as rival fans wanted to make it out as. We were in a dogfight every night, and it prepared our teams regardless of the tanning of our league.

    If course this year the SEC is actually good, we’re not at our usual standard, and they still play us as though it’s the Superbowl. And the results reflect that…

  19. W F Reserve
    8:55 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    And that same Super Bowl atmosphere causes Doug Shows to come from back court to mid court and throw the arm the other way calling a charge on PJ Washington when a small guard comes up to him while jogging down the court and flops. Crowd goes wild.

  20. Howdy Doody
    9:46 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    That includes wiretaps from 4,000 intercepted calls and thousands of documents and bank records obtained from raids and confiscated computers, including those from notorious NBA agent Andy Miller.

    “This goes a lot deeper in college basketball than four corrupt assistant coaches,” said a source who has been briefed on the details of the case. “When this all comes out, Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible to play and almost half of the 16 teams the NCAA showed on its initial NCAA tournament show this weekend should worry about their appearance being vacated.”