To quote John Calipari, Kentucky is college basketball right now, which means we’re treated to an unprecedented amount of media attention. Each day, there is a new piece from the national media about Kentucky, but none nail the phenomenon that is Kentucky basketball, especially this season, better than Grantland’s Mark Titus. From his College Basketball power rankings:
We may be witnessing the greatest college basketball team of all time. Kentucky fans know this, which is why UK games have turned into such spectacles. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s not that the atmosphere is better than all the rest. But you can tell something special is happening. You can tell that it’s like a religious experience for Wildcats fans to watch this team in person. And the scary thing is that I’ve watched Kentucky only on neutral courts. UK games at Rupp Arena this season probably have baptisms and live births and lambs being sacrificed in the crowd.
Titus is so in tune with the UK fan base that he even drops KSR and Not Jerry Tipton references:
Kentucky fans are out of their minds. They get premature tattoos without regret. Parody Twitter accounts of UK basketball beat writers have enough followers to make you question everything about your life. You could probably gain 1,000 Twitter followers overnight just by tacking “KSR” to the end of your username.
Flattery will get you everywhere, Mr. Titus. But seriously, go read the entire piece over at Grantland.