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Rival Fanbases React to the Twins’ Decision

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The past few weeks have been rough for Kentucky’s haters. As thrilling as the recent tournament run was for the Big Blue Nation, it was equally frustrating for rival fanbases – whose hopes of a UK loss sank with each of Aaron Harrison’s clutch 3-pointers. They were able to gain some satisfaction when the Wildcats were defeated in the title game and another mass exodus of talent seemed likely. However, this feeling was short-lived.

With six of UK’s eight possible pros deciding to return to school, Kentucky will once again be the preseason favorite to win next season’s National Championship. The Harrison twins were the final holdouts, but their announcement yesterday ensured that the Wildcats would be ridiculously loaded and caused some opposing fanbases to enter a slight depression. Below are a few posts from several rivals’ message boards after the twins  decided to forego the draft. While the term “40-0” should probably never be mentioned again, some of these are pretty great.

INDIANA

MIke8989: “what a team they will have. Could be his best yet.

Swat30: “Not just Calipari’s….but maybe Kentucky’s. ”

Sundown: It looks like Cal has tons of talent again next year. It will be interesting to see if the incoming freshman will be happy with this. Perhaps the pipeline is getting a little clogged, which could lead to problems. Anyway, is it time to print another run of 40-0 t-shirts?

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DUKE

LobsterPinch: “Wow, now that team has a chance to go undefeated next year.  Can’t stand UK but very impressed with the decision making of the guys who were considering the NBA, and the sacrifice they were willing to make – in terms of playing time and potential draft position – in order to come back for another year.

aah555: “UK unquestionably has the best roster in college b-ball — and it’s really not very close.  They’re going to have 8 former 5* recruits on their roster, 5 of whom are soph. or older, + Willey Cauley Stein, who would have been a mid-first rounder this year. Probably the most impressive collection of raw talent (at least depth of raw talent) that I’ve seen since the college teams of the mid-90s.  We’ll see how it all fits, but it would be a mild upset if they’re not cutting the nets down.

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KANSAS

Casey Rybeck: Oh Crap.

rockchalkin81: lovely. admit it or not, but there goes another freaking final 4 for them.”

Pritchard: Yeah, right, Cal has nothing to with Kentucky’s success. Geez…..Guy has been to Final Fours at 3 different schools. He has been to 3 Final Fours in 5 years at Kentucky. I am certainly no Kentucky fan, but this guy is elite as it gets.

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NORTH CAROLINA

WhatWouldJesusDo?: If all those guys are on the team, that has to be the most awesome front line collection ever.  Seriously, not joking.  That’s some amazing talent.”

TeamCarolina71: “This may be Cal’s best team he has had since being at uk. Gotta give him props, he knows his stuff whether you like it or not.”

DSouthr: Personally, with all the ballyhoo of the last Ky class being “the best of all time”, I think their incoming class is much better than their last years class was.. Scary prospect, hope the 2yr rule allows this class to go ahead and leave after one…”

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Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

30 Comments for Rival Fanbases React to the Twins’ Decision



  1. Vinsanity!
    9:38 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Vinsanity!!!!!!!!!!!! http://t.co/odv0NhxyVP



  2. Vinsanity!
    9:47 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    LeBron Stares Down Jordan http://t.co/etnId5YFYq



  3. Somervillain
    9:49 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Great read. Thanks to all those other fanbases for such exciting ways to appreciate what we have and have coming. GO CATS!



    • UKFAN197TONE
      1:34 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      That’s about as good as it got. The rest were pretty much the SOS that every comment section turns in to. HATERS GALORE!



  4. CRAZYCATFAN
    9:57 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    WOW!!!!!! It’s amazing to read the comments which, obviously, were not meant for our eyes/ears! It proves that they may hate us, but, to their dismay, they have to respect us …. even better!!!



  5. blueblooded
    10:02 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Where’d you find so many rational opposing fans? I notice there are no UL fans listed though, so I guess that makes sense!



  6. UKgrad'13
    10:07 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    See, this is true respect between rivals and anyone can appreciate that. When you look ahead to a team like next year’s, you can’t help but recognize the immense level of talent on one roster, regardless of the team. Whoever left those comments, they are true fans. We may all hate each other in general, but the fact that even a few people can look past the “battle lines” and see what we have on paper, that’s very humbling. Go CATS.



  7. Alex Hyden
    10:17 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Well said UKgrad’13, it shows that some people out there give respect when respect is due. On the other hand if you wanna see some real douchbags check out a UofL message board,



  8. venture
    10:18 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    i would venture to say there have to be 1000 negative / cheaters / etc. comments to each of these on whatever bds. they came from, but nice to know some folks exist that are able to see things for what they are and give credit where due …



    • ukbradstith
      10:43 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

      No doubt that these are the best of the best comments, but I hope our own fan base can read this and see that it’s okay to actually post true factual comments. If someone is good it’s okay to say that.



  9. Midday
    10:55 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    I heart this post, so much.



  10. Nick
    11:02 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Wow, those were a lot nicer then I expected. I’d be interested to see what Vandy fans are saying. I know that sounds odd, but I lost a good deal of respect for them a few years ago when both their football and basketball teams had some success.



  11. [email protected]
    11:05 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Rick Pitino reaction. “Holy Crap. I will be 1-7 against Cal after we play in the Yum center next December.”



  12. I Love It
    11:30 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Meanwhile, on the UL board.

    Idiot#1: SO WHAT, THEYRE LOSING THEIR TWO BEST PLAYERS. NO ONE ON THAT ROSTER SCARES ME. TWINS ARE OVERRATED. MCAULLEY-STINE AND POYTHRESS GET WORSE EVERY YEAR.

    Idiot#2: WWW AND PAYPAL CAL HAVE TO BE PAYING ALL THESE GUYS $1,000,000 EACH. NO REASON PLAYERS THAT GOOD WOULD SIT THE BENCH.

    Idiot#3: WE WOULDNT TAKE WILLIS AS A TRANSFER, NOT GOOD ENOUGH. WE’RE LOADED.

    Idiot#4: COW BETTER BE TEACHING THEM HOW TO BULLDOSE EVERYONE AND SHOOT 10,000 FREE THROWS A GAME, ONLY WAY THEY WON ANY OF THOSE TOURNEY GAMES.



    • duh
      12:10 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      You nailed it!! Those look like real comments from Tard fans.



    • Get It On!
      7:58 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      Here’s a better one:
      IDIOT #5: @ IDIOT #4, WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT FREE THROWS, MAN? IF WE HIT OUR FREE THROWS IN THE UK GAME, WE COULD HAVE BEEN KICKING UCONN’S AZZ! SH*T!! BOTH OUR TEAMS NEED TO HIRE KYLE MACY TO TEACH US FREE THROW SHOOTING!

      IDIOT #6: UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL!!!!!!

      IDIOT #7: WTH UK TROLL? DURN IDIOT IS TELLING THE TRUTH! JEEZ!!!!!!!!!

      IDIOT #8: MAN, WHAT’S WITH THE UK TROLLS GETTING ON OUR SITE TO TALK [email protected] ABOUT OUR TEAM? THEY NEED TO GO BACK TO KSR AND TALK ABOUT HOW GREAT MATT JONES IS AND WORSHIP THEIR WWW PAID ATHLETES!!!

      IDIOT #9: DO YOU GUYS THINK MATT’S CHEST HAIR IS JUST……..COOOL?????

      IDIOT #10: UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL UK TROLL!!!



    • BNClay
      8:03 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      Bravo, bravo. Are you sure you didn’t copy and paste them from cards board?



  13. Luther
    12:08 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

    40 – 0 baby!!



    • Nick
      12:24 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      Knock on wood!!!!!!!



    • Sniffles
      5:58 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      Luther, you’re starting to stink more and more if troll. Relax, you were doing good.



    • Mark
      8:55 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      Not going to say it. ONE GAME AT A TIME :)…. GO CATS!!!!



  14. JdaddyDolla
    12:33 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

    We are going to be deeper than an Aaron Harrison game winning 3 next year. Deeper than a Cal quote. This team could reach heights Chane Behanan’s never seen.



  15. Braves Win Over Reds
    12:59 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

    Braves Continue Their Winning Ways http://t.co/DRnqgdY2F9



    • UKFAN197TONE
      1:35 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      So!



  16. hal
    4:33 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

    thought we were better than posting random, anonymous quotes. if they’re haters then who gives a s***………



  17. DT in DC
    7:01 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

    ;I only went through the UNC one, but I completely LOLed at this:

    “I don’t really care what anyone from UK does. UNC is going to be pretty damn good next year. Screw everyone else.”

    “I agree. I’ll take Brice, Meeks and Hicks over all of them. There are only so many minutes and you they will have 5-star players getting 7-8 minutes a game. They gotta love that.”



    • Mark
      8:58 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

      It is not always about minutes



  18. HeathT
    7:27 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

    So what do we know of the 2014-15 schedule at this ridiculously early stage? Kansas again in the Champions Classic (name may not be exactly right)… North Carolina at home, Louisville on the road… SEC slate whenever they decide how we’ll play the games…. anything else known?



  19. Bill Belichick's Face Scowl
    8:08 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

    Bill Belichick Runs In A Half Marathon. He Still Has A Scowl On His Face… http://wp.me/p4pLOr-hk



  20. Angie Jones
    9:17 am April 27, 2014 Permalink

    Everyone has had the same reaction – UK is going to be a monster next season – StraightHoops.com had a really good article on next season: http://straighthoops.com/one_and_not_done.html