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The Big Blue Nation will miss Rick Pitino

Countless fans have wished to see Rick Pitino’s demise since he became the University of Louisville head coach in 2001. Now that his day of reckoning has finally arrived, The Big Blue Nation will miss Rick Pitino.

It only took three years for the former Knicks coach to become the most beloved man in Kentucky. Pitino reigned supreme across the Commonwealth in the 90s, creating chaos on the court with uptempo offense and full-court press defense. Off the court, the sharp-dressed New York Italian used his charisma and wit to charm the Big Blue Nation like never before, but it was not meant to be.

Fans were sad to see Pitino leave Lexington to coach the Boston Celtics. He returned to the Commonwealth in 2001 a traitor.

Born in 1991, I have a few fleeting memories of the championships in the 90s, but my first memory of Kentucky basketball is hating Rick Pitino. He was a traitor. How could somebody coach UofL after winning a National Championship at UK? It was inconceivable, unfathomable, impossible for my ten-year old brain to comprehend.

Pitino’s plunge into the dark side transformed him into the Big Blue Nation’s greatest villain. At first, we feared he would replicate his UK success at UofL. Instead, he became the rivalry’s punching bag.

A nuisance that beat Kentucky a few times early in the rebuilding process (with one ironically thanks to another former Wildcat, Marvin Stone), Pitino did not reach ultimate villain status until his heir apparent arrived at Kentucky.

John Calipari is beloved by the BBN for many reasons. One reason, and maybe the most important reason, is that he is a younger, better Rick Pitino. Charismatic characters with NBA pasts in the northeast, Rick used a press to win over the fans and rebuild the Kentucky basketball program, while Cal did it with the best talent in America. The unspoken shared disdain for one another made the rivalry better than ever. As Cal beat Pitino over and over and over and over and over again, Kentucky fans never had more fun.

With Calipari as Pitino’s counterpart just 80 miles west, it forced Rick to become an animated UK villain. He lied with hilarious hyperboles on a regular basis (Mr personal favorite: “Mike Marra is the best shooter I’ve ever coached”). A hypocrite who wore a stupid white suit, got a tattoo on his disgusting old man back and flipped off UK fans after a loss, Kentucky fans didn’t need anymore ammunition, but he gave them more. Fifteen seconds with Karen Sypher and parties with Katina Powell made him a permanent punchline across the Big Blue Nation.

That is why today is a sad day across the Big Blue Nation. Pitino was easy to hate because he used to coach at Kentucky. Pitino was a punchline because he was surrounded by (premature) sex scandals. The BBN has lost their favorite punching bag and Kentucky’s ultimate villain.

The rivalry will never be the same.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for The Big Blue Nation will miss Rick Pitino

  1. 4everUKblue
    12:43 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    It won’t be quite as much fun beating Little Brother without Pitino at the helm

  2. EdC
    12:45 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    How long before the Tubby Smith has been approached for the job rumors start since Memphis isn’t working out so well?

  3. ClutchCargo
    12:51 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    I’ll bet Quick Rick is second guessing his decision to get that U-6 tattoo. The one to celebrate the title that didn’t officially happen.

  4. Chacosrule
    12:53 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    Rick was in the movie, Blue Chips. Cameo appearance.

  5. sincitycat
    12:57 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe UL will hire Richard Pitino and the beat will go on.

  6. Jester
    2:50 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    Speak for yourself, young man. He will not be missed. It really was fun to beat them with him as the coach, but no one will “miss” him.

    It will still be sweet music to any true Cat fan’s ears when we beat Loserville, no matter who is desperate enough to coach that dirty commuter school down the road.

  7. kykatphish7525
    4:12 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    I’m totally disappointed with you KSR… to make these shirts is totally classless… you make all of us KY fans look like asswipes… Poking fun at the strippper scandal and Ricks 15 seconds of fame is one thing, but this has gone too far… this scandal is going to affect many lives and fan bases… this investigation is just beginning and it’s about to get ugly… Peeps are going to be talking with jail time on the line… KSR spends more time bashing UofL than they actually spend on KY sports… it’s a shame because I’ve been a big supporter of you for many years… you’ve become a disgrace to the KY faithful… and then you wonder why people call in death threats to refs… you’re just as bad as our anger filled President… way to go! Does making fun of others fulfill your codependent hearts?!?! I encourage you to think about the image you want to portray… Is this how you would want your kids to behave? It’s truly disturbing… I sincerely hope you team can come to a healthy realization soon…

  8. Luether
    5:58 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    I’ll always be appreciative of the extraordinary job Rick Pitino did in resurrecting UK’s basketball program. His recruits took us to 3 consecutive national championship games from 1996-1998…

  9. BigBlueBass
    6:59 pm September 27, 2017 Permalink

    He took us from the probation cellar to hanging banners….. can’t argue with THAT.!!!!

  10. BluKudzu
    7:29 am September 28, 2017 Permalink

    Don’t forget what Kentucky did for him either.