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The Drake Curse is real, and it may be time for Kentucky to find a new superfan

Rap superstar and pop culture icon Drake has been around the Kentucky basketball program since 2012, with the Toronto, ON native claiming the status as the No. 1 Wildcat superfan. He has come to games, coached the UK Alumni Game, took jumpers in the layup line at Big Blue Madness, released shoes dedicated to John Calipari and the Wildcats, wears Kentucky gear regularly, and sports the jerseys of former Wildcats in music videos.

He even promised University of Kentucky students a free concert at Rupp Arena at some point.

(The students are still waiting for that, by the way)

Seeing him around the program over the years has been fun, and it’s certainly added to the “cool” factor Coach Cal brought back to Lexington in 2009. Like they do with most of his work, recruits have been rapping “I rock Kentucky blue,” “I need a girl from Kentucky,” and “Louisville hush money for my young gunners, Rick Pitino” since the songs were released.

But Drake’s fandom comes at a cost… Teams with alliances to the rap star suffer what is known as the “Drake Curse,” and last night proved it’s very, very real.

Last week, the three-time Grammy winner posted a video of himself wearing an Alabama sweatshirt. Alabama’s next game? A 44-16 beatdown in the College Football Playoff championship against Clemson for the team’s second title game loss in three years.

Beyond the Crimson Tide, ESPN took a trip down memory lane covering other Drake-supported individuals/teams, and the results don’t look too great for the other parties involved.

  • With Drake sitting courtside year after year, the Toronto Raptors have not had any appearances in the NBA Finals. In fact, the Raptors have made the Eastern Conference Finals just once in five consecutive playoff appearances, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in the ECF back in 2015-16.
  • Right before the much-anticipated UFC fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, Drake posted a picture with “The Notorious
    Mystic Mac.” McGregor lost via submission in a dominant victory for Khabib.
  • And worst of all, with Drake being Kentucky’s No. 1 superfan since mid-2012, the Wildcats have failed to win a national title. They have gone to two Final Fours and one Elite Eight since, but the Wildcats have not been able to break through that barrier to bring home another title.

Kendrick Lamar? Chance the Rapper? Travis Scott? Lil Wayne? Childish Gambino? Anybody works, really.

I like being Drake’s go-to school, but for the sake of title banners and championship rings, making the ultimate sacrifice might be necessary.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

36 Comments for The Drake Curse is real, and it may be time for Kentucky to find a new superfan

  1. michaelb
    11:18 am January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Rediculoud sentiment. Dismissed

    • cking
      12:03 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      This is article is absolutely garbage.
      It has no merit on the success of the team.

    • MrPioneer
      12:12 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      ^^^^ You guys seem fun.

    • BigolBlue
      3:32 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Lets keep Drake. You want Ashley Judd as our posterchild? Nahh. Gotta stay somewhat relevant because Duke has Lebron and all the nba guys

    • unbridled
      1:33 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Drake is a no talent hack. Good riddance.

    • BigolBlue
      3:33 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Unbridled listens to old rolling stones and beatles. Drake is a good artist

    • Jack Pilgrim
      1:43 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      It’s a joke.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      5:44 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      I agree Jack Pilgram is a joke. That is what you meant, right Jack?

    • unbridled
      7:35 am January 10, 2019 Permalink

      Not surprised in the slightest that bigolblue is a drake sycophant. Your contributions to this site suggest that you are clueless, so thinking drake produces “music” is par for the course. It’s embarrassing but it’s predictable. Good luck scooter.

    11:24 am January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Can he become a Duke fan?

    • PrincesPalace
      3:06 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Last thing UK recruiting needs is for HS kids to see Drake in Duke gear. If you think Coach K is whooping Cal in recruiting now, wait and see how bad it is after Duke embraces the hip hop culture.

    • BigolBlue
      3:33 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      Yes princes

  3. trey
    11:27 am January 8, 2019 Permalink

    I’m done with drake after that video of him fondling that 17 y.o. at his concert and he wasn’t ashamed even after finding out her age. Give me literally anybody else (also no R. Kelly)

  4. meeksfor3
    11:31 am January 8, 2019 Permalink

    I am perfectly fine with Kindly Meyers being our superfan.

  5. Bill Selfs Hair Piece
    11:35 am January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Didn’t Alabama beat us in basketball this weekend?

  6. ryanjallen
    11:43 am January 8, 2019 Permalink

    He’s been around the program since 2009 though

  7. luke.emberton
    11:58 am January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Drake sucks
    his lyrics suck his “music” sucks
    He’s a bum who spits horrendous raps and for some reason this generation of idiots acts like he’s good

    • Matt10
      12:45 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink


    • unbridled
      1:35 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      You are absolutely correct Luke. Drake is a no talent hack. His music is cringeworthy. I’m not a huge rap fan but the difference between 90’s rap and the garbage that passes today is night and day different. It’s embarrassing

    • BigolBlue
      3:35 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      You old guys crack me up. His album was #1 this year. You think that is coincidence? Stay with your slayer and acdc. This is why kids have passed on us bc of our old fanbase

    • unbridled
      7:39 am January 10, 2019 Permalink

      You clueless millennials are something else. Do you know who else you dolts have made into a cultural icon??? Kim kardashian! She has ZERO talent. Only a millennial would confuse unfounded popularity with actual talent. The real world will eat you kids alive. Good luck.

  8. cking
    12:03 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Terrible post…I expect more from KSR.

  9. davis2319
    12:04 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah this stuff is garbage. I guess Drake’s curse didn’t apply to the 2012 team. Lol get out of here

  10. nybrasky
    12:30 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Very BTI-esque. We don’t need 1 BTI around here, let alone 2.

  11. bobalouky
    12:37 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Silly article and after halftime show no lil Wayne!!!

  12. playmorezeppelin
    12:53 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Lol but what about the dozens of other teams he pretends to support? Seems like he’s wearing a different team every other day.

  13. catsfan1995
    12:55 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Chance the Rapper? Travis Scott??!?!!!!Childish Gambino? Hahahahahah im dying. I’ll keep Drake. Thank u, next

  14. dballrb
    1:01 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Crook of shiz-nit.

  15. ukwildcat1991
    1:04 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Now we are talking about a curse… that’s the reasoning of this season so far? Man what a stupid post

  16. unbridled
    1:39 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    Whether you believe in a curse or not….it simply can not be denied that drake is completely awful and devoid of anything that could be mistakenly qualified as a redeeming quality. The guy sucks and his music sucks impossibly more.

    • BigolBlue
      3:36 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

      We get it unbridled. You hate rap music and prob any AA’s. You are the prototypical uk white redneck fan. Btw im white too and are ashamed of you kind of people

    • unbridled
      7:53 am January 10, 2019 Permalink

      Typical mouth breathing response. Go retreat to your safe space and have a soy latte little guy. As I stated earlier, 90’s rap was actual music that spoke of societal woes and cultural issues. It was poetry. It required talent. Drake literally makes up words. When he can’t make up a word, he simply makes a grunting noise to fill in the blank. What’s left is auto tuned and packaged for the masses of mindless millennials that are hopped up on psychotropic drugs and have no clue what actual talent is. This isn’t a racial issue, it’s a national cultural embarrassment. Do yourself a favor and look into some Motown music. Drake isn’t in the same universe as those artists. Talent is talent. Good music is good music. Drake ain’t that…not by any measure. By the way, I’m guarantee I’m not much older than you are, I just have taste.

  17. How about none of the above? Drake is a bandwagon fan anyway.

  18. Duuuuuude
    2:56 pm January 8, 2019 Permalink

    If he helps the cool factor of the program I don’t mind but fads change. Is Drake still relevant?