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Fan Goals for UK Football

Alright Big Blue Nation, Mark Stoops was just granted a contract extension, and the talent pool heading towards the Bluegrass is about as high as it has ever been. Recruiting has been top notch, but we have yet to see the results on the fans that we are so anxiously awaiting. As a whole we seem to all be in it for the long haul, accepting the process…because building a college football program from the ground up, especially in the SEC, isn’t easy. This realistic acceptance of the truth is good and all, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have hope right? Many hope this year is the first year Cats fans will begin to see the fruits of Stoops and Co.’s labor off the field translate off the field, at least a little bit.

What are your personal (maybe realistic, maybe not) goals for this upcoming season of Kentucky Football? Here are a few of mine…

Win an SEC game. Without a doubt this is my primary goal for this season. If the Cats want to be competitive in the league, they have to win in the league. It’s been a LONG two whole seasons since Kentucky has picked up a conference win, and Stoops desperately needs one for both his and his team’s confidence. I’ll take anyone…Vandy, Mississippi State, Tennessee….ANYONE PLEASE.

Beat Louisville. Louisville has won three in a row in the Cats, vastly outplaying Kentucky in every position on the field lately. The Cats are starting to bridge the gap in talent between them and the dirty birds, so expect a much more competitive game this season. Even more reason to beat UofL? It is now the last game of the season, and what better way to wrap things up with a win against your biggest rival?

A sell-out in the new CWS. The Cats almost had themselves a few sellouts last season, which is an impressive feat considering the eventual 2-10 record, but this year they need to go all the way. With Commonwealth Stadium undergoing renovations this whole summer, what better way to welcome in the new building with a full, packed house. I can see the Instagram pictures now…

One starting QB plays the entire season. The past few seasons, Kentucky has been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole in regards to the quarterback position. Time and time again, we see the best college football programs have one go-to, reliable quarterback, and that’s what Kentucky needs this season. Whether it be Patrick Towles, Reese Phillips or Drew Barker, we need solid production from the offensive leader of the team.

Better music/environment. Sad to say but this is probably the least likely goal to actually come true on this list. Watching other college football games at other schools, I am constantly impressed with the music choices, band and cool/fun aspects of their gameday environments that have become tradition on their respective campuses. I don’t want to hear anymore lame, tween music at CWS. Part of building a raucous crowd involves keep all of their senses in tune with the atmosphere. Please keep my ears happy CWS, I beg of you.


Article written by Wilder Treadway

KSR Alpha Class '12 #holla

23 Comments for Fan Goals for UK Football

  1. SEC
    1:04 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Lower your expectations.

    • AAC
      1:37 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Durrr, Jellybeans! Yumm!

  2. stoooooops
    1:18 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Correct me if I’m wrong but the renovations will not be done before this season. That’s why seating is supposed to be reduced. Not done til the 2015 season.

  3. Bottom Feeder
    1:20 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    The goal should be not to cleat themselves this year. UK is the anal cleft of college football.

    • Meaty Okra
      1:30 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Whats your projection for Louisville in the ACC? First?

    • schwing
      1:38 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      let me make two things clear for you here today.

      1. louisville will do better in the ACC than kentucky could.
      2. louisville will beat kentucky.

    • Eric
      1:53 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Schwing, UL isn’t going to beat Uk in football. I’ve seen your QB play and he sucks, plus the fact that were going to be the better team and have played against better teams the whole year.

    • jimp
      2:08 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      The only reason UL has ever had a decent team in football is because they bring their team to the games from the county jail in the sheriffs dept. bus on the work release program. Petrino has already started what he did when he was coach here before. He has already taken two or three players who were kicked off of other teams and even reinstated a wide receiver that was kicked off the team by Charlie Strong last season. Just like your basketball coach, he has no morals and the fans don’t even care, It is just win baby and then back to jail.

    • Proud Kentuckian
      2:19 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Schwing I rarely read the comments section of KSR specifically due to you and a handful of others. I rank you among the worst of the worst. I try to live positively looking for the best in people and situations. The negativity of people like you just drag the world down. You make demeaning comments without any thoughtful commentary.

    • MC from Tiline
      7:13 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Remember that time before the current U of L 3 game streak, UK won 4 in a row. Remember that? Remember that anyone? I do. It’s about to happen again and y’all know this.

  4. Downtown
    1:21 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s go over your list:

    1. Oh yeah, We will win an SEC game. If the third year is going to be a breakout year. There WILL be a win. I’m thinking Vandy, Miss St, or Tenn.
    2. Not this year. Unless Louisville is mauled by their new ACC schedule. And it might take a Receiver turned back-up QB to do it then too.
    3. The only way that happens is an upset win over someone no one thought they could beat.
    4. Now this is a good one. It would be great to see one QB all season, but there’s also a reason why we have four QB’s on the roster: injuries, injuries, injuries. Max Smith, Towles, and then God Forbid, what if Barker gets sacked and carted off the field…. The QB position was a stinking merry-go-round last year. No one could get any sort of rhythm because they were either getting hurt, or they were getting mugged by SEC defenses. And let’s not even start about the medical ward that’s the WR position.
    5. “We’re from Kentucky and we like it that way……..” The music selection has been bad for generations……

    Here’s what i’d like to see.

    1. Wins or near upsets of teams we are not supposed to be even close to beating.
    2. Keeping injuries at a minimum.
    3. Hiring Dr. Dre, Adam Levine, or getting some advice from Drake to handle the music problem. (Which probably means they’ll hire Lady GaGa.)

  5. UKfan
    1:29 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    With the talent Stoops has brought in, we will win the SEC east. We are clearly the most talented team now. If he doesn’t maybe we should find a coach that can.

  6. And For Games Away
    1:42 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Another thing that is a little concerning, for those of us not having DISH Network, is TV coverage of away or any games. Time Warner seems to be in NO hurry to say yes or no or even ask opinions of customers about the new SEC Network. The only answer you get from Time Warner is ” It is in negotiations”. This has been same answer for the past 8 months. Fear is this the same answer that will be given to customers the end of August? Prove me wrong Time Warner!

  7. tyrus
    1:58 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    The use of Commonwealth Football Stadium (CFS) rather than CWS or neither is my goal.

  8. Billy Ray
    2:22 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    I think we can make a big jump and win 3 games this year.

  9. Truth
    2:50 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    I’m beginning to believe “sec” and schwing give it to each other in the anus. It’s becoming obvious they garden uphill.

  10. Hear here
    2:54 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Hear. Not “here.”

    It is embarrassingly bad sometimes. And, no. It’s not part of the charm. It’s part of the embarrassment.

  11. Truth B Told
    3:14 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Cat will DOUBLE their prior win total and ring up FOUR (4) big W’s this season, so get ready to scoot yer boots, Cat fannies!

    But the absolute BEST will be the year after (2015) when the C-A-T-S will absolutely dominate everyone in their path on the way to a 6-6 mark, and a Music City Bowl berth.

    Only then will the millions of dollars invested truly pay off. In two years, we will FINALLY be back to mediocre.

  12. uk78
    3:56 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Just be competitive against the upper sec teams and win the games were supposed to and maybe pull off an upset

  13. Bill shamburger
    4:00 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    How about when the cats come home from road games when they hit the field we play a remix of thin Lizzie the boys are back in town. Get up and dance ,

  14. FernCreekCat
    5:58 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    The biggest problem with the music is whoever is in charge is NOT watching the game. They start playing just as the team breaks the huddle and continue until the tackle is made. Sometimes they start when the band is playing. While we’re at it someone needs to rearrange the info on the big boards. While at the spring game, I had a horrible time finding what down or how much yardage was needed for a first down. Perhaps reducing the size of some of the advertising and enlarging the game info.

  15. 2020
    6:17 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s stop celebrating professors and academic excellence by non-football players. Are we in class? Hell no! Does football get recognized at nerd ceremonies and dinners? Hell no!

  16. HUBER
    1:47 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    What 2020 said X 200000000. Enough breaking up the music, fan involvement to showcase the Spanish Club or the Asian Mathematics Club. Pump some music through those speakers that will pump up our team, and our fans and keep the environment about football. Commonwealth has one of the worst GD gameday atmospheres of any football stadium around.