For all of the Kentucky fanatics that feel something bigger than football is limiting the Wildcats from ending the streak, at least one expert thinks you’re absolutely right.
SB Nation’s Spencer Hall, who is admittedly a diehard Florida fan, only has one reasonable explanation the Gators defeated the Wildcats on Saturday night for the 31st time in a row:
A curse that will never be broken.
This is supposed to be about Florida and I can’t even write about Florida in the positive or the negative because Kentucky’s here, and if Kentucky football is here it will control what happens, and not in the good way for Kentucky football. There are curses and they are real and you have one of them, Kentucky, and a battalion of warlocks working overtime for months on end wouldn’t be able to scrub it off your program.
In his explanation, he acknowledges the fact that Kentucky outplayed Florida in nearly all facets of the game and did everything they could possibly do to end the streak.
They looked faster and better-coached than Florida for 99.99999% of the game. The Wildcats had one more first down, ran the ball well enough, and got a really good game out of their quarterback, Stephen Johnson, who threw three TDs and probably would have gotten Kentucky into position for a winning field goal.
Hall explains that Florida’s two touchdowns with receivers left wide open just felt cruel and that he actually feels sorry for Kentucky fans.
I don’t even know if it’s funny. It didn’t feel funny, the way watching your opponent lose is supposed to be funny. The first time–when Kentucky left Tyrie Cleveland completely uncovered–-that might have been funny if it hadn’t been so stunning, and if the magnitude of the mistake hadn’t been made all too clear by how long it took for anyone to notice or do anything about it. The second time, though? The second time was just cruelty. Kentucky came on out of a timeout with twelve men on the field, then had ten, and then a touchdown handed over for free.
According to Hall, the Gators need to do some thanking to a demon named Ul-Ran-Tha’Gib for choosing the Kentucky football program as its sacrifice 31 years ago.
We ran the ball for 186 yards? That was pretty good, but taking anything away from this game that doesn’t involve burning a bunch of sage and backing away slowly while muttering protective words of magick seems risky at best.
You can read the rest of Hall’s analysis of the dreaded Kentucky curse here.
Does anybody know any experts on witchcraft?