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Kentucky Football Worst Case Scenario: Respect

The University of Kentucky football team snapped a 26 game losing streaking to Tennessee by beating the Volunteers 10-7 on Saturday, November 26, 2011, at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.

Over the week on the show Matt has had fans calling in telling their best case and worst case scenarios for the upcoming football season. Cases range from an 8-4 season and a healthy team to a 0-12 season and the physical collapse of Commonwealth Stadium. While most people are looking at numbers when it comes to the cases, there is something else that would be much more valuable than what is in the Win or Loss column. Respect.

After going 4-20 with no conference wins in two seasons, Kentucky is looked at as the laughing stock of the SEC, and some could even argue in college football as well. Constantly media and coaches alike vote Kentucky as the bottom of the pack, giving the team no respect, even if Kentucky fans disagree because we have personally seen the progress the team has made since Stoops took over.

Because of the progress we have seen as a fan base, It is annoying to hear people talk so negatively about the football program. It is annoying to hear people constantly say Kentucky is a basketball school. Stop. It is not wins or loses that determine what sport a school associates with, it’s the dedication of the fans. While there is obvious dedication to the basketball program, I believe that Kentucky Football fans show ‘a little’ bit of dedication to be so patient with the program and still buy, I believe, over 40K season tickets after back-to-back 2 win seasons. (sorry, I kind of went off on side rant there)

If all these things irritate the fan base, imagine what it does to the players and their self-esteem when playing on the field. This is why no matter what happens this season record wise, it is important for us to at least see a general improvement from the team as a whole. Being respected among peers would be the best thing to help this team. Respect builds confidence and confidence goes a long way.

This season, Respect is my worst case scenario. I believe whether the football world knows it like we do or not it is coming. Kentucky will shock the country.


Article written by Courtney Hessler

Ashley Judd is my spirit animal. Follow me on twitter at: @Hessler_KSR

15 Comments for Kentucky Football Worst Case Scenario: Respect

  1. huh?
    6:10 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

    What’s a “laughing stalk”?

  2. Mary
    6:11 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

    I know this is just a blog post, but we can’t really make fun of U of L fools and their misspellings and errors when we publish things like laughing STALK… come on now.

  3. dodgeball22
    6:17 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

    Is proofreading dead? “Laughing stalk” must be be cause of our “wins and loses.”

  4. Tom
    6:25 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

    Courtney, I’m sure your flustration about the Cats getting no respect runs deep through the BBN.
    Just what has our athletic director done to gain the repect and concidence of the fans to show his commitment to the program?
    For years we have been fed a diet of a new scoreboard, painting the stadium, playing one of the worst non conference schedules in the country, Louisville grew up making that game seem respectable, and our AD has been going out of his way to name assistant coaches to lead the program so we can say Mitch allowed them to learn how to be a head coach in the toughest conference in the country.
    Suddenly, we are downsizing the stadium, so we will feel warm and fuzzy he says, giving our new coach an additional million dollars after going 0-8 in the conference, who lost to Western Kentucky, and doesn’t think going to a charity event to kick off the season is important, why would we not be respectful?
    I always heard you earn respect. Now after all else has failed it appears Mitch is going to try to buy some for us.
    What about you?

    • Wow
      6:37 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

      1) why would schedule a non-conference schedule thats hard when we play in a conference where 9 teams are ranked
      2) Barnhart did not know that joker was going to run our program into the ground, he did play under rich brooks who won 4 straight bowl games and no one knew it was a bad hire at the time
      3) This program is running in the right direction as we have more talent than we’ve ever had and we will be better than ever in 1 or 2 years
      4) Stoops has the best two recruiting classes in UK history he probably deserves the raise
      5) Who the Hell cares if he didn’t go to a charity event? Louisville’s coach cheated on his freakin wife
      6) you are right about making the stadium smaller that was a stupid decision

    • UKfan
      9:31 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

      And we still have trolls like the Tom the Troll obsessed over Big Brother football. Hope you run back to the tardinal camp and report our progress, snitch. “Tom” is the Unger of this blog. From here on, I will address him as such.

  5. Wow
    6:28 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

    One things you said was incorrect. Wins and losses is the only that matters when it comes to what a school sport assciiates with. Because if we get wins than all of the fans associate with football. I personally enjoy UK football better than UK basketball, but we are definetley a basketball school right now, there’s no question. If our wins increase only then will we get respect, loyalty from fans, and maybe as much excitement around the football program as there is basketball.

    • Truth
      10:00 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

      I disagree. I see UK as a “Football” school–but with a a really renowned Men’s Basketball program–just like I see Iowa as a “Football” school–but with a renowned wrestling program.

      I mean you can ascribe all kinds of determinants as to what makes a school this or that. Even when Arkansas went 4-7 in the early 1990’s, they were still always considered a “football school”..even after winning the basketball NC in 1994.

      I know it ticks off the diehard “basketball-only” fans when they hear this, but I see UK like any other school in the country with a 50,000+ stadium which is filled on the regular despite a sub-par product (ref. South Carolina, Ole Miss, MSU historically).

  6. hoo ha
    7:15 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

    What is the point of this article? Respect is earned, and 4-20 doesn’t cut it. A better record this year will earn more respect, it’s as simple as that.

    We will ‘shock the country?’ Come on. And what does ‘respect is my worst case scenario’ even mean?

  7. Downtown Shown
    7:38 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

    I like eggplant

    • It Shows
      8:34 pm August 29, 2014 Permalink

      Oh my goodness. What a brilliant post. Are you like, a Genius or something?

  8. coop4321
    8:39 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

    Respect … and hope and change…

    Results are what matter if you want to be the best. Period.

  9. Tom
    9:57 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

    I noticed that one of the koolaid drinking fan didn’t take time to dispute any of the points I made.
    Name calling is childish.
    I didn’t know Joker played for Brooks.
    What school did Brooks leave to take the UK job?
    What was his record before they put in the 12th game enabling us the ‘baby seal’ game every year?
    Where did the quarterback coach at Florida State spend several years BEFORE he coached last year’s Heisman Trophy winner?
    We are in the SEC we certainly don’t make an attempt to compete.
    Today, we will get fat. Bowl talk, multiple SEC wins predicted, and we’ll be happier than a pig in slop. Next week, more of the same.
    Then we see reality set in.

  10. 4-20 Is Not Reason To Celebrate
    10:45 am August 30, 2014 Permalink

    “It is not wins or loses that determine what sport a school associates with, it’s the dedication of the fans.”

    Really ??? Then just pass out 300 National Champion Trophys and call it a day. The NCAA can simply add up the fans in attendance and declare it a victory for everyone.

  11. Nathan
    6:59 pm August 30, 2014 Permalink

    But we ARE a basketball school!! Thats like someone getting mad because Alabama is considered a Football school cuz it is!!!!…..