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UK Fans of the Day Want Monday Night Football Thoughts


—  Every game is winnable.  A team without a static identity, the biggest difference in this Kentucky football team and every other one in my lifetime – you can’t write ANY game off as a loss.  Miss. State will be tough this weekend, but we thought Georgia was completely out of the question at the beginning of the season.  Winning between the hedges won’t be impossible; the Dawgz had less than 300 yards of offense without Nick Chubb in a 9-6 barn-burning win over Mizzou.

—  I’m going to stop talking about stats.  There were a handful of stats I mentioned repeatedly before Thursday Night’s game.  The only one that held true was that the final margin fell within 8 points.  Every other category I mentioned indirectly caused a different outcome, most notably the end to UK’s perfect red zone record with Patrick Towles’ end zone interception.  After jinxing Kentucky in the “fumbles lost” category against EKU, I’m just gonna shut my mouth and leave the numbers to Freddie.

—  I sure hope Stoops and Eliot have something good up their sleeves for Dak Prescott.  It’s going to be this week’s primary talking point, the one thing on everyone’s mind, and for good reason.  He threw for 347 yards last week (!) and has rushed for more than 50 yards three times this year.  No matter how many crafty blitzes the Cats throw at him, it all comes down to making difficult tackles on a big, elusive human being.

—  Prayers go out to Melvin Lewis.  A guy who has gone through so many struggles, finally found some time to shine, only for it to be taken from him prematurely.  The JuCo transfer did not have much time to show what he could do, but he did extremely well in his first five games.  The Silver Lining: I’m confident this won’t be the last we here from him.  There aren’t many people that have gone through as much as he has.  Many have heard about his upbringing in Compton, but just as many forget that his apartment in Lexington was destroyed by a fire last year.  It’s one of many setbacks, but Big Mel will be back.

—  The fans were absolutely amazing.  For the fourth time in five home games, the New Commonwealth Stadium was sold out.  They brought the energy throughout, even when Kentucky struggled in the second quarter.  The BBN has done almost everything you could possibly do to live up the insanity shared among fans around the SEC.  The last step is arriving at least 20 minutes early.  The best stadiums only have a few empty seats a half-hour before kickoff.  I have a feeling it won’t be too long before Kentucky fans start doing the same.


—  Where did the student tailgates go?  I showed up to the first game and the infamous “Bowl” was no more.  Instead, students are tailgating off campus, essentially having outdoor parties along Elizabeth, from State Street to Dantzler.  Even though the two-story beer bong on the corner of State Street is kinda cool, it looks terrible as a whole.

If you want to see what happens at football game outside of the regular broadcast, the craziest tailgate scenes from around the nation are usually shown to the world via Snapchat through a variety of outlets.  UK was the absolute worst I have seen all football season.  Instead of showing an area with thousands enjoying themselves, it was small groups of people playing beer pong and flip cup in the front yard of a run-down house.  What are we, Louisville?  It’s my biggest disappointment of the football season and they must find a way to fix it.  We’re better than this.

—  I’ll take any suggestions on how to handle hearing cowbells for four hours.  We drew straws, and of course the new guy got stuck going to the most miserable place in the SEC.  I’m going to try to remain positive, but I’m going to expect the worst from Stark Vegas.

—  Cow bells could be a positive.  Not for me, but for the team.  Kentucky is a different team on the road.  They seem to rise to the occasion against a stadium full of haters, especially Patrick Towles.  Instead of playing afraid to lose, hopefully their aggressiveness will create big plays to change the momentum in Davis-Wade Stadium.

—  But seriously, what is in Starkville?  I can promise you that Freddie Maggard will spend the entirety of this week’s podcast trying to convince me that Starkville is actually a wonderful place, but I’m not buying it.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

11 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Monday Night Football Thoughts

  1. RJ
    10:07 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    “Prayers go out to Melvin Lewis. ” Why would you pray to Melvin Lewis? That’s kinda weird.

  2. Perfect Patterson
    10:08 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Didn’t read but:

    • John Too Short
      8:07 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      ^^^ This

  3. James
    10:08 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    The university banned Greek organizations from tailgating at the bowl so that’s why the student tailgating scene sucks right now

  4. NL
    10:11 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Could Lewis receive a medical redshirt for the season? That’d be great for him and us

  5. Gary Rawlings
    10:16 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    James is spot on – the University Administration and the cops have screwed with students for years and this is an indicator. How can they expect a big student turnout when they do everything they can to take the fun out of being a college student?
    I wish we could move UK to Danville, Paris, Winchester or Mt. Sterling so we could tell Lexington to go screw itself. You’ve got to fight – for the right – to paaaaarty!

  6. Greek Student
    10:33 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    For the majority of the season, over half of the 21 fraternities (including most of the larger ones that actually throw tailgates) were under investigation or on probation. As a result, they couldn’t host tailgates. After a few games of this, off campus tailgates became the norm because the few fraternities who did venture into the bowl found it empty, disappointing, and less fun than the tailgates being held off campus. As a result, even the fraternities that were allowed to have tailgates went off campus. Though there are 14 tailgate spots (usually filled with 14 fraternities) only about 4-6 have been filled each game and only 1-2 of those have been fraternities. The others have been random clubs like the geology club which don’t exactly attract a large number of people to the bowl.

    Though Greek Life contributes a lot to the university(higher grades, higher retention rate, very high involvement and leadership, higher rate of alumni donations), the university has nonetheless decided to really crack down on Greek Life. While this may sound like a Greek student whining about the enforcement of rules, does anyone really expect that college students won’t drink underage? Does anyone really expect that fraternities won’t have parties? The university is sacrificing fun, and a good tailgate scene, for the idea of freeing itself from all liability. What the university doesn’t understand is that the areas right off campus are extremely unsafe. It’s really quite a shame, but there isn’t really much that can be done to explain the flaws to the 50-60 year olds that create and enforce these policies. The university would do well to realize that the way things are going isn’t sustainable, and neither are the goals they seek to achieve, without the Greek population.

    I would be very interested to see an entire article from KSR on the university’s decimation of the Greek system and its effect on the tailgate scene. I can certainly guarantee that such an article would receive numerous shares from UK students on social media.

    • theWilkman
      9:54 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

      Sadly this is a nation-wide problem, not just at UK. The overreaction of the national media any time something happens with a fraternity or sorority (just look at the melt-down after that harmless Alabama sorority video) makes risk-averse admins want to limit their exposure. They don’t think about the long-term effects that a diminished Greek life leads to, only that they don’t want to be the next headline.

      Hard to see how this changes.

  7. Matt
    11:46 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    The school also didn’t permit other student groups (such as the College of Law) to tailgate in their normal location on Thursday. They actually flat out didn’t allow a lot of the groups to tailgate on school property at all, so you can imagine what that does to the number of students tailgating.

  8. UKStudent
    12:24 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    The university didn’t allow for any student organizations to tailgate on thursday in the sanctioned areas. The new rules that have been put into effect have also made student tailgates near the stadium not worth the trouble.

  9. Ridiculous
    7:04 am October 20, 2015 Permalink

    The most absurd thing in all of SEC athletics is the exception for Mississippi State fans to use artificial noisemakers. Not a single other SEC fan base is allowed to use such noisemakers. It is, put nicely, CRAP!! What’s equally crazy is the fact that MSU fans in general don’t understand why cowbells are so irritating to the rest of the conference. If I were a State fan I wouldn’t attend a single home game. That noise is just as bad as Matt “I don’t know how to clear my throat” Jones. I wish that particular broadcasting exception weren’t allowed either.