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26 going on forever

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Drove up on a fender bender the other day between a pickup with truck nutz and a Lincoln Town Car and thought this is something you’d see in Florida, which led to thoughts of the Florida Gators, which quickly served up that dangling hunk of inedible and ever so indelible gristle we know as the Great Kentucky Losing Streak.

With the ghosts of Tennessee and the Ol Ball Coach exorcised, we can now fully focus our futility on Florida. An NCAA leading 26 losses in a row, at the time of publication, and no end in sight.

The modern day Kentucky/Florida series is played under the hypothesis of, when really fast and strong object (a) collides with much slower and smaller object (b), object (a) will be victorious. It’s sort of like the tortoise and the hare, except there are no life lessons in store and the hare just steamrolls the tortoise, backs up, and runs over it again.

Typically a merciless slaughter…

Visions of The Visor coldly calculating a play action deep post off a 4th quarter turnover to put the Gators up 56. Flashbacks to the days of Urban and Tebow that looked as if UK showed up to the track at Daytona on horseback.

…with the sporadic heartbreaker mixed in for added cruelty.

The Wuerffel to Doering, 1993. I was at this game. The oh so familiar “stand up and holler” for a 25 yard skinny post game winning touchdown with no time on the clock. Florida literally tried to give Kentucky this game in the form of 7 interceptions, and still, Kentucky refused. Too proud, us Cats, we don’t need your charity we’re doing just fine things are really lookin up. I vividly remember a bourbon inspired man in front of me loudly cursing the sky, and perhaps Bill Curry. A sweet old lady kindly asked him to watch his language and get over it, to which he replied, “shut up, bitch.” It was lovely. I entered the stadium an impressionable young boy with a ballcap and a bag of peanuts and left a hardened cynic with a drinking problem. On the plus side, I was equipped to handle the improbable, if not expected heartbreak we’ve endured through the years. Gators 24, Cats 20

 

The Abney, 2002. Florida tried valiantly once again that season to bury the hatchet when they selected Ron Zook to replace the Ball Coach. Derek Abney went off in the Swamp, catching a TD, returning a kickoff 100yds for a TD, and adding in a 49yds punt return for a score. He failed to rush for a TD however, and that proved to be the difference, Gators 41, UK 34

 

The Flip, 2003. I was at this game. A piece of me never left. Pappy Brooks did his best in year one to light some fire into a depleted roster, and UK entered the 4th quarter with an insurmountable 21-3 lead. Until Kentucky got all Kentucky, J-Lo flipped a ball over his head and into the the hands of the white shirts and the streak unfathomably marched on. Gators 24, Cats 21

 There was a glimmer of optimism in 2007. College Gameday, an offense that could score on anyone still swaggin from the LSU win. But Tebow, yeah, that Tebow. Gators 45, Cats 37.

Nothing but your text book woodsheddings and blocked punts since, and the road just seems to get more impassable each year. Say what you want about the ’93 collapse, that was still Spurrier vs. Curry. Come on. Not pouncing on Zook was the deathblow, and while Muschamp’s Gators are far from juggernauts, they’re still Florida, they’re still fast, and Kentucky’s still a couple years off from making weight.

So we count, and we wait, we hope, and we dream for that one day when the talent gap doesn’t jump out at you, smack you in the face and fondle your woman, and perhaps a lucky bounce or two, conflux into a pool of overdue upset.

Until then, see ya in March. Right BBN?! Right!?

Article written by John Dubya

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16 Comments for 26 going on forever



  1. Cincy Cayt
    8:40 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Are you sure that 2003 game actually happened? I think I was there, but I swear that 21-3 lead was a dream and never actually happened. No way. How could we be up 21-3 that late? And if we ever were up that much that late, then how could we lose? Unfortunately I was at that 2007 game too and we made it look closer than it actually was. Not as heartbreaking as 2003…if indeed that did happen.



  2. Idiotic
    8:51 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    See you in March? At times, it’s embarrassing to be a UK fan, when the fanbase is full of front-running tools like the author.



  3. Stop It
    8:58 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with #1. I lived in Florida for years and can tell you right now that very few Florida fans care about basketball. Telling them we’ll get payback for the beating they give us in football on the basketball court is of no consequence to them. All fans need to knock this off.



  4. I honestly sleeping better
    9:03 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Not that it matters but scheduling this game so early in the warmer months I think is unfair for UK. At the very least KY’s home game against UF should be a cold weather game like October/November. In fact the last time UK beat UF was in November on a cold rainy day. Now this game is always scheduled in September and its always 1000 degrees in Gainesville at that time, and usually very pleasant in Lexington at that time. They should schedule this right after UF’s game with Georgia which is always later October. It would be nice for UK to have some home field advantage with the weather every once in a while in this series.



  5. #3
    9:04 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t believe this comment section isn’t already filled with it, so i’ll give the obligatory “Awesome post, man! KSR GOLD! Dubya takes me back to the old days of this site and you haters need to learn how to appreciate creative writing!”

    Meh..



  6. bigbluevoodoo
    9:05 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    The flip in 2003 should be another loss chalked up to poor coaching. If you were at that game, then you would know that the only reason we had that lead was because J-Lo had been pulling those kinds of plays out of his butt all game long. He never had much protection the whole game. The game changed several plays before that. KY had just held Florida and forced them to punt. Ky took the punt and returned it and had good field position. Just one thing though, Papa Brooks and staff got penalized for having too many men on the field! Ball goes back to Florida, they wake up and the wheels come off! That’s what caused the loss.



  7. Ryan Stanford
    9:09 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    In the words of Bill Curry to #1&2… “Shut up bitch”(es).. Im loving that one too. Lol. I think it seems like he is making fun of the fans that say “see ya in march” by saying right bbn??!! Right?.. If he ended like: SEE YA IN MARCH (Drops mic/keyboard) That would be real douche like. Good article Dubya.



  8. Ryan Stanford
    9:11 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Correction: In words of Bourbon guy, not Curry. My bad.



  9. Fred Sanford
    9:34 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    John Dubya, you…big…dummie.



  10. crazycatfan
    9:52 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hilarious!!!



  11. ConcussionMaybe?
    10:27 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    J Lo quoted after the game stated in a similar situation he would do the same thing (the flip) to try to make a play. I remember watching Leake (spelling?) for Florida having enough sense to throw the ball out of bounds on a similar play as a freshman. Maybe that is why the streak is 26, our upper classmen are willing to continue to make stupid mistakes to try to make something happen vs. freshmen at other schools understanding the importance of ball control and giving yourself a better chance on the next play. Yes, I’m still ticked at J. Lo.



  12. Mars Bonfire
    11:43 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Oh no, its W again.



  13. Hunter
    12:29 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nice read JD, not quite Thomson-esque, but reminiscent in its cynicism. Maybe a few four letter words would express the true emotion. Seeing UK beat Fl is still on my bucket list, hope Stoops makes it happen.



  14. Duck Fuke
    9:26 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Not that it would matter much, but if you look at the series history this game was always played later in the year from October to November right up until 1991 when it moved earlier in the year and has been played in the warmer month of September, when it is literally 1000 degrees with 100% humidity in Gainesville and generally warm and pleasant in Lexington. It is a coincidence that the last time UK won this series was on a could rainy day in Lexington in November. I would like to see this series moved to the colder months, at least during the UK home game, so that maybe we could get a little home field advantage with the weather.



  15. Guy Morris
    10:32 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    How did UL manage to beat a #3 ranked Gator team in the Sugar Bowl on the first try? It sucks but it did happen. I have heard many UK fans say that the Gators didnt try and weren’t motivated. So they are more motivated to play a regular season game against UK than they would be in the Sugar Bowl?? One comment on here is blaming warm weather and humidity as a reason UK hasnt won. Really? It is truly embarassing that UK has lost 26 straight years to the same opponent! Longest streak in FBS division. Maybe we should play the tight end at QB like we did vs. Tennessee to break that streak!



  16. dub
    3:03 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nice, piece “Intern.” Two snaps in a circle!