As Kentucky fans, I feel we have a reputation to uphold. An image entrenched in boderline/over-the-line hysteria, comprised of colorful zealots whose methods of showcasing their Big Blue affection often times, well, frighten the outside world. Consider these phrases common among the contigency:
“Yes, I’ll spend two years salary on Maui Invitational tickets!”
“What’s the cable company’s phone number? If they honestly think we care more about the State of the Union than the Ole Miss game, they’ve got another thing coming.”
“If it were up to me, I wouldn’t call it the Elite 8 anymore. I’d simply call it Faliure.”
“…and the power and the glory forever. Ohhhhh C-A-T-S Cats! Cats! Cats!”
Sure, these phrases may seem status quo to us, but I guess I can kind of see where “nuts” could be used to adjectively describe Big Blue proper. Then I read about this guy, ‘David’, who bought a summer home in Arizona for the sole purpose of registering his car there. Why? Well, if you’re a true UK fan you already know the answer, but for you ‘tourists’ out there, I refer you to David’s email to Sportsline’s Gary Parrish, explaining his maneuver:
A real estate agent told me how to go online and check the states’ computers for personalized plate combinations. I was looking for a summer home and had tried other Rocky Mountain States for months to come up with a combination that would look cool on a red corvette, but everything is taken by all the wildcat fans. Found a home near Sedona, Arizona. Looked on the state’s MVD computer, and lucky me there was 4KYCATS. Everywhere I drive that car I meet Kentucky bball fans. Bottom of Bryce Canyon national park: Ky fans. Top of the capitol dome in Denver: Ky fans. Ran out of gas on a charter boat in the mangrove swamp of the Florida Keys. Who comes to my rescue? Ky fans who saw my Ky jersey and towed me back, told me if I had been a Duke fan they would have left me there to die.
First off, thanks to Ryan Ferguson over at the Fanhouse for this find. There are some very good things going on over there, and I suggest you give it a look. Nothing more really needs to be said here, except ‘I get it and I respect it.’ Ok, so maybe I don’t, but thanks to ‘David’ for doing his part in sustating the maniacal prestige of Kentucky fandom. Have you done your part today?