#1: Every single person who called that man’s business to harass him and his employees is a King Loser. You know why you are a loser? Because no UK player, coach, administrator, or official joined you in your pathetic campaign. When I hear the story that Dominique Hawkins posted on Higgins’ roofing company facebook page then I will change my tune.
#2: On that, despite what you might argue, IT IS JUST A GAME to everybody not actually playing or coaching in it. It genuinely has zero affect on your life (unless you bet the game, in which case that’s on you). Yes, we are passionate. Yes, we devote time and energy to this team. But that loss did not change our life in actuality. It didn’t. Your health didn’t change, your kids or partner’s health didn’t change. You didn’t lose your job. You didn’t get a raise or pay cut. You didn’t get your car stolen. Your house didn’t burn down. Absolutely nothing in your actual life was different 5 minutes before the game than 5 minutes after. All that changed were your emotions.
#3: On your emotions, HAVE THEM. Punch a wall. Cry after the game. Be sad. Hell, be mad about it and believe all the conspiracy theories or grudges you want. But be mature enough to control those emotions enough to know that it is a complete overreaction to take a basketball game’s result, no matter how bad a performance Higgins had, and actually transfer those emotions into negative actions affecting his life. That game and its result should have an affect on approx. 40 or so people, 30 players on UNC and UK and 10 or so coaches from the 2 teams. Those are the only people that result should have affected. We’ve decided it should affect Higgins too and that’s sad.
#4: As far as what affect the loss actually had on UK players and coaches, it really didn’t. Unlike an Oregon, who many hadn’t seen a lot during the year, making the Final Four wouldn’t have changed the stock of Bam, Fox, or Monk since they had already received so much exposure. It also doesn’t change the life of John Calipari, who still makes millions, and his assistants who made hundreds of thousands of dollars. They are still rich and highly successful. Which player was legitimately “hurt” by that loss? Sure, their college careers or seasons being over hurts, but it didn’t actually change their life for the worse. So don’t lump your negative actions on the backs of players.
#5: Despite what some of these lunatics might think, they actually represent a very tiny minority of UK fans. I genuinely don’t think it’s fair to say this represents what this fanbase it about. While the percentage of UK fans who are extremely passionate about the team is higher than most, the reality and maybe dirty secret is that most of us just love the team, win or lose, but it is simply just one aspect of our lives, not the only aspect. And the ability to compartmentalize the various enjoyment aspects of our lives is how we become good fans, not bad fans like these John Higgins losers.
#6: This has already been said but those who think that Higgins actually fixed the game, Kentucky covered the spread against UNC. So just stop with the idea that there is more than just a bad performance here.
#7: Can a guy not just have a really bad day at the workplace? And look, I think Higgins had a REALLY BAD day on the job. But why is a ref a profession where you can’t have a bad day and just be completely lambasted outside of the workplace? Can you imagine if a groundskeeper was receiving calls at home and death threats in emails because he trimmed the bushes incorrectly. We would consider that INSANE! But in this case, so many have either supported or justified our lunatic minority’s actions.
#8: We are the most successful basketball program in history. John Higgins didn’t change that. He didn’t change our legacy. Sure, a Final Four was missed out but the legacy is already secure. If I was Gonzaga and the refs screwed me over in winning my first national championship, then maybe I’d be a little more pissed. Oh wait, that happened. And if they can handle it without awful behavior, why can’t we?
#9: Again, Higgins was bad and his calls had a direct affect on the playing time of key UK players in the first half. But the reality is he only was a FACTOR in the loss, not the sole reason. UK shot just 41% for the game and was outrebounded by 10. Malik Monk had 6 points in the first 29 minutes he played. Luke Maye abused UK for 17 points and was left open on the final shot. John Higgins didn’t do any of those things. Should we send Maye threats? His “actions” ended the careers of several UK players. What about Kennedy Meeks and his 17 rebounds? A couple of those he went over the back, aka cheated. Should we threaten him too?
#10: I don’t think you or I can do anything about these fans. I really don’t. I think the one and only solution is for John Calipari or the players to go at them hard. The word embarrassing should be in every tweet and message about these incidents from Coach Cal. I thought his initial tweet was far too tame. But I will also say that it’s not Calipari’s responsibility to control the behavior of the fanbase. I wish he would but he doesn’t have to. It’s is his job to coach a basketball team. That’s it.