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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Ever Been Happy After a Loss?

We are a fanbase that celebrates big wins as much as any in the country.  But we haven’t always been the best losers in the world.  Most fanbases aren’t by the way, but we can be pretty bad losers.  Fans can turn on coaches and players (and officials) pretty quick and excuses are plenty.  It’s not always our brightest moments after losses.  But let’s flip the script for this post because there have been those rare occurrences when even though the Cats lost a game, I walked away with it HAPPY.  Obviously not happy that we lost but content with that.  Below are 2 example of what I am talking about, 1 in basketball and 1 in football.  I wonder if there have been other losses than actually made you happy to be a UK fan that day:

BASKETBALL
2008: #1 Tennessee 63, Kentucky 60
-Why: That UK team had struggled all year long under 1st year coach Billy Gillispie.  Ramel and Joe had done what they could but were not always consistent.  UK went into that game with a 16-10 record.  Tennessee was the top ranked team in the country with Chris Lofton.  But that isn’t what made it special.  What made it special is before the game it was announced star freshman Patrick Patterson would be out for the year with a stress fracture in the ankle.  Patterson had, more or less, been UK’s best player consistently.  So not only was UK not a great team WITH Patterson, they then had to go into the #1 team in the country’s gym without him.  Add to that: UK trailed by 15 points just 10 minutes into the game (20-5).  They trailed by 7 points at halftime.  But the fight that team showed in the 2nd half, taking the lead with just 4 minutes to go, was an incredible thing to watch.  I remember thinking after that game “if Billy can get THIS team to perform like that, he is the right man for the job”.  Whoops.  Nonetheless, I remember that game ending and not being disappointed at all.  I remember feeling proud of my team.

FOOTBALL
2008: #2 Alabama 17, Kentucky 14
-Why: Look, that UK team was 4-0 entering that game, having only given up 22 points in 4 games.  But those opponents were Louisville, MTSU, Norfolk St, and WKU.  Alabama would go 12-0 in the regular season and would be national champs a year later.  UK had sophomore Mike Hartline at the helm.  Alabama had Julio Jones.  And, UK fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter.  Everything leading up to the game and after 15 minutes of action said blowout.  But then something strange happened that we don’t often see in UK football: no quit.  UK fought hard despite having no offense, hit 2 big plays in the 2nd half and almost pulled the upset.  Much like the basketball game above, it’s all about effort.  That team wasn’t the best having lost Woodson, Burton, Tamme, and Co. from a year earlier.  But they had heart and it showed in that game.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

8 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Ever Been Happy After a Loss?



  1. RackEmWillie
    10:22 am August 25, 2017 Permalink

    I would fully agree with the Alabama game in 2008, 100%.

    Add in the UofL game from 2005, in which UK wasn’t very good at all and was close until the very end.

    And maybe the 7OT game from 2003, simply because it was an absolutely insane game to watch.



  2. ClutchCargo
    10:30 am August 25, 2017 Permalink

    I have never been “happy” after a loss, but some losses bother me less than others. Not being pissed off isn’t the same as being happy.



    • ClutchCargo
      10:33 am August 25, 2017 Permalink

      The basketball loss to IU in December 2011. When that buzzer beater went in, I actually did laugh out loud for some strange reason. I was that confident that the team would learn from that and bounce back in a big way. That loss didn’t bother me in the least, but I still wouldn’t say I was happy about it.



  3. Sentient Third Eye
    1:24 pm August 25, 2017 Permalink

    Without looking up exact games, I’m generally okay with a loss if during the game the team figures out something about itself because that means even though it cost a loss, it means a lot of wins immediately thereafter. Cal has had a few teams like that. Seems like we lost a close one to Vandy one year, but that was when the team “woke up”, so it still boded well for the future.



  4. Sentient Third Eye
    1:43 pm August 25, 2017 Permalink

    I’m also okay with a loss if our team does not give a good effort and deserved to lose. I figure learning the lesson from a loss is better in the long run.



  5. BBNDan7
    1:56 pm August 25, 2017 Permalink

    I was happy with the last loss of the Gillespie era cause it end that crap show lol



  6. AirRaid98
    5:57 pm August 25, 2017 Permalink

    If we’re wanting to really turn the tide on the program, we can’t ever be happy with a loss. Ask this question to the big dogs of the SEC. But if we’re happy with mediocrity, then moral victories will be around forever.



  7. Reuben Cuban
    7:35 pm August 25, 2017 Permalink

    “Ever Been Happy After A Loss”?

    No; it makes zero sense.

    If you are happy following any loss, you need to reassess your goals and priorities in life; then, immediately reset and redefine a new path to success.