Hopefully everybody got a chance to vote a couple times last week for the Class of 5 that were to be entered into the KSR Hall of Fame this year. The 5 who will be inducted will join Bomani Jones, The Door, Patterson and Lucas, Jorts, and Kige Ramsey. The final results for this year’s voting went this way:
Boogie Cousins: 5,217 votes
John Wall Dance: 4,144 votes
John Short: 3,753 votes
Ryan Lemond: 2,625 votes
Unibrows: 2,425 votes
Fake Barney: 2,277 votes
Josh Hopkins: 2,027 votes
Photoshopping: 1,286 votes
OH Napier: 513 votes
The Bachelor: 375 votes
Congrats to the 5 inductees and over the course of this week, some of your favorite KSR writers (and me) will induct these key people and things in KSR’s history and what makes this site your favorite source for UK news and entertainment in the state.
Today I will induct the guy who finished with the most votes by far and has consistently been one of the favorite players in the John Calipari era, Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins.
How important has Demarcus Cousins been to KentuckySportsRadio? Well, he has been mentioned in 750 different posts over this site’s history. Only John Wall and Patrick Patterson have more from the Calipari era. But here is what is especially interesting: No player since the inception of this site has been mentioned more AFTER LEAVING UK than Cousins. He is a guy that this fanbase has defended like he was one of our children. Cousins has had his shares of ups and downs on and off the court, but he has always earned the respect of the fanbase he was only a part of for 1 season. Countless stories of Cousins going out of his way to sign autographs and be great to fans has made him easily likeable despite what other fanbases like to say.
And look, for the numerous players to play at Kentucky for only a year or two, it is bound to happen there will be some guys we will never hear from again once they are gone from Kentucky. Some of these guys literally spend 9 months at the school and are gone, so it’s hard to argue they should “bleed blue”. But everything seems to suggest that Cousins was quite proud of his time at Kentucky and finds many times to salute the BBN and the current players at the school. And for that, fans have responded by making Boogie Cousins an overwhelming choice into the KSR Hall of Fame.
If there ever was a video to represent what Cousins meant to this fanbase and why he was voted in, it would have to be this one. I think this is as good a way to end his induction post as any: