Let me put on my Miss Cleo hat for a second and predict something. Next year’s UK team is going to have unrealistic fan reaction to its performances because we are going to become so spoiled watching this team dominate this season. What we are seeing right now might be as unique a season as there has been in UK history. Wrap your mind around that for a second. Something we may have never seen in terms of domination. Now obviously without a title in April it won’t matter in the least. But I bring up the fans being spoiled because after watching the EKU game on Sunday, a friend of mine made a very interesting comment:
I AM BORED
Now this is a diehard UK fan. Bleeds blue all the way. Saw them go into a catatonic state after losing the national championship last year. So, it was kinda surprising to see that comment from a fan on the heels of a 9-0 start. But just think about it for a minute. How do actually feel watching the games? Does watching 30 and 40 point blowouts all year actually lead to an exciting season, or do the Cats need a close game or two to spice up the fan experience. Certainly nobody is calling for a loss, but beyond the Texas game, the 2nd half of games this year has been nap time. The result is never in doubt. We don’t get to see clutch plays or big shots. We basically see a 75% effort by both teams to get to finish line.
So is that boring if you are a UK fan? Or do the blowouts excite you as much as the close games do, assuming the Cats win those close games of course?
Here is where I stand. The overall experience of watching this team will probably be as enjoyable as any team since 1993 (for me). But with that said, I don’t think my friend is wrong in saying that there is a boredom factor to this team as well. They are so methodical in the way they dominate teams that you almost feel bad for the other side. The games are out of reach after 10 minutes. Which means you have to sit through another 30 minutes of game action with the result in hand. As an overall sports fan, not exactly my ideal way to watch a game. Now certainly you always want your team to win, but sports is entertainment. It’s not life or death or deciding somebody’s life. It’s simply a game that we follow closely. If we are bored by that game, does our entertainment value drop?
What do you think? Blowout or close game, does simply watching the team play equal excitement for you? Or does this team actually take a very small amount of enjoyment out of the game by dominating it so much? Help my friend out.