Well, last night was not pretty. I don’t need to tell you that, we all saw it, we all felt it and I’m guessing – we’re all still feeling it today. Grab some coffee or beer (last night was heartbreaking, I’m not going to judge), cue up “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel and let’s all wallow in our sadness and pity together while I put the painfulness of last night into short and (bitter) sweet words.
It’s been 31 years…
I’ve never seen a win against Florida in my lifetime. I know there are TONS of fans who are in the same boat but, every time I say that it just feels more unreal. We’ve been so close so many times, how have we not gotten the job done yet? Will we ever get it done? I can’t help but ask that question this morning. Call me a bad fan but, every year I say “If we can beat Florida and Louisville, I’d be happy losing every other game. Just give me those two.” Don’t get me wrong I want us to win all the time but, man, I just want us to beat Florida so bad. I’m tired of us losing to Florida and most of all, I’m tired of getting hyped up about us possibly beating Florida only to lose and spend the entire night/next day mad about it.
This picture infuriates me.
– Connor Tapp (@MeetMeAtTapps) September 24, 2017
By now I’m sure we’ve all seen this picture and if you haven’t, sorry for ruining your morning. I was watching the game last night with some friends who don’t know football at all and there were multiple times where one of them said “Why are they doing that? That can’t be right” I had no response. I’ve never coached a football team, and my playing experience is only limited to backyard pickup games growing up but, I have watched a lot of very good and very bad football. All this to say, no matter how much you know football, we can all agree: Kentucky played stupid football last night and it’s as simple as that.
I’ve already had the “Fire Stoops” conversation three times.
Guys. No. I get it, we’re all upset and I think the majority of BBN think this is on Stoops. I agree. This game is 100% on Stoops. To quote Benny in the post-game presser, “Florida didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves.” It’s true, as I and countless other people who’ve written about this game have said – we made dumb decisions, we didn’t adjust or change our game to adapt to Florida and we just flat-out fell apart. That’s on coaching. But, why is BBN as a whole always so quick to jump on the “Fire Stoops” bandwagon? I love love love BBN with my whole heart but this is something that makes me mad about the fanbase as a whole. Are we just too spoiled from being a basketball powerhouse? Are we too eager to become an Alabama-like SEC team? Whatever the reason is, I just don’t think there’s a need to bring out the pitchforks on Stoops the day after a bad game.
We’re not “underdogs” anymore.
A popular metaphor for Kentucky Football is that we’re like Charlie Brown, always getting the football taken out from under us at the last second. As fans, it still really feels that way but, I don’t think that’s true of our team anymore. We aren’t underdogs in every game, that’s no excuse for losing. We should’ve won that game, we could’ve won that game and if we had – we wouldn’t have been considered the underdogs. We have the ability to be a legitimate, good football team. There were moments last night where we were a good football team. It’s not an underdog story anymore.
Failing on the big stage.
I don’t think Kentucky could’ve failed on a bigger stage last night. The game was sold out, the analysts were picking us, the fans were pumped…stop me if you’ve heard a scenario like this before. At the end of the game I felt the same feeling I felt two years ago at the end of the Auburn game, except this time I felt worse. This year was different, the stakes were higher and the stage was bigger. But, in SEC football every game is a big stage game and Kentucky just isn’t preforming well during big stage games. Like Drew wrote last night – I still love the Cats and I’ll still cheer and watch every game but, it’ll be a long time before I get hyped about another “big stage” or “program changing” game again.
On a positive note…
Okay, I’m done being negative (at least for the next hour) about this. Let’s focus on a little bit of positivity. The anticipation in Lexington this past week was insane, I’ve never seen or felt anything like it during football season before. The banners, the sell-out, the 500 plus KSR remote, I mean, WOW. The BBN may hate this team and be down right now (I just admitted I was) but man, this past week was fun right? It was really really fun.
If you need some more cheering up…
Might I suggest binge-watching The Good Place, an NBC comedy created by the people who did Parks and Rec. I watched the whole first season on Netflix in about four days and found myself laughing so hard at times my roommate knocked on my door to make sure I was okay. I think it’ll raise your spirits. But if you need more, here’s a reminder that at least our football coach isn’t in a terrible Belk commercial and at least our Basketball team didn’t hire strippers.
Happy Sunday and Go Cats!