Hello, friends. I trust you’re well. Ready for the holidays? I hope that the preferred system of beliefs you have in place is adhered to adequately enough for you to enjoy the season, and that everything is going swimmingly. I hope that your wishes for snow for the morning of the date or dates on which your holiday is celebrated come true, or, if you do not wish for any snow, that no snow falls on that day — and that all of the traditional food you will eat on said holiday is prepared just as it is supposed to be. Truly it is shaping up to be a great thing that you are celebrating!
Not to dwell on the past, but if there’s one thing that Saturday’s game truly taught us (or at least me), it’s that there’s nothing worse than losing to a team who has been taunting you so ridiculously cockily all week and then delivers on it. It’s incredibly maddening. But truly the almighty taunt is enjoying a current heydey like it’s never seen — from message boards which see fan trash-talking starting months in advance to the actual hardwood, where players like Tu Holloway verbally mock the coaches of an opposing team as referees look on quietly and allow the pot to boil over. The power of the put-down seems to be growing. And after Indiana’s extensive jabs over the past two weeks were validated by a last-second win, it seems like other teams on UK’s upcoming schedule have begun to take their own cues from Indiana’s playbook and start ramping up the rivalry before the game is played. Over the weekend I took a look around the internet to find out what some other teams’ fans are saying about their upcoming matchups against Kentucky, and I think you’ll all be somewhat surprised at what I found. Let’s collate them all today in a piece we’ll call Upcoming Schedule Trash Talk and see what shakes out, shall we? Indeed we shall.
Here’s an actual post from a Tennessee fan on John Calipari’s choice of schedule, over at the timeless VolNation forum:
What a disgrace. He is not a Kentucky man and he has no Kentucky pride. He has the best talent in the country and he wants an easy schedule. One thing I always loved about Pearl is that Tennessee did not duck anybody. Tennessee would play anybody, anywhere, anytime.
There’s a fella over at CardinalSports.com who was happy to see UK misstep:
Cant wait for work tomorrow. im going to lamb-3 goggle so much
my hand is going to fall off !
SHUT UP SuCkS fans ! undefeated-NOT !!!
“You cant spell sUcKs with out tha u-k
The posters of Greyhounds4Ever.com are getting pumped up about Loyola’s holiday break game:
Our coxswains are immensely more talented than UKs…give us a good footchock and our scullers are impossible to bring down. Shoulders, ready, up! I’m assuming we are talking about rowing.
Then there’s this:
I just had to go over to Reitz Arena to drop off a Health assignment and I took a wrong turn. I saw some guys who I assume to be our basketball team practicing on the court. I did not know we had this team, but in the forty seconds or so I stopped to watch, it was clear to me that UK is overrated and ripe for a Loyola upset. Go (what is our mascot? does anyone know?)
Chattanooga is getting in on the action as well, over at the website MocFans.com:
We are going to do to UK what we did to Warren Wilson College and Tennessee Wesleyan! Fear the Mocs!
And take a look at this:
If there’s one thing UK is going to discover on Saturday, it’s that Chattanooga is a nightmarish hellscape from which there is no rescue! Wait, that did not come out right. I mean the team, not the city. You can’t spell “hat and cat-goon!” without CHATTANOOGA. Again, that sounded better in my head.
LSU has a bone to pick, but at least they’re being cordial about it:
You UK fans are such poltroons. I invite you to meet me in the town square at daybreak with your pistols. We will settle this with honor.
— Carl Hapz (@LSUFan234) December 14, 2011
Georgia fans are creeping us out a little bit over at BulldogCentral.com:
UK FANS U BETTER STAY HOME. THERE ARE SEVERAL ROADS IN AND OUT OF ATHENS BUT ONLY TWO ARE WELL LIT. U BETTER CHOOSE RIGHT PIGGY.
According to TigerArmy.com, Auburn is ready for us and wants to keep things Tiger-centric:
You guys, we need to KEEP BLUE OUT of AUBURN ARENA, unless it is Auburn blue, which is darker than UK blue, and also unless UK fans are paying for tickets, because frankly our basketball team could use the extra funds. Otherwise KEEP THEM OUT!
An Arkansas-Little Rock fan is glad they don’t have to come into Rupp to face us, but thinks that takes our edge away:
Let’s see how big the wildcats are when they’re not on their home court of Rupp! You guys are going down! Trojans forever! Hold on. Why is this game in Louisville, anyway?
But perhaps Louisville still has something up their sleeves:
Ha! We can’t believe you guys fell for the old “play Arkansas-Little Rock at Freedom Hall” trick! See you then, stupids.
Ahhh, the friendly rivalries we find when we go looking. Seems like lots of folk are out gunning for us. I suppose that’s just what we get, however, as we dish it out as well. I don’t think we should stop, do you? Didn’t think so. Happy Wednesday.