by Kent Sterling
They are the most predictable fans in all of sports, and have the least class. The University of Kentucky has many reasons to feel shame, but the behavior of their fans toward a kid who did nothing but choose to attend Kansas today shows why teenage basketball players who decide to attend UK make a massive mistake.
A sampling of tweets to top ranked recruit Andrew Wiggins account are below, courtesy of kentuckysportsradio.com:
They outed these idiots as not being representative of Kentucky fans, who refer to themselves as Big Blue Nation. Any group of fans who are compelled to refer to themselves as a “nation” are endemic of the dingbats whose self-image is way too closely tied to the success or failure of teenagers playing college.
Kentucky fans are the worst of them, but certainly not the only pack of ornery sycophants who follow a college basketball or football program. The loon who poisoned the two iconic oak trees at Toomer’s Corner where fans gathered for generations after Auburn football games comes to mind, but as a group Kentucky fans are rabid – and not in a good way.
I also recall the petulant and boorish behavior Illinois fans and coach Bruce Weber showed Eric Gordon during his year at Indiana after backing off his verbal commitment to the Illini once Mike Davis was fired at Indiana. It was a heinous example of how unchecked self-immersion can turn good people into idiots.
Andrew Wiggins is going to Kansas, and reasonable people could care less. There are fewer and fewer reasonable people among Kentucky fans. That’s what the school gets for doing a deal with the devil and welcoming a coach who is paid only to win. Coaches should be hired for their ability to do a lot of different things – teach, lead, mentor, insist on academic excellence, and serve as the public face of the university. They are fired for not winning.
Oddly, here are an additional comment or two to the Kentucky Sports Radio post that chastised the author of the tweets:
“These idiots need to die in a fire.”
“F@#% these guys! We still BBN! Good luck Wiggins! Go Cats, Go Wiggins!”
“UK has 10,000,000 fans with we’ll say 5% that are complete idiots; or 500,000 fans
UL has 500,000 fans but only 100,000 of those fans are complete idiots.
Which is better?”
Wiggins did to UK what Trae Golden did to Jenny Wright
There are nearly 100 comments, and the conversation is amusing if not enlightening. Some are pleased that the five tweet authors have been outed. Others are disappointed they are getting publicity. Some belief that most of the idiots are from other schools. Many are exceptionally critical of people in Louisville, and others are critical of the anti-Louisville crowd.
The Kentucky fanbase – even those who are trying to congratulate Wiggins are becoming more and more baffled by the source of their anger. Are they upset because Wiggins opted to go to Kansas, at the morons who blasted Wiggins, the people who published the offending tweets, those who are angry, everyone who lives in Louisville, or a combination of the five subsets.
Reading kentuckysportsradio.com comments is like watching Curly Howard take the SAT. You can see the steam rise from their skulls, and finally their heads are going to explode.
By the way, congratulations to Wiggins for making a tough decision.