Isn’t the beginning of basketball season just great?
It’s been a little different this year because of football. Kentucky usually doesn’t go 9-3, have a player win three awards, and have three guys named to AP All American teams.
I thought that would be a blessing and I think it has been. Football casted a shadow over basketball for a month, and all that did was delay what is happening now, and by that I mean all of this negativity.
Usually Kentucky football is a joke and when are jumping on basketball, acting like football doesn’t exist when Big Blue Madness hits. These kids, who are normally only 18 years old, are thrown into the spotlight immediately and criticized from the first tip until the final buzzer in March.
I am blessed to not remember much of the Billy Clyde years, so when Cal got here I became addicted to Kentucky basketball. I remember going to bed on the night Kentucky played South Carolina. They lost that game. I woke up the next morning to hear that and didn’t believe it. Man I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.
I cried for what felt like hours after Kentucky lost in the Elite 8 to WVU that year. I did that after most losses, especially after heartbreaks. The last time I cried was after the Wisconsin loss. I know I am not the only one.
I started down the next depressing path as I decided to get a Twitter account in 2015 and didn’t pay much attention to it. I started to get on it daily in 2016 and noticed one thing. A ton of negativity.
They call the BBN the best fanbase in the world, and it is. But, if you’re only on Twitter then you think we have the most negative, fans in the world. There is a progressive cycle though, that happens every year.
At the beginning of the year, we’re excited and anxious for the season. If we don’t start the season 10-0 and look like world-beaters, we go crazy. We start the “should Cal be fired?” stuff and we lose our minds. Then we go through the depressing SEC schedule, but this year the conference is insanely good, normally it sucks. Last year we lost four games in a row and thought the team was going to miss the tournament, and I did too. We all know what happened.
The end of the year is always exciting. Cal has his guys ready and 90% of the time, UK wins the SEC tournament and goes deep in the NCAA Tournament.
We go through this cycle every year and we tell ourselves that Cal will have these guys ready by March, which usually happens. We get all bent out of shape because an orange ball doesn’t go through a hoop or when a buzzer sounds the opponent has a higher number on the scoreboard than Kentucky does. It’s hilarious if you think about it.
I have tried to not, I guess get depressed, over basketball in the past year. It hasn’t really worked but I am still making an effort.
Here’s a reminder. When or lose a game, a recruit, etc. The sun will come up the next day and our lives go on.
P.S. For the love of God, DO NOT tweet the Calipari daughters about their dad. Thanks.