Published: December 19, 2012
I knew a coach once who bought a car in team colors and another fan whose garage door and mailbox was orange and white.
Plenty of families put out a rally flag on the porch, on their cars or both on game day or all the time.
I saw a large, black car from the 1970s in Franklin just a few weeks ago. It was decked out in Steeler colors, with a Steelers license plate on the front and a Steelers helmet on the hood.
There are a number of fans who attend every game their team plays no matter the cost or location. Many fans take a vacation at a tournament site. I would be one of those that follow both Raider teams to Hot Springs Arkansas for the tournament every spring.
There are many people who have seen a game in every MLB park over the course of a summer. A love of baseball, a thick wallet and some serious planning are necessities.
There is also a group of men who play 18 holes of golf in six states – New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Consider that they do this in one day – three holes per state. They tee off at first light. Talk about planning and being a fan of a game.
I have a coaching friend in Murfreesboro that told me a couple of years ago that he could never change schools because his wardrobe was almost entirely in team colors. He’s still there.
All of this brings me to the State of Kentucky.
I’m sure there is considerable support for Western, Eastern, Murray and Louisville and for many other teams and sports.
It appears, however, that it pales beside Kentucky men’s basketball. By all accounts, interest in the Wildcats is off the charts, the fans are rabid and have been for decades.
I was in Lexington recently, and the Wildcats were playing a much weaker and, frankly, almost unknown opponent. Three different TV stations carried the game and naturally it was on the Wildcat Radio Network.
If a fan was, say, locked in a basement and released when the game was over, he could get the score from many sources.
Perhaps the best way to get it is simply by turning on the evening news. Unless Canada, Mexico and Cuba have simultaneously invaded the United States and attacked Rupp Area, the FIRST story will be the Kentucky score. It will then be covered in detail during the sports segment.
Not done yet!
After the news, a replay of the game was broadcast. I did not stay awake for the Coaches Show, but I’m sure it was excellent.
I guess there’s being a fan and there’s Being A Fan.
Now where is my Redskin flag?