This op-ed was published on March 12 in the print edition of The Colonel.
UK has enjoyed one of the great basketball seasons on record. John Wall has consistently bailed out the team with stellar defense and a great ability to drive to the hoop. However, Lexington fans shouldn’t get too upset when the team loses in the tournament. It’s just not worth it. UK has proven itself to be susceptible to an upset all season long. They can’t shoot from three-point range, and they just don’t seem to have the heart and maturity it takes to win against elite competition.
Don’t get us wrong. We think it would be great if UK were to win the tournament, but it’s just not going to happen. So don’t get mad now. We don’t need ten more years of brooding over this season, another deposed coach, and another beleaguered fan base like the one we saw after the 1992 Duke loss.
The fact still remains that no matter what happens in the tourney, Lexington and the University of Kentucky will still face significant problems. We live in a state with pervasive coal mining, which destroys our natural and social fabric. We attend a university that continues to short-change its students with ill-conceived curriculum and misappropriated funding. And we, most importantly, live in a state that could potentially elect Trey Greyson as our State Senator.
So the moral of the story? Don’t get too emotionally invested in the Cats. Channel that passion and allegiance to Big Blue Nation and redirect it to addressing the systemic evil that happens right under our noses every day.
If we don’t, we’ll just set ourselves up for another dissatisfied off-season, in which we continue to chase basketball success.