Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Working through the 5 Stages of Grief

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Jan 12, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts in the game against the Texas A

I didn’t know 12-6 could be so depressing. I didn’t know how sad I was going to be with a 3-2 record in the SEC. Maybe part of the reason for my grief is that I never expected this to happen. John Calipari has worked magic with young players ever since he stepped foot in Lexington. He has earned an Elite Eight, a Final Four and a National Title, all with freshman laden teams.

But this season has not gone as planned. The Wildcats were ranked #3 in the preseason. There was talk of “We gotta get 9″ and heaps of praise were thrown upon Cal’s next batch of one year wonders. Now #9 looks to be out of reach, the Cats haven’t been ranked in the top[ 25 for weeks, and the tournament itself is in serious question. The Cats aren’t just losing, they are losing in the worst conference out of all the BCS conferences.

At this point I’m grieving. I’m sad. I’m shocked. I’m in disbelief. I’m going through the five stages of grief and this team is putting me through hell and taking me on an emotional roller coaster ride that would rival anything that Cedar Point has to offer.

I know many fans in the Big Blue Nation are feeling the same way, so let’s go through the five stages of grief together. Maybe we can find some clarity.

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