This weekend, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team will participate in the 16th NCAA Final Four in the program’s storied history. The Wildcats are attempting to win the school’s 9th NCAA Title, closing the gap on UCLA’s NCAA record 11. And as members of the Big Blue Nation get ready to descend on Dallas, site of the Final Four or watch from various locales both inside and and outside the Commonwealth, some sportswriters have made it their mission to take cheap and unnecessary shots at the University of Kentucky, head coach John Calipari and the state of Kentucky and its residents.
Some of the sportswriters are mean spirited and hateful trolls, a few are making lame attempts at humor and satire and a few just sit on their high horse passing judgement from their ivory tower. Most, however, are beholden to their own narrative. Most have written so many articles and made so many tweets and made so many comments on radio shows concerning Calipari, the one and dones and Kentucky being the death of college basketball that they’ve backed themselves into a corner. Even when the facts and reality don’t match their narrow view of the world.
And you know what? That’s alright.
People have been writing scathing pieces on Kentucky Basketball since Adolph Rupp roamed the sidelines. And as long as those pieces have been written, Kentucky Basketball has been at the top of college basketball. With more wins than any other college basketball program, the third most Final Four appearances and the 8 NCAA Titles, the Wildcats, to quote head coach Calipari, are the gold standard. And when you’re at the top, you’re going to attract a lot of attention, both good and bad.
And, again, that’s alright. It’s alright because when it comes to basketball what people write and what people say, don’t effect the games. The games aren’t won in the media, the games are won by players and coaches on the court. Was the 2012 less satisfying become some writers refuse to give Calipari any credit? Has this current run been any less rewarding because some no talent hack continues to troll the Big Blue Nation in hopes of getting pageviews? Of course not. In fact, those type of people enhance the experience because as the Wildcats continue to succeed, those continual naysayers are marginalized, their agendas becoming apparent.
Don’t let anyone steal your joy. Cheer the Cats with everything you’ve got and ignore those that badmouth the players, coaches and the University of Kentucky. They keep on talking and the Wildcats keep on winning. It’s the circle of life.