I understand that the vast majority of of fans of the University of Kentucky sports live within the borders of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where the grass is blue and our collective heartbeat sounds the the dribble of a basketball on the hardwood. We must keep in mind, however, that there are plenty of your brothers and sisters that live in different areas of the country where people aren’t as enlightened as the Big Blue Nation. In fact, for those UK fans living in my hometown of Louisville (also where I currently reside) there are fans of differing teams, but, and I find this so hard to believe, they are fans of some of our more bitter rivals. I don’t understand it either, but it’s true. So, what do you do when you find yourself visiting or more permanently, living amongst fans of another team? Well, wonder no more because I’m here to help.
First things first, you have to know and understand the strange customs and practices of opposing fan bases. Whether it’s putting a bucket of fried chicken on their head (Louisville), wearing candy striped pants (Indiana) or wearing pastel colors to support their team (North Carolina, Tennessee), it’s critical that you understand how important these symbols are to these simple, native tribes. For cultures like these, these are symbols that the natives use to bond with one another and to separate themselves from other, more advanced civilizations. Now, while it is important to respect these customs, it is imperative that as a member of Big Blue Nation never, EVER engage in such activities. The key is to remain an objective, open minded observer, never interfering as these cultures struggle to evolve.