So, Kentucky’s men’s basketball team has fallen out of the Associated Press’s top 25 poll for the first time since John Calipari became the coach. It’s obvious, then, that we should now commence to trolling UK’s players on social media and call for Calipari’s immediate termination so we can begin the search for a new coach posthaste.
Yes, the unthinkable has indeed happened; Kentucky has lost consecutive games to unranked teams. Whatever shall we do? How can the commonwealth of Kentucky possible move forward now? Perhaps the Mayans were right, and UK’s losses are simply a sign of things to come.
But seriously, perhaps some of these people we’re hearing about should take a step back, realize that this is a basketball team, and that what happens on that court doesn’t matter a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, except maybe for the players and coaches.
In other words, win or lose, life is going to go on.
Just think about it for a second. As great as it was when UK won the national championship last season, did your life instantly change for the better that moment when Anthony Davis triumphantly jumped into the stands to embrace his parents? Did you find yourself enjoying a windfall of profits from UK’s win (Unless you’re a gambling man or one of the players, you’re likely going to answer “no” on that one.)? Did the sun suddenly wipe all the dark clouds away and bring nothing but happiness and mirth to our planet?
It’s true that UK’s men’s basketball team is not as good at the point of the season as last years. But really, so what? These are, by and large, a bunch of teenagers with essentially unrealistic expectations heaped upon their shoulders. They’re expected to attain greatness every time they step on the court. In reality, what should we expect from these kids when they go out on the court?
For the past three seasons Coach Cal has repeatedly said that his teams are full of freshmen, and at any time they could stumble. It happened a few times during Brandon Knight’s freshman season, during which UK lost 10 games, though they still made it to the Final Four. It’s happening now, seven games into the season, and like then there’s still a lot of basketball left to play.
Did we lose two straight games last week? Yes, and we’re going to lose some more. But that hardly deserves the rumbles of distress that have been heard from the fringe of Big Blue Nation. In the end, it’s just a game.
Look, I love Kentucky basketball. Love it. Always have. But for the naysayers and fair weather fans out there, let’s just be honest a second and remember what it is we become obsessed with one or twice a week for a few months out of the years. It’s a sport, and one for which many of us receive nothing in return and yet spend a lot of our money and time on. Let’s put some things into perspective for once and sit back and just enjoy a new season of UK basketball.