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Guest post: Die-hard fan cried after game, but we will be ready to enjoy ride again next year

Keldon Johnson shows the pain of Sunday’s loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note: After Sunday’s Elite Eight loss to Auburn, some of the negativity on social media was more than one “die-hard fan” could take, so she sent this to me to share her feelings. Enjoy.

Dear BBN,

My name is Jessica and I am quite sure I’m as heartbroken as you are to see the season end today. I am a die-hard fan but I’m also realistic. Every team can have and off game and sometimes a bad team can shoot the lights out on a fluke. It’s a game and it happens.

Sure we lost a game today to Auburn we should’ve been able to win, but guess what, so did Duke. If you have listened to the media this entire year they were the best team to ever wear college uniforms, kept the one spot and were going to win the championship. That’s not happening either. Zion was really good, but not the basketball God that Duke and ESPN made him out to be.

I am sure most Kentucky fans don’t know me but I would like to be the voice of reason if you will let me. Coach Cal isn’t perfect and no team he has ever had is perfect. Would I trade him for another? Heavens no. I think he’s a great coach and a great fit for Kentucky. Just count the number of Elite 8’s and Final 4’s we’ve had with him at the helm. They say that Coach K is the best college coach at the present time, but look what happened to Duke today. (Personally, I don’t agree.) 

I have muted the Cal haters and recliner coaches that cannot find a single positive thing to say and unfollowed those that are tweeting the players and the coach’s family. Please don’t spread hate over a game.

As for me I take Kentucky sports seriously and every loss hurts. I try my best not to tweet negatively after a loss.I cried today, not only for me but for the players as they are disappointed in themselves and are punishing themselves more than our words ever could. I always try to remember that they are very young and someone’s child. I wasn’t very successful at age 18 or 19, in fact I was very immature.

I hope we can all move on and get ready to take this ride again next year. It should be a great year.  GO CATS!!



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  1. Jessica, thank you so very much for posting this. You are a very kind person who exemplifies what a true fan should be. I am also a die-hard fan (for about 60 years!) and I was also very disappointed that we didn’t win, but more than anything, I was disappointed for our outstanding players who gave BBN so much joy this year. It was great watching them develop and become a team that loved and trusted each other and their coaches. They are a team to remember and I hope we see many of the faces back next year. I also wish PJ and Reid the best in their futures and will be watching them in the NBA. That will probably include Keldon who has enough talent to be a one and done. It’s hard to move on as I truly miss basketball and the players after the season is over – guess we all need time to reflect on the season, the highs and the lows, so that we can be ready next year to go at it again with our hopes sky high!

    1. Judi I think you and Jessica could be best buds

  2. I will say this without reservation…
    John Calipari is a better coach than Mike Krzyzewski.
    Krzyzewski had what is arguably the best collegiate player ever at his disposal and utterly failed to utilize him to his full potential during the final minutes of the game with MSU.
    I call that the worst coaching decision of the tournament and possibly the entire season.

  3. Very nice and objective post…emotions take awhile to settle down and then reality can come back into play. I personally enjoyed the whole ride and while this team came up a little short, they had a really nice run when you take into consideration that we started three freshmen. Reid Travis was an absolute delight and P J Washington was brilliant. The past ten years with Cal have exceeded my expectations and I can hardly wait to see the next freshmen group.
    Kentucky basketball sits at the top of the college basketball world and you can’t ask for too much more…the records speak for themselves- Go Cats.

  4. Thanks, Larry, that’s a compliment! I like someone who has a positive attitude and her post touched me and spoke for me and many fans. God bless this site and all of BBN!

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