Is Kentucky Basketball Hated by America?

Ryan MeyerContributor IJanuary 24, 2010

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 23:  John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates during the SEC game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on January 23, 2010 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 101-70.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Here's an early morning conversation for you. Does America hate Kentucky basketball?

Not because of their newest ranking, but because they are arguably the most prominent and storied program in the history of college basketball.

They have fans, religious fans who would accept the current UK coach as the next savior.

Big Blue Nation is obnoxious, whiny, and completely unappreciative of a mediocre season like Billy Gillispie produced in 2008-09.

No matter how good Texas and Kansas are, Kentucky fans don’t want to hear any argument about a better team than theirs.

They’re guilty of flaunting No. 1 messages throughout Facebook and Twitter.

They’re just plain Kentucky faithful.

I’ve been a UK fan since I can remember, way back in the early '90s when I traveled to Lexington from Cincinnati to enjoy a game at Rupp Arena.

When Kentucky teams lose 10 games in a year, tickets are still an unbelievably hot commodity, so when your aunt and uncle offer you tickets up by the banners once a year, you accept.

In light of the recent success, Kentucky is now tops in the nation and has me wondering if America hates UK basketball like they hate Duke.

If you don’t root for Kentucky, do you hate them similarly to Notre Dame football? Or say...the Yankees?

For a fan like myself, it’s hard to imagine hating Kentucky basketball, but if somebody compared them to Notre Dame, I would sense a strong reflection of hatred. I simply can’t stand anything that Notre Dame football represents.

Ask yourselves non-UK-fans: Do you hate the Kentucky basketball program?

What are your reasons?

Yes, they are the winningest team in college basketball history.

They reached 2,000 wins before anybody else, including that other blue school from the South.

They are second behind UCLA with seven national championships.

Adolph Rupp, the program’s storied coach from back in the day might have been one of the most vulgar, harsh, and racist head coaches in the history of college basketball. Yet, he is an idol to Kentucky fans.

In fact, Kentucky didn’t dress a black player until 1969.

Talk to most Kentucky-born, Kentucky-bred fans for a quiet basketball conversation and not once will you be able to convince them another team is better, even if one of those teams is from Billy Gillispie’s forgotten years.

It’s just simply ignorance. Or arrogance?

Whatever it is, something makes Kentucky fans some of the most annoying out there. However, have they hit the point of Notre Dame, Duke, or the Yankees?

At this point, who cares?

We’re No. 1.