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I have lived in Lexington for over 40 years, and most of them with RUPP as our gym. I have be able to get tickets from time to time, like in Tubby's last years and Billy G's years, at face value but since CAL has been here, I have tried for EVERY home game to get lower seat tickets for my out of town family and its been slim and none.
I wish that I could have been to all of those 50 + wins in Rupp this year, and so does Cal, lol. The two we did have were almost against very talented high school teams but I am different I have loved going to them all.
I have been to both Rupp Arena and Memorial Coliseum for games in my life and hate to admit that I much preferred Memorial Coliseum. Rupp is loud every now and then but in general its pretty quiet with the exceptions of games like UNC last year but how many UNCs do we have coming in this year, none. The Coliseum was really loud most all of the time and I know its smaller but the attendance was half of what Rupp holds. Like so many posters have said its that the fans are spoiled and there arent the teams that we used to have come to Lexington to play. As much as I dislike IU it would have been a loud crowd there at that game even though we probably have lost. Until the SEC gets started who do we have coming to Rupp, Baylor thats it an unranked team that beat us anyway. I dont blame people for not putting that much $$ out for season tickets when the caliber of teams that come in preconference are terrible.
Mike Jarvis last night had this to say. “Kentucky is good, but Rupp Arena does not compare with this,” Jarvis said of IU’s Assembly Hall.
WE ARE UK
Get over it man..first the experience at home with HD etc, then guess what some like to drink a beverage or 10 while watching a game and lastly there is no connection to this team..
Was he comparing Apples to Apples as in was he at Rupp for a big time opponent and at IU for a big time opponent. That makes a big difference. I'm not sure anything can beat the Rupp crowd for the UNC game last year.
Your right about the UNC crowd and how great it was but in that statement you have identified 1 of the main problems with the crowd enthusiasm and in some cases attendance. Where are the UNCs,IUs,Kansas',Mich. St s and the other big name opponents that used to come and play in the nonconference part of the schedule. Name 1 team that is ranked or close to being ranked that is coming to Rupp this year during the nonconference schedule. The only team of any note what so ever is Baylor and even though they beat us they really arent anything special this year. Thats it, the only team and the rest are PO-Dunk U teams so whats to get excited about? I know, I know this young team needs to learn to play against easier opponents Blah Blah Blah. Get some good teams scheduled early in Rupp and maybe the crowd will be there and be loud.
This post was edited by sleepydog 16 months ago
Lets face it, this ain't Kentucky basket ball, we haven't seen any of that since Padgett and Shepherd, Pelphrey, Farmer ,Ford.. its just street ball.
Kentucky Fans got what they wanted. A coach that can recruit the best of the best players. Don't cry about it now. Did you enjoy enjoy last years team? If you didn't you should stop watching college basketball period. Thats what it has become nowdays. Its a talent race. If you don't like what college basketball has become then don't watch but don't blame it on Cal. The guy is a very talented coach. If you can't see that then you are blind. This ain't the early 90's.
Let me ask you a question: when was the last time you saw a middle aged hefty woman win the Miss America Pageant? The answer is never and now that Cal is getting a lot of great recruits and winning oodles of games and Oh Yeah a NC last year do you see anyone but you and other teams fans complaining and again the answer is no.
I hope it's just a coincidence, but this post could be taken in a very bad way.
Yeah, it's funny I can understand Coach Cal on TV.
MOVE THE BALLLLLLLLLLLLLL ARCHIEEEEEEEE ALEXXX
i always wondered why i can hear him...
TGH is right, UK fans are extremely spoiled. The whole game we should be cheering and trying to get ours players going.
"LET'S GO ALEX, LET'S GO ALEX!"
Become truly what fans are supposed to be, a fan. Support for our team, the engine that helps them go. (imagine if recruit came into an atmosphere where fans are united and helping our players get going.) "RUDY, RUDY, RUDY" <- kind of like that!
We are always critical, as if we are the coaches of this team. I rather us becoming more fans that show support and energizing our players. Or the nasty type of fans, where we attack the opponents. I like that too. :-D
But, it should be constant throughout the game. Should be fun, and then we get good play, we just get out of control crazy and shake the building.
Wildmoon I dont know if you are old enough to have gone to games at Memorial Colliseum but the crowds there were like you were describing a crowd should be. I know MC was smaller but it was so much fun to be in that atmosphere, unlike Rupp that is cavernous and yet it to could be so loud that the walls would shake but there have only been a handfull of crowds like that since Rupp opened its doors. There are several reasons why the crowds are at times like being in church and you can hear a pin drop. Opponent scheduling is 1, the seating distribution is another and the fans being spoiled is yet another. Someone pointed out the game last year against UNC and that the crowd was deafening, and thats the way it could be every game if the fans wanted it. As much as I hate to say this is that the crowds at the Duke games are generally great more like Memorial Colliseum USED TO BE LIKE.
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