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Carol Perkins: Win or lose, UK Blue dominates (UL) in this area

Carol Perkins is a regular contributor to ColumbiaMagazine, has a regular 10amCT Tuesday Radio Show, Susan & Carol Unscripted on 99.1 The Hoss radio station, and also owns and operates Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY. Phone 270-432-3152. Of course she's closed at Main Street Printing, Monday, April 7, 2014, the day of the 2014's Game of the Century - after the thrashing Aaron Harrison gave the Wisconsin Badgers last night - Kentucky Wildcats vs. Connecticut Huskies, at 7:49pmCT/8:49pmET, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, in Arlington, Texas.
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By Carol Perkins

Kentucky plays in the Championship Game of the NCAA tomorrow night. This is an exciting moment for our state. Blue runs deep in this part of the country. When it comes to selling shirts, BLUE shirts sell more often than Red. I don’t know why that is true, but it is. Go into any sports apparel shop in this area and see how many Cardinal shirts you see.

It’s party time in Kentucky and I love it. Radio stations have been talking about the big game. It is the topic at the barbershop, in workrooms, and on assembly lines.

I have never understood why UL fans would not cheer for UK fans in a situation like this, but then I saw the light.

If you live in a county that has only one high school, as I do, you may not understand the rivalry WITHIN the county. We are rivals with schools, but we have a “right” to be. Within the county, schools belong to all the people, like children, and the love should go around, but that is a foolish thought. UK and UL belong to our state, but they are rivals so fans of one will not be fans of the other. There isn’t that much love in any of them! I thought of a good comparison.

If Glasgow were playing in the regional tournament and Barren County was not, would Barren County fans automatically show up to cheer for Glasgow? Would Warren East cheer for Warren Central? Would North Hardin fans cheer for Elizabethtown? I don’t think so. Therefore, I should not be surprised that UK fans would never cheer for UL and UL fans would never cheer for UK. Only if a person is not a true fan of either can he comfortably cheer for both, depending on which is playing. If they play each other, he may be forced to choose or remain indifferent and happy for whoever wins. I don't see how anyone can remain indifferent when a Kentucky team is playing for a championship, but it will happen. Some UL fans will be cheering for Florida...for heavens sake!

It is much more fun to have a team to support so you can stomp the floor when a referee makes a “bad” call or a player misses a foul shot or a turnover happens you thought was just “dumb.” Remaining indifferent during a game is akin to being in a coma.

If UK wins, we will celebrate another win for Kentucky. If they lose, we will always be proud of how far this young team went toward the title.

(Carol Perkins is a regular contributor to ColumbiaMagazine, has a regular Tuesday Radio Show, Susan & Carol Unscripted, and also owns and operates Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY. Phone 270-432-3152. Of course she's closed Monday, April 7, 2014, the day of the huge game.)

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