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Fresh off the Wildcats’ upset win over Tennessee, Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips joins the “star-studded list” of those receiving an ESPN College Football Nation Blog “helmet sticker” for week thirteen of the 2011 regular college football season.
The fictitious stickers (in this case) are awarded for extraordinary achievement. Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes was the first to award actual helmet stickers (1967) for individual player contributions. The eye-catching and coveted helmet stickers, worn prominently on a players actual football helmet, are more than a simple nod of recognition. Today, they are a time-honored tradition for twenty-two Division I FBS teams.
Earlier this season, Junior tailback CoShik Williams was one of five Southeastern Conference players who were also selected for an “SEC Helmet Sticker” by Chris Low, SEC beat writer for ESPN.com, for recognition of his performance against Jacksonville State in October.
ESPN’s SEC Blog writer Chris Low’s post from Saturday notes that the folks from Tennessee feel as if they’ve now hit rock bottom. The loss to Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington was apparently the icing on the cake.
“Sobering,” “embarrassing,” and “pain” describe the feelings that flood forth after a loss to Kentucky in football.
Oh, the humanity…
Soon after Kentucky’s improbable and amazing victory over Tennessee at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, Wildcat Wearhouse, a local Lexington t-shirt retailer who specializes in Kentucky sports-themed apparel was cranking out their “Rocky Stopped” t-shirts in an effort to capitalize in the unbridled euphoria in the Bluegrass state.
As UK fans have waited to celebrate a win over the Vols since 1984, it is probably safe to assume the Wildcat Wearhouse will sell quite a few of the $16.99 t-shirts—and they will most likely have a lot of competition from other retailers throughout Kentucky who will also be eager to cash in on Kentucky’s success on the SEC gridiron on Seniors Day.
In this case, it is safe to say that Kentucky’s win fits to a T.
In case you attended or watched yesterday’s historic Tennessee versus Kentucky SEC battle at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, and was wondering if you were watching the “worst” Tennessee team in history, the answer is no. At least according to the Web site GoVolsExtra.
What you saw was the third-worst Tennessee team in the school’s history, according to site writer John Adams.
“The 1906 and 1909 teams were worse. They both went 1-6-2 and didn’t score in 15 games combined,” notes Adam in his current column.
Oh. Okay. Thanks for clearing that up.
If you searched the Commonwealth from Pikeville to Paducah today you probably couldn’t find a Kentucky football fan who cares one iota whether that was the third-worst, or even the worst Tennessee team that trotted off the field in Lexington yesterday with their tail tucked between their collective legs. All that really matters is Kentucky won. Albeit won ugly. But in the history books of Kentucky football it will go down as one of the most unlikely and most satisfying wins ever.
Long live the new streak of Kentucky over Tennessee. 1-0. It’s a start.
Losing is never fun. But for some, it’s painful and perhaps permanently scarring. A writer at the Web site Nooga.com describes the Kentucky football program as “lowly Kentucky” referring to Tennessee’s loss on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
Where’s the love? The reference is insightful as to how many around the sports world really feel about UK’s football program. When a rival considers a loss to you as a “catastrophe,” perhaps it is not actually a rivalry after all. But no doubt about it, it’s personal.