Kentucky losing to Florida is not the end of the world


Kentucky kicked Austin MacGinnis misses the game winning field goal during the game against the University of Florida on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky was defeated 28-27. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Fans across the Commonwealth woke up last Sunday morning depressed in anguish over Kentucky’s one-point, last minute loss to Florida. This marked the 31st year that the Gators overcame the Wildcats in football and is the 31st year Kentucky fans mourned it.

What fans need to realize, however, is this is not the end of the world. Though it may feel like it now and the days to come, there is another Saturday. There is another game. And there are absolutely more victories in Kentucky’s future.

Losing to Florida for the 31st year in a row is not an easy pill to swallow, but who can truly say they did not see it coming? Though it seemed everything had fallen into place and this was the year the streak would end, there was still that little voice in the back of your mind reminding you of Kentucky football realism. Call it being pessimistic, but look also at who is not depressed over the loss.

The Kentucky Wildcats got their season off to an excellent start, going 3-0 and overcoming major opponent, South Carolina, on the road. Then the tables turned, and the energy that flowed throughout the Bluegrass on September 23rd diminished. But the world did not end, and neither will this football team.

Believe it or not, Kentucky has experienced countless let downs on multiple fronts. Throwback to the 1997 loss to LSU on a Hail Mary pass, or even the Christian Laettner shot. There have been more heartbreaking losses in the past, especially those that most fans didn’t see coming. The loss to Florida should have come as no surprise, regardless of how great things were looking throughout most of the game.

Of course, it is easy in hindsight to say you didn’t honestly believe Kentucky could win, but it is even easier to sit and overreact because Kentucky lost to Florida… again.

What fans need to remember, is that this team still needs the supports of the Big Blue Nation. If they want to see their Cats make it to a bowl game this year, the team cannot lose their fan base. It is absolutely necessary for fans to get it together and stop wallowing. Kentucky lost to Florida, who is surprised? The world isn’t ending, but Kentucky’s season could (and not the way fans want) if they let this one loss determine whether they back the team.

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