Let me start this meeting of Cataholics Anonymous. My name is Greg and I have been a Cataholic for over forty years. I'm not sure how it started, but I believe it is a genetic condition, as my Father and Grandfather were Cataholics also, and most of my family is also stricken with this incredibly intense affliction.
All of us know people who are Cataholics, you have probably even seen them in Wal-Mart, on the streets, even in the news. Cataholics are from all walks of life, this is not something that affects just the rich, or the poor, it has no preference to race, creed, color, or nationality. Some Cataholics are born with it, some are brought into it slowly over time, and some experience an epiphany at some point in their lives and it just simply happens. Oh it starts simply enough, for some. A trip to Lexington, a drive around Rupp arena, maybe they just catch a game on TV. Then it hits you, you start picking up t-shirts, hats, calendars, maybe even a nicely framed print for your house. Then it begins to snowball, you take your vacation during SEC Tournament week, you buy Final Four tickets for the following year when the recruiting list comes out, you buy UK plates for your car, you get flags for the front of your house. Anything to get your daily fix of Big Blue.
Don't get me wrong, there are closet Cataholics as well. People who deny their condition in a room full of strangers or even friends, but then turn on the radio for a game, or flip back and forth between channels while the Cats are on TV. They secretly revel in our successes while they publicly scoff at our high dollar coaches, and big name recruits.
The Cataholic is a study in excess. There is no "middle of the road" with a true Cataholic. They live for their Cats, win or lose. They do not have it inside themselves to allow thoughts which would be contradictory to their cause.
They love all things Kentucky, and apologize for nothing about it. They are one with themselves, whether it is talking about the accomplishments or disappointments of last season, or the goals for the next. They are all about the joy of knowing they have a true calling, and that it cannot be spoiled or ruined by outsiders who have no understanding of what it is like to be a part of something that is truly magical, in both success and failure.
But do not despair folks, this meeting is not about misery, or how badly we as Cataholics have ruined our friends and families lives, but it is more a celebration to announce to the world that we are proud of who we are and what we stand for.
So, step up and make yourselves heard Cataholics of the world. It's your time, and championships are earned not freely given, and we know all too well that having all the pieces is not the same as having the trophy. We will get our beloved Cats back to Mecca......the when and where is not yet determined. But it will be fun trying to figure that out.