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Can "Fans" Really Be Objective?

I haven't climbed aboard the 'ol soapbox lately, so I decided to dust it off and open up a serious discussion. I have to give "BobotheVol" credit for getting me on this, because it was the discussion of a Calipari article on here and on RockyTopTalk that got my creative juices flowing. And since there is nothing that gets a bigger fight started, I figured I would question some people's "fanhood" and see if a fight or a discussion broke out.

I will insert the jump here, not necessarily because I think my writing is worth the front page, but because the discussion and comments should be.....so if the commentary warrants it, Glenn can promote without it taking up the whole front page.





Some folks seem to think that as members of the Big Blue Nation, our Blue Goggles just never come off. They think we will defend all actions good or bad from anyone affiliated with the Cats, the facts be damned.

What concerns me is the exact opposite. Why must some people attack all things Kentucky, whether or not they are rational and lucid? BlenheimBard's article about the Tjarks post on recruiting is somewhat of an example, although it is far from the only one. Why would someone attack a post linking to a post about Calipari's prowess in producing NBA talent? The facts are pretty much indisputable in this case, and no one, not even Calipari's staunchest journalist critics will deny it. Oh, they may claim that he is bad for the college game (which is ludicrous itself), or they may claim that he is more flash than substance (which he proves wrong at almost every turn), but they still are not brave enough to claim that he is not doing the right thing by his players, and for that matter by UK itself. Kentucky Basketball is once again the center of the college world, and thriving in ways it has not seen since the Baron Of The Bluegrass himself strode the sidelines. But even this brings to mind the question, Can fans really be objective?

Can the fanbases of different schools debate and discuss subjects rationally? I would like to think so. We hold fast to the belief that A Sea Of Blue is a "Thinking Man's UK Fansite". That is, I guess, a way for us to elevate ourselves above those who speak without thinking, which may be the very definition of being a fan itself. So, can we look at things without keeping that Big Blue tint over them? My only way to answer that is this. If I wanted to hear from uneducated sources about all things Kentucky, I guess I would read everything that ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and some other sites have to offer. Whether or not other fans like it, UK fans are known for being some of the most, if not the most educated fans concerning their sport that exist in the world today. We carry an appreciation for all accomplishments in the world of college athletics and other areas as well. But are we unbiased? No. We try to present things as even handed as possible, and allow commentary on both sides of a topic so long as decorum is followed. We don't promote a lot of foul-mouthed ranting and raving, that is in our favor I believe. but no matter what we do, our home team colors are going to show a bit every now and then.

It is one thing to be a fan and be ignorant of the world and reality. It is another to be a fan and be educated about your subject matter and what it entails. We do the latter here I believe. And we allow others to disagree with us when they can do so tastefully and without personal affrontery. To me that is about an "Objective" as you can ask a fan to be.

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