I'm merely a Wildcat fan. I've bled blue my entire life. I will even proclaim the entire first half of my life (let's face it, I probably have more years behind me than ahead of me) was spent as only a Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan because quite frankly, no one I knew ever suggested that I think
outside the box differently and become a football fan too. As I grew in fandom age, I noticed being truly interested in the Kentucky Wildcats football team, especially the scores at first. Deep down in my blue insides, I just wanted to know how the Football 'Cats fared. As far as the game itself, I was kinda like this girl, just a few years ago.
Okay, maybe not exactly like her. I knew the difference between football and baseball.
I didn't grow up under a rock but I was born a UK basketball fan that also had had no exposure to football at all. As I've said before, my Dad was never a sports fan of any kind and none of my three brothers ever played football. This just goes to accentuate the long believed theory that children learn what they live. Thus, being a football fan didn't seem to be in my future.
Who could have foreseen there was hope for me?
I think the one main thing holding me back from following the Gridiron 'Cats was the fact that I knew nothing about the game. I had played uncountable hours of basketball with my brothers on the farm, shooting hooks and unimaginable HORSE shots at the old rusty hoop nailed on the side of that old barn, as well as wiffle ball, softball, and baseball too. But I can never remember tossing a football with them. Though, I seem to recall throwing a Nerf football like a bullet AT their heads a few times during my tween years totally hoping they would not see it coming. I can also recall many years ago, with absolutely no one prompting me, going to the H/L sports section on Sunday mornings just to see if the Football 'Cats had won or lost. It had to be my inner blue urging me.
All I know is one day, I decided I wanted to learn the game of football and I became like a sponge soaking in every thing I could learn. With a lot of help from my friends, I asked for things to read and I pretended there were no stupid questions. I owe huge thanks to all who humored me with real answers. You know who you are and I am eternally thankful. Don't think that I am past questions at this point either. I still have lots to learn. If I don't know something, I will still ask for help. If it's any consolation, just think about how you all have helped me become what I felt I wanted to be. A living, breathing, and blue bleeding fan that loves the odd-shaped ball game of football. Now, I deeply love football and I truly, truly thank each and every one of you.
Football time is almost here! Go 'Cats!