412-game streak ends for football superfan

mstory@herald-leader.comOctober 6, 2009 

For Kentucky football superfan Jim Brown, The Streak has come to an end.

Going into UK's game with Alabama, Brown, 90, had attended 412 consecutive UK home football games. He had seen every single Cats game played in Lexington since the start of the 1945 season.

But on Saturday, Brown was suffering from a bad cold that he feared might be the flu.

Even after a trip to a Veteran's Administration hospital on Saturday morning yielded the verdict that he did not have the flu, Brown decided to stay home and watch the game on TV.

"I let common sense take over from valor," Brown said.

Before Saturday, the last time Kentucky played a home game without Jim Brown in the stands was Nov. 25, 1944 (a 21-7 loss to Tennessee).

Brown missed the entire 1944 season while serving in World War II as a flight navigator for the famed "Burma Bridge Busters." Before that, he'd seen every Kentucky home game since the start of the 1938 season.

Speaking over the phone Monday, Brown sounded congested, but said he was feeling better.

"I figure The Streak is safe," he said. "And if somebody can break it, more power to them."

Brown is already looking forward to starting a new streak by attending the next UK home game against Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 24.

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