What's classy about riots, vandalism?
After the University of Kentucky Wildcats beat the Louisville Cardinals, fans in Lexington rioted, turning over cars, smashing windows and setting numerous fires.
Four hours and a number of arrests later, Lexington police got the situation under control. The next morning, Coach John Calipari expressed his "disappointment" with their actions, but claimed, "Our fans are the classiest." I guess that depends on how you define classy.
The Louisville Courier-Journal quoted one Lexington fan as saying "We are the best team in America. I think houses should burn." A UK freshman described the struggle between the crowds and the police and said, "We are going to the championship. I don't blame them."
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The commonwealth sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament. When Western Kentucky University lost, Hilltopper fans didn't riot. When Murray State lost, Racer fans didn't riot. When Louisville lost, Cardinal fans didn't riot.
Wildcat fans came in fourth out of four in fan classiness. In fact, in the NCAA Tournament, Wildcat fans finished dead last, 68 out of 68 in classiness. They turned a moment which should bring pride to all Kentuckians into a national embarrassment.
UK's talented players deserve better. The people of Kentucky deserve better. Let Lexington look to Bowling Green, Murray and Louisville to define classy.
Focus that energy
I watched the UK-U of L game on TV. Then some of us decided to go downtown to soak in the celebration. As we walked we saw a lot of happy people and no problems. Apparently, we missed some overexcitement on State Street.
We commented that there should be some organized points of focus for the crowds. What if Euclid and Limestone were blocked off and one, two or three temporary stages put up at intersections with live music suitable for the college crowd? Who would bother with setting a fire on State Street if the G. Funk All-Stars were performing for free in front of Memorial Coliseum? The mad crowds would not have to improvise their own inadvisable entertainment and everybody would have a good time. And local businesses could make money on the concessions.
As we look for the reasons behind last weekend's violence, one of the answers can be found in the commercial breaks shown during the game. I'm referring to the many ads for alcoholic beverages, most of which target young people. (Did you see the ones with the cute dog who fetches beer?)
It's clear many of the out-of-control students were drinking, and their drinking was a factor in their behavior. With the NCAA accepting money for ads for alcoholic beverages, it is part of the problem.
As long as colleges allow themselves to be used as vessels to sell alcohol, they are complicit in events like those last weekend in Lexington.
Congrats, but . . .
Congratulations to the Cats. This team has shown class, strength and great skill.
On the other hand, I could hardly believe my eyes last Sunday morning when on national and international news channels the lawlessness, lack of class and outright destruction of the so-called celebration of the win over Louisville was broadcast repeatedly to the entire world. This sure does make a positive statement for UK and Lexington, don't you think?
The team was great, first class. The fans who thought celebration gave them license to set fires and destroy property should be subject to criminal prosecution, to civil liability and to eviction from their housing and from UK. I don't have any sympathy for them.
This city should ban the sale of all beer bottles during the month of March, cans only. Put these idiots in an orange suit and put a broom in their hands and let them sweep up all that glass.
Congratulations to Darius Miller, Coach John Calipari and the rest of the team and staff who helped UK win the NCAA championship. I only send congratulations to the team, coaches and staff because the school and the students do not deserve congratulations or good wishes.
It is absolutely disgusting the way the students "celebrated" the victories in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. I am from Kentucky; I still call it home. It is embarrassing to see one's home state on CNN and other news organizations for these types of actions.
I defend Kentucky and my hometown of Maysville, (Miller's home) all the time from stereotypes and opinions that people from other states and other countries may have about it.
I hope UK administrators take swift and decisive action against any student who caused all the ruckus. UK should help pay for the extra police and fire protection needed.
UK fans No. 1
I thought I'd seen the worst of college students who come down to Florida during spring break. They urinate in public places including elevators at our condos; overindulge in alcohol; vomit and throw beer bottles in our yards; litter our beach with beer bottles and cans, and are pretty obnoxious.
Of course they are the minority while the majority are courteous, thoughtful and come to Florida to blow off a little steam. Hey, even though I'm in my 70s, I remember when I came down here to do the same.
Yes, I thought I'd seen it all until I saw Kentucky basketball fans stoop to an all-time low with their stupid behavior. Mob intellect rules in Lexington. The hooligans should be real proud of themselves. Instead of showing the nation what winners are like, they disgraced the town and the university with their disgusting behavior.
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Driven to Kansas
Being a Jamestown, Ky., resident from 2003 to 2010, I became a UK fan. I was delighted to see UK make the NCAA final game, but after watching on the TV news the complete idiocy and mob mentality of UK fans in Lexington, I was hoping Kansas would rout UK.
Shame should befall your city, university and the fans.
As a native Kentuckian and former UK student, I am ashamed, embarrassed and disgusted by the behavior of the thugs following the Kentucky-Louisville game. How dare they ruin a celebration by destroying property and endangering lives. I hope the university expels those who participated.
UK won, you idiots
Five of the most proud and wonderful years of my life were spent in Lexington from August 1967 through July 1972. I was so proud of UK. Now, I am so disgusted with the recent destruction of property as a result of a win (not a loss you idiots, but a win).
I loved that town. Now, I must say, there is a lot of shame. Dan Issel, Mike Casey and Mike Pratt are crying for you — wake up.
South Yarmouth, Mass.
Gloated too soon
As an alumni of the UK College of Engineering, I am ashamed of the people responsible for this outbreak. Every UK student taking part should be expelled. All participants should be locked up and the key thrown away for at least a couple of months.
Virginia Commonwealth University lost its NCAA game last year and fans rioted. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that after UK's loss last year the fans turned out the lights and went to bed. I wrote a short letter to the Richmond Times-Dispatch last year and bragged that Lexington fans had more class than Richmond fans.
Now you idiots in Lexington are making me and the Big Blue Nation eat crow. Be an adult, even if you have to pretend.
John D. King