By ignorance or choice, Cats fans in la-la land
I have observed Joel Pett's work for many years and have rarely (if ever) agreed with him — until now.
My first reaction to reading last Sunday's letters to the editor was "you have got to be kidding me!" I believe my actual first words to my husband were "Kentucky really needs to get its priorities in order."
How we can think that any sport, hobby or other extracurricular activity has equal or even greater importance than the real issues we face, tells me that many of our fellow Kentuckians are living in la-la land, either by ignorance or by choice.
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Both are sad commentaries on our culture and also a direct link to how we have gotten to this point.
And then I saw Pett's response. Imagine my surprise, being an open-minded and conservative Christian who loves a UK basketball game just as much as the next person (or at least I thought I did), when the only opinion on that page that gave me any hope was amazingly his response to the ruckus.
The column may not have been greeted with open arms (or minds) from most readers but I guarantee you that a multitude of people who are usually agitated with Pett's words and cartoons were actually applauding his stance on this subject.
For once, it felt good to agree with him so wholeheartedly.
Joel Pett's response to the public reaction to his cartoon was "pett-i-ful." His column, "Hoops outrage rules," leaves one even more incensed.
So Coach John Calipari led in the action that resulted in discontinuing Pett's favorite game? How dare he do that! Is Coach Cal not aware of Pett's poison pen?
We are blessed to live in a free country. Therefore, Pett does not have to take his pen and go home. We just really wish he would!
Reaction proves impact
With great reluctance, I admit that I know who "Coach Cal" is. However, the controversial Joel Pett cartoon went over my head since I proudly decline to engage in the mindless mass hysteria known as University of Kentucky sports.
The behavior of some of these UK sports fans merely strengthens my belief that sports destroys character.
What a shame that anyone would be so narrow-minded and ignorant to imply that a cartoonist, even one without the talent of Pett, should be threatened over a newspaper cartoon.
Of course, the fact that Pett's cartoon has caused outrage only goes to its efficacy; his talent is far more important than that of any sports coach anywhere.
Burn couches, trash Pett
The vitriol spewed out against Joel Pett in letters to this paper, and the infantile actions of some individuals against the person of Pett, simply illustrate the incredibly stupid mind-set of some University of Kentucky "fans."
These actions are not dissimilar from those who chose to burn furniture and vehicles and create acts of vandalism following UK's NCAA victory.
No Doonesbury, no Pett
I've never seen a more hypocritical newspaper. On March 12, you "warn" readers about the Doonesbury comic, saying it is was not appropriate for family viewing. But you let Joel Pett draw all kinds of offensive cartoons without saying a word. If that's not being a hypocrite, I don't know what is.
Fan behavior disturbing
I was visiting my mother-in-law last Sunday and picked up the opinion page.
I was frankly horrified at the vicious letters aimed at Joel Pett for a cartoon he drew poking fun at John Calipari because the coach decided not to play the Indiana Hoosiers on their home court anymore, apparently after a loss there December.
Honestly, I congratulate the University of Kentucky for winning the NCAA trophy, but the reaction of some fans to this cartoon is no less than disturbing. After all, basketball used to be a game of sportsmanship. I can find no trace of that virtue in the threats, harassment and pure vitriol proudly displayed by these Kentucky fans.
Do we not remember the extreme reaction of Muslims to cartoons depicting Mohammed in a less than complimentary way a few years ago?
Most people I talked to and who read about that reaction thought it was a little over the top. The reaction of basketball fans to this cartoon is no less extreme.
Although I respect the great UK team and its accomplishment, fan behavior like that exhibited toward Pett is disturbing. The spirit of sportsmanship is knowing how to win or lose with grace.
New Albany, Ind.
Sports run UK
I read the May 13 letters regarding the Joel Pett cartoon and, as a visitor, was struck by the anger heaped on the cartoonist for pointing out a relatively minor flaw in the University of Kentucky basketball program.
Compared to the scandals over the years, starting in 1948-49 with the point-shaving by players and running through today with the mockery that UK actually has student-athletes committed to getting a college degree, the cartoon seems positively harmless.
UK has bigger problems to focus on, but the worship of basketball and Coach John Calipari evident in the letters shows that the athletics department runs the school rather than the other way around.
B. Lane Hasler