Back when I covered Indiana basketball in college, I only received hate mail from two opposing fanbases: Louisville and Kentucky. The fact that both had fans reading the columns from the student newspaper of a team they played once a year says everything about the maniacal devotion they have to their teams.
As much as Dickie V screams about CAROLINA AND DUKE, BAYBEEEEEEE, you would have a hard time convincing me that there is a more intense rivalry in college basketball than that of Louisville and Kentucky. Thus, the story that appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday about a UK and U of L fan getting into a skirmish at a dialysis center didn’t even strike me as remotely surprising.
For those of you too lazy to click links, here’s a summary of what happened:
Police in Georgetown, Ky. had to be called the the local dialysis center when a Kentucky fan who was receiving treatment was struck by a Louisville fan waiting to receive treatment.
The confrontation reads like something from the set of Springer, which is no surprise given that both combatants are from the state that probably gives Jerry the majority of his guests.
According to Wildcat fan Ed Wilson, “He just happened to think U of L would beat UK and he started to run his mouth.”
The he in question is Cardinal fan Charles Taylor, who said he was having a pleasant conversation with another patient when Wilson butted his fat mouth into the discussion.
“I didn’t talk to him (Wilson) about the ball game; I was talking to another guy about the game,” Taylor told TV station WKYT. “He was meddling. And told me to shut up and gave me the finger.”
That’s when Taylor decided it was time to throw down, hitting Wilson. Wilson said he hopes Taylor will no longer come to receive dialysis treatment at the same time, and declined to press charges.
And to think, that’s just a fight between two old men in Kentucky. With thousands of fans from both sides overrunning New Orleans this weekend, the city that’s seen everything may be in store for a wave of madness that even exceeds its insane standard.