Commonwealth Policy Center

UK basketball is king of sports in the Bluegrass, and as the Wildcats suffered an upset at Rupp and dropped from their number one ranking in the polls, we should beware that our enthusiasm for the Wildcats doesn’t consume us.  The idol of winning at the expense of everything else is costly and can become a cruel master dictating our moods and attitudes. When our happiness hinges on the success or failure of a sports team, it has become an unhealthy obsession. Now there’s nothing wrong with sports. They can be cathartic and great family enjoyment. They can even bring a community or a state together. It’s fun to root for our team and watch them win, but it’s not the ultimate, and this is something we all need to keep in perspective.