Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 3/31/12

The Kentucky Wildcats head into tonight’s Final Four to play their rival, the Louisville Cardinals.  But as bitter and nasty as the rivalry can be, even between men on dialysis, Kentucky coach John Calipari wants fans to focus on their own team and not their opponent.

“I just don’t think it’s good that you root against other teams,” Calipari said in Thursday’s Final Four interview session. “I just think if you start rooting against another team and you’re a fan of ours, turn the TV off. Walk to the other room. Make yourself a coffee. And go for a walk with the dog. Do something.

“I just think that karma comes back at you.”

Calipari is asking the impossible if he expects the mouth-breathers to listen to what he has to say. It is a fans natural birthright to root against the opponent, especially when it is a rival. Where it might be more fun to cheer wildly for your own team, there is nothing like letting out a loud “boo” towards the team you hate the most, and maybe a few objectionable words in their direction as well.

I think we also can expect that most Kentucky fans are confused by the word “karma.” That isn’t exactly in the lexicon of those from Lexington. Wait, we may need to hold up here. Lex-i-con – the vocabulary of a language, an individual speaker or group of speakers, or a subject. Got it? Still don’t? Let me make that more clear for them. That isn’t exactly a word that people in Lexington use. At least Ashley Judd will follow.

Even if UK fans heed the advice of their coach in regards to Louisville, you can rest assure that the refs will be in for a long day, no matter the score. Kentucky an hold a 20 point lead with under 2 minutes, and if a foul call doesn’t go their way, they will berate the officials.

This is Kentucky basketball.

H/T Kentucky.com

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