Every now and then one feels compelled to keep the record straight, especially when mistaken or ill-informed opinions appear in The Courier-Journal, with its circulation of 175,000-plus imprints daily. Here’s a letter to the editor from the observer, sent the other day. It appeared in Wednesday’s newspaper:
To the Editor:
One of the myths many University of Kentucky fans living in Louisville and elsewhere like to perpetuate is that this community is split 50-50 between UK and the University of Louisville.
M. Trinkle in his recent letter to the editor repeated the assertion. Sorry to disappoint the Wildcat partisans, but the University of Louisville has a wide lead in fan loyalty locally.
The most comprehensive research on the subject, The Courier-Journal’s Bluegrass Poll, which was conducted in February 2005, indicated that overall 56.7% of Louisvillians were U of L fans, as compared to 33.3% claiming to be UK fans.
When asked about football, 61.3% favored Louisville while Kentucky had 20.8%. As for basketball, 56.7% favored U of L while 33.3% supported UK. The remainder of fans in both sports were largely split between Notre Dame, Michigan, Western Kentucky and other schools.
Not surprising that it is difficult for UK fans to remember, acknowledge or accept the results of the study, especially with U of L winning by such a wide margin.
It’s a struggle but we must endeavor to keep them honest.