Matt Walsh was a 6’6” swing man for the University of Florida in the mid 2000s, for those of you who were born in the mid to late 90s. Walsh was a long haired hippy boy with a sweet jumper and handles to boot. From the first time UK fans laid eyes on the Holland, Pennsylvania resident, he became enemy #1.
The combination of his arrogance on the court, his hair, his head band, and his girlfriend, Playboy Playmate Lauren Anderson (pictured above doing her best to pat out some hamburger), made Walsh a very easy guy to hate. Some may call it jealousy, I just call it “cut your damn hair you damn dirty hippy”. I gathered from the reaction of the Rupp Arena crowd in Walsh’s first visit, that I was not the only one who disliked this young man.
In what I consider to be the eRupption’s zone’s best performance to date, the students came armed with a huge poster of Walsh’s naked girlfriend wearing a UK bikini and the chant that will live on in my cluttered mind forever, “WALSH IS GAY! WALSH IS GAY! WALSH IS GAY!” The chant grew to an even bigger level when most, if not all, of the Rupp crowd joined in. Each time the guy, who looked like he should be on a soccer field somewhere in California, touched the ball the chant started again; it was absolutely fan-damn-tastic!
I know the chant probably offended some people. The term “gay” has only recently been turned into a slang term meaning lame or bad. I bet a lot of the blue hairs thought the student section was chanting “Walsh is happy! Walsh is Happy!” that would be the way the word is used in My Ol’ Kentucky home. It is also the way they all felt when they found out Shoney’s started giving Senior citizen discounts on their delicious Breakfast Bar.
We all know, at least most of us, that Matt Walsh was not actually gay, not that there would be anything wrong with that if he was, Jerry Seinfeld. If we wanted to think of another funny chant to do about Matt Walsh, we could, none come to mind right now, but I am sure we could if we thought hard about it. It is not that we are all dumb and take the lowest road to try to get under someone’s skin on the other team. Seth Davis of CBS College basketball fame said something like, and I paraphrase,” only Kentucky fans would question the sexuality of an opposing player”. That is very odd, because I question Seth’s sexuality every Saturday afternoon, I know all about the way he looks at Clark Kellogg.
Chanting “WALSH IS GAY!” is just a lot of fun. I have done it several times, including at the SEC tournament…last year, 5 years after Walsh played his last game for the Gators. It has become my war cry to all Florida fans, football or basketball. If it offends you Florida fans, good, it is not meant to be a compliment at all. It if offends you and you are not a Florida fan, loosen up sweetie, life is too short. I doubt Walsh is sweating it as much as you are.
If you would like to join the face book page, “Matt Walsh is Gay”, do it, its fun. Go cats! WALSH IS GAY!
Did that post last year, but thought it deserved a 2nd chance…C! A! T! S!