Hello, my name is The Streak and I have a problem.
I’m a win-aholic.
I’ve tried to stop, I swear.
It’s been almost a year since it last happened. But I can feel the urge coming on again.
All of us in this room like to try to blame someone else or something else for their compulsion.
You’ve heard it before. It’s not my fault.
It wasn’t my fault Kentucky didn’t cover receivers twice in the game last year, resulting in two touchdowns, including the game-winner.
It wasn’t my fault when the referees let the play go in 2014 even though the clock was at 0:00.
It wasn’t my fault the Wildcats didn’t cover a skinny walk-on receiver running free down the middle 25 years ago.
It’s not my fault this was a close series at 20-17 before this started.
It wasn’t my fault when Bill Curry had a freshman with a rocket for an arm named Tim Couch run the option in 1996 or that they couldn’t tackle Jacquez Green on punt returns.
It wasn’t my fault when Jared Lorenzen threw the ball up for grabs to ignite a Florida win in 2003.
It wasn’t my fault Steve Spurrier walked in the door and cranked up this whole thing.
It wasn’t my fault when Shane Matthews threw the biggest pass of the game to Errict Rhett before he even turned around and yet somehow it turned into the biggest first down of the game and everyone celebrated the first official SEC title in 1991.
And it has never been my fault Kentucky has been so bad so many times in the last 31 football seasons.
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Or that even when it has been good, I was just a little bit better.
Yeah, this has been going on for more than three decades. Different coaches, different players. Even the coach at Florida now had a Streak of his own before at his old school, winning seven straight before losing two years ago.
Back then, nobody talked about that Streak. Because mine was so overwhelming.
Everybody outside of the Gator Nation tells me it’s time to quit. They tell me it’s not right. They tell me to share.
But I can’t help myself.
That’s why a Florida player basically guaranteed this week I will do it again.
He knows I can’t help myself.
But that’s the thing.
Everyone keeps telling me it will end. Everybody keeps telling me I can’t keep it up. Everyone keeps telling me this is the SEC and teams don’t win 31 straight games against an opponent.
Even Alabama doesn’t do this and you know what win-aholics they are over in Tuscaloosa.
I know Kentucky is due. Maybe this is the year I stop.
But the truth is I don’t want to stop.
The feeling is too much of a rush. Every time it looks like it’s going to stop, something happens and I’m right back on the field celebrating and hugging and digging the euphoria. It’s so addicting.
Remember last year when the coach at the time walked into the locker room after the game and declared, “Don’t forget, it’s still bleeping Kentucky!”
Yeah, I thought that was strange, too. But it didn’t take away from the feeling I had in my pleasure center.
And that’s why it’s so difficult to make it stop, to kick this habit to the curb and be like everybody else.
It feels too good.
I am The Streak and it’s not really my problem. It’s just something that keeps happening.
And on Saturday night with the crowd rocking and players geeked up and a junior college transfer making his first-ever SEC start, I know I’m not going to be able to help myself.
I am The Streak and please don’t judge me.
Just understand how good it feels, how the high is so much greater than the crash. It has been so long since I didn’t have that feeling, I have forgotten what it’s like to walk out of a stadium feeling down after a game against Kentucky. Many of the fans who will be in The Swamp are too young to even remember anything but happiness after this game.
Heck, there are a lot of players on this team whose parents hadn’t even met when I started.
I don’t want it to end. I am The Streak and I’m going to do everything I can to get another fix.
Hopefully, Kentucky does its usual part in enabling me.
Contact Pat Dooley at 352-374-5053 or at email@example.com. And follow at Twitter.com/Pat_Dooley.