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Emotional roller coaster continues for always-fervent Kentucky fan base

Originally Published: February 10, 2009
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Standing in the teeming lobby bar of the downtown Hyatt, Ed Clemons took a pull on his Bud Light bottle and summed up the dire situation in a sentence.

"Tonight's our season," Clemons said.

In an hour, Clemons and 24,354 other fans would fill Rupp Arena to see their reeling Kentucky Wildcats battle nemesis Florida with that most important quantity on the line: hope.

In three hours, hope would bloom anew. The most ardent fan base in America would ...

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