Never underestimate sports' fans feeling toward politics. Something that might seem innocuous just may be the thing that ticks people off.
Case in point: Kentucky coach John Calipari irked fans by sending President Obama a copy of his new book, "Bounce Back: Overcoming Setbacks to Succeed in Business and in Life" and a jersey with the president's name on the back.
The jersey didn't go over well with some fans, which prompted the coach to post a response on his Facebook page.
"Folks — I think everyone is missing my intention of sending a jersey to the President," Calipari wrote. "There was NOTHING political about it — it was simply a way of spreading the word of Big Blue Nation into the White House! I apologize if I offended anyone — that was not my intention. I know politics and sports don't mix, but a friend offered to give Bounce Back to the President and we figured we could send along a jersey as well."
Some fans voicing their displeasure were quite agitated (read: cussing and mad as hell), according to the editor of Calipari's Web site, CoachCal.com.
As he told the Lexington Herald-Leader, "You can probably draw your own conclusions. There's a lot of opinion out there."
I bet. When NBC broadcasts Sunday Night Football (starting soon!), we'll receive e-mails from people angry that Keith Olbermann is on the air. As far as some users are concerned, he has no business talking football because of his political commentary on Countdown.
Not to say all sports fans are Conservative Republicans. Some UK fans defended Calipari's move, and others didn't doubt his statement that the jersey wasn't a political move because "the office of the Presidency deserves respect."
Mostly, it comes down to one thing: No matter how popular you may be (like Calipari in Kentucky), you can't please everyone.