Kentucky fan is keeping tattoo that calls team “2014 NATI9NAL CHAMPIONS”


It didn’t end the way Kentucky fans had hoped. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

The tattoo that Kentucky fan got last month — the one that now so very erroneously celebrated the Wildcats’ ninth national championship — isn’t going anywhere.

Tyler Austin Black, 22, told ESPN.com that “2014 NATI9NAL CHAMPIONS UK” will not be lasered away despite Kentucky’s 60-54 loss to Connecticut.

“I’m keeping it,” Black said. “It’s a way to remember this team and it’s part of my life story.”

It’s also part of his right calf. The tat was a longshot, like Kentucky, when Black got it. The Wildcats were unranked and were only a No. 8 seed going into the NCAA tournament when Black shelled out $80 for the ink, but there are only so many fans who can correctly predict a championship with a tattoo in one year and a Seattle Seahawks fan has that covered for 2014. Tim Connors got his “Super Bowl XLVIII Champs” tattoo in the summer of 2013.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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