That Dickens Reference

That’s right, kids, it’s the proverbial Tale of Two Cities.

Lexington: happy :: Louisville: sad.

When I watch how resolute the pigskin Cats are, I think of how much I belittled Rich Brooks during his first couple seasons. And, how wrong I, a naysayer, was. UK’s mentor proves year in and year out, game in and game out, that he can coach ‘em up. Despite a squad with among the lowest talent levels in the nation’s toughest conference, he continues to compete.

Will Steve Kragthorpe prove a similar study? If he somehow survives this woeful season.

Uh, no.

Kentucky beat one-loss Auburn last night on the Tigers’ field in front of 80,000+. The Wildcats had zero turnovers. The Wildcats had zero penalties. The Wildcats came from behind . . . using three different quarterbacks. One of whom, the starter no less, tossed his red shirt in the laundry hamper before stepping under center.

Good coaching. Good playing.

Stunning really. Fun to watch.

They’re smiling in the Bluegrass. And it’s not just the aftermath of Big Blue Madness.

Meanwhile, there’s trouble in River City.

Steve Kragthorpe’s team, as his Louisville teams usually do, did whatever it needed to do to lose a very winnable game against a not very good UConn squad. They committed four turnovers, which the Huskies turned into 24 points. Some really inopportune penalties killed momentum and aided the enemy.

Kentucky looks like it will have that extra game in December as a reward. Louisville has no chance whatsoever of a winning record, let alone bowl eligibility.

Which will make Kragthorpe a perfect 3 for 3 in that ignominious category.

It’s the best of times. It’s the worst of times.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. Jason Puckett
    Posted October 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I’ll give the Cats some credit, but Auburn was a bit of fool’s gold as evidenced by their previous week at Arkansas. They ran out to a good record but their sked is pretty backloaded with @ LSU, Ole Miss, @ Georgia and then Rammer Jammer.

    My guess by years end this one will be to the Cats what the Miami win was for Louisville in 2006: not quite as impressive as it seemed at the time.

    Then again, with the Cats sked over the next few weeks they’ll roll up a decent record.

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