Football Saturday: Morning After

Revised 11/01 8:20 a.m.

One last Halloween metaphor, before we start talking turkey.

There were more tricks than treats for the locals on October’s last football Saturday. Now pass me that last Snickers.

If ever there was a close (or pretty close) but no cigar team, it’s the Indiana Hoosiers.

They were up 21-7, then 24-14. Iowa’s QB Ricky Stanzi was off his feed. Oh really? Well, he’d tossed 5 picks, four in the 3d quarter alone. Then he turned into Johnny AllWorld. He tossed a 92 yarder for a touch, then another for sixty six and 7 more points. The Hawkeyes came from behind as they have all season, and remain unbeaten and on a collision course with the Rose Bowl. Or mo’.

Buh bye Crimson and Cream, a feisty squad that can’t seem to get over the hump.

I’m not sure there’s anything new to say about U of L.

Will Stein looked like a keeper in his first collegiate start. Give that boy a scholly. U of L fans who decried that he would be playing instead of Scholarship Stoudt are idiots. For those who uttered the Stefan LeFors comparisons, fuhgettaboutit. But, hey, who knows?

The Cards had to survive a last minute drive, a possible fourth down Brett Favre heartbreaker and two point conversion to avoid overtime. Which is to say a win is a win is a win, but this was nothing to be proud of. To call Arkansas State mediocre would be overstatement. As would to laud Louisville’s effort.

And, please, don’t trot out the injury card. It’s football. It’s the end of October. Every team has injuries. Significant ones. Like, oh, say UK who kicked it off against Mississippi State without its two best defensive playmakers. And, oh yea, it’s starting and only experienced QB.

U of L’s offense, under the guidance of new O Coordinator Steve Kragthorpe, continued to sputter, displaying its habitual lack of creativity. And, hey, what about the stall at the end of the first half. Ist and goal . . . no score.

How about that Halloween Day crowd? Brilliant kickoff time, at an hour that made the game run into trick or treat territory. Which, I guess is why so many Cardinal fans — half a stadium’s worth — showed up in the same costume, dressed as empty seats.

I just hope the dream I had last night was a Halloween nightmare. I dreamed that Jurich actually kept Kragthorpe for another season. It was gruesome.

UK’s D lapses cost a W against another middle of the road SEC team. Anthony Dixon ran through the Cats like a hot knife through warm butter. Morgan Newton was still jittery, and made a critical mistake late when the Cats were in scoring position. The Cats need to conjure a couple of Ws, or they’ll be joining the Cards at home for Christmas.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. cbcard
    Posted November 1, 2009 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I blame the empty seats more on a protest against Kragthorpe than the timing of the game and Halloween. Certainly he is more scary.

  2. Michael
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Crazier things have happened, but if Tommy Turtleneck retains Krags next year the athletic dept. will have to give tickets to school kids in hopes they show up. Then, he and Klein, could tell ESPN, if we had a televised game, every game is a Red Out due to all the empty seats…

  3. DWill
    Posted November 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I think that most UK fans will agree on the fact that we would love Kragthorpe to stay throughout his entire contract that way Louisville doesn’t lose as much money and Kentucky continues to be the dominate force in the state of Kentucky.

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