U of L’s Biggest Rivalry May Be Renewed

Thanks to loyal reader cbcard, who is obviously more diligent and obsessive in his research than your intrepid sports blogger, this bit of info.

According to the Memphis paper, the Cards and Memphis State are on the verge of signing a contract for a home and home men’s basketball series.

With all due respect to the virulent hatred that fuels the now annual smackdown between U of L and UK, Memphis State was far and away the Cards’ biggest rivalry for decades. Such was the enmity between the schools’ fans, that it won’t take but an opening tip for this one to go incendiary.

You can find the story here.

Perhaps the U of L Athletics Department are actually listening to fans, who have been complaining about the hum drum December schedules that have become an annual rite during the Pitino Era.

– Seedy K


  1. cbcard
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    My research says that ever since this story broke sales of pocketknives in Memphis have boomed.

  2. Dan
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    As a 45-year fan of the Cards, I remember the deafening crowds inside Freedom Hall against, then, Memphis State. Truly the best basketball ever played between two schools. The crowd would be in a frenzy hours before and after these games especially conference title games. Dana Kirk was then the most hated man (coach?) on earth, may he rest in peace. I look very much forward for this rivalry to return. As soon as the Cards get a coach they might even be able to beat them. That’s right. When we get a coach.

  3. cbcard
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    The playoff game in Nashville for entry into the NCAA tournament was the most intense basketball game I have ever witnessed. Each school had half the seats but they were not assigned. Most of the fans got there two hours or more before game time to get decent seats.

    Imagine the cheerleaders and fans of each school on opposite sides of the court cheering and screaming for over two hours BEFORE the game, heck almost that long before the players came out for warm-ups.

    By the time the game started most of the fans were already exhausted. I know when it was over I almost had to crawl to the parking lot.

  4. ed rausch
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Sit down Dana!

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