SMQB: Kentuckiana anxiously awaits Hoopsylvanian Friday

Lost Weekend. Kentucky garnered 96 yards of total offense and played no defense in a 3-54 loss to South Carolina.

In one quarter — the 3d, I believe — Louisville had more penalty yards than offensive yards. Forget the numbers, the Cardinals had four legit chances to tally in the first half and came up squadoosh. The defense on Carolina’s second TD was as U.G.L.Y. as it gets.

Indiana, where football is truly an afterthought, was throttled yet again, this time by surprising Illinois.

Basketball Practice. Starts Friday. Which, to be honest, isn’t soon enough.

The Future. U of L president James Ramsey said this to a friend the other day, “The one good thing about the conference situation is that nobody’s talking about the hospital merger.”

Got that right.

At a time when the economy is still tanking, two doofuses are running for governor, interstate traffic is at a standstill and our autumnal allergies are raging out of control, all Louisville fans can talk about is conferences. As in which one will U of L be playing?

So I went to my guru, Dr. Future, whom I trust implicitly. (At halftime of the U of L/ West Virginia regional final, he insisted, in a zen like manner worthy of the Lama, that the Cards would prevail. Dr. Future is also a golfer and fan. Big Hitter, the Lama.)

Last night, I asked him this: “Is there a better chance U of L gets in the Big 12, or Tiger Woods wins another major?”

If his innate prescience remains intact, Cardinal fans should breathe easy. He believes — though has no inside info — the Louisville will soon be visiting Austin for home and home league tilts.

PonyUp is even more sure. He advises that he received an email from a source yesterday, assuring that Louisville to the Big 12 is a done deal. Caveat emptor: PonyUp has never before fallen into my “reliable source” category.

Texas tames Tigers. When Detroit was at bat in the ALCS opener, the base paths looked like the bus stop at Eastern Parkway and Bardstown Road during rush hour. Loaded with the stranded.

Rangers won 3-2, in a another taut 1 run post-season nailbiter.

Terry Francona proved yet again that significant baseball knowledge does not necessarily a good color announcer make. Joe Buck proved yet again that a big head, good hair, a better than average sense of humor, a melodious voice and a legacy from a Hall of Fame papa do not a great play by play announcer make.

At least we didn’t have to listen to Tim McCarver. So we must accept small doses of solace when they arrive.

The Holy Trinity. And I’m not talking about the Shamrocks, though a pal posed a legit query yesterday. Could Trinity beat U of L or Western?

I am talking about Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma. Wisconsin Badger and Clemson Tiger fans have reason to be optimistic. So too, I suppose, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Boise State and Stanford supporters.

But hear me now and believe me later. The Sooners, Tigers and Crimson Tide are a cut above.

That said, what could be better than 4 or 5 undefeated schools at the end of the season?

That Other Tiger . . . is toast. 34th in the Never Heard Of It Open. Sayonara, Messiah.

Speaking of Our Favorite Has Beens . . . isn’t it about time the Vikings gave You Know Who a call?

Schoolboy Spat. Isn’t it time for Little Ricky Pitino and Little Johnny Calipari to shut the fuck up?

– Seedy K


  1. cbcard
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    The Big 12 invite offered to Air Force concerns me regarding UofL’s being a potential member. UofL would seem to offer many more benefits to the conference than AFA but obviously ranks lower in the eyes of the conference. I interpret this as the Big 12 placing geography above everything else in quantifying potential members. And we sure are a long way east from all the other schools, especially if Missouri leaves.

  2. Todd
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I must have a different view pof Francona, as do most things you read about his performance. I think he is brilliant as a color guy…maybe its the fact that it isn’t McCarver.

  3. Seedy K
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the note.

    I liked Francona’s enthusiasm and lack of pretension. Certainly way better than McCarver, who was even worse last night, coming off some medical procedures, which seemed to make him understandably shaky. 

    The TBS guys spoil me. Darling is a might smug. But Smoltz and the Round Table Crew just talk baseball and strategy without all the hype. 

    We sports fans do take our announcers seriously and personally.

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