You know, Kentucky vs. Louisville?
Here’s the deal. I’m doing my best to try not to think about it.
By any measure, this would seem to be the Cardinals year to break their losing streak in this affair.
Louisville is better. Louisville is more experienced. Louisville is playing at home. Louisville is due.
I’ve used the term “window of opportunity,” given that next year, Coach Cal is liable to get on another roll, since he’s bringing in the greatest recruiting class since Zeus sent Hermes out to discover Greece’s best ballers.
So, I’m wicked scared, frankly, keeping my fingers crossed and anxiously waiting for dinner time to arrive tomorrow evening, when hopefully my gang will be supping somewhere while replaying a W, knowing we can go home and savor it again.
Let it be said, let it be done.
Buuuuuuuut, you know, they must play the game and, in this rivalry, anything can happen. Denny Crum’s worst team (12-20) won in Rupp in ’97. The Cats beat U of L in ’86, before the Cards went on to win their second national title.
Which is to say, I’m trying not to think about it.
Maybe my stomach will be calm enough tomorrow to consider the matchups. We’ll see if the Pepto Bismol works? Stay tuned . . . but don’t bet on it.
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Here’s why Cincy is on the outside looking in, conference-wise.
Thursday night, the Big East school found itself in the same trick bag, Louisville was set to face next Wednesday. The basketball team had a big home game, which conflicted with the football team’s appearance in a bowl.
The Bearcats tipped off at home against feisty New Mexico, while the pigskinners were still battling Duke in the Belk Bowl.
I assume Cincy tried to either move up kickoff or move back tipoff to avoid a direct conflict. Couldn’t do it.
Louisville was scheduled to tip in the Big East opener against Providence at 7:00 pm on the 2d, to be televised on the league’s TV network, which is connected to ESPN Nation. Sugar Bowl kickoff is set for 8:30ish that night, to be telecast on the World Wide Leader’s flagship network.
The Cards were able to move the hoops start time up an hour to avoid direct conflict.
I wouldn’t want to be a pedestrian crossing Jefferson, Market or Main Streets after the basketball game is over, as fans sprint to their cars from the Yum! then redline it home for kickoff.
Still no word whether U of L might show the football game on the screens at the Yum!. It could be a fun evening, but that scenario is a long long long shot.
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Speaking of Cincinnati, Mick Cronin has slowly and steadily built that basketball program back into a potential powerhouse. The Bearcats are going to be a test for any foe, even though they lost their first of the season last night to Steve Alford’s one-loss New Mexico squad.
The Bearcats aren’t much underneath, but their outside guys can dribble and shoot in Cronin’s dribble drive offense. Sean Kilpatrick (5/22 last night from the field) and JaQuon Parker (5/14) both have more than a little Russ Smith in them.
The school’s football team belked Duke in the last couple of minutes for a deceptive 2 TD win.
Which reminds me, haven’t heard much lately from Munchie LeGaux, since he declared, “I’m better,” when comparing his play to Teddy Bridgewater’s.
How’s that workin’ out for you, Munchie? Don’t think he played a snap last night.
One final Cincy note. Did you happen to see the interview with Tommy Tuberville during last night’s football game?
Dressed like a riverboat gambler and with a smarmy southern charm to match Calvin Candie in “Django Unchained,” the future Bearcat coach was the paradigm of prevarication when trying to rationalize why he left Texas Tech.
Something was obviously goin’ on in Lubbock, and he wasn’t about to say what it was.
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Avery Johnson was NBA Coach of the Month in November.
Avery Johnson is out of a job in December.
He was fired yesterday by the Long Island/ New Jersey/ Brooklyn Nets.
Phil Jackson, come on down.
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I love UCLA’s uniforms.
Their football game, not so much. Actually, they’re not so boffo on the hardwood either.
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Finally, Mark Hollis was just too outré.
The Michigan State AD, who brought us tilts in military hangars in Germany and on aircraft carriers, finally went too far.
His latest cockamamie idea is dead in the water. Thankfully. He wanted to bring 8 schools to the JerryDome in Dallas to play four games simultaneously.
That russdiculous idea is now in the shredder. No TV networks, not even the World Wide Leader, bit on the idea.
– Seedy K