After Kentucky’s win over Charlotte on Saturday, the conversation naturally turned towards their next game against Louisville. The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale was in the locker room and got some feedback from some of the Kentucky players with their thoughts on the rivalry with the Cards.
Here is your social media tip for the day if you are a college athlete: If you have a game at the end of November, posting about it in June may come back to bite you. Such is the case for Patrick Towles, who posted this gem back in June.
Tis the season, my friends and foes. Giving thanks, sure. But giving grief, absolutely.
The week fans have had circled, underlined, and plenty of exclamation points leading up to opening weekend, because duh… It’s the most locally anticipated game of the season.
For one, the rivalry.
For two… Bowl eligibility.
Bobby Petrino is a perfect 10-0 in season openers as a head coach in college football. I decided to take a look back at each of those 10 games and give a little summary. As you will see, the Kentucky Wildcats were victims in 5 of the 10 games. At Arkansas, they never opened with a big-time opponent while Petrino was there. The Miami win last year was probably the most impressive victory for Petrino in season openers.
10-0 is a great stat, but September 5th in the Georgia Dome will clearly be the biggest test for Petrino in a season opener. The Auburn Tigers will come into the game likely ranked in the top 5, but top 10 for sure. Louisville will be underdogs anywhere from 10-14 points. But you give me Bobby Petrino and THIS much time to prepare? I like our chances. The Cards may not go down there and win, but they will absolutely have the right game plan and be put in position to make the plays to walk out of SEC country with the W.
So here is a little look back at Bobby Petrino’s 10 season openers, all victories. Obviously, the Louisville game descriptions go into a little more detail.
Just like the last time I posted about a Kentucky quarterback, I put “UK QB” in the title because if I put the name “Drew Barker”, you probably would not know who I was talking about and may not click the link. After all, we are talking about somebody who doesn’t even play.
First, it was the airsoft gun incident. Then getting decked on EKU’s campus after the bar fight. Now, a tweet that references Pearl Harbor. Drew is taking “Stoops Troops” to the extreme on this one. The tweet was deleted, of course. But these things live on forever these days on the world wide web. Good move, Drew.
I was going to title this “Patrick Towles ‘can’t wait’ to play Louisville”, but I figured nobody would know who I was talking about and wouldn’t click on the link.
Patrick Towles is the quarterback for the Kentucky Wildcats. In last season’s game, where 3rd string QB Kyle Bolin (from Lexington) threw for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns in less than 3 quarters of action, Towles was 14/29 for 176 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The second interception was to Gerod Holliman to wrap up the win for the Cards. It also tied the NCAA interception record in a season for Holliman.
So naturally, Towles took to Instagram to say that he can’t wait to get another shot at the Cards. It is nice to know that Louisville is on his mind in June. Our team is prepping for Auburn. Towles appears to be ready for a game in November. However, when that time comes Patrick, I am pretty sure the Louisville defense will be chomping at the bit to “get another shot” at playing you and padding their stats.
The Governor’s Cup Luncheon was held in Frankfort on Wednesday, almost 6 months before the actual football game between the Cards and Cats, but that’s another story. Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal posted a transcript of everything that Bobby Petrino had to say, and you can see most of that here.
It’s a pleasure to be here today. I want to thank Kroger for the sponsorship of the great event today (golf outing for charity) and the event we had last night (cocktail party in Frankfort). Also I’d like to congratulate all of the honorees (Jeff Brohm, Tom Andrews, Gary Barnes among former U of L players and Mark Higgs, Jerry Blanton and Mike Cassity among UK guys). It’s kind of special for me to be here today and see Jeff (be honored). I had the pleasure of getting to know Jeff when he was injured in the training room when I was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. Then when I got the job, he was one of the first phone calls I made when we were looking at putting a staff together. He’s also an excellent coach and always done a great job. He did a great job at Western Kentucky last year, and we wish him all the best. It’s good to see Coach Cassity (be honored). Since I’ve known Coach Cassity, he’s gotten better and better each year that he’s been done playing. If you don’t believe me, just ask him. (laughter.) We also got to spend time working together at two different programs (U of L and WKU). It’s kind of a special day for me today to see the two of them (honored).
The NBA Draft Combine was held over the last few days in Chicago, and Terry Rozier seems to have helped himself a lot with his draft stock. Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com made a list of three players that helped themselves and three people that hurt themselves.
I don’t think he put it in any particular order, but he did list Terry Rozier first. Here is what he had to say.
Video has surfaced from the night in January when some Kentucky football players were involved in a bar fight and roughed up an EKU football player. The first video is surveillance from the bar. The big guy that makes his way into the crowd to fight and leaves with a very bloody eye is the EKU player. I don’t need to go into detail about that incident. You can read about it here.
The next video is from later that night. Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker, for some reason, was at Telford Hall, which is on EKU’s campus. I can’t say I have been in a bar fight. But I am not sure it was wise to still be on that campus after this happened. Apparently, Patrick Graffree didn’t think it was wise for Barker to be there either. Graffree is 6’4 and 295 lbs and plays football for EKU.
EKU plays at UK on October 3, 2015.
Not UofL related, just funny…
Carlton Bragg is one of the top prospects in the 2015 class. He announced his college decision on Thursday afternoon. The hat he put on did not match his words. He put on a Kansas hat but said that he was going to Kentucky, then he corrected himself. Well done, Carlton. I approve of the troll job!
One of the main reasons I have this website is to be able to voice my opinion and have a forum to do it on. Rather than send 50 tweets or make a Facebook status (which I rarely do about sports anymore) about a particular game, it is easier to be able to make a post on here, where I have all the room that I need. If people choose to read it, then that’s great. If not, well I still survive so it’s OK.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Louisville-Kentucky basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Like I did a few times during football season, this will be a post of thoughts from me without watching the replay yet on TV. It is always different being at the game or watching at home, where you can hear the announcers and probably have more information. I am not sure I will watch the game again, but these are just 5 thoughts that stick out just from being at the game and seeing it only once.
I don’t have much time this morning, but I had to get up some sort of pregame post about the game today. This one will focus around a particular question I have been asked far too many times this week: “Do you think Louisville has a chance on Saturday?” Um, yes. If you know anything about rivalry games, particularly this one, you wouldn’t even have to ask that question.
This isn’t exactly a 1 seed against a 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This is the #4 team in the country on their home floor against the #1 team and in-state rival. Now I am well aware that this Kentucky team is supposed to be unlike any other that college basketball has ever seen. I just posted yesterday that their starting 5 is taller than every starting 5 in the NBA, which is pretty remarkable to me. But one of the two NBA teams that were tied for being the tallest were the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 4-24 this season. Height doesn’t mean everything.
When the Cards and Cats take the court on Saturday afternoon in one of the most anticipated regular season games of the season, Kentucky will do so with a significant height advantage. This is a pretty well-known fact, however I feel it is still worth noting. I knew Kentucky overall was just tall, but looking at the heights side by side, it is pretty staggering.
As Reggie Bonnafon was being attended to early in the 2nd quarter of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup game between Louisville and Kentucky, reality started to set it: we were going to have to turn to 3rd stringer Kyle Bolin. No big deal, right? Just down 13-0 to Kentucky, who has all kinds of momentum, and Bolin entering the game completing 4-7 passes for 35 yards in his career. No panic at all in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Now be serious, you know you were worried.
I love great stories in sports. Maybe “Rudy” was still fresh in my head after having watched it last Saturday before the Notre Dame game. So immediately, I turn to my buddy I go to games with, Chris Tingley, and say “Well, he IS from Lexington.” How sweet would it be for a kid from Lexington to bring the Cards back in this game against Kentucky? The Wildcats didn’t offer Bolin a scholarship until well after he was committed to Louisville. They let him get away, and on Saturday it would come back on them.
Got to love the wide receiver for UK (Jeff Badet) that squares up to fight and he isn’t even suited up to play. Easy to talk when you know you won’t get hit in the game.
It was a fun day at PJCS. I won’t bore you with words, just check the video.
If you are a Louisville football season ticket holder, the time you are waiting for all season has come. You had to suffer through bad home games like Miami and Florida State, but it was all worth it. Getting wins over ACC opponents like NC State and Wake Forest were just to pass the time. Any game you went to, it was just an event to hold us all over. It was all leading to this week. You know, when “the show in town, in the state” finally visits Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Oh yes folks, we are blessed that Kentucky football is coming to put the show on display in front of our very eyes.
Don’t know what I am referring to? Back in April of this year, UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown had this to say after mentioning that there were no pro teams in the area. “The other team doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.” Good to know.
Let’s take a look at how the state (Commonwealth) of Kentucky has been represented by “The Show” this season. They are our leaders, so for the sake of all of us, surely it has gone well…
This is news that was announced yesterday, but some people may have not heard it yet. Normally, the kickoff time for Louisville vs Kentucky football would have been announced yesterday. However, ESPN has put the game on a “six-day hold” before deciding on a time.
According to UofL Sports Information Director Kenny Klein, the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball game on December 27 will tip at 2:00 p.m. ET. The football game between the two schools will happen on November 29, so these games will happen within 1 month of each other. Thanksgiving could be interesting if you are in a split family!