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!
Change the game. Why not?
The following e-mail (below) went out to UofL football season ticket holders on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently, Kentucky couldn’t sell 5,000 tickets that were allotted to them for the UofL-UK game. Actually, they could only sell about half of them. But the game is November 29, so football season would have been over for about 2-3 months by then to them. Go ahead and scoop them up Cards fans. Why not?
Thank you for your support of Louisville Athletics! The University of Kentucky did not take their full allotment of visiting team tickets for the UL vs. UK game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29th. We have a limited number of tickets to sell to this game, and are offering these tickets to our season ticket holders first!
On Monday evening, Tavin Richardson tweeted out his top 8 schools. Richardson is a 6’3 and 200 lb wide receiver from Duncan, South Carolina and is listed as a 3-star prospect on the four major recruiting sites. Here is the tweet.
Richardson talked with CSZ Monday night about his list and what he likes about Louisville. He visited the Cards June 3rd on an unofficial visit and came away impressed. “The facilities, the campus, the offense they run, and how I can come in and play early,” Richardson told CSZ. Of the schools in his top 8, he has been to Louisville, Kentucky, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. He plans to still make trips to Florida, UCF, and attend a football game at Nebraska. As of right now, he doesn’t know where he will take any of his official visits.
Slots are filling up for Rajon Rondo’s 2014 basketball camp. Now if you ask why I would post something about a camp for a former Kentucky player, I will say this: I don’t even look at Rondo as a former Wildcat. He is from Louisville, wanted to play at Louisville, and still is in town quite often. Also, there are supposed to be former UofL players at the camp, including Russ Smith. And finally, it’s a basketball camp to help kids out. Have to spread the word on that!
According to this article by Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal, James Quick and Jason Hatcher were cited for possession of marijuana by UofL police on May 26 in Quick’s apartment. Quick is a sophomore wide receiver for the Cards and Hatcher is a sophomore defensive lineman for Kentucky. They were teammates at Trinity High School here in Louisville.
The following is from the article:
The officer who wrote the citation noted he found 39.5 grams of marijuana in Quick’s possession, plus a digital scale and a marijuana grinder, which prompted Quick’s citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Four your information, this is the trial.
I wanted to start a series this summer. Sort of a challenge. But really, this is no challenge. This is what I like to do; Talk sh*t. That’s what it says on my resume anyways. Just kidding. Maybe not. Okay, definitely not.
This is a spin-off idea I had after Jeremy’s 55 series. 55 being his favorite number, mine 4 because of David Padgett. I chose number 4 as my number in softball at the Male High School. I was sooooo in-like with David Padgett in high school. So I wanted to publish this series over the summer when my semester and internship with the Derby Festival are officially over. Perhaps a bi-weekly series. Like a pay-check. More like a reality check. So this should be a lot of fun and I hope #Cardnation will enjoy. I’ll start off with a kicker. Like all football games do…
So it sounds like Lexington may not have been the best place to be on Monday night after UConn won the National Championship. Fires, beer bottles, a train, and more clogged up the twitter feed of some folks. The following tweets come from the Lexington Herald-Leader crew that covers public safety information. The first few tweets are while the game is going on. Then if you look at the times on the tweets, you can start to see things go downhill. To say the least, Monday was an eventful night in Lexington!
I have been up since early this morning and in the grand scheme of things, I haven’t gotten one thing done today. I have only listened to local sports talk radio and been on social media keeping up with everything UofL-UK for tonight. But isn’t that what I am supposed to be doing today? I suppose it’s finally time to come up with my prediction post, so here we go…
First of all, the December 28th game at Rupp means nothing to me. For one, it was at Rupp. Russ Smith and Luke Hancock shot a combined 10-31 that game. Speaking of Luke, he wasn’t even starting at the time, Wayne Blackshear was. Mangok Mathiang started and played 22 minutes. Chane Behanan played 20 minutes and played that game knowing he was about to be kicked off of the team. Does any of that sound like the Louisville Cardinals that you have seen recently? We are a completely different team, and yes UK is a little different as well, so that is why the last game doesn’t mean much to me. Actually if I do take anything away from it, I am glad that UK doesn’t have a revenge factor for this game. So they can have that game at Rupp, I’ll take this one tonight.
Willie Cauley-Stein clearly does not understand the rivalry between UofL and UK. He said it is the same thing as Kansas and Kansas State. To be fair, Cauley-Stein is from Kansas, but to say it’s the same is a bit ridiculous isn’t it? This is what he said to reporters yesterday.
“I think of it as the K-State-KU rivalry. It’s the same thing. The fans are the same, it’s just different teams. It doesn’t really mean much to you if you aren’t from Kentucky. If you aren’t from Kentucky, you don’t understand it. It’s that simple. I have been here two years and I still don’t understand the rivalry. It’s just fun. If you ask a UK fan about the rivalry and then ask a Louisville fan about the rivalry, they say the same kind of trash talk about each other, but just different. It’s the same thing, just on a different side of it. It’s funny because it’s so similar. They are more alike than what they really think. They say the same things.”
Willie also thinks that the lightbulb haircut was a good idea, so there’s that.
On Wednesday I did as I normally do and reached out to CardNation. I love to reach out and let you guys be a part of the site. It is a site built for fans by fans. I know what I think will happen on Friday but I wanted to get some different opinions. This time I did things a little different. I asked for a member of the bbn to help out also. I asked one member from each storied fan base to send me a story on why their team would win. I was quite pleased with the results. @Jgro11 stepped up for the Cards and @mathboywonder stepped up for uk. I hope you enjoy their outlooks on Friday’s epic Battle Of The Bluegrass.
So this happened on Thursday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, and then the fans captioned it…
Former Kentucky Wildcat Terrence Jones was asked about the Louisville-Kentucky game on Friday night. When asked about Louisville, he said “What school is that? I haven’t heard of that school. I know we’re going to win because I don’t even know that school. I think we play Wichita State’s B team or something. We’re going to make sure we get that done.”
Sounds like a smart guy. Understanding scouting reports were probably a big pain.
Reminder: this happened
Jeff Borzello of cbssports.com took the 16 teams that are left in the NCAA Tournament and ranked the starters from 80 to 1. Borzello says that “It’s not based on potential, NBA prospects, or purely college numbers. It basically comes down to, if I need a player for the next two games or four games, which guy am I taking?” Let’s take a look at how he ranks the starters for both Louisville and Kentucky.
75. Stephen Van Treese, Louisville: Without Chane Behanan, Van Treese has had to play a bigger role down low. He’s averaging 9.3 rebounds in his last six games.
48. Chris Jones, Louisville: Jones came to Louisville with plenty of hype, but he’s been inconsistent at times this season. He needs to pressure the Kentucky guards.
34. Luke Hancock, Louisville: Hancock is Mr. March for the Cardinals. He was the Most Outstanding Player at last year’s Final Four and is averaging 18.5 ppg in the 2014 tourney.
14. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: Harrell’s emergence down the stretch took the Cardinals to a different level. He has racked up six double-doubles in his last 10 games.
2. Russ Smith, Louisville: Smith has been a little too out of control in the tournament, with 13 turnovers — but Louisville needs him to a menace at both ends of the floor.
Louisville and Kentucky will meet on Friday night in the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis, IN. We all know that already. When the brackets came out, everyone knew this had a realistic chance of happening. And now here we are, just a few days away from Indianapolis not knowing what they got themselves into when they said they would host another Regional.
The Cards and Cats took two different paths to get to this point. Louisville played against a team that resembles them and knew their every move, and they escaped at the end. Then they battled St. Louis in a defensive game and scored enough points to pull away late. Kentucky played a very bad Kansas State team that will probably be playing at the YMCA next week. Then they played the undefeated Wichita State shockers in a very exciting game that was back and forth and they won at the end.
Two teams heading to the Sweet 16. Two of the most storied programs in all of college basketball. Two very different reactions about winning an NCAA Tournament game in the Round of 32.