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A lot has happened since 2003…

We are all aware of Rick Pitino’s struggles as of late, and that’s not even diving into his personal life. Pitino has struck out in his 4 head-to-head match-ups against John Calipari since his arrival in Lexington. This year would appear to be Pitino’s best chance to end that streak. With the Harrison twins putting on the blue and white next season, and Pitino’s focus on a different kind of “sets of twins”… Pitino and Louisville would be smart to take advantage of the opportunity to be favored heading into this year’s cross-state rivalry game.

Pitino’s last two successful outings against Kentucky both came during the Billy Gillispie era. Before those 2 games, Pitino and the Cards were on a 3-game losing skid while Tubby Smith was at the helm. So the last time Pitino was successful against a Kentucky team not coached by Billy Gillispie (those hardly count, right?) was in 2003. December 27th, 2003 to be exact.


A lot has happened since December 27th, 2003…


— ESPN First Take has had 1,048 debates about Tim Tebow

— Eli Capilouto was awake during a press conference, probably.

— Kentucky beat Tennessee in football

— Jeff Goodman has experienced at least 4 DeMarcus Cousins bone…, err allow me to explain.

1) DeMarcus Cousins makes a mistake  2) Schwing  3) Tweet  4) Make fun of UK fans for defending Cousins  5) Tweet at DeWayne Peevy about Rupp Arena seating chart

— KSR gave birth to a beautiful baby college

— Karl Towns Jr. was in 1st grade (h/t Not Jerry Tipton)

— The Herald Leader was good free

— Kentucky has put 19 players in the NBA Draft. Louisville has put 4 players in the NBA Draft and approximately 5-10 players in the MAC/OVC/Bellarmine/wherever they transfer to…

— Peyton Siva has lost to UK 4 times

— Joker Phillips called approximately 713 “Bubble Screens” on 3rd down plays

— A grand total of 2 people cared that UNC football players and basketball players may or may not have taken legitimate Swahili classes. A whole lot of people cared that Enes Kanter was paid “more than necessary” living expenses to play in Turkey.

— “Hey, Soul Sister” spent 22 weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart (true story), thanks in large part to John Calipari (also a true story).

— Butler played in 2 national championship games

— Tyler Thompson turned in her slacks for Pajama Jeans and became the 2nd full-time KSR employee

— BTI did not.

— Facebook launched.

— John Calipari got a Facebook…


— KSR College’s Kristen Geil graduated 8th grade, high school, and college (and grad school if Kentucky wins on Saturday)

— Barack Obama was elected President twice.

— Nerlens Noel was 9 years old

— The Big East died.

— LeBron James was the most beloved man in Cleveland, Ohio.

— LeBron James was the most hated man in Cleveland, Ohio.

— Louisville did beat Kentucky twice in men’s basketball (it would be unfair not to mention it). But again…#BillyGillispieEffect

— Kentucky’s roster in 2003-2004 included: Gerald Fitch, Erik Daniels, Kelenna Azubuike, Chuck Hayes, Cliff Hawkins, Antwain Barbour, Ravi Moss, Sheray Thomas, Bernate Cote, Bobby Perry, Lukasz Obrzut, Josh Carrier, Brandon Stockton, Matt Heisenbuttel, Shagari Alleyne, Preston LeMaster and Patrick Sparks.

— Boy Meets World ended, and has subsequently come back for a spin off sequel, “Girl Meets World.”


…Let’s try to extend this list by another year on Saturday, shall we?

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

21 Comments for A lot has happened since 2003…

  1. We Hang Banners
    5:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Tom Creen likes things….alot…..a whole lot.

  2. Big Blue Coming at You
    5:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    What really sticks out is besides those 2 Gillispie years, UL has struggled just to get to 60 points. That’s Rick’s time at UL in a nutshell. Since being at UL his teams have struggled offensively. While at UK he had teams scoring in the high 80s, 90s and even some 100+ games.

  3. People
    5:13 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Wheres UL Hate week ?

  4. dan
    5:14 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    3 Dont know it was a yearly tradition at KSR

  5. Big Blue Coming at You
    5:17 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Also had it not been for those 2 years of having a drunken maniac for a coach, Pitino would have zero wins against UK while at UL. Talk about being owned!

  6. RealCatsFan
    5:19 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    What does the last column on the table represent?

    It’s amazing that even during BCG’s second season the game came down to a last second shot, and I’m pretty sure the other BCG year UK had a lot of key players injured.

    5:26 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Mays had a 4-year college basketball career at Wright State?
    Not quite. 2008-09 & 2009-10 were spent at NC State, then he had to sit out during 2010-11, then he played one year at Wright State.

  8. Big Whoop
    5:35 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Boy, the Clyde experiment was nothing but a disaster from day one. At least Mitch recognized it was over after two years. So how come Joker got three?

  9. Ally Tucker
    5:38 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    7 you are correct. Oversight on my part.

  10. Louisville hate week
    5:48 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Great stuff Ally.

  11. Justin
    6:22 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Im pretty sure 2009 was because of a missed travel call on edgar sosas lucky 3 at the end.

  12. News You Can Use
    6:27 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Look, Pitino’s asking for help in disarming his Basketball team…

  13. KevLong10
    6:29 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    What’s with the Clinton picture?

    Please don’t tell me that Ally is another flaming liberal hack.

  14. Basketball Historian
    6:35 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Remember when UK fans were pushing the UK Administration to remove Tubby and Pitino said it would take us 15 years to get back where the program was.

    Good try Ricky. I think he got 15 years and 15 seconds mixed up in his head.

  15. terlet man
    6:59 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Is it a requirement of every post on here this week to mention that Pitino is 0-4 vs. Cal at UK? Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that the Cards haven’t beat Cal, but does the same old info have to be in every post?

  16. mudcreekmark
    7:08 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    15)We were also undefeated at home under Cal also. I guess we should make our brags while we still can because that is another streak that is likely to end this weekend.

  17. coach cal
    7:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    We are also undefeated at the Yum center 3-0!!!!

  18. mudcreekmark
    8:06 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    13)If you will look at the pictures they are friends of Cals on Facebook. Chill out. Clinton was a great president. I’m just glad Obama is not a friend.

  19. Bigcat4453
    11:14 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    #6 the last column is the win loss record between UK-UL. KY is up 30-14 in the series!

  20. In 2008-2009 Season
    11:55 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    UK lost to VMI by more than U of L

  21. Dragonmaster
    12:01 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Well done Ally