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
— 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?