After Kentucky’s win over Louisville last season*, Coach Cal said on his postgame radio show that fans make too big deal out of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry. “You people and the Louisville fans make too big a deal out of this game,” he said. “There weren’t 57 Kentucky players out on the floor. We both have kids from all over and it’s not as big a deal for them. They’re not even in our league.”
As Kentucky basketball fans, we would never disagree with any of the gospel Calipari spews — except this. Calipari is wrong. The Kentucky-Louisville game is a big deal. It’s one of the best rivalries in college basketball.
He did, however, call it a big deal when we win. We’ll take that. And beating Louisville has happened a lot lately.
* The first one, not the second one.