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Denny Crum Appears Ready To Participate In UK Legends Game

Courtesy of @beardosteve

If you listened to the radio show today, you heard a caller reveal that Joe B. Hall said on his own radio program that Denny Crum has given his word to participate in the UK Legends game at the Yum! Center August 16.  A quick trip over to the Louisville Meltdown Center seems to confirm that did occur, meaning it’s officially time to look forward to the two coaching legends joining each other on the sideline. 

If you’re a Kentucky fan, that is.  Not surprisingly, Lousiville fans don’t seem to be to supportive of their legendary former coach rubbing elbows in their city with the Commonwealth’s team.  Honestly, I don’t blame them.  We talked a bit on the show about whether or not there was a bizarro version of this that would upset Kentucky fans and failed to come up with any such scenario.  You’re free to brainstorm on your own below.  But that’s the difference in Big Brother and Little Brother.  Kentucky’s history could fill bookshelves and the legendary players and coaches that have walked through Memorial Coliseum and Rupp Arena is lengthy.  Meanwhile, Louisville’s history is about as deep as Tucker Max’s Twitter account.  And that is what makes the participation by Crum so significant.

For all the accomplishments of Darrell Griffith, Pervis Ellison, Felton Spencer, DaJuan Wheat, Terrence Williams or whoever you want to throw out there, Denny Crum is Louisville basketball.  When the program had swagger, it was because it had Crum.  When the program was hanging banners, it was because it had Crum.  When it was seriously considered as a national power, it was because it had Denny Crum.  And on August 16, Denny Crum will be participating in a game that is essentially for Kentucky fans.  So do I blame them for being upset for the ultimate Big Brother slap across the face?  No.  But you’d think they’d be used to it by now.  This is the reality of this rivalry and it’s not changing in the forseeable future. 

In the words of Steve Polychronopolous, “Deal with it”.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

28 Comments for Denny Crum Appears Ready To Participate In UK Legends Game

  1. UKGoBigBlue
    1:16 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    This is so awesome. If the first game wasn’t awesome enough, UK playing @ the Yum Center , and then Denny coaching UK, the icing on the cake; UL fans are never going to be able to live this down. Anthony Davis says shut up UL Fans

  2. Dog Gone Bad
    1:18 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    As a Louisville Fan, this does not bother me. I don’t blame Denny for getting back into the spotlight for one little pick-up game featuring Elite NBA talent. He won’t be wearing UK gear and he will not shun UofL once the game is over. The one question I have is, If UK Fans/KSR (louisville HATE DAY) hated Louisville basketball so much then why are they supporting an ex UofL coach with this much enthusiasm? You said it yourself, Denny IS UofL basketball. He is simply doing this for entertainment purposes and will go back to being a Louisville fan the second the clock strikes zero.

    Personally, I think he is just planning a sabotage of some sort. Like maybe locking all UK fans in the YUM and let Terrence Williams come in to dunk on all of them.

  3. KSR Spy
    1:22 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I think the words of a Tardinal fan sum up how they feel about it quite nicely…

    “Denny may be a legend around here but if he coaches in that game, he is dead to me. This would NEVER be considered in Rupp and really pisses me off because we all know it’s just a dig at UL fans.”

  4. CCThree
    1:26 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    We should include former Cards who are in the NBA on the team of Kentucky players and have them coached by a staff of Tubby, Crum and Gillispie to make things really fair and initiate a spirit of goodwill. Ah, screw that!

  5. David
    1:29 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I like Denny and always have liked him. Yes, I had nothing bad to say about Denny when he was at Louisville. I met him a couple of times, as Denny did things in the community, and he was always likeable and nice. I’ve listened to his show with Joe B. for about 6 years now and they are both class guys.

    I do love to see the Card fans melting down over this. This adds to their daily (it seems) hysterics. Can’t wait to listen to the Afternoon Underdogs. LOL

    IMO, Denny is going to do it because he likes Cal more than Pitino or Jurich. I got a glimpse into his true feelings when WLKY had the March Madness special last spring. Denny was very complimentary to Kentucky, but didn’t have much to say about Rick or the Cards. I think he is still upset about the way Jurich kicked him out to hire a formal rival.

  6. Kyreds8fan
    1:40 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone know why Pitiner has scheduled a press conference?
    Is it because of this?

  7. Jorts4Life
    1:42 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Cause I’m Steeeeeeeevvvvvveeeeee Mother-Truckkkkkkiinnnnnnn Polychronopolous!!!

  8. Allen Iverson
    1:46 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink


  9. Riptide
    1:52 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Man, they are really going bats**t over on the ‘ville. This game is driving them totally nuts already.

  10. DON
    1:54 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    “Personally, I think he is just planning a sabotage of some sort. Like maybe locking all UK fans in the YUM and let Terrence Williams come in to dunk on all of them”.

    I laughed my ass off.

    “…in three outings against UK and even that one included a technical foul after a shoving match with several Cats. Williams has averaged 9.0 points against the Cats but shot just 8-of-29 in the process:.


    Silly Tardinal

  11. ?
    2:00 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink


  12. Q1
    2:07 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink


  13. CatsfaninFL
    2:12 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t understand the Louisville people getting pissed off. Is this not what their present coach did to us? Did we not worship Pitino the same way they do Crum? Only it’s been for a decade… and the games actually count for something. Crum is coaching an exhibition game with a bunch of NBA(ex-UK) players against a small Caribbean island nation team. They can suck it up for once…

  14. _Blackhawk_
    2:19 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I agree @13. This is just because Cal is doing. Even more than that is the thought by Cards fans that they can’t do the same with their former players. A) they couldn’t sell out one venue let alone 2 but also they don’t have enough current NBA players that peopel would pay to see to make the event successful. Sometimes reality hits you hard….Card fans were hit today pretty good.

    As for Cards fans thinking this is Cal getting back at them….have they stopped to think that maybe just maybe this is Denny getting back at Rick the Tommy boy?

  15. Mojo cat
    2:23 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Card fans with an EPIC MELTDOWN !! Lets hide a Sparks jersey somewhere in the “chicken shack” to curse that place for good !!

  16. hmmm
    2:46 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    We have more respect for crum than their current coach(our old coach), and he can’t stand pitino or tommy just like us. It’s an attack on the current UL program vs. the glory days.

    2:56 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    5) pitino does things in the community too!!

    only “things” = karen sypher
    and “community” = porcini

  18. Poco Chang
    2:58 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Meanwhile, over at Inside Howie Lindsey, they are instantly deleting any mention of this.

  19. bluebayou
    4:12 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Exactly 13 They shoved him out the door their current coach has nothing to do with him and now they are crying foul?

  20. Ricky
    4:21 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    I work with some UofL fans, and they are butt-hurt extreme today. Ass cream isn’t enough to heal those chaps.

    Hilarious as hell. Calipari took his dick out, and slapped Jurich and Pitino across the face with it.

  21. Ricky
    4:24 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville fans are more butthurt over this than I’ve ever seen. Calipari cockslapped both Jurich and Pitino with this move.

  22. Ira Tatum
    4:29 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Personally, I love Denny Crum; always have. He is a great coach. I grew up watching UofL basketball; KENTUCKY too. Glad to see him have fun and participate. It is cool that he and Joe B. are friends. That’s the way it should be. Now, I’d love to hear him talk about the Fried Bologna Taco’s his mother used to make. He is still a hero.

  23. Lisamac
    4:46 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Afternoon Underdogs show is hilarious today! Bob Domine is Charlie Sheen wacko. One U of L fan said let Denny Crum coach the UK Legends and send Calipari home crying after a blowout. Does anyone on planet Earth believe Coach Cal thinks he can beat Rondo, Wall, Prince, Cousins, etc.? Coach Cal wins again!

  24. UKblue
    4:59 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    EXACTLY, #13. This is just a one-night exhibition game! I’ve been listening to the Underdogs radio show in Louisville this afternoon and they are beside themselves. And these are probably some of the very same people that called UK fans “small-minded” and ridiculous for being upset with Pitino when he took the U of L job. Hypocrites much?

  25. Roland
    5:42 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe it’s already been said. I haven’t read all the comments on this subject.
    Pitno takes UL job after being the UK hero. BBN near meltdown. Now Crum to coach former UK players that are pros on UL’s home court. Loserville meltdown. Karma at it’s BEST.

  26. Poco Chang
    5:54 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    The reason why card fans are so butthurt today is because their little myth of the ‘cardinal family’ has just been busted open.

  27. Hambone
    8:49 pm August 3, 2011 Permalink

    You are so right Poco Chang. Cal sticking it to Louisville fans? What about Denny sticking it to them and Jurich and Pitino?

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