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FAQ: The Kentucky/Louisville Game

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What date will the UK/UL game be held this year?
The game will be held on September 19 at noon.

How long has UK held a football rivalry with Louisville?
While the Wildcat/Cardinal rivalry dates back to 1912, a modern, annual football score-settling has only begun since 1994, whereupon the University of Louisville leads the University of Kentucky in the modern series 9-6. Since 1912, however, Kentucky leads the rivalry at 12-9. It’s trophy is known as the Governor’s Cup.

I’ve heard of Kentucky. It’s a state. Is Louisville a state?
Surprisingly, no. But Louisville is a city within the state of Kentucky. Have you ever seen Alien? You know when that disgusting creature is living in John Hurt? Louisville is like the disgusting creature living inside Kentucky’s John Hurt.

Where will the game be held?
This year the game will be held at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Fans largely prefer this locale as there is more to do by evening in Lexington than pay $15 to park and visit 400 bar and restaurant chains on one block.

How can I get tickets to the UK/UL game?
It’s easier than you might think. While Wildcat fans will rarely part with theirs, I traded a Louisville fan for tickets last year in exchange for some magic beans and the promise that I’d “find him later and give him $50.”

Do the students of both schools participate in this rivalry?
Indeed, the Governor’s Cup game is often an occasion to celebrate. University of Kentucky students covet tickets to this, often considered one of the biggest games of the season, and plan elaborate tailgates. Lousville fans, similarly, will often open for a brand new carton of Kools for the big day and DVR When Stunts Go Bad 3! in lieu of the big game.

Are there any popular drinking games students can play during the game?
Of course! Drinking games are a staple of any big game day. Some popular UK/UL drinking games in the past have included:

Kragthorpe’s Going on a Trip
Each person in the circle mentions something that Louisville Coach Steve Kragthorpe will be taking on a fictional upcoming trip. The next person must not only add to the list, but come up with something new. (example: “Coach Kragthorpe’s going on a trip, and he’s taking his inflated sense of self worth, $500 Oakley wraparounds, and….his U of L crocs!”) The first to not be able to remember the list must drink.

Fingers
Everyone does a shot and gives someone from Louisville the finger.

A**hole
Any Louisville fans playing are the a**hole.

I’m a Kentucky fan. Should I be welcoming to visiting Louisville fans?
By all means, politeness is important. However, a general rule of thumb when dealing with Louisville fans is to remember the same guidelines currently in place for the H1N1 virus. Wash your hands constantly, don’t touch their eyes, and wear a surgical mask when in close quarters.

But I always see Louisville represented with an Old English “L.” Doesn’t this make them classy?
No, it doesn’t.

What if a Louisville fan shows up at my tailgate?
Everyone does a shot and gives someone from Louisville the finger.

What if my team, the Kentucky Wildcats, loses the game?
That’s not gonna happen. Not this year.

Go Cats.

Article written by C.M. Tomlin