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“I don’t know if we can beat Kentucky”: Brutal honesty or reverse psychology?

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At his press conference today, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong had a pretty dismal outlook on his team’s chances at beating the Cats:

“We’re going to go face a team now that is a very good football team. I don’t know if we can beat Kentucky right now

Also:

“They’ve been to five bowl games in five years, we’ve been to one bowl game in four years, and they’ve been out-recruiting us. It’s a rivalry, but they own the all-time series and they’ve beaten us four years in a row now.”

When asked how he thinks his players will react to his surprising statements, Strong said:

“I want them to believe it. It’s the truth. Kentucky is better. They’ve beaten us four straight years.”

By now, you may be like me, staring oddly at your screen, head tilted…thinking But he’s right. We are better. Wait…aren’t we? While Louisville really did look atrocious against Florida International on Friday, it’s not as though the Cats have looked much better. Thus far, as a team, Kentucky has posted seven quarters of crap and one quarter of promise. Which is why Coach Strong’s comments are so interesting to me. Is Strong really being honest or is he pulling a page from Reverse Psychology 101?

I have to think the latter, especially since I just can’t wrap my head around his “We’re going to go face a team now that is a very good football team” statement. Sure, coach speak is coach speak, but even I can’t say that sentence with a straight face. Does Kentucky have potential to be a very good football team? I hope so. But we’re far from that now.

So, let’s hear it. Strong’s statements: fact or propaganda?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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41 Comments for “I don’t know if we can beat Kentucky”: Brutal honesty or reverse psychology?



  1. Go Cats!
    4:09 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Truth. If Vandy can beat UConn, then the gap between SEC and the Big East is even bigger than we thought. Kentucky will roll.



  2. BBN
    4:12 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    “We’re going to go face a team now that is a very good football team.” = FICTION
    “I don’t know if we can beat Kentucky right now.” = FACT
    “They’ve been to five bowl games in five years, we’ve been to one bowl game in four years, and they’ve been out-recruiting us. It’s a rivalry, but they own the all-time series and they’ve beaten us four years in a row now.” = FACT
    “I want them to believe it. It’s the truth. Kentucky is better.” REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY(but may or may not be true… we shall see)



  3. FinalBattleFight!
    4:12 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Propoganda. We are turrible. 1st.



  4. BBN
    4:12 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    “We’re going to go face a team now that is a very good football team.” = FICTION
    “I don’t know if we can beat Kentucky right now.” = FACT
    “They’ve been to five bowl games in five years, we’ve been to one bowl game in four years, and they’ve been out-recruiting us. It’s a rivalry, but they own the all-time series and they’ve beaten us four years in a row now.” = FACT
    “I want them to believe it. It’s the truth. Kentucky is better.” = REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY(but may or may not be true… we shall see)



  5. average fan
    4:13 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    He’s a straight shooter unlike Pitino who shoots downward on his own leg…



  6. Colonel sanders
    4:15 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I’m too drunk to taste this chicken



  7. Appalachian Wonder
    4:17 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I believe he learned that from Rick Pitino.



  8. Kernel Sanders
    4:17 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    #1 — Huh? What does a gap between conferences have to do with a game between 2 of the weakest teams in those 2 conferences? From top to bottom the SEC will always be better than Big East football, but that has nothing to do with the upcoming UK/UofL game. Strength of conference will have no bearing on the score, and strictly looking at UK’s performance in games 1 and 2, saying UK will roll is ridiculous. UK should be favored and I expect UK to squeak out a win… but not roll.



  9. snarkster
    4:18 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I smell a sandbarrger. Take some of the pressure off himself and heap it on ol’ buddy Joker.



  10. snarkster
    4:18 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I smell a sandbagger. Take some of the pressure off himself and heap it on ol’ buddy Joker.



  11. UK_Supporter
    4:22 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    factoganda



  12. bluebloodtoo
    4:23 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Propaganda – UK IS better than UL right now, but the team that comes to the field more prepared will win any contest. He’s just trying to level the field by getting UK to drop their guard a bit.



  13. Cats roll!
    4:24 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Coach speak, but after Sat. he will find out that he spoke the truth, Cats roll 41-6! GBB!!!



  14. Blue2daCore
    4:27 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    His message is NOT for his team. He simply wants UK to buy into what he’s selling and for us to come out even flatter (if that’s possible). Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Cats! You have to bring it from the get-go and don’t take your foot off their throats until the final whistle!!!



  15. Doom or Gloom
    4:27 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    15 – you must not have heard Jokers storry at the luncheon.



  16. KYBLUE
    4:27 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7BQV93tFLs. Go check it out they need this guy for the game this weekend! Make the hair on your neck stand up…



  17. Kyle
    4:27 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    You can’t triple stamp a double stamp!



  18. Kanter Banter
    4:31 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Strong is trying to put Joker in a no win situation….if UK wins (they are suppose to…they have better players) if UK loses…Charlie is a better coach. The real fact is this……Both coaches are NOT HEAD COACHES. Charlie is a better recruiter and coordinator…Joker was a horrible coordinator….and a below avg recruiter. Both teams are very bad….its just a matter of who’s worse Saturday.



  19. Sigmund Freud
    4:31 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Both. Ze Vildcats aren’t very gud, and Coach Strahng ees trying to take ze heat off himself….

    Now back to your sex dreams….



  20. Go Cats!
    4:33 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Which one in the picture is our coach?



  21. blitzedanddazed
    4:35 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Charlie Strong is hoping that UK will be over confident entering the game Saturday.
    The key to this game will be if UK crowds the line of scrimmage and makes Stein throw the ball.
    UK needs to subject Stein to the Dave Ragone treatment and knock the shit out of him every time
    he touches the ball. If UK makes the “midget” throw the ball to win, then UK will be fine.



  22. cpacat
    4:37 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    By playing to a perceived gap in the programs Charlie is positioning himself to coming out smelling like a rose at the end of this game. Lose – we were supposed to lose, Lose close – look how good we played, win – I am incredible. Pure posturing, Charlie wants to be a politician!



  23. Poopaganda
    4:38 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I smell a big ole pile of poopy, see that peanut right there….. dead giveaway.



  24. Dr. Wildcat
    4:39 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    We’ve played two good quarters, not one. 3rd Quarter we scored 14 and didn’t give up a point. I don’t care how many first downs they got, that’s a good quarter!



  25. Lex07
    4:40 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    This is reverse psychology. This game is really like two cheap and tired horses stumbling past the finish line in 9th and 10th place.



  26. Jones Returns
    4:41 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    “We’re going to go face a team now that is a very good football team.” = FICTION
    “I don’t know if we can beat Kentucky right now.” = FACT
    “They’ve been to five bowl games in five years, we’ve been to one bowl game in four years, and they’ve been out-recruiting us. It’s a rivalry, but they own the all-time series and they’ve beaten us four years in a row now.” = FACT
    “I want them to believe it. It’s the truth. Kentucky is better.” = FACT

    But in all seriousness, who cares? This is like arguing that DJ Qualls is better looking than Clint Howard. It’s factual, but they’re both ugly as sin.

    http://www.oddee.com/item_88803.aspx



  27. john4uk
    4:44 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Charlie Strong is as full of manure than a stuffed goose.About the only ones more full of it about the Cats are the media people who write about how improved various members of this team are and what a great strengh/conditioning program they have.



  28. catcrawler
    4:49 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    BRILLIANT – Play the Underdog role and get the boys fired up.
    I watched the Louisville game Friday and they can move the chains with the offense. If we don’t score more than 20 points, we WILL lose.



  29. Baghdad Bob
    4:51 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Not even I could make those statements with a straight face. Total BS.



  30. JRA
    4:52 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    said it before, say it again, games are won by the team with the most talent, best coaching and best effort, best effort every down. Headline reading doesn’t win games or lose games. Those who expect to lose ordinarily do, those who quit lose, play the game, give it your best shot, leave it on the field and forget all the rhetoric!



  31. BigBlueBear
    4:55 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    26) haha, well put



  32. ransmith
    4:57 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Pure head game!

    He plans on kicking UK’s butt this year and this just part of step one which is to win the mental game.



  33. Billy Packer's Bald Spot
    5:02 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    19 Silfay hrraka u embleer rah!



  34. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    5:15 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure Jurich called Pitino and Strong into a room together and Pitino was ordered to give Strong a crash course in “Total BS”.



  35. Froyd Countian
    5:17 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Brutally honest reverse psychology. Louisville is out for blood.



  36. bang bang boogie
    5:35 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    number 20 that is a racist comment smh



  37. Holden McGroin
    5:41 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Cats 20-6.



  38. thats budda
    5:41 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Why Charlie, the way you blow smoke up my ass makes my insides giggle



  39. ArmyCats
    6:16 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Love the football cliches. Always be humble when you talk about your opponents. Charlie wouldn’t have said all of this if he didn’t really think in his heart that Louisville can beat us. Head games, I hope our players aren’t listening to this BS.



  40. UK4LIFE
    7:26 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Its times like these I love thinking back on a certain post in 2007 that never gets old to me, from a certain U of L fan named Tom Heiser:

    “I agree with Rich Brooks on the welcome return of the rivalry, but I don’t share his optimism that it’s here to stay. Recruiting still seems to be an issue for the Cats, who don’t really have adequate replacements for key people now, let alone come next year. Andre Woodson comes up limping (hopefully never) or and we’re back to a squad barely better than Vandy. Keenan Burton’s gimpy going into the Arkansas game – might not play. This will be a test of their depth.
    The Cards are firmly placed on the national scene; Brohm’s departure is fully anticipated – has been since the final seconds ticked off the Orange Bowl clock. Hunter Cantwell is ready to take the reins. Who’s Woodson’s heir?

    Take away the Big Blue hue and the future looks less woolly. Which team is more likely to win five out of six in the series? If you answered Kentucky, then you left your brains on the Commonwealth Stadium field during the celebration.”

    Going for 5 Tommy!



  41. RockBottom
    9:54 pm September 12, 2011 Permalink

    Rick Strong