Mosley, a KSR founding father, once had a feature entitled “Know Your Enemy” in order for UK fans to be fully informed about their next opponent. While Mosley has moved on to bigger and better things, our enemies continue to be part of our life. I want to keep us prepared on a game-by-game basis.
“Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.” -Bill Shakespeare
Sometimes I envy out of state Kentucky fans. Sometimes I don’t. It’s give and take. Out of staters aren’t close to the majority of the Big Blue Nation, but at least they don’t have to deal with Louisville fans on a daily basis. Louisville fans eat where I eat. Louisville fans drive where I drive. I can’t even get away from Louisville fans at family christmas.
Their L1C4-ness is everywhere trying to impress me like my little brother when he first learned to blow a bubble and tie his shoes. My brother was adorable because he was a UK fan. Louisville fans are annoying because they are not UK fans. Louisville fans want our approval like my little brother, only they haven’t done anything impressive since before my little brother was born.
Speaking of little brothers… Since Louisville’s last title my little brother has earned 2 majors, gotten married, and had a baby. In that same time, Rick Pitino has earned two final fours, cheated on his wife, and not kept a baby.
I realize that last joke was a bit harsh, and I almost didn’t include it. But I thought, “What would Karen Sypher do?” She’d definitely say “keep it in”.
You know these guys pretty well, but let’s freshen up our knowledge. It’s time to Know Your Enemy. The Louisville Little Brothers.
Here we go.
The University of Louisville is located in Louisville, KY. Louisville is home to a 50/50 split of UK & UL fans. In related news, 50% of Louisville residents choose to cheer for an inferior program. You’ll figure out which 50% I’m talking about, they wear red clothing and draw their facial hair using a stencil and a sharpie.
Louisville plays in the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. The Yum! Center is a concert venue that allows Louisville to play and practice basketball during the season. Justin Bieber played a show there recently that Tom Crean enjoyed a lot. A whole lot.
Notable people associated with Louisville:
Diane Sawyer- A native of Glasgow, KY, Diane Sawyer is one of the most recognizable ladies in the media. She spent some time in law school at U of L but didn’t finish. She is presently the anchor of ABC World News. It is there that she covers the news. Of the world. On ABC.
During the recent election, Sawyer was accused of being drunk on air during late night coverage. She, like most celebrities, claimed exhaustion. I don’t think anyone here cares either way. Keep doing your thing Diane from Glasgow.
Earl Clark and Terrence Williams- These gents play in the NBA (sometimes). But they aren’t notable.
Cheerleader Scouting Report:
I couldn’t find a good picture of Louisville’s cheerleaders. But it doesn’t matter. We’re not allowed to like them because they cheer for Louisville. I actually know a Louisville cheerleader. She is very pretty and nice. But Saturday I don’t like her.
The most notable thing a Louisville cheerleader has ever done was this:
As you can see, this is an old picture as it only features the first two national championships Louisville won… What’s that? They’ve only won two, you say? They haven’t won one single title since 1986?
Wow. That’s embarrassing. I’m sure they’ve won plenty of them on X-BOX though, right?
I have Rick Pitino to thank for two of my favorite past times. Loving Kentucky and hating Louisville. Pitino took the Kentucky job as my formative years as a Kentucky fan were beginning. He played a style that was fun to watch and we won. We won a lot. I was hooked for life.
I’d never liked Louisville in my early years, but I didn’t hate them with the fervor that I currently do until Pitino came back. I would’ve always had hard feelings towards Rick for leaving UK, but those hard feelings wouldn’t have turned into hate had he not returned to coach Louisville. The only thing he’s said that I’ve ever believed was “I did. Down my leg.” And then a road trip to Cincinnati proved that to be untrue.
Russ Smith- I posted Wednesday night about Russ and his grits. We have to hope Russ doesn’t heat up Saturday because he can score in bunches. He comes in averaging just under 20 points per game and 3 rebounds, assists, and steals. Kentucky has got to find someone to slow him down. Possibly someone who is old and crafty, like Russ. “Paging Julius Mays, paging Uncle Mays.”
Peyton Siva- It’s no secret to you that Siva is 0-4 against the Cats in his career. Only Rick Pitino wants this game more. Siva is averaging over 11 points and 6 assists, exactly what you want from your point guard. His Dad is averaging 0 undershirts,
exactly what you want from your huge jersey wearing Dads.
Chane Behanan- Unfortunately for KSR, Behanan has been banned from speaking to the media so far this season. Last season he infamously announced that Louisville would be “going undefeated. Point blank. Period.” As you know, they did not go undefeated. Shall we talk about their final loss last year?
We shall. Let’s proceed.
The last meeting between the Louisville Cardinals and your University of Kentucky Wildcats occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game was played March 31st, 2012 at the Superdome. The final score was UK 69- UL 61.
Kentucky was led by none other than Anthony Davis, who scored 18 points, collected 14 rebounds, and swatted 5 shots.Darius Miller (13 points) and Doron Lamb (10 points) also found themselves in double figures.
Soon after this game was the twitter birth of @LexingtonCouch.
It’s simple. We don’t like them. They don’t like us. Those two things will NEVER change. And that’s what makes it exciting. That’s what makes it matter. No one wants the people they live around and work with everyday to have to upper hand on them. However, Kentucky fans, win or lose, don’t worry. We’ve got the upper hand. We always will. We are the big brother. They are the little brother. The proof is in the twitter.
If UofL wins, UK will be ahead 30-15 (series), 8-2 (titles) & 2,098-1,674 (wins). UofL will be ahead 1-0 (coaches doing it in restaurants).
– Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) December 28, 2012
*If you’re going to be in Nashville, join myself and the UK Alumni Club at Corner Pub in Midtown for the game. It was standing room only last year so get there early.