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Great Moments of UK vs Dirty Birds Past: Patrick Sparks in 2004

Not sure that I have ever loved a game at the moment more than this one…I knew we were going to lose going into the game and after falling behind by 16, that loss seemed a certainty. But the Cats fought back, won after a wonderfully drawn up play (and heady decision by Sparks to draw the foul) and ended up pulling out a win for the ages on the Cards’ home court. A great memory for Christmas…

Article written by Matt Jones

22 Comments for Great Moments of UK vs Dirty Birds Past: Patrick Sparks in 2004

  1. Billy club
    6:10 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    I remember that like it was yesterday. One of the greatest comebacks of all time. Even better than the LSU game, maybe because it was louisville

  2. bigblue091812
    6:12 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing to it, just one of the 6 of 10 times Tubby beat slick rick. Amazing how everyone claims Tubby couldn’t coach as good as Rick but he had a winning record against him, and with his own players. Slick Ricks players were gone by the time he got to LOSERVILLE. And for those who say Tubby won with Ricks players, Rick couldn’t win with them in 97.

    • And
      8:46 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

      The only coach to win more Ncaa bball games while Tubby was at UK was Coach K. But winning wasn’t good enough for most fans because we weren’t shooting 30 3’s a game. If Cal was as good at in game coaching as Tubby UK would never lose a game.

    • Tubby sucks
      10:53 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

      Hahahahahahaha you must be drunk on eggnog.

      What has Tubby accomplished since 1998? How many Final Fours has he been to? How many programs has he built?

      Tubby is the most overrated coach in the history of college basketball

  3. Hendo Blue
    6:59 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with you bigblue091812…all hail to Tubby.

  4. Daw808
    7:06 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sweet travel by sparks!

  5. Hendo Blue
    7:08 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry #4…history will remember the free throws made and the W in the Cat’s column.

  6. Hendo Blue
    7:14 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    In all fairness to Rick, had Derek Anderson not gone down…things may very well have been different. It was certainly a huge blow for the 97 team.

    • Ole Wise Tell
      8:09 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

      And if a pig had wings, it could fly.

  7. BNClay
    7:34 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    Swish, swish, swish, that was sweet.

  8. Marilyn Manson
    8:10 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    My 2nd fave behind my 1st which was the 86-87 year I think. When we DESTROYED them at freedom hall!!!! I was barely old enough to remember but I do. That was awesome! 85-51 destruction. King Rex went off that day! I wish we could embarrass them like that again. Go Big Blue!

  9. bigblue091812
    11:00 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    The doctors had cleared Anderson before the final 4. If SLICK RICK hadn’t already made up his mind to go to the NBA he’d have played him, didn’t know who he was going to draft. Look at the rosters of the 97 and 98 team, Tubby had no where near the talent slime bag had in 97. Tubby has more class in his little finger than SLICK RICK has in his whole body, so glad that douche left, what a disgrace he’s become and no one deserves it more than LOSERVILLE.

  10. Hendo Blue
    11:17 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

    bigblue091812….Tubby is definitely a man of tremendous class. Go Big Blue!!

    • Tubby Sucks
      11:41 pm December 25, 2013 Permalink

      Yeah, negotiating with Minnesota DURING THE SEASON behind his teams back is real classy.

      Tubby sucks

  11. jim
    12:07 am December 26, 2013 Permalink

    Only a slime-ball UK fan could enjoy/celebrate a win with a bad call in the last second of a game.

  12. But?
    4:00 am December 26, 2013 Permalink

    @Jarvis but who do we blame for the NC game? Cal? Player? Free throw? No heart? Too young? Somebody is to blame because no way BBN loses a fair game were too talented #9

    • Jarvis Redwine
      7:59 am December 26, 2013 Permalink

      I blame no one. We lost the game. You’re free to blame whomever or whatever you choose. Have at it.

  13. Brandon
    9:05 am December 26, 2013 Permalink

    Something funny is it looks like somebody was telling Sparks to intentionally miss the last free throw (you can see him look over and then nod), and then he clearly shoots the ball much higher than normal but he still made it. Heh.

  14. dshwildcats
    9:37 am December 26, 2013 Permalink


    This was one of my all-time favorite win over the Cardinals, also! Of course, we’ve had so many wins over the Cards in basketball, it’s sometimes hard to narrow it down.

    The comeback on their home court was thrilling! And, to hear the Cardinal fans whine and cry about not getting a traveling call on Sparks made the victory that much sweeter! Apparently, we not only cheat them at Rupp, we stick it to them on their home court as well! Definitely one of the sweetest wins in the 21 we’ve had against “The ‘Ville” since the modern day series began back in November, 1983!!

  15. TOC [email protected]&ch
    10:18 am December 26, 2013 Permalink

    We watched this game in Iraq that year. There was about six of us to include one huge Louisville fan. He was and still is a very excitable guy so in the first half he was jumping all over the place and in all our faces living it up. The second half we got our revenge and let him have it. Great times!

  16. Go Cats
    3:55 pm December 26, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve just been going through YouTube with my son and this was one of the memorable games in UK history that we came across. Then my 6 year old son came across pitino got run over by a wildcat video on YouTube and has played it over and over again. He really has gotten a kick out of listening to that song. I love that my son was born to be a Wildcat fan. It’s in his blood.