Saturday, December 28, 2013
SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- WILL IT BE A "ALL OR NOTHING" SATURDAY?
- MO DECIDES TO GO
- RADIO TODAY
Today is truly a "Super Saturday" when it comes to UofL Athletics. We'll take a brief diversion from our usual women's sports coverage to comment on the annual UofL vs. UK men's basketball game and the Cardinal football team's bowl game in the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. the Miami 'Canes
HOOPIN IT UP IN RUPP
Is this one is a fan rivalry first and foremost? None of the top eight UK scorers and none of the Cards top nine are from Kentucky. It's all about fan's bragging rights, right? No so fast my friend...Even though four of the UK starters are freshmen and have no idea what to expect, the Cards have four-year veteran of this battle in Russ Smith, local products Henderson and Levitch and two coaches who hate to lose to each other.
UK'S Willie Cauley-Stein sees it like this:
"Until you've been here a year or you've lived in the state, you don't know about this rivalry. It's a problem, it really is, because it's so serious to the fans and if you don't take it serious, then the fans think you don't care very much."
It is, for UK...a chance to defeat the reigning national champ. It is, for Louiville...a chance to take a win out of one of the hardest places for a visiting basketball team to play. (Thank God they don't move this one to Memorial like the women do every two years...)
It is Blue vs. Red. How will it come out? It'll be "Russdiculous". The Cards win 76-69 and Smith leads all scorers.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE
Right after the hoops, Cardinal fans will shift focus and attention to football. That's right....Cincinnati plays UNC in the Belk Bowl and this one will be in the fourth quarter by then.
What? Someone else is tackling and tossing the pigskin? Oh...yeah...Cards and Canes! Must see TV!
Charlie Strong's UofL football Cardinals are in Orlando with about 20,000 or so of their closest friends to play in the Schnellenberger Bowl. Howard coached both squads and won a national title when he was at Miami. He'll spend the first half on Miami's sideline and the second half with the Cardinals. No telling where Bev his wife will be.
Maybe back in Boca Raton watching the UNC v Cincy game?
Louisville will play Miami in ACC competition next year, so this one is a tune-up for that. It's also a Miami vs. Miami matchup....about a dozen or so Cards are from or played high school football in and around the Miami area.
Will Teddy Bridgwater lead the Cards to the win and then announce he's coming back for a final year? Or does Louisville lose and Teddy tell the world he's going pro? And what exactly is an ibus and why does Miami call their mascot Sebastian?
Louisville wanted to be in a BCS bowl. Ironically, they're travelling to the city (Orlando) where the team (Central Florida) is from that upset that apple cart for Louisville. Will Mickey and Goofy be at the game? (No..they'll be at home watching UNC and ....oh, never mind...)
Cards win, Cards win...this one just might be a shootout with the overall quickness that each team possesses. Make it Louisville 41 - Miami 35. And Teddy takes off for the NFL
NO MO AT FERN CREEK
It lasted five months...the former UofL women's basketball star's employment as the head coach of Fern Creek's Girls basketball team.
Monique Reid is headed to Germany to play in the Euroleagues. She's the second former Jeff Walz player to coach and leave Fern Creek. Candyce Bingham did a stint there coaching the Tigers before going back to UofL.
The Creekers lost twice yesterday in the Floyd Central Shootout...to Floyd Central and Indianapolis Home School. Presumably without Reid.
We wish Mo the best in Deutschland.
Yes we are doin' Internet radio today. The CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR on Crescent Hill Radio airs at 11 a.m.
We'll be one short in the studio...Worldwide texting me yesterday with the cryptic message:
Not gonna be able to make the show. Have a family commitment at that time.
We've sent investigative reporters Smooth Charlie and Bill the Goat out to track Worldwide's movements this morning.
Jenny and I wil attempt to carry on in his tradition.