U of L, UK fans: Ignore the line

| August 10, 2011

Attention: U of L and UK football fans. Don’t let those coaches and sportswriters ruin your hopes for the Wildcats and Cardinals.

Both the media (in the SEC) and coaches (in the Big East) voted  U of L and UK at just about the bottom of their conferences. In the SEC, media voters put UK ahead of just one team in the East division. Yes, thank goodness for Vanderbilt.

In the Big East, U of L is picked to finish seventh in the eight-team league. The predicted finish: 1. West Virginia, 2. Pittsburgh, 3. South Florida, 4. Syracuse, 5. Cincinnati, 6. Connecticut, 7. Louisville, 8. Rutgers.

Since this is the year the Cards-Cats clash will be in Lexington, the game will not be the opener. Next year when the Cards are the host team, it will return to the opener – as it should be every year. Oh, well, at least the teams are playing.

That reminds me that we have Billy Reed to thank more than anyone else for making UK agree to play the Cardinals at any time. Billy was master of ceremonies for the kickoff  luncheon at the UK golf course in Lexington last week. He mentioned that this was the time when all football coaches usually cry about how bad their teams are going to be.

Joker: UK ‘damned good’

When it came time for UK coach Joker Phillips to speak, he started with this: “I think we are going to be damned good!”
That brought down the house!

I pay absolutely no attention to what the Las Vegas bookies think of the outcome, but I hear that UK is a six- or eight-point favorite. Since UK’s home field advantage is good for a touchdown, that’s about how I see it too.

UK lost far more of its talented players than U of L did, but both teams will be sky high for the game. That means that anything can happen.

I wonder how long it will take the Louisville media to discover that U of L got the prime answer for last year’s Cardinal problem when it signed receiver DeVante Parker of Ballard. He can jump and he can catch – and he can run with the ball after he catches it

UK holdup?

UK was charging $75 for the Sept. 17 U of L game, and $45 each for the SEC games (Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee). It will cost you “just” $41 each for Central Michigan and Jacksonville.

Robbers are sent to prison for less than that.

I can remember when I could buy a complete home-game season ticket package for less than $75. And the Cats would stand a good chance of beating Tennessee.

TV likes Big East

More big names in the sports TV business turned out for the Big East media days than any other conference. I mean the big bosses who decide where to give the big bucks. Those big bosses who decide how to pass out the sponsorship money live in the New York City area so they think of the Big East as one of theirs. The arrival in 2012 of Texas Christian, the defending Rose Bowl champion, will add luster to the Big East membership.

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