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July 22, 2014
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Story by: Steve Tressler
Kentucky and Louisville first played on the gridiron in 1912. The rivalry was renewed in 1994 with the announcement of an annual game to be played each year for the “Governor’s Cup.” Kentucky leads the all-time series.
With that I say, sorry to calm everyone down here but Tony Neely, Mark Stoops and Kentucky’s football program didn’t snub the University of Louisville for the annual luncheon. They gave the Cards’ side of the luncheon and its planning committee more than 2 months notice that they would not attend.
That’s your girlfriend breaking up with you on Valentine’s Day and somehow you’re shocked when she didn’t meet you at the prom.
Besides the game with the Cards is more than 4 months away. Why don’t we wait until the week of the game and then get fired up about it?
I also took issue with people throwing darts at Football Director Tony Neely at Kentucky.
If you’re going to take issue with any athletic staff member at Kentucky, Tony Neely wouldn’t and shouldn’t, make your list. I, and many others, call him behind his back, the nicest guy in college sports.
Plus, the real ‘snub’ award at Kentucky would be a toss-up between Hal Mumme and Billy Gillispie. The two of them snubbed more UK fans than any 3 Louisville coaches combined.
However, snubs amongst rivals are not uncommon, especially these two . Had this actually been one it would’ve ranked well below many others.
Their were the ‘little brother’ references, the missed calls, the verbal confrontations, etc…
However my favorite rivalry snub here would definitely belong to Coach Joe B. Hall and the decade long snub of never giving Coach Denny Crum’s Cards a game. Which he did, most likely, because of the position that the legendary Adolph Rupp had on the rivalry. Rupp called a game between the Cats and Cards a lose-lose proposition for the Cats.
What you want to believe: Saturday November 29th, bowl game or no bowl game, Kentucky has something to play for.
The reality: The luncheon thing wasn’t a snub and it’s not even a story really. Besides we have plenty to be bitter about when playing Louisville already.
What is your all-time favorite snub?