Tony Neely’s “Words” to Stoops about the Luncheon Were Exactly Right

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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.

Tony Neely Football Director for the Kentucky Wildcats. Photo courtesy of UK Athletics

Tony Neely Football Director for the Kentucky Wildcats. Photo courtesy of UK Athletics

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.

Once bitter rivals, Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall, now host a call-in show together and are fishing buddies.

Once bitter rivals, Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall, now host a call-in show together and are fishing buddies.

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?

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These Cats Turned the ‘Unfair Wichita State Bracket’ into a Final Four Trip

 

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February 28, 2014


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Admit it to yourself. You were sure the 2014 edition of Kentucky Wildcats would be filed away in the same cognitive folder as the 2013 edition; under: Big Hype, Unfulfilled Promise.

After all, the fan and media buzz was this recruiting class could go 40-0 and win a national title. Ten losses later you were sweating they would even make the NCAA tournament.

What a difference 4 games can make. The Kitty Cats have scratched their way into the Final Four and in doing so filled the fans with an excitement they haven’t felt since the 1998 team beat Duke en route to the 1998 National Title and exercised the demons that were created by Laettner and Co.

The 2012 edition of the Cats was supposed to win the title. That whole year was fun watching them beat up the rest of the country. It would have been dissapointing had they not won the national title.

These Cats however, for some fans, were an utter dissapointment. No 40 wins, no SEC title, regular season or tournament, ten losses and an #8 seed in the NCAA tournament. Pass the Tums please.

Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison (2) hit the game winning three pointer with 3.0 seconds left, as Kentucky defeated Michigan 75-72 in the Elite 8 on Sunday March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff HERALD-LEADER

Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison (2) hit the game winning three pointer with 3.0 seconds left, as Kentucky defeated Michigan 75-72 in the Elite 8 on Sunday March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff HERALD-LEADER

To be fair though, the expectations put on this group from day one were completely unreasonable, and it started with Coach Cal.

The tweak? Who knows what that was. The guess here is the ‘tweak’ was Cal just letting the players play and not getting on them for making freshman mistakes, after all, they are freshman, right?

In doing so, the Cats responded by playing selfless team basketball that was heavy on old-school defense and rebounding but with just the right mix of high-flying dunks and razzle-dazzle that was sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

The bracket that was so ‘unfair’ to Wichita State was a springboard for these Cats to reach the Final Four. They systematically and in exciting fashion took down the #9 seed, then the #1 seed, then their in-state rival and the #4 seed, and finally the #2 seed on their way to an improbable trip to the to the 2014 Final Four. The 3rd Final Four for Kentucky in 4 years.

The SEC was supposed to be having a down year in men’s basketball? After all only 3 teams made the NCAA tournament. Those 3 teams however all made it to the Sweet 16, and 2 are in the Final Four. Not bad for a weak basketball conference, huh ESPN?

Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison (2) was mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game winning three pointer as Kentucky defeated Michigan 75-72 in the Elite 8 on Sunday March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff HERALD-LEADER

Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison (2) was mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game winning three pointer as Kentucky defeated Michigan 75-72 in the Elite 8 on Sunday March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff HERALD-LEADER

The really exciting part about this team though, is you get the feeling they’re not done just yet.

It’s also nice to see them smile for once, they’ve earned it.

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Remember Big Blue Faithful, It Ain’t Over, Till It’s Over

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February 28, 2014

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Yogi Berra famously quipped once, “it ain’t over, till it’s over.”

Certainly this batch of UK players needs to understand that. Almost all the things being said about this team were said about the 2011 Final Four team.

After all, the 2011 team got into the NCAA tournament with a 25-8 record, but did win the SEC tournament championship.  The difference with this year’s team is that they have no major contributions from a senior at center (Josh Harrellson), or perimeter help from experienced outstanding juniors (see Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins).

Coach Calipari commented before his teams match-up this year with Florida that, he had ‘18-year-old kids playing against 22 and 23-year-old men.’

Yeah coach, that’s what you get when your team is full of one-and-done’s.

And there’s the rub.

There is not another program in the nation whose fans are as knowledgeable or fanatical as the University of the Kentucky. And don’t forget, as demanding.

They Cats have 3 regular season games remaining before heading south to the Georgia Dome for the 2014 the SEC tournament. The guess here is, they win out. Yes, I think they’ll beat Florida in Gainesville.

My hope is that Florida is still #1 when they do. The last time Florida was #1 Kentucky blasted them right out of the top spot with a 70-55 beat-down at Rupp. It sure would be sweet to do it again, and this time in Gainesville.

After all, it ain’t over till it’s over.

FYI – No one rushed the court after UK beat No. 1 Florida.

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Kentucky Pounces on Tennessee at the Border Bowl!

 

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January 28, 2014

Story by: Steve Tressler

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -  Seven years ago a couple of eastern Kentucky natives began talking about how they could get more attention from colleges for the student-athletes in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee.  After all, it seemed like Knoxville and Lexington had no trouble garnering attention for their prep athletes. So they picked a sport that had the most athletes that could compete at once, and would also draw a crowd of fans and college coaches alike.

They settled on high school football.

So former UK Quarterback Freddie Maggard got a call from Scottie Sloan (now the Recruiting and Retention CSM for the Ky. Natl Guard) to go to Williamsburg, Ky. and check out this high school game being played called the Border Bowl, which got its start thanks to another eastern Kentucky gentleman who got it all started with a little help from his neighbors, Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley.

They settled on re-inventing the HS all-star game between Tennessee and Kentucky and called it the Border Bowl.  After the first year they knew they couldn’t continue going at it alone. So they took on sponsors, most importantly the Kentucky National Guard. As it turned out, the National Guard would also have something to offer the players as well, money for college.

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So the second year the game was played it was called the National Guard Border Bowl. Now the game had Soldiers working the event with military precision…see SFC Bobby Jones, a Soldier and co-founder of Mountain Preps radio and press.

http://www.mountainpreps.com/

After 7 years the National Guard Border Bowl has helped to produce over 3.5 million dollars in scholarship money for these young men. And for the National Guard’s investment they have gotten several outstanding Soldiers that played in the game at one time.

Now in its seventh year, the National Guard Border Bowl continues to grow thanks to the efforts of people like MSG Brad Harlan, the marketing NCO for the KANG, and Kierre Brown, a Soldier and Director of Marketing for the KANG and the always stellar efforts of Mackenzie Hanes, also a major cog in the Kentucky National Guard marketing wheel.

The game itself has even began to flaunt a little star power of its own. From hardly any media coverage in year one, to local coverage by year three, to regional coverage by year four, to this year’s game being nationally televised on Fox College Sports by former Tennessee Coach and 1998 National Champion Phillip Fulmer, former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Wally Williams. Also staying true to its title as the National Guard Border Bowl, a Soldier served as the play-by-play commentator on the broadcast.

Andy Croley, the Chair for the Border Bowl committee, defers all the credit of the Border Bowl’s success to Freddie Maggard and his help, and Freddie Maggard says it’s all Andy Croley and the people of Williamsburg. The truth is the Border Bowl and its success is the result of a lot of people working hard at making the event a success for the players, the community and the sponsors.

“It’s all about making these kids feel great and treating them like stars the whole time they’re here.” “We want them all to go to college and get an education, whether they play football or not” says Croley.

Lexington athletes represented themselves well, as did Paducah Tilghman whose linebackers carried the Kentucky defense, to a 37-13 win. The largest margin of victory in the series to date.

It has become a larger event every year and draws some of the finest military personnel, media and sports personalities to date.

Former US Navy Seal Howard Wasdin, State CSM Thomas Chumley (Kentucky), former NFL QB Chad Pennington, former NFL RB Marc Logan, whose son Marcelis played in this years game and runs a 4.2 40-yard-dash, and many more, Larry Glover, Dick Gabriel, Jennifer Nime Palumbo, Larry Vaught….etc.

Border Bowl hype video:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7575sorjTE

Lexington Catholic was represented well also with DE Marty Brown, the sure hands of WR David Bouvier, the speed of Marcelis Logan, and the power running of Noah Mitchell.

Tennessee leads the new series 4-3.

The following notes from Mike Fields on local athletes:

Scott Daniel, a Mr. Football finalist who helped Scott County win the Class 6A title, was the MVP of the seventh annual National Guard Border Bowl last weekend. Daniel had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and caught a TD pass to lead the Kentucky all-stars past Tennessee 37-13. Elijah Bell of Henry Clay and Noah Mitchell of Lexington Catholic each ran for a TD. Wayne County’s Tyler Guffey had 81 yards rushing and passing. Casey Dionne of Madison Southern had a 33-yard fumble return for a score. Bryan Station’s Ora “Bo” Johnson and Lexington Catholic’s Marty Brown were among the leading tacklers.

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BCS National Championship Facts for Tonight and a Score Prediction

 

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January 6, 2014

Story by: Steve Tressler

Auburn is a 10 point underdog tonight.

Against the BCS system:   The last college football game of the season is tonight, and happy to say, the last BCS (BS) National Champion will be crowned at its conclusion.

For the BCS system:  After all the bellyaching over the BCS, the top two teams according to the AP poll and the BCS have played each other the last nine years in a row.

Fun Fact:  FSU Tight End Nick O’Leary is the grandson of golfing great Jack Nicklaus. Even better, he will make some noise tonight as an impact player.

Game MVP tonight, my guess;   Auburn’s RB Tre Mason.

4 of the top 10 teams are from the SEC.

Gus Malzahn might have done the best coaching job in America, taking a team from a 3-9 record the year before, to the title game the next year.

Many people, including the Auburn AD who hired him say that, Malzahn was the real brains behind Chizik’s 2010 national-title team.

Forget total offense, in the SEC championship game alone Auburn ran for 545 yards.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston turned 20-years-old today.

At kickoff tonight in Pasadena, Ca. it will be 80 degrees warmer than it is here.

Final Score prediction:  FSU 38

Auburn 34

Am I wrong?


 
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Congrats to Jennifer Nime Palumbo and 7 Sporty Thoughts for the Weekend

Story by: Steve Tressler

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November 22, 2013

LEXINGTON – As a reminder, just in case you don’t know, it was 50 years ago today that the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated. In his inaugural address he spoke of the need for all Americans to be active citizens. The most  famous line to come out of that speech was; “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the death of the nations 35th President, John F. Kennedy. May you rest in peace Mr. President.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of the nations 35th and only Catholic President, John F. Kennedy. May he rest in peace.

What seems to have been lost in that speech was an equally powerful message to the world to join together and fight “the common enemies of man; tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.’

My how times have changed, or have they?

And now ’7 sporting thoughts’ for the weekend!

1 – HS Football playoffs are going into week 3 – Region Champions are crowned tonight so go to a game and support these young athletes.

2 – With 3 freshmen on the Naismith Award Watch list (James Young, Andrew Harrison and Julius Randall), Kentucky has tied the all-time record for a team to have 3 nominees in the same year. The other team? Kentucky 2011-12.  How many players from Kentucky have won the award? Answer: 1, Anthony Davis, 2012. The most winners? Duke, 7.

Anthony Davis was the 2012 Naismith Player of the Year in CBB. The only player from Kentucky to be named one.

Anthony Davis was the 2012 Naismith Player of the Year in  Men’s CBB. The only player from Kentucky to ever receive the honor.

3 – Speaking of HS Football congratulations to the;

BLUEGRASS ALL-STARS (STATE TEAM)

Elijah Bell (RB, Henry Clay), Logan Blue (LB, Owensboro), Matt Boston (OL, Glasgow), Dylan Boures (OL, Boyle Co.), David Bouvier (WR, Lexington Catholic), Cody Chaffin (LB, South Warren), Cameron Cheuvront (WR, Somerset), Trevante Coleman (LB, Tilghman), Barrett Croslin (TE, Russellville), Scott Daniel (DB, Scott Co.), Ryan Duvall (DL, Apollo), Chad Eaton (WR, Barren Co.), Nacarius Fant (WR, Bowling Green), Rondell Green (DB, Bowling Green), Joseph Hawkins (DL, Franklin-Simpson), Devin Hayes (QB, Bowling Green), Chris Hudson (TE, Hazard), Carlton Huff (DL, Monroe Co.), Evan Jaggers (WR, Green Co.), Will Jenkins (OL, Bowling Green), Brenan Kuntz (QB, Simon Kenton), Adrian Middleton (LB, South Warren), Jake Mills (OL, Bowling Green), Kyle Nelson (DB, Lafayette), Derik Overstreet (DL, Tilghman), Lincoln Quick (LB, Bowling Green), Chris Roberts (LB, Franklin Co.), John Scruggs (DB, Holmes), Kegan Skidmore (OL, Somerset), Darius Spivey-Nunn (DB, Tilghman), Devin Taylor (RB, West Jessamine), Blue Tisdale (RB, Bowling Green), Jacob Tompkins (K, Mason Co.), Jacob VanMeter (DL, Scott Co.), Ben Walling (OL, Simon Kenton), Palmer Ward (K, Scott Co.), Hasani Warren (DB, Belfry), Carson Whitehead (LB, Harlan Co.), Christon Woods (DL, Owensboro), Travis Wright (OL, Scott Co.). http://www.kentucky.com/2013/11/22/2947368/state-roster-set-for-best-of-the.html

4 – And also to The Herald-Leader’s 2013 All-City Volleyball Team!

Elle Barnett, Henry Clay, Sr., outside hitter

Kendall Beerman, Tates Creek, Jr., outside hitter

Olivia Canales, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jr., outside hitter

Ca’Layci Coffey, Henry Clay, Jr., middle blocker

Leah Edmond, Paul Dunbar, So., outside hitter

Alli Evans, Lexington Christian, Sr., outside hitter

Hope Gassett, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sr., libero

Chandler Kinley, Lafayette, Sr., setter

Macy Reihing, Tates Creek, Fr., defensive specialist

Hallie Shelton, Henry Clay, Fr., outside hitter/ middle blocker

5 – Best HS game?  Lexington Catholic hosts the upstart Mercer Co. (which beat the undefeated Boyle Co. last week) at Lexington Catholic HS or tune into 94.9fm at 7pm.

Best CFB game on TV this weekend? #3 Baylor @ #9 OK State.

6 – Weekend snoozer game, Chattanooga @ #1 Alabama, really Saban?

7 – Broncos and Patriots on Sunday night should be fun. Manning vs. Brady is always a show.

 

AND Congratulations to Jennifer Nime Palumbo on being named the MC for the 2014 National Guard Border Bowl between Tennessee and Kentucky scheduled for Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at University of the Cumberlands, in Williamsburg, Ky. She will be the first woman to MC the event and maybe one of its best athletes as well. Jennifer was my golf partner for the 2011 Wounded Warrior golf scramble…….and yes she beat me……easily.

Jennifer Nime Palumbo is the co-anchor of the Fox 56 Ten O'Clock News in Lexington, Ky.

Jennifer Nime Palumbo is the co-anchor of the Fox 56 Ten O’Clock News in Lexington, Ky.

Brave the weather and get out and have fun!

 

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Undefeated and National Champions?! Uh, Not So Much.

Story by: Steve Tressler

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November 4, 2013

LEXINGTON – Did you ever get the sensation you know what’s gonna happen before it does?  Some might call it a premonition.

Well I have an eerie feeling that ‘The’ Ohio State University will win the last BCS national championship over Alabama. The final score?  Let’s go Buckeyes 27 and the ‘Crimson Tide’ 25.

I agree with John Clay when he says that the Kentucky Men’s Basketball team will not go undefeated. Yes, these Cats are good, yes they’ll go deep in the tourney, yes I believe a final four is not out of the question, but no they will not go undefeated. Kentucky Men’s basketball final record 37-4 and NCAA National Runner-Up.

The NCAA Champion, oh wow, don’t know how to say it nicely, DUKE. Ouch!

Kansas and Ohio State will also be in the final four.

Pretty cool to see Boston win the world series after a couple of idiots ruined the marathon last spring.

Even better that, sorry Dick Gabriel, that the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t win!

NBA Finals this year?  Thunder vs. Heat – Heat repeat, gag.

Craig Skinner and the UK Volleyball team are close to a national title appearance if they decide to play hard through the WHOLE remainder of the season.

And finally a prediction; the Cincinnati Bengals will make it to the AFC title game ….and lose.

Joke of the week: Do you know why Snoop Dogg carries an umbrella?

Fo’ drizzle!

You know you loved that!

Oh well – we’ll see…….

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Alabama Would be Wise not to Take These Cats Lightly (even Saban says so)

Story by: Steve Tressler steve@realliferadio.com Real Life Radio 1380/94.9 fm

10-9-2013

The Crimson Tide’s pure dominance in this series with Kentucky would lull any average fan to sleep. I mean, really, why tune in?  The numbers speak for themselves.

Besides the fact that Alabama won the last meeting, 38-20, at Commonwealth Stadium in 2009. The Tide hold a 35-2-1 advantage in the series and have won four straight since a 40-34 overtime win for the Wildcats in 1997. Both of Kentucky’s wins in the series have come in Lexington, but Alabama boasts a 15-2 record in the state of Kentucky.

Kentucky upset the Tide in 1997 at Commonwealth Stadium.

Kentucky upset the Tide in 1997 at Commonwealth Stadium.

The last time Kentucky beat Alabama in football Bill Clinton was the president, Kentucky basketball coach Rick Pitino and his team finished the season as NCAA Runner-Up, and the #1 song was “Candle In The Wind” by Elton John.

Watch the Cats upset the Tide here in 1997!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R1SM3uce6M

For a coach whose team is ranked #1 and undefeated, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban sounded surprisingly concerned talking about the Cats.

“I think Kentucky is really playing well as a team,” Saban said. “Sometimes you look at the won-loss record, and it’s a little deceiving. They’ve played three really good football teams in a row, and played them really tough and played them well.”

(http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20131009/SPORTS0401/310090058/Alabama-football-Kentucky-showing-ability-give-No-1-Tide-game )

Doesn’t sound like a head coach whose team is favored by 27 points now does it?

The Cats will put up a fight and maybe even scratch an eye out of the elephants, but eventually the Tide will Roll as always – Leonard’s Loser…err AQ loser Kentucky by 19.

Bama 43

Kentucky 24

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO UK WOMEN’S HOOPS COACH MATTHEW MITCHELL AND HIS WIFE WHO HAD A BABY GIRL TODAY!

 

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Kentucky Will Upset Louisville on Saturday at Commonwealth, History Proves it

By: Steve Tressler

The year was 2002 and the #17 ranked Louisville Cardinals were coming off an impressive 11-2 record after the 2001 season and were now playing host to their in-state rival, the lowly and unranked (as usual) Kentucky Wildcats that were on probation for NCAA violations.

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Thanks a lot Claude Bassett, if we we’re going to be on probation we should at least have a top 3 finish in the SEC to show for it.  Scholarship reductions were in effect, no post-season eligibility, you know, the whole thing.

The Cardinals entered the game through their pregame smoke (and mirrors?) with then two-time All-American Honorable Mention and two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, senior QB Dave Ragone.  He was being touted as their ‘Heisman Candidate’ (sound familiar?).

Ragone was beat-up all night and was barely able to walk off the field after the game.

Final Score:

Kentucky 22

#17 Louisville 17

Fast-Forward to 2007.  The #9 ranked Louisville Cardinals were coming off a most impressive 12-1 record and a BCS Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest to complete the 2006 season. Then they traveled to Lexington to play the lowly and unranked (as usual) Kentucky Wildcats. Louisville came in touting not one, but two Heisman Candidates. QB Brian Brohm and senior running back Michael Bush.

After a close game the Cards walked of the field in disbelief wondering who exactly this guy Stevie Johnson was?

Final Score:

Kentucky 40

#9 Louisville 34

So here we go. Fast-Forward to Saturday.  The #7 ranked Louisville Cardinals are again coming off a most impressive 11-2 record and a BCS Orange Bowl win over Florida this time to cap off their 2012 season and are returning senior QB and Heisman Candidate Teddy Birdgewater.  (Deja Vu anyone?) And now they travel to Lexington Saturday to play the lowly and unranked (as usual) Kentucky Wildcats.

And then, just like it’s suppose to, something strange happens and the Louisville fans will leave Commonwealth Stadium in utter disbelief…..my guess:

Final Score:

Kentucky 27

#7 Louisville 26

 

 

 

 

 

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Will Somebody, Anybody, Please Beat the Cardinals? Will the Toppers’ Top the Cats Again?

 By: Steve Tressler                                                            Tresdawg@hotmail.com

As a  return to the Bluegrass state draws closer, mere days now,  no more delayed broadcasts for viewing! 

I ponder my future and the happier times that lay ahead in HD at home, as a sports observer, from the stands and yes, the comforts of my armchair in the living room.

 I was just thinking about a few things before I return to Kentucky, and with apologies to Dick Gabriel, but on behalf of Larry Glover and Reds backers everywhere I say this; For the love of Pete (Rose) will somebody, anybody, please beat the Cardinals! A 3-game sweep would be nice! The Reds, with the exception of the Cardinals, have the best record in baseball and are in 2nd in their division. Unfair.

Cincinnati struggles to hang on to secong place in their division despite having one of the best records in baseball this year.

Cincinnati struggles to hang on to secong place in their division despite having one of the best records in baseball this year.

Is anyone really surprised that Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are still using? I know it’s not proven, but come on people.

When will this ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal ever end for baseball? Does anyone really care?

Should I be worried that Bobby Petrino’s Hilltoppers return some outstanding players this year and open their season vs Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 31 in Nashville at LP Stadium?
The Wildcats won the 2011 opener against Western Kentucky, albeit unconvincingly in Nashville 14-3, before dropping last year’s game 32-31 in overtime. Will the Cats fall prey to the toppers again? It’ll be close, am I wrong?

Sept 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Antonio Andrews (5) runs for a touchdown against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Sept 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Antonio Andrews (5) runs for a touchdown against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Will Mark Stoops’ first game as Kentucky’s new head coach unfold as a new ‘Bill curry’ type era? Or a mid-Rich Brooks era and a trip to a bowl game?

Will James Harrison joining the Cincinnati Bengal pass-rush provide them with some much needed intensity to get after the QB’s in the AFC?

 

Cincinnati Bengals DE James Harrison

Cincinnati Bengals DE James Harrison

Terrance Gore the sensational Legends’ leftfielder, from what I’ve read and heard from others, to include ‘Mykraphone Mike,’ won’t be a Lexington Legend very long. And yes, he’s worth the price of admission. I’m looking forward to seeing him play.

Man, will it feel good to be home!

 

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