Who Gives Up Tickets To UK Fans

Why kind of Louisville fan gives up tickets to UK fans for UofL-UK basketball and football games in Louisville? Despicable types, that’s for sure.

By Charlie Springer

What kind of person buys season tickets to University of Louisville basketball games and hands them over to Kentucky fans for UofL-UK games? The question is relevant because Freedom Hall will have more than a few blue-clad partisans on Sunday. It’s inevitable.

  • The self-serving boss who wants to reward customers out in the state with the ultimate gimme, tickets to the biggest game in the state. They make most of their money in Louisville but take advantage of a rare opportunity to kiss Big Blue butts.
  • Transplanted brown nosing employees from out in the state who lay claim to the company tickets three months in advance.
  • The Benedict Arnold types, the neuter-genders who say they like both UofL and UK but pull for Kentucky when the teams face each other.
  • The spineless wimp who marries a UK fan and gives in to pleas to let the brother’s family in Burgin or Paintsville use the tickets.
  • Fans who lost bets to UK fans during the last UofL-UK football game.
  • The shameless hucksters who sell their tickets to the highest bidders.
  • Victims of clueless people born and raised in Shively, St. Matthews and parts in between who call in favors from UofL fans who owe them big time. Their parents were UK fans so it was bred into them.

You don’t have to go out of your way to be nice to UK fans in Freedom Hall. That may be asking too much. Just make up your mind that you will be courteous and civil with them. Their brains are wired a little differently that ours, and they can be a little looney.

Save your ire for the people who gave them the tickets.

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Backsliding: UNLV 56, Louisville 55

By Charlie Springer

What was that about being a basketball school? The basketball season is not providing the emotional lift that University of Louisville fans had hoped would help them get over football. Sorry, folks, this is not the eighties. With the strength of the Big East this year, this could turn out to be another one of those rebuilding phases.

— Someone once said at least ten thousand times that if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. The Cards seem to be stuck in reverse gear at present. Still going through the motions, despite the Western Kentucky and Minnesota drubbings.

— Samardo Samuels is still on the first chapter in the instruction manual on playing college center, despite all the preaching and tormenting during those torturous practices. Don’t expect any kind of meaningful help from George Goode or Terrence Jennings anytime soon.

— How long will it be before fans start speculating against about a possible return of Derrick Caracter? It’s been a while now.

— Jared Swopshire goes from a starter one game to playing one minute in the next game. That promising performance in the UAB encounter must have been some of that “Fool’s Gold” that Rick Pitino keeps warning us about. Or is really just saving Swopshire for Big East play?

— I know this is getting redundant, but this team is never going anywhere until Earl Clark considers it cool to get excited about playing aggressive basketball. By that we mean using his superior height and strength to overpower people in his way. We’ve seen brief glimpses of it, but it usually disappears as quickly as it appeared.

— Does anyone want Terrance Williams to get rid of that ridiculous shooting cast on his arm? His best shot will always be the in-your-face, thunderous dunk. If he hits half of his layup and free throw attempts, UofL wins. Forget about the layups, T-will, dunk the blasted basketball.

The Peyton Siva Show

University of Louisville verbal Peyton Siva scored 29 points as Franklin’s boys basketball team beat Jeffersontown 72-55 on Tuesday in the championship game of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic. He was the hands-down pick as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

The Quakers, from Seattle, Wash., became only the sixth out-of-state team to win the tournament and the first since Berkshire of Homestead, Fla., in 1999. Franklin (7-0) won all four of its games in the 16-team event, three against Louisville opponents.

Monday night, he had 32 points, 10 assists and no turnovers in a 91-88 semifinal victory over Coral Reef of Miami. In the title game, he shot 9 of 14 from the field and 11 of 13 at the free-throw line, with three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Siva made 28 of 31 free throws in the final two games.

Although he’s only 5-foot-11, Siva does it all: Check out some file footage:

UofL Basketball, Strikes And Splits

By Sonja Sykes

First of all, Friday nights from September to April mean but one thing to my husband and, surprisingly it’s not high school sports. He’s a bowler … there, I said it … and he takes the activity as seriously as T-Will driving down the lane or Eric Wood clearing a path for Vic Anderson.

Mind you, I gave up hurling the rock down the wood several years ago, but his passion is still there, and sometimes I accompany him to the lanes. While watching him scratch his head over splits and high fiving his teammates after strikes, I got a chance to discuss the Cards season so far with some avid, and not so avid fans of the Cards and college basketball. Here’s what they had to say:

Ronnie: “UofL’s game has to go thru T-Will, Samardo and Earl this year. If they’re not the best front court in college hoops this year, they’re definitely in the top three. The key is the guards getting the ball to them so they can create, and it would be good if a couple of them could develop a consistent outside shot.”

Allen:: “Pitino is the man. If the guys just continue to listen to him and learn…we’re going to go a long way in the tourney and Big East.  Think about it. Is there a better coach in college hoops these days? I don’t think so.”

Jimmy: “I just wish that he had that one guy…like Padgett last year…that could be the leader out there, put the team on his back and carry them when they need it. I was hoping it would be T-Will.  Maybe it still will be, but so far he seems content to just goof around out there and take those (deleted) threes.”

Kenny: “UK will beat them, because UofL can’t stop good guards or outside shooters, and Patterson will destroy Samuels when they meet. Meeks and Liggins will torch UofL. Cards fans will be crying after the game.”

Robert: “Everybody’s all tense and worried about this and that about the guys, but I know a few of them…everything’s cool…they got so much they haven’t shown or done yet. We’re a final four team.  Us and Carolina in the final. Write it down”

Interesting observations from a group of regular guys who share the passion of college basketball. And pretty good bowlers, as well.  As for the “big guy”…he got off to a big start with a 223 in the first game, but a couple of costly splits sunk him to a 166 in the second and a very stubborn seven pin in the third game held him to a 189. For the record, he thinks that the Cards are “elite eight” material and maybe better if Samardo starts to understand it and listen to Rick.

Beer frame, anyone?

Between Tearing Packages Open

Between family and friends’ Christmas gatherings today, there was a basketball game. It was one of those typical pre-conference early season games where things should have been coming together but didn’t come close. University of Louisville basketball fans have been there before and they will be back there again, hopefully not this season. No danger of peaking too early.

What will be remembered about this day is all the fun with the kids, grandchildren and friends, all the hugs, the laughter and good times. The holiday season is in high gear.