By Tom Stosberg
Could you tell me once again just exactly what University of Louisville football fans have to lose in this coming Saturdayâ€™s game? And please, no whining.
Any coach who can beat a rival can probably beat anyone else on the schedule.
As I see it, the U of L faithful win whether the football team wins or not. If the Cardinals win the game everything is obvious giddiness.Â But if the team loses the fans still win because chances are they can look forward to getting a new powerhouse, wonderful, spectacular, incredible football coach in December.
Now did I say if he canâ€™t beat Kentucky, he canâ€™t win in the Big East? Or did you just get ahead of me there?
First, letâ€™s cover the winning-the-game giddiness. You see any coach who can beat a rival can probably beat anyone else on the schedule. Not because the rival is that good but simply because itâ€™s a pressure game. Pressure games cause some coaches to get conservative, play scared, try to run the ball up the middle too much, play not to lose, call really dumb plays, uh â€¦ kind of like USC 18, Ohio State 15 (plus the last 10 times OSU played top five teams).
Anyway, once the rivalry game is won and the pressure is off the coach can get back to happy football â€¦ like with long passes, wide open offenses, jail break blitzes. You know, fun stuff.
So if Coach K is loosey-goosey and letâ€™s the kids do what they really do know how to do, he could actually win it. Note the loosey-goosey part. Trust me, UK will play tense.
On the other hand, if Krag gets scared and plays not to lose, acts like heâ€™s in the Big Ten or something (ooops, did I say that?) then heâ€™ll be wise to get at least three quotes â€¦ Mayflower, United, Allied, North American Van Lines, American, Bekins, National…
[stextbox id=”custom”]It’s not the thought of losing a game, as much as it is losing to Kentucky, as in go here.[/stextbox]