“I’m picking Arkansas to win by two touchdowns!”
That’s what that piece of shit, merkin-sniffing, puppet-dancing, hack of a fucking announcer Lee Corso said this morning on my television. And you know what? Fuck you Lee Corso. And fuck you sports persons who voted the University of Louisville higher than the University of Kentucky in the polls this week. And fuck those sports persons who voted U of L in and didn’t vote U of K in.
Seriously, we beat Louisville at home in a rivalry game. Yes, it makes sense that it’s an emotional game and anyone can win, blah blah fucking blah. We beat a top ten team last week. Still no love from the media on the whole.
This week? Beat the #26 team by 13 after giving up a safety, kickoff return, and a defensive touchdown on a fumble. Think we’ll get any love? I don’t know, but we had better because this Kentucky team can actually play.
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I’ll be the first to admit that during my lifetime UK football has mostly been a joke. We have had a couple of bouts with being decent, but that’s about as far as it’s gone. But this team this year is for real folks, and they’re deep.
Little goes down with an injury, we throw Dixon in. He coughs it up on a big run, we throw in Smith. He gets hurt, we throw in Locke. Then Locke proceeds to put one foot in front of the other and two hands on the ball all the way down the field twice. The kid just takes care of the ball and our O-Line does what they’ve not historically been able to do. They continually opened up gaps in an SEC D-Line and allowed Locke to trot down field and punch in game-winning touchdowns. And IT. WAS. AMAZING.
It’s been a long time since UK sports was this exciting. Basketball hasn’t even been this exciting for about 10 years. Thanks again Tubbs. For the first time in 20 years we are seriously looking like a team that can compete in every game on our SEC schedule. So with the big win over Arkansas we look ahead through the rest of the schedule and there’s only two games that we shouldn’t at least be a 50/50 favorite in. Those games, of course, are Florida and LSU.
LSU is one of the best teams in the nation and no one will argue against that. Their defense is flat ridiculous. They’re average 5.8 points against after 4 games. They’ve pictched two shut outs this year. If math serves us correctly, that means they have blanked their opponent in 50% of their games this year.
The offense for the Tigers isn’t quite as good, but they have rolled up 40+ on three of their opponents this year. SC held them to 28 yesterday. This says that their offense can be shut down for spurts, but it’s very difiicult. The defense will shut you down and give the offense good field position and they have several guys who can break a 40 yard run or catch on any play. This will be the toughest game UK will play all year.
Florida came out and laid an egg against Ole Miss yesterday. Props to the Rebs for playing a good, solid game, but if the trainers had remembered to leave Tebow plugged in all night Florida would have won by 40. Seriously, even a 1/2 charged Tebow and a slow-moving offense was good enough to beat Ole Miss in a well-played game. So that leaves UK looking at a team that can be beaten.
Granted, Florida is not a team we should beat at this point in the season, but there’s still 3 games before we enter that discussion. The simple fact is that UK has enough talent on offense to put up some points against Florida. The defense did not exactly shut down McFadden, but he only scored one touchdown. That says a lot to me about those boys rising to the challenge against an amazing player. If they can slow Tebow’s running attack, he will have to pass more. He has looked excellent at times passing the ball this year, but the chances of Timmy having an off day through the air are much more likely than him not running the ball well.
All in all, this Kentucky team has brought a lot of pride to the bluegrass this year. Every SEC game now has that “this is a huge game for us” feeling about it. And I’ll tell you sports fans, it is a great feeling to be excited about Kentucky football this year. Here’s to hoping all the hard work these guys are doing right now allows us to have the talent to stay excited for longer than just this season.
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