It’s Hard Not to Gloat…

Gardner-Webb?

Lots of sports and sports-related news today, the major story being Gardner-Webb’s amazing upset of Kentucky, 84-68, last night at Rupp Arena:

Billy Gillispie’s honeymoon lasted only until his birthday.

Gardner-Webb stunned the No. 20 University of Kentucky 84-68 last night in Rupp Arena, giving Gillispie his first loss as the Wildcats’ head coach on the day he turned 48 and bouncing the Wildcats from the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.

Denied a trip to New York City, the Cats (1-1) instead took a long walk off the court as boos rained down from some in the crowd — announced at 19,845 but considerably smaller by then.

“I don’t think you couldn’t hear it; I don’t think it was a few instances,” Gillispie said. “It was obvious. We deserve it. We played like that. That’s what we should get.”

Ouch! If it wasn’t obvious before, I’m a lifelong Louisville Cardinals fan, so I probably won’t be reporting much in the way of UK sports information except when they lose. Yes, I know it’s petty. And the Cats’ loss last night probably doesn’t matter much anyway: the season’s just begun, and I’m sure they’ll regroup under Gillispie’s leadership (who, truth be told, will probably not be subject to the same fan criticism that Tubby Smith endured). And the Cardinals, despite their excellent pre-season rankings, are sure to lose a game or two to some unexpected opponent, it’s what happens in college basketball. The annual UofL vs. UK game will be on January 5th, 2008 — always a game to look forward to.

But switching gears to football for a moment, the big game of today is UofL vs. West Virginia, in Morgantown at Milan Puskar Stadium. Obviously the Cardinals are in a must-win situation, against a very hard-to-beat Mountaineer team. I’ve been to two Cardinals games this year, the incredible loss to Syracuse and the barely-a-win over Pitt, and neither convinces me that the Cardinals have even a fair shot against the Mountaineers. Still, as Rich Bozich notes in his column today, stranger things have happened in this college football season. Still, as I watch the game, I’m not going to hold my breath.

In more positive news, the Cardinals’ men soccer team has been on a tear this season. I haven’t been to a game, and unfortunately won’t be able to get to the Big East Quarterfinals this Saturday evening, when they take on West Virginia (who beat Villanova 2-0 last night in a play-in game), but I will be hoping for victory. The soccer team even made it to the front page of the C-J‘s sports section with Turnaround on the Pitch a profile of Ken Lolla, their head coach and his methods.

Also in the Sports section, a story on jockey Mark Guidry’s bid to become a steward, and the news that the Louisville Slugger Museum will honor the perenially-injured Ken Griffey Jr. on Friday.

UPDATE – The University of Louisville is suing Duke over cancellation of some football games. In typical C-J quality-control fashion, the headline reads “Louisville suing Duke after cancelling scheduled basketball games,” even though the article clearly states the Cardinals are suing about canceled football games.

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