By Dr. John Huang
The Kentucky versus Louisville battle for the Governor’s Cup has had its share of excitement over the years. Undoubtedly, every UK fan remembers Stevie getting loose in 2007 while all UL fans would love to forget Lamar’s fumble in 2016. Today’s war for state gridiron supremacy offered a laundry list of additional memories and iconic plays for the fans who decided to show up.
Thirty minutes before kickoff, it didn’t look good. Cold and rain, a busy Thanksgiving weekend, and all those gameday expenses all made for great excuses for fans to sit at home in front of their big screens, sipping hot chocolate with Fido at their feet.
Big Blue Nation always comes through
But as is usually the case, the real fans showed up. If you were one of those die-hards who made it to Kroger Field, kudos to you. When all was said and done, nearly 40,000 citizens of BBN weathered the elements for the senior day rivalry game that may have been the best yet.
Anybody who missed Kentucky’s 45-13 blowout victory in person over the dirty birds—I understand…well, kind of. No matter your excuses, you’ll forever regret you didn’t experience these memorable plays live and in person.
If you decided to stay home, you screwed yourself
You’ll never be able to tell your grandkids that you missed out on Lynn Bowden, Jr.’s epic last game. It was an afternoon in which arguably the best player to ever don the blue and white rushed 22 times for 284 yards and 4 touchdowns, including 60, 46, and 32-yard scampers to blow the game wide open.
You’ll never be able to say you saw—with your own eyes—Kavosiey Smoke’s 70-yard run past a befuddled and beleaguered Louisville defense. You’ll never be able to brag about cheering for Chris Rodriguez and his 64-yard jaunt to the pylon over hapless Cardinal pursuers.
You’ll never be able to honestly and truthfully answer that you were there for Kentucky’s record-breaking ground attack of 517 punishing yards which shredded the Cardinal ‘D.’
You’ll give up your right to an eyewitness account of how the Kentucky defense gave up huge touchdown plays of 33 and 56 yards but remained solid enough to “hold” Louisville to 318 total yards and two scores on the afternoon.
If you showed up, you received an experience you’ll never forget
But above all, you’ll forfeit those memories of that precious gameday experience—lifelong memories of tailgating, bathroom lines, and overpriced concessions. Immediately wipe out those recollections of sitting on icy bleachers with wet underwear and soggy socks. You’re simply not allowed to reminisce about the times you and your fellow big blue cohorts celebrated together under dropping temperatures, blowing wind, and relentless sheets of rain.
For those who were there—Congratulations, you hit the lottery! For those who stayed home, you missed a whale of a good time, a heck of a season-ending win, and a performance for the ages.