If you have followed this site since I joined it last August then you know how I feel about the Louisville Cardinals and Rick Pitino. Like most Kentucky fans, I dislike the Cards and their head coach, but having lived in Louisville all of my life, I find taking shots at them more enjoyable than most.
The hate for Louisville goes back to before I was even born. The heat in the rivalry was really turned up in the 1983 when Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum faced off in the original Dream Game. It was a meeting in the tournament that determined which team would to go the the Final Four, a match up that the Cardinals would win. After that, the game became annual and the rivalry has been filled with blood lust ever since.
But the hate for Rick Pitino is relatively new in the scheme of things. It all started on that fateful day in 2001, when Pitino accepted the job as Louisville’s head coach, seemingly shoving a dagger into the back of Big Blue Nation.