Kentucky Wildcat Football: 7 Degrees of Louisville Cardinals

Governor’s Cup will kickoff. The Cardinals have owned the trophy for the past 2 years and look to keep it on their road to a hopefull BCS playoff game.  Kentucky looks for a marquee win and a season defining moment in a rebuilding year.

The two teams hatred for each other is long told, but we take our look at the 7 degrees of Louisville Cardinals for a more traditional look at where the Cardinals came from and how they tie into the University of Kentucky.

  • The University of Louisville has a storied past. Founded in 1784, the University would later win 3 National Championships in Basketball over the next 230 years, the last occurring in 2013 and 1986.
  • The Cardinals colors have been Red and Black since shortly after 1913 when they adopted the Cardinal Bird as the mascot, due to it being the Kentucky state bird.
  • The Bloods adopted the color Red in their founding year in 1972. There is no affiliation of Louisville to the gang, despite numerous citings of gang members wearing Louisville clothing. The image below of Tupac wearing a Louisville shirt is only a picture… definitely not evidence.

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  • Last week, Louisville Fan Charles Blair painted his yard to display both his pride in the Louisville football team, but also his misunderstanding of geography.
  • The University of Louisville’s Journalism department offers a large alumni base. One accomplished graduate of the department was Larry Birkhead. In 2003, Birkhead was photographing the Barnstable Brown Party, a notable party on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, when he met former Playboy Model, Anna Nicole Smith. Birkhead would later impregnate Smith and receive custody of their daughter in 2007 after going to court.
  • Also in 2003, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was accused of fathering a child with a woman he had met only hours before, Karen Sypher. Unlike Birkhead, Pitino would provide the resources for Smith to have an abortion.
  • Rick Pitino once coached the University of Kentucky to the 1996 National Championship.

There you have it – 7 steps teaching you the ins-and-outs of the University of Louisville and their affiliation to the University of Kentucky… providing a little history lesson at the same time.

Topics: Football, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals

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  • Paul Jordan

    Yet you come to a UK site to read it and cry. Very little brother of you. Way to represent, “Mr” Louisville

  • Isildain

    “Know thyself, know thy enemy”
    I too came to this site hoping for journalistic excellence, but was also sorely disappointed at the sophomoric tone that this article displays.
    1. Three national championships in 230 years. I didn’t know basketball was played for all those years. Yup, UK has one more national championships. That’s just great for the younger school.
    2. The Cards’ colors are red and black, after the state bird. Kentucky’s colors are blue and white….after the state cat (Kat, since most UK graduates can’t spell ‘cat’)?
    3. The bloods adopted the color red. Yeah, and the Crips adopted the color blue. What’s your point?
    4. Everyone from Louisville knows you’re either from Louisville or you’re from Kentucky. We all know which school currently has the dominant sports program for the past year. (Football-Sugar bowl winners over an SEC team. Basketball-National Champions Men, Runner-ups women. Baseball-College World Series Appearance). So do you blame him for taking pride in his city?
    5. Remember Ritchie Farmer? Need I bring up the controversies he started as the Agriculture Commissioner?
    6. Yeah, Pitino had a fling. The woman tried to blackmail him, and he stood up and took his punishment. Just remember that every school Calipari has left was under NCAA investigation. Is Calipari the Teflon Coach? Remember that 2 of the 4 Final Four appearances for Calipari are “unofficial.”
    7. Are you still crying about him leaving? Just remember, he’s stayed at Louisville far longer than he stayed at Kentucky. He bolted from UK, but always knew he wanted to come back to the state. Just get over him leaving, will ya!

    • Paul Jordan

      Seriously dude … who cares?

      This is not a forum for little brother to whine because they feel disrespected. It’s a UK site, written by Kentucky fans. And we write plenty of “journalistic” articles here but it is a blog and rivalry week, so we are going to poke at little brother.

      Your precious Card Chronicle does the same thing and they are obsessed over this site and try to bully whenever a site writes something theyu like.

      It’s a SPORTS blog. Lose the high and mighty act and I don’t care about your rebuttal. To go to a UK blog and argue is SO LITTLE BROTHER. Florida fans don’t do it, Duke fans don’t do it, UNC fans don’t do it and Alabama fans don’t.

      Act like you have won before and don’t get so butthurt because someone takes shots at you.

      Thanks for the hits though.

  • Isildain

    From one of your “older” brothers (not little):
    Good luck on the rest of the football season. I hope for success for your team as they go through the SEC schedule.

    • Paul Jordan

      Same to you guys … I think both sides actually came away happy which is weird. I’m actually in ORlando and UCF is going to be tough for you guys. They are an inconsistent team year to year but look to be real this year

  • Paul Jordan

    Copied and pasted from response to another offended Louisville fan….

    This is not a forum for little brother to whine because they feel disrespected. It’s a UK site, written by Kentucky fans. And we write plenty of “journalistic” articles here but it is a blog and rivalry week, so we are going to poke at little brother.

    Your precious Card Chronicle does the same thing and they are obsessed over this site and try to bully whenever a site writes something theyu like.

    It’s a SPORTS blog. Lose the high and mighty act and I don’t care about your rebuttal. To go to a UK blog and argue is SO LITTLE BROTHER. Florida fans don’t do it, Duke fans don’t do it, UNC fans don’t do it and Alabama fans don’t.

    Act like you have won before and don’t get so butthurt because someone takes shots at you.

    Thanks for the hits though.