Finally, The Battle of the Bluegrass

 By CHRISTIE LEIGH MUELLER
Copy Editor & Writer

With the Governor’s Cup just days away, the Commonwealth’s two most divisive radio hosts got into a heated discussion during this week’s Verbal Scrimmage. Leaving no Achilles’ heel left unassaulted, Tony Vanetti and Matt Jones played with the same tenacity as they hope their teams do on Saturday.

TONY VANETTI: Odds say your boy Stoops pulls off the biggest upset of his early career…

MATT JONES: First of all, I thought Kentucky played extremely well on Saturday. If that had been their first game instead of Western, I think people would have talked about how Stoops kept the momentum going. I liked everything they did. I think they played offensively exactly how you want. I think they played defensively with much improvement.  Now granted, it was Miami of Ohio and they aren’t very good.  And I get that. But still, you take the positives where you can. I think they go into the Louisville game as confident as they can be.

VANETTI:  I think the most surprising thing is that Miami didn’t score. I just can’t imagine not being able to throw against their secondary. I mean, good job for Kentucky and for Stoops calling the defensives plays, but what was wrong with Miami of Ohio was that they couldn’t get into the end zone.

JONES: Western didn’t really throw all that well on the secondary either, in terms of getting deep.  The secondary has been a pleasant surprise. Going forward, Kentucky has shown that we have got to score. I think they are going to score against Louisville this week, I really do. I don’t know if they are going to be able to stop Louisville, ever, but I think Kentucky is going to put up points.  The question is,  will they put up enough?

VANETTI: I think the biggest thing is whether Brown will keep discipline to his game plan. I assume he’s just going to throw the ball a lot and try to do a little play-action. But, if they get down two or three scores, which is a good possibility, will he stay with the game plan or just try to play catch-up? The odds of a shocker for Stoops are pretty low, but their preformance against Miami certainly gives your fan base some hope.

JONES: They’ll  have to do their best to stay in the game for the first quarter. If they do that, who knows what’ll happen.  The pressure is all on Louisville. No one expects Kentucky to win, including  nearly every Kentucky fan. Here is the way the game could go well for Kentucky: come out, score quickly. Kentucky is not going to stop Louisville on defense.  The question will be, can Louisville stop Kentucky on offense?  I think the answer is probably yes, but if Kentucky plays the way they played on Saturday they have a shot to put some points on the board.

It’s a lot of pressure on game three.

VANETTI:  Wouldn’t Big Blue love to ruin Louisville’s season on that one?

If Kentucky comes out and does that no-huddle like they did last year and if they move the ball within the twenty––combined with Louisville turning the ball over two or three possessions in a row––anything could happen. Teddy’s already thrown an interception, so it’s possible. Kentucky could get up on them by 14 points. Especially at home. Not to mention, the game time at noon is awful.  But I don’t see that happening. I think Louisville probably runs away with it and I feel safe giving you 20 points for the game.

JONES: Well that’s a little over the top.  Y’all are not as good as you think you are. That’s important to say. The teams you play this year stink. The best game on your schedule, Cincinnati, just got drilled by Illinois.  So we are going to have no notion this year of how good Louisville is.  We know Teddy Bridgewater is good. I think he’s the best  player in the country. I don’t know if your defense is good; I don’t know if the rest of your offense is that good. So Kentucky’s chances to win? I think you hit it. They’ve got to get turnovers and then hope that Teddy Bridgewater is close to human… which he hasn’t been the  first two games.

VANETTI: I say 20 points because last year was not a game.  I know there is a new coaching staff, I know there is a learning curve, I think the same result will happen. Now will Charlie…

JONES: No. What happened last year is irrelevant…

VANETTI: …It’s not irrelevant, they are the same players.  I feel comfortable giving you 20 points, Matthew, because last year, our quarterback was taken out in the third quarter. That could happen again on Saturday.

JONES: Look, it would not shock me if Kentucky got blown out. I have never seen people get more fat on the excitement of nothing than Louisville fans have this year.   They think they are the best team in the country. And I can’t wait, even  with their terrible schedule. It’s the equivalent of – if we were talking politics – your all’s schedule is the equivalent of Obama’s. Instead of running against the Republican nominee, he would have to run against the dog-catcher in  Shelbyville.  And I look forward to it because one of those dog-catchers is going to knock y’all off.  And I can’t wait until it happens.  So that at least you all can learn a miniscule amount of humility, which none of y’all have had in the last six months.

VANETTI: Matthew, we learn the obnoxious behavior and how we feel about our players and coaches from our big brother, Kentucky, up the road.  It’s called learned behavior.

JONES: You all are taking it to another level. You all have become the most arrogant people I have ever seen. And arrogant with very little accomplishment.  I would call you all the Bill O’Reilly of sport. You have a modicum  of success and all of the sudden you think you’re Walter Cronkite.  And I can’t wait until that bubble is burst. It’s going to happen, it may not be Saturday, but it’s going to happen this year and I cannot wait.

VANETTI:  Our program, has at least tasted a little bit of success and we know what it’s like so we are going back for some more. In our way is a little Wildcat, so I’ll give you your 20 points and we’ll see you on Sunday.

JONES: Alright… I’ll take it. And I hope that it’s close.