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September 13, 2013

On The Rebound: Feeling blue about the Blue

By Mitch Howard
Sports Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — It is very disappointing to be so looking forward to the college and professional football season only to be disgusted after one week.

My two teams, the Kentucky Wildcats and Pittsburgh Steelers, opened with absolute duds. I didn’t even watch the Wildcats in week two, but it does look like the air raid sirens were working. I will jump back on the Mark Stoops’ bandwagon if they can find a way to do anything against Louisville.

It doesn’t look good when a report claims 90 percent of the money wagered in Las Vegas is for the Cardinals to win this week’s game. Of course if betters were always right, Las Vegas would still be an empty desert.

More bad news for Kentucky, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leads the nation in touchdown passes with nine in two games. The Wildcats can’t even decide on who to play at quarterback.

The Cardinals also rank in the top 10 for fewest points allowed and No. 13 defense overall. I don’t think those numbers will stand up for a season, but that is where they stand after two games.

Do the Wildcats have a chance to pull a stunning upset? Sure they do and they have done it before. Forgive me for being a little cynical, but I would have had a load of confidence if we had just beaten little Western. Then Western turns around and looks like they are playing with a greased football against Tennessee. That makes it hard to gauge what the Kentucky versus Western game means. Best my guess is that is as well as the Hilltoppers could play and week two was as bad as they could play. If only we had gotten them week two.

Then we have the Pittsburgh Steelers who managed a puny nine points against the Tennessee Titans, one of the worst defenses in the NFL last year. They only had two points through the first three quarters.

The headline from Pittsburgh is that the Steelers are not in panic mode. They are not going to change personnel or their routine because it was just a matter of not executing in week one.

Well I am panicked enough for all of them. We let our best receiver go, our quarterback has been hit so often he does not know up from down, and two key starters went down with injuries.

Even on Sportscenter they say there is no need to panic. Failure is not an option for coach Mike Tomlin. Well you can’t coach if there is nothing there to work with.

Guess I will be a fair weather fan and stick to the good teams. Hey, have you seen those North Laurel Jaguars.



mhoward@sentinel-echo.com