LOUISVILLE, Ky. – From opening day at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the history of the Governor’s Cup has been littered with memorable games. But, it’s never knowing what to expect that keeps fans coming back.
Opening day, September 1998, the temperature was soaring into the 90’s. The combination of too much alcohol and not enough water kept first aid stations busy with woozy fans. The Wildcats won that first game.
Mother Nature reared her head again just a couple years later. The game started normally enough, the two teams battling it out, fans ribbing each other over their team’s performance. But, the half-time show is what got everyone talking that year. Torrential downpour halted the game and sent fans scurrying for cover. One hour and 14 minutes later, they did just that. Louisville took home the soggy win that night, 40-34.
September 2006…a memorable game for an entirely different reason. According to the WHAS11 reporter covering the game, “It was a somber scene at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Sunday night as Louisville native and Cards star running back Michael Bush was carted off the field with a broken leg.”
Coach Bobby Petrino said, “You could feel it. You could feel it on the sideline. That, ‘Oh my gosh.’ And it wasn’t just the players, it was everybody. Certainly the air was let out a little bit.” But, the Cards got their second wind and pulled out a 59-28 win. Michael Bush spent his senior season on the sidelines.
Kickoff of this year’s Governor’s cup is Sunday afternoon at 3:30. There is an 80% chance of rain. If you’re headed to the game, keep in mind you cannot bring umbrellas into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, but ponchos are allowed.