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Local sports bars, police, gear up for UK / U of L rivalry

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Just about 24 hours now separate you and the games you've been waiting weeks to see -- assuming that is, that you're reading this at 4 p.m. on Friday.

The UK / U of L rivalry tips off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, just before the Cards hit the field down in Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl.

That means bars and police in Louisville are in overdrive.

Based on the color of their clothing, it's probably pretty easy to tell what Travis Duncan and Patrick Schutt are talking about at Buffalo Wild Wings today.

"I hope he has a Merry Christmas, but I hope his Saturday stinks," Schutt said.

"I don't think we're going to loose any of those games," Duncan said. "I'm pretty confident."

Their friendship...divided: half Cards, half Cats. Their rivalry is friendly, but also spirited.

"I honestly don't like Calipari, so any W we get over that guy, I'm happy with," Duncan said.

Their pregaming today: to get the trash talk out of the way before tomorrow, when the concentration is going to be on the basketball and bowl games. They're like so many others across the state -- and that means places like Buffalo Wild Wings on Bardstown Road, and Beef O' Bradys near campus, have to be ready.

"If years past are any indication, there will be people waiting to get in as soon as we open," said Chris King, a manager at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Both restaurants are expecting people to pour in, making it the biggest day of the year. That means stocking up isn't an option.

"Our two coolers are packed," said Ryan Miller, manager at Beef O'Brady's. "Extra beer, extra food, we're going to have extra servers, extra kitchen staff. Definitely a big day for us all around."

While having fun is what it's all about...

"There might be a beer here or there," Duncan said.

...you should also be aware, police are looking for people not being responsible.

"We'll include saturation patrols, traffic safety check-points, and heightened awareness by having some troopers and officers out during times that we know people will be traveling, possibly impaired," said Kentucky State Police Sgt. Michael Webb.

The moral of the story here is to have fun, talk some trash -- just don't walk the line between fun and dangerous. Not even a win from your team can fix that.

If you want to hit up your favorite restaurant or bar, managers recommend showing up about two hours before the basketball game to up your chances at getting a seat.


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