Georgetown family lives in a "house divided"

By: Sam Dick - Email
By: Sam Dick - Email

Few college fan bases are as heated as UK and Louisville. When they play each other, a year's worth of bragging is up for grabs. That rivalry and passion will be on full display Friday night in Indianapolis.

Julie Thompson graduated from UK. Two years ago, she married Neal who's from Louisville.

"I cannot think of anytime that I've ever cheered for Kentucky. I may look like I am on the outside, but inside I'm definitely hoping they lose," UofL fan, Neal Thompson tells us.

"That's painful," his wife, Julie responds.

Engagement pictures, sports memorabilia, even their 10-month old son, Parker, are split between blue and red.

"I think he'd look a lot better in blue," says Julie. "No, I think he's fine where he's at. I don't see him complaining at all in his Louisville stuff," replies Neal.

"You like that blue pacifier don't you?" asks Julie.

Living in Georgetown, Neal says he's surrounded by blue. He says he can't watch the game in a bar or restaurant with all the Big Blue Nation. His job is affected. Neal's work calls for stops on the UK campus, and visits with UK professors.

The Thompson's divided family loyalty is not unusual. Tia Thistlewood and Bryan Wheatley, of Lexington, say "the gloves are off at tip-off." The Wilson's of Versailles are split. In Danville, the Moselys and Doneghys say "game days can be hectic." For the Thompsons, there's a bet. The outcome of Friday's game will dictate the color of the basement walls.


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