Feb 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals bench watches the last seconds of the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at FifthThird Arena. Louisville defeated Cincinnati 58-57. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

L1C4


Feb 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals player celebrate at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at FifthThird Arena. Louisville defeated Cincinnati 58-57. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals player celebrate at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at FifthThird Arena. Louisville defeated Cincinnati 58-57. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

 L1C4

If you ever wondered what L1C4 meant, then the win today, helped clarify.  When you go to a hostile environment such as Cincinnati, and you play your heart out, and at the end of the game your best player hits the winning shot, and is so overwhelmed with emotion that tears flow, then you know this is something magical.  Russ Smith, our fearless, senior leader, was completely overtaken with emotion at the end of the game today.  It was L1C4 personified.  Louisville First, Cards Forever is something special.  It is something that we as fans, can feel proud of.  Not every team can have a mantra.  Especially one that screams out to not only every member of the team, but to every fan.

 I can think of several instances in the last few years where the L1C4 mantra has really manifested itself.  When Teddy Bridgewater stood on the sidelines of the Rutgers game and implored Coach Strong to put him in, even though he knew he might get hurt.  That is L1C4 exemplified.  Or perhaps the Big East Championship game.  We were down by so many points and the Cards rallied together to achieve an almost insurmountable comeback victory.  The win was for their coach.  They knew just how important the last Big East tournament meant to him.

Lets take it one step further.  Our leader Rick Pitino.  I would not be the only person to say that over the course of the past couple years, Rick has been nothing short of spectacular.  His personality has softened but his resolve has strengthened.  He is humbled and it shows.  He coaches for the name on the front and not the name on the back.

L1C4 means being selfless.  It means remembering that you aren’t the only one.  You aren’t out on the court, or field or office by yourself.  You have teammates, brothers, sisters, work mates and friends that care for you and together want to be successful.  L1C4 is not a fad, or something that will just fizzle out.  It is a way of life.  It is a state of mind.  For every fan, that watches our team play and feels that tug in your heart when we achieve greatness together, can proudly say L1C4.  It means Louisville First Cards Forever and so much more.  Go Cards

Jon McSwain

(Buckles)

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