The Home Stretch

Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Well, here we sit, staring down at the end of another basketball season.  It is hard to believe we are almost in “March Madness” again.  I would be telling you a lie if I said I wasn’t glad that this season was coming to an end.  Having spent the previous eight seasons engulfed in (what most college basketball pundits would agree as) the best conference ever assembled, it was, at times, a bit difficult to stay as excited.  Of course, I was thrilled to watch Louisville basketball, I could watch them play scrimmages every day, but it didn’t have quite the pizzazz as the past few regular seasons.

That all being said, it has been a pretty exciting season watching this team grow.  One thing, that we as Louisville fans have the luxury of experiencing, is the joy of watching our favorite players grow as people and as basketball players.  I would venture to say that the folks down the road, despite their explicit refusal, are at least at times, a bit jealous of our basketball fan experience.  For me as a fan, a huge part of the joy of Louisville basketball, is watching the players, whom you would never had thought, grow to be great players.  Names like Tim Henderson, Larry O’Bannon, Preston Knowles and countless others, just bring a smile to my face.  Players like that have meant to more to Louisville than they could ever know.  We as fans owe all our players an enormous thank you for all their hard work and timeless memories.

Since we only have two regular season games left, I am trying to really soak in what little time we have left with some of these players.  I could devote an entire article to Russ Smith, and at some point many will, but instead for now, I just want to enjoy the end of his career here.  Players like him, just don’t come around every year.  Let’s forget the events from today, and focus on SMU for Wednesday.  Then we need to finish out the regular season and post season just as we did the last.  Go Cards and as always,

Louisville First, Cards Forever.


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