How much does Freedom Hall me? I can tell you my simply looking at the clock and it being 2:09 in the morning and i can not go to sleep because of the excitement i have for tomorrows final game in the Hall.
Although i am not fortunate enough to have memories dating back as far as most people, it does not make my love for the place any less. I remember being young and loving game day, it did not matter what team we were playing, but as long as i knew i was going to get to watch my CARDS i knew it was a good day. As a child i was not able to attend games in person, but when i was around 12 years old my mom took me to my very first UL game using tickets she had gotten from a friend. I cant recall who we were playing but i just knew that i was fascinated by how tall all of the players were in person, and it was also where i got my first and as of now last favorite player to wear a UL uniform Clifton Reese Gains. Although i love every player that has ever put on a Cardinal uniform Gains holds a special place inside my heart.
Even though Reese is my favorite player of all time, he is not in my favorite memory of Freedom Hall. I went to WKU last year and i drove back for almost every single home game we had, but there were two games i told my self i would not miss for the world. One was T-Wills senior night against Marquette, and the other was the game against at the time #1 Pitt. The Pitt game takes my favorite memory in Freedom Hall. It was the loudest i have ever heard that building, with posters of Earl Clark and nuts in your face Harongody all around the student section, to me being on ESPN, and if you were there you know the importance of Earls step bak three with the shot clock running out at the top of key, and how vital that shot was to win the game. That 3 seconds in time where Earl drained that shot is my favorite Freedom Hall moment. I think that it might just change tomorrow though.
Go CARDS, send us out right......... Beat Syracuse!