I don't know about you guys, but occasionally I like to reminisce on the past glories of Louisville Football and Basketball. Unfortunately, having yet to hit my 9th prime numbered birthday, my recollections only go back about 10-12 years. The earliest game that I can recall vividly is watching the 2000 UK "LIghtning Game" with my grandfather. I remember being annoyed that my dad refused to let me go to the '02 FSU game because of the rain and it being a school night. I remember yelling "No!" a thousand times the moment Reece let fly his deep three against Marquette, then "Yes!" a thousand times when it dropped through the net. I still feel my heart dropping every time Pittsnogle swished a three in '05 Elite Eight, and then my pleading to convince my dad to get tickets and make the short trip to St. Louis.
Once AnVillen started gracing us with his masterpieces, I started wondering: Where can I find full videos of previous glories? The most I've seen of either championship game was when the last few minutes of each were played before the last game at Freedom Hall. Never seen any video of our Fiesta Bowl win, or the '83 Dream Game. I started looking for videos, but unlike Lexington College, UofL doesn't celebrate every semi-historical or exciting game with a T-shirt, DVD, and collectible soda can. Other than the two major bowl games and our national title games, The most I'd ever found was a link to download the last Freedom Hall game from ITV.
Then a couple of weeks ago, Villeslgr posted a fanshot to a website to download torrents of every memorable and exciting game in UofL Football and Basketball history. As you can see from the comments, I was excited. My excitement was tempered quickly though, as this 'Miipoto' was the only one seeding all of these torrents, and they were going quite slow. So I took him up on the offer he made in his ITV post. I contacted him, gave him a hard drive, and got a copy of almost all of his videos. He said he had them all, and wanted to give back to the Cardinal community. He's even started collecting newer games, as he just added Saturday's UConn game to his site.
I feel compelled to do the same. I plan on burning some DVDs so that my dad can watch some of these classic games whenever he gets the itch. And I want to share with my fellow Card Chroniclers. I'm missing some of the bigger files that Miipoto has, but anyone who wants 70 basketball games and 20 football games, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Many thanks to Miipoto for giving me all the files, and to Villeslgr, who led me to him and his site. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to finish watching the Dream Game.