I don't really know why I'm posting this. I feel like I have to say something, and this is a good place.
My first sports memory is sitting at the old Cardinal Stadium with my dad watching UofL. I don't know who they played. I don't know what year. I was little. Being at a Louisville football game is the first thing that sticks out to me. I could have attended a lot of games, I just don't remember. I moved to Cincinnati when I was about to go in kindergarten. The first football game I went to in Cincinnati was when Louisville played UC at Riverfront Stadium. I'm 95% sure it was Riverfront. Family from Louisville came up for the game. The Cards won. Hey, they played Cincinnati and Cincinnati football in the late 80s blew.
I ended up going to most Louisville v Cincinnati games that took place in Cincinnati. I went to UC. I got my family in for the Louisville game in 2001 for like 20 bucks or something like that. We sat in the student section in Louisville gear. Louisville won that one as well.
Some of you guys and gals know that I run a Cincinnati blog. If you didn't know, my comments in the notes posts this week about how awesome the writer of that blog was should have given it away. I've talked about how terrible a sports fan I am because of this. Part of the reason I ended up a horrible fan of 2 teams that happen to be rivals is because of my dad. My dad liked every one. He liked Louisville. He liked Xavier. He liked Cincinnati. He didn't outright hate Kentucky. He always rooted for Louisville above all of them. As do I. If you clicked on the memorable Keg of Nails link, my favorite game was the 70-7 game. That game was one of the most fun Card games I remember. I will admit to rooting for Cincinnati in 2009. My wanting Krag gone and UC to run the table went hand in hand. This paragraph got out of control.
Like a lot of people, I watched a lot of games with my dad. Louisville-Cincinnati games were always special though. Those would be the ones we talked about all week. The ones where we predicted who was going to win. All the normal things. No matter how good either team was, there was excitement over that game. I look forward to them playing every year because of that. Especially this year.
The only problem of looking so forward to the first of many big games for the Cards this season as they play a very good Cincinnati team, is that my dad isn't here to see it. He died in April. It's weird how things hit you. I was texting my friend about trying to get tickets and mentioned how excited I was. It was like a flood of memories and emotions and all that junk hit me at once. I don't really know how to explain it. I am so happy that the last major sporting event my dad watched before he passed was the Masters. But before that it was the Final Four. He got to see Louisville played Kentucky. In the Final Four! But I wish he could see this game, this season, too. The Keg of Nails game back in 2001 that I mentioned was the last college football game I ever attended with my dad. This game is just special to me.
I've said a thousand times here and to Mike personally that the only reason I started a blog of my own was because I love this site and wanted a site where I could talk about Cincinnati stuff with people. That's nice and all. I still like this site more. Mike said it a long time ago like the Louisville Cardinals: if you don't know, you can't understand. I don't even know if there was a point to this rambling post and I might even delete it. If anyone could understand, it's you guys.