For some of you I know that this is a welcomed headline. This will be my final "Fan Post" on the Card Chronicle. I'm saying good- bye & wishing all of you the best in the days to come. I understand that I'm probably not the type of "fan" you guys like and no matter what I post from here, your mind is made up about me, so, no hard feelings; just wish you guys the best. Before I go, I'd like to share just a couple of brief things that may help you understand where I would be coming from on this site. My perspective is obviously much- much different from most of you- and that's more than fine. I've actually learned a lot from this site (both good & bad) and appreciate Mr. Mike Rutherford's work.
I'm probably a little older than some on here. I'm 40, I have a "hot wife" (truly...she is a sight to behold & a tremendous companion and...she was born in the 'Ville, but moved at age 3 when here father's job was transferred) and two beautiful daughters. I won't disclose to you my occupation. It would frighten some of you, impress some, & disgust others.
I can remember the absolute glory days at U of L. I can remember the "Doctor's of Dunk", the Final Four teams, & remember vividly watching the 1986 championship game with my dad as a 14 year old. I knew a time when commentator's like Al McGuire would say, "I'd hate to be the #1 team in the nation and have to play Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament." I remember the days when just the name "Louisville" struck fear into the hearts of college basketball programs & teams. UK refused to play us because they were scared! I remember the original "Dream Game". Oh, the glory days and what it felt like to be on top of the college basketball world.
When I look at the U of L program over the past 20 years, I've witnessed a sad decline in many ways but a few good years sprinkled in (1997, 2005, 2008, 2009). When Pitino was inaugurated as the "Coach in Chief" here at the 'Ville, my expectations, dreams, & hopes of returning to the top were unbelievably high. "Give him 3 years & we're back on top to stay." That's what I told my pUKe fans, much to their disdain. They feared it too. A lot! We all waited with baited breath to the time in which the 'Ville would once again be the 'Ville. Then, in 2005...it happened! Final Four baby! From there I EXPECTED the greatest comeback in college sports. I was ready for the 'Ville to take its rightful place at the top. We are, after all- LOUISVILLE!
To me it seems that there are many in the ranks of the Card Nation faithful who are just fine with where we are 11 years into Coach Pitino's tenure. Early exits in the tourney, two NIT bids, a consistent loss of the nation's top recruits to our most hated rival. Did you know guys, that at Louisville, there has NEVER been a 4 year player to have a winning record against UK (execpt the seniors of 1983)? We've NEVER beaten pUKe 3 straight times & we're a dismal, disgusting, putrid 4- 7 with Pitino at the helm! Does this not bother you guys? I guess this generation of fans who may not remember or know what it used to be like at Louisville don't get it. A loss to ANYONE anywhere is not acceptable. Until our Administration, students, coaching staff, players, & fans embrace that type of mentality, we'll always be "waiting for next year" and underachieving as a program. My goodness guys; it disgusts me to see us lose. Who in the world is Cincinnati? Providence? Are you kidding me? Notre Dame? Again, I understand that I irritate many of you & you make that very clear.
But one more thing before I sign off. I'm also very new to this "social media" stuff. I don't even have a Facebook page. I've never had any dealings with internet chatter or blogspots. I'm not a computer guru so I didn't know that "Fan Post" was not meant for people like me. I wish you all a Happy Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, & a very Merry Christmas. This is the ruralvillefan, for the final time, signing off. God bless you all!