Let's go back about a month and a half ago: Rutgers announced that they were heading to the Big Ten, and hope seemed bleak for the Cards and their fans to get out of a Sinking Big East Ship. Then we had a REALLY bad weekend in sports with the stunning football loss to UConn, Gorgui Dieng's broken wrist, and the loss to Duke in the Bahamas.
Let's take a look at what has happened over the last month and a half and find out how we recovered from that.
Here is the day by day recap of what has happened in ChroniVille.
11.19 - News breaks that Rutgers will be moving to the Big 10, leaving Louisville and the rest of the conference's situation looking bleak - UConn believed to be top candidate to replace Maryland in ACC
11.22 - CARDS look subpar in win over Northern Iowa in Battle 4 Atlantis
11.23 - Men's Basketball blows by highly touted Missouri team, but Gorgui breaks wrist and is out for 4-6 weeks (because Mike used a picture of Gorgui as the Game Thread Pic)
11.24 - Football loses to UConn in triple OT - Teddy Breaks his wrist and sprains his ankle
11.24 - Men's Basketball loses to Duke in Basketball without Gorgui
11.25 - Football falls out of the top 25 in the AP Poll, hangs just inside in the Coaches
11.26 - Cards slip in the Basketball top 25 to 5th and 6th respectively
11.26 - Uconn believed to be the next addition for the ACC. What more can we do? No Point anymore
11.27 - Big East adding Tulane for all sports and ECU for Football - "Really?" Said everyone everywhere.
11.27 - Gorgui's wrist surgery goes successfully
11.27 - UK hires Mark Stoops. Meh.
11.27 - Reports begin to surface that Louisville is one vote shy of getting the ACC invite
11.28 - We're In! The ACC adds the CARDS in a unanimous vote - life has meaning again - news of Mark Stoops hire becomes an afterthought
11.28 - Some jerkwad reports that HCCS has interviewed for the Auburn position - really? We just got the greatest news in forever, and now this? And the day before we play Rutgers for the chance at the Big East title and a trip to the BCS
11.29 - Louisville starts Sunny Will but TD Bridgewater comes in and beats Rutgers with only two working extremedies - looks like we are heading to the Orange Bowl! BCS Bound baby!
11.29 - Shawn Watson and TD have one of the most heart-felt, touching moments in UofL Sports - Awesome, that was awesome
11.30 - Northern Illinois defeats Kent State for the MAC championship, looks like the Orange Bowl for the CARDS - would have been nice to get the Sugar bowl, but hey, we'll take it
12.1 - Louisville survives an upset bid against Illinois State
12.2 - Reports that Northern Illinois will finish in the top 16 in the BCS begin to spread, which means we could be heading to the Sugar Bowl
12.2 - Louisville accepts its bid to the Sugar Bowl versus Florida, let Herbstreit's trash talking begin
12.3 - Ole Miss commit DT Finesse Middelton declares he is CARD Strong and that HCCS is Staying
12.3 - TD Bridgewater wins the Teddy Bridgewater Big East Offensive Player of the Week Award
12.3 - Charlie Strong is being rumored to be in the running for many high profile Head Coaching jobs in the SEC including Auburn and Tennessee
12.3 - HCCS gives a controversial press conference in which he answered if he was staying with "I will say that at the right time" and said our fans need to be more like UK's.
12.4 - ESPNU's Chris Low reports HCCS to Tennessee is basically a done deal
12.5 - CARDS work on a Contract Extention for HCCS
12.6 - HCCS addresses the media and ultimately declares his Enthusiasm and Heart are with the University of Louisville. He is staying.
12.6 - TD Bridgewater and HCCS win top honors for the Teddy Bridgewater Big East Offensive Player of the Year Award and the Big East co-Coach of the Year
12.6 - Tom Jurich discusses the Charlie situation and essentially wraps up the 2012 CC Man Of The Year Title for himself
12.11 - Jesus' 7 hold meetings to discuss the possibility of a new basketball league
12.11 - Recruit Richard Benjamin from Tampa Bay commits to the CARDS, then Jody Demling says it's not true. Spoiler Alert:He commits later in the week after his official visit
12.12 - The night we all started to believe a Sugar Bowl Victory could happen - Teddy Wore the CCBM
12.12 - OneShiningMoment makes the news at 11 - personal shout out
12.14 - Papa John Buys half your ticket for the Sugar Bowl, "Wait til you see what's next!"
12.15 - CARDS Struggle to get it going early, but the Men's Basketball team pulls out a fairly comfortable win in Memphis
12.16 - Richard Benjamin from Tampa and Southwestern Community College lefty QB Brett Nelson Commit to the CARDS - also in attendance, James Quick, Kyle Meadows, and commit Chandler Bridges
12.16 - Angel Nunez will transfer
12.18 - CRP says Gorgui probably won't play against UK
12.19 - Russ will be featured in Sports Illustrated
12.19 - Rick Pitino beats his son
12.20 - Russ getting some serious PotY play
12.20 - UofL's recent recruits Richard Benjamin and Terrance Ross win the MVP for each team in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All Star Football Classic
12.21 - CC Man of the Year Tournament begins, ultimately leading to the next event
12.21 - Bob Valvano suffers a heart attack from struggling to decide on who to vote for in the CC MotY Tourney, but he is recovering and in good spirits
12.22 - Men's Basketball shoots 51% to Roll Western
12.25 - Christmas
12.27 - CRP says Gorgui will start against UK
12.28 - We found out we were going to get to meet the parents (Gorgui's parents are coming to the UK Game)
12.28 - Adidas unveils the new Uniforms for the Bowl Game that look pretty close to the ones we've been wearing all season
12.29 - Men's Basketball snaps the losing streak to UK, looking very convincing at times, and beautiful women and innocent children across the world rejoice
12.30 - Finals for the CC MotY - Rick Pitino, Charlie Strong, Tom Jurich, Teddy Bridgewater
12.30 - Four Star DT Derrick Calloway from Bradenton Commits to the CARDS
12.31 - We get our first VillenHD video of UofL UK
12.31 - Tom Jurich overwhelmingly wins the 2012 CARD Chronicle Man of the Year
12.31 - Boise State declares they will be staying in the Mountain West
1.2 - Gameday - first up, Providence MBB - Providence starts out hot, but the CARDS win big setting the stage for the night cap
1.2 - CARDS BEAT FLORIDA IN THE 2013 ALLSATE SUGAR BOWL
1.4 - Four Star DE De'Asian Richardson declares he will be a CARD in 2013 - Sugar Bowl Effect
1.5 - Sugar Bowl Effect in Full Force - Five Star (scout) recruit James Quick announces on National Television at the U.S. Army All American Bowl that he will be a CARD, one of the top gets for this class
1.6 - Sugar Bowl Effect - Reggie Bonnafon from Trinity commits to the CARDS for 2014
1.7 - I wrote this
Wow. That was some month and a half. Just when it seemed like times were going to get rough and sports were going to have to become just another part of life, greatness happened. If you are a Cards fan and did not enjoy the turn of events from the first couple of entries to the remainder of this time period, there might be something wrong with you. I hope you remember where you were when you heard the news, whatever the news was.
This has been a very special time for UofL Athletics, and the next year has the potential to be just as exciting if not more. We have a top 5 team in Men's Basketball looking to bring home a Banner and some Rings. One year from yesterday, the BCS National Championship Game will be played at the Rose Bowl, with the CARDS having just as good a shot to make it there as anyone. Here is to the last month and a half and as much good luck as we can get our hands on moving forward. The Future is Comin'! Go CARDS!!!