Right now, I'm just kind of numb. It's kind of hard to be upset after watching a meltdown like that. However, I am sadly introspective.
From 1972-1986 UL went to six final fours and won 2 national titles. From 1987-2004 we had one elite 8.
In 2009, we had the overall 1 seed and UK's coach was a hapless drunk who somehow went to the NIT with Patterson and Meeks. That was followed up by a devastating flame out to Michigan State, the Sypher saga, and the UK renaissance with Cal.
After a 30 point blowout loss to lowly Providence, many people, including myself, thought the Pitino era had jumped the shark. Instead, a magical Final Four run was followed by The Year of the Cardinal.
Now, in the space of 48 hours, a beloved basketball player who is a staggering 17-1 in post-season play is facing an uphill climb in his life and the football team just gave up a 31-7 run in the space of 1 and 1/2 quarters. Said collapse was probably the difference between the Orange/Sugar/Fiesta and the Russell Athletic Bowl. And Lexington Basketball Academy is really, really good.
It's cliche, but sports fandom, like life, is filled with an endless string of highs and lows. At UL, the peaks and valleys are a little more pronounced. Our sports karma is about as manic-depressive as it gets. At the end of the day, most of the people reading this indulgent late-night musing are adults with adult responsibilities and adult problems. Whatever frustration and disappointment we are experiencing as fans at the moment is utterly dwarfed by what the football players and what Chane and his teammates are presently going through. I'm proud to support the Louisville Cardinals and if you are reading this at 1:00 a.m, then so are you.