I am admittedly not great at writing, but I've been thinking over an analogy for this team. Like the three counterpart horses that have been named after some of its valuable members, this team's run was similar to that of a thoroughbred race horse winning the Kentucky Derby.
The team had a great two-year-old campaign, finishing with an unfortunate show in the Breeders Cup Juvenile (2012 Final Four) mostly due to a bad post draw (bracket placement).
They started out their 3-yr-old campaign as one of the Derby Trail favorites, and even though they faltered a little in some early January prep races, we all knew this team had the breeding and the right connections to see them through to the winners circle.
At a crucial point in early February following a heartbreaking photo-finish place, the trainer told the jockey they have to be mentally tough if they want to succeed at the highest level. And after working through the next few races, as the trainer normally does, he worked this team so that it was peaking at the right time.
This team really did play like a champion caliber thoroughbred; occasionally outclassing other teams and sprinting wire-to-wire when needed or carefully playing just off the lead, stalking its opponents and letting them burn out their legs for a short-lived lead along the first two turns then turning on the guns and sprinting past them down the stretch with that devastating flurry (Coach K dubbed it our BOOM) to put the finish line out of reach for any horse not saddled with that famous red and black trim...
We knew from the start that this team had the stamina to go the full mile and a quarter, and it was great to see them hold off their challengers down the stretch for such a thrilling finish. This championship is nothing but roses and us Louisvillians couldn't be happier.