Now that the dust has settled and the shock is Wareing off, I'm beginning to be able to take a step back and put into perspective what has really happened. The University of Louisville Cardinals are college basketball's National Champion. That is unbelievable to be able to say.
As a 28 year old, that was born and raised a Cards fan I have always hoped this would happen. But being born in the mid-1980's I was not old enough to understand how great and historical our team really is in the landscape of college basketball. It really wasn't until I was 17 or 18 when I heard a national sports radio host call us a top 6 or 7 basketball program, that I began to realize how great my team really was. But even then, while we were relevant we really weren't competing at the top of the sport. And really hadn't been. Even our previous Final 4 and Elite 8 teams were not considered the "Best" teams or the favorite to cut down the nets.
So, when this year came around it gave me and a whole generation of fans born from 1982 until now, a new perspective on our team. A new hope that our team actually is the best team in the country and we are going to win the whole damn thing. Our fans that grew up in the late '70s and '80s knew what that felt like. And I'm so grateful to this team that we got to experience that this year.