Life as a fan can be many things. Tough, frustrating, angering… elating, joyful… emotional, proud. As a fan, I seriously cannot fathom having more elation, joy, and pride. This last year of Louisville sports has given me some of the greatest moments of my life. I have never personally met a single Louisville player on any of the teams, and yet I feel as if I have known them all for years. That alone is a testament to the greatness of Louisville athletics.
Last years out of nowhere Final Four run. The single greatest upset in the history of the BCS Bowl games. The single greatest upset in the history of women’s college basketball. One of the most inspirational performances by a team after such a massive emotional shock. It is hard to imagine any of these to happen in a single year, let alone by one college. That is what we Cardinal fans have experienced. That is what we have been blessed with.
And yet, it isn’t over…
Both Basketball teams are still playing for a National Title. Football returns almost everyone from a team that shocked the world. Baseball is a championship contender as it has been the last 6 years. How many other schools can say that about their teams? This truly is the golden era of Louisville athletics.
However, the events of the Duke game really hit home what I enjoy most about Louisville. All glory is fleeting, or so they say. And in my mind, I will remember most from this year what an amazing group of young men our basketball team has. I will remember the selflessness of Kevin Ware saying. "Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine. Just win the game." I will remember how the love of teammates for a fallen comrade transcended the game. I will remember not the greatness of the performances but the greatness of that teams character in face of such horrific adversity. The character of all of our teams is so rare and amazing.
And I for one feel lucky to bear witness to it. We are all lucky to call ourselves fans of the University of Louisville.
#Teddy4Heisman, #L1C4, and Most of all #prayforware