It is that time of year again, the time in which we not only reflect on the wonderful play of the glorious Cardinals, but reflect on Cardinal teams of years past and how we as fans actually became fans of the Louisville Cardinals. My story is different than most. I was born in Texas. I lived in Louisville during part of elementary school, but I lived in Georgia for much of my youth.
As an eight year-old child in 1980, I didn't know of Darrell, Scooter, Rodney or Denny... or anyone related to Cardinal basketball. I did not experience their first National Championship.
In 1986, still young and dumb----and it pains me to say this---- I actually recall rooting for Duke in that championship game. The following year I moved back to Louisville. A few members of my family were UK fans, so I joined along for that ride. What my fascination was with teams that wore blue and white, I will never know.
Then came 1994. I was a senior at U of L. Yes, you heard me right. I had been there three years and still was not a fan. In January of 1994 I met the wonderful woman who would later become my wife. She and her family were huge Cardinal fans. At that point, it was like magic. I started to see the errors of my past in high definition. The exact moment that year is a blur, but 20 years ago I began to be a fan of the Louisville Cardinals.
Since that time, I have been to countless games and experienced the team during its highs and lows. The Cardinal spirit has become part of me. I have become a true fan. And yes, I am a Cardinal fan who immensely dislikes Duke and UK.
For 19 years, I sat back and wondered if the Cardinals would ever be champions again, feeling guilty for not rooting for Pervis in '86 and for failing to see the light sooner. But then came the Year of the Cardinal, and not only did my family and I sit in the Superdome and watch the beauty of a Sugar Bowl, but I got to experience and savor that basketball title that I missed two times previously.
Love is an amazing thing. My wife and her family have brought so many wonderful things to my life... And one of those things is the love for the Louisville Cardinals. I would like to thank them for that. And I would like to thank the Cardinals for being my team. You were well worth the wait. All hail U of L!