Imagine, if you will, a world in which the University of Louisville wasn't defending national champions. A world before #L1C4 was known outside the city of Louisville. One where people were trying to throw their HOF coach to be out to the curb for someone like, oh I don't know, Brad Stevens. It's hard to remember isn't it? It was not so long ago actually. One of the most, if not the most, humiliating and deflating things to ever happen to me as a fan, outside of the H1N1 virus, happened almost 2 years ago today.
That's my friend Nick in the white block of text. He was with my on that senior night two years ago. The night our mighty Cardinals fell at the hands of then 18-11 South Florida team in an ugly contest that I'm sure most people have already blocked out of their memory. If not for the score but also that fact that Nick and I waited... and waited... and waited. Even after everyone was filing out of the stadium we wanted to hear and see Chris Smith and Kyle Kuric one more time. The senior ceremony activities never came. And so ended the last night I would ever be able to say Louisville basketball and disappointment in the same sentence.
Flash forward to today where we have just beaten a ranked team by 33 and said goodbye to some of our most beloved Cardinals of all time. We wish them well as they make their run towards their 3rd straight conference title and Final Four. We get to go back to YouTube to watch all of our favorite videos over the last two years of games that made us forget about how 3 years prior we were coming off two first round exits and what seemed almost destined to be our 3rd.
Instead of us all complaining about "Bridge Years" we get to watch this. Instead of belly aching about how the game has passed Rick by and that his teams weren't tough enough we get to watch this. Instead of lamenting about our recruiting classes we get to watch our unheralded players do THIS. That should last you until the conference tournament starts. Louisville went from being a long-dormant, sleeping giant to now up front with the rest of the blue bloods of basketball trying to become what can honestly be called a dynasty.
So before we get into the meat of March take a second and try and remember what life was like before the "BOOM". Back to when we would have loved to have been a 3-5 seed heading into the tournament. Then relish in the glory that was last year one more time. It won't be long until we are no longer referred to as defending national champions. Who knows, it could be "back-to-back defending national champions". Then you could say it was from dust to dynasty for the University of Louisville.