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A Little Reflection in My Perspective.

Recently the University of Louisville was introduced to the ACC. I haven't really had time (work) to reflect on what an accomplishment that is. All my life, or since I could distinguish the difference between good and evil, I have been a Louisville fan. Growing up in eastern Kentucky and liking the other half has never been easy. I would compare it to the movie the Outsiders. Greasers and SOCS, except at the time I felt like the lone greaser. A good friend of mine pointed out to me a couple year's ago that I had to be the most loyal Louisville fan there is, and that there is no way he could of endured the epic amount of crap that I constantly had to listen to. During the 90's (my younger/school days) our in state counterpart (big sister) was enjoying the sweet moments of being on top of the college basketball world rejuvenated by a future Hall of Famer that they would later grow to despise, I know only in Kentucky. This friend of mine said that during that time frame that if I had switched to the blue side that nobody would've ever questioned my reasons. And being a young impressionable kid it would of made sense, but I'm just a little more stubborn then most. I remember playing basketball and all my buddies had their favorites they would try and pretend to be. Whether it be Tony Delk, Mashburn, Walker, Mercer, Jeff Shepard, Feldhaus, and from my UNC friend, Stackhouse. My player of choice....? B.J. Flynn. Now I know your like what the f.... B.J. Flynn? Out of all those players that Louisville had during the 80's, and yes they had some good ones during the 90's, just not to the extent that big sister had going at the time. B.J. Flynn was the ultimate kind of player that just pissed his opposition off. He was a hard nosed defender that never backed down. He wasn't going to wow you on the offensive side of the floor, but the kid had guts. I remember arguing with my friends about how great he was. Of course they all thought I was crazy, it pissed them off to no end, but it was just part of the role I felt I shared, an outsider. Then in 2001 a bomb was dropped on the Bluegrass state, that bomb was Rick Pitino. The man that brought Kentucky back from NCAA sanctions had returned to the Bluegrass, this time dawning a red coat. This moment in time has been an earmark for the increased level of hatred for the two fanbases. The media talks about Duke/UNC, Michigan/Ohio State, Alabama/Auburn, etc. They have no idea the level of hatred that these two schools have built over the years, and with social media it has gotten a 100 times worse. Now, back to what this is all about, the move to the ACC. Louisville hasn't always had the stability of a solid conference, but they have persevered. Tom Jurich has proven to be a huge figure in the world of college athletics. The ability to navigate Louisville through three lame duck conferences is rivaled by NO ONE. The Big East was an awesome basketball league, and I'll miss that, but this whole thing is driven by football, and our football program is too big to be left to feel the cold shoulder of conference re-alignment. All our athletic programs are flourishing in the Ville, and right now it's definitely a great time to be a Louisville Cardinal. Now we get to look forward playing prestigous schools in all sports, and I can't wait! In closing I would like to say I didn't type this looking for arguments, or banter, I just wanted to reflect a little bit on how far Louisville has come during my years of fandom. As always, L's up! Go Cards!


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