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Another Weekend, Another Championship For Louisville


The rational part of me knows that it can't go on like this forever, that there has to eventually be a down period where I find myself talking to small children about the glorious era where Louisville championships "flowed like the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral." They'll be children I don't know that I lured to my table at the mall food court with the promise of free double-stuffed cookies, but they'll still appreciate the message before I'm escorted away.

On the other hand, it's been like this for a while now, and there really aren't any signs of it slowing down.

By "it's" I mean Louisville's prowess in the world of athletics, the latest example of which was on display inside Jim Patterson Stadium this past weekend. It was there that the mighty Cardinals swept No. 17 Pittsburgh and locked up their fourth Big East regular season championship in five years. The performance also guaranteed that Louisville will leave the Big East as champions in football, men's basketball and baseball.

If you've never experienced what it feels like to be in the middle of a dogpile, here's your chance:

U of L will now carry the top seed into this week's Big East Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., where a decent performance should lock up a national seed for the NCAA Tournament and a regional in Louisville. In fact, there are those who think the Cards have already secured more baseball at Jim Patterson.

You can't underestimate the importance of hosting a regional. Louisville - which has now won 16 straight - is playing as well as any team in the country right now, and if the home crowd can carry them through that first weekend, then there's a very solid chance (with the right super regional matchup) that U of L could be adding College World Series to its unmatched resume for this athletic season.

Even if baseball isn't your bag, these figure to be a fun last few weeks for all Cardinal fans before we officially put a cap on 2012-13. Feel free to hop on the bandwagon.