I’m in New Orleans for JazzFest.
So, after my workout this morning, during which I wore one of those shirts the Cardinal soccer team donned when Lynn Stadium opened, I walked down to the corner to a coffee bistro to caffeinate.
A brother behind me in line asks if I really follow the Cards?
To which I reply, oh yeah, I’m a big, long time fan.
So then he asks, what years was it that Milt Wagner played?
That was early 80s. He was on the team that lost to Georgetown in the semis. And, he had to sit out a year because of a foot injury, but came back to play on the ‘86 championship team.
The guy’s nodding, then asks me something about Pervis?
And, oh yeah, I interject, that loss to the Hoyas was right here in the Superdome.
Then he asks me another question about that era.
To which I reply, you tryin’ to test me, to see if I’m really a Card fan? If so, bring it, I’ve been following them since before you were born.
So he laughs, we chat, he’s from New Orleans, but shares how those early 80s Cardinal teams were his favorites.
After a few minute back and forth about the Cards’ glory days and about U of L hoops in general, we bump fists and he exits.
About thirty seconds later, he walks back in the shop, points at me and says, “The McCray brothers. I love the McCray brothers. They were the best.”
-- Seedy K