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The Cardinal Countdown: 100 Days Until Kickoff

Pandemics Get Remembered...But Countdowns Never Die

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 30 Music City Bowl - Mississippi State v Louisville Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I know what you’re thinking. He’s officially lost it. Eight years of Countdown posts have turned CardinalStrong into a mad man. He’s not all there, he’s not thinking clearly. How could we possibly count down to an event that may or may not actually happen? How can we invest hours of time and energy learning about this year’s football roster knowing they very well may never actually step on the field? My answer to you my friend, is because we need it now more than ever.

Whether this is the only post you read during the entire series or you ride with me through all 100, I can promise you that no matter what happens we’re going to see this thing through to the end just like we always do. As of today the college football season is still on, some athletes are even reporting back to campus in a couple weeks, and we’re not going to let a pandemic or the threat of a cancelled season slow our momentum. The Countdown will continue....

Did we fold up shop when Teddy left? No.

Did we call it a wrap when Charlie bolted? No.

Did we close it down when Lamar moved on? No.

Did we stop doing the damn thing after we went 2-10? Not even close.

Eight seasons in a row we’ve gone day by day through the Louisville roster and whether or not we get a full season, a partial season, or no season at all, the show goes on. While the prospect of a college football season in the year 2020 is still open to debate one thing is for sure. There is nothing stopping us from celebrating a bunch of young men who have worked just as hard as their predecessors to earn a spot on a Division I roster, and if they don’t get a chance to play this year, they deserve the acknowledgement even more. While the countdown in general is geared to be a nice distraction during the summer months the secondary purpose is to throw some shine on some young men that may not see their name published anywhere else the entire season. The guy who still makes the 6:00am workouts, the guy who stays in the film room until it’s dark, the guy who pushes others around him to be better. He deserves a moment (day) to be saluted, and I’m glad myself and you crazies here at CC can do just that.

In case you missed it or if the quarantined life has caused irreparable damage to your memory bank, the Louisville Cardinals exceeded nearly every expectation in 2019 and finished the year with eight wins and one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Looking back now I really wish I would have penned something about that offensive unit and just how powerful they became as the season progressed. It was not only gratifying to watch but a statistical smorgasbord of positive data on a nearly weekly basis. Oh wait, I actually did. Thanks ‘past me’, you’re the best. If you missed it earlier this year, go check it out right here ( ‘The 2019 Louisville Offense’). I’ll go grab a drink and wait until you get back.

Oh hey, welcome back, wasn’t that offense crazy!? Well I got a little secret for ya’ll that fits right into the ‘Day 100’ theme we got going on here. Louisville returns 100% of its passing yardage and 100% of its rushing yardage from the 2019 team. It’s like winning a game of ‘Guess Who?’ and then flipping the board right back over to start again. The faces will look familiar but it’s gonna be just as much fun running all over ACC foes the second time around. “Is your person wearing glasses? Is your person wearing a visor? Is your person gonna drop 50 on my favorite team?...You must be Scott Satterfield.”

I can’t predict the future (even though I continue to try and do so every single year) so I can’t promise you that when we reach “0 Days to Kickoff” your Louisville Cardinals will be running out of the tunnel, but I can promise that I’m going to bring the same foolishness I do ever summer and hopefully inject some normalcy into a world where that has been sorely missed.

100 days until kickoff. Let’s roll.