By all accounts, Louisville Live 2021 at Churchill Downs was a smashing success on Saturday.
I know fans who weren’t able to make it out to the racetrack were disappointed that the event wasn’t streaming anywhere, but hopefully that’s something that can be rectified in the future. And even if it isn’t, let’s be real, this is an event that’s for recruiting first and foremost. As long as it goes smoothly and the potential future Cards in attendance are impressed, the folks in charge of putting the event on are going to be pleased. As they should be.
Here’s a glimpse at the best from Louisville Live’s debut at Churchill Downs:
—This pic is unbelievable and pretty much encapsulates why you move this event to this type of setting.
—El Ellis’ contest-winning dunk was absurd.
—Noah Locke took home the 3-point shooting contest crown.
—These unis are so bad ass.
—I’m less crazy about the women’s unis, but they still brought the heat, as did Angel McCoughtry.
—Hailey Van Lith claimed the 3-point shooting belt on the women’s side.
—Chris Mack — whose son Brayden rocked a matching red jacket — delivered a definitive message to the fan base.
Louisville coach Chris Mack: "Since the NCAA Tournament selection show in March, our team has been working their asses off to get where we're going to get this coming year." pic.twitter.com/nfKZyl2pKs— Dominique Yates (@RealDYates) September 19, 2021
—He also talked about his 6-game suspension publicly for the first time.
I asked Chris Mack about his six-game suspension. "I feel like the team is in great hands with Mike Pegues. Do I wish it was different? Yes. But when I was a little kid and kicked a soccer ball into the stands after we tied the game, my dad spanked me and I moved on." pic.twitter.com/CSH6U4md8m— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) September 19, 2021
—Recruits seemed to come away awfully impressed.
U of L target Rodney Rice said he was impressed by the fans - @UofLVillens - chanting "we want Rodney" last night during Louisville Live. There was also a very loud "stay home Kaleb" to Male junior Kaleb Glenn.— Jody Demling (@jdemling) September 20, 2021
—Based on social media, I’d say Trez took selfies with approximately 9,000 fans this weekend.
—Overall, an incredible success.