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Maybe I’m delusional, perhaps it’s a phenomenon I’m simply conjuring in my mind.

But, maybe not.

Seems like in the past several days, I’ve seen more people out and about in Cardinal gear.

The grocery. When filling up the tank of my Crosstrek. At a couple meetings I’ve attended. In the park.

The Red & Black Faithful are walking just a bit taller in the last few days, there’s a strut in their steps.

After a long, lingering malaise.

This is not to say this virulent bug which has laid the Louisville fanbase low for oh so long now has completely been eradicated.

But the fever has broken. For now anyway. Enjoy.

Which is what happens when your favorite football team scores a Friday Night upset, on national TV, with a last second 66 yard pick six. After a give away on the previous play.

From the agony of defeat to the thrill of victory in a flash. It was as if the clouds lifted over Cardinal Stadium, and the heavens turned into starry, starry night.

And, then came that Hoops dog & pony show the next night under the Twin Spires.

In front of 20,000 plus. Give whoever had the idea to stage this event at Churchill Downs a raise.

Midnight Madness that.

Coach Mack paid his respects to Hall of Famer Denny Crum, entering with that rolled up program. The 86ers were in the House.

May the Men’s team wear those throwbacks Every Game.

And, let’s hope the Women tell adidas, “Uh, we appreciate the effort, but, ya know, gold is not a U of L school color.”

This during the same week that U of L’s undefeated volleyballers beat the defending national champs — that school from down the interstate — and perennial power Nebraska. In Lincoln.

Ws over a tandem of Top 10 teams in a span of three days.

The women’s futbolers are 5-1-1, with the draw coming against a Top 20 foe. While the men’s soccer team has won 4 of their its five.

Maybe all this is short lived.

Basketball is still weeks away.

The pigskinners visit to Tallahassee this Saturday is fraught with peril.

But, hey, it’s Tuesday, and Ls are Up!

— c d kaplan