Card Flag of the Week

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Card Flag of the Week honors go to Rick Hall, the driver of this Louisville Gas & Electric vehicle, who was in the Douglass Hills area putting finishing touches on electrical repairs from the Great Ice Storm of 2009. Rick, an LG&E employee for 33 years, actually has two Louisville flags on his truck. He has been a U of L fan even longer. Go Rick, Go Cards!

Will Scott Has Allan Houston’s Number

Okay, you’re a University of Louisville basketball fanatic or you wouldn’t be here. Should know just about everything about the team. So who was Will Scott’s basketball idol, the one he fashioned his three-point shot after, and adopted this player’s No. 20 number for his jersey?

None other Allan Houston, the former New York Knicks guard. Houston  played at Ballard High and signed with U of L before following his dad Wade Houston to Tennessee where Wade became head coach.

Scott, 24, is the son of longtime New York Knicks doctor Norman Scott and has seen championships up close. But as a youngster, he was in awe of Michael Jordon.

As a 7-year-old, he traveled with Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and other future Hall of Fame players as they qualified for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where they won the gold medal.

His most memorable Olympic moment came one morning at breakfast. Eating a bowl of cereal, he looked up and saw Jordan, “like God,” peering down at him.

“I froze, and then I ran to the side of the room and started crying because I didn’t know what to do,” the fifth- year senior recalled with a laugh during last week’s Big East Conference Tournament in New York.

Scott’s decision to leave Cornell to join Rick Pitino is chronicled in a nice piece at Bloomberg.com.

Magical Mystery Tour At Madison Square Garden

A great regular season under the belt, the kind of season fans all but took for granted a couple of decades ago. Having endured the lean, in-between and too few high times makes one savor what the University of Louisville men’s basketball has accomplished this season. Those times also temper any thought of being overly confident during tourney times.

  • No matter what happens over the next few days and weeks, this has been a magical season. Rick Pitino says a lot of things, one never knows what he’s going to say next because he thrives on being unpredictable, but the one to be remembered today is his promise to “return the ‘Cahds’ to prominence.”
  • The current group is in no way a great team. A good team for sure, but with some weaknesses and shortcomings. However, Pitino has overcome many of the deficiencies with a charismatic super star in Terrence Williams and an approach to playing defense making it possible to believe that good things are inevitable.
  • Not a good shooting team by any stretch of the imagination, nor a good half offense. Too many walking calls, too many turnovers, poor free throw shooting. The majority of points seem to come off of turnovers, awkward drives to the basket, and spurts of dunks and three-point shots. Every shot an adventure, every point a surprise, resulting in ecstasy and hypertension for Card fans.
  • A defensive intensity reminiscent of Roger Burkman’s 1980 team, relentless on the attack, challenging every dribble, every pass, creating opportunities the offense does not. Led by Andre Magee, requiring intravenous fluids pre-game, Preston Knowles, shifting between, fourth gear, fifth gear and overdrive, Terrence Williams, making good shooters disappear, and Earl Clark, thriving anonymously where he is indispensable.

Nothing is possible, anything is possible.

Battered But Better Than Rutgers

More resemblance to a Hulk Hogan wrestling production at times than basketball, but the University of Louisville defeated Rutgers 87-82 in two overtimes in the quarterfinals of the Big East women’s basketball tournament.

The Lady Cards withstood every body blow the thuggies, er, ladies from Piscataway dished out. McCoughtry was pummeled to the floor on every layup it seemed, but always jumping back up, ready to go again. The officiating crew, of course, was oblivious to extracurricular activities. She wound up with 35 points despite the battering.

“You have to come prepared for a battle,” McCoughtry said afterward. Angel wasn’t kidding, nor was she smiling.

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Sonja has some more details here on her game-watching experience (not for the meek).