Threeeeeee Sosaaaaaaaaa!

Edgar Sosa hits primetime, sinking a 30-footer to give Louisville a 74-71 basketball win over Kentucky.

By Charlie Springer

As sweet a moment as any in recent seasons  for University of Louisville basketball fans, the climactic swish of Edgar Sosa’s 30-footer. That shot will linger in the minds of Card fans for years, rivaled only by the CBS montage of swish, swish, swish, swish. Play it again, guys.

None of that dribbling wildly down the lane tripping over all the obstacles. They’re giving you the shot out there.

Take it.

Hit it.

Erupt, Freedom Hall, explode.

Redemption for a player everybody but Rick Pitino had all but relegated to the dump heap. Strange thing, though. Sosa seemed content, even smiling, much of the game. A couple of errant passes not going to affect him today. The coach believes, why shouldn’t Sosa?

Next time you watch the video of the game winner, watch Sosa look quickly to the left, across the court to where his hero Francisco Garcia is seated.

— A great time for Jerry Smith’s shooting eye to return — three three-point attempts, all of them good.

— Despite two pitiful inbounds passes, something good may have happened for Earl Clark in today’s game: the cool, above-it-all look was actually replaced by humiliation and disappointment. Does anybody else cringe when he starts acting like a guard? Take it personal, Earl, get emotional, get better.

— Terrence Williams lives for those rim-rattling dunks but those 19 points, eight rebounds, and five steals were the dosage. Three of five three-point attempts, keeping the elbow tucked. Getting the ball stuck on the rim, not  funny.

— George Goode, subbing for Samardo Samuels, made up some lost ground, earning respect for key stops on Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson. Playing with stress fracture that had kept him out of practice. And did you see him going bananas after Sosa hit that winning shot?  This guy is on board.

— A rough patch for Samuels but the same coach who kept telling us that Sosa was the missing piece of the puzzle says Samardo will come around.

Play that game winner again. Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish.

More Than A Game

By Charlie Springer

People being much too reserved in their predictions and comments. Are fans looking forward to Sunday’s matchup or are they dreading it?

Kentucky has fattened up a 13-3 won-lost record with schools few people knew even existed before this season started. How about Ouachita Baptist, Mississippi Valley State, and  Longwood? They have basketball teams, too? What do you learn about yourself playing teams like Virginia Military Institute, Florida Atlantic and Delaware State? A freshman-dominated Indiana University team?

Not much.

Louisville limps in with an 8-3 record, having learned quickly that it doesn’t faintly resemble the third ranked team in the nation. Surprising losses to Western Kentucky, Minnesota and Nevada-Las Vegas. Cockiness has been replaced by uncertainty, the future clouded by doubt, and an ugly offensive attack plagued by poor field goal and free throw shooting.

Are the Cards as bad as they looked against UNLV?  Probably not.

All of which adds to the unknown and drama of Sunday’s showdown. No time for reflection. It’s much more than a game, and everybody knows it. You had better come to play. Win or lose, everybody has to live with the outcome for quite a while.

Make all the ugly K baseball caps, the UK car flags, the fat Wildcat shirts go away. Make them disappear.