By Steve Springer
Contestant, Volvo’s Biggest Fan of the Big East Contest
Living three hours away from my favorite team is a burden many times. I don’t get to many games, much less have the luxury of season tickets.Â But there is a silver-lining, eternally optimistic way of looking at it, however. When I do get to go, it makes for an extra special time. And what’s the best part of a special time? The road trip.
An enjoyable road trip is never complete without a good vehicle, good weather, good company, and great tunes. Everybody has their own musical tastes and reasons for why they select the songs that they do on a road trip. My hypothetical road trip to my hometown to see the Louisville Cardinals play the University of Whoever is quite eclectic and quite unique. Included are various songs that are collectively special to the whole UofL fan base, and then there are a couple of ditties that are sentimental to me personally, evolved from years of support of my team. Below are the top five songs that I would jam out to cruising the Western Kentucky Parkway en route from Murray to The Ville for Big East Basketball:
(1)What road trip back to your hometown would be complete without the ultimate homecoming soundtrack Motley Crue’s Home Sweet Home. The hair band ballad from the eighties is always a favorite when heading back to Louisville after a long hiatus. You know the tune, but just in case you haven’t heard it in a while:
(2) In 2009, UofL swept both the Big East regular season title and the Big East Conference Tournament title on the way to the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. That was a magical couple of weeks, even though it didn’t end up in a Final Four run. One clever UofL fan compiled a highlight video of the season accompanied by the tune of Kevin Rudolf’s Let It Rock. That video compilation was special and very appropriate for that time. Whenever I hear the song, I think of the video, and it reminds me of Terrence Williams and Earl Clark dunking all over people that season and that March.
(3) Louisville’s first NCAA Championship came in March 1980. That was a special time for the school, the fans, and the city. I’m sure you’ve had songs that seem to cement themselves as a universal theme for a particular event. When the tragedy of 9/11 happened, a couple of songs came to mind, such as Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA or God Bless America played in the 7th Inning Stretch at Yankee Stadium.Â The song that fills in the blank for this era of UofL Basketball is Kenny Loggins’ This Is It. I get goosebumps thinking back to some of my earliest childhood memories when I hear this song and remember UofL winning it all for the first time:
(4)Another personal UofL song favorite is one that preceded the UofL-Kentucky game in 2003. That was the year that a freshman named Francisco Garcia kick-started his way to becoming one of the greatest players in team history, dropping daggers on the blue team. UofL won that game and I’ll never forget the Big Game look on Garcia’s face during the intro song, Emine’s Lose Yourself. Yes, its worn out now, but you still hear it all over the land in sporting venues before big games:
(5) Finally, not just a song makes this road trip complete. The ultimate road trip back to The Ville would have to be behind the wheel of Volvo’s new 300 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, Naughty S60. And what tune would be more appropriate in that car than Sexsie Volvo, with the greatest sound system ever designed and engineered for an automobile?
This Louisville fan just can’t wait to get behind the wheel of another Volvo S60, and on the road again.