Not A Nice Day For Louisville Fans

Awakened by the rumble of heavy thunder, lightning and six to seven inches of rain in one hour, University of Louisville basketball fans should have known right away Tuesday was not going to be a good day.

The ensuing flooding would engulf large portions of Belknap Campus, with water reaching up to two overpasses, wiping out hundreds of vehicles, destroying untold numbers of computers and books at the main library, engulfing hundreds of basements, and forcing the shutdown of a local hospital for several weeks.

Meanwhile, the storm would also force postponement of big news for the new downtown arena (still unknown) while inconveniencing thousands of Louisvillians. To add insult to injury, Fab Melo would take his sweet time making his announcement, disappointing U of L fans in the end.

Not a good day for Louisville fans. A great one for Syracuse.

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Ironic that Fab Melo would sign on at a university that is building a new basketball practice facility called the Melo Center. Who could resist playing in a building that bears one’s last name?

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The observer knows Syracuse is a fine university with a great basketball program. That doesn’t make it any easier to lose a recruiting battle. Excuse one for not being happy for people clad in Orange.


Fab Melo Goes With Syracuse

Fab Melo has chosen Syracuse University over the University of Louisville as his choice for college basketball.

Had to be a difficult decision, passing on an opportunity to learn from Rick Pitino, to perform in front of some of the game’s most knowledgeable fans, and to help inaugurate the best college basketball facility in the country when the new 22,000-seat facility opens during the 2010 season.

For Syracuse.

Louisville fans wish him well.

Wherefore Fab Melo?

Does it bother anyone else that, with some recent recruiting trends, that Syracuse has a contract with Nike shoes and Louisville is an Adidas school?

Fab Melo allegedly making his choice between the University of Louisville and Syracuse University today on where he will play his college basketball.

The brand of shoes should be the least possible factor but, until Adidas decides to compete seriously, it is apparently a huge consideration for some teens, especially with Nike’s financial ties with some National Basketball Association players.

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Parts of the U of L campus flooded with six to seven inches of rain, viaducts flooded, campus closed. One question is whether Jerry Smith made to the basketball practice facility or not.

He tells teammate Peyton Siva in one Twitter message:  “Stuck in the gym 8 inches of rain.. streets flooded.. what better place than stuck in the gym –> n I’m stuck n my room SMH!”

But in the next tweet, he says: “Hey gotta do something bout this flood water. I gotta get n the gym asap… Don’t think swimmin n rain water worth it tho. Or is it? Lol.”

His heart’s in the right place, wherever he is.


Andre McGee Off To Germany

A few years from now when University of Louisville fans look back at the 2008-09 basketball season, what they will remember most about the team was its defense, with the offense being sporadic at best.

The player who made the defense tick was Andre McGee who, despite his respiratory challenges, never seemed to tire of making life miserable for the opposition.

Great to learn that his defensive prowess has opened a new door. McGee has signed a contract with the Phoenix Hagen, a team that plays in one of Germany’s top leagues.

“I liked him right away as I saw him. He is a player with a lot of discipline. He is a real guard. A big reason for his signing was his strong defense. We spoke with a lot of his ex coaches and they all confirmed his strong defense,” stated coach Ingo Freyer.

McGee is about to teach the German players some lessons about playing defense.


Louisville Target: Fab Melo

Every year there’s one big man everybody knows can turn a good team into a great team. That person in the 2010 recruiting class is Fab Melo, a 7-foot, 270-pound prospect from Brazil who will play his senior year at Sagemont High in Weston, Fla.

The good news for University of Louisville basketball fans is that Mr. Melo has Rick Pitino’s team high on his list of possible teams. The other news is that he is also said to be considering Florida, Florida State, UConn and Duke.

That list seems to expand and contract every few days with Syracuse, Georgetown and Kentucky once included on the list. The only constant has been U of L among the favorites.

Card fans have been down this road more than a few times.

Overdue. Let it happen.