By Barbara Springer
One thing from Rick Pitino’s press conference on Friday really jumped out at me.Â He commented that Louisville basketball fans don’t yet have the same mindset that more established Big East fans have developed: a thought process that automatically includes vacation time in New York for the Big East Tournament.
Probably so, and that is probably because we have not been in the conference long enough.
- And because our team’s success in that tournament has not been stellar.
- The word has always been that tickets are hard to come by.
- Add in the expense of a trip to NYC, and we simply fail to put those dates on our post-season travel calendar.
But a change is coming, Coach, I feel sure.Â Make us want it.Â Carry us with you.Â 2009 was oh so sweet.
We were of that specific mindset with our football team’s numerous trips to bowl games, that is, until the Kragthorpe era squelched our anticipation of postseason road trips. We were so into that mindset that we automatically, if subconsciously, thought that, yes, there is all the Christmas and New Year’s hubbub to wrap around a bowl game, somewhere in that part of our calendars.Â No matter where, we were going.Â Even a luxurious RV was parked outside the entrance to PCJS for a raffle to ride in the RV to a bowl game.Â An assumption we had come to expect.
Will U of L get to NYC in March for the BE tournament?Â No doubt.Â Will we go further than a game or two?Â Maybe.
Will we all drive/fly/hopscotch to the Big Apple in another of our exciting Cardinal Caravans?Â Only more successful seasons than we have had lately will determine that.