By Sonja Sykes

So, it’s down to two:  Undefeated UConn and the upstart University of Louisville women. David vs. Goliath. Dynasty vs. Darling. The ESPN faces are ready to roll out the red carpet for Geno, Maya and Renee. Kara, Doris, Mike, Rebecca and the rest…ready to bow, scrape and genuflect in front of the beasts of the Big East and national power.

And, although it very well may happen, let’s go ahead and play the game.

We all know that UConn destroyed the Lady Cards twice this season.  We’ve seen the precise, flawless and perfect Husky attack on offense and the lockdown defensive intensity. Maya can score, Renee can bomb, Tina can rebound and the rest of the team ain’t too shabby either.  We will hear this the entire game, be forewarned and no one in their right mind, save the Cardinal faithful, is going to suggest a Husky loss.

Play the game.

The Cards are overachievers. They got lucky because of a Sooner second half meltdown, a Maryland team that couldn’t score late and a Baylor team that couldn’t play defense. Forget the fact that UofL came in second in the Big East, and has Angel McCoughtry. The Cards simply don’t belong here.

Play the game.

Maybe Angel will start out hot in the final. Maybe the Cards pressure UConn into turnovers and the shots won’t drop for Maya and Renee. Maybe Keisha, Candyce and Monique go to the boards again Tuesday night and Dez continues to drive with determination and sink that sweet in the paint jumper. Maybe Becky Burke decides to knock down a few threes and Jeff Walz comes up with a good game plan and the team decides to pay attention to it for forty minutes.

Play the game.

It just might turn out like the previous three. The favorite, the ESPN pick, the beloved goes down and the Cardinals survive and advance.  The miracle happens. The unthinkable occurs. The impossible develops. Sometimes, you just have to have faith. Your team. Give ’em love and cheer loud. Swim upstream and dance like nobody is watching.

Sometimes you just have to believe.

Play the game.

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Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes owns Paul Sykes Advertising and does contract work for other advertising and publishing firms. The proud husband of Sonja, he has a fascination with bears, bars and Cardinal sports. He's also the moderator of CardinalCouple.blogspot.com