Fans May Still Be Able To Get Tickets
To That Last Freedom Hall Game Yet

by Tom Stosberg

Let’s clear one thing up. The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) isn’t such a bad thing. It’s televised. And usually it’s on Tuesdays when they don’t have the real good stuff like tools and computers on QVC or Home Shopping Network.

Plus they play in some big arenas. Okay, so lots of fans do like to come disguised as empty seats. But, c’mon! They don’t make a lot of noise so you can really hear the kinds of things the coaches tell the players that got them to the NIT.

Here’s another good thing. There are not nearly as many people watching the NIT on TV, so if you’re in a sports joint, you can have the place pretty much to yourself. They might even give you some extra chicken wings just to keep you there. Zowie.

If the University of Louisville basketball team can just hang on and make it to the NIT, there’s a possibility that Edgar Sosa and Mike Marra might be able to play in front of some family members … IF they can win more than two games. Or maybe Wisconsin will make the NIT and Jerry Smith could play in front of some of his folks. Zowie again.

Our “big” men will be able to show off their three-inch verticals and just to make it really exciting one of the Cards may even set the fan base on fire by actually dunking a basketball during an actual game.

Oh, I’m absolutely goosey over the whole thing…the possibilities of an extra game in Freedom Hall. I can already smell the caramel corn. Maybe this time there won’t be an ice rink under the floor causing condensation on the court. But if there is, what the heck. It’s NIT Tournament time!

Does basketball get much better than this? Well, actually, it does.

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Tom Stosberg

Tom Stosberg and his wife, Linda, also an active participant on this site, have been U of L fans for nearly 40 years. Tom is self-employed by MarketFit, Inc., an outsource marketing advisory. Tom worked in radio, television and advertising for 35+ years. His web site is located at

9 thoughts on “Fans May Still Be Able To Get Tickets<br/>To That Last Freedom Hall Game Yet

  • January 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Wow, I find it pretty disheartening when a UofL “fan” is so quick to jump off the bandwagon and start spewing negativity. What happened to sticking by your team through thick and thin, the good and the bad, instead you’re sounding like a UK fan the last few years. The team needs our support now more than ever.

    • January 23, 2010 at 1:11 am

      uh, Keith my man….believe me when I tell you that Tom is Cardinal red to the bone….lighten up. Charlie is right when he suggest a little sarcasm here. When someone bleeds red for over 40 years, maybe we are entitled to get a little sarcastic now and then. go CARDS!

  • January 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Please note the byline. And there may be a little sarcasm at work here.

  • January 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! I know, I’ll drink instead!

  • January 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Feeling a little snarky tonight, are we? Repeat after me, just about 7 months until football. Just about 7 months until football. Just about 7 months until football……..

  • January 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Over his career at UofL, Rick is fond of saying things like
    “We’re not a very smart basketball team”
    “We have a low basketball IQ”
    (pick your favorite Pitino malpropism…)

    This year, though, it’s beginning to look like reality and not Pitino spin. Let’s hope the current underacheivers can get it together and string a few wins together. Besides, don’t they usually have something like bull wrestling, cow tipping or a big ol’ heavy equipment show in Freedom Hall during the middle of March?

  • January 23, 2010 at 10:47 am

    As a long time UofL fan I am aware of the various (and many) weaknesses of this edition. That doesn’t mean I will pull for the team any less hard. It’s just that I am viewing the season with realism instead of unquestioning devotion.

    All programs run into dry periods and we need to understand that and hope to see a rebuilding. College sports today are so competitive that the old adage of reloading instead of rebuilding doesn’t ring as true as it once did.

    We have to evaluate this season’s results in terms of how well the team does in reaching its realistic potential as opposed to unrealistic dreams.

    That reasoning doesn’t make anyone less of a fan, just a more understanding one.

  • January 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

    You got it all wrong Keith.
    I love my Cardinals. I was merely looking for the silver lining. Our coach is still all giddy and gooosey over the season, so I must be too.

    Also you implied that I was a &@!%$#@!#$-X* (a filthy name, I won’t repeat, there may be children reading this)but I will overlook it because I am a very good boy.

  • January 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Tom, you kill me sometimes with your tongue-in-cheek stuff but I enjoy your posts. Pitino will get these guys going. He always does.

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