Who wouldn’t have done the same thing?

The closest fan to the ball, cheerleader Jordan Alcazar, just couldn’t contain himself after Kyle Kuric’s latest dunk to all but seal the win for the University of Louisville over Pittsburgh in the classic at the KFC Yum! Center.

As far as Alcazar knew, as far as most fans knew, the game was over. Who was watching the clock anyway beside the nitpickers. The kid got emotional, the ball practically falling in his lap, slapping it high in the air.

Yes, his action could have cost U of L a win with a miraculous shot but it was a long shot, would have been a very long shot. That wasn’t going to happen Sunday. It was Louisville’s day, nothing was going to change that.

Great to see that display of emotion from a cheerleader, especially from a cheerleader. Sometimes one wonders whether cheerleaders pay attention to the score. Jordan Alcazar was obviously into the game.

He just celebrated half a second too early. Some folks, as the guy who subtitled this video, just don’t get it.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

7 thoughts on “Here’s to Louisville cheerleader Jordan Alcazar”
  1. They would never have seen that basketball again if I had been the cheerleader. I think the official overreacted. The kid did nothing out of line. A little too enthusiastic but he was caught up in the moment.

  2. Come on Springer! The ball practically fell in his lap? He ran onto the court and picked it up! The officials made the right call here. I’m just glad we can laugh about this one. I’d hate to hear what Pitino would have said had this incident caused the game to be sent to double OT.

  3. Who among us wouldn’t have done the same thing given the opportunity? Gotta feel for him.

  4. I agree with you Charlie…he was excited and fired up. I just wish whoever is in the Cardinal bird suit would have a fraction of that excitement!

  5. I guess I’m one of those guys who doesn’t get it…and wouldn’t have done the same thing. Cheerleaders are instructed before the season ever begins that they don’t handle the basketball. What’s next, Peyton running over and picking up the megaphones and pom-poms?

    Celebration is all well and good. Keep it in the guidelines of your job assignment, though. Next thing you know…Jordan will out there curling off picks and posting up off the left elbow…

      1. Given my hoops ability these days, Charlie…I would have grabbed the ball, dropped it and been called for traveling and three seconds before ever getting a chance to throw it.

        And what’s up with the sissy, underhanded, two hands hurl? C’mon, Jordan…man up and at least try a set shot next time. I want this guy in a game of ‘horse’ or ’21’.

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