Louisville Basketball Could Use Some Cheer

by Paul Sykes

We’ve heard all the rants, rage and tirades about the University of Louisville basketball team’s lack of performance. Certainly, this isn’t what Cardinal fans have come to expect. But, with the unparalleled success this season of our neighbors to the east, the gasoline is out and the flames are being fanned.

Obviously, three losses this early in the season isn’t good. Add another four to six losses in the Big East and dangerous matchups against Kentucky and Western Kentucky and you have a Louisville team that is on the fence for the NCAA tournament.

Even in the lean years, the Big Blue crazies expect the best for themselves and want nothing but the worst for Louisville.

In Lexington, there’s a sparkling 10-0 record, including significant wins over North Carolina, UConn and Indiana. We know how fanatical UK fans are in backing that program. Even in the lean years, the Big Blue crazies expect the best for themselves and want nothing but the worst for Louisville.

Let’s face it. Cardinal fans work, live, socialize and interact with UK fans. The taunts over a loss to Western Carolina are 10 times as bad as they were about UK’s loss to VMI last year. As Cardinal fans, we are bombarded with the new coach, the new success, the records, the John Wall come lately. They do outnumber us in the state, and it wears on U of L fans.

Louisville is 5-3, but has a chance of being 10-3 or 9-4 before the matchup January 2nd at Rupp Arena. Many schools would sacrifice an athletic director or switch school mascots for that kind of record. However, Rick Pitino’s teams traditionally hit their stride in January and continue to improve.

So take a deep breath.  Stop the unnecessary rage against Pitino. We all knew it would be tough after T-Will, Earl Clark and Andre McGee departed.   This team is a work in progress. The defense will improve. The rebounding will develop. Let not the fly-by-night success of a rival diminish Louisville’s accomplishments in recent years. The season is young.

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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

4 thoughts on “Louisville Basketball Could Use Some Cheer

  • December 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I want to believe. Patience is well deserved and earned in this case, unlike our recently departed football coach.

  • December 15, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I have a feeling Kentucky’s early success is just that, and will not continue, despite the easy SEC schedule that awaits them. Heads are swelling and trouble is inevitable.

  • December 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    My husband and I were looking at the rankings and the Cards are not in the top 50 —- yikes! Pitino hopefully along with Willard can work with the team and get them moving up and over.
    Let’s see what the next few games bring and hope for the best. I am with Joe — poor rebounding is not helping.

  • December 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I completely agree on this. UL fans need to realize this is a young team, there is no leader on this team, and there is no go to guy right now. Pitino is a good coach and i don’t care if they won only half of their games this year, i wouldn’t replace him for another coach right now. If he can’t get this turned around then i doubt anyone else will with the players we have. Pitino may have lost some steam, but he has not forgotten how to coach. What UL is in desperate need for right now is some recruits, players who can play right out of highschool and not take a few years to develope. They may be down right now, but i think the ship will be righted soon.

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