Some day in the next decade, a teenager named Brinley Reccius is going to stumble across a photo of herself in the arms of her mom and dad on the Internet standing outside the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
She was a 3-year-old when the photo was taken, her head covered in a crocheted turban with a red ribbon to protect her from the wind, the sprinkles and the 45 degree temperature in New Orleans. That’s the way they did it back in the good old days, Brinley. Keeping you warm was what counted.
That and the big football game. A major event for mom and dad, Shannon and Jeremy Reccius, the young family traveling all the way from Louisville to New Orleans. It was a chance to be a part of history, their University of Louisville football team taking on fourth-ranked Florida in the BCS Sugar Bowl.
No one gave their football team a chance, the pundits predicting a 21-p0int win for Florida over the upstart Cardinals. And that was just being nice.
Louisville, however, would dominate its SEC opponent from the beginning to the very end with a 33-23 outcome, serving notice to the world that UofL football had risen to another plateau. You were one of an estimated 25,000 fans who witnessed the milestone, one of many more to come.