Awakened by the rumble of heavy thunder, lightning and six to seven inches of rain in one hour, University of Louisville basketball fans should have known right away Tuesday was not going to be a good day.

The ensuing flooding would engulf large portions of Belknap Campus, with water reaching up to two overpasses, wiping out hundreds of vehicles, destroying untold numbers of computers and books at the main library, engulfing hundreds of basements, and forcing the shutdown of a local hospital for several weeks.

Meanwhile, the storm would also force postponement of big news for the new downtown arena (still unknown) while inconveniencing thousands of Louisvillians. To add insult to injury, Fab Melo would take his sweet time making his announcement, disappointing U of L fans in the end.

Not a good day for Louisville fans. A great one for Syracuse.

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Ironic that Fab Melo would sign on at a university that is building a new basketball practice facility called the Melo Center. Who could resist playing in a building that bears one’s last name?

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The observer knows Syracuse is a fine university with a great basketball program. That doesn’t make it any easier to lose a recruiting battle. Excuse one for not being happy for people clad in Orange.

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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.