In about 45 minutes, I will be in sports Nirvana. Louisville vs. Kentucky, the year’s best basketball game, followed by Louisville v. Miami, the Cardinals’ unofficial welcome to the ACC.
I’m still kind of a newcomer to the Louisville area, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the UL-UK rivalry, which many consider college basketball’s best. The passion is palatable here. Both the Cardinals and the Wildcats entered the basketball season expecting to contend for the national title; UK has stumbled early, and too many people have made an issue of UL’s only loss. But both teams are still in the hunt, which makes the game even better. Fans live for this game – the results will set their mood for weeks to come.
And then the Russell Athletic Bowl. Cardinals versus the Hurricanes. Many people are using this game to gauge Louisville’s level compared to the ACC’s upper levels. Even though the Cards are three-point favorites, there are many internet trolls who consider them the product of an inferior league, nothing but chum for the teams in the slightly-better-but-still-not-the-SEC Atlantic Coast Conference. I also want to get what might be my last look at Teddy Bridgewater’s last game in a Louisville uniform. Many expect him to declare for the draft, where he would be the odds-on favorite to be the overall #1 pick, likely to the Houston Texans.
Maybe I’m just being a fan here, but I like Louisville to win both games.