It didn’t seem farfetched to think that the 11-1 Cardinals would easily beat Kentucky, a 9-3 group of individual talents that had no concept how to play together as a team. Until tonight.
Chugging along with a short lead late into the fourth quarter, Capilari’s crew finally got a clue and took charge. The Cards never stood a chance.
What does this mean for Louisville? It means they need to do some soul-searching. The loss to UNC, that happens. But the big games, the rivalry games, the must-wins, those are the games that big-time teams, the ones who think they’re championship material, absolutely, positively, do not, cannot lose. Especially like the Cards did tonight. They have the talent, they have the skill, they have the coaching. What they don’t have is the mental fortitude that separates the winners from the losers.
But more importantly, what does it mean for me? In the long run, not much. Fortunately, I had no money on the game. But I did lost bragging rights. I share an office with a young man from Lexington. Not just share with, I supervise him – I write his job evaluations, and generally get to boss him around on a day-to-day basis. But for the next year, he won the right to rub my nose in the fact that his team beat my team.
And because this is sports, he’s allowed by the man’s code to do so ad nasuem, without any fear of repercussion. My only hope is to suffer through March and hope they meet again in the NCAA Tournament.
If that happens, it’ll be a different game. The Cards will not allow themselves to be humiliated again like that.
Hope springs eternal.