Everything in the Big 2 of college sports just seems wrong. A gear in the grand tapestry of the universe has jammed and resulted in the Louisville Cardinals experiencing possibly the greatest year in the history of their existence. Let’s reacp shall we? Since losing to our Cats in the Final Four the Dirty Birds went 11-2 and beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl, escaped the dying grasp of the Big East to land in the ACC, and just made the Final Four in both the men’s and womens game. All while UK went 2-10 on the gridiron and made a trip to the NIT. Sometimes you’re the bird and sometimes you’re the statue. The year has been tough to say the least but coping with little brother having a great year can be easy when you follow these simple steps:
Yeah, Louisville is on their way to capturing their third national championship and you know what that’s okay. Kentucky got their third 62 years ago. Not to mention we just brought home the trophy to Lexington last year. A Louisville championship would be just an aberration in a decade of dominance by the Kentucky Wildcats. Since 2010 we’ve gone to an elite eight, a final four, and won it all. Next year we’re going to be the odds-on favorite to win it again. If Louisville gets one this year just offer the rivals a congrats and move on but just keep in mind they haven’t won anything yet.
UofL should win the title this year but there’s a reason why they play the games. You never know what’s going to happen. Wichita State could pull off the unthinkable and shock the world. Next year in football the Cards could drop a game on their cakewalk of a schedule. In fact I know they will when they bring that top 10 ranking into Lexington. The point is to keep perspective on how good the Cats have it. Especially with what’s coming down the line.
Look at the Future:
I’m not saying the reason for Louisville’s success is the book of forbidden incantations I saw Tom Jurich with in New Orleans. But selling your soul comes with a price and the Cards current doesn’t look great long term. The Sugar Bowl win didn’t translate into big wins in the recruiting war and the Cards picked up what will probably be their only win over Cal this year. Meanwhile in Lexington the Stoops is attempting to change the culture of the football program, Women’s basketball is a top ten program and what else needs to be said about what Cal has done. The future is bright in the Bluegrass. One down year for basketball and football has resulted in changes that will generate some long term success.
Rocky vs Apollo Creed. WCW vs WWF. Kentucky vs Louisville. Having a strong rival pushes you to be better. Cal’s arrival has certainly seemed to revitalize Rick Pitino who appeared to just be waiting to retire just a few years ago. A great opponent simply serves to make you better and the commonwealth is lucky to have two of the premier athletics programs in the nation. How have you learned to cope as Louisville has experienced this recent surge?