Reason One: They’re not wearing the orange jerseys this year.
I’d never tell you to root for Louisville. I understand that the hatred runs deep. And I know that if they win, we’re gonna get an earful. But, at least at this point in the season, I will tell you that I think it’s at least okay if you do. You might not understand that, and that’s fine. You might hate me for it, and that’s fine, too. It sucks, and I hate it, but there are at least three reasons that I wouldn’t judge you for hoping the Cards win it all.
1) Kevin Ware
One of the biggest stories from yesterday was Ware’s gruesome injury against Duke. I didn’t see it, and I don’t want to see it, but by all accounts it was horrific. When Joe Theisman tweets his sympathies, you know it’s bad. But injuries are something that all rational fans can empathize with, and nobody wants to see a young man go down that way. The #WinForWare campaign has taken over my Facebook and Twitter feeds, and it certainly seemed to work against Duke, as the Cards won by a ridiculous 22-point margin. The reaction of the Louisville players, both their initial emotion and subsequent aggressive passion, was admirable and moving. Ware is now the motivating X-Factor for this team, and it would be a really cool story if they won to make him proud.
2) Pete Thamel
“The enemy of my enemy is double my enemy, because exponents.” Pete Thamel’s tweet, which I won’t publish because screw him, showed just how high his douche-baggery can really reach; and if there’s one thing BBN can understand, it’s dealing with this chode. Like Splinter and the Shredder against Krang (because UK is basically just a basketball version of the Ninja Turtles), Cat and Card fans can unite on their now-mutual loathing of the Thameltoe.
Fo real doe, that guy’s ridiculous.
3) Rick Pitino’s Final Four Advice to Cal Last Year
After Anthony Davis and Co. put on a show against the Cards in NOLA last year, Rick Pitino actually said something that increased my respect for him quite a bit. He told Cal, after losing, to “bring [the championship] home for the state.” That level of sportsmanship is impressive, and while we give Rick Pitino a hard time for being a crazy person, I can really appreciate that sentiment. So this year, with Kentucky out of the equation, it’s okay to return the respect that Pitino paid us last year. So Cardinals, if somebody’s gotta win the title, you might as well bring it home for the state. That’ll put Duke and UNC on the backburner for a while if the state of Kentucky has two rival schools win consecutive championships.