Opening Night Observations I: The Scene

Those Nelligan Marketing folks who seem to have grabbed hold of U of L athletics by the short and curlies won’t let go. At last night’s first Cardinal hoops battle, they inundated the crowd as is their wont with continuously loud abrasive music during pre-game. If they feel compelled to play loud music at every moment there isn’t action, perhaps they can at least mix it up to accommodate all the varying musical tastes of folks in the building. And turn down the volume so people can hear each other when they’re chatting. I feel compelled to ask: Isn’t the pep band enough?

Seems like there are now about 150 members of U of L’s 82 time National Champion Lady Birds. And, my, my, aren’t they all tanned this year. Nothing like throwing caution to the wind, risking skin cancer and heading to the ovens for a glow before taking the court. These gals are givin’ it up in the name of one of America’s great disciplines, dance teamery.

The first former Cardinal I saw in the house was the ever present Phil Rollins. He was a star before the Cards moved to Freedom Hall. But he could sure nail the jumper at the Jefferson County Armory.

I don’t know if the team’s new warm ups for the whole season will be those wonderfully understated sweatshirts they wore last night, but I sure hope so. Old school. Stylin’ in a low key way.

And I loved the rendition of the national anthem by the Tuba Ensemble.

– Seedy K


  1. cbcard
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    You saw Rollins, I saw Bond. Remember when he took John Lucas to school in the NCAAs?

  2. Seedy K
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    MVP in MidWest Regional.

  3. fred
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    The Lady Birds must have some kind of pre-season training camp in Florida. You think the music’s loud down on the floor? Come up to the upper arena where you’re closer to the speakers. As to the music selection, rule # 1 for marketing people: understand your audience. The sweatshirts should be red. We are the Cardinals.

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