Surviving the Aftermath: Basketballmanac, 1st Saturday

Thanks to those of you who have inquired about my state of mind in the aftermath of the stunning U of L loss Thursday. Along with local condolences, I’ve had calls and emails from Boston, Cali and Georgia, the purpose of which were to make sure I hadn’t performed hari kiri, or some similar form of personal harm.

Thank you for your concern. Obviously I’m still here, though it’s taken 48 hours to get back in touch with you.

I’ve had more demoralizing moments as a Cardinal basketball fan. The SMU loss in the mid 60s in the regional semis. UCLA in San Diego in ’75. Heck, last season’s one and done moment was worse, when the Cards sent a bunch of stand ins to lay down against Cal in the 1st round.

I’m not going to reconsider this U of ┬áL effort anymore than I already have in my blog on the game. They lost. I’m bummed. It’s over.

Okay, one thing. I mentioned how one pal I watched the game with suggested that U of L foul on that last possession to avoid the chance that Morehead would hit a trey. It seemed a reasonable strategy in the heat of the moment.

Of course it was an absurd theory. Which I realized for certain when loyal reader cbcard pointed out that Digger Phelps said that’s what U of L should have done. I withdraw my supposition.

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If you’re watching the games today, you’re obviously aware that The Rick is in the studio with Sir Charles and the rest of the talking heads.

He looks more than a bit uncomfortable. Especially so when they show highlights of Louisville’s loss and when were discussing UK’s W over Bobby Huggs.

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I’ve had a number of queries in the last week as to my thoughts of the increasing use of the phrase “score the basketball.”

To be honest, I hadn’t given it much thought. I guess it falls in the same category as the baseball lingo: “The pitcher popped him up.”

Anybody who reads me here knows I’m no language purist. If the listener understands what one means to say within the context of the situation, so be it.

Of course it’s a bastardization of Helen Mirren’s language. But this is a living, breathing, ever changing, fluid entity, this language of ours.

Score the basketball. Scoring the basketball.

No big deal here.

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Louisville fans are obviously bummed. But, imagine what it’s like for the faithful that root for Villanova and Michigan State?

Now those were a couple of train wrecks that even Denzel Washington couldn’t save from total destruction.

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I’d give some more salient perspectives on the rest of the tourney, but, to be honest, I’ve been watching in a haze since the U of L loss.

More later, maybe.

Go Morehead State.

– Seedy K


  1. cbcard
    Posted March 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    If Bill Bunton doesn’t clip his fingernails for two weeks before the UCLA game we play UK in the championship game.

    And a UofL player told me several UCLA players said after they beat UK that we would have beaten the Cats by a dozen.

  2. Big Smooth
    Posted March 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    I have seen the future. Brad Stevens last draw-up was Crum-esque

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