On, no less, just about the fourth anniversary of the moment when he flipped U of L the bird, and headed off to fame and, yes, fortune, and a title as a Devil in Blue.
Now, he’s back — somebody please explain to me why? — for an appearance at a faux Cordish sports bar downtown to . . . uh . . . well . . . to tell Louisvillians how much he really loves us and Louisville and the Cardinals. To share that he’s even contemplating wearing his dad’s Cardinal jersey underneath his cap and gown during his graduation from . . . Duke.
Yo, dude, don’t bother. Your dad, who came to town a country bumpkin with game and all his earthly belongings in a paper bag — literally — left, beloved, a man and national champion. He didn’t give an itshay about Duke, to use the pig Latin he and pal Wiley used to communicate on the court.
And, young Nolan, neither do we.
You could have shown your love and respect for your dad and his legacy by leading his alma mater — also that of your mom and sister — back to hallowed status of national champ. But . . . you didn’t.
And, don’t give me that didn’t want to play in the shadow his dad crap. Didn’t bother Luke Walton. Or that Sullinger lad up at Ohio State. Besides Nolan’s better than his dad.
Of course, the tale of Mr. Smith Goes to Durham is certainly as sordid as we skeptics have come to expect of college hoops recruiting. Calls to local Louisville businessmen, looking for his AAU coach — later his step dad — to “be taken care of.” The Rick, cocky and inept as ever at closing a recruiting deal at Louisville, eschewing the help of the two members of the Card family who could have reeled in the “lock.”
I mean, the kid was what we, back at the frat house, called a legacy.
So, anyway, Nolan, you’re supposed to be making that appearance downtown right about now. Sorry, fella, not going to make it. I’m having a root canal. Yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket, I’m having a root canal. Carry on without me, wayward son.
Oh yes, Nolan, one more thing, be sure to slam the door behind you when you leave town.
– Seedy K