Louisville sports fans know I’ve got this blog — which gives me the appearance of being in the know, if not the reality of same — in which space, I pontificate as if I know something about U of L sports. And other things, about which I’m equally clueless.
When I say to those who ask me what’s happening with Cardinal sports this off season, as I did just yesterday during a catch up lunch with an old pal, “I know nothing,” people respond, like my pal yesterday during the catch up lunch, “Come on, I know you know . . . something?”
At which point, I’m inclined to a) make something up; or, more often, and more truthful, b) say it’s something you’ve already heard but here’s what I’m hearing and thinking based upon no concrete evidence whatsoever.
People listen anyway. Go figure.
And I’ve had so many sports nuts wonder recently what my take is on all the U of L rumors floating about — It’s true. I don’t understand it either. — that I’m going to give you my best “b)” game. (See “b)” above).
Q: What’s up with Louisville and the Big 12?
A: I honestly don’t know. I would hope, given Tom Jurich’s admission to the Big East that the Cards are looking to move away from the NY media market to the heartland, that something’s happening but I don’t know what it is. That a move is on the visible horizon.
Other than that opinion, which is based on nothing, I know nothing.
Q: Okay, then, what league do you see the Cards in in two years?
A: You mean committed to?
Q: Okay, yes.
A: If you must, the Big 12. If not, U of L football is in a heap o’ smelly heap. The decline of hoops, one guy’s opinion, would commence and accelerate if U of L is forced to remain in the watered down Big Least. Football would become irrelevant.
And, yes, I’ve even heard the innuendo that somehow the Cards and Notre Dame are in tandem, some sort of package deal, with the Big 12. To which gossip, the most mild response I can give is “bullshit.” Why on earth would TD Jesus want to frolic with that new blown up Cardinal Bird?
And, yes, I’ve heard that Jurich has given Charlie Strong, perhaps even encouraged Charlie Strong, to recruit to the Big 12. That Trinity’s James Quick is merely waiting for the announcement to pledge his troth to U of L. I haven’t the slightest idea if either of those bits of “info” are true or not?
Q: What’s going on with all the rumors in the basketball program?
A: Here me now and believe me later. If I know nothing about the football stuff, I know even less about hoops. There’s a wall, moat and Matrix Force Field around that program that would withstand an assault by any Machine Monster Michael Bay could devise. The word that comes to mind is impenetrable.
But, like you Cardinal acolytes, I’ve heard that Rozier might be in real academic peril. I’ve heard the rumors that Rakeem is headed to Florida International to play for Little Ricky, given that the kid who was going to Virginia Tech — I can’t remember his name and don’t feel liking googling it up — is apparently going to matriculate at the Belknap Campus.
Q: What’s the deal with Luke Hancock’s shoulder injury?
A: I dunno. Other than the joke that it proves he’s now a true member of the Cardinal hoops squad. Yuk, yuk.
Actually I saw a photo of him online when he was still playing at George Mason. I noticed that his shoulder was taped up. So that injury might actually have been preexisting when he arrived at U of L.
Q: Why does U of L basketball these days have to be a soap opera?
A: I haven’t a clue. But I hate it.
– Seedy K