Black Saturday > Blue Monday > Wunderbar Wednesday

The only people around today who haven’t talked exclusively about U of L’s invite to the ACC are Diane Rehm and my piano teacher, Chris Bizianes.

He should know better. He played in the Cardinal Pep Band during the halcyon days of the 80s. Shame on him.

Rehm is excused. Her national radio talk show deals with issues that folks in other parts of country consider more important than playing a league game against Duke in the Yum! Silly them.

Which last phrase — playing a league game against Duke in the Yum! — resonates with a mighty sweet tone where I’m sitting.

In the harum scarum circus of college conference realignment, Louisville is in the center ring, astride the prettiest stallion in the stable. The ACC is Louisville’s dream conference, and that is where the school has finally landed.

It’s a sublime fit not only for hoops, but football where the Cards will immediately be a contenda and the other sports.

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Days on the field and court of play don’t come much worse than last Saturday for U of L. The football team choked against UConn. Star QB Teddy Bridgewater broke his wrist, then threw a pick that sealed the L.

The basketball team lost to Duke. (I can still hear Eric Crawford’s sardonic comment before the tilt, “Just another league game.”) Gorgui Dieng didn’t play due to an injured wrist.

On Monday, it was confirmed that Dieng’s wrist was broken. It was also confirmed that the Big East was broken when the conference announced the addition of Tulane and East Carolina.

How disconsolate were Cardinal fans?

Here are the exact words of an email I received from one forlorn member of the Red & Black Nation: Somebody, please, put a bullet in the U of L Athletic Program and put it out of its misery.  Tulane, East Carolina–we are back in the Metro.

Oh I won’t cue up Dinah Washington again, but, my oh my, what a difference a day makes.

But, on this Wednesday when Louisville is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, we do owe homage to the Deity of the Day.

Hail Atlantis!

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While I obviously didn’t report anything, because, well, I really had no info. I did think something might be brewing when Tom Jurich and his money guy Kevin Miller were in Louisville over the weekend, not in the Bahamas with the basketball team.

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Now, of course, Cardinal fans are worried that the ACC might not be that stable.

I do not see that instability.

There is talk that Clemson and Florida State might bolt. I don’t buy it. Why would the SEC want two schools that no TV sets, but would diminish the size of the present member’s piece of the pie? Not to mention that South Carolina wouldn’t want Clemson nor would Florida want Florida State.

It would make no sense for any ACC school to leave at this juncture. Which, of course, doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

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As for the Big East?

Get out the butter and jelly, that league is toast.

I would not be surprised to see the basketball only schools break off, form their own league or join the A-10.

UConn I could frankly care less about. I do feel for Cincy. That school thought it had a legit argument to be the new ACC member. Reminds me of how I felt on the day in high school when they announced the new inductees for the National Honor Society. I had hope, but knew in my heart that my credentials were a shade short.

The announcement confirming I wasn’t asked was devastating nonetheless.

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League games against the Tar Heels and Blue Devils in hoops. Trips to Tallahassee and Clemson.

WhoopDeeDamnDooooooo!

– Seedy K

9 Comments

  1. gnash001
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I thought there was an SEC policy that they would not accept a school from a state that already had an SEC member. don’t know where I heard that. Tennessee and Vandy were grandfathered in.

  2. johnnygetslow
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Footprints, footprints, footprints… and TV markets.

    It’s not Florida State and Clemson that the SEC will gun for, it’s Virginia Tech and NC State.

    If Maryland wins its suit against the ACC and leaves with no exit fee… open season on ACC teams.

  3. Seedy K
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    @gnash001 – I’ve never heard of that SEC policy. Could be. More an unwritten rule, I thought.

    @johnnygetslow – Don’t see what Virginia Tech and NC State could possibly add to SEC. Other than adding two more schools needing a piece of the pie.

    This open season on ACC line of thought sounds to me like fans who don’t like U of L wishing ill on the school’s move.

  4. david
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    What’s the ACC policy on alcohol at games. Could we be so lucky that beer and other spirits could not be sold at Papa John’s and the Yum so that there might be some sober people in the audience at the end of games.

  5. Birdie King
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Not to worry. That’s the S.E.C. bible-thumpers policy, not the ACC.

  6. mark
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    David may be right. You cannot drink at Cameron, Maryland or at UVA. Oh, I hope it carries over to the Yum Bar & Grille…

  7. Seedy K
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    NCAA leaves it up to individual schools. ACC leaves it up to individual schools. Beer will be sold.

  8. fred
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Cameron is on campus. Big difference. Don’t know about Maryland, UVA venues.

  9. fred
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    But I’m with David. It would be nice to find someone sober after a football game. I cuts down on fights between fans wearing the same colors. What is up with you people?

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