There are the obvious character traits. Talent. Drive. Luck. Grace in victory and defeat.
Also to carry oneself through the community like a champion.
In other words, look like a winner, dress like a champion.
There are obvious exceptions to prove the rule. Miami’s Hurricanes showing up for a bowl battle in camo. But you know what I’m saying here.
So the question the Louisville Cardinals and Cardinal Nation are confronted with before tonight’s post-season tip off is this: Will U of L be zubazized out of championship contention.
The Cards haven’t even taken the court yet in their new made-for-TV, made-to-make-Adidas-more-money Zubaz unis and the upshot of donning of wearing them is obvious. Louisville is a legit contender. But will that status be undermined by taking the court, zootsuited up as if it was Zombie Walk Night on Bardstown Road?
I have seen Cincinnati take the court in their Zubazs.
I have seen Notre Dame run the court in theirs, all neon and Smurf green down to their Irish toes.
This is not how champions dress.
So I sit here in turmoil early in the morn of the day my Cardinals start their post season. I wonder if these money grab shorts and shirts are destined to derail a third national championship run?
Can there really be One Shining Moment if the champs will be parading under the confetti in shorts that look leopard-print Kilts by Versace?
I will admit my concern is somewhat undermined by the history of the Kentucky Derby, and the long held belief that all winners of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports would have a name worthy of the achievement.
Until 1992, it was thus. Reigh Count. Flying Ebony. Count Turf. Sir Barton. Iron Leige (By court order.) Save for the occasional Bubbling Over and Tim Tam, Derby winners had names as regal as the lofty status.
Then came a champ with a Honey Boo Boo monicker. L’il E. Tee. The Derby survives. The Derby thrives.
So, I suppose, a champion dressed for Halloween can sit at a table with past champions, the fabled Cali blue and gold of UCLA, the blue and white of the Cats and Blue Devils and traditional Cardinal garb.
But my stomach’s already in turmoil, wondering if the Cards can do the deal?
I just wish there wasn’t this added factor in the equation, that U of L would take the court in championshipish garb.
– Seedy K