Louisville to ACC

The craziness of NCAA conference realignment continued yesterday, but finally fans of the University of Louisville are happy. This happiness stems not from winning a basketball game. This upswing in good feelings certainly does not come from the rash of injuries that have struck Gorgui and Teddy, two of Louisville’s best athletes, either. Instead, the happiness comes from a more simple source: Hope.

Before yesterday morning, the cardinals were stuck in the rapidly deteriorating conference known as the Big East. The Big East, which only a few years ago had been known as a power six conference, had been recently pillaged of almost all of the decent teams left. Pitt? Syracuse? West Virginia? Gone, gone, gone. In fact, after yesterday, only 3 teams remain in the Big East that were there 2 years ago: UCONN, Cincinnati, and South Florida.  Hope that the University of Louisville could thrive in this environment and have a chance to compete for Football Championships was rapidly diminishing.

 

Suddenly, a great blessing was bestowed upon the University in the form of an invite into the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC offers opportunities that the Cardinals’ present home simply can not. A decent football conference, the best basketball conference, and a great home for all of the other sports that Louisville takes so much pride in. It also doesn’t hurt that the conference has quite a few wealthy and prestigious schools. Just think Duke.

Fortunately, the ACC needed the University of Louisville. Not for Academics. They had that. Not for Basketball. The ACC is already a good basketball conference, but Louisville does bring a very good team. The ACC needed Louisville for conference solidarity. Schools like Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech want to compete for Football national championships, and with out another strong school to increase their strength of schedule it just wasn’t going to happen. If the ACC had added UCONN these schools would likely have tried their best to get out. Louisville adds a decent football program that has a respected coach and recent success.

Now Louisville has a top 10 basketball team, a strong football team that may be going to a BCS bowl if it can overcome it’s injuries, and even  soccer team in the elite eight. The Louisville sports world looks bright, brighter than it has in some time. For the first time in several years fans are at peace. We no longer have to worry about being left in a dying conference.

Millionaires Row

It is almost time for the Breeder’s Cup, and I am back to blogging after the technical error that made my blog from last week decide not to post. Things happen. And no where is this more apparent than Horse racing. If you have ever watched the Kentucky Derby or the Breeder’s Cup you know that the favorite horses often loose. Today I was able to go to Churchill Downs for some off the smaller races. The company I work for, Trilogy Health Services, held a company event in the Millionaires Row boxes. As a person with limited resources this is a place that I am not likely to return to any time soon, and I have to say that it was very nice.

If you do not have a ticket for the Millionaires Box good luck in getting in. Todays races were not exactly world class, but the security was still heavy. I can only imagine the security that must be up there on the date of the Kentucky Derby.   During the time that I was able to be in the box I actually did not see a race except on the TVs in the lounge. It seemed like everyone else in the lounge did the same thing. The food was just too good to leave. The Hot Brown Macaroni and Cheese was delicious.  They also kept our table well stocked with Stella Artois, which I found out was the official sponsor. Good choice.  

I know absolutely nothing about betting. That is probably a good thing because I do not have much money to begin with. Unlike me I can guarantee that millions of dollars will change hands this weekend due to the Breeder’s Cup. Even people who already have quite a bit of money will be looking to get lucky. But that is the name of the game in betting: luck.

If you will be going out to the Breeder’s Cup I can already summarize your experience: Alcohol, Food, Horses, and money. That combined with the worlds most famous horse track should lead to a great experience.   However, if you do plan on attending this week’s horse event, you can feel free to join me. I will be at the Temple football game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium watching 10th ranked Louisville attempt to reach 9-0 for the first time in school history. This will only be after I watch the 2nd ranked Louisville basketball team opens its exhibition games tonight against Pikeville. It is an exciting time for sports in the city of Louisville.