It just dawned on my this morning how depressing it will be to watch tonight's National Championship game for Louisville fans, because it dawned on me that the reason Louisville is not undefeated and playing Ohio State tonight is because when Rutgers kicker Ito missed that would-be game winning FG against Louisville in the last seconds, some Louisville DB was kind enough to jump offsides on the play, thereby giving Ito another chance which he promptly made, and giving Louisville their one and only loss (they were ranked #3 at the time and would have jumped Michigan after they loss - the computers loved them and they were undefeated, so the rematch shouting would have been a lot less vociferous). Of course, CB William Gay's gaffe was Bill Buckner-esque in that the game was tied at the time so we can't just say that if these men had not screwed up then their teams definitely would have won. The Red Sox would have gone to the 11th inning and Louisville to OT with Rutgers, where they may or may not have won the game. But as a born & bred Bostonian, I can only assume that Louisville fans look back and just know that they would have won the game had it continued, as irrational as that may be. Either way, my point is that Cards fans will have a serious case of the what-if laments today and tonight.
So anyhow, I was thinking that it would suck as a Louisville fan to sit and watch tonight for 3 hours with that little thought rattling around in the back of your head. And my good friend Brian is not only a Louisville alum but he played football at Louisville, so he would be exhibit A I suppose.
Well if that is not enough, it looks like their coach and savior Bobby Petrino is leaving Louisville to coach the Atlanta Falcons. That is like a square kick in the nuts from a steel-toed boot on the same day you already are feeling melancholy about what might have been.
Damn, sorry Brain.