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Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Posted on: February 20, 2010 3:59 pm
 

MATT JONES

4:15 PM



Five Thoughts on Louisville- Depaul, a game I would have never imagined I would attend:

1.  Mark Aguirre is Not Walking Through that Door

I am not certain how it is that Depaul isnt a basketball power.  They play in a city that produces top high school talent like Rick Pitino produces Boos and hisses at a NOW convention.  Yet it has essentially been irrelevant on the national basketball scene for 20 years and has watched as fellow Big East schools in talent black holes like West Virginia and Syracuse have become Top Ten programs.  Four NCAA Tournament appearances in 20 years in a city in which basketball is THE local sports of passion.  There is simply no excuse.

2.  The Louisville Staff is Bizarre Looking in Person

Listen we could make Rick Pitino jokes all day (and we will).  And yes, he has somehow transformed from the most handsome and dapper coach in college basketball in the 90s into a slightly less creepy version of The Cryptkeeper .  But he isnt the only one that would turn heads.  Assistant Coach Ralph Willard is channeling Christopher Lloyd in "Back to the Future" and Ron Mercer/Steve Masiello both look like they ate the college versions of themselves that played at Kentucky.  If ever there were a staff that needed an Extreme Makeover, Louisville would fit the bill.

3.  Empty Arenas Make Your Eyes Explore

Our first two stops on this trip were in arenas with loud student sections and crowds doing some version of a "White-out" in order to get ready for a big game.  This arena is only about 65% full and half of the crowd may be Louisville fans.  Thus I am able to look around and seek diversions in other parts of the building.  My favorite part of the Depaul arena is the 50 year old woman holding up a sign behind me that says "Even Tiger Would be a Better Husband than you would Rick."  Success is indeed a choice.

4.  Louisville Travels Amazingly Well

I have been to a lot of big arenas and watched the largest fan bases do their thing.  No one is more passionate and travels better than the Big Blue Nation of Kentucky.  But in terms of sheer numbers relative to their size, Louisville might be #2 in America.  Yes teams like Kansas, North Carolina and Duke may have more fans, but when the game is somewhere else and presence needs to be found, the Card faithful represent their team better than any of those groups per capita. 

5.  Bob Valvano is Not Scared to Look at Your Funny

Lets say that you happened to be in Cedar Falls, Iowa last night for a Northern Iowa game.  And then lets say that you drove all night and ended up at a Depaul game on Saturday afternoon.  And then pretend that for both games, ESPN analyst Bob Valvano was doing tv work and he saw you and your fellow roadtrippers in both places, wearing the same clothes because you hadnt had time to take a shower.  In such a situation, he will look at you funny and stay at least five feet away...just so you know in case you are ever in the same situation. 

Comments

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2010 5:15 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Matt you are such a UofK homer. Coach K, Lute Olsen, and Nolan Richardson all gave Ricky p a run for his money. Coach K was way better and Lute was superior to Pitino in the ninieties. You just foam at the mouth to dog Pitino. You if anyone should know his 1996 team is the best ever assembled so was that coaching or just steering the boat... hmmmm. Steve Fisher did it for 7 games maybe Coach Teener was good at keeping Richie from leaving UofK but his success was owed to players he had in those years. That talent is nowhere near that of 96 or 98. YOu in a twisted way are dogging your own team by saying his xoacihnig was exceptional then but not now. Get real, Renshaw wannabe.  



Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2010 1:29 am
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Titansfan931 - I hope that is literally true. That would be awesome if when someone asks you, "Want to hear a joke" and you respond with, "Is it about Rick Pitino, because if it's not..." Excellent.



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2010 11:27 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Still loving the Ricky P jokes. I refuse to hear a joke unless its about him. Good post guys, I love KSR!



Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2010 10:12 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

OMG, Matt, your Ricky P comments were hilarious!  And, yes, I agree that he looks like a weirdo similiar to the CryptKeeper?  What's up with that?  Karen S. must've sucked the life outta him or something?  Hope you guys are having fun road trippin....I've enjoyed the blogs, keep up the good work!  Go KSR!



Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2010 4:53 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Living here in Chicagoland - I, too, am amazed at how little attention and effort DePaul seems to give and receive. No more Dallas Comegyses here in the 2nd City - sad.

Keep'em coming guys!

Go Cats!




Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2010 4:51 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Current tags so far for this blog...

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Keep up the great work!



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

How did Tomlin fair with the Tumbling Twins? No shower and wrinkled clothes should really help him this afternoon. 



Since: Feb 20, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2010 4:45 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Boots that is



Since: Feb 20, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2010 4:43 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Were you trying to be clever with that last statementWink



Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Louisville-Depaul Notes and Musings

Boots you really didn't need to make fun of Little Rick, 9 out of 10 female patrons of Porcini's found it satisfying.


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