Posted by MATT JONES
We don't yet know his name, but surely soon we will. After an exciting weekend of college basketball that featured three potential No. 1 seeds losing on the road, the lasting image may be of a rather portly cheerleader who got a bit too exuberant at the end of the Louisville-Pittsburgh game and nearly became the college basketball version of Bartman.
With .5 seconds left in the game, Louisville's Kyle Kuric got a breakaway dunk to put the Cards up 5 and finish the contest, sending the KFC Yum! Center crowd (which included a man dressed in full Col. Sanders garb) home happy with a win. As you can see above, the exuberance overtook the Louisville cheerleading team, specifically a husky young man whose excitement level was as high as his t-shirt tight. He threw the ball up in the air in celebration, not knowing that there was still time left on the clock. After looking at the monitor, the referees huddled up and assessed Louisville a technical foul for the interference of play. Pittsburgh made the foul shots, but missed a last second heave which could have sent the game into overtime and the cheerleader into hiding.
Because of the missed shot, the unnamed cheerleader avoided a public beheading, but his act did not go unnoticed. Rick Pitino began his press conference by saying, ""well, all good things come to an end and the male cheerleader has come to an end." The talk on message boards and Twitter was not about the Cardinals' huge victory over the conference leader, but rather a public debate on the cheerleader and his role in society. The merits of male cheerleaders in general was called into question (general consensus was that they are bizarre). Some wondered if this particular cheerleader would be kept on the team (my hope is yes). And still yet others marveled at how a man so happy could have a vertical leap so poor (the girls must be the real athletes of this squad).
Regardless, fat male UL cheerleader became the most famous male cheerleader since Will Ferrell an instant icon. He immediately joined Wild Bill of Utah State, Renardo Sidney's fight and Tim Higgins's gut as the most infamous characters/moments in college basketball this season. I don't know what his future holds, but my assumption is that within 24 hours a blog will find out his name and fat male UL cheerleader will become a talking point on PTI. For that, all of college basketball should be quite thankful.
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