I’d like to congratulate the Louisville Cardinals on their win over Butler this evening. A win over a ranked opponent in a brand new arena is a nice way to open the season. Speaking of the brand new arena, named the KFC Yum! Center, from my seat which is not in the arena, rather it is about 25 feet from my fridge, it looks about the same as the old arena. I mean, the colors haven’t changed, the court is still Denny Crum Court, the student section is still relegated to behind the basket, and there were some empty courtside seats at the end of the game. All of this is to say that it’s preposterous what the university is asking for people to pay for seats at this arena and it’s insane that a school cannot offer students a chance to be a better part of the action. Want to know why Duke wins so many games? Well, part of it is recruiting and a great coach. The other part, and I’m certain of this, is that the Cameron Crazies are practically in your face all game long. 1200 screaming college kids in a university-color-coordinated mosh pit. UofL has old people who’ve been sitting in the same damn seat since Peck Hickman coached the Cards. Now, I hate Duke as much as the next guy…okay, not as much as Kentucky fans, but I appreciate the fierce vitriol that is associated with the mere mention of Christian Laettner…but that’s how you add value to your team without sacrificing much.
Honestly, I didn’t intend to post about basketball tonight, but I guess I got a little wound up. Again, it was good to see the Cards win, particularly in their new home, regardless of its catering to the elite. I mean, really, did we need a bourbon bar or vodka bar in the new arena? Most of the people I know that go to basketball games to see basketball are beer drinkers…and cheap beer at that. Okay, I’m done because I’m starting to sound like Andy Rooney.
See you in the funny papers!