We talked about Season Ticket Insurance. If the Cards lost, or somebody got hurt or something bad would happen, we’d try to lessen the anguish by invoking that we needed to “make a season ticket insurance claim.”
It helped. We’d laugh. It would ease the grief.
This afternoon, before actually hearing that U of L, after its in house investigation in the wake of the Herricane Katina scandal, had decided to self impose a post-season ban this year, I got a text from one of those guys.
“Perfect year for season ticket insurance,” it read.
As if that would somehow dissipate this monumental disappointment.
Today I also received a writer’s aid I ordered after seein Louisville Magazine editor Jack Welch’s appreciation for its usefulness. J.I. Rodale’s “The Synonym Finder.”
So, in addition to feeling severe disappointment, I’d add that I’m depressed, frustrated, thwarted, and have severe feelings of disillusionment, chagrin, sorrow and pain.
The Cardinal Nation has been force fed a bitter pill.
There’s not a lot more to say.
But it was a good decision that university president James Ramsey made. Arguably the best he’s made in awhile. It’s not like he doesn’t have his own tsouris.
Anyone with any objectivity has had to realize that something untoward, something way against the NCAA rules and regs, happened in Minardi Hall.
The school acted quickly and decisively when it confirmed there was enough credible evidence to believe something happened that should not have.
It was the right thing to do.
It was the prudent thing to do.
Rick Pitino referred to himself as a soldier, intimating that it was his duty to follow orders. He did not appear happy with the decision, but his statement in support of the action, as reluctant as that may be, was heartfelt.
I too feel sorry for the players, especially graduate transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, whose names seem to be on everyone’s lips this afternoon. And for the underclassmen on this edition of the Cardinals, which ranks among the most beloved of the Pitino Era. But they will have more chances in seasons to come.
Not so Lee and Lewis.
Bad things happen to good people. It is one of the vexing realities of the cosmos.
Depending on what the NCAA investigators find in the future, there could certainly be more sanctions. Some schollies taken away perhaps. Pitino might be handed one of those 9 game (or more) Boeheim/ Brown suspensions.
But it’s doubtful future teams will have to sit out another post season, given the school’s bold act of contrition today.
That hippopotamus that has been residing on the divan since Madame Powell’s book broke has disappeared.
— Seedy K