TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
(Jeff McAdams offers perspectives today on his involvement with Cardinal Couple. I think you will find them as interesting, riveting and descriptive as the weekly articles and radio commentary he provides. We are fortunate to have "Worldwide" on board and can assure you his dedication and interest to UofL women's sports is as strong as ours. Here's his views...)
Why Do We Do This?
|Jeff poses with some of the Parrish House guys|
How Did I Get Here?
|Jeff's first articles were about Volleyball|
|An early picture of Paulie and Jeff|
I won't claim to be particularly knowledgeable or insightful about the game, but I like to think I can bring some interesting insights to my columns. I don't have first-hand experience with playing particularly competitive basketball...the most competitive venue I ever played in was a high school church league. Considering that Women's Basketball drives the most readership and comments on the site of any sport, I sometimes feel like I'm doing well to hold my own with the insights and discussion that we get...and I love it.
|The first time we asked Worldwide|
to cover Duke...he rented this DVD
for more insight into the subject.
|Like Paulie, Worldwide also thinks Coach Sowry looks great|
in a hat. She's always a fun interview and accommodating.
(Editor's note: Jeff and I get to go to a lot of games and when we have the chance to sit together and watch them...his knowledge of the action is always impressive..)
So, why did I get involved?
I, along with my parents, have held season tickets to
Volleyball and Women's Basketball for eight or nine years, now. In that time, I've also been to a few Football and Men's Basketball games. Looking around Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium and first Freedom Hall, and now the KFC Yum! Center and seeing tens of thousands of fans, many of whom proclaiming loudly, and occasionally drunkenly, that they're "the biggest UofL fan ever!" I started to wonder, "If you all are such big fans, why are we only getting 700-800 fans at Volleyball games, or 2,000 to women's basketball?" (and, I was sure, attendance at other sports was even more limited).
|Chances are if it's a home UofL|
women's event, you'll see Worldwide
(with or without glasses) in attendance.
To put it simply, I was peeved. I started looking for media coverage of the less mainstream sports at UofL, with the intention of trying to highlight that coverage to whoever I could share it with. I found Charlie Springer's UofL Card Game, where he does give some attention to Women's Basketball, and then I found Cardinal Couple.
And that was it.
|Worldwide actually met Paulie outside a Cracker Barrel...|
where he was panhandling for change with other
senior citizens. He left us some Canadian nickles.
My goal hadn't been to specifically get involved covering
women's sports, but that's the niche that Paulie and Sonja had identified that they wanted to cover, and it covered much of the same ground that I was looking at. So I've put in a fair amount of effort to start to learn about some other sports, to get to know the staffs and players, to step out of my comfort zone and do some post-game interviews (congratulations go to Justine Sowry of Field Hockey for being my first post-game interviewee), and just generally immerse myself in as many UofL sports as I had time for, and that turns out to be a lot.
|When he was younger, Worldwide was|
never seen without his tuxedo on...
and was known as Louisville's
answer to James Bond
A Few Word About Community
My day job is Computer Network Engineering. I install, configure, and fix computer networking systems such as routers, switches and firewalls. As a result of the work I've done for two decades, I've been involved in various forms of communities that call the Internet their home (mailing lists, web forums, real-time chat rooms, and others), all of the successful ones had one thing in common...the participants showed respect for one another. Good natured ribbing has its place, but let's try to remember that we're all fans...most of us for the Cards, but we do get the occasional visit from fans of opposing teams, and I love that they always get treated with respect. Thank you to all of the readers and commenters for that.
In the vein of community, let's start making some contingency plans for Tampa, shall we? If...let's say when...the Cards make it to the Women's Final Four, I plan to be there, so let's plan a get-together of some sort.