Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Louisville women's basketball -- 18 -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
CARDS 18 ( AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT)
Kudos to the main stream media for showing up in force and giving some good coverage to the UofL women's basketball team. After Sunday's win, the make-shift press conference staging area (underneath the east stands and moved because of burst pipes and drippy ceilings in the regular media area) was full with every local television and maybe twelve different internet and various other sports reporters represented. Hw great it is to see the WBB program getting some widespread attention.
Also, a shout out to the fans showing up for the last two home games 8101 were the numbers for the win over Duke and 7523 for the handling of the Hokies. This is roughly 2000 more than had been climbing into the YUM! Center seats earlier in the season. People are figuring out what the readers here have long known -- #YhisTeamIsSpecial. Instead of being indignant with a "What took you so long?" attitude, we, are Cardinal Couple say "Welcome to the show, sit wherever you want." The more coverage provided means more promotion to the people and a chance to know about the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports -- which is in our mission statement.
Kudos to our writers here, as well. Case wrote up the Sunday win with style and comprehension. Paulie and Jared will fill out the days before the Thursday night "shootout with the South Benders" with their wit and expertise. 18-0. One at a time.
Paulie has been having a bit of fun by celebrating the last couple of wins with musical references and when I asked him about "18" innuendos -- he produced two classics. Alice Cooper's legendary "I'm Eighteen (and I don't know what I want.) and Skid Row's opus "18 and life to go". The WBB squad certainly knows what they want -- a national title -- and "18 and life to go" is a bit dramatic...there certainly will be life after this game, no matter what the outcome...but both are interesting songs. In case you've never heard either, they're linked up below.
Any other "18" songs you can think of? Let us know in the comments section.
A dramatic interpretation of Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen."
SKID ROW and the 1989 release of 18 and life to go.
I'm a trivia junkie of sorts so I thought I'd have a little fun with "18" today.
-- The 18th element of the periodic table is Argon. Argon is an inert gas that welders use to prevent sparks in their work area. Here's to the WBB Cards continuing that "Argon" defense that stifles opponents' offensive sparks before they can burn us.
-- The letters of the Hebrew word "Chai" which translates out to "life" add up to 18 and it is a Jewish tradition of giving gifts of money in multiples of 18 as a sign of good wishes. Let us keep the Chai streak going (and Cardinal Couple gladly accepts donations in multiples of 18 as well).
-- In China, 18 is considered very lucky because its pronunciation, shi-ba, is very close to Shi fa, which means "to prosper". With a prosperous offense to match the Cardinals' argon defense, the Cards can't lose and let's hope we are all looking up trivia for 19.
-- William Shakespere's Sonnet 18 is one of his most famous:
"Shall I compare thee to a summer day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer's lease hath all to short a date."
The Cliff Notes version of this oracle is that Shakespeare is comparing his love to summer but that the comparison does not express the depth of his emotion and through the words of the sonnet, his beloved shall live forever. This team, this streak and this special season will live forever in our hearts.
-- A thoroughbred's name can be up to 18 characters long. I'm not comparing the UofL basketball squad to horses, mind you, but let's remember Winning Colors was a filly that won the Kentucky Derby wire to wire by a neck over hard-charging Forty Niner. Gary Stevens, who still rides today, won the first of his two Kentucky Derby's on her. She paid $18 on an across-the-board bet.
WINNING COLORS WINS THE 1988 KENTUCKY DERBY
-- 18 is the Samuel L. Jackson of numbers
-- Koala Bears sleep 18 hours a day. Nice gig if you can get it.
-- "R" is the 18th letter of the alphabet. R is the first letter in "Red" -- the color UofL is urging fans to wear Thursday Five Cards have the letter "R" in their names (DuRR, CaRter, ZambRotta, Retta Kakala and FuehRing.)
No Cardinal WBB player has ever worn #18 since they started tracking these things back in the early 70's.
OK. Enough of the the fun and useless scenarios. This game won't be won by superstition, correlation or by "18". It'll be put into the win column by hard work, excellent execution and defense.
Thursday night. A few lower level tickets remain but they're going fast. Will we see the 200 and 300 levels opened for this one? Will Myisha Hines-Allen listen to ocean sounds as part of her pre-game "shuffle" musical mix? Will we be talking about "19" Friday morning?
All will be revealed Thursday night.