IT LOOKS LIKE THINGS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL APRIL
Things are changing rapidly.
Yesterday was almost surreal. The cancellations, postponements and suspensions kept rolling in non-stop. Gone is March Madness. Gone are college athletics for a long while.
Our daily coverage of the joy and excitement of University of Louisville women's sports has run into a huge "stop" sign, as fa as the reporting on daily or future events for hoopers, stick holders, runners, fence swingers, net-guarders and the like. Most everything people-oriented and fan related is on hold until at least April.
Spring championship are cancelled.
We get it. We understand it. We may not like it, but, we have to deal with reality. Why endanger the health of our wonderful student-athletes, dedicated coaches and support staff and the loyal fans who follow them?
So, our main focus and energy here at Cardinal Couple -- the reporting and analysis of UofL women's sporting events -- has been put on hold because of the Coronavirus. If there's nothing being played, there are no words to write about what happened nor picture opportunities to capture.
Where do we go from here?
I debated closing the site down until things return to normal. But, that quickly left my thought process when I "thought it through" a little more and realized that there was still the past to recall, the future to debate, items to ponder and alternatives to explore.
I can tell you that I am fortunate to have three writers here that will...like myself, continue to bring you articles about women's sports at UofL. They may be commentary, or wherever their imagination and ideas take them... but we'll continue.
We will survive.
Jeff and Case are exploring the options of remote podcasts since the authorities have closed down the Louisville Free Public Library social rooms and podcast facilities. We'll see how it goes. Their biggest obstacle might be teaching the "lacking in internet skills" Paulie how to join in. They've overcome bigger obstacles in their lives, though.
It's the new buzz word. We can talk, let's just make sure we are six feet from each other and don't have hand or body contract. Avoid crowds, fish fries, church, concerts and gathering of 100 or more. But, cell phones still work. We'll explore phone interviews with various coaches -- maybe even student-athletes if NCAA regulations allow -- to give you their intake, ideas, commentary and thoughts. They may have closed down "media rooms" and "press conferences" but your friendly cell phone service is still operational. We'll explore that.
Worldwide even teased me that it might be time to bring back the "summer slump" Cardinal Couple quiz we used to run during the slow months of summer on our old radio show. I still have the one-eared-toothpick-holding bear, our prize for the weekly winner.
And, tell us what you want us to do.
We're here to cover subjects that interest you. Do you want us to arrange and "best of five" three-pointer shooting match between Paulie and Dana Evans? See Jared suit up in lacrosse goalkeeping gear and try to defend the charging Hannah Morris or Ally Hall on the attack? Seriously, give us your ideas on things to cover. We''l entertain all requests (within reason).
The thing is, as important as sports are to many of us...health issues take priority every time. Health issues will be a tough competitor to beat. But, teamwork can and will provide a victory for our side. Let's throw politics, ideology and "what side of the aisle you are on" onto the trash heap and team up for the cause.
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Stay safe, stay healthy, keep the faith and be patient. This thing isn't going to go through a miracle cure scenario. It's going to get worse before it improves. Just do your part and help in the prevention of spreading the virus.
Coach Walz and many of the other coaches we cover will tell you as a "one" we are not very strong, but if we are a "team" in our actions, we can prosper. Let's be a team, dear readers.
Teams are adaptable and have to perform in situations that are -- at times -- not the scenario they hoped for. But, you adapt, learn, perform and deal with the situation.
Now, can any one on our "team" tell me why in the world are stores out of toilet paper?