Ali-like, Louisville Comes Out SwingingColumns
Given today’s abrupt turnabout in fortunes, the late Louisville native Muhammad Ali would be so proud of the U of L Cardinal baseballers.
See, on the morning of opening day I did a radio interview on the ACC Channel on SiriusXM radio and was asked who my favorite was for the ACC crown was this season. My answer was, “Well, in my preseason Top 25 I did for Athlon’s Magazine, I had North Carolina as my second ranked team in the country and I had Louisville down at No. 15… but I’m already thinking that was a mistake.”
If today was any indication, it was a BIG mistake.
Oh sure, this is just one game… out of 56. And the Cardinals lost to UConn last night, 3-2, but man alive, that UofL offense went off the hinges today, posting crooked numbers in each of the first four innings on the way to a 12-2 win over the Huskies. And starting pitcher Nick Bennett? Totally ice, man. He only pitched five innings but struck out four and gave up just two hits. As it turned out, the only two hits of the day for the Huskies.
So would I like to gladly go ahead and eat crow… nay, eat Cardinal, on Louisville now? Oh sure. I even said on the radio show that I formulated my preseason top 25 back in November, but I admit that over the last few days as I started looking closer and closer at the Cards leading up to seeing them play today, they looked more like an Omaha team than I had originally thought.