(Incidentally, though the Cardinals won the ‘83 game and advanced to the Final Four, where they lost to Hakeem Olajuwon and Houston, the two Bluegrass rivals would meet again in the next year’s Sweet 16, and UK would advance on to the Final Four, where they lost to Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. Ewing would beat Olajuwon in the NCAA Championship that year; 10 years later in the ‘94 NBA Finals, Olajuwon’s Houston Rockets would beat Ewing’s Knicks for the league title. See? It’s all about the patterns.)
Sure, it’s the age of the Internet, but the beauty of a newspaper made of, well, paper is that it’s something you can hold in your hand, or fold up and store away in a drawer only so you can dig it out again, say, 16 years later to look at it. Thankfully, such newspapers still exist.
I urge all of you to whom sports in the Bluegrass State matter — all who call themselves proud Kentucky fans or Cardinal loyalists — to save up all the memorabilia you can from the very special game that will take place today between UK and U of L in the Final Four. Save all the sports pages, all the special sections you can get your hands on, and keep them somewhere safe, somewhere out of the way but where you‘ll remember to find them.
Then, when the patterns repeat again — as they almost certainly will, patterns being patterns and all — you can dig out the articles and photos and hoopla surrounding today’s big game and relive it in your memory, as clear as if it was yesterday. You can look at the coaches and see how they’ve changed, consider how many striking similarities exist between the people and programs in play, and remember how you felt to watch your favorite team win — assuming your favorite team wins, of course.