I’ve tried to take the high road, but I can no longer do it. The Indiana Hoosiers have topped the ridiculous shrine that was built for last year’s Sweet 16 season and have now issued rings to commemorate the “achievement.” It’s comical at best and oh so sad at worst. What has become of one of the all time great college programs? Seriously.
Look, I know that the University of Kentucky put the names and jerseys of the Unforgettables in the rafters of Rupp Arena. And, if IU had gone that route, I really couldn’t blame them. I mean, after years of obscurity, it’s certainly a nice feeling to be back in the limelight. As the Unforgettables did on that night in Philadelphia in 1992, Christian Watford’s shot, at the very least, got IU back onto ESPN in the form of the commercial that helped spur the Wildcats to the National Title.
It’s a fine line between celebrating success and overkill and the Hoosiers are way, WAY over the line.
To be honest, I’ve not personally considered IU a rival. Even though I grew up in Louisville (as a Cardinal fan) and live there currently, I just don’t see IU as a rival. I’m probably in the minority, but I’m not exactly sad to see the series in. It’s been 20 years since the series was actually competitive and it means much more to the Hoosiers than it does to the Cats. And with the way the fans and the IU administration have carried on about “the shot,” I say good riddance.
As I’ve stated before, I am really glad that all three of the local teams, Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana are very, very good this season. But, come on, man. All three are above all of this chicanery and tomfoolery. Well, the schools south of the Ohio River are. I’m just not sure about our neighbors to the north.
Just don’t forget the juice boxes after your next game, IU.