Rick Pitino and the guys go to Washington

Is there a better way to cap off a great year for the University of Louisville sports program?

The Cardinals basketball team meets the president. They have a ceremony where politicians from both sides of the aisle are actually civil to one another. Obama gives a pretty good recap of the NCAA tournament, and Rick Pitino gives a speech praising the city and school he’s adopted.

All that’s missing?

The first lady …

And Russ Smith. Where is he anyway? (From NBC Sports):

Russdiculous is going international.

A preseason All-American and the leading scorer for the reigning national champs, Russ Smith has been named a member of the East Coast All-Stars, a 12-man team that left for Estonia to play in a tournament called the Four Nations Cup. …

He also won’t be in attendance as the Cardinals make a trip to the White House on Tuesday, which is actually a national tragedy: We won’t get a chance to see what happens when Russ Smith meets President Obama.

That would be a sight. Well, there’s always next year.

 

Cardinals are series champs, again

The Cardinals won the World Series last night in the seventh game against the Texas Rangers. That brings their world championships to 11, the second best in all of baseball.

All indications are they shouldn’t have won, but as all the reports are saying today, they fought their way through the Phillies in the first round and the Brewers in the second round of the National League playoffs. They were behind with two outs and two strikes in the last inning of game six and managed to pull out ties twice, before David Freese hit his walkoff home run. He tied game seven with a two run double and locked up the series MVP award.

And this win shows why the All-Star Game matters. The Cardinals got home field advantage because the National League won the game. Considering that Texas was widely seen as the better team, it’s hard to think the Rangers would have lost the series if they had four home games, especially the crucial game 7.