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Rowdy Louisville fans take in title
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 9, 2013 @ 2:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Peter Smith, USA TODAY Sports
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jubilant University of Louisville fans surged onto Cardinal Boulevard and other thoroughfares in Louisville after riding a breakneck roller-coaster of emotions, as the Cards won the NCAA national championship Monday night.
They roared in sports bars. They shouted in living rooms. They set off fireworks on the U of L Belknap campus. They blared horns from Broadway to Bardstown Road.
U of L students — many of whom hadn’t even been born when U of L last won a national championship in 1986 — surged onto streets around campus and elsewhere around town.
Beer was flying, women were hoisted onto shoulders and flags were flying at U of L amid shouts of “We did it!”
And their joy was echoed loudly around town — as police mobilized in force to contain any excess enthusiasm in such gathering spots as Bardstown Road in the Highlands West Broadway and 4th Street Live!
During the game, fans gathered around screens everywhere from sports bars to dorm lobbies and even a laundromat.
The fans’ first-half groans gave way to swelling second-half cheers as the Cardinals pressed, dunked and blitzed their way past Michigan’s early lead, but the frequent lead changes and tight score left many nails bitten raw down to the final minute.
Fans poured out of bars such as Cluckers near the U of L Belknap campus, which was packed to capacity during the game by patrons sporting Cardinal red. Some fans who couldn’t get in remained outside to watch through the windows.
The Granville Inn near campus was packed with fans who had been there since as early as 1 p.m.
Still others watched in U of L campus dorm lobbies.
“I’m not 21, so I can’t go to a bar,” said Aya Zbedah, 18, watching with six others in the lobby of Kurz Hall. “I figured it was just convenient to come downstairs.”
At 4th Street Live!, Cards fans watched intently at the Sports and Social Club, while still more gathered atop the Monkey Wrench in the Highlands area. At the Laundry and Tan Connection, customers craned their necks to watch flat screens above the washers.
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