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Cheers of "C-A-R-D-S", could be heard from miles away, as a raucous crowd packed into Fourth Street Live to celebrate a rare feat Tuesday Night- a Louisville Cardinals Basketball Final Four appearance.  

Although it's been to nine in it's illustrious history, this is only the second appearance for the Cardinals since 1986, the last being in 2005. Fans recognized this special occurrence and were in high spirits Tuesday evening.

"I've been a Cards fan since 1876," Louisville fan Juan Harris said with a laugh, "It's (Louisville) ll the way," 

Harris was surrounded by fans as he sported his 2001 Suski Hayabusa, that had a custom Louisville paint job.

Mayor Greg Fischer was in attendance and presented all the players, along with Tom Jurich, 'Key's to the City'. 

Despite cloudy skies, over 4,000 fans packed into Fourth Street Live!, most clamoring over the possibility of receiving a poster commemorating the Final Four accomplishment.

Artist, Chip Dumstoff of the Bisig Impact group, was the main designer of the poster.

"Bisig Impact group has been working with Louisville athletics for many years," Dumstoff said, "It was really a team effort, our creative director, copyrighters, designers, all working together really quickly,"

Louisville had a remarkable post-season run, winning eight games straight, en route to a Big East Championship and Final Four appearance. Although Louisville came up just short of their goal of a National Championship, losing to Kentucky in the Semi-Final, Head Coach Rick Pitino says their is reason for optimism.

"We'll be much healthier next year, We'll be much better on offense next year, and were still gonna play that great defense," Pitino said.

Seniors Chris Smith and Kyle Kuric, got a chance to say a final goodbye to the Cardinal faithful. Smith echoed Pitino's optimism

"It's been a heck of a last two years...I wish the young guys the best," Smith Said, "Louisville has arrived,"

Most fans expect to be celebrating a similar accomplishment next year, and with ten players returning, their is no reason to think otherwise.

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Photos by Yours Truly

Bike Picture courtesy of: Courier-Journal.com

Slideshow: 
Athletic Director Tom Jurich & Mayor Greg Fischer
Another shot of the Cheerleaders
Louisville Cheerleaders shown their support
Mayor Greg Fischer spoke to the crowd
Fan, Jackson Crippim, hoped to get a good view of the Cards
Fans went nuts, trying to grab the last of the posters
All methods of transportation were used to get to the celebration
Chip Dumstoff, designer of Poster
The end of the line of fans hoping to recieve a poster
Some fans choose the aerial route to view their Cards

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I'm just a college kid from a small town in Kentucky, called Bardstown. I've watched Louisville Sports since I've said my 1st word and can probably tell you anything you want to know about them. Parents split and my Dad moved to Louisville when I was 10, instantly I was capitivated. Alas, the rest is history and here I am. In 20 years of living, I've been called alot of things, feel free to call me a writer- I'd like that.

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