When the final whistle sounded and the confetti went flying, coach Rick Pitino’s Louisville squad was the last men’s basketball team left standing. The Cardinals’ 82-76 win over Michigan was a fitting end to a season full of ups, downs, twists, turns, injuries and everything else that goes into an emotional run towards history.
However, for Pitino’s student-athletes, the fun was just beginning. The 60-year old had promised his top-seeded team that if, indeed, they managed to win the national title, Pitino would get a tattoo commemorating the program’s third and Pitino’s second personal championship.
“I said it … not believing this was going to be a reality but I am going to get it,” Pitino told CBS News. “I’m a man of my word.”
On Thursday, while Pitino did not get inked, he managed to settle on the design and location of his promised tat: He will be getting a cardinal tattooed on his left shoulder with the words “2013 Champions” over it.
It sounds sweet and simple, and that is alright by us. Of course, seeing something like a face tattoo, a tramp stamp, or a bird stomping on a wolverine would have been hilarious, we guarantee this will still go down as part of the Hall of Famer’s legend.
How many other people get their first tattoo when they are 60 years old, anyways?