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Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  15 responses

Cheerleader Nearly Blows Louisville Upset

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

A bizarre finish, a questionable post-game tweet and a major injury were all just part of the story in Sunday’s 62-59 overtime victory for Louisville over Pittsburgh.

We’ll start at the end, where Louisville seemingly had the game wrapped up after a Kyle Kuric fast break dunk with 0.5 seconds remaining put the Cardinals up by five. But, thinking the game was over, a male cheerleader ran onto the floor, grabbed the ball and threw it in the air. This resulted in a technical foul, and Ashton Gibbs calmly hit two free throws to close the gap to three. A subsequent desperation half court heave fell short, Louisville survived the game and the cheerleader survived what would have been an irate arena.

After the game, Gibbs still did not have too much respect for Louisville, saying in a since deleted tweet: “No way we shouldve lost to them bums smh.”

Gibbs later followed that tweet by saying:

“I apologize if my tweet offended any players, coaches, friends, or family members of the Louisville basketball program. I consider myself a competitior and we were outplayed tonight in a heated battle between two top Big East teams. I wish them the best on the rest of their season and we look forward to redeeming ourselves next game. Let’s Go Pitt.”

While the win for Louisville was crucial in terms of securing a double-bye for the Big East tournament, it did not come without consequence. The Cardinals lost sophomore forward Rakeem Buckles for the season with a torn ACL. Buckles was averaging 6.8 ppg and 6.1 rpg in just over 18 minutes of action a night.

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  • mike

    Gimme an L…gimme an O…gimme an S…gimme an E…gimme an R

  • http://www.slamonline.com A.J. Moghaddam

    probably had the biggest smile on his face when he did it

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    When I read this title, I was unsure what to expect…

  • Benjamin Stone

    Brilliant headline. +1

  • fruizm

    @Jukai…..HAHAHA!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Anon e Mouse

    Pause…

  • Gus

    male cheerleader, that´s wrong, say what you want but that´s just simply wrong, against nature

  • Naiym

    *dead* LOL!!!! Wow Male cheeleader…Wow….

  • Silent Storm

    Almost as good as “Kings get head”.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    The strange things a comma can do: “Cheerleader Nearly Blows Louisville, Upset” would have gotten at least 5 million retweets by now.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    George W Bush was a male cheerleader.. There is stil hope for this guy.. Haha.

  • MikeC.

    It seems that the second tweet may have had a ghost-writer involved. The punctuation and vocabulary are quite different between the two different tweet. God I hate saying/typing “tweet”.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    “Gay Love Sessions” is still the best headline I’ve seen on Slam.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Kobe, Gay, Love, Head, Favors.

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    Hahaha, guys, the headlines are wonderful! What’s up with the male cheerleaders? New to me, but I’m not from the US.

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