Monthly Archives: April 2013
The Cardinal 9
UL 6 WKU 2
Tonight the University of Louisville Cardinals came in with something to prove at Jim Patterson Stadium on an absolutely gorgeous night. The Cards fell one spot to #12 this week in the polls after a crushing loss last week to now #2 Vanderbilt that was at the tail-end of a three game losing streak. The Cards followed up that losing streak with a convincing three game sweep of Georgetown at home. This led us into tonight’s match-up with .500 WKU which had already defeated both UL and uk this season while they were ranked so we knew they were no pushover.
Both teams played great ball the first three innings which were scoreless for the Hilltoppers. A 2 out RBI single by Ratajczak followed up by a single by Coco Johnson pushed the lead to a 2-0 lead finishing up the 3rd inning. After a scoreless fourth the Cards come thru when a ground ball by Whiting scores Crain to make it 3-0. A few more back and forth innings go on before Adam Engel crushes a ball to left field that brings in Crain and makes it 4-0 Cards after the top of the seventh. In the top of the eighth WKU 1B Ryan Huck smacks a 2 run homer to cut the lead to 4-2 but a pair of runs score off of an error in the bottom of the eighth that extends the lead back 4 at a score of 6-2 which is the final score. This baseball team has been a pleasure to watch for a lot of reasons. First thing that jumps out at you is that their leader in HR is Coco Johnson and Jeff Gardner with 4 each. One may automatically assume that our team must suck if the leaders only have 4 each but guess what? We can hit the Baseball. We are more of a fundamental team than a power hitting team. Thru 44 games our guys have knocked in 256 RBI’s and are batting over .300 with 450 hits on the season. Amazing. We are also a very intelligent team on the bases as well. All things that i think make us a favorite to go to Omaha. Also I was harsh last week about the turnout by the fans with then #3 Vandy in town and G’Town as well. Tonight we had over 2,000 fans in attendance and there is no reason as nice as the park is and with free admission and parking that we shouldn’t pack the park every game. Thanks CardNation for coming out. This one was a beauty.
Some may think it is a little early for these kinds of things, but that is the sports media world that we live in! We are 3 weeks out from the men’s basketball team winning the National Championship, and there are already polls for next season. Such is the case with the NFL Draft. This year’s draft just ended this past weekend, and there are already mock drafts for next year. In short, go out and see Teddy Bridgewater play in person this season!
The Sugar Bowl champs return 10 players on defense for the 2013 season. Here is a highlight video from some of the biggest and most exciting plays from last season!
Jason King, an ESPN.com writer, has released a preseason Top 25 poll for the 2013-14 college basketball season. He will release another one during the summer, and there will be plenty of other preseason polls to go around. But for now, he has the Cards ranked 2nd heading into next year. Here is what he had to say about the Cards…
Former Card Earl Clark had his best NBA season this year for the Los Angeles Lakers. In his 5th season, Clark set new career highs in nearly every category. After starting 1 game in his first 4 years combined, he started 36 games this season. Here is a breakdown of this stats this season. The number in parentheses will be his previous career high in that category if he topped it this season.
ESPN.com writer Mark Schlabach has released the 3rd edition of his Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 for the 2013 college football season, and the Louisville Cardinals come in at #4! Read below what he says about the Cards…
It is not always a big deal to go undrafted in the NFL Draft. If you are good enough, a team will find you and give you a shot. This happens every year. Teams make their picks, and the draft ends. Then plenty of players sign with teams as free agents. So sometimes it isn’t a bad thing to go undrafted, because then you get to (hopefully) have options and you can make the best decision for yourself.
By: Steven Rummage
Rick Pitino has always loved 2/3 point forwards and Theo Pinson is just that. Coach Kevin Keatts has kept close eye on Pinson this weekend at the EYBL Tournament in Hampton VA and with Pitino in the house today expect more Louisville coaches at Pinsons games today. Pinson told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that he plans to visit the Cards “Soon”. You can read that whole interview HERE. You can follow Pinson on twitter @Tpinsonn
“Paintin’ Siva” Limited Edition Art Print Hand Signed by Peyton Siva
The “Paintin’ Siva” Special Edition Art Print has just been released and is available for a limited time only. Hand-signed by Peyton Siva (2013 NCAA National Champion) and the artist, the print is of an original painting by renowned artist Aaron Kizer.
By: Steven Rummage
We all know how good we are going to be next year but in case you need some more excitement for today here are some Chris Jones Highlights. Follow him on twitter @IAM_Unguardable
Louisville landed a commitment from 4* Safety Nilijah Ballew (OH). At 6’1 180 lb Ballew continues the string of “BIG” DB’s.
By: Steven Rummage
6’4 200 lb WR DeSean Blair committed to the Cards yesterday. Blair also had offers from Vanderbilt, Maryland, Temple, Iowa St., as well as many other big time looks. You can follow Blair on twitter @DeseanBlair
Let me start of by saying I’m extremely excited about the team being back on twitter, I believe it gives the fans a great chance at really getting connected with all the guys. But I have to admit there is still apart of me that is not fulfilled by this and wont be until one thing happens, and that is when Rick Pitino gets on Twitter. I think this would be huge for the fans to get a closer look into what makes Coach tick. All of CardNation understands we have a great Coach but I’m not sure they all realize how great a Human being we have leading our program. Coach Pitino is everything that is right about College Basketball, from holding out Derek Anderson due to potential injury (costing himself a National Title) to advising players to do whats right for their familys and go Pro when he could have easily used them on the following years team. Coach expressed the phrase “Louisville First” and he has backed it up. As a Louisville fan its a blessing to never have to worry about probation’s or wrong doings in the program and we never will as long as Pitino is on our sideline, and that’s something that should never be taken for granted.
So what would it mean to have Coach on Twitter?
He probably would not have the Swag of Bilas:
Nor would he have the “Creepy” factor of Tom Crean
But what Coach would have is excellent sound advice about how to be a better person and to lead in life and not follow. I truly believe we could all be better people with Coach Pitino on Twitter.
So I’ll leave you with this: As the final seconds of the National Championship game began to tick down and the realization that the Louisville Cardinals were about to be Champions sank in, I like most began to shed many a tear. This had been something most of us had waited for our whole life, but also we shed a tear because we all knew Coach Pitino deserved this. Since Pitino got to Louisville we have seen him at his all time highs and we have seen him stand up like a man and face adversity when he was at his all time low, but all the while never once blaming anyone or making excuses. He has done everything exactly how it should be done and it was great seeing him rewarded for that. So I ask all of you lets get #GetPitinoOnTwitter trending and lets let Coach know we love him and want to know what he has to say. Louisville First Cardinals Forever
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By: Steven Rummage
3* defensive back Marques Gayot from Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, FL has committed to the Cards! He is 6’2 and 210 lbs. He had some interest shown from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Not too bad!