Author Archives: Daryl Foust

Starting line up: justifying January 

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Oh it’s cold, so cold #cardnation.. It usually is this time of the year. But of course I want to talk about basketball. Louisville basketball in January tends to leave me scratching my head. I’m trying to wrap my brain around the stunner yesterday and mentally prepare myself, and hopefully you #cardnation, for the next storm arriving downtown tomorrow out of North Carolina.

Brainstorming for this post, these guys were listed as the ones I believe have made the biggest jump into their respective classes this far into the season. That being said, notta single one-a them logged a stat that impressed me or the critics yesterday. I’m not going to list said lack of numbers for my 4 guys because you know and I know that’s not them, and their potential ceiling has me feeling some type of way. Like I said, January is cold for Louisville… And I’m glad that’s over. These are the guys that absolutely have to leap into February or we are toast in conference play of the Atlantic coast.

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The starting lineup: news year

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

It’s only been a week since my last post, but for me it seemed like there were 15 things that happened that I want to touch on with fans but kept getting swallowed by something new. Seriously y’all, I don’t know how Justin does it. Most of the news posts out of CSZ are from him after his 9-5 job & after he teaches little kids how to ball (hmm, maybe I could use a lesson. Have you seen my shot, J? Never mind, it’s scary). So I’m going to once again list (lol) the new news that rounded out the year 2015 into 2016 for Louisville football.

-🔸Louisville invades Nashville for the Music City Bowl 

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The starting lineup: Battle of the Bluegrass sized up

Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire

Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire

The first 5 guys on the floor matched my prediction for Louisville. As the non-conference schedule has come to a close for the year and it’s been scrutinized as any, let’s assess the Cards because that’s what we as fans & as media do. We criticize and rectify, perhaps justify in any way we can. Each team had their storylines heading into the battle but here are 4 of mine following it. All of these things are going to tie in together, but I wanted to individually outline as a list because have an obsession with making lists. Know where I got it? Rick Pitino, (Rebound Rules 2010).
4 things from another loss at Rupp:

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It’s that time of year 

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Louisville vs Kentucky

First off, I want to wish a very merry holiday season to #cardnation & those who take time to read what I care to say. As Merry as the holiday season can be… Louisville fans haven’t felt the New Year GAMEDAY bliss vs Kentucky 7 out of 8 tries.

Not enough down time between rivalry games in my opinion….but who am I?

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Get your DeVante Parker StraitPinkie shirt

Photo: Charles REx/Arbogast

Photo: Charles Rex/Arbogast

Louisville fans can rally around one of our own long after his or her days of competing in the red and black are over.  With the 14th pick in the draft, the Miami Dolphins select, DeVante Parker, wide receiver…University of Louisville.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’d understand how absolutely giddy I was to see him taken by my Dolphins. After continuing to battle his foot injury just weeks before the season began and directed to the PUP list (physically unable to perform), I wasn’t so sure Parker would see much playing time this season with rising star Jarvis Landry also in the roster.

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Battle of the REDgrass; don’t bring a cat to a dogfight 

Photo: USAToday

Photo: USAToday

Tis the season, my friends and foes. Giving thanks, sure. But giving grief, absolutely.

The week fans have had circled, underlined, and plenty of exclamation points leading up to opening weekend, because duh… It’s the most locally anticipated game of the season.

For one, the rivalry.

For two… Bowl eligibility.

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Starting Lineup; week 4

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(Card Chronicle)

It took 4 weeks for the Cards to secure a victory in the dismal start to the 2015 season. Since I do not want to mention the team down the road with the vice versa football record, let’s just say I’m going to copy-card Jeremy’s 55 & share 4 of the most absurd and outlandish things I’ve heard this past 4 weeks.

Most of the time, I don’t jump into real life ‘Facebook arguments’ (that was oxy-moronic) anymore when it comes to things I overhear from others. I’ve found myself serving plenty of local fans over the last couple years & it’s always interesting to listen and not speak just to gain a little perspective with out the headache. Because frankly, you usually won’t change another persons mind no matter how many facts or beers you bring to the table.

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PACK YOUR BAGS;  Season fashion, Louisville Cardinals 2015

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That is the real question, Are you actually ready for this #cardnation?

With a quick approaching football season kickoff in Atlanta, wave HELLO… because with my enthusiasm, I bring to you a collection of my most prized Cardinal collection for a 2015 season fashion piece. I mentioned it on Live with 55 to my co-CSZ Jeremy and Steve a couple months ago and for the past several months I have collected my favorite brands of our favorite Cardinal brand.  Pack your bags with me:

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BREAKING NEWS!!!!! More Four Your Info

I’ve decided to suddenly return to a summer series of my ‘Four Your Information’ for a second season. With much to say and a lack of desire to split into many 140 character Twitter posts, I’d like to check back in with the Card faithful. Let’s face it, basketball in now officially over for several months. On Thursday, Cardnation watched as the last remaining national champions, Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear, departed from the Ville to take this life thing head on.  I guess I’m in the same position. Now here’s, as I’ll call it, the ‘Starting Line Up’… Im the player & the coach.

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Talk #marchmadness to me 

Why hellllllllllo again #cardnation. Isn’t it so sweet??! I was happy to share my last post with a little Cardinal cultural twist. To those who took the time to read it, I thank you kindly. Now, because I am quite superstitious and eager for tomorrow’s matchup, I have been scripting this poem in my mind all day to keep the good JuJu flowing. This will surely take us to Indy


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March Madness; Prognostication

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Boston College

(USA TODAY Sports)

Last time I talked about a Louisville/NC State match up, it was in anticipation of it being for the ACC title.  I declared that they would beat their opening competition, Pittsburgh, and they did that. Thinking the hunger of the Wolfpack would still be unsatisfied, or even that my Cards would do the same and make it to Saturday’s conference championship…. Neither of those things happened. Both teams failed to see a Friday game in Greensboro. 

Then, the East bracket was ravaged. 

NC state barely beats LSU.

Louisville barely beats UC irvine.

NC state upsets the number 1 seed, ‘Nova. 

Louisville dismantles the highly touted UNI panthers. 

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Basketball Madness: A Legal Insanity 

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The 2015 ACC tournament is upon us with games beginning at 1pm today.  While some of us are trying to juggle midterms in between matchups, the cards have secured a double bye and will make their first conference tournament appearance on Thursday vs the winner of game 4. Here’s my thoughts on this years bracket…

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Tuesday,1 Boston college vs Georgia tech

              2 Wake Forest vs virginia tech 

Game 1 Boston College is the bottom of the conference barrel.  While they are currently on a 3 game win streak with an impressive win over the Wolfpack of NC state, I don’t see Georgia tech losing to BC twice. 

Game 2 Wake Forest barely won in the regular season matchup vs the Hokies back in January. A loss for either team will be season ending. While I think it will be a relatively close matchup I see the Deacons returning for tournament action on Wednesday to face the hurricanes of Miami.

Prediction: Georgia Tech, Wake Forest 

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The ‘Final Four’ Your Information

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As my summer series comes to a close, I reflect on it up to this point. Did it accomplish everything it was supposed to? What was the point exactly? The purpose of this series was an experience for myself as well as to entertain the CSZ faithful, the Cardnation and those who follow my work. When I started, I had no real game plan; just a spin off of Jeremy’s 55 hiatus (which will return Labor Day and game day in the Ville). It kind of seems like I took my own hiatus since my last post. And some have noticed.

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4 Your Info; a Renaissance

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A rebirth for the University of Louisville, if you will.

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I wanted to wait until after the baseball game to post again. I just hoped it would have been next week. I would’ve anyways now that I think about it… It’s been too long. I just wish I had better news to share. Hello again, Cardnation. Dan McDonnell and the Cards baseball team are headed home and safely out of the tornado alley of Nebraska.. no trophies seatbelted in for the ride after a second consecutive Omaha appearance.

Freakin Texas.

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Four Your Information; New Beginnings

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This is my second day off of only two days in the past 4 months. I’m trying to recover from what the hell I just experienced. I took a leap over Christmas ‘break’ when I saw an ad for the Derby Festival looking for an intern for the 2014 season and completed my junior year with the credit hours to be a student and a half. Umm yeah. We all think we’re pretty busy, right? No, no, no. A moment of silence for my finals, please.
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4 Your Info; I’m blue da da dee da deh dum

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Four your information, this is the trial.

I wanted to start a series this summer. Sort of a challenge. But really, this is no challenge. This is what I like to do; Talk sh*t. That’s what it says on my resume anyways. Just kidding. Maybe not. Okay, definitely not.

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This is a spin-off idea I had after Jeremy’s 55 series. 55 being his favorite number, mine 4 because of David Padgett. I chose number 4 as my number in softball at the Male High School. I was sooooo in-like with David Padgett in high school. So I wanted to publish this series over the summer when my semester and internship with the Derby Festival are officially over. Perhaps a bi-weekly series. Like a pay-check. More like a reality check. So this should be a lot of fun and I hope #Cardnation will enjoy. I’ll start off with a kicker. Like all football games do…

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The Dream Team: Daryl’s starting 5

Fans’ Starting 5

Jeremy’s Starting 5

Steve’s Starting 5

Justin’s Starting 5

Point Guard

Now this wasn’t an easy choice for me. I’ve always been a ‘guard kind of gal’…if that’s a thing. This is who run’s the offense, my favorite aspect of the game. Some of my first cognitive memories following Cardinal basketball were lead by THE Reece Gaines. One word… Tennessee. I recall being on a field trip in from Audubon in the SAC at UofL (yes I was one of those annoying school kids causing extra lunch traffic…if you can imagine…) and our group ran into Reece Gaines on campus. I followed the elementary crowd asking for autographs not realizing at the time the significance of this run-in. Lo and behold, 15 years later I’d buy the man a shot of Patron at a Wicks Wednesday event after his return to Louisville to coach at Bellarmine.

While it has been recorded that even Dwayne Wade called Reece the best college player he had ever faced, my choice at the PG position in the Pitino era is without a doubt the one and only, Peyton Siva. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s my class’ point guard. Meaning him and I entered college the same year, a very important time in both of our lives. He, of course, finished before me… but whatever, man. I like to think that I watched Siva grow as a player his entire career at Louisville while I, myself, was searching for an identity in my own realm. For years I watched ‘fans’ bash the man’s game when he would turn the ball over in a critical moment or miss the potential game winning shot. But what do we expect from fans in a ‘microwave society’, as Coach P puts it. I never lost faith in Peyton and despite size difference favoring Reece, I’m looking at the guys’ hands. Peyton wears five titles… Big East Tournament Champion and MVP 2012 & 2013 and NCAA National Champion.

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Dang it, Bobby

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Are you serious, Tom Jurich?

I imagine his response goes somewhat along the lines of…. “As a motorcycle wreck, Daryl”.

Of course I was reluctant to the idea of bringing back a former coach of ours. I thought it was just a far fetched joking desire from a broken-hearted Cardnation. I figured we were ready to keep progressing forward with the train that Charlie Strong abruptly jumped off of. And yes, as @the_redbird7 termed it, I’m still ‘smad’ at Charlie for bailing. For the second time in the past year I feel like the girl that got dumped. Once, yes I actually got dumped by my boyfriend of four years and the second time by my football coach of four years.  Almost immediately we saw Coach flaunt his new ‘Texas girlfriend’ on the internet. Didn’t you ever watch Spongebob, Charlie?!

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UofL vs UK position battles: Power Forwards

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All this week we will be breaking down the match-ups at each position for the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball game for this Saturday December 28. Today we continue with the power forward position.

Point Guard position battle

Shooting Guard position battle

Small Forward position battle

Louisville

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Montrezl Harrell

Season average:

PointsL: 12.5

AssistsL: 1.1

ReboundsL: 8.3

StealsL: 1.2

TurnoversL: 1.3

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Why I love our bowl matchup

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Well Cardnation…the stage is set for Orlando and the Russell Athletic Bowl Committee is eager to have the Cards visit. No, it’s not the prestigious BCS bowl we had hoped for our returning Sugar Bowl champs but let’s consider the following. Look at the enemy; UCF ruined our chances of heading back to a BCS and they’ll be heading to the west side of the country to face Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.  Athlon Sports ranks the matchup with the Miami Hurricanes to be the 9th best ‘must see’ game of all 35 bowls. UCF’s bowl game ranks just one spot ahead of the Cards and I am convinced that’s primarily because of the BCS Fiesta name. But I want to congratulate UCF on their first BCS appearance. I don’t want to be ‘that critic’ towards the Knights like the Cards received last season when they were selected to play Florida.  Now that that’s over with…. Let’s move on to the good stuff.

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