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Author Archives: Jeremy Wahman

Never Graduate


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Before I get to the point of the story, I want to just lay some things out. I am a calm and collective guy. Even at CSZ we rarely get into the name calling game, with the exception of the loose cannon Daryl Foust. I myself never get into the UL/uk wars because of family I have who support uk and anything I said would pertain to them. They are just as calm and non-confronting people as I am. They are rare. I also have been lucky enough to find friends that don’t fit the typical stereotype of the Kentucky fanatic. We are good to each other. My Uncle Jerry called me before the title game a few years back and said don’t worry, you got this. He is as blue as they come. So to all the people I love who are kentucky fans the following story will seem un-Jeremy like. I apologize. Read the rest of this entry

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Taquan Dean: Hungry And Driven


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Taquan Dean’s name is all over the UofL 3 point record books. #1 in all time makes (359), #1 in all time attempts (896) and  #3 in all time 3 point field goal percentage (.447). He is the only Cardinal to post two seasons with 100+ three pointers made (122,105). Only one other guy has had 1 season with 100 and that’s Preston Knowles (100). He also had over 500 career rebounds and over 1,600 points. All of those things made up a fantastic Cardinal career but all of those things didn’t happen by accident. Taquan has been playing professional basketball overseas for 8 seasons now. Dean, a New Jersey native, spends most of his summers here in Louisville from what I have seen myself. I have been around Louisville basketball for 15+ years, counting the school and just the area in general. I have friends I work out with during the summers that run in the same workout circles as Taquan. This guy is as nice off the court as he is on the court. Why is he so good?

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Summer Thoughts


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So this has been one interesting summer. I have been swamped with work (a good thing) and we are now in the ACC! I am so excited about that part. The purgatory known as the AAC is over and now it is on to the next chapter of our greatness….the A-C-C

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It’s so pretty….

Well let’s go over some things that have happened this summer. Teddy signed with the Vikings, Pryor with the Jets, Smith with the Eagles, Philon with the Steelers, Copeland with the Jags and Perry with the Bears. A pretty eventful summer for the former football Cards. We are all so very proud.

The Baseball team also had a crazy amount of signees to MLB teams. We definitely lost a ton of talent

Congrats to those guys as well…..

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Volleyball Announces 2014 Slate And Also New Uniforms?


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Today the Cardinals released their schedule for the upcoming season. The Cardinals will enter their first season in the ACC with a pretty good schedule and a home schedule that will boast 9 nationally ranked teams. One of the highlights of the upcoming season will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the Cards will partner with ND to take on Minnesota & Wisconsin in the ACC/B1G Challenge August 29-30. It will not however be a falls count anywhere match. Also we found out that the Lady Cards will be sporting new Uniforms this season:

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Real smooth looking and different then what we are used to. It looks to be another banner year for the Cards as look for their 25th NCAA appearance.  We will rekindle rivalries with old conference foes such as Syracuse, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech & Florida State. We will continue the fierce rivalries with former conference foe Cincinnati (that felt weird to say) and Kentucky. Below is the schedule for the upcoming season.

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CWS Title Not In The Cards For Louisville, Fall 4-1 to Texas


 

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Errors were too much for Louisville today as the Cards lose 4-1 and are eliminated from the College World Series. The Cards matched a season high 4 errors during the game including one by the normally unshakable Nick Burdi. It may as well been called NOmaha because the Cards just couldn’t get a lot going while they were there. Hats off to Texas for stealing our football coach this season then taking our soul in the CWS. Louisville finished the season with 50 wins and made it to their 3rd CWS (07,13,14)  since Dan McDonnells inaugural season in 2007. Still a great season for the Cards and with the majority of the team coming back for our first season in the ACC, it’s gonna be a blast. Thanks to @UofLBaseball for another great season.

Go Cards!

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Louisville Falls 5-3 In Game One


 

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photo courtesy of http://www.kansascity.com

Some people need sleep off a tough loss. Waiting all week for a big game just to lose is something you never want to happen and as a Louisville fan something we don’t have to experience often as of late. We did however have to last night. The Cards fell 5-3 last night in game 1 of the 2014 CWS to rival Vanderbilt. They will play 12 time CWS Finals participant Texas in an elimination game Monday at 3pm on ESPN2. You can watch it through Watch ESPN on your mobile device through the app or click this link for viewing on your PC . The Longhorns have appeared in the CWS 35 times reaching the finals 12 times and winning it all 6 times. The Texas Longhorns have the highest winning percentage in  NCAA Division I college baseball with a win percentage of .740. The Longhorns rank second in all-time number of total wins (3,246) in history. I told you earlier in the week I was worried about Vandy due to them being a mirror image of our program. They Louisville’d us last night for sure. Not too many teams in America can play small-ball like Vandy and Louisville. No need to be worried however, I feel like this loss will be the wake up call we needed. We had been breezing through the tourney and sometimes a loss is not what you want, but what you need. I fully expect to see a rematch of last nights game this weekend. The 1-0 game between UC Irvine & Vanderbilt will be Monday night at 8pm. The 2014 CWS finals are Monday June 23 through Wednesday June 25th if necessary. Good luck to our guys and go Cards.

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Meet The Opponents: Vanderbilt Commodores


 

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Vanderbilt:

  • Located in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mascot is a Commodore (which is a military ranking)
  • 2 time CWS participant, 6 time SEC champs
  • Head Coach Tim Corbin is 2nd in school history with 406 career wins

 

Famous Alumni/Attendees:

Al Gore

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Jay Cutler

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Skip Bayless

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Amy Grant

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Others: Dierks Bentley, David Price

*attendees included only because Al Gore never graduated and to make fun of Al Gore

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Behanan/Bulls


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As you can see, former UofL F/C Chane Behanan worked out with the Bulls today. He posted this picture of himself today standing next to D Rose. No word on whether Chane will be MIA for the next 2 years as a result of this interaction.

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Alhaji Mohammed: Champion Again


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cham·pi·on
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noun: champion; plural noun: champions
1.
a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, especially in sports.
synonyms: winner, titleholder, defending champion

 

Alhaji Mohammed is all of the above once again. Last night he led his team to his second consecutive Romanian league championship. He led the way with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the back to back to champions from Ploiesti. Alhaji, a proud University of Louisville Cardinal, was a part of the past two. Most people don’t know that Alhaji is around the city for most of the summer and does a lot for the community. In my opinion, he has also been key with the development of Preston Knowles, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith as he works out with them all summer and they respect and look up to him. They have a strong bond between them, he refers to them as his Thundercats. This is the tenth year overseas for Alhaji and he hopes the titles aren’t done yet.

 

We at CSZ also want to congratulate Alhaji on another winning season and hope for many more as well.

Here’s the video that everyone loves featuring Alhaji:

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Track And Field At The NCAA Championships


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The NCAA Outdoor Championships started this week on Wednesday in Eugene Oregon. The Cardinals had four participants in this years championships, all of whom are rookies. Here is how they did

Brittany Owens:

who finished 10th in the women’s long jump at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds finished 10th overall at the finals on Wednesday. Currently, her personal-best mark of 6.23m/20-5.25 ranks 13th best in the region and 19th nationally. She finished seventh in the event at the conference championships.

Calvin Arsenault:

The Kitchener, Ontario, native is the first male sprinter to qualify for the national championships after placing fifth in the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. He finished tied for 23rd place in this event. Calvin did win the 2014 AAC Championships.

Tyler Byrne:

Byrne collected All-America honors earlier this season in cross-country after winning the AAC individual cross-country title. During the track and field season, he won the AAC outdoor 5,000m title and captured the league’s indoor 3,000m crown. Wednesday Tyler finished a minute and a half off the lead recording a 19th place finish.

Edwin Kibichiy:

 competed in the 3,000m steeplechase. The sophomore continues the Cardinals’ streak of having an athlete take part in the steeplechase each year since 2009.  Kibichiy finished 12th in the race at the preliminary rounds to lock up the last spot for nationals. He finished 7th in the semifinal races which locks up a spot for him in tomorrows finals at 2:57p.m. You can check out live results here at http://results.flashresults.com/2014_Meets/outdoor/06-09-NCAA/

Good luck to Edwin and Go Cards!

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Where Will The Baseball Cards Finish This Season?


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The latest polls were released today that had your University of Louisville Cardinals move up to #3 in the country. This got me wondering, how do you guys think the Cards will finish this season? Lose first 2? Win one? Win it all? Well let us know in this poll! Have fun and Go Cards!

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Attendance Record, Photos, Dogpile And More


As you can see, the fans were chomping at the bit to get in the stadium for the possible series clinching game 2 from Jim Patterson Saturday night versus the Kennesaw State Owls. We set the record last night with 5,351 people in attendance in what was one of the more raucous games I have ever been to. What more could we do? How bout putting another 656 people in the house! The CardNation broke the long-standing attendance record, ha, and were even rowdier tonight with a total of 6,007! I wanted to put together a post with some pictures and include the last minutes of the game plus the dog-pile celebration as the Cards win the game 7-4 and win the Louisville Super Regional and advance to the College World Series. I hope you enjoy!

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Meet The Opponents: Kennesaw State


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As you guys may know, I do a feature during the Basketball Tournament called Meet the Opponents. The idea popped into my head today to do one for our opponents and visitors to Patterson Stadium this weekend, The Kennesaw State Owls. Many reasons came to mind. A lot of us don’t know much about them. They are not a huge name. Most importantly, this is my story and I will write about whatever I want. Ok, the last reason had zero affect on why, but it’s my story and I can just make up a reason if I want. On a serious note, I hope you enjoy the tidbits and facts also known as Meet The Opponents.

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Cardinals Finish 17th at NCAA Rowing Championship


 

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Louisville rowing team closed its first ever appearance at the NCAA Championship with a 17th-place finish following the final day of racing on Sunday morning at Eagle Creek Park.

The Cardinals finished with 44 points during the three days of competition , while Ohio State won its second straight national championship scoring 126 points overall. Louisville finished just one point behind 16th-place Wisconsin and only four points behind No. 15 San Diego.

“I’m proud of the effort and competitiveness our team showed this weekend and it’s a great way to finish a special season for our program,” said second year head coach Derek Copeland. “It was a great experience for our team because the only way to know how to prepare for this championship is to go through it. We learned as we went and really adapted well to everything each day.

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Cards Are Super! Beat Cats 4-1


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CardsTV Video: Postgame News Conference with Dan McDonnell | Postgame News Conference with Louisville Players

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Matched against long-time rival Kentucky for the first time outside the regular season, the top-seeded Louisville baseball team continued its trend of postseason success with a 4-1 win in Sunday night’s NCAA Regional title game at Jim Patterson Stadium.

In a game delayed nearly four hours due to lightning and rain, the Cardinals (48-15) plated three runs in a pivotal seventh inning to win its fourth NCAA Regional in the last eight years under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell. With the victory, Louisville will host an NCAA Super Regional for the second time in school history when the winner of the Alabama-Kennesaw State matchup in Monday’s finale at the Tallahassee Regional (noon ET) visits Jim Patterson Stadium. The best-of-three series will begin either Friday or Saturday with the complete schedule to be released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

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Regional Championship Today!


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Today at approx. 4pm on ESPNU, the baseball Cards will take the field against either Kansas or Uk. The Cards defeated Kansas 6-3 in the regional game yesterday and by doing so earn a berth to the finals. Kentucky however has had the Cards number this season winning 8-3 in Lexington and beating the Cards at home 4-2. I believe Kansas will get it going late and win. The Cards will not be facing either teams ace as they were both used yesterday. If the winner of KU/uk defeats the Cards tonight, there will be a final game tomorrow night at 7 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Tickets are cheap so go fill up this magnificent ballpark.

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For the Cards to defeat Kansas tonight they will need to execute on defense better. The Cards seemed to struggle yesterday a little with errors, mistakes which loaded the bases at least three times for Kansas yesterday. Even though most think we would have won by more if Kidston was taken out, he improved to 8-0 with the win and showed great resolve despite his mistakes. No offense to the Kansas team, I have friends who follow them for media purposes, but if they were a decent hitting team we would have lost yesterday. For the Cards to beat uk tonight they will have to rely on keeping the ball in the park. Whereas UL is a great small-ball team, uk is a great long-ball team. The Cards gave up 0 HR’s yesterday so that will be key to repeat again tonight. Win or lose the Cards should be ok as Funkhouser would take the mound tomorrow night if the cards are beaten. The Cards will host Super Regional action if they win this regional. Stay tuned to CSZ for times and dates as they become available.

Go Cards!

Louisville Advances to NCAA Regional Title Game


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Powered by another quality start on the mound and a fast start at the plate, the top-seeded Louisville baseball team advanced to its fourth NCAA Regional title game in six seasons with a 6-3 victory over Kansas on Saturday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium.

 

The Cardinals (47-15) will play in the championship game of the NCAA Louisville Regional on Sunday at 4 p.m., ET against the winner of the Kentucky-Kansas elimination game, set for Sunday at noon. With a victory on Sunday night, Louisville would advance to next week’s Super Regional round, while a loss would setup a winner-take-all title game rematch on Monday night.

 

Sophomore righty Anthony Kidston (Defiance, Ohio) led the way on the mound for the Cardinals allowing just two runs on five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings to improve to 8-0 this season and 13-0 in his collegiate career. With his third straight seven-inning performance, Kidston lowered his career ERA to just 2.44 while increasing his strikeout total to 115 in 110.2 innings.

 

At the plate, Louisville scored the first five runs of the game with freshman outfielder Corey Ray (Chicago, Ill.) setting the pace going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. The three hits are a career-high for Ray, who has a .522 average as a starting outfielder in the last eight games. Senior outfielder Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro, Ky.) chipped in with two hits, one run driven in and one run scored, while junior second baseman Zach Lucas (Louisville, Ky.) was2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Junior shortstop Sutton Whiting (New Wilmington, Pa.) added a single, two walks, two stolen bases, two RBI and two runs scored as the Cardinals out-hit the Jayhawks 11-6.

 

Louisville started the scoring in the second inning when senior third baseman Alex Chittenden (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored from third on a RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of junior shortstop Sutton Whiting (New Wilmington, Pa.). Chittenden was hit by a pitch from Kansas righty Frank Duncan to lead off the inning and moved to third on a single by Ray and a throwing error by Jayhawks’ third baseman Tommy Mirabelli.

 

The Cardinals pushed the advantage to 2-0 in the third inning when Sturgeon scored on a RBI double down the right field line by senior outfielder Jeff Gardner (Louisville, Ky.). Sturgeon reached base with a one-out single and moved to second on a groundout before the Gardner double.

 

An inning later, Louisville rolled up a three-spot against Duncan on a trio of RBI singles from Whiting, senior catcher Kyle Gibson (Henderson, Ky.) and Sturgeon. After leading off the inning with a double to center, Ray scored on the single to left by Whiting. Following a pair of stolen bases allowed him to move to third, Whiting scored the second run of the inning on the single by Gibson. A throwing error by Kansas second baseman Colby Wright allowed Gibson to move to second before the single from Sturgeon.

 

The Jayhawks (35-25) broke through for their first run of the day in the fifth inning on RBI groundout by Mirabelli. Louisville responded with a run in the top of the sixth on a RBI double down the left field by Lucas to score Whiting. Kansas followed with a run in the bottom of the sixth when outfielder Tucker Tharp scored from third on a double-play off the bat of catcher Ka’iana Eldredge to cut the deficit to 6-2.

 

KU issued a final challenge in the ninth inning plating a run on a bases loaded walk to cut the margin to 6-3. However, junior righty Nick Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill.) recorded the final out of the night to earn his 15th save of the season and the 31st of his collegiate career increasing his school record total.

 

Senior righty Frank Duncan went the distance on the mound for Kansas allowing four earned runs and six total runs on 11 hits in a nine-inning complete game loss to drop 6-4 overall.

 

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter (@UofLBaseball) at http://twitter.com/uoflbaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball.

Eli Rogers Tells The Future…


Eli Rogers is without a doubt one of the great leaders on this football team. What are his hopes and wants for this season?

L Yeah!

Go Cards!

Tonight’s Baseball Uniforms (Nice!)


Here is what the Cards will be wearing if this first game ever ends……………….

photo courtesy of Steve Andress

photo courtesy of Steve Andress

Go Cards!

Cardinal News & Notes


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While I’m at home today I figured I would catch you up on the remainder of Cardinal Athletics for this school year. ACC here we come…

 

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Here we go…………….

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-The University of Louisville rowing program will begin its first ever appearance at the NCAA Championship on Friday when the 18th-ranked Cardinals begin the three-day event at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. Having earned an automatic berth by winning the American Athletic Conference Championship, the Cardinals begin the competition with a trio of Friday morning heat races starting with the varsity eight boat in Heat 1 at 9:10 a.m., ET. Louisville’s second varsity eight boat will compete in Heat 2 at 10 a.m., while the varsity four boat will begin the weekend in Heat 3 at 10:50 a.m.

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-University of Louisville field hockey coach Justine Sowry has announced the 2014 schedule which includes eight games at Trager Stadium. The Cardinals’ 2014 slate features four top 10 teams including 2013 NCAA runner-up Duke and semifinalist North Carolina. Additionally 10 of Louisville’s 19 opponents finished last season ranked in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association top 20.

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