Category Archives: Cardinal Athletics
Just when you thought the WNBA couldn’t lose any more credibility they released the 2014 All-Rookie Team today:
2014 WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
|Chiney Ogwumike||Connecticut Sun||Forward||11|
|Odyssey Sims||Tulsa Shock||Guard||11|
|Kayla McBride||San Antonio Stars||Guard/Forward||11|
|Bria Hartley||Washington Mystics||Guard||9|
|Alyssa Thomas||Connecticut Sun||Forward||7|
Yep, there is one glaring omission….Showtime Shoni Schimmel. (say that 3 times real fast) She set the WNBA on fire this season with her razzle dazzle passes and clutch shooting. I believe she will be on the first team all WNBA in no time if she improves and keeps up the good work. We were extremely proud of you this year Shoni! Go Cards!
Well guys, we aren’t in Kansas anymore. Oh that’s right…we were in Houston, Central Florida and Philly. Sorry guys. With a greater league comes greater interaction. The ACC has impressed me with two of their releases so far (2-2) in @TheACCDN and The ACC Football Challenge App. It’s available on all platforms for just .99 and it allows interactions in game form that could lead you to a trip to the 2014 ACC title game. You can even play as the newly joined Louisville Cardinals and kick your way to Charlotte. Sounds cool to me. The ACC Digital Network is also available on all platforms and takes you behind the scenes of your favorite team in the ACC and lets you watch past games and other fun stuff. Below is the Press Release and the link for the App!
David Hale of ESPN.com was asked to make some fearless predictions this week. He came up with his top 10 for the ACC. To many outside of Louisville, Will Gardner will be a shock and an absolute treat to watch. His full story can be seen here. Here’s my fearless prediction for Will, 3500 yards passing. It would put him in 6th place all-time for a single season right behind my old teammate Chris Redman’s Sr campaign of 3,647. That’s about as fearless as I can get this season. It also may be due to the fact we are so close to football I can taste it and am being really generous. On that note Dom Brown will rush for 2000 yards and Lozo will have 21 sacks. OK…I have calmed down a little but I will stick with my Gardner prediction. Gardner will be magnificent this year. I Can’t wait to utter the words…The Gardner did it!
Here we are for the final installment of Hungry and Driven….for now. First things first. (Don’t Iggy me) Most of you know I have a column I do during peak sports season called 55. That column will be making its debut right before the UL/Miami football game Monday night September 1st. No set time as of now but starting the next week it will be back to its usual time, 7:55. We will be more interactive, more fun and bring you more info than ever. Also plan on having a few guest writers of 55 during the season. Stay tuned. Also here is a sneak peek at the brand new logo for 55 designed by CSZ’s good friend Tim of @UofLBirdsNest. If you aren’t following him on Twitter, do so now. He is awesome.
Went on vacation last week so I did not get to post but rest assured…I have more Taquan Dean. This past week was his birthday. As CardNation showered him with happy birthdays and well wished, Taquan showed off his birthday gift to himself.
So very proud of this guy who I’m lucky enough to call my friend. Back to business though.
Today Mike Huguenin, Bryan Fischer and Chase Goodbread posted the latest in their series of dynamic duos. They have been compiling the best duos at every position by league. (click here for full list) Today’s Position was Wide Receivers. It didn’t take long to see a few familiar faces.
Here is the excerpt:
This is the second in a series looking at the best positional tandems in college football in each conference, taking into account both college production and pro potential. Today it is the best pair of wide receivers.
Peyton Siva has been waiting on news of where he would land after being cut by the Detroit Pistons a few weeks ago. It looks like he will wait no longer:
Peyton Siva has agreed to terms with the Orlando Magic, a source told Yahoo Sports.—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 29, 2014
In this weekly series we are going to let you watch one of the all time Louisville greats, Taquan Dean, doing what he loves to do, play basketball. Over the next 3 weeks I will release footage of former UofL Basketball Graduate Assistant Tim Gray putting Taquan through different workout movements to help evolve and sharpen his craft. In these videos you will see just how special Taquan is and how you may want to train if Basketball is your dream. His hard work, hustle and determination really shines through on the court. This week we will show you 2 more videos. In the first you will see Taquan go unconscious from 3. How many do you think he hits in a row? Make a guess and then see how far off you are. in the second video Taquan shows off his dribbling skills. Enjoy!
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
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.