Category Archives: Louisville Athletics

CardNation: We Will Get Through This

All hail our UofL!

CardNation. It’s not just a term, it’s a way of life. Through the good and the bad we always prove one thing and that is that we persevere. We have unfortunately had a lot of bad times to try us over the past few years as well. I won’t get into that. One thing I do know though is that we will get through this. We are too proud and too strong. Other programs have been through similar trials and tribulations and have rebounded (no pun intended) just fine. It just hurts at the moment. I get it.

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AP Top 25 Poll 2/8/16

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(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Record: 20-3
PV Rank

3

Points

1,566

2
Record: 21-3
4
1,499
3
Record: 19-3
1
1,472
4
Iowa (11)
Record: 19-4
5
1,471
5
Record: 21-2
6
1,382
6
Kansas (1)
Record: 19-4
7
1,311
7
Record: 19-4
9
1,223
8
Record: 20-4
10
1,144
9
Record: 19-4
2
1,136
10
Record: 19-4
14
1,082
11
Record: 20-4
16
905
12
Record: 18-4
17
826
13
Record: 19-4
19
819
14
Record: 17-6
13
781
15
Record: 18-5
8
663
16
12
593
17
Record: 19-5
23
497
18
Record: 19-5
18
456
19
Record: 19-3
24
413
20
Record: 18-6
11
349
21
Record: 17-6
15
333
22
Record: 17-6
20
228
23
Record: 18-5
27
225
24
Record: 16-7
36
199
25
Record: 17-6
21
132

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Must Read For CardNation: Seth Davis Interviews Rick Pitino

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If you haven’t read this article from College hoops reporter for SI and CBS Sports Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops), you can here. One of the more intriguing articles I have read in awhile. In the story Coach Pitino goes more in depth on the alleged incident and delved a little deeper into the saga that is currently going on at the University of Louisville. Great job by Seth, Give this a read.

 

As always, Thank you and Go Cards!

 

Cardinal Catch-Up: Alhaji Mohammed

 

(via Alhaji Mohammed)

(via Alhaji Mohammed)

 

One thing that I love in the local sports scene right now is how myself and Marques Maybin are keeping in touch with former Cards. Marques has his throwback Thursday on the Deener show on ESPN 93.9 FM & I talk with the guys from all sports on LiveWith55 on Wednesday nights at blogtalkradio.com/csz. Today is a very welcome slow news day for CardNation.

I was talking this morning to Alhaji Mohammed. It’s no secret if you follow Mo is that he is a very charitable individual. He has always been humble and kind and willing to give back to the community. Of course I must preface this with the fact he is my friend. However he is one of the best people I have ever met. I met him back in 2004 when I went to a summer league game in the barber shop league down at St Stevens. He didn’t know me but we sat there and talked hoops while I watching my young bull Terrance Farley play in the league.

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It’s a Power Struggle as No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 13 Louisville Battle for the ACC

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Card Nation: Get out to the KFC Yum! Center TODAY, Sunday, February 7th at 2PM to cheer on your 13th ranked Louisville Women’s basketball team.

Tickets are $3 with your Kroger card or with a ticket stub from the men’s Boston College game.

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Cardinal Sports Zone Radio 2-6-16

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On todays show Marques Maybin joined us in studio as a guest host. Steve and Marques welcomed Ramsey & Rutherford in at 10:30 to talk to coach Rick Pitino. They talked about both the scandal and today’s game. To start off the show Steve brought Jesus into the 93.9 studios this morning with an epic rant! It was one of the best shows ever despite the circumstances. It was hard for Jeremy to keep up on social media because you guys were amazing! Thank you so much for your support. Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. Thank you to 93.9 FM for giving us this platform. Thank you to 93.9 and Drew Deener for keeping us informed for the entire day yesterday and continuing coverage this weekend. We are shooting for bigger and better things for you CardNation and will keep providing you with quality shows. Until next week CardNation, God Bless & Go Cards!

Thoughts on the Post Season Ban

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As an alumna of the University of Louisville, I am deeply disheartened by the decision to ban the men’s basketball program from any and all post season play.

If there was in fact a violation unearthed (and it’s apparent that there was) I’m not sure that a post season ban for this season would relinquish the crime. The snap decision to punish this years team a month prior to the ACC Tournament is wrong. The purpose of university administrators is to protect the students; student-athletes included. However, it’s clear this move was not made in the best interest of the students and student-athletes.

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“It’s just basketball” 

“It’s just basketball,” they say. 

I’ll admit, I used to be in that camp. Growing up just north of Pittsburgh, I was in the (very slim) minority whose loyalties didn’t lie with either Pitt basketball or Penn State football. When the scandal broke at PSU, I felt for the student-athletes who were unfairly being punished, but anything more than sympathy was difficult with such a complete lack of emotional ties unlike those around me. Little did I know that less than four short years later, I would be on the complete opposite side of the issue.

I joined the team here at CSZ when Justin contacted me after reading my letter to Sports Illustrated , regarding an article released about the scandal that is weighing so heavily on the hearts of many here in Louisville tonight. When I sat down to write that letter, I had no idea what would come of it – I just needed to blow off steam. I’ve been humbled and blessed to make connections with so many members of the greatest fanbase in America, and I want each and every one of you to know that tonight my heart is breaking right alongside yours. You’ve done nothing if you haven’t proven to me that choosing to call Louisville my home three and a half years ago was the right choice, just as it was the right choice for Damion Lee and Trey Lewis. There’s something special about this place, this city, this university… And that’s what makes all of this so damn difficult.

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Our Friends At BirdGang Open Up Their First Retail Shop!

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The title is self-explanatory. It is no secret the bond that myself and BirdGang Brand Clothing CFO Danny Mosby have. Played against each other in High School, on the same side at the University of Louisville. Every time he takes a step forward in the business world I burst with pride. This is no different. This weekend he along with his co-founders (Nappy Roots members Brian “Buffalo Stille” Scott and Ronald “Clutch” Wilson) open up their first retail spot! Get out and support your local business owners! All the info is included in the press release below.

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Louisville Football comes in at #12 in ESPN Football Power Index

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Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP

The day after National Signing day there is still a buzz in the air about next years Louisville Football team. The Cards signed another great class and bring back around 18 starters. This means that the buzz isn’t just local anymore. Today ESPN put the Cards at #12 in their “Football Power Index”.

Does this mean Louisville will start out in the top 12 next season? Not necessarily, but it does mean Petrino’s team is picking up a lot of steam heading into the 16-17 season. Expect much more steam to pick up in the coming months. #L1C4

 

Video: Louisville stadium expansion “Coming Full Circle”

Vegas gives Louisville a 14/1 shot at cutting down the nets

NCAA Basketball: St. Francis-NY at Louisville

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Since the Cards’ win over #2 North Carolina on Monday I think we have all allowed ourselves to dream of a trip to Houston and the Final Four. Today we found out that we are not alone in that thought process. Vegas (Who we know somehow is usually accurate) gives Louisville the 7th best odds at 14/1 to cut down the nets in April.

Oklahoma, rightfully so, comes in at number 1 with 6/1 odds followed by UNC at 15/2. After that it looks like it is anyone’s game.

Oklahoma 6/1

North Carolina 15/2

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LiveWith55 2/3/16 Marques Maybin, Dave Lackford

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Check out this weeks episode of LiveWith55! Tonight we talked to Marques Maybin about UofL hoops (were supposed to) vs Uva/UNC and Dave Lackford who is the moderator of FSU’s Warchant.com will talk to us about NSD. If you love sports knowledge and NSD info listen to Dave’s interview. Very insightful and knowledgable. Also went over new uniforms, TWICA plus much more on LiveWith55!

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If you want to listen to the LiveWith55 podcast do the following:

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Damion Lee Highlights via @TheACCDN

A Dab, A Photobomb, A Kiss: Damion Lee’s Big Night in Louisville

Win a game, visit the kids…

After the Cards took down # 1/2 UNC last night you would think they would have went back to the dorm and relaxed. Nah. This is a very special group of kids that make us love them more and more very week. Check out pics from their trip last night at Frazier rehab.

Go Cards!

Adidas and UofL reveal Black History Month uniforms

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Photo: GoCards.com

Alright uniform junkies, this post is for you! It looks like the Cards will be decked out in some pretty sweet jerseys when they face Duke this season, both times! The official release from UofL goes into detail about the uniforms.

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Black History Month Inspired Throwbacks For UL Hoops

I know that Justin is not a huge uniform geek like me and Steve are but I always look forward to new ones coming out. Me and Steve were just wondering Friday when this years were gonna be released. We went over some of our favorite alternate uniforms. Infrared, title jerseys & Twill & Earl’s throwbacks amongst others. Without further adieu, here is the much-loved dunking Cardinal throwbacks!

Go Cards!

Rodjay Burns could flip commitment back to Louisville

 

Rodjay Burns

Photo: Scout.com

On Monday afternoon, we saw 4-star wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick re-commit to Louisville after opening his recruitment back up, which is rare. Could we see a similar situation with Trinity star Rodjay Burns? The difference here is that Fitzpatrick opened his recruitment back up, while Burns switched his pledge from Louisville to Ohio State. Now, it seems like he could be wavering on that decision and realizing that the grass isn’t always greener.

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Lamar Thomas leaving UofL for UK

Lamar Thomas

Photo: Twitter

Well, the chatter began on Monday afternoon and I was going to wait until an official announcement was made. But this pretty much makes it official to me. Lamar Thomas will be leaving the University of Louisville (or has already left) to be the wide receivers coach for the University of Kentucky. His twitter bio pretty much solidifies that. By the way, the most recent retweet is pretty comical now.

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Roy Williams and UNC players talk loss to Louisville

Here are some videos from after the game from Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, and Isaiah Hicks. Louisville defeated North Carolina 71-65.

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