“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

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Louisville, KY, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/csz/2016/02/04/livewith55-2316-marques-maybin-dave-lackford

 

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

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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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Highlights: Louisville defeats North Carolina 71-65

That was fun.

Pitino, Lee, Lewis, and Mitchell UNC postgame

Enjoy the postgame comments from Rick Pitino, Damion Lee, Trey Lewis, and Donovan Mitchell after Louisville’s 71-65 win over North Carolina.

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Paul Rogers UNC Highlights

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That’s right, highlights from Paul Rogers. There is no one better to listen to in the business than Rogers. He is the true voice of the Louisville Cardinals. Here are his calls of the best plays from the victory over North Carolina. Enjoy!

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New Top 25 Polls 2/1/16

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North Carolina will bring in a #1 and/or #2 ranking into the KFC Yum! Center tonight! Full polls below.

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Layup Lines: Louisville vs North Carolina

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With tipoff less than 2 hours away, this will be a pretty condensed version of “Layup Lines”. I blame real life, sorry about that. But here is a quick rundown of tonight’s game between the Louisville Cardinals (17-4, 6-2) and North Carolina Tar Heels (19-2, 8-0).

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Desmond Fitzpatrick commits to Louisville

 

Desmond Fitzpatrick

Photo: 247 Sports

4-star wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick has just announced his commitment to the Louisville Cardinals…again. Fitzpatrick ultimately chose the Cards over Nebraska. This is a big-time get for Bobby Petrino!

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Rick Pitino previews UNC in latest blog

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Start your week off with a quick preview of North Carolina from Rick Pitino in his latest blog. He also recaps the loss to Virginia if you would like to check out the full post, but for me, it’s time to move on to tonight’s game. Here is what Pitino says about the Tar Heels and about the Cards moving forward.

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