55 (Season 2 Episode 20)

 

55

This week on 55…..

We are coming to the end of another season of 55. Don’t worry though, still 3-4 episodes left this season and I am confident it will be renewed for a third season. Seeing that I am the only one who could approve or cancel 55 I would have to be a dufus to deny the approval. (Shout out to Steve) Speaking of Steve. Did you tune into the brand new CardinalSportsZone podcast yesterday? We will talk about that too. The ACC Championships have wrapped up for some and are about to gear up for others. Where did the Cards start the week in the polls? Find out here.

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Rick Pitino on Final ACC Teleconference of the Season

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Opening Statement

We’re coming off a good road victory and I was real impressed after watching the tape of what we did team wise. We moved the basketball very well, shot a good percentage, took high percentage shots, and played good defense. So I was very pleased going into a homestand with two top 10 teams (at the time) and we certainly have to play well to beat either one of those teams.

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Men’s Basketball Polls 3/2/15

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The new polls were released today and the Cards are now 16th in the AP Poll and 14th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Louisville hosts Notre Dame and Virginia this week.

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Cardinal Sports Zone Podcast 3/2/15

Here is a link to the debut episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone Podcast….enjoy!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/csz/2015/03/02/cardinalsportszone-podcast-3215-1

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ACC tournament bracket as of 3/1 & Louisville seed scenarios

IT IS FINALLY MARCH and with one week left in the regular season the ACC tournament bracket is starting to take shape. Here is the bracket and standings if the tournament were to end today.

Bracket:

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Ryan McMahon Official Mixtape

This kid has some swagger to him. He can also shoot the basketball, which is helpful.

Video Proof: Montrezl Dunked on Florida State

These weren’t bad to watch. The pass from Quentin Snider is a lot tougher than he made it look.

Highlights: Louisville defeats Florida State 81-59

Road Game is Needed for the Cards Today

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This past Monday, the day after Chris Jones was dismissed from the University of Louisville basketball team, I wrote that their “new season” would begin that night at Georgia Tech. It was a battle, but the Cards prevailed and started this new season 1-0. In just a couple of hours, they will try to improve to 2-0, with two regular season games left before ACC Tournament play. This will be their second game in a row on the road, and I think that is right where they need to be right now.

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The Night That Everick Sullivan Owned Florida State

Photo: millercards.net

Photo: millercards.net

First, the insane reverse dunk from the baseline. Who even thinks to try and reverse that? And then, just a game winning shot. Not a bad night at the office for freshman Everick Sullivan!

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Louisville-Florida State Basketball Fight 1/12/85

Need some motivation for today? Check this one out!

Louisville Spring Football Schedule

The University of Louisville has announced the dates for the spring football season practices. All of these practices will be open to the public. No time has been announced yet except for the actual Spring Game, which will be at 7 pm.

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ACC Standings and Schedule for the Weekend 2/27/15

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With just three regular season games left, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to keep one of those top 4 spots in the ACC standings, which would earn them a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Here are the standings entering the weekend and the schedule of games for Saturday and Sunday. When looking at the standings, keep in mind that Syracuse will not be playing in any post-season tournament this year, and that includes the ACC Tournament.

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Rick Pitino Talks to Media About Chris Jones

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Video from Courier-Journal

Opening Statement 

We’re not going to do our radio show tonight and I didn’t want you guys to think I’m ducking any questions or any responsibilities. To be quite honest with you, I’ve been recruiting every night this week and I have not slept a wink in 48 hours.

I’m totally saddened, to the point of disbelief, over the incident. We’ve built a very strong culture here of discipline and doing the right things, and I’m very proud of all the players that have gone through here and done the right thing, and this comes at a time when we’re all shocked, extremely disheartened, and very much saddened for everybody involved. Our prayers go out to every single person involved in all of this.

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UofL Issues Statement on Dismissal of Chris Jones

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

From UofL Sports Information Director Kenny Klein:

On Feb. 17 while at a team dinner, Coach Rick Pitino was informed of a text message sent by Chris Jones to another individual.  Chris was removed from the dinner table, immediately suspended from the team.  After the matter was addressed within the university and Chris surrendered his cell phone, he was permitted to return to the team on Feb. 19 with strict internal disciplinary measures attached, among which included a curfew.  It was discovered shortly after noon on Feb. 22 that Chris had violated a curfew and there were other accusations, without knowing specifics.  At that time, Chris was immediately dismissed from the team.

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Chris Jones Gets Home Incarceration

Photo: WHAS11

Photo: WHAS11

Notes from Chris Jones’ appearance in court…

*Chris Jones just made his appearance in court for the charges of rape and sodomy and his plea was not guilty.

*The Judge released Jones to home incarceration.

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Adidas Unveils Louisville’s Postseason Uniforms

Not too crazy, so I can deal with it. Of course I am always one saying that we should keep the same uniforms every year and be traditional, but I guess I am old.

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Russ Smith and Peyton Siva Played Against Each Other Wednesday Night

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

In news that kind of flew under the radar, Russ Smith and Peyton Siva played against each other on Wednesday night in the NBA D-League. Siva’s Erie Bayhawks defeated Smith’s Iowa Energy by a score of 120-114.

Siva finished with 15 points (5-11 shooting), 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Smith had 11 points (4-9 shooting), 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals.

The full game is below if you want to watch it. Other notable players in the game:

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Chris Jones Charged With Rape and Sodomy

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Well, the Courier-Journal has reported what got Chris Jones kicked off of Louisville’s basketball team. And it is bad…very bad. We pretty much knew the news about his threatening texts were not what got him dismissed. If it were only that simple. Here are some excerpts from the article, which you can read here.

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All NFL Combine Links for Louisville Players from CSZ

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Over the last few days, there have been plenty of posts on the NFL Combine with information on former Louisville players and how they performed. That is what happens when you send 11 players up to Indianapolis for the event. Here are links to all of the posts from CSZ regarding the NFL combine…

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