ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf posted an article today about the Louisville men’s basketball team and how it has been tough to replace the leadership of Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng, as well as the loss of Chane Behanan. I will post some of the more interesting quotes from the article.
“It’s different. It’s a lot of sacrificing that you have to make. I’m willing to do it, but it’s really tough and Peyton had, probably the toughest job last year, managing everybody. And he did a good job with it. I’m just trying to follow in his footsteps.”
55. Not just a random number to me. It’s a number that has followed me around my life. It was always my number in any sports I played. Whenever I create players on games they are always 55. It’s the number that comes after 54. One day I hope to live to see the age of 55. All valid points. Today I monitored twitter a little more than often and noticed that its getting as bad as Facebook there. So many things going down in one day. So many gripes, so many issues. So I decided to put down a list of 55 things I observed today. Here we go in no particular order.
Chris Jones scored 19 points and Montrezl Harrell added 18 as the No. 3 Cardinals went on to a 90-61 exhibition victory over Pikeville. The defending national champion Cardinals shot 33 of 64 from the field (51.6 percent) and held the NAIA Bears to 34 percent. Russ Smith added 12 points, and Wayne Blackshear had 10 for Louisville. Kevin Ware, who had that gruesome injury last March, returned to action tonight and scored on his first attempt from the field, a 3 point basket. Ironically the shot was taken and made from almost the exact spot on the court that the injury occurred in Indianapolis. It was good to see him out there doing what he loved again. When asked how he felt:
“Basketball-wise I feel like myself,” said Ware, who wore black wraps on both of his lower legs. “My speed and everything, jumping-wise, feels back to normal. I feel fine.”
It was this exact moment in Cardinal folklore that many say was the lighting of the dynamite that is known as the National Championship run for our 2013 University of Louisville Cardinals basketball team. Following this moment, UL guard Kevin Ware went on shows like Sportscenter and The Late Show With David Letterman to tell his story. He got direct messages on twitter from Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant and talked to the President. He told news outlets he was hopeful for an October return. Today coach Rick Pitino stated Kevin indeed was cleared for basketball activities, looking more and more like Kevin will indeed be ready for the season opener. Great news for CardNation.
Let’s go back though. What did Kevin do to motivate himself while injured? Did he set goals for himself? Yes he did and smashed them all. Did he let the newfound fame get to his head? No. Alongside Jamon Brown and some of his friends from the University of Louisville, they made going to the Boys and Girls Clubs into something that has turned into a nationwide movement. The Purp Movement (People Uplifting Real People) is a non-profit organization about making giving back fun and people finding their purpose. Now at most of the high schools in Louisville, KY you will see a Purp Team. In other states, Purp Teams started popping up as far as Los Angeles, CA. The original Purp Team who started the movement also invented the Purp.me app.
PURP.me is the first ever system to make giving back fun, rewarding, and easy. The Purp.me app is the first ever one stop shop to give and get help. The app makes it easy to give and get help with anything. Find out more by visiting (www.purp.me). Just another example of what a great unselfish human being that is Kevin Ware. Thanks Kev from CardNation and people all around. Check out the video!
This was the scene as last year ended with the ultimate prize, the National Championship. This year should be no different. The loss of Siva and Dieng will be big shoes to follow. The additions of Jones, Gill, Rozier and Agau and maturation of guys like Mango, Montrezl, Kevin, Wayne, Chane Luke and Russ are pivotal to any success that comes. New names means new numbers and today the University of Louisville released the Jersey assignments for the upcoming season. Baumann, Bond & Baffour are not on that list as of now. List is courtesy of GoCards.com
I recently watched a 10 Minute video montage of the Best Dunks of the College Basketball season. While the video was great and can be seen HERE, I took issue with the fact only 1 yes i repeat 1 Louisville Cardinal slam was included in this video! So here are my Top 10 dunks of the UofL basketball season to let them know what they missed.
Kevin Ware was on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night. He did a quick interview and presented the nightly Top 10!
by Jeremy Wahman
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Just wanted to share with you guys a few pictures I found and to let you know that Kevin is back in Louisville and has been for about 2 hours. I talked to Kevin on his ride home and he told me he was gonna set daily goals to make sure rehab went by fast. Also said he is still excited about Atlanta. Read the rest of this entry
Update on Kevin Ware
by Jeremy Wahman
The picture above is all you really need to know about this team and the way they feel about each other. The love,the heart, the sorrow…is what they all felt for Kevin when he went down with arguably the worst televised injury in history of sports. He had surgery last night to reattach his leg and will stay in Indy until Tomorrow. He will be in Atlanta with the team this week. Amazing!
By Justin Renck:
Louisville vs Duke. Pitino vs Krzykewski. A Final Four berth on the line. It doesn’t get much better than this! On Sunday around 5:05 pm, the Cards and Blue Devils will tip-off in Indianapolis, with the winner moving on to Atlanta in the Final Four. Back on November 21 of this season, these teams met in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, with Duke winning 76-71. Duke pretty much has the same team and plays the same way. The Cards are certainly a different team.
By Justin Renck:
WOW! Well that was an exciting game, to say the least. In the first half, it looked like Syracuse could not miss a shot. They even banked in a 3! Even when we got down 16, I wasn’t worried. However, I did think “Well, it is just destiny for Syracuse to win this last game.” But still, I know what kind of team we have. We go on 6-0 and 8-0 runs all the time. It would just take one of those to get some momentum back and make it a game again, and that’s what happened. This team never quit, they never do at all. So I never quit believing in them, ever.
By Justin Renck:
On Friday afternoon, Coach Pitino previewed the upcoming matchup with Marquette. He also talks about Wayne Blackshear’s availability. Here are the key notes from the press conference…
By Justin Renck:
As I was sitting in section 109 watching the Red-White game on Saturday afternoon, I decided that rather than tweet updates about plays and players every few minutes, I would just take mental notes and try to put them all together in one write-up. So here are just some notes about what I observed…