When the University of Louisville has its Senior Day ceremony on Saturday before the Virginia game, Wayne Blackshear will be honored for his career at UofL. Junior Montrezl Harrell will also participate in the festivities because of the probability that he goes pro after this season. That isn’t uncommon. Francisco Garcia also did that as a junior.
So two players will be honored. That is slightly less than the number that it could have been, which is 6, and that does not include Harrell. That is just seniors only. If things had gone differently for some players at UofL, this Saturday’s Senior Day would have been much different. Who won’t be there that could have been?
It appears that defensive tackle Jamaine Brooks will no longer be a member of the UofL football team. The senior, listed at 6’4 and 330 pounds, was expected to be a big man in the middle of Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense. Now it seems like Brooks won’t be apart of the team. He sent this tweet on Monday afternoon.
Nothing has been confirmed or made official to this point. But there have been rumblings all spring as to if he was still on the team. That tweet kind of takes that talk a step further.
For what it’s worth, and maybe that’s nothing, but Brooks makes it pretty known on social media about how good of friends he is with Chane Behanan and Kevin Ware. Not saying that has anything to do with this situation, I just find it interesting since Behanan and Ware are no longer a part of UofL.
Maybe Brooks just does not want to play football anymore, or just has never gotten fully healthy from last year’s injury. Who knows right now?
It has been a rough couple of days for former Louisville basketball players. Early Wednesday morning, Chane Behanan was cited for possession of marijuana. Then early Thursday morning, Zach Price was arrested on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault. This got me thinking about the 2011 recruiting class as a whole for the Louisville Cardinals. Also, I must give credit to my friends Chris Tingley and Hassan Mahdavi for bringing this idea to me so I could then expand on it.
Take a look at who is in that 2011 class. You have Chane Behanan, Kevin Ware, Wayne Blackshear, Zach Price, and Angel Nunez. One of those players is still on the team. Three of them have dealt with off the court issues. We haven’t heard anything coming from Spokane, Washington that gives any indication that Angel Nunez has been a problem.
The 2011 class was ranked 7th in the country by Rivals. com. For what it’s worth, the 2010 class with Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng, and Elisha Justice was not ranked in the Top 25 on Rivals. Keep that in mind the next time you pay attention to recruiting rankings. The title of this post pretty much sums it up. This class won conference titles and the National Championship, have had off the court issues, and most have left the program.
Well this video is just awesome. Great job by Evan Westendorf.
All week I debated on writing a post about how I expected Kevin Ware to leave UofL after this season. I decided not to because it was such a big week with the UofL-UK game. I didn’t want to put out something negative and take the focus off of the game. Now I don’t have to say what I think will happen, because ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Ware will in fact transfer.
Some people may think Ware will follow his friend Chane Behanan and go to Colorado State. I think the obvious school he goes to is Auburn. Bruce Pearl is the new coach for the Tigers and Ware was committed to Tennessee when Pearl was there. So that would be my guess.
This week…..on 55…..
You know I normally start out the opening paragraph to 55 with a preview of what im going to talk about then end it with: Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55. But this week there is ONE ridiculous thing I have heard this week and it’s our UofL Men’s Basketball team being shafted with a 4 seed. So in that spirit…blah blah blah…this is 55.
1) I am going to start off 55 this week with Men’s tournament atrocity. Louisville is a 2, Wichita is in the toughest region and #25 SMU doesn’t even get in? Who is running this thing?
3) Oh….well, that..um, makes a little more sense then…Carry on
4) I digress
5) They placed us in a region with Duke, Michigan, uk and the undefeated Wichita State Shockers……This has got to be the biggest group of idiots since
7) They knew what they were talking about last year though…..smu
8) Yes I have decided to insert smu for smh in opposition of them being omitted from the NCAA Tourney….sure glad FU didn’t get left out.
9) Wordplay is FUn
10) Moving forward
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.