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So this has been one interesting summer. I have been swamped with work (a good thing) and we are now in the ACC! I am so excited about that part. The purgatory known as the AAC is over and now it is on to the next chapter of our greatness….the A-C-C

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It’s so pretty….

Well let’s go over some things that have happened this summer. Teddy signed with the Vikings, Pryor with the Jets, Smith with the Eagles, Philon with the Steelers, Copeland with the Jags and Perry with the Bears. A pretty eventful summer for the former football Cards. We are all so very proud.

The Baseball team also had a crazy amount of signees to MLB teams. We definitely lost a ton of talent

Congrats to those guys as well…..

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CWS Title Not In The Cards For Louisville, Fall 4-1 to Texas

 

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Errors were too much for Louisville today as the Cards lose 4-1 and are eliminated from the College World Series. The Cards matched a season high 4 errors during the game including one by the normally unshakable Nick Burdi. It may as well been called NOmaha because the Cards just couldn’t get a lot going while they were there. Hats off to Texas for stealing our football coach this season then taking our soul in the CWS. Louisville finished the season with 50 wins and made it to their 3rd CWS (07,13,14)  since Dan McDonnells inaugural season in 2007. Still a great season for the Cards and with the majority of the team coming back for our first season in the ACC, it’s gonna be a blast. Thanks to @UofLBaseball for another great season.

Go Cards!

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Meet The Opponents: Vanderbilt Commodores

 

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Vanderbilt:

  • Located in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mascot is a Commodore (which is a military ranking)
  • 2 time CWS participant, 6 time SEC champs
  • Head Coach Tim Corbin is 2nd in school history with 406 career wins

 

Famous Alumni/Attendees:

Al Gore

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Jay Cutler

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Skip Bayless

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Amy Grant

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Others: Dierks Bentley, David Price

*attendees included only because Al Gore never graduated and to make fun of Al Gore

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Where Will The Baseball Cards Finish This Season?

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The latest polls were released today that had your University of Louisville Cardinals move up to #3 in the country. This got me wondering, how do you guys think the Cards will finish this season? Lose first 2? Win one? Win it all? Well let us know in this poll! Have fun and Go Cards!

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Cards Are Super! Beat Cats 4-1

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Matched against long-time rival Kentucky for the first time outside the regular season, the top-seeded Louisville baseball team continued its trend of postseason success with a 4-1 win in Sunday night’s NCAA Regional title game at Jim Patterson Stadium.

In a game delayed nearly four hours due to lightning and rain, the Cardinals (48-15) plated three runs in a pivotal seventh inning to win its fourth NCAA Regional in the last eight years under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell. With the victory, Louisville will host an NCAA Super Regional for the second time in school history when the winner of the Alabama-Kennesaw State matchup in Monday’s finale at the Tallahassee Regional (noon ET) visits Jim Patterson Stadium. The best-of-three series will begin either Friday or Saturday with the complete schedule to be released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

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Regional Championship Today!

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Today at approx. 4pm on ESPNU, the baseball Cards will take the field against either Kansas or Uk. The Cards defeated Kansas 6-3 in the regional game yesterday and by doing so earn a berth to the finals. Kentucky however has had the Cards number this season winning 8-3 in Lexington and beating the Cards at home 4-2. I believe Kansas will get it going late and win. The Cards will not be facing either teams ace as they were both used yesterday. If the winner of KU/uk defeats the Cards tonight, there will be a final game tomorrow night at 7 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Tickets are cheap so go fill up this magnificent ballpark.

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For the Cards to defeat Kansas tonight they will need to execute on defense better. The Cards seemed to struggle yesterday a little with errors, mistakes which loaded the bases at least three times for Kansas yesterday. Even though most think we would have won by more if Kidston was taken out, he improved to 8-0 with the win and showed great resolve despite his mistakes. No offense to the Kansas team, I have friends who follow them for media purposes, but if they were a decent hitting team we would have lost yesterday. For the Cards to beat uk tonight they will have to rely on keeping the ball in the park. Whereas UL is a great small-ball team, uk is a great long-ball team. The Cards gave up 0 HR’s yesterday so that will be key to repeat again tonight. Win or lose the Cards should be ok as Funkhouser would take the mound tomorrow night if the cards are beaten. The Cards will host Super Regional action if they win this regional. Stay tuned to CSZ for times and dates as they become available.

Go Cards!

Tonight’s Baseball Uniforms (Nice!)

Here is what the Cards will be wearing if this first game ever ends……………….

photo courtesy of Steve Andress

photo courtesy of Steve Andress

Go Cards!

Follow The #5 Baseball Cards In AAC Tournament Action Here!

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Just a quick heads up for CardNation. You can catch the 2014 AAC Baseball Tournament at the following website: http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=81. Check the site for all game times throughout the tournament. The #5 UofL Baseball Cards have been hot the second half of the season and hope to continue that tear as they take on USF today and Rutgers tomorrow in pool play. Both games will be on the network and start at approx. 3 p.m. The title game will be held Sunday at noon. The Cards opened up the tournament with a 13-3 thrashing of the 8th seeded Memphis Tigers in a game that was ended by the mercy rule in just 7 innings. The website coverage includes post-game interviews with the winning coach and a player from the winning team.

Good Luck and Go Cards!

 

#5 Cards Crush Memphis 13-3

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - The top-seeded and fifth-ranked Louisville baseball team opened the 2014 American Conference Championship in impression fashion rolling to a 13-3, seven-inning win over No. 8 seed Memphis on Thursday afternoon at Bright House Field.

 

In a game shortened by the league’s postseason 10-run rule, the Cardinals (44-13) pounded out 12 hits overall as five different players finished with two hits each. On the mound, sophomore Kyle Funkhouser set a school record for single season wins earning his 12th in 15 starts this season while working into the seventh inning.

 

With a 1-0 record in the pool play format, Louisville (44-13) will continue its slate in Pool A on Friday at 3 p.m., ET against USF, which dropped its championship opener on Wednesday against Rutgers. Rutgers (1-0 in Pool A) will take on Memphis on Friday at 11 a.m., ET in the opening game of day three.

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Watch #5 U of L Baseball Live Today!

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Live video of the No. 5 Louisville baseball team’s opening game at the American Conference Championship against Memphis today at 3 pm ET will be available online through the American Digital Network at http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=78. The coverage includes post-game interviews with the winning coach and a player from the winning team.

Louisville Baseball’s Gardner Named American Conference Player of the Year/Others Achieve All AAC Team Honors

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Louisville senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and led a group of seven Cardinals earning All-American Conference honors at Tuesday night’s opening ceremonies of the 2014 American Conference Championship at Bright House Field.

 

A unanimous First Team All-American Conference selection, Gardner (Louisville, Ky.) hit .340 with eight home runs and 19 doubles while leading the league with 61 RBI and a .575 slugging percentage. With 54 starts this season for the top-seeded and fifth-ranked Cardinals, Gardner was chosen as an all-conference honoree for the third straight season (2013 All-Big East First Team, 2012 All-Big East Second Team) and will enter this week’s American Conference Championship with a .327 career average, 22 collegiate home runs and151 career RBI in 168 starts and 207 games played.

 

This year’s honor for Gardner marks the eighth time in the last eight seasons a member of the Cardinals has been selected as conference player or pitcher of the year. Gardner is the first player of the year for the honoree for Louisville since Chris Dominguez earned back-to-back Big East Player of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009.

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Projected Field of 64: May 20

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Projected Field of 64: May 20

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NATIONAL SEEDS: The race for the final couple of national seeds was rather difficult to sort out this week, particularly the final national seed, which we gave the edge to Mississippi despite a good case from South Carolina. Barring a surprise at this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, that conference likely is a three national seed league. Sure, some will look at the middle of the ACC and notice some league records that aren’t great, but that’s simply because much of the league spent the spring beating up on each other. Something could change, but I feel very confident in Virginia, Florida State and Miami as national seeds.

 

Shifting gears to the Southeastern Conference, you might ask, why does this league have 10 total bids to the postseason, yet only two national seeds? It’s easy to explain, though, as committee members have said in the past that national seeds are handed out on individual merit and nothing else. At this stage, I don’t see the SEC getting three national seeds, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that someone like an Indiana or Louisiana-Lafayette could get booted out for, let’s say, South Carolina. For now, I remain very confident about IU as a national seed, and also feel good about the Ragin’ Cajuns.

As for the final national seed race between Ole Miss and South Carolina, to say it was an easy decision is very much an understatement. After all, South Carolina definitely has a compelling case. For starters, the Gamecocks won the season series against the Rebels, albeit at home in a very even series. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks have A) more wins against RPI Top 25 teams and B) a 15-9 record vs. RPI Top 50, as opposed to 14-11 mark for the Rebels. However, the Rebels have a better road mark and finished higher in the SEC standings, winning the SEC West Division and earning the No. 2 seed in this week’s conference tournament. Whomever performs better in Hoover, Ala., likely gets a national seed. The other? It will need Indiana or ULL to slip up.

 

Besides South Carolina, college baseball fans also should watch for Oklahoma State, Cal Poly and TCU. The Cowboys are very much a national seed type of team if they can perform well in the Big 12 tournament and get that RPI in the top 18, while TCU possesses a good resume and Cal Poly continues to rise in the RPI and is the West Coast’s elite team outside of Oregon State and Washington. Some things would really have to go their way  for teams like Vanderbilt, Rice and Louisville to end up as top eight national seeds.

 

REGIONAL HOSTS: The final host site wasn’t easy to decide on, and the decision was between Louisville, Houston and LSU, while there also are those in Cajun Country who feel like LSU should clearly be a host over Vanderbilt . The Cardinals absolutely have some holes in their resume, such as just 11 wins vs. RPI Top 100 teams. However the Cards have a top 20 RPI, won the American Athletic Conference and swept Houston on the road earlier this season. For now, UL gets the edge over UH for that reason, but the Cougars have some impressive metrics with the top non-conference RPI in the country, a 17-6 mark on the road and a 16-9 record vs. RPI Top 100 clubs. UH probably could end the discussion between it and Louisville by going the distance in the AAC tournament.

 

Then there’s LSU. It’s my belief the Tigers will host if they can make some noise in the SEC tournament. However, they haven’t secured one entering the action in Hoover, Ala. The Tigers will point to their No. 3 seed in the conference tournament as the sole reason why they should get a host site at this point, but never mind the fact they A) are mere percentage points ahead of Vanderbilt, the sixth seed, and B) have an inferior overall resume to the Commodores and lost the head-to-head series earlier this year.

 

Let’s compare the resumes between LSU and Vandy. The Tigers had a non-conference RPI of 34, have a strength of schedule of 73 and are 4-8 vs. RPI Top 25, 12-12 vs. RPI Top 50 and 18-12 vs. RPI Top 100. By comparison, the Commodores had a non-conference RPI of 3 with a 21-3 non-conference mark, along with an SOS of 20, and records of  8-6 vs. RPI Top 25, 18-14 vs. RPI Top 50 and 24-15 vs. RPI Top 100. Comparing those two resumes, while also factoring in quality of non-conference schedules, you be the judge. If Vandy gets through the single elimination aspect of the SEC tournament, LSU has more of a chance of taking a host site from someone like Louisville than overcoming the ‘Dores.

 

The reason we talk about this? We’re not so sure the SEC gets five host sites.

 

AT-LARGE TEAMS TO WATCH: Some teams that just missed the cut in the first edition of our projections for this week include Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, Southern Mississippi, UC Riverside and Stanford, among others.

 

NOTEWORTHY: This will be one of three projections throughout the week. Another set of projections will be released Friday afternoon, while the final projections will go up Sunday early evening … Our postseason coverage will continue each day, even those days without projections, with a complete breakdown of the postseason situations as they change.

 

BIDS BY CONFERENCE: SEC (10), ACC (7), Big 12 (5), Pac-12 (4), Missouri Valley (3), American Athletic (3), Big West (3), Mountain West (3), Big Ten (2), Conference USA (2), Atlantic Sun (2)

 

— The projected national seeds are listed on the left, seed denoted in parenthesis. Regional on the right matches up to be projected NCAA Super Regional.
* Denotes automatic bid

 

The Road to Omaha: Field of 64 (May 20)
CORVALLIS, Ore.


1. Oregon State* (1)
4. Wright State*

2. Kansas
3. Long Beach State

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.


1. Cal Poly*
4. Sacramento State*

2. Pepperdine*
3. San Diego State

GAINESVILLE, Fla.


1. Florida* (2)
4. Bethune-Cookman*

2. Central Florida
3. Maryland

LOUISVILLE, Ky.


1. Louisville*
4. SE Missouri State*

2. Arkansas
3. Indiana State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.


1. Virginia* (3)
4. Bucknell*

2. Liberty*
3. Old Dominion

SEATTLE


1. Washington
4. South Dakota State*

2. UC Irvine
3. Kentucky

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.


1. Florida State (4)
4. Stony Brook*

2. Mississippi State
3. Mercer

STILLWATER, Okla.


1. Oklahoma State*
4. Saint Louis*

2. Nebraska
3. New Mexico*

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.


1. Indiana* (5)
4. Ball State*

2. Oregon
3. Evansville*

NASHVILLE, Tenn.


1. Vanderbilt
4. Creighton*

2. Arizona State
3. Clemson

CORAL GABLES, Fla.


1. Miami (6)
4. Florida Gulf Coast*

2. Alabama
3. Western Carolina*

COLUMBIA, S.C.


1. South Carolina
4. College of Charleston*

2. Texas Tech
3. Georgia Tech

LAFAYETTE, La.


1. Louisiana-Lafayette* (7)
4. Canisius*

2. LSU
3. Dallas Baptist

HOUSTON


1. Rice*
4. Columbia*

2. Texas
3. Sam Houston State*

OXFORD, Miss.


1. Mississippi (8)
4. Jackson State*

2. Houston
3. North Carolina

FORT WORTH, Texas


1. Texas Christian
4. Bryant*

2. UNLV
3. Texas A&M


CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BIDS


Atlantic 10: Saint Louis
American Athletic: Louisville
Atlantic Coast: Virginia
America East: Stony Brook
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast
Big Ten: Indiana
Big 12: TCU
Big East: Creighton
Big South: Liberty
Big West: Cal Poly
Colonial Athletic: College of Charleston
Conference USA: Rice
Horizon: Wright State
Ivy League: Columbia
Metro Atlantic: Canisius
Mid-American: Ball State
Mid-Eastern Athletic: Bethune-Cookman
Missouri Valley: Evansville
Mountain West: New Mexico
Northeast: Bryant
Ohio Valley: Southeast Missouri
Pac-12: Oregon State
Patriot: Bucknell
Southeastern: Florida
Southern: Western Carolina
Southland: Sam Houston State
Southwestern Athletic: Jackson State
Summit: South Dakota State
Sun Belt: Louisiana-Lafayette
West Coast: Pepperdine
Western Athletic: Sacramento State

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Louisville’s Funkhouser Earns Invite to Team USA Training Camp

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville sophomore righthander Kyle Funkhouser has earned an invitation to compete for a roster spot on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

 

A native of Oak Forest, Ill., Funkhouser is slated to participate in the team’s training camp starting June 19, while the final 24-man roster will be announced on June 29. Funkhouser becomes the seventh Louisville player to earn an invitation from the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team joining Nick Burdi (2013), Ryan Wright (2010), Phil Wunderlich (2009), Tony Zych (2009), Justin Marks (2008) and Mark Jurich (2002).

 

Funkhouser leads the pitching staff for the fifth-ranked Cardinals with his 11-2 record and 1.74 ERA in 14 weekend starts this season. In 93.0 innings pitched, he has 92 strikeouts, while opposing batters are hitting just .202 against him. In eight American Conference starts this season, he finished 7-1 with a 0.99 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. Entering the postseason, Funkhouser has not allowed an earned run in his last 40.0 innings pitched dating back to the first inning of his win at Houston on April 11.

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55 (Episode 21)

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This week…..on 55…..

We talk Season Finale. Great season by Shoni as the Women’s Basketball run came to an end. Another era ended. We asked you what your Top 25 moments were of this season and you tweeted them to us. In a 2 week time frame that has felt like the worst time frame in our lives, was there a bright spot? Were there 2? Were there 3? (Shoni may agree) The Year Of The Cardinal may have some to an end but it’s not the end. It also wasn’t the only streak that ended this weekend. So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is the season finale of……55.

Here we go……….

1) On Tuesday night, the amazing career of Shoni Schimmel and the unforgettable season of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team came to an end when they lost to Maryland 76-73 at home in the KFC YUM! Center. Shoni scored 31 points and added 5 steals and 4 assists while playing the entire 40 minutes. After a slow start to the 2nd half, Shoni erupted with back to back 3’s in the final 30 seconds and had a chance to tie it with one of the best drawn up and executed plays I have seen in my life. It didn’t go in. Asia Taylor added 12 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds. Antonita Slaughter scored 16. Thank you Seniors for the great ride and thank you Shoni as I am sure that your jersey will hang from the rafters one day, and this next picture that I’ve used several times this season will forever remind CardNation of what you are all about.

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SHONI!!

3) If only there was something Shoni could do within those next few days to lift her spirits and the spirits of CardNation…..

4) Oh Yeah

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6) Shoni beat all of the ladies to win the women’s title, then beat men’s winner Brady Heslip to win the overall championship. Great day had by all…well except Oddysey

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8) As @Slaughter_4 said……You mad?

9) #SheMad

10) Moving forward

11) On Thursday I asked you guys to send me your 2013-14 moment of the year so I could include them in this season finale. I got a lot of responses and I can’t include the duplicates but here are your top moments of the year.

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55 (Episode 20)

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This week…..on 55…..We come to an end of an era. No more Luuuuuuuuuuuuke, Russ, Wichita or Van Beast. No more of this 4 year version of Boom. We will miss you and cherish this class like no other. We did get another NCAA title this week and the girls of boom are still rolling so there’s that. So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.

1) On Friday night, which seems like a week ago, UL Men’s basketball team lost to a team none of us like….

2) This happened though….

3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX5xZQYxZpg

4) Yeah I know scoreboard…

5) #Whatevs

6) All jokes aside….Thank you to the following guys

7) Russ Smith

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8) SVT

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9) Tim Henderson

10) Luuuuuuuuuuuke

11) Seriously, from the bottom of our hearts…Thank you!

12) I also expect this guy to leave:

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13) If he leaves I wanna thank you too Montrezl “MegaTrezl” Harrell for bringing massive monster dunks back to the school synonymous for dunking

14) #HeGone

15) #EndOfAnEra

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55 (Episode 19)

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This week…..on 55…..

As we come down to the last few episodes of 55, it’s only fitting that the end of the basketball season is near too. I just wish there was something to talk about. Oh yeah…we get uk again! So in the spirit of revenge on those we despise more than Digger Phelps (I may have went too far) here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.

1) On Thursday night we opened up our defense of the National Championship with a tough game vs the Manhattan Jaspers, coached by former Louisville asst coach Steve Masiello. I like to believe we played the basketball version of a game called chess. Rick didn’t want to embarrass Mass so we played tit-for-tat (lol) and won the game when we needed to. Played smothering defense as well.

 

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3) Well that had the opposite effect than I intended

4) Nevertheless, we move onto our next conquest which are the mighty Billikens of Saint Louis. Top 10 team at times this year, former conference foes…what could scare us about the Billikens?

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6) Oh yeah..That was creepy….in more ways then one

7) I digress

 

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55 (Episode 18)

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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?

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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

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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

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55 (Episode 17)

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This week…..on 55…..

We talk about huge basketball wins, Women’s Basketball advancing to the AAC tourney final, Sr night and the end of 55? And much, much more.  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.

1) For all that have been asking, Mom got out of the hospital this weekend, your prayers were appreciated and mine were answered. Thank you guys so much…..

2) Saturday was Sr night for the winningest Senior class in UofL Men’s Basketball history….Thanks go out to each and every one of you guys.

3) Here is a personal thanks to each of you individually

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5) Tim Henderson: Wichita…the kid got a nickname! Without a doubt the 2nd biggest inspiration during the tourney run last year behind Kevin Ware. This guy was always underappreciated by the fanbase and always worked so hard.

He got in and extended our title run with 2 shots that will go down in Louisville history. Tim, as one of your biggest skeptics the first 2.5 years I wanna say thank you for all you have done. Maybe this year we can use some more Wichita magic!

6) svt

7) Stephan Van Treese: SVT, SVB, VAN BEAST, Big Hustle. The man of many nicknames for many UL fans. One of the few guys that I can remember who gave his all every single play. Another key factor to our success. You need a hustle play and he will take care of it for you.

A member of one of the most troubled recruiting classes we have had along side of Swop, Marra & Buckles…Siva was fine as we know…SVT decided to come back this year and make it count and boy did we ever need him. Big Hustle, to you I salute you sir!

8)

Luke Hancock

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9) Luke Hancock: Lukeeeeeeeeeee (11 e’s because he is #11, duh) Luke is without a shadow of a doubt the most impactful transfer I can remember with Clifford Rozier being my #1 prior. The guy who single handedly turned around the NCAA title game after we got Spike’d (I still don’t believe it).

and just like that, and a Trezl dunk, in a blink of an eye Louisville came back to beat Michigan for it’s 3rd NCAA title. Thank you to the M.O.P. of the NCAA Final Four Luke Hancock. After losing his dad and playing for our country this past summer, Luke looks like he’s in Luke Tourney form from last year. Thanks again Luke….you will be remembered forever….

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55 (Episode 16)

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This week…..on 55…..

I have decided instead of searching for different pics of the number 55, I would make this the official pic of 55 week in and week out. I would be up to viewer suggested pics also. If you see a pic that you would want included just private message it to me and it will be under consideration. This week has been an up and down week in the world of UofL Athletics, we will go into detail in a few. So this week we will talk ridiculous statements, wins, losses and Vince McMahon…maybe. 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.

1) First off I want to wish my mom the speediest of recoveries. I almost didn’t write 55 this week due to the fact I had been at the hospital a ton and my mind had been on overload. But in the end, my mom needs something to read tonight! lol. Get well soon mom….love you!

2) #MommasBoy

3) Oh well

4) Moving forward

5) This week I purchased the WWE Network, now I know what some of you will say…that’s stupid…I don’t call your Breaking Bad and Dexter and Walking Dead stupid so don’t rain on my parade. I pay $9.99 a month and can watch unlimited VOD and I get every $60 ppv included in my monthly fee. So get over it….I’m saving money. Vince DM me so I can give you the details for compensation for promoting your product.

6) nochance

7) Well…..that’s not nice. And to think, I supported the XFL

8) kobe

9) Yeah you’re right Kobe…that was a lie

10) This week the Boy’s High School 6th & 7th Regional Tourney draw was decided

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12) Good Luck young men and do the city proud!

13) Shout out to CSZ’s Justin Renck whose Holy Cross team had a great season and made some noise this year. It’s a building block for the future and next season they will make Regionals

14) #Salute

15) My brother from another mother Terrance Farley’s (@VilleBlessed43) PRP team is still in the hunt for a state crown and we found out last week his Center Lamontrey Harris won 6th region Player of the Year. I know T has worked very hard with him since he joined the PRP staff this year. Congrats and good luck…until you play my alma-mater that is. lol

16) #GoDragons

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17) This week started off as a decent week in Cardinal Athletics. It was almost a tale of 2 months. Here’s what happened at the end of February…

18) On Tuesday the Baseball team won 6-0 over Eastern Illinois

19) The Men’s team whipped Temple 88-66 on Thursday

20) On Friday: Women’s Tennis beat EKU 6-1

21) Men’s Baseball defeated Toledo 6-2

22) Men’s Tennis beat Northwestern 5-2

23) Lastly on Friday the Men’s Track and Field team were in 1st in the AAC Championships after day 1 while the Women were 2nd….

24) Great week…until the Calendar turned to March Saturday as a different kind of March madness ensued

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25) UL Baseball loses 6-2 to #17 IU on Saturday

26) Even though there was a very valiant effort by Montrezl and the Basketball Cards, late mistakes and lack of focus lead to a 72-66 loss to #21 Memphis team

27) The Men’s track team finished 2nd and women finished 5th

28) Sunday Men’s Tennis fell 5-2 to #2 Oklahoma

29) Can we go back to February?

30) There were a few bright spots on Saturday though

31) @UofLBaseball did follow the loss to IU with a 8-2 win over Toledo and Women’s Lacrosse upset #18 Denver and the #3 Women’s basketball team slapped Cincy 75-51

32) I guess we can’t win everything…

33) Wait….we can’t win everything?

34) I would hate to cheer for a team who thought they should win everything

35) smiley

36) I had a very interesting text convo today:

37) Me: What’s up man….Yall gonna get much snow?

38) Anonymous: We may have been swept by a non tourney team but you all got swept by a bubble team.

39) Me: What? You must have got your convos mixed up, I asked about the weather

40) Anonymous: Memphis won’t even make the NCAA Tourney

41) Me: So that’s a no on the snow?

42) Needless to say reality escapes some people….FYI this is the same guy who texted me after I tweeted out great win by UL tonight after the Temple game and said “Must suck to celebrate beating a team that has less than 12 wins” yeah karma sucks bro

43) I still refuse to treat him the way he treats me because I have friends and family who are rational that do cheer for uk and any statement I made would bunch them into that group

44) Speaking of one of my friends

45)

46) SMH

47) I have it on good authority Corey used that same razor later in the evening

48) The new Women’s Basketball AP Poll came out today and the Cards remained steady at #3 (full poll here)

49) The Women have a huge Basketball game tonight vs #1 UConn. Good luck to the Women’s Basketball team. The score is currently 43-31 at the half

50) The Men’s AP Poll come out today and the Cards drop to 11 (full poll here)

51) The Men’s coaches Poll come out today and the Cards fell to 9 (full poll here)

52) Don’t forget to tune into the hottest Louisville sports show on the radio @TalkinNOIZ serving it up live from the Wendy’s studios. Hosted by Lloyd Spence, TalkinNOIZ comes on from 12:06-1 on 1080 am on the radio or access it from your iHeart app. CSZ’s own Steve Rummage is on every Monday and Thursday and the rest of us sprinkle in from time to time.

53) Russ is attacking the record books at UofL read the full story here

54) If the AAC Tourney started today, Steve shows us what that would look like here

55) Next week I will have much, much more….Thanks for all your prayers and concerns regarding my mom.

Go Cards!

You can find the previous 15 Episodes of 55 by typing 55 in the CardinalSportszone.com search bar and clicking search

P.S.-Old Chicago Pizza is awesome!

P.S.S.-Congrats to my guy Raashaan on killing it on his road to completing his goals

P.S.S.S-

jeff

P.S.S.S.S.- Everytime I feel down about Memphis I just go back to this….

Works every time….

Shoni Schimmel talks about her final season here

*some info taken from press releases, most from CSZ and my brain

55 (Episode 14)

55-14

This week…..on 55…..

In honor of MY beloved Steelers hiring former Steeler great Joey Porter…and because I couldn’t find any new 55 pics…I have dedicated the title pic to you Joey Porter. Congrats! On the job not being the header on 55, or both, whatever. This week on 55 we discuss long layoffs, an all seeing being in CardNation and much, much more. 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.

1) We shall start off this week with a little Football talk. Tae Thibodeaux signed with UofL on Wednesday. The 6’1 267 pound Defensive Tackle is a much needed addition to the 2014 recruiting class. Read more here

2) Also this past weekend the Cards had a ton of visitors. Headed by David Moala, Pio Vatuvei for officials and Emmitt Smith and compamy here for junior day. Read more about Pio and Moala here

3) It was announced that all of the Spring practices will be open to the public leading up to the annual Spring game on April 11. Here is the full schedule:

spring ball

4) Henry Famurewa Tweeted this out on Saturday:

fire

5) Straight Fire………..

6) On to Basketball

7) “This has been the longest wait ever between games! At least we get to play tomorrow.”

8) “No we don’t”

9) Crap

10) Snowmageddon, patent pending, probably not, pushed UofL’s game vs storied rival Temple over to Friday night AKA Valentines Day. No worries as the Cards dispatched their rivals 82-58. Montrezl Harrell had a career high 22 points and with his 6 dunks, pulled within one dunk of the single season dunk record set by Chane Behanan. Surely he would shatter that vs Rutgers….

11)

why not

12) Because he would only get one dunk Sunday night vs storied rival Rutgers during a 102-54 stomping of Rutgers at home in the YUM! Lead by Luke Hancock’s 25 points (6 threes), Rozier’s 4 threes which led to an overall season high 16 3 point baskets made, it gave very few opportunities for Trezl to be Trezl. Worry not as the very next dunk breaks the record.

13) Also evidentally ESPN likes to call every team we play a storied rival

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