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CardinalSportsZone Podcast 4/17/15: Spring Game, Basketball Recruiting Update

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! Who will be the 10 players to watch tonight? We give our thoughts! More Basketball recruiting updates also. Where is everyone watching the game tonight from? We all tell you where we are or are not watching it at. We have a podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

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Live With 55 4/15/15 (Debut Episode)


Here is the debut episode of Live with 55 with guest former UofL Wide-out Lavell Boyd. I hope you enjoy.

CardinalSportsZone Podcast 4/13/15: Thornton, Damion Lee Updates & Starting QB Race

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! We give updates and thoughts on the Damion Lee & Derryck Thornton recruiting efforts. We talk 2015 recruit performances at the KDFBB Classic. Who will be the starting QB? We give our thoughts! We have a podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

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55 (Season 2 Episode 23)



This week on 55…..

We close in on the season finale of 55. We talk about Elite 8’s, departures and Villains. The men’s Tennis team jumps into the top 25. JamFest and McDonald’s All-American games are this week. What will I do this summer? Find out today! Steve needed a hug on the Podcast today and me and Justin tried our best to console him. Rebuild or Reload? Hmm. All of this and more……….

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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Summer Thoughts

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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



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!


Meet The Opponents: Vanderbilt Commodores






  • 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


Jay Cutler


Skip Bayless


Amy Grant


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?


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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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!


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!



Just a quick heads up for CardNation. You can catch the 2014 AAC Baseball Tournament at the following website: 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



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 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


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)

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

2. Kansas
3. Long Beach State


1. Cal Poly*
4. Sacramento State*

2. Pepperdine*
3. San Diego State


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

2. Central Florida
3. Maryland


1. Louisville*
4. SE Missouri State*

2. Arkansas
3. Indiana State


1. Virginia* (3)
4. Bucknell*

2. Liberty*
3. Old Dominion


1. Washington
4. South Dakota State*

2. UC Irvine
3. Kentucky


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

2. Mississippi State
3. Mercer


1. Oklahoma State*
4. Saint Louis*

2. Nebraska
3. New Mexico*


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

2. Oregon
3. Evansville*


1. Vanderbilt
4. Creighton*

2. Arizona State
3. Clemson


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

2. Alabama
3. Western Carolina*


1. South Carolina
4. College of Charleston*

2. Texas Tech
3. Georgia Tech


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

2. LSU
3. Dallas Baptist


1. Rice*
4. Columbia*

2. Texas
3. Sam Houston State*


1. Mississippi (8)
4. Jackson State*

2. Houston
3. North Carolina


1. Texas Christian
4. Bryant*

3. Texas A&M


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




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)


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 … 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.



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



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



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)


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 …….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….


4) Yeah I know scoreboard…

5) #Whatevs

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

7) Russ Smith


8) SVT


9) Tim Henderson

10) Luuuuuuuuuuuke

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

12) I also expect this guy to leave:

Montrezl Harrell

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)


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 …….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.


2) smother

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?

5) billiken

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

7) I digress


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