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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Kyle Bolin Puts His Stamp on Governor’s Cup History

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

As Reggie Bonnafon was being attended to early in the 2nd quarter of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup game between Louisville and Kentucky, reality started to set it: we were going to have to turn to 3rd stringer Kyle Bolin. No big deal, right? Just down 13-0 to Kentucky, who has all kinds of momentum, and Bolin entering the game completing 4-7 passes for 35 yards in his career. No panic at all in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Now be serious, you know you were worried.

I love great stories in sports. Maybe “Rudy” was still fresh in my head after having watched it last Saturday before the Notre Dame game. So immediately, I turn to my buddy I go to games with, Chris Tingley, and say “Well, he IS from Lexington.” How sweet would it be for a kid from Lexington to bring the Cards back in this game against Kentucky? The Wildcats didn’t offer Bolin a scholarship until well after he was committed to Louisville. They let him get away, and on Saturday it would come back on them.

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Updating the Wide Receiver Record Book With DeVante Parker: 11/30/14

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Everytime I update this post, I can’t help but to think “what if?” DeVante missed the first 7 games this season but has still managed to climb up the charts on these records. It has been nothing but a treat to be able to watch Parker these last 4 years. We have 1 last game to enjoy him in a Louisville uniform.

Parker did whatever he wanted on Saturday against Kentucky, catching 6 passes for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Career Receptions

1. 299   Arnold Jackson, 1997-00

2. 217   Ibn Green, 1996-99

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Video: Cards and Cats Scuffle Before Saturday’s Game

Got to love the wide receiver for UK (Jeff Badet) that squares up to fight and he isn’t even suited up to play. Easy to talk when you know you won’t get hit in the game.

Louisville vs Kentucky Game Highlights

It was a fun day at PJCS. I won’t bore you with words, just check the video.

Louisville vs Kentucky Photo Gallery

Louisville Set to Host Many Impressive Football Recruits This Weekend

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This weekend is shaping up to be very big for the University of Louisville football team. The Cards enter the game against rival Kentucky with an 8-3 record and are playing to improve their Bowl Game stock. The Cats are 5-6 and are playing to become bowl eligible. That makes this game exciting enough.

On top of that, Bobby Petrino and the Cards will be hosting a LOT of recruits on campus for the game. The list is pretty incredible. What makes it more impressive to me is that this is rivalry weekend. There are huge games all over the country, and these kids will be right here in the ‘Ville checking out the Cards. That says a lot.

*The “four recruiting sites” that are referenced are 247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals, and Scout.

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Saturday’s game against UK is a “Red Out”

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According to Louisville Football SID Rocco Gasparro this Saturday’s game against UK will be a “Red Out”.

This continues the tradition of Red Outs for Louisville football on Senior Day. So make sure to wear red, pack the stadium, and be there early to send out one of the best senior classes in Louisville Football history!

Notre Dame Photo Gallery From Jeremy

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I hope you enjoy this photo gallery that I put together….Go Cards!

 

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55 Season 2 Episode 11

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This week on 55…………

We talk Basketball watch party. We talk big win over Notre Dame. We talk ranked teams and end of seasons. I will share a story of my trip to Notre Dame, a gallery of the trip and more tidbits as we go. We talk kentucky football and much, much more. So without further adieu, get ready for the ride. Without further interruption, here are the things from this week that stood out to me the most. The most ridiculous, interesting and factual things I came across. This is 55……….

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Get Excited: “The Show in the State” comes to PJCS this Saturday

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Photo: John Clay

 

If you are a Louisville football season ticket holder, the time you are waiting for all season has come. You had to suffer through bad home games like Miami and Florida State, but it was all worth it. Getting wins over ACC opponents like NC State and Wake Forest were just to pass the time. Any game you went to, it was just an event to hold us all over. It was all leading to this week. You know, when “the show in town, in the state” finally visits Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Oh yes folks, we are blessed that Kentucky football is coming to put the show on display in front of our very eyes.

Don’t know what I am referring to? Back in April of this year, UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown had this to say after mentioning that there were no pro teams in the area. “The other team doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.” Good to know.

Let’s take a look at how the state (Commonwealth) of Kentucky has been represented by “The Show” this season. They are our leaders, so for the sake of all of us, surely it has gone well…

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Updating the UofL Record Books with DeVante Parker: 11/24/14

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

As we enter the final week of the regular season, here is where DeVante Parker ranks in some of the receiving categories in UofL history. We are only left to wonder “what if” when it comes to these records and Parker, as he missed the first 7 games this season with his foot injury.

Career Receptions

1. 299   Arnold Jackson, 1997-00

2. 217   Ibn Green, 1996-99

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NCAA Will Let Shaqquan Aaron Know His Status Next Week

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

According to this tweet, the NCAA will let Louisville know about the status of freshman Shaqquan Aaron sometime next week. This is an issue about the NCAA clearing him to play that shouldn’t have taken much time at all, but keeps dragging on and has kept Aaron out of 3 games so far.

This news means that Aaron will miss at least 2 more games, as the Cards host Savannah State on Monday and Cleveland State on Wednesday.

All Hail Notre Dame….

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Where do I start? This is going to be one of the hardest posts I’ve ever had to write. Not because it’s difficult…but because there is so darn much to include. I am going to give it a shot. I will be including a full gallery of my own later today or tomorrow but here is my journey through what was one of the most special and unique days of my life. Here is Notre Dame.

 

We got up about 7 a.m. (not by choice, thanks snoring Chris) and got some breakfast and started our trek to the holy grail of College Football. If you have never been to a game at Notre Dame, be sure you get there the next time we play there. Magnificent. Immediately myself, Steve, Chris and Joey were in awe at the sights and sounds of South Bend. “Welcome to Notre Dame” began to be a song lyric that just is repeated over and over and over again. “Have fun but not once the game starts” quipped one of the security guards. We spent about 20 minutes exchanging stories and pleasantries once we got to the gates at 10 a.m. We ran into their mascot who insisted we take a picture.

 

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We  then went to check out the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus.

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Top 25 Rankings 11/23/14

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Here are this weeks Top 25 Polls with Louisville checking into both after a great win over ND!

 

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida State (37) 11-0 1458
2 Alabama (21) 10-1 1445
3 Oregon (2) 10-1 1393
4 Mississippi State 10-1 1301
5 Baylor 9-1 1234
6 TCU 9-1 1233
7 Ohio State 10-1 1163
8 Georgia 9-2 1002
9 UCLA 9-2 998
10 Michigan State 9-2 971
11 Kansas State 8-2 898
12 Arizona 9-2 807
13 Arizona State 9-2 790
14 Wisconsin 9-2 764
15 Auburn 8-3 597
16 Georgia Tech 9-2 581
17 Missouri 9-2 525
18 Ole Miss 8-3 398
19 Marshall 11-0 384
20 Oklahoma 8-3 363
21 Colorado State 10-1 346
22 Minnesota 8-3 232
23 Clemson 8-3 198
24 Louisville 8-3 191
25 Boise State 9-2 96
  • Dropped from rankings: Utah 20, Nebraska 21, USC 24, Duke 25

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Football: Traveon Samuel signs with Louisville

Photo: 247sports.com

Photo: 247sports.com

The Louisville Cardinals have signed their first football commit from the 2015 class. Traveon Samuel, a 4-star athlete on ESPN.com, is the first official signee for the Cards. Samuel is from Phenix City, Alabama and is one of the most dynamic play-makers in the class.

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Orange Bowl Still Possible for Louisville

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It will take winning and some outside help, but the Louisville Cardinals still have a chance to play in the Orange Bowl this season, which is the BCS Bowl that the ACC is tied to. The only poll that matters now is the College Football Playoff Ranking, so that is the one I will refer to. Louisville enters this week ranked 24th.

Now let’s be clear. When talking about the teams that have a shot at the Orange Bowl from the ACC, they would need Florida State to make it into the Playoff, which would open up the Orange Bowl spot for the next best ACC team. Remember, “next best ACC team” just means the highest ranked ACC team. Head to head means nothing, perception of teams means nothing. It is all about who is ranked highest.

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Rick Pitino’s Interview with Seth Davis

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the full Rick Pitino interview with Seth Davis. It is broken down into 9 different videos. I couldn’t embed the full video from Campus Insiders because, you know, technology and stuff. So I had to use their separate clips from YouTube. The benefit here is that if you don’t have time to watch it all, you can just watch a couple clips at a time. Sound like a plan? Good deal, go!

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Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly Previews Louisville

Video of Brian Kelly’s press conference along with the full transcript. He mainly talks about his team, as is the situation with most of these press conferences where they “preview” the opponent. But he mentions some Louisville. Either way, you can learn about the Fighting Irish.

COACH KELLY: We’ll have to find ways to move the ball against an extremely athletic Louisville defense. Mauldin, Burgess, inside very physical fronts. I think there’s probably four or five guys there as good of guys as we’ve gone against. And it looks like they’ve going to get some guys back, too. It will be a great challenge.
I think really it’s about how we play. I think it’s pretty obvious that we’ve got to make some plays defensively. Slow some people down. And take care of the football. Those are the two things. And then our kicking game has got to get back to where it was. I still think we’ve got one of the best kickers in the country, he had an off day on Saturday. But I expect him to bounce back, and if we get those three areas cleaned up, we could beat anybody. So I know that’s the way our kids feel. That’s the way I feel. And we get a chance to do that again on Senior Day. Which is important. Important milestone for three of our seniors, in particular, because they’re the three guys that came in with me five years ago, and we certainly want to send them out as winners. So, with that I’ll answer questions.

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Harrell and Rozier Named to Wooden Award Top 50 Watch List

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Wooden Award is presented annually to the most outstanding college basketball Player of the Year. The award was founded in 1976. A watch list with 50 players was recently released, and Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier made the list. These aren’t finalists, as someone who is not on this list can certainly win the award. It is just a watch list.

The list will be reduced to 25 players in January, and finalists will be announced in March.

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Louisville vs Jacksonville St. Game Highlights