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Monthly Archives: March 2016

UofL Football After Practice Interviews 3/30

More great videos from our friends at @UofLFootball

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Spring Game Schedule & Info

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Just a reminder on Spring Game time & activities.

55™ (Episode 49) TBT Edition

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh CardNation, Don’t you Dare be sour, CLAP your hands for the podcast champ and feeeeeeeeeeeeel the POWERRRRRRRRRRRR! Sorry. If you don’t watch wrestling then you probably didn’t get that. My bad. But as you can tell I am super pumped to bring back the award-winning (I printed it out) longest running episodic post on CardinalSportsZone.com…..55.  It is kind of a throwback Thursday edition of 55. Without further adieu here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

 

Quarter 1: What’s been up?

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Bleacher Report Releases NCAA Football Top 25

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It’s the time of the year that Spring practice is in the air and more ridiculously early top 25 Football polls come out. It’s the norm and I love it. All the polls point towards the University of Louisville having a top 25 season. Perhaps the most generous of all have been the fine folks at the Bleacher Report. The same fine people who stole my LefBroe away. No I haven’t gotten over that yet. I digress. Here is a little bit of what they had to say about Louisville:

Louisville didn’t spend any time in the national polls last year, not after starting 0-3 and sitting at 2-4 midway through the season. But a 6-1 finish, fueled by the electric yet erratic play of freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson, has the Cardinals heading into 2016 as one of the hottest teams in the country.

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No. 25 Cards Slam WKU, Twice, In One Game

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Photo: Jeffrey M. Nunn

The 25th ranked Louisville Softball team pounded Western Kentucky 12-0 yesterday for their 11th straight victory bringing their overall record to 23-6. The Cards had 2 Grand Slams, by freshman, to account for 8 of their 12 runs. The first grand slam was in the second inning by 5’2″ freshman Lillie Goetz. She also had a grand slam in the Cards last game, a 19-3 victory over N.C. State. In the third inning, Freshman Megan Hensley hit a her 8th home run of the season and first career grand slam, to push the Cards  to a 12-0 lead.

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Starting Lineup: The Hides Of March

March hit me like:
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As the regular season schedule wound down..


It was senior night and I felt a sense of urgency in heading downtown for senior night. It seemed dark and dreary outside of the KFC Yum! Center for the 9clock tip off, the last in front of the home crowd. We stayed an hour and a half after the final buzzer to have Damion Lee and Trey Lewis sign autographs for us, thinking this was a signature season of its own. Trey stayed and smiled for every last selfie and scribbled on whatever was presented to him by fans. Not getting to see Lee this night, I wasn’t sure I’d get his for my keepsake (I’m still a fanatic, y’all).

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Nunnsense: Pitino To Retire? Donovan To Replace Him In 2017?

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This scandal has taken a toll on all of us, especially Rick Pitino. He has been through so much more than the average NCAA Division 1 basketball coach. I believe it’s starting to show. I worry about his health. After he came out an said he would be back next year, most of us started wondering how much longer he would stick around and who would replace him when he left. I have heard from a very reliable source that this whole situation is

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2016-17 Title Dreamin’

(Courtesy of @TheRed_Rage Dave)

(Courtesy of @TheRed_Rage Dave)

After reading this title, I’m sure many of you will want to call me premature or say that I’m thinking way too far ahead. But am I really? With the Final Four and National Championship less than a week away, next season will soon be known as this season. That is great news for Cardinal fans. If you’re like me, you told yourself the pain of watching the tournament would be too much to stomach, then as soon as the first good game reached crunch time you couldn’t resist. This year’s tournament has been full of surprises and very exciting to watch. The ACC dominated, setting a record for most teams in the Sweet Sixteen with 6, then sending 4 teams to the same side of the Elite Eight guaranteeing the ACC a spot in the National Championship for the 2nd straight season.

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Awesome Pic From D-Mitch

Sometimes you just see cool things on the net. This was one of those times. I just wanted to share. Go Cards!

Blessed by the man above 🙏🏾💯🏀

A post shared by Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) on

New Rick Pitino Blog 3/30/16

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AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

Today University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino posted yet another blog. He pays tribute to a lost friend. It is short but sweet. Click below for the post

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Around the Bases, March 30th, 2016

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Welcome back to Around the Bases, where we fill the gaps and provide you with your daily sustenance of Louisville baseball coverage.

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Mic’d Up With Secondary Coach Cort Dennison (Video)

From the fine folks at University of Louisville Football. Enjoy!

Predicting The Future: National Champions Again

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Our fione friends at collegespun.com released a list Monday of their predictions for the next 10 NCAA Champions. I love prediction pieces like this because it is fun to do. Like the BCS/CFP post we shared a few months ago. They even speculate on our next head coach. YAY! Here is the link to the story. Feel free to read and share. There may be a name in there you enjoy! (Of course there is)

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Damion Lee Loves The Kids

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Here is footage from SCMS of Damion Lee talking to the kids about perseverance. It stemed from a bet that their principal made with Damion on Twitter. Damion said if he reached a certain amount of RT he would come. The rest is history. Enjoy!

Softball Ranked In Top 25

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Photo: gocards.com

The Louisville Softball team is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25. This is the first time since February of 2014 that the Cards made the top 25 when they were ranked 23rd. They appeared in the top 25 for 33 straight weeks from the beginning of the 2012 season to the beginning of the 2014 season.

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Cardinal Basketball Will Have a Presence in Houston

Photo: GoCards.com

Photo: GoCards.com

While the Cardinals are not participating in the Final Four this weekend in Houston, representatives from the University of Louisville will have a presence in the city. Damion Lee,Trey Lewis, Denny Crum & the statistics crew will all be in the house!

Click the link below for full details

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Big News For Cardinal Sports Zone

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As you can see CardinalSportsZone.com has evolved a lot in 4 and a half years. As awesome as that logo was the day Adam Lucas made it for us the one we have now is just as awesome which was made by our guy Tim Haag. A lot has changed. We have different members now on the site than we did when we started. We have a radio show and a podcast now that we didn’t have. We have contributors now and we didn’t before. Paige left and came back! After all of the changes, one thing has remained the same, the support we have received from you the readers. Today at CardinalSportsZone.com we will reach a milestone of epic proportions. We will have the most site views in a single month in site history. What makes that more special than the obvious? The prior #1 & #2 were during huge news months. This was just CardNation being CardNation and getting behind  something they believe in and love and supporting it and we will never forget it. We know you have other choices and we love those guys as well. Keep supporting us all because we all work hard. We want to thank Mike Rutherford, Crums Revenge (legal name), Mark Blankenbaker, Jeff Greer, Kenny Klein, Rocco Gasparro, Howie Lindsey amongst many more who have been there to mentor us and help us get to this point. We also want to thank the former members of the site like State Runner-Up & Doss Head Coach Tony Wiliams and our prior editor-in-chief (sounds right) Justin Renck for walking with us and next to us from pretty much day one. Justin from day one and Tony a few months later. We are also convinced all of the basketball success is all because of the creation of CSZ. OK maybe not but it is a coincidence. We just want to tell you we love and appreciate you guys. It’s a CardNation love fest here at the moment and I love it.

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Michigan’s Final Four Hero Spike Albrecht: Louisville Cardinal?

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Do you remember Spike Albrecht? I do. Me and Steve and my family were sitting in the Georgia Dome at the Final Four in 2013. We were in the 3rd deck on the side:

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Not an awful view at all. The awful part was that there were Michigan fans all around us. Ok it wasn’t too bad but they were very obnoxious. Sound familiar? Trey Burke got his second foul and in comes this tiny guy. Well he was tiny from where we were sitting. The guy next to us proclaims: “Well this is over, this guy hasn’t played 3 minutes the whole year” It was Spike Albrecht. For that day he was their Luke Hancock. Shot after shot, big moment after big moment. He…made…it! Of course the guys next to us were getting in our face and asking how could their scrub be doing this to us and then Luke happened:

Just like that, in the blink of an eye….well you know the rest. I know you are saying “Jeremy, what in the world does this have to do with Spike being a Louisville Cardinal?”

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Louisville’s Ray Chosen as ACC Baseball Player of the Week

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PRESS RELEASE-Garett Wall

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville junior outfielder Corey Ray was selected on Monday as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, while Pittsburgh’s Aaron Sandefur was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Week.

 

Ray hit .368 with three extra-base hits, including his seventh home run of the season, as well as 10 RBI and three stolen bases to lead No. 8 Louisville to a 3-1 week. In the Cardinals’ series win over No. 11 Virginia, Ray hit safely in all three games and drove in eight runs as the Cardinals improved to 19-5 overall and 6-3 in the ACC. For the season, the junior outfielder from Chicago is hitting .333 with 30 RBI, 27 runs scored, eight doubles and 25 stolen bases in 28 attempts.

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Coach P Breaks Down The Team

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Our guy Jeff Greer talked to Coach Pitino and Rick broke down the team. It was great. He also gave insight on to what we will do with the extra scholarship.

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