Author Archives: Daryl Foust
I never met him and he never met me, but he’s a huge part of who I am today and I feel peace knowing he doesn’t hurt anymore. It’s a day I’ve been dreading for years and I broke down to tears with the news of his passing. As local flags have been lowered to half mast, the world is a little more peaceful because of the fight of Ali. I often wrote poems as a kid (maybe one day ill dare to share those… Definitely not soon). But I felt it appropriate to rhyme what’s on my mind during this difficult time.
Basketball season is done. It’s over. The hypocrisy of the North Carolina Tar Heels playing in Monday’s championship game.. Ended in what will be the greatest championship finish for years to come. North Carolina on the salty end of it. Sure, we sighed with relief after Kentucky failed in the second round but the sting went away when the Villanova finished what they started and cut down the nets on Monday night.
In the meantime, April has revolved around America’s game in Louisville. Our university’s program has eyes on the prize and I think fans are itching; Omaha or bust.
Three reasons the Cards make their fourth College World Series appearance:
Coming off back-to-back CWS appearances, the highway robbery that kept Louisville from making a third straight in 2015, lets call it a chirp on the Card’s shoulders to get back with the 2016 roster.
🔴 Star Power
5% of the Golden Spikes watch list are on Louisville’s starting roster:
This award given the nations best amateur baseball player.
RF/LF Junior Corey Ray
Ray is hitting .333 with 11 home runs, 46 RBI, 31 stolen bases, 13 doubles and 40 runs scored.
2B Junior Nick Solak
Solak has a .455 batting average with one home run, 15 RBI, eight doubles and 28 runs scored.
P/DH Sophomore Brendan McKay
McKay has compiled a 7-1 record with a 2.15 ERA and 73 strikeouts in nine starts and 58.2 innings pitched this season.
At the plate, the lefty swinging McKay has a .316 batting average, three home runs, 11 doubles, two triples and 24 RBI while starting 36 games as a hitter.
From maneuvering the program through the toughest regular season schedule to aggressive base running night in and night out and comeback wins, head coach Dan McDonnell and the Cards are poised to score plenty and make a run into his 4th CWS in 9 seasons.
Follow the Cards and I to Omaha!
The Cards are wrapping up their spring friendly sessions and taking on the, if you’re a Cardinal fan (….Which I’m sure you are or you wouldn’t be here) unfavorite Michigan state Spartans. The Spartans aren’t highly touted but the Cards are always in the conversation and this match is high-profile, none the less.
March hit me like:
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).
March 10th match
It was rainy and scoreless for most of the match but the glory between the two local programs was a breath of fresh air as the Cards look to make a deep run in the post 2016 season.
LCFC signed the Cardinals all time assists leader, Paulo DelPiccolo, in February and in March, got to play at the house he helped build, Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn stadium.. This go around sporting the City’s purple hue.
Who needs march madness when we have March matches… Feel better yet?
Welcome to Soccerville USA #cardnation. The men’s soccer team will participate in several spring friendlies as they gear up for another season lead by head coach Ken Lolla. Cards fans looking for ways to show support and explore one of the finest facilities and some of the nations best talent, you’re gonna wanna check out these Cards.
Hey remember when I said Louisville might want to leap into February? Well forget the final four y’all, its a leap year… 😒
Louisville has taken leaps and bounds this month. Out of bounds, that is. the saga that has weighed so heavily on my every day being, has taken it’s turn for the worst. And the worst for who? As we try to numb the pain, fans are left with a mind numbing number of questions. If we weren’t hurt enough when this issue surfaced, it was announced February 5, 2016 by the president of the university that effective immediately, he would self impose a ban based on evidentiary support.
**Disclaimer** Seeing as I don’t imagine the author of alleged guilt does a lot of leasurly reading in her spare time, I won’t be scripting this as so…
Oh it’s cold, so cold #cardnation.. It usually is this time of the year. But of course I want to talk about basketball. Louisville basketball in January tends to leave me scratching my head. I’m trying to wrap my brain around the stunner yesterday and mentally prepare myself, and hopefully you #cardnation, for the next storm arriving downtown tomorrow out of North Carolina.
Brainstorming for this post, these guys were listed as the ones I believe have made the biggest jump into their respective classes this far into the season. That being said, notta single one-a them logged a stat that impressed me or the critics yesterday. I’m not going to list said lack of numbers for my 4 guys because you know and I know that’s not them, and their potential ceiling has me feeling some type of way. Like I said, January is cold for Louisville… And I’m glad that’s over. These are the guys that absolutely have to leap into February or we are toast in conference play of the Atlantic coast.
It’s only been a week since my last post, but for me it seemed like there were 15 things that happened that I want to touch on with fans but kept getting swallowed by something new. Seriously y’all, I don’t know how Justin does it. Most of the news posts out of CSZ are from him after his 9-5 job & after he teaches little kids how to ball (hmm, maybe I could use a lesson. Have you seen my shot, J? Never mind, it’s scary). So I’m going to once again list (lol) the new news that rounded out the year 2015 into 2016 for Louisville football.
-🔸Louisville invades Nashville for the Music City Bowl
The first 5 guys on the floor matched my prediction for Louisville. As the non-conference schedule has come to a close for the year and it’s been scrutinized as any, let’s assess the Cards because that’s what we as fans & as media do. We criticize and rectify, perhaps justify in any way we can. Each team had their storylines heading into the battle but here are 4 of mine following it. All of these things are going to tie in together, but I wanted to individually outline as a list because have an obsession with making lists. Know where I got it? Rick Pitino, (Rebound Rules 2010).
4 things from another loss at Rupp:
Louisville vs Kentucky
First off, I want to wish a very merry holiday season to #cardnation & those who take time to read what I care to say. As Merry as the holiday season can be… Louisville fans haven’t felt the New Year GAMEDAY bliss vs Kentucky 7 out of 8 tries.
Not enough down time between rivalry games in my opinion….but who am I?
Louisville fans can rally around one of our own long after his or her days of competing in the red and black are over. With the 14th pick in the draft, the Miami Dolphins select, DeVante Parker, wide receiver…University of Louisville.
If you’ve followed me for a while, you’d understand how absolutely giddy I was to see him taken by my Dolphins. After continuing to battle his foot injury just weeks before the season began and directed to the PUP list (physically unable to perform), I wasn’t so sure Parker would see much playing time this season with rising star Jarvis Landry also in the roster.
Tis the season, my friends and foes. Giving thanks, sure. But giving grief, absolutely.
The week fans have had circled, underlined, and plenty of exclamation points leading up to opening weekend, because duh… It’s the most locally anticipated game of the season.
For one, the rivalry.
For two… Bowl eligibility.
It took 4 weeks for the Cards to secure a victory in the dismal start to the 2015 season. Since I do not want to mention the team down the road with the vice versa football record, let’s just say I’m going to copy-card Jeremy’s 55 & share 4 of the most absurd and outlandish things I’ve heard this past 4 weeks.
Most of the time, I don’t jump into real life ‘Facebook arguments’ (that was oxy-moronic) anymore when it comes to things I overhear from others. I’ve found myself serving plenty of local fans over the last couple years & it’s always interesting to listen and not speak just to gain a little perspective with out the headache. Because frankly, you usually won’t change another persons mind no matter how many facts or beers you bring to the table.
That is the real question, Are you actually ready for this #cardnation?
With a quick approaching football season kickoff in Atlanta, wave HELLO… because with my enthusiasm, I bring to you a collection of my most prized Cardinal collection for a 2015 season fashion piece. I mentioned it on Live with 55 to my co-CSZ Jeremy and Steve a couple months ago and for the past several months I have collected my favorite brands of our favorite Cardinal brand. Pack your bags with me:
I’ve decided to suddenly return to a summer series of my ‘Four Your Information’ for a second season. With much to say and a lack of desire to split into many 140 character Twitter posts, I’d like to check back in with the Card faithful. Let’s face it, basketball in now officially over for several months. On Thursday, Cardnation watched as the last remaining national champions, Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear, departed from the Ville to take this life thing head on. I guess I’m in the same position. Now here’s, as I’ll call it, the ‘Starting Line Up’… Im the player & the coach.
Why hellllllllllo again #cardnation. Isn’t it so sweet??! I was happy to share my last post with a little Cardinal cultural twist. To those who took the time to read it, I thank you kindly. Now, because I am quite superstitious and eager for tomorrow’s matchup, I have been scripting this poem in my mind all day to keep the good JuJu flowing. This will surely take us to Indy!
(USA TODAY Sports)
Last time I talked about a Louisville/NC State match up, it was in anticipation of it being for the ACC title. I declared that they would beat their opening competition, Pittsburgh, and they did that. Thinking the hunger of the Wolfpack would still be unsatisfied, or even that my Cards would do the same and make it to Saturday’s conference championship…. Neither of those things happened. Both teams failed to see a Friday game in Greensboro.
Then, the East bracket was ravaged.
NC state barely beats LSU.
Louisville barely beats UC irvine.
NC state upsets the number 1 seed, ‘Nova.
Louisville dismantles the highly touted UNI panthers.
The 2015 ACC tournament is upon us with games beginning at 1pm today. While some of us are trying to juggle midterms in between matchups, the cards have secured a double bye and will make their first conference tournament appearance on Thursday vs the winner of game 4. Here’s my thoughts on this years bracket…
Tuesday,1 Boston college vs Georgia tech
2 Wake Forest vs virginia tech
Game 1 Boston College is the bottom of the conference barrel. While they are currently on a 3 game win streak with an impressive win over the Wolfpack of NC state, I don’t see Georgia tech losing to BC twice.
Game 2 Wake Forest barely won in the regular season matchup vs the Hokies back in January. A loss for either team will be season ending. While I think it will be a relatively close matchup I see the Deacons returning for tournament action on Wednesday to face the hurricanes of Miami.
Prediction: Georgia Tech, Wake Forest
As my summer series comes to a close, I reflect on it up to this point. Did it accomplish everything it was supposed to? What was the point exactly? The purpose of this series was an experience for myself as well as to entertain the CSZ faithful, the Cardnation and those who follow my work. When I started, I had no real game plan; just a spin off of Jeremy’s 55 hiatus (which will return Labor Day and game day in the Ville). It kind of seems like I took my own hiatus since my last post. And some have noticed.