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Author Archives: Jeff Nunn

Nunnsense | Sports Betting At The Yum? Yes, Please!

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As most of you have heard, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In a Forbes.com article by Marc Edelman, it’s simply explained like this, Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Highlights Of The ‘18 – ‘19 Louisville Football Schedule

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Ky Derby week is over and now it’s time to get back to all things Louisville. For me, it’s time to start looking ahead to football season. Yes, we still have all summer but football season will be here before you know it.  That’s why I want to go ahead and take a quick look at the highlights of the football schedule. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | KY Derby 144 Preview And Contenders

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Photo: Jeff Nunn

I want all of you to win money. In order to do that you need 2 things. 1) Knowledge 2) Luck. No matter how much you know, you still need a little bit of luck. Also keep in mind that an uneducated bet has very little chance of returning a profit. That’s where I come in. I want to give you enough information (without getting too technical) to make an educated wager that will improve your chances of making money this Derby.

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Nunnsense | Lamar And Reggie Will Become Steelers

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With the NFL draft only 1 week away, the NFL mock draft sites are getting more traffic than Shelbyville road during the week before Christmas. And with the University of Louisville having several players that are likely to get drafted, us Louisville fans are contributing to that traffic. Most of us are trying to figure out where Lamar Jackson will be tormenting defenses for the next few years.

The 2018 NFL draft officially begins on Thursday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, April 28. The starting times for each day are:  Round 1, Thursday: 8 p.m. – Rounds 2-3, Friday: 7 p.m. – Rounds 4-7, Saturday: 12 p.m. It will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

You can watch it live,

Thursday: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Friday: NFL Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Saturday: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

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Nunnsense | 10 Things To Watch At The Spring Game

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The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on Friday, April 13 at 7:30p.m. inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission to the game is FREE.

Parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 p.m. Drink specials will be available on the Norton Healthcare Terrace for only $3. StreetFest will open at 5:30.

All of the events and fan-friendly entertainment is awesome but I’m just here for some football. This will be your first and last look at the 2018-2019 edition of the Louisville football team until probably August. Because the public has not been allowed to any of the spring practices, you will have to watch closely for the answers to all your questions and try to take in as much as you can. Here are the top 10 things that I will be looking for or paying attention to… Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: Jamon Brown 1st Annual Celebrity Golf Scramble

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The first annual Jamon Brown Foundation Celebrity golf scramble was held on Monday, April 9th at Lake Forest Country Club. The scramble was in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless with the Petrino Family Foundation as the title sponsor. In attendance were many great former Cards including, Denny Crum, Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Michael Bush, Marques Maybin, Keith Kelsey, Tony Williams, Keith Towbridge, Luke Whitehead, Mario Urrutia and a few others. Kentucky legend Jack “Goose” Givens also showed his support. There were some amazing silent auction prizes as well as raffle gifts.

If you missed it this year, you should go ahead and start planning on attending next year. I promise you, it’s worth it. If you want to find out info on how to play, donate or become hole sponsor for next year, contact Danny Mosby at danny.mosby@gmail.com

Here are some pics from before the scramble… Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: Louisville Ladybirds 2017-18

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The Louisville Ladybirds play a huge part in the success of the Louisville athletic program. Not only are they the catalyst for keeping the fans entertained and the energy level up at the football and basketball games, they themselves have contributed approximately 7,954 National championships (I may have rounded up). They are a team that doesn’t settle for just being good, they strive for perfection – and usually achieve it! They are also very involved in community service and making appearances throughout the city. We appreciate and respect their hard work and dedication.

In honor of the Ladybirds defending their double national championships, here are some picture we captured of them from the 2017-2018 football and basketball seasons. Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: Football Pro Day 2018

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Press Release

Louisville Football Welcomes All 32 NFL Teams to Pro Day

The Cardinals had 21 work out in front of NFL teams in the Trager Center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the National Football League Draft drawing near, the University of Louisville football program hosted its annual Pro Day on Thursday at the Trager Center.

Twenty-one players worked out in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Players started the day at 9 a.m., with the measurables, including their heights, weights, and hand measurements. The group then moved on to the 225-pound bench press followed by the vertical and broad jump.

Louisville native Reggie Bonnafon put together impressive marks, with a 10-foot-7 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical. Charles Standberry also excelled in the exercises, which included a 34-inch vertical and 25 repetitions on the bench press. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | How Does The Rest Of The World View Louisville?

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Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Andre McGee, Katina Powell, Chuck Smrt, Dr. Postel, David Padgett and Vince Tyra are all names associated with the University of Louisville that have dominated the media over the last 2 years. For better or worse these are the facts.

For the majority of the people who read this, you all know almost everything that has happened in full detail. We all can have differing opinions on who should still have a job and who should have been fired – I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is how the rest of the sports world views the University in athletics and as a whole.  Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: WBB vs Stanford – NCAA Third Round

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Louisville women’s basketball continued their march towards a championship with a third round victory over Stanford in Lexington on Friday night. Click Here for full recap.

Couldn’t make it to the game? We got you covered from both ends of the court. Here is another great photo gallery from Jeff Nunn & TJ Barr from Cardinal Sports Zone. Enjoy!

Nunnsense | David Padgett was Louisville’s Batman

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David Padgett is not a hall of fame coach but, like Batman to Gotham, he was exactly what Louisville needed him to be.

“I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be.” – Batman

He willingly accepted the head coaching position at a program that was in complete turmoil. Some media outlets went as far as to call the program a “dumpster fire.” He willingly accepted the job knowing there was a small chance to succeed. He willingly accepted the job knowing the high expectations of the fan base. He willingly accepted the job knowing he had to follow 40+ years of a hall of fame coach pacing the sidelines. He willingly accepted the job knowing it would only be for 1 season. He willingly accepted the job knowing he had about 27 minutes till the season started and he had exactly 0 assistant coaches. He willingly accepted the job knowing two of his family members were battling cancer. He willingly accepted the job because he knew the team needed him and the fans needed him. Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: MBB NIT vs MTSU

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This second round NIT game at the KFC Yum! Center was probably one of the best atmosphere’s I have ever been a part of. I am so proud of my fellow Card fans. It could have been so easy to just brush this season off because it didn’t turn out the way we expected. The team could have just quit and turned their attention to next year – but they didn’t. And I believe it’s because they saw that the fans didn’t give up on them. Once the truest of true fans finally got the opportunity to show their support, the team took notice and it elevated their play. The smile on Ryan McMahon’s face as he stood near the free throw line and watched the crowd flawlessly perform the wave, was absolutely the best thing I saw all day.

For a full recap of the victory over MTSU, CLICK HERE.

Below are some sights and sounds from this glorious night (You will have to make your own sounds). Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: WBB vs Boise State – NCAA First Round

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The University of Louisville women’s basketball team had a pretty successful first round victory in the 2018 NCAA tournament. For a full recap click here.

But if you are more into pictures telling the story, you are in luck. For the first time ever at any UofL sporting event, the incomparable TJ Barr and I were both in attendance with our cameras. You will get a look at the game from both ends of the court. I present to you the WBB Mega-gallery.

Enjoy… Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Blame It On The Fans

Darius Perry-UVAThis men’s basketball season will continue on and I am blaming it on the fans. Maybe blame isn’t the correct way to say that so I’ll say “credit the fans” because I am happy that the season isn’t over. I love watching some Cardinal basketball – and if some is good, then more is better. I know there are many of you who feel the same way. About 10,000 of you came out to the Yum Center on Tuesday night to prove it. I’m thankful for all of you.

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Denny Crum Potato Soup Luncheon (Photo Gallery)

 


JMN_7549Denny Crum held a potato soup luncheon benefiting the Denny Crum Scholarship Fund on March 13th, 2018, at Roosters on Shelbyville road. Supporters enjoyed a free cup of potato soup prepared by the coach himself. Although it was free, a donation to the fund was suggested. There was also an all you can eat Roosters buffet for $15.

Yes, that’s right – Coach can cook. ” I do most of the cooking at my house. My dad always cooked and my mom was a great cook. I enjoy it a lot,” Coach Crum said. “I must say… my soup is really terrific.”

Crum was available for pictures and autographs. Denny’s longtime friend, Joe B. Hall was also in attendance an told stories with Denny as well. He stayed for pictures and shared some insight on March Madness with some fans. Many former players also showed up to support coach, including Tony Williams, Jerry Eaves, Milt Wagner, Tick Rogers, Beau Zach Smith and several others. Former Card Marques Maybin did his daily talk show there alongside co-host & former CSZ’er Steve Rummage.

The Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation, Inc. awards scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership, community service and academic achievement. The fund awarded 100 students $1000 scholarship this year. The goal of the foundation is to raise over $2 million in order to give that amount in perpetuity.

Here are a few picture from the Luncheon…. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Football Pro Day Is March 29th

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Press Release

Pro Day is scheduled for March 29 in the Trager Indoor Practice Facility.  Position drills are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is scheduled to throw in the second group of the day.

Below is a list of participants for the Pro Day workout.

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7- Reggie Bonnafon

8- Lamar Jackson

10- Jaire Alexander

14- Drew Bailey

14- Kyle Bolin

15- Trumaine Washington

20- Ronald Walker

22- Chucky Williams

24- Zeke Cannon

29- Malik Williams

31- Jack Duane

32- Stacy Thomas

42- Tyler Polston

69- Chaz Ray

74- Geron Christian

80- Charles Standberry

88- Javonte Bagley

90- De’Asian Richardson

91- Trevon Young

99- James Hearns

Nunnsense | Lamar To The Bengals?

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CBS Sports writer, Sean Wagner-McGough, released an article and his mock draft where he has Lamar Jackson going 12th overall to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Lamar Jackson, QB, LouisvilleThe Bengals do the unexpected by drafting Dalton’s successor in Jackson, who is definitely a quarterback and definitely not a receiver. It’s time to move on from Dalton — if not this year then next year. Once the Bengals do move on from Dalton, Jackson will be their quarterback of the future, most likely under a new coach too. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | The Banner Is Gone – Time To Move On

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I’ve been dreading the appeals decision just like most kids dread going to the dentist. At least when you go to the dentist, you have an appointment and you can prepare your mind prior to going in. The NCAA left us hanging and then dropped the news on a random Tuesday without warning. Although most of us knew what the outcome would be, we still held out a little bit of hope that we could keep the banner – It didn’t happen.

So what now?

Well, many folks are screaming that Louisville needs to fight by suing the NCAA. Many are saying that if this administration doesn’t fight then they don’t care about us or the University. Read the rest of this entry

David Padgett Reacts To The Appeal News During Press Conference

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Since the day David Padgett took over as head basketball coach, nothing has exactly  been normal. The only thing normal is uncertainty. Today was no different. In his weekly pregame press conference, instead of starting out by previewing this week’s opponent (Duke), He opened it up for questions regarding the news that Louisville had lost their appeal with the NCAA and that the banner would be taken down. He talked about how he handled it with his team and that he contacted some of the 2013 team.  David spoke from his heart, and as he always does, he handled everything with class, compassion and was honest – Especially when he called out the NCAA saying that they could have waited until our season is over

Here is the full press conference,

David Padgett And Jordan Nwora Preview UNC

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Head coach David Padgett spoke with the media today where he talked about the matchup with UNC on Saturday night, Deng Adel injury and that he doesn’t plan to wear a white suit but his wife will be making the decision on his attire for the game

Reigning ACC Rookie of the Week, Jordan Nwora, also spoke to the media. Along with talking about the UNC matchup, he also talked about how he was notified that he had won the award and that he would like himself, or one of his teammates, to win it again before the end of the season.