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Nunnsense: Citrus Disappointment, Brohm And The Yum! Controversy

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Photo: Jeffrey M. Nunn

 

  • Prior to this football season for the University of Louisville, I posted a game by game prediction and then I asked if you wanted to pump the brakes or continue to ride the hype train.  In that article I stated that I was going to ride that train all the way to a new years bowl game. I predicted that Louisville would go 11-1 losing to only Clemson and just miss the college football playoffs. Most said I was a little too optimistic and that 9 maybe 10 wins would be more realistic. Then the season started and Louisville came out absolutely destroying opponents. College GameDay came to the Ville and Louisville beat Florida State worse than Ralphie beat Scott Farkus. Lamar looked better than advertised and with the top 5 showdown at Clemson looming, I still saw that look in Bobby’s eye. That confident look and smirky devilish smile led me to believe that he knew he had something special with this team. I suddenly had plenty of company in my belief of an 11 win regular season. After coming up a yard short of certain victory in Death Valley, I no longer saw that look in Bobby’s eye and the team started trending downward with a loss of focus and preparation. You know how the rest of the regular season ended. So, it turns out Louisville finished about where the majority of the fans expected prior to the season. My question to you is are you disappointed with the Citrus bowl? It’s clear that based on the early season success and being so close to the playoffs, expectations were raised. If you go back to the Red White scrimmage and I told you that Louisville would win 9 games, play in the Citrus bowl vs LSU and have a Heisman Trophy finalist, would you be happy with that season? I would signup for that season (minus the last loss of the regular season). The potential of beating LSU to end the season can really set the tone for next season. Let’s not be disappointed but rather celebrate and support this team one last time.

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Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Thoughts (Video)

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Our friends at the ACC Digital Network sat down with Louisville Cardinal Quarterback Lamar Jackson. They talked about the Heisman and what it means to Lamar amongst other things. Enjoy!

Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Finalist Presser

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Here’s Lamar Jackson after learning he was named a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Lamar Jackson Named Heisman Finalist!

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Tonight it was made official. Lamar Jackson was named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Lamar & 4 other athletes were invited to New York for the ceremony which will air live at 8pm on ESPN. Here is the official release and the presser via periscope.

Also here are a few graphics showing how impressive this year was overall:

 

(Photo Cred @UofLFootball)

(Photo Creds: @UofLFootball)

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Lamar’s 51 TD’S (Video)

(Photo Cred: ESPN)

(Photo Cred: ESPN)

Ever wanted to see all 51 of Lamar’s TD’S in one place at the same time? You can now. Our friends at the ACC Digital Network have compiled this video that shows them all. Enjoy!

Cards Bowl Game Announced

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It’s official!

Get your tickets here!

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Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (12-3-16)

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Here is the podcast from Saturday’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steve Rummage was in the house alongside the Social Media Extraordinaire, Jeremy Wahman. Today we welcomed BACK Marques Maybin who took some time out of his day to drop knowledge. We talked Football Bowl match-ups, Louisville Basketball vs Grand Canyon (INSANE ENVIRONMENT) plus we asked: How many games out of a four game stretch (UVa,uk,IU,ND) would you give up to ensure a uk win? Great response from you guys on that one. We had a great time yesterday! We were #Blessed to have Brian Hall in the booth as well producing the heat. If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.

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Jaire Alexander & Cole Hikutini Highlight Videos

 

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Jaire Alexander just finished his sophomore season and is already a shut down corner. He was graded as PFF’s best corner in college football for the 2016 season and is my favorite player on the team. His interception vs. Clemson in the endzone and against Virginia are two of the best I have ever seen. Enjoy this highlight video from @TTTWILL Read the rest of this entry

Lamar Jackson: ACC Player Of The Year Awards

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Today Lamar Jackson was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year AND Overall Player of the Year. Hopefully a sign of things to come around Heisman time!

Senior Bowl Participants

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PRESS RELEASE

Rocco Gasparro
Louisville Football SID

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Finishing the 2016 regular season with a 9-3 mark, three members of the University of Louisville football team have accepted invitations to 68th Annual Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan 28, 2017.

Wide receiver Jamari Staples, tight end Cole Hikutini safety Josh Harvey-Clemson will represent the Cardinals, which is the most in school history and the fourth-straight year the Cardinals have been represented in the prestigious all-star game.

A transfer from UAB, Staples was third on the team with 35 receptions for 593 yards and a pair of scores on the nation’s top scoring offenses. A Lineville, Ala., native posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games, catching five passes for 136 yards versus Syracuse and had a season-best seven receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown against Virginia.

Hikutini, who was a second-team all-ACC selection, finished the regular season with 49 receptions for 656 yards from his tight end spot, with a team-best eight touchdowns. The Sacramento, Calif., native recorded two 100-yard receiving games, including a career-best 118 yards versus NC State on Oct. 22.

Despite missing two games with an injury, Harvey-Clemons tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 61 and added a pair of sacks. He posted a season-high 11 tackles in consecutive games versus Marshall and Clemson.

Bowl Projections: 11/28/16

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Here are the Bowl projections after Saturdays embarassment vs uk. Not as bad as it could have been. Having the Heisman trophy favorite may be the reason why we are still in contention for a NY6 bowl. If we do not get this bowl, my guess would be that we end up in the Citrus Bowl.

Lamar Still Heisman Favorite

(Photo Cred: ESPN)

(Photo Cred: ESPN)

We all know the results were disastrous Sunday after Louisville’s loss to the team down the road. We all thought well there goes the Orange Bowl! (I thought so) Maybe Not. There goes Lamar’s Heisman! (I did not think so myself) That also does not seem to be a foregone conclusion either. Multiple talking heads have stated he still has a firm grip on it as well. Then we got this from our guy Jeff Greer:

So there you go. The only certainty after Sunday is that we were embarrassed about the team we lost to.

BucketHatism: Slapd*cks (Or Kentucky)

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

Good morning. The BHK would ask that the court ignores the fact he showed up today wearing a wife beater, some gym shorts, and reeking of alcohol.  I think I owe it to myself, matter of fact we all do after the worst weekend in Cardinal history and it was not even close.  It like all the games we had some bad juju in but still managed to win all got together and decided to nut-punch us when it mattered.  Seriously, and this may be the hangover talking, it appears that the juju from Duke, Virginia, and the Wake Forest game all got together and said “hey let Louisville feel great now and over the last 2 weeks of the season lets completely f*** them up. And while we’re at it, lets dropkick their men’s and women’s basketball teams just for good measure because if we are gonna go full-juju we are gonna do it right”.

So sorry if I am a bit bitter this glorious Monday morning but it has been a long 72 hours and I just want to get some sleep.  As always I took notes down while I was sober and I am going to read them to the court.

Anybody moves, anybody says anything, you will be removed from the court by @beerwencha2.  Don’t let the glass of wine she is holding fool you, she does yoga and has 30 books under her belt.  It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

  • Look, I have told you all the signs of bad juju earlier this season and I am not about to go back and rehash the same conversation. But as a Louisville fan, you just know when something is off. Upon waking up on Saturday morning I just knew we would play like sh*t.  I guess it is my sixth sense. Cold, dreary day.  Not a lot of excitement heading into the stadium. Appeared everyone was hungover from turkey day and Friday leftovers.  Plus the noon kickoff never helps.

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Louisville v. Kentucky Preview

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Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

Last Time: Down 21-0, Bobby Petrino replaced Kyle Bolin with Lamar Jackson, and the Cardinals completed the largest comeback victory in the rivalry’s history. Louisville scored 31 unanswered points in the second half, en route to a 38-24 win in Lexington. Jackson ran for a then-school record 186 yards as a quarterback with two rushing touchdowns, and added a passing touchdown to James Quick. Louisville held Kentucky’s passing game down, keeping starting quarterback Drew Barker at 6-for-22 for 128 yards.

The Cards and the Cats are currently tied 14-14 all-time, but Louisville has won the last five games.

About the Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats enter this week’s game at 6-5, finally bowl eligible for the first time in the Mark Stoops era. It was noted that the last two seasons, Louisville ended Kentucky’s bowl aspirations each time, but now it will be interesting to see where Stoops’ team will be mentally, after achieving bowl eligibility against Austin Peay last week.

It didn’t start out that way, though. After two crushing losses to Southern Miss and Florida, Stoops turned to JUCO transfer Stephen Johnson as the new quarterback, who has since given the Kentucky offense a new wrinkle that has kept them alive. The offense doesn’t go into a pass-first mode anymore; they now run the ball with an impressive stable of running backs, and then parlay that into deep shots down the field with guys like Jeff Badet. It’s a simple formula, but it’s given Kentucky its best offense in the Stoops era and why they’re bowl eligible.

On defense, Mark Stoops was known as a great mind at Florida State, but Kentucky’s has not been as impressive in 2016. They have a solid linebacker group and a decent duo at cornerback, but the rest leave a lot to be desired going against better, faster athletes in space. But a good running game will grind the clock and keeps opposing offenses – and respectively, Kentucky’s maligned defense – off the field; it’s why the Dallas Cowboys have been so successful in the NFL, and why Kentucky can realistically compete against Louisville tomorrow.

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Uniform Report: Uk

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Our guys at @UofLEquipment put out the uniform report for this weekends game vs Kenturkey….umm I mean uk. Enjoy.

Feature On Gary The Redbird

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Thanks to all of our loyal readers for helping out our guy Gary “The Redbird” THE best fan in the nation in the contest with Gannett. The 2ns most legendary Budd has been in the stands for years and has been an inspiration to us all. (Sorry Gary, Doug pays the bills) He is a football staple and a great person too. The long time CSZ supporter asked for your help and you delivered! It was great to find this interview on Cn2 where Gary explains his entire process and is questioned on if 2016 is the end of the Redbird….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Lamar Jackson Is Named Finalist For The Davey O’Brien And Maxwell Awards

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Lamar Jackson has been named a finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award. The Maxwell Award is presented to the nation’s best player, and the Davey O’Brien Award goes to the nation’s top quarterback. Lamar is also considered to be the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football  whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Football Press Conference 11-21-16: Petrino & Kelsey

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Here are the press conferences from today by UofL Head Coach Bobby Petrino & SR Linebacker Keith Kelsey.

 

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Keith Kelsey

Louisville vs kentucky Football Game Time Announced

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to find out what time Louisville & kentucky will play Football this season. We found out about 1 a.m.

Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (11-19-16)

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Here is the podcast from Saturday’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steve Rummage was in the house alongside the Social Media Savant (I’m gonna make it a thing) Jeremy Wahman. Today we welcomed in resident College Basketball expert Perrin Johnson. After the Thursday night we had the soothing sounds of PJ were needed. Great but weird song choices by Perrin too. We talked Houston Heartbreak, Bowl destinations, Pitino & the squad, Kanye & much more. We were #Blessed to have the Magic Mike in the booth as well producing the heat. If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.

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