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Nunnsense: Sorry Watson, Any Other Year And It’s Your Heisman

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Sometimes it’s not how great you are but rather what year you are great. It’s my opinion that Lamar Jackson will easily win the Heisman trophy and if not for Lamar then Deshaun Watson would win. Sorry Deshaun, you were born in the wrong year. Another obstacle that hindered his chances were expectations. He had a great year last year and was third in the Heisman voting thus he was a preseason favorite for the Heisman. All eyes were on him from the first snap of the year. Lamar entered the season as a young quarterback on the rise but nobody expected this. Lamar held 100-1 Vegas odds to win the Heisman in May. He currently is at 1-30. Read the rest of this entry

CFB Survival Guide: Louisville Still Needs Help

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Well, what a wild 120 hours we’ve untangled since Saturday’s plethora of upsets. #2 Michigan, #3 Clemson and #4 Washington all lost, but Louisville still lags behind with a #5 ranking

Opening Thoughts: Why #5?

Personally, I think Louisville should have been ranked fourth behind Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson in that order. But, being ranked fifth with Michigan in front of them basically means they are fourth. At the end of the regular season, someone between Michigan and Ohio State will lose, meaning they will likely eliminate someone from the CFP for good. That will open the door for Louisville, but there will be other teams gunning for that spot with conference championships and bigger games down the road.

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Lamar Jackson’s Road To Rewriting Louisville History

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Needless to say, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has had an absolutely incredible season. U of L has had tremendous quarterbacks in school history from Brian Brohm to Jeff Brohm, but Jackson is in the process of rewriting dozens of school records before leaving. How many records Jackson will grab before leaving the University of Louisville is going to be more than intriguing, and here’s a compilation of records that he can grab.

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Great Expectations: The Louisville Women Look to Fly High

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Louisville, KY – Louisville Women’s Basketball is back and the expectations are high. The Cardinals ring in the season tabbed fifth in the preseason Associate Press poll.

It’s safe to say, the Cardinals are all in this season. Coming off an unexpected end in the post-season, this team touts the talent and focus to meet their high expectations.

With the season tipping off in a week, here are a few quick observations:

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Cards Picked Top 5 At ACC Media Day

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Nunnsense: Thankful To Be ACC

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Sometimes in my head there are so many thoughts, opinions and ideas spinning around, that if you peeked into it you might start fitting me for a straight jacket. I really need to start writing some of them down before I forget. I want to tell you it’s organized chaos up there but it’s more scattered than some Waffle House hash browns. One of my most recent thoughts was how I needed to write a Thanksgiving piece about how thankful I am that Louisville is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference but I didn’t want to prematurely bring the holiday upon us. We haven’t even made it to Halloween, so I was just going to write these thoughts down and revisit them in a month from now.

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ACC Has Two Playoff Contenders

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Andrea Adelson is at it again. She talks about what it will take to get 2 ACC teams in the 4 team playoff. She talks about Louisville, Clemson and Florida State. Who does she think will make it and how does it have to play out to get two ACC teams in the four team playoff… Read the rest of this entry

BucketHatism: Duke

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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”

Happy Monday folks, the BHK is happy to be back on the throne after what seemed to be the longest bye week in Cardinal football history. The BHK is also happy that the Cards are back in the win column despite how it looked and felt on this past Friday night.  I wrote a piece last week detailing Friday games in Papa John’s and how the crowd is normally on another level which is always good. What isn’t good, or welcome for that matter, is something called “bad juju” (pronounced joo-joo).

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A Comprehensive Guide To All CFP Contenders

(Courtesy of @TheRed_Rage Dave)

(Courtesy of @TheRed_Rage Dave)

We are officially halfway through the season, and Louisville has surpassed all expectations and become a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. However, Louisville may – or may not – need some help down the road to complete its first ever playoff bid. And with only four teams entering the playoff, the air is going to get incredibly thin at the mountaintop, so it’ll be of interest to see how the nation plays out for Louisville’s CFP campaign.

Here are some teams to watch in the coming weeks that could challenge Louisville’s run to its first ever CFP bid.

(Click on More below for the breakdown)

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Week 8 Game Times Announced: UofL Vs NCST

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The ACC released their kick off times for week 8 in the NCAA today. It should not come as a shock that the ACC put the Cards vs NCST kickoff to be at…..

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Bobby Petrino Will Stay At Louisville Until He Retires

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If I have said it once I have said it 1000 times. Bobby Petrino is not going anywhere. I understand why people outside the fanbase would think he might leave but this time is different. With other jobs becoming available, Bobby’s name will always be floated out there but rest assured Card nation, this is his destination job. Here is a great article, along with a 16 minute video of Bobby on The Seth Davis Show, that I think you will enjoy… Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense: 2016 Almost Midseason Highlights

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For the second straight year the Cardinals have a bye week after 5 games. It falls one game shy of exactly midseason. With a record of 4-1, the Cards have made it through the toughest stretch of their schedule. If you are like me then this weekend will be a tough one with no Louisville football to watch so I present to you a little something I call the 2016 Almost Midseason Highlights. I hope this helps gets you through till we lay 90 points on Duke in next Friday nights Blackout game.

ACC To Remain At 8 Game Conference Schedule

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This just in….The ACC has decided not to go to a 9 game schedule. I had hoped we would so we could play the Coastal divisions teams more frequently. I imagine as long as we stay at 8 then we will keep uk on our schedule because they are somehow considered a power 5 non-con game. Love youuuuuu uk football fans. You know I’m joking.

Louisville vs. Clemson Part 2?

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Heather Dinich and Ryan McGee of ESPN talk about a rematch of Louisville vs. Clemson as part of the college football playoffs in this short animated video feature. It’s worth a minute of your time.

Louisville Slugger Field To Host 2017 ACC Baseball Championship

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Garett Wall
UofL Baseball SID

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship will be played at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville as announced by the conference on Tuesday. Originally slated for Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, the 2017 baseball championship was among eight neutral site championships relocated by the ACC.

Louisville Slugger Field, which opened in 2000, boasts a seating capacity of 13,131. Home the Louisville Bats’ minor league team, the stadium played host to the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game and features 32 private suites in addition to second-level club seating.

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The Front Paige: Grading Clemson

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It was dubbed the best game of the college football season and it certainly did not disappoint. The (then) Number 3 Louisville Cardinals entered a Death Valley that takes no prisoners. While the game may not have ended in the Cardinals favor, the experience was one fans will never forget.

The Tailgate

From tailgates to a perfect southern college town feel, the second you roll into Clemson, South Carolina, it is clear these folks don’t play when it comes to Tiger football. Orange and purple tents line the campus and the surrounding streets for miles. Almost every tailgate has a sign attached to the tent, “The so-and-so Family Tailgate.” At first I thought the family tailgate signs were only for decoration. But after spending a good 45 minutes trying to find friends in lot six, I realized the signs are not only adorable, but completely necessary.

Clemson fans spare no expense when it comes to tailgating. Every tailgate had a spread of food that would rival a Golden Corral buffet. Each table was lined with a Clemson tablecloth and had fancy football themed centerpieces with gorgeous fall flowers. Many tailgaters not only have amazing spreads, but they have extravagant party busses decorated in Clemson colors from floor to ceiling. I’m talking purple leather seats and Tiger paws painted on the ceiling. And Clemson fans don’t just bring one television to tailgate. Oh no, they bring multiple TVs to watch multiple games at one time. Louisville tailgates are awesome, but this was unlike anything I have ever seen.

Clemson gets an A+ in tailgating.

The Fans

Anyone who went to Clemson two years ago for the first matchup between Louisville and Clemson at Death Valley came home raving about the southern hospitality provided by Clemson fans. Last year, Louisville fans were all but threatened to provide the same southern hospitality to Clemson fans as they experienced game day in Louisville.

Arriving in Clemson, I was a little skeptical. I couldn’t tell if the hospitality was genuine or fake. The past two years, Clemson fans did not see Louisville as a threat. But this year, the Louisville Cardinals stormed into Death Valley as the number three team in the nation, riding a huge wave of hype from national pundits and touting the Heisman frontrunner in quarterback Lamar Jackson. This year, Clemson fans were admittedly scared.

For the most part, Clemson fans were extremely courteous. The southern hospitality is real from the older fans. But as always, you have a few younger fans that are flat out rude. Special shout out to the college-aged guys who rolled through Red Rage Tailgate like they were celebrities and about knocked over the bar while talking major smack. Twice.

For the most part, the fans I experienced while tailgating were extremely hospitable. I was welcomed to Clemson at least 100 times. However, once inside the stadium, the bad fans came out. The nice southern gentleman sitting next to me was disgusted with the bad mouthing Clemson fans. He said he was a Clemson season ticket holder and the fans running their mouth were NEVER at the games. But they showed up in full force for Louisville. He apologized several times. From Bobby Petrino motorcycle jokes to booing Louisville’s hurt players, the group of fans sitting a few rows back from me was obnoxious. Special shout out to the college-aged guy in a purple sports coat that was ten sizes too big and an orange tie. Yes, Louisville fans know what’s about to, “hit us.” Louisville plays Clemson every year. Oh, and your motorcycle/neck brace jokes were not original or creative. We’ve heard them all before. We deal with UK fans on a daily basis.

While the majority of the Clemson fans were extremely respectful and nice, it was the few bad fans that put a bad taste in my mouth.

Unfortunately, I have to give the Clemson fans a C.

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BucketHatism: Clemson

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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 day folks. The BHK is back in the throne of my old Louisville home after a great weekend in the valley of Death referred to as Clemson.  I became so annoyed with hearing other people recap their trip to  Clemson from 2014 that I had to book my stay for our return trip.  On Friday morning, myself and the Bucket Hat Queen loaded up the rental, attached the car flags, and headed South. Being from Wellford, South Carolina (moved to Louisville at 11 years of age) it was nice to go back home and visit family and old friends.  Here are a plethora of notes that I will now present to the court:

  • Driving through the North Carolina mountains and trying to throw up L’s at every passing car is both dangerous and acceptable at the same time. I strongly advise against it……(not really)
  • I booked my hotel months ago but then changed to a different hotel across the street for reasons I still don’t know.  Turns out the first hotel I booked was where the team was staying, and the majority of Card fans.  Nonetheless the staff at Courtyard Greenville-Spartanburg Airport was very nice. We even got a history lesson on Bojangles origins from the clerk.
  • Speaking of Bojangles, it was well worth the wait. I know some people don’t see what the fuss about but I was brought up on it and once the last franchise left Louisville there was a void in my stomach. Within an hour of checking in, void was filled.
  • Ran into a South Carolina Gamecock fan at Ingle’s who was trying his best to act like a UK fan meaning he was failing at every attempt to discredit Clemson. While checking out all we heard was ” They are not the good,  they barely beat Auburn, the barely won at Georgia Tech, their offense is….blah blah blah.  Finally after admitting to being a South Carolina fan I told him “I said the same about you guys when you played UK last week”.  He finished ringing me up in record time……

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A Night in Death Valley: Louisville at Clemson Preview

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Last Time: In a primetime Thursday night thriller, Louisville fell short against the Tigers 20-17. Louisville cut the lead in the fourth quarter on a 100-yard return from Traveon Samuel, and had one final possession to tie the game after missing a field goal. However, a botched snap in field goal range and an intercepted Hail Mary ended Louisville’s hope of an upset bid, sending them to 0-3 for the first time since 1984.

Clemson currently leads the series 2-0, with both games decided by three points.

About the Clemson Tigers

Clemson has, quite literally, everything you want in college football; top five head coach (Dabo Swinney), an elite quarterback (Deshaun Watson), incredible skill players (Wayne Gallman, Mike Williams, etc.) and a good defense. There’s a reason this team was a kickoff return touchdown away from their first national championship since 1981.

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What If The Big 12 Had Taken Louisville

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Shout out to my boy Chris Clamon for showing me this article. A great read to enjoy on the way to Clemson. I wouldn’t be on my way to this game if we were in the Big 12 so thank you for making a huge mistake. The article says, “Five years ago next month, Jurich and his athletic program became one of the biggest losers in the last big conference realignment merry-go-round. The Big 12 chose West Virginia over Louisville.” Well, as it turns out we are not the losers. Jurich and all of Louisville are smiling now.

CBS writer Dennis Dodd breaks it down in this article …

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Nunnsense: The Friendly Clemson Rivalry Is Over. Or Is It?

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The Louisville Cardinals have just started their third season in the Atlantic  Coast Conference. The first two football seasons were successful but both contained close losses to perennial conference and national power Clemson. The unanimous takeaway from both fan bases is just how friendly and hospitable the other fans were during their visits to the opposing schools. A mutual respect between Clemson and Louisville was earned and expected to continue. But will it continue after about 8:22 of Saturday night?

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