Cards Fans! Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you know the hottest name over the last two years is Lamar Jackson. But there’s another name that you’ve heard constantly as well, and that is BIRDGANG! So, I’m happy to announce the Official Partnership between Cardinal Sports Zone and Birdgang Brand Clothing, which is the ONLY Officially Licensed Retailer of University of Louisville Gear, that is also LOCALLY OWNED and OPERATED! Louisville Born and Bred, and true Cardinal Fans! Now that’s Big! We are excited to have them as a commercial sponsor of the Cardinal Sports Zone show on ESPN 93.9 FM The Ville!
As you may or may not have heard, tomorrow is the biggest regular season game in UofL history. When you have a huge game that is special like this, you need a huge show as well. That is why CardinalSportsZone is coming to you live from The Red Rage Tailgate tomorrow at a special time of 6am until 8am on ESPN 93.9 The Ville.
Dave from the Red Rage will join us as he does from time to time to share recipes or give knitting tips. Just kidding. He will join your host Steve Rummage & the Social Media Savant (patent pending) Jeremy Wahman as they will all break down the single biggest regular season game in our history. It really could be the corner stone of our tradition. We hope you will come out. The Red Rage Tailgate is over in the parking lot of Old Cardinal Stadium. You cannot miss it. Just drive in circles until you see a Big ol’ RV that looks like heaven on earth. But wait….there’s more!
My former teammate at Louisville, Danny Mosby, is the COO of Birdgang clothing and he will be in the house with a couple of our best friends. Former Card & Super Bowl champion Chris Redman will be in the house with his Ravens ring (yuck) & former Card & Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch will also join us. Both were Patriots and I am not sure how I stayed their friends. They have some exciting news for you plus Birdgang giveaways? YES, YES, YES! Join us all at the Red Rage which will be catered to a limited amount of people by Zeggz Amazing eggs. Also at 9am after the show, head on over to JB’s Pub for a special Breakfast menu that will be available tomorrow morning only! Can’t get more special edition than that. You can’t spell Beat FSU without breakfast (Almost). The entire CSZ crew will be there to hang out and talk sports with you. The Red Rage guys have a ton of giveaways themselves so do not miss this! All of this has to do with the 24 hour pregame show brought to you by ESPN Louisville! It has already began and has been going great! Here is the schedule for today through kickoff.
So do NOT forget to tune in to ESPN Louisville on 93.9 The Ville, our normal home, plus 680 AM & 105.7 FM from 6-8 AM. All programs are simulcast amongst the 3 networks unless noted. The Cardinal Sports Zone is brought to you by Doug Budd & Red Edge Realty at homesforsaleinlouisville.net PLUS JB’s Pizza, Burgers & Brews on Central Avenue & other commercial sponsors. GO CARDS! #BeatFSU
For a hint of the upside, look at Jackson’s last two games. In wins against Kentucky and Texas A&M, Jackson passed for 357 yards, rushed for 412 yards and totaled seven TDs. Put that over a full season, and you have something in the neighborhood of Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy year. Jackson must develop more accuracy, and another spring and fall camp with Bobby Petrino won’t hurt.
That was the caption under Lamar Jackson’s ranking in the Sporting News top 25 QB’s for 2016. Yes LJ was in there. No he wasn’t top 10. Yes I feel he should’ve been higher. The improvement over the summer will surely leap this kid into the top 5 status by the end of the season in my opinion. He is in my top 5 for favorite QB’s in recent Louisville history. 1) Chris Redman (That’s my Quarterback) 2) Teddy Bridgewater 3) Dave Ragone 4) Lamar Jackson 5) Hunter Cantwell/ Stefan LeFors.
Although he never played a down as a member of the ACC, Chris Redman did play for the Louisville Cardinals, who are now in the ACC. That is all that he needs to be inducted into the 2015 ACC Legends Class. The ACC announced the class on Tuesday, which is headlined by Tony Dorsett, Clinton Portis, and Warrick Dunn.
From the ACC:
David Hale of ESPN.com was asked to make some fearless predictions this week. He came up with his top 10 for the ACC. To many outside of Louisville, Will Gardner will be a shock and an absolute treat to watch. His full story can be seen here. Here’s my fearless prediction for Will, 3500 yards passing. It would put him in 6th place all-time for a single season right behind my old teammate Chris Redman’s Sr campaign of 3,647. That’s about as fearless as I can get this season. It also may be due to the fact we are so close to football I can taste it and am being really generous. On that note Dom Brown will rush for 2000 yards and Lozo will have 21 sacks. OK…I have calmed down a little but I will stick with my Gardner prediction. Gardner will be magnificent this year. I Can’t wait to utter the words…The Gardner did it!
In a very unscientific poll, we asked you who your favorite UofL QB of all time is.There was a clear winner, and that really is not a surprise. I personally feel that if we reached more of the fanbase, the others would have gotten more votes than they did. Since most of these votes probably came from twitter users, you have to think that they may not even remember guys like Browning Nagle or Jeff Brohm. So while it is no shock that Teddy won this, I just think it’s also one of those generation things or even “prisoner of the moment.”
I couldn’t even vote right away because I just could not decide. I ended up going with Brian Brohm, who was the QB when I was a student at UofL. Going to games as a student at that time were so much fun. You pretty much expected the Cards to dominate and for the game to be in hand by halftime. Seeing a hometown guy that was my age come to UofL and do what he did makes him stand out for me. My next two (in no order) would be Teddy Bridgewater and Stefan LeFors. Here are the results. Thanks for voting!
Official press release from UofL:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome five new members next month when Sean Green, Tara McClure Isable, Chris Redman, Pip Sanders and DeJuan Wheat are inducted as the Class of 2014.
The five newest members of the UofL Athletics Hall of Fame will be honored during a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 6 p.m., ET at the Brown & Williamson Club inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Tickets for the event are on sale for $45 each and can be purchased by completing this form and faxing it to (502) 852-0968. More information on the event is available by contacting Ronee Baxter at (502) 852-2015 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Class of 2014 will be the first additions to the UofL Athletics Hall of Fame since 2011.
Ok it is starting to get real now! The Countdown to Kickoff is down to just 7 days! Here is former UofL QB and hometown hero Chris Redman!
Chris Redman: (1996-1999)
Career Stats: 1,031 passes completed, 1,679 passes attempted, 12,541 yards, 84 TDs
If you look at the UofL Football history books, Chris Redman would have his name all over it. He finished his career as the NCAA all-time leader in passes attempted and completed. At the time, he was also just 1 of 3 Division 1-A QBs to throw for more than 12,000 yards in a career! Currently, he ranks 14th all time in career passing yards!
Awards: Parade National High School Player of the Year (Male High School, 1995), Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (1999), C-USA Offensive Player of the Year (1999), First-team all-Conference USA (1999), First UofL QB to lead his team to back-to-back bowl appearances (1998-99)