Especially the University of Louisville.
Louisville is the best college sports town in America. College sports are what we do. It’s what we know.
We don’t have a NBA team or D-League team. We don’t have a WNBA team. We don’t have a NFL team. We don’t have hockey or anything else. We have Louisville athletics.
When something hurts our athletic program, it hurts the city. Not just the people, but the businesses.
The rims at Ballard High School are still there – Barely – No thanks to Montrezl Harrell. Saturday evening, the Russ Smith Foundation and TBM hosted an event at Ballard High School to benefit the family of Officer Nick Rodman who died in the line of duty. The charity basketball event was headlined by former UofL players like Montrezl Harrell, Terrance Farley, Luke Whitehead & Perrin Johnson, who were on the Metro City Stars team. They faced off against a team of officers from the LMPD. The Metro Starts were coached by Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum and 2013 National champion, Peyton Siva. Paul Rogers was the announcer and CSZ’s own Jeremy Wahman was the celebrity time-keeper. Other people of interest on the Metro Stars team were Russ Smith Sr, Steven Rummage (93.9 The Ville radio personality), Phil Morrison (Asbury), Matt Brown (Program director -93.1 the beat), Charles Franklin (Community Outreach director), Chris Pointer (UL/CSU) and organizer Tim Barnett (Nevada). The game was very friendly for a half. The LMPD officers took a 39-37 lead into halftime. In the second half things started heating up. There was a lot of trash talking as the game stayed very competitive. Highlighted by a few monster slams from Harrell and a few key free throws down the stretch, the Metro Stars pulled our a 81-75 victory. Read the rest of this entry
The Russ Smith Foundation, TBM and Sullivan’s Tap House have teamed up to form a charity basketball event in honor of Officer Nick Rodman, who was killed in the line of duty this past March. The event will feature the Metro City Stars, a team comprised of former Louisville players and prominent local figures up against a team of members of the LMPD, and will be hosted by Ballard High School this upcoming Saturday, June 24th at 6:30.
Metro City Stars Roster:
Russ Smith, Sr.
Peyton Siva, Jr.
Great news this Sunday from University of Louisville S.I.D. Kenny Klein as he tweeted out the following picture of Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum receiving the Naismith Outstanding Contributor Award. There are some familiar faces with him too. Congrats Coach and Go Cards!
While the Cardinals are not participating in the Final Four this weekend in Houston, representatives from the University of Louisville will have a presence in the city. Damion Lee,Trey Lewis, Denny Crum & the statistics crew will all be in the house!
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In 2001 I heard rumors that Rick Pitino would likely be the coach to replace Denny Crum. Ironically, it was said that Pitino was choosing between Michigan and Louisville. It was also said that ultimately he chose Louisville because Michigan was a football school and he didn’t want to play second fiddle to any other sport. Of course all of these ” somebody said” things were all rumors but I believed all of them. I judged Rick right off the bat. I know that’s not fair but I fell victim to the media perception of his larger than life ego and his all about me attitude.
January 1, 1995. Freshman Samaki Walker goes off for the Cards, recording the first triple double in UofL history with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Watch the full game below and enjoy!
Pretty cool video here talking about Montrezl Harrell. You get to hear from Darrell Griffith, Denny Crum, and Paul Rogers. The highlight for me has to be Denny’s reaction to when they allowed dunking again in college basketball: Yayyy!
Here are a few quick details about this game. If these don’t make you want to watch it, or at least some of it, I don’t know what will.
*Louisville’s starting lineup: LaBradford Smith, Felton Spencer, Everick Sullivan, Tony Kimbro, and Keith Williams.
*Head coaches: Denny Crum vs Digger Phelps
*Announcers: Keith Jackson and Dick Vitale
*Game: #13 Louisville vs #19 Notre Dame in Indianapolis.
The result wasn’t what we wanted for the Cards, but here is the full game of the 1996 Sweet 16 matchup between Louisville and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons won the game 60-59 and were led by Tim Duncan’s 27 points and 13 rebounds. For Louisville, Samaki Walker led the way in scoring with 16 points.
It’s the eve of the annual Rivalry game against UK so what better time to go back and relive some of the greatest games!
1983 Dream Game
2014 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Are you kidding me? You can actually watch the Red-White Scrimmage from the 1993-94 season for UofL basketball! I saw this posted on Facebook by Jon Leon. I was 7 years old heading into this season so these are the guys I really looked up to and wanted to be like. My favorite player of all time, Brian Kiser, was on this team.
DeJuan Wheat was a freshman, and then you have guys like Morton, Minor, and Rozier. The video obviously isn’t the best quality, but it is pretty awesome to be able to watch it at all. Plus John Tong is the PA announcer. This game was at Cardinal Arena. If that doesn’t tell you how far these scrimmages have come, nothing will!
After thinking about it for a few days, I finally made my votes on the poll. I checked up on the results as the week went on, just to get a feel for how everyone else was voting. That clearly didn’t influence my picks as you will see. When the question was first thrown at me a few weeks ago in a group text chat by Chris Tingley, it immediately started a debate: Who would your starting 5 be at Louisville in the Rick Pitino era? Everyone has their favorite players that just can’t be replaced by anyone else, and everyone has their reasons why they may have chosen certain players. So here is my starting 5 with a few reasons…
Every year when this game rolls around, I think back to certain moments that stick out from the rivalry. There are just some years that I could not tell you what happened or many details. But then there are some that I can rattle off stats, scores, and details that I have no clue why I remember, but I do. When I started to think of my 5 most memorable moments from the Battle of the Bluegrass, they were not all pro-Louisville moments. And I think that is ok. I was simply trying to think of the 5 that stood out the most, not necessarily the 5 best UofL moments that I could remember. So here are my top 5 most memorable moments of this rivalry:
The youtube user “upfromtheashes” has some incredible full-game videos uploaded on his page of some of the best games in Louisville history. When you get time, be sure to watch this one from January 1, 1995.
By Justin Renck:
In what could be the biggest game all-time in the history of the UofL-UK rivalry, 1983 gave us the original “Dream Game.” For years, Kentucky would not play against Louisville. Actually, the last time they had played was 1959! This started with Adolph Rupp and made its way to Joe B. Hall. They considered themselves too good for us!
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