In the days after the 2017 Spring game, I have asked many people what was their take on the Spring Game attendance. Would you go if it were on a different day? Different time of day? Is it important to you? What kept you from going? Read the rest of this entry
The Louisville Cardinals had 4 signees participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic basketball game held at Freedom Hall on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,812. This was many fans first and last chance to see them before they put on a Cardinal uniform. You can’t judge what type of player they will be in college by their performance in this game. You can, however, judge their personality and character.
Darius Perry was not even originally scheduled to be a participant in the KDF Dunk Contest but when Lance Thomas decided not to do it, Darius stepped up and made it to the finals. He didn’t win but his attempts are worth watching especially since he had help with future teammate (I hope), Donovan Mitchell. Darius played a nice game and scored 22 points in front of a crowd of 4,812 in Freedom Hall. Here are some pictures and videos of Darius. Full photo gallery from the game will be posted soon so please check back with us for photos of all 4 future Cards. Read the rest of this entry
The Ky Derby Festival night of Future Stars was held tonight in New Albany at Indiana University Southeast. The athletes competed in 2 on 2 competition, 3 point and dunk contests. The finals of the 3 point and dunk contests will be held tomorrow night at halftime of the Derby Festival Classic held at Freedom Hall. Louisville commit, Darius Perry, made the finals of the dunk contest after hammering home the final dunk of the night. It was a dunk that Donovan Mitchell told him to try. Perry also told me that Mitchell gave him a dunk to try in the finals but wouldn’t reveal what dunk he will attempt. Donovan and Deng Adel both were both in attendance tonight for the dunk contest. Read the rest of this entry
I attended the third and final open football practice on Tuesday afternoon. My goal was to bring you pictures from what I saw accompanied with my thoughts on how the team looked and what you might be interested in. Moments into warm-ups, I was approached and told there was no photography allowed. I tried explaining that millions of Nunnsense and Cardinal fans would be disappointed but my plea fell upon deaf ears and the no photography order remained in place. So I will just tell you what I witnessed with the promise of bringing Spring Game photos in about 10 days or so. Thanks for understanding. That’s why I love you Card family.
The first thing that stood out to me is running back Dae Williams. His size is unbelievable. He has been compared to a young Michael Bush as far as physical structure. To me, the red-shirt freshman resembles a young Marshawn Lynch. Maybe it’s just the combination of the hair hanging out the back of the helmet and the power beastmode style of running. Whatever it is, it caught my eye and I liked what I saw. Although there was basically no contact, he still hit the holes with authority and never dodged a would be tackler. I think this guy would run through a wall for you. He is the perfect fit for the Petrino pro-style offense that loves the power back. He also caught a lot of balls in this practice. I never saw him drop, or ever bobble a pass no matter if it came from Lamar of Jawon. Jeremy Smith was not on the practice field and I couldn’t get an explanation as to why, so big #40 took most of the first-team reps.
The second thing that stood out to me was the defense. It’s so hard to tell what the play or drill was supposed to be in a practice but the whole day just had the vibe that the defense was getting the better of the offense. Not sure if they were practicing short passes or defensive coverage was that good but it seemed the quarterbacks had to check down and throw a lot of short passes. The usual suspects remained at their spots but I noticed the absence of Chucky Williams. Not sure why he was not out there but P.J. Blue filled in nicely at safety. I think P.J. is going to see a lot of playing time and I am happy about that.
Stacy Thomas had a nice interception of Jawon Pass and nearly held on to a second interception. He is poised for a big year.
The receivers on this team are a dream come true for Lamar. Jaylen Smith is still out recovering from a broken foot so other receivers are getting a chance to prove themselves. Javonte Bagley continues to look good this spring.I really enjoyed watching Dez Fitzpatrick go up against Jaire Alexander. You want to be a better receiver? Go practice against the best cover corner in college football. Dez did exactly that and did it well. This kid runs such clean and precise routes and has the ability and size to go get the ball at it’s highest point. He is definitely going to be a super star before he heads to the NFL. But the receiver who looked the best was Seth Dawkins. I can’t count how many passes he caught. I didn’t see him drop a pass all day. Having Jaylen on one side with Seth on the other and Reggie in the slot will make for many sleepless nights for ACC defensive coordinators.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, C.J. Avery is a beast. This kid is an early enrolee. He should still be in high school getting ready for prom. Instead he is out there looking like he has been here for 3 years. He is a physical specimen and he just looks like he wants to hit somebody. Keep an eye out for #9 on defense this year. I’d say he end up starting at the “star” position. I think that’s great news for the good guys and terrible news for the bad guys.
I think it shows just how far this program has come and how many great prospects are on this team when you don’t even hardly notice that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is just out there flinging balls around. Yes. Lamar looked great and you would think that most of the 200 people in attendance were there just to see him but most people came out to see the whole team. I know they lost a lot on defense and the offensive line was, well, offensive last year but I truly believe that this team has the potential to be right there on the verge of the playoffs again this year.
I hope to see all of you out at the Spring Game on Saturday, April 15th at 1:00.
As Always, GO CARDS!
Just a friendly reminder that the annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game is on Saturday, April 15 at 1p.m. in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Details of the day have not been released yet but if the set up is like last year then the day will begin at 10 a.m. in StreetFest with live entertainment and carnival rides. Last year it was located between stadium Gates 3 and 5 and the StreetFest area featured food vendors, beer and drink specials, live music and family friendly games and rides. There was also an autograph session for 45 minutes after the scrimmage on the field.
Once details are released we will have them for you. Until then enjoy this video to get you ready for the Spring Game. Remember, this will be your last chance to see the team until open practices in August so get out and support the Cards.
On Saturday, April 15th, Louisville football will hold it’s annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game. This will be our last chance as fans to see the team for about 5 months.
It’s tough to determine in this glorified scrimmage just how much the team has improved or how well certain players will adapt in their new roles, whether it be as a starter or at a new position. The coaching staff will be trying different personnel packages, implementing different schemes and calling a variety of experimental plays.
Take it for what it is, a chance to see our guys in action. Even though it’s tough to gauge how great this team can be by the outcome or stats from this game, we can get a look at certain players of interest and individual position battles. Here are 10 things that I will watching with great interest. Read the rest of this entry
The season is over and this the time when I am usually Mr. positive. This is the time when I would remind you that football practice has started and our team is led by the reigning Heisman trophy winner. This is the time I would also remind you that our baseball team is ranked #1 in the nation. This is also the time where I would point out that the swim and dive team just crowned another national champion for the sixth year in a row. I would also point out that the basketball team has some great recruits coming in and the team will probably be pre-season ranked in the top 3. Even though this is the time for me to be positive and lift you up, I just can’t do it. Not yet. I’m still hurting. I’m disappointed. I’m sad. I’m wounded. I need a hug. Read the rest of this entry
It’s March and all eyes are on the top 10 men’s basketball team, the top 12 women’s basketball team and the number 1 college baseball team. All three of those teams deserve every ounce of praise and respect that the get. They have earned it and we are all very proud of them. Read the rest of this entry
Mangok Mathiang is the only player on this years team that was on the 2013 championship team roster. Although he didn’t play he gained a wealth of experience. Mangok was ruled ineligible that year due to a delay in getting his high school transcript. Even though he was ineligible for the 2012-13 season, he was allowed to train and practice with the team. Practicing against Gourgi Dieng on a daily basis could only help develop the 6’10” Mathiang. Read the rest of this entry
This past Saturday afternoon the Louisville Cardinals polished off the Syracuse Orange with an unimaginable dunk from Donovan Mitchell. Many of you didn’t see it because you were on your way to your car but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, after Mitchell threw down that dunk, I couldn’t help but think that Syracuse has been on the wrong end of many great sports memories for the fans of Louisville athletics. Let’s reminisce over those good times. Read the rest of this entry
The defense last season was very good until the last 3 games. Ultimately, it may have cost Todd Grantham his job. With Grantham gone there will be a lot of changes on the defensive side of the ball. Losing the NFL talent of DeAngelo Brown, Keith Kelsey, Josh-Harvey Clemons and Devonte Fields is also another concern but can be an opportunity for some of the newcomers. Here are 5 guys that could make an immediate impact in the 2017 season. Read the rest of this entry
- We all know that towards the end of last season some deficiencies were exposed. Along with addressing those deficiencies, Bobby Petrino will need to replace some key parts that graduated. I believe coach and his staff have done a great job in recruiting to those immediate needs. Couple those recruits with a few guys who red-shirted last season and you have a boat load of talent just itching to get on the field. I want to point out 5 guys that could make an immediate impact in the 2017 season. ( Not all guys on this list are “newcomers” but none have played a game as a Cardinal)
The University of Louisville National Signing Day Party was held at the Brown and Williamson Club in Papa Johns Cardinal stadium on Wednesday, February 1st. Here are a few pics in case you missed it.
Opponents passed against Louisville 31.6 times per game and gained an average of 207.1 yards. The majority of those pass attempts were nowhere near cornerback Jaire Alexander. He has quickly become one of the best corners in the country in only his sophomore year. I would go as far to say that he is a shut down corner. Very impressive considering he started his high school career as wide receiver. He has the hands of a receiver, the footwork of Fred Astaire and closing speed that lures opposing quarterbacks to believe their receiver is open. However, opposing quarterbacks are now wise to this and rarely throw in his direction. The risk is just too great.
It was on this day many years ago that I was brought into this crazy, unpredictable yet wonderful world. I didn’t know it for a while but I was born a Cardinal. My parents didn’t force it on me it was something that came naturally. I loved watching Louisville basketball and NFL football. I never realized till I was older that Louisville had more than just a basketball team. The first book I wrote was a Young Authors book entitled “This Is It.” It was the story of the 1980 NCAA basketball National Championship team. To this day I still do not understand how a book about a championship can only win an Honorable Mention ribbon. I mean seriously, it was about the greatest thing that had ever happened in my life. How could it not be the best book in the competition? I was crushed but my loyalty to the Cards never wavered. Read the rest of this entry
I have yet to make the trip to Death Valley. 2 years ago it was a death in the family that prevented me & this year me & my wife decided to buy a new home. I know what you are saying, that one is on you. Actually we were not supposed to be buying until November. I had my money for Clemson saved up for Clemson and was pumped. That is until the perfect house and situation popped up 4 months early and my down payment ended up being more. Yes I made the sacrifice but one day I will make it to Death Valley and end this streak. Just so you know I put this loss on me because of it. When it comes to sports I am superstitious even though I know it can get silly. For example, I had mowed my yard every Friday since the season started and we had won and won big. Guess what happened midway through this Fridays mow? It started raining so I only got the front mowed. Is that my fault? Do I take the blame for that or did the man above want us to lose this one to get us focused on a bigger goal? Who knows? I told you superstitions can get silly.
What wasn’t silly is the mass volume of CardNation that did make the trip. As long as we get treated nicely this will become the norm. That stands out. I cannot imagine any place that was more friendly, welcoming or nicer than South Bend. I have however been told by people who went to both that Clemson is. I trust them. Several members of CardinalSportsZone did make it down to Clemson and I wanted to share their stories collectively since they all got great traffic earlier in the week. The reviews were almost unanimously great. As you find everywhere there were a few bad apples and one of our writers found them! Check out they all had to say below. Enjoy!
LJ The Fiasco- Buckethatism: Clemson
Jeff Nunn’s- The Clemson Experience
Paige Sherrard- The Front Paige: Grading Clemson
I miss PJCS. I miss tailgating. I miss the sound of the band. I miss DJ K-Dogg. I miss the intro video. I miss the train horn. I miss the inebriated young man in front of my seat that refuses to sit down because “this isn’t Commonwealth Stadium.” I miss my beer vendor. I miss giving high fives to the closest 20 people around me after every score. I miss the Ladybirds. I miss seeing Robert Patrick Petrino giving the business to a referee after a bad call. I miss the incredible student athletes competing at the highest level in an effort to bring home a victory. I miss all of you. I miss everything about the game day experience at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. If you are like me then you are itching for some Cardinal football right about now. In 2 short months the season will finally get under way. Until then all we have are memories of last season and hope for this one. I put together a hype/highlight video for you to enjoy……..
I am a happily married man. My wife and I are a team. We go through good times and times that are not so good . No matter what life throws at us, we take comfort in knowing that we are there for each other. We always have each others back. One of the most important aspects of our relationship is knowing that we have the others support even when we are wrong. We will defend each other publicly until the end of time. The beauty of it is that we can talk about it later, in private, and tell the other where and why they were wrong and nobody gets upset. Support is a key value and it’s what keeps my wife and I strong as a team.
Card family, I have publicly defended you for as long as I can remember and I will continue to do so but now is the time we have that talk where I tell you where you were wrong. We don’t have this talk to belittle each other but rather to help us become stronger. We as a fan base should always be looking for a way to better ourselves to be the best we can be. That is why I need to ask you, why are you leaving games early?