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?
The way too early Football Hype video. It’s short but I hope I threw enough clips together to give you some positivity to hold you over till the Spring game. Read the rest of this entry
This afternoon we published bios and introduced you all to CSZNation’s Contributors. Instead of tweeting them out individually again I figured you could just check them out in one post. I shot them out earlier in UofL Football signing day style. It was a popular thing as I had people texting me who’s next? We have seasoned vets, people we added back in December and a few diamonds in the rough I picked up this week. All in all we feel like we have put together a formidable cast of contributors who will keep you all informed on all things UofL. We hope that we make you guys proud. Without further adieu, Here are CSZ’s contributors!