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Louisville Back In The Kickoff Classic In 2021

The Cards last played in the Kickoff Classic In 2015. Although we lost there was still a lot of excitement surrounding the event. We wondered when we would get to return & it looks like we just found out. reports that the Cards & Ole Miss will tangle in 2021. The game is expected to be played in the Mercedes Benz Stadium.



The Barbour Shop: The Disrespect Is A Sign Of Respect

Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP

All of us have seen the Top 5 lists that exclude Lamar Jackson. Whether it be Top 5 College Players or Top 5 Quarterbacks. We have also seen the preseason rankings which have UofL as high as 14 and as low as 17. Many of us fans feel the team as a whole. and Lamar in particular, are being disrespected.

There are obvious flaws we saw with the team at the end of last year. An offensive line that regressed badly. A defense that suddenly couldn’t stop the run or the big pass play. Lamar Jackson looking quite human with inaccurate throws, bad decisions on the read option, and bad decisions in general.

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2017 Louisville Football Media Day Interviews – Jaylen Smith




Photo: Jeff Nunn

Four members of the Cardinal Sports Zone staff attended Louisville football media day. We were able to talk to several players and coaches. In this interview we talked to Wide receiver Jaylen Smith. He talks about overcoming his injury, being a leader for his fellow wide receivers, going up against Jaire Alexander in practice and tells us about the nickname ” The Breadwinners.” Read the rest of this entry

My First Time: UofL Football Media Day 2017

On Saturday, UofL Football held Media day 2017. They take the team picture, you eat breakfast with the entire media then comes the press conference & individual interviews with players & coaches. It had been Charlie Strongs final season since I had been there due to CSZ on 93.9. I missed it so much. I was excited to be there but not only for myself. I brought the newbys with me. Katie Goben & Cody Higdon. They both have been with the site less than a month & jumped at the opportunity to cover it. I brought old ironsides Jeff Nunn as well. He shared his thoughts on media day via photos. Katie & Cody had a great time during their first of many Media Days. Here is what they had to say about their first times…Enjoy!

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Lamar Jackson Media Day Interview #1


Here are some clips of Lamar Jackson at the 2017 Louisville Football Media Day. He talks about the Heisman pose vs uk, would he do it again? Where’s the trophy & why did he cut his hair? Check out what OUR reigning Heisman Trophy winner had to say in Katies video from Louisville Football Media Day 2017.

Louisville Football Freshman Summer Progression

Photo by: Michelle Hutchins | Louisville Athletics

The Freshman class for the University of Louisville Football team is on campus and have been working hard. This class was full of big time players that we could not wait to see perform. Here is an update from Mr L (requested to be anonymous)


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In-Bounds Pass: Meet Alonzo Gaffney

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Over the weekend Rick Pitino and staff  were busy watching future Cards all over the Country. On Friday Coach Pitino watched 2019 Trinity guard David Johnson score 27pts, 5 assists, & 5 rebounds in a Louisville Magic victory at Hoopfest. Then, he stayed to watch 2019 Ohio standout forward Alonzo Gaffney. Gaffney impressed Coach Pitino & Coach Kenny Johnson enough to gain an offer from the university.

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Russ Smith Writes, We Read, We Learn.


Russ Smith never disappoints. NEVER! When Russ Smith writes, we read and we usually laugh, but we always learn. We learn more about what a great person he is. He is a friend of the site & furthermore & friend of the city’s.

Well, Russ has written a new blog entry from his blog ,” Extreme measures and what I can share to the world and my peers.” This entry is entitled ” Extreme Measures.”

Here is a quote from his blog, You can read the full blog entry by clicking on his Tweet below. It’s worth your time.

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CWS Day 1 Highlights: Louisville

Here are some highlights from day 1 in Omaha. The Cards play TAMU Sunday at 2pm in the College World Series.

CWS Opening Day Presser

Here is footage from todays opening day presser from the CWS in Omaha.

Super Regional Times, Dates And News Conference Recap

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Photo: Courier-Journal


Game 1: Friday, June 9 – Noon (ESPN2)
Game 2: Saturday, June 10 – Noon (ESPN)
Game 3: Sunday, June 11 – Noon (ESPN or ESPN2)  ** if necessary**


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tickets for the University of Louisville’s 2017 NCAA Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium against Kentucky are officially sold out
If you already purchased tickets, Jim Patterson Stadium ticket windows will open at 10:30 a.m., on Friday. Will Call will be located near the main gates of the stadium. Player Pass List entrance will be located at the third base gate.



Louisville Baseball Post-Game Press Conference

Josh Stowers, Logan Taylor, Lincoln Henzman and Head Coach Dan McDonnell spoke with the media following Sunday’s 8-7 thrilling win over Xavier.

Cards Could Potentially Add 5 Star Bowen



It was discovered on Tuesday evening that Louisville hosted 5 Star SF Brian Bowen on a campus visit. Bowen, a McDonald’s All-American, was thought by many to be a solid Michigan State lean but after the return of Miles Bridges who opted to not enter the NBA draft deadline, it appears he is still searching for a school to land his services.

Louisville would join a list of schools trying to sign Bowen. So far he holds offers from such schools as Arizona, Michigan State, NC State, Texas, and UCLA just to name a few.  The SF position at Louisville is pretty stacked with the return of  Deng Adel and V.J. King although Pitino has hinted he will primarily use Adel as a shooting guard.  Add Dwayne Sutton to the mix and you have some nice depth at the 3 spot.

We here at CSZ will be keeping a close eye on this story.  Louisville is already a projected top 10 team next season and this would do nothing but bolster that claim.  “Crootin” remains a funny business. …

CSZ Podcast: Baseball Tournament Edition

It’s been awhile but the time folks at CSZ have come back to the podcast airwaves. Jeremy, Matt McGavic & Justin Krueger break down the upcoming NCAA Baseball Tournament. LJ was nice enough to come in and reluctantly produce it. We talked about the bracket overall, UofL’s pod & ppl mad online about Dan McDonnell. Is it Omaha or bust for the Cards? Tune in to hear what we think.

Listen to CSZ Baseball Preview by The Nest #np on #SoundCloud

Go Cards!

Louisville #7 National Seed: Opponents Revealed


Louisville was named the #7 National seed & just as we assumed were matched up with Lexington in the Supers. The Cardinals will play Fri-Sun schedule. Here is the full slate of games in the Louisville regional.

BirdGang Block Party

CARDS FANS! RETWEET this post for a chance to win free merchandise this weekend! BIRDGANG Brand/Cardinal Phone Repair is having a fan appreciation Block Party! This Saturday at 7PM. We’ll play a little CornHole, watch some games, sip some water lol and have good clean fun! All of this fun will take place at our New Store (Newly named CARDINAL) 2948 Yorkshire Blvd, at the Intersection of Taylorsville Rd and Breckinridge Lane. So after the Cards Win their ACC Baseball Tournament games, Come out, see the new store and bring a friend! #GoCards #Cardinal #Birdgang #CardinalPhoneRepair

ACC Championship Preview Presser

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The ACC Baseball Tournament starts tomorrow at Louisville Slugger Field. The Cards don’t play until Thursday night at 7pm vs ND. Today U of L Baseball had a press conference previewing that tournament. Enjoy!

Go Cards!

The Complete Schedule For ACC Baseball Tournament Announced

This morning the complete schedule for the first ever ACC Tournament at Louisville Slugger Field was announced. Louisville is your #1 overall seed by winning the regular season by 1/2 game over Coastal Division Champion UNC. The Cards play Thursday at 7pm vs Notre Dame then Friday at 3 vs FSU.

So here’s the deal. The winner of each pool advances to a 4 team elimination bracket. Here’s how those 4 teams are determined. Each team plays both teams in their pods. The team with the best record will win that pod. If there is a tie with the same record the team with the highest ACC winning percentage advances to bracket play. Which would be the highest seeded team per Kelly Dickey. If you have any questions about the ACC Tournament feel free to contact us on Twitter at @CardSportsZone @GeneralWasp @kruegermania or @Jeremy_CSZ or on Facebook at Cardinal Sports Zone.

Senior Day For UofL Baseball

Despite the gloomy circumstances & ultimately the cancellation of game 3 vs FSU, the Cardinals still honored their seniors. Last year the theme of departing players was the draft. This year the theme of the Senior class is dependability. Lyman, Taylor,Summers & Sparger are the glue guys that every team needs to be champions. That was proven year after year. Congrats to all of our Seniors!

New Facilities PJCS

Here’s a view videos from Coach Field showing what to look forward to at Papa ****’* Cardinal Stadium. Enjoy.