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The Wait….

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Good day folks. As soon as the University of Louisville baseball team records their 27th out, the wait begins. That long agonizing wait that carries from June all the way until Labor Day weekend. Unless you have an interesting hobby, or a planned summer vacation we all have fell victim to that wait. I’m referring to that wait for Cardinal Football.

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Louisville Football Breakdown, Part Seven: Wide Receivers

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Last Season: With a ton of seniors graduating from the program last season, Louisville turned to a plethora of young, raw receivers to turn some production for the passing game. Jamari Staples, in spite of missing half the season due to injury, led all receivers with 638 yards and three touchdowns, while James Quick led the team with five touchdowns.

While Staples and Quick were the key contributors for Louisville at that position, they also had a ton of true freshmen contribute right away. Devante Peete, Jaylen Smith and Traveon Samuel all saw major playing time and delivered on touchdowns for the team. It should be of note that wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas left in the offseason to coach at Kentucky.

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Louisville Football Breakdown, Part Five: Running Backs

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Last Season: After a stellar 2014 season from the position, the running backs suffered a setback in 2015, with inconsistencies at quarterback and offensive line weighing them down. While four different running backs had 100-yard games in the 2014 season, only Brandon Radcliff had 100-yard games from the position in 2015 (117 against Syracuse, 146 against Virginia).

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CSZ Writer Featured on Humans of UofL

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CSZ writer, Paige Sherrard, was featured in, “Humans of UofL.” The campaign, which is based on the popular Facebook page, “Humans of New York,” features current students, alumni and staff members who tell their unique UofL story.

Click here for Paige’s story.

My UofL Fandom: Back in the UofL Groove

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As you can tell by the title, I’m back! Back to doing my favorite thing on this Earth, writing about our beloved Louisville Cardinals. As you guys know, I usually write about the history of our sports programs and the like, but today, I’m going to tell you a bit of a story, the story of how became a fan of the greatest sports program on Earth, the Louisville Cardinals.

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U of L Alum Makes USA Baseball’s Women’s National Trials Roster

DSC_1237USA Baseball announced the 40 players named to the 2016 USA Baseball Women’s National Team Trials roster. Among the 40 players was Louisville alum Brittany Duncan. Duncan will continue to work hard before she heads to California State University, Fullerton, from August 22-25, 2016 where the Women’s National Team Trials will be held. After the trials, 20-players will be selected from those 40  to the Women’s National Team that will travel to Gijang City, South Korea, for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup from September 3-11, 2016. 
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Nunnsense: Baseball, Pitino And Ali

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  • So what’s been going on? Anything happening in the sports world?  Of course not. It’s not basketball season. Wait! What? Oh, I almost forgot. We are fans of The University Of Louisville and we have a sport to cheer for all year round. As you may have heard the 2016 College World Series is about to get started and the Number 2 overall seed, University of Louisville, is two wins away from another trip to Omaha. Louisville will face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (if necessary) in a best of three series at Jim Patterson Stadium. The games on Saturday (6/11) and Sunday (6/12) will start at noon. I don’t think there will be a game on Monday but if somehow it needs to be played, the game time will be announced after the game is deemed necessary. Louisville is 36-1 at home this year so the fact that I don’t think they will lose 2 out 3 shouldn’t seem crazy but you never know. Good Luck Cards. See ya in Omaha! Here is a link to the NCAA CWS  brackets, http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/baseball/d1/2016

 

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Emerging Playoff Sleeper: Louisville Cardinals

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

 

The Football season is getting closer and closer by the day. A majority if not all of the publications have come out with their pre-season top 25’s and Louisville has appeared on them. There is now a new trend on the horizon, picking Louisville for the College Football Playoff. I started seeing it here and there a few weeks back but this morning ESPN Insider KC Joyner had the following words to say:

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Louisville Lost It’s Superhero

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I am certain that several of our contributors will have something to say about the great Muhammad Ali and his passing. Here are Jeff Nunn’s thoughts:

 

After a lengthy battle against Parkinson’s disease, Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. In 1984, three years after he retired from boxing,  Ali was diagnosed with the disease. Ali passed away a day after he was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital with a respiratory ailment.

Ali was born in Louisville in 1942 and has always been proud of his hometown. He is our Superhero. He has gone from the 12-year-old who told a police officer that he was going to “whup” whoever stole his bicycle to the greatest athlete and cultural icon of all time. Through all that, Ali has never forgot Louisville and Louisville will never forget Muhammad Ali.

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Around the Bases, April 27th, 2016

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Welcome to another edition of Around the Bases, where we anxiously await the NFL Draft and for postseason baseball to come around. Where do you think Sheldon Rankins will end up?

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Louisville Rallies to Beat Kentucky 7-6 (McDonnell & Hairston Interviews)

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The saying usually goes “better late than never,” and that was the case as #3 Louisville beat #12 Kentucky 7-6 in a wild, thrilling comeback in front of 4,642 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.

A week after Kentucky almost delivered a comeback against Louisville at home, the Cardinals came through with one of their own. Devin Hairston led the way as the Cardinals (30-7, 13-5) scored six runs in the final three innings to secure their fifth straight win over rival Kentucky (23-13). Hairston finished the night 3-for-5 at the plate with a walk-off RBI single that drove in a diving Colin Lyman to score the winning run.

“This team has a lot of fight,” Hairston said. “We have that type of confidence and swagger about us that no matter what the score is, we’re going to get the job done.”

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Nunnsense: VJ, Rick, Kyle, Russ,Teddy And More

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I’ve been on vacation for a week therefore I have a lot to catch up on so this week’s edition of Nunnsense will be a potpourri of topics. I was enjoying my family time on vacation so much that I didn’t even watch the college basketball national championship game. I knew that since I didn’t watch there would be an epic finish. And of course, I was correct. Congrats to Villanova. I took the vacation week and removed myself completely from the sports world. Well, almost……..

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Around the Bases, April 6th 2016

20160402_143610Welcome back to Around the Bases, which has not been rained out today.

Last weekend was business as usual for Louisville, as the Cardinals swept the Hokies. With wins of 8-4 (Fri.), 13-0 (Sat.) and 9-3 (Sun.), the Cardinals have a six-game winning streak heading into another big weekend at Florida State. Florida State currently holds a two-game lead over Louisville in the ACC Atlantic Division, and a series win could be big in clinching back-to-back division titles for the Cardinals.

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Odds To Win 2017 NCAA Basketball Title: Louisville

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Here are the to win the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball championship via espn.com and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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Nunnsense; Rick vs. Denny, You Can Love Both

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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.

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Trez Dunks!

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Trez had another highlight reel dunk last night against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Here it is……

Here is a video of my favorite Trez dunks as a Cardinal. It was put together a year ago before the NBA draft.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Featured Friday Fan Photo

This is the first week of Fan Photo Friday. I couldn’t decide on just one picture so, to kick off week one, I decided to use my two favorites. Enjoy …………..

 

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This is Christopher. This picture is from senior night. While it was Trey and Damion’s last game at the YUM Center, it was Christopher’s first game (Thanks to his grandma). Notice coach Pitino in the background.

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Fan Photo Friday

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I want to feature 1 fan photo every Friday. You want to have you picture featured on CSZ? All you have to do is send me a picture of yourself, you kids, your tailgate crew or whoever. The picture can be taken at a game, at home, on vacation or wherever you feel the need to throw up your L’s. Put on your Cardinal gear and be creative!

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Around the Bases, March 9th 2016

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Welcome to another weekly edition of Around the Bases, satisfying your hunger for more Louisville baseball. After a flawless 5-0 stretch this past week, the Cardinals have another five games at home to wrap up their 10-game home stand, including their first weekend conference series v. Notre Dame.

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The Cardinals went a perfect 5-0 to extend their record to 10-2. The week began with a 9-5 victory over Morehead State, led by Blake Tiberi’s 3/3 performance at the plate with two RBI and a home-run by Colby Fitch in the fourth inning. Pitcher Kade McClure threw five scoreless innings and only allowed one hit in the performance.

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No. 7 Louisville Exits Stage Left As No 17 Syracuse Keeps On Dancing

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The zone Syracuse played made it tough for Louisville to penetrate. Asia Durr was able to hit four treys though as she scored a career high 23. ACC player of the year Myisha Hines-Allen showed up again with 27 points, 13 rebounds. The Orange however, got key play from Cornelia Fondren and Alexis Peterson once again brought her A game. Syracuse advances to first conference championship for the first time since 1988

Greensboro, NC — The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals battled the No. 17 Syracuse Orange, but the Cardinals came up short in an 80-75 decision.

“We did not come out and play like I thought we would,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz told the media, “We did not follow a scouting report and, unfortunately, we’re not good enough to just come out and play without following a scout.”

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