Bobby Petrino is revered as a top-level college football coach. He has the reputation of an offensive genius and has earned the national respect of his coaching peers and everyone associated with college football. He was just about to take himself, along with the University of Louisville football program, to that level in 2007 but in January of 2007 his abrupt and selfish departure to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons cost both Petrino and the University that perceived national respect they both so strongly coveted. The Petrino led Cards had just finished the 2006 season with a 12-1 record, an Orange Bowl victory and a school-high ranking of #3 in the country after beating the then #3 team WVU in the Blackout game at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. On the night before my birthday, Louisville had 1 heartbreaking loss at Rutgers that most likely costs them a spot in the national championship game (I still hate Ito). Together, Petrino and Louisville seemed to be headed for a constant spot near the top of the college football rankings. But it wasn’t meant to be. Well, at least not then. Read the rest of this entry
I know you all are itching intensely for some Louisville Football. I intend to scratch that itch today. Well not me per say but I bring you something to scratch that itch. Does that make me a back scratcher? WHERE AM I GOING WITH THIS??? Sorry, Let’s get back on track. Today Athlon Sports released a list of Louisville’s toughest games and ranks them in such order. Who is the toughest on the schedule? What does Athlons think about UofL Football? Here is an excerpt from the story.
For the last five seasons, the ACC champion has either been the Clemson Tigers or the Florida State Seminoles. If there’s one team that could change that, it is the Louisville Cardinals. After beginning the 2015 season just 2-4, head coach Bobby Petrino‘s Cardinals won six out of their last seven games to finish 8-5. With 16 returning starters, Louisville is a dark horse pick to win the ACC championship this fall. The road through the ACC won’t be an easy one as the Cardinals will have to play both Florida State and Clemson since all three are in the Atlantic Division. Louisville also has a tough non-conference slate with road games to Houston and Marshall on tap.
Football season is still over two months away but it’s on my mind everyday. I recently received an email for the University ticket office that stated my request for Clemson tickets was approved and would be mailed at the end of August. I felt like a six-year-old on Christmas morning upon reading that email. Football has always been my first love even though I have come to enjoy Cardinal softball since I started covering it for CSZ. You should really go to a softball game. It’s a great time and you will be pleasantly surprised with the product on the field. Read the rest of this entry
The University of Louisville Football Department has been on top of things the entire off-season. From position breakdowns to mic’ing up the coaches they have kept us informed and entertained. They are at it again. They just released a new series called top 5. This weeks top 5 is the top 5 passing plays from last season. Enjoy and Go Cards!
Meet Obadiah Gamble aka Skolbadiah.
Gamble is a six year old future rap star (see below video) and a huge Vikings fan. Gamble is particularly fond of former University of Louisville and current Minnesota Vikings QB, Teddy Bridgewater.
According to the original post by CityPages.com, Gamble turns seven on Sunday. And who does he want in attendance at his birthday party?? None other than Mr. Teddy Bridgewater.
*Post bump Due To High Views* original post 9-12-16
Derby is over and everyone is getting back to some type of normalcy. Over the past week or so I was totally immersed into everything Derby. In doing so, I had a chance to talk to a lot of people from all different walks of life that I may not of had the chance to talk to otherwise. Interesting thing about that is when I wasn’t talking horses with theses people, I was talking U of L sports. More specifically Louisville football because that is my favorite sport. The questions I kept getting asked were ” How good is Lamar” and “Is he as good as Teddy.” My response every time was ” Lamar is really good” and ” He is not Teddy, He is Lamar.” Read the rest of this entry
We all saw what the future holds for our football team. We saw it in Atlanta. We saw it in Lexington. We saw it vs Texas A&M. Lamar Jackson is it. We saw him put up video game numbers in the spring game. It’s not just us that necessarily have to see it though. Marques Maybin constantly talks about national perception. He’s right. I found an article today that looks pretty good on that front. Bleacher Report put out a list of their top breakout QB’S this season. Guess who was on that list? LJ. Click on more for the list and the comments on Lamar. I’m pretty pumped.
The Cards got their Football Rings today as you have been able to see on Facebook & Social Media. Here are a few more pictures. They have the 5 game streak vs uk on one side and the commemorates the Bowl win over Texas A&M.
From time to time here, in addition to the contributors opinion pieces, I will post storied I find on the internet that interest me. I am a complex sports fan so I feel if things interest me, they will interest you. More times than not I am right. (Humble Brag) Today I came across a good story from Andrea Adelson (most of her stuff is) about what UofL Football needs to do to take the next step. I hope you enjoy!
Earlier today an interview came out that had quotes from former Secondary coach Greg Brown stated that he was glad to be gone because the Louisville Defense was “a neglected stepchild”. It didn’t take long for ESPN Reporter Andrea Adelson talked to Todd Grantham and got his response.
Today, Coach Bobby Petrino blessed with a highlight reel of the 2015 season. It was magnificent. Take the next 8 minutes and 21 seconds out of the day and watch this. Of course follow that up with the video of the high chair emcee I posted earlier here. (cheap pop) This gets me so pumped for Football even though It’s so far away. Thank you and Go Cards!
On our latest show on 93.9 The Ville, we started off weird. We opened with uk and had Cal accurately predict a loss to Kansas. Good ole J.R. (Justin Renck, no relation to Jim Ross) had to leave but business picked up when we welcomed Howie Lindsey, host of the Howie Lindsey show, M-F from 10-12 on 93.9 FM, on to the show. Howie came on to give you all the insight on the huge recruiting weekend for Louisville Football. We talked about just how important we thought this Virginia game was and how could it help the Cards’ Monday night showdown with #2 UNC? Steve & Jeremy’s predictions were not even close! We had several first time callers and it was awesome, keep tuning in and calling in! Check us out every Saturday morning from 10-11 on 93.9 The Ville, and click below to listen to this episode. The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to by Doug Budd and Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net. Special Thanks go out to Michael Puckett and Western-Southern Life.
As winners of five of their last six games, the Cardinals are looking to earn bowl eligibility for a sixth straight season when they face their new conference rivals, the Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavaliers, however, must win to keep their hopes of bowl eligibility alive.
The Cardinals and Cavaliers played last season in early September. The Cards jumped to an early 7-0 lead, but sacks and turnovers ultimately doomed Louisville. A fumbled punt by Louisville led to an Ian Frye 42-yard field goal with 3:42 left to lead the Cavaliers to a 23-21 upset over the #21 Cardinals.
Georgia Transfer (CB) Shaq Wiggins went down with an apparent arm injury according to those at practice this morning.
Michael McCammon of Scout.com tweeted
Wiggins is projected to be the starter at the Corner Back position for the Cards. We will have more later right here on CardinalSportsZone.
By now most of you have already heard but for those that have not the University of Louisville announced today that starting QB Will Gardner would miss the rest of the season due to injury. Gardner suffered an apparent knee injury in the Cards win over Boston College last Saturday. Bobby Petrino had this to say about the loss of Gardner:
“It is really unfortunate and disappointing for Will because of how hard he has worked and how respected he is in the locker room,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Will will continue to be an integral part of our program moving forward because of his leadership he has displayed and the respect he has in the locker room. “
Through seven games played Gardner threw for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gardner did however have a message for CardNation via twitter
The Cards may have lost to FSU last night on the field but are looking to win big on the recruiting trail. Louisville’s winning started today when they received a commitment from 2016 4 star WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (MI). The 6’2 Fitzpatrick is known as a tremendous route runner with great hands and will fit nicely in Bobby’s system. Fitzpatrick held offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Illinois, and more and is receiving interest from Notre Dame, OSU, Michigan, and Michigan St.. The latter are sure to offer at some point.
According to most insiders Fitzpatrick will not be the last commit for Petrino and the Cards in the coming days! Bobby is building something special. Follow Desmond Fitzpatrick on twitter @
In this week’s edition of The Stemmys we touch on recruiting, Louisville Football and fantasy football!
The “Who’d you say can’t recruit?!” Award: Bobby Petrino
All we have heard is how Bobby isn’t getting it done on the recruiting trail. Well he shut that door this week with an emphatic SLAM!! Just this week alone Petrino landed former 4 star All-American WR Paul Harris and went into Bama country to steal 4 star LB Amonte Caban. The Cards now have the #27 class according to Rivals.com. Still say Bobby can’t recruit……….I’ll wait.
The Next Level Moment Award: Jeff Walz landing Asia Durr
This week Louisville Womens Basketball Coach Jeff Walz took the next step to winning a National Title when he landed the Nations #1 player Asia Durr. Walz has had some very talented teams while at Louisville but always seemed to be missing that one piece. Now Walz has that piece and the #1 recruiting class in the Nation. Ah I can see the Banner now.
Louisville RB commit James Allen picked the Cards over offers from the likes of Tennessee, Miami, Ole Miss, and Arkansas and I think we will all be glad he did. As you read this post I assume you haven’t seen Allen run the ball just yet. If that is the case you are in for a treat. Click the link below and enjoy!
According to a GoUpstate.com article former Florida WR/DB Commit Jalen Julius says Louisville is one of the schools he is set to visit. The 4 star Athlete (according to ESPN) says he will visit PJCS on October 30th when the Cards host the defending National Champions Florida State. If atmosphere is what he is looking for I don’t know that he will see a better one.
Along with Louisville Julius holds offers from the likes of Auburn, Ohio St., USC, Miami, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. While the 5’11 Ath. has many offers he says in the article that Louisville, Miami, and Ole Miss are “showing him the most interest”. Could be another weapon in the hands of Bobby Petrino!