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CSZ’s Clemson Experience


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

5 Reasons Why Louisville Destroys Clemson


Aaron Torres of Fox sports crunched some numbers and decided that Louisville will destroy Clemson on Saturday night. He gives you 5 reasons why. I hope he is right. Enjoy this read Card fans…… Read the rest of this entry

Uniform Report: Clemson

American Football Close up on Field with yard lines in the distance

Here’s the uniform combo for our matchup vs Clemson.


ESPN Experts Pick The Game


So I thought I would pass this along. After letting Andrea Adelson know that she was my soul friend at gameday, she has broken my heart. I thought about making a snarky comment about how I should have put experts in parentheses but because of Double A, I didn’t. I stumbled upon this list of experts who picked the game between the University of Louisville Cardinals & the Clemson Tigers. David Hale picked us to beat Marshall 1 million to 6 (or something like that) so I’m not sure how to take him. But the rest agreed, the favorite is going down. If it makes you feel better I have the Cards winning 34-17. Here’s the “experts” picks. I almost made it all of the way through.



What Channel Is The Game On Tomorrow?


What channel can you catch the game on tomorrow? UofL Football has got you covered!


Uniform Report: Marshall

Here is the Uniform Combo we will wear against Marshall Saturday at 8pm on the CBS Sports Network:



A Season With….FSU’s Buttwhipping


In case you have been living under a rock or like me have just been way too busy with life, you have heard about the Showtime series: A Season With FSU Football. I had heard about it at the beginning of the season and immediately thought, great they will make a mockery of our program if we happen to lose. I did NOT think we would lose but on the off chance I wasn’t too pleased that they could use it as a recruiting tool. My how the tables have turned. Since we decimated them I suddenly was OK with the revolution being televised. So after I got home from the gym today I turned it on. It was a very good program as far as insight into the program and college football as a whole. The victory was a much appreciated cherry on the top. In case you have not watched it, here you go. Sorry for taking so long to post it but I did move into a new house last week and am still getting it together.

President Ramsey Gone Immediately




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Pre-Season ACC Football Poll Released


Here are the 2016 ACC Football Media Standings released this morning.


Is The ACC Moving Towards A Nine Game Conference Schedule?

Louisville ACC


The ACC Network has been a hot button topic as of late. With the member institutions wanting to make as much money as possible, things are been discussed on just how to attain this goal. One thing that has been discussed in depth is the nine game conference schedule which would be a one game increase. How would that help you may ask? It would be one more game against a school in your conference. More money for your conference schools and if the quality of the league is high, it is another way to build conference prestige. This isn’t the first time that increasing the number of conference games has come up:

The conference last addressed the eight/nine football question at its 2014 spring meetings, and it was a most lively debate, with the status-quo eight prevailing 8-6. Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock, mere months onto the job, voted with the majority, his Virginia counterpart, Craig Littlepage, the minority.

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Campus Insiders Pre-Season College Football Top 1(25)

Campus Insiders


Our good friends at Campus Insiders have done something pretty great. I am not saying others do not do this. I am just saying I haven’t seen this done before. They took on the task of ranking every single division 1 team. I am going to list for you the opponents on Louisville’s schedule so that you can see what we are up against this season. It is a schedule with 3 top 25 teams on it, 2 within the first 5 games. I am also going to show you Louisville’s rank as well the entire list will be at your fingertips at the end. Let’s start off with:

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Louisville WBB: NCAA Tourney & Ticket Info


Photo Credit: John Sommer II/The Courier-Journal


The University of Louisville Women’s Basketball team is making their 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, eighth under head coach Jeff Walz.

Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals’ 25-7 record earned the ladies a three seed on Selection Monday, landing in the Dallas region.

The Cardinals lace up their dancing shoes on Friday as they tip-off against the 14th-seeded Central Arkansas at 2:30 PM.

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No. 10 Louisville, Myisha Hines-Allen Close Out the Regular Season with a BANG!

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Louisville, KY — The Louisville Cardinals finished the regular season with a huge 65-36 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Cardinals came out strong in the first period out scoring the Pittsburgh Panthers, 27-6. Louisville won the tip and scored first as Myisha Hines-Allen drove to the bucket for two.

Hines-Allen grabbed a quick six points and Briahanna Jackson added two to put the Cardinals up, 8-0, and forcing a Pittsburgh timeout.

The Louisville defense held the Panthers scoreless until the 4:37 mark when Brenna Wise drove to the bucket for a lay-up, bringing the score to 14-2.

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Talking Pitino: Pump the Brakes

Photo: Tim Haag/

Photo: Tim Haag/

Since the accusations all came spilling out, the mind of every Louisville faithful has been working in overdrive to untangle the web that Katina Powell (and the media) has so intricately woven. Reactions have varied from one end of the spectrum to the other – from those who refuse to believe anything like this could ever happen here to those who believe that the only way we move past the situation is to “clean house.” I took a stance against Sports Illustrated’s portrayal of the University of Louisville as a dangerous culture for women, but when it comes to the scandal itself, I’ve struggled to decide how I feel. I am going to go out on a limb and say this… I’m not naive enough to believe that it could never happen here. I’ve accepted that there is potential that these claims and accusations have some truth to them. The one thing that I can’t get on board with is the premature crucifixion of Rick Pitino.

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ESPN Ranks Nations Top Basketball/Football Tandems

Rick Pitino 2 Bobby Petrino

ESPN released a list of their top Basketball/Football tandems in college sports. Being an all-around athletics program is something we take a lot of pride in at the University of Louisville. Basketball team are coming off of a National Championship a few years ago and the football team coming off of multiple bowl victories. I think we are ranked a few spots too low but am happy overall with the perception just a few days into the Petrino era. Louisville was ranked the 5th best program for the 2 sports. Check out the full list below!

Go Cards!

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My First ACC Game


My first game with Louisville as a member of the ACC was magnificent. It started out with the best CardMarch I have ever been to. It didn’t seem like I tailgated since 3pm either. I know some were out longer but that’s the earliest I could get out. Walking through the sea of CardNation after the CardMarch was amazing too. Walked by Luke Hancock, the entire UofL Basketball Team and even seen Miss Rose Bridgewater. It was a great time. Then we took the long walk to Section 9 Row GG to our seats. I thought I was gonna die. I sat down and did not move until the clock hit 0:00. (unlike 20% of the crowd) But I understood this time, Late night game, work and school tomorrow, I will give you some slack. I will not however give the 15,000 people who decided to spend the 2nd half on the party deck any slack. lol. They really should make those standing room only seats. It would increase capacity too!. The game was what I expected from a “Rookie” QB. Will Gardner did have a rough night but he didn’t do anything wrong that coaching and a nice game vs Murray State won’t fix. 3rd most yards in a opener under Petrino at QB isn’t too shabby either. Dom Brown and the entire receiving core impressed me. We said multiple people would have to step up to cover DP being out and boy did they ever. The entire Defense was amazing too. Lozo, Rankins, Kelsey AKA Mr 55 (cheap pop), Floyd, Sample, Holliman, Brown, Burgess and whoever else I forgot just made me glow.

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ACC Technology>AAC








Well guys, we aren’t in Kansas anymore. Oh that’s right…we were in Houston, Central Florida and Philly. Sorry guys. With a greater league comes greater interaction. The ACC has impressed me with two of their releases so far (2-2) in @TheACCDN and The ACC Football Challenge App. It’s available on all platforms for just .99 and it allows interactions in game form that could lead you to a trip to the 2014 ACC title game. You can even play as the newly joined Louisville Cardinals and kick your way to Charlotte. Sounds cool to me. The ACC Digital Network is also available on all platforms and takes you behind the scenes of your favorite team in the ACC and lets you watch past games and other fun stuff. Below is the Press Release and the link for the App!

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Louisville Falls 5-3 In Game One


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Some people need sleep off a tough loss. Waiting all week for a big game just to lose is something you never want to happen and as a Louisville fan something we don’t have to experience often as of late. We did however have to last night. The Cards fell 5-3 last night in game 1 of the 2014 CWS to rival Vanderbilt. They will play 12 time CWS Finals participant Texas in an elimination game Monday at 3pm on ESPN2. You can watch it through Watch ESPN on your mobile device through the app or click this link for viewing on your PC . The Longhorns have appeared in the CWS 35 times reaching the finals 12 times and winning it all 6 times. The Texas Longhorns have the highest winning percentage in  NCAA Division I college baseball with a win percentage of .740. The Longhorns rank second in all-time number of total wins (3,246) in history. I told you earlier in the week I was worried about Vandy due to them being a mirror image of our program. They Louisville’d us last night for sure. Not too many teams in America can play small-ball like Vandy and Louisville. No need to be worried however, I feel like this loss will be the wake up call we needed. We had been breezing through the tourney and sometimes a loss is not what you want, but what you need. I fully expect to see a rematch of last nights game this weekend. The 1-0 game between UC Irvine & Vanderbilt will be Monday night at 8pm. The 2014 CWS finals are Monday June 23 through Wednesday June 25th if necessary. Good luck to our guys and go Cards.


Men’s AP Top 25 Poll (Feb 17)


AP Top 25
1 Syracuse (64) 25-0 1,624
2 Florida (1) 23-2 1,543
3 Wichita State 27-0 1,489
4 Arizona 23-2 1,427
5 Duke 20-5 1,296
6 San Diego State 22-2 1,232
7 Cincinnati 23-3 1,157
8 Kansas 19-6 1,129
9 Villanova 22-3 1,020
10 Saint Louis 23-2 1,019
11 Louisville 21-4 991
11 Creighton 21-4 991
13 Michigan State 21-5 788
14 Virginia 21-5 752
15 Iowa 19-6 721
16 Wisconsin 21-5 609
17 Iowa State 19-5 597
18 Kentucky 19-6 579
19 Texas 20-5 577
20 Michigan 18-7 421
21 Connecticut 20-5 382
22 Memphis 19-6 204
23 UCLA 20-5 168
24 Ohio State 20-6 133
25 Gonzaga 23-4 112
  • Others receiving votes: North Carolina 54, Arizona State 45, Southern Methodist 21, Pittsburgh 21, Stephen F. Austin 8, Oklahoma 7, New Mexico 3, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Green Bay 1, Kansas State 1, Louisiana Tech 1
  • Dropped from rankings: Southern Methodist 23, Pittsburgh 25

****Update On Recruiting Rumors****


Just got off the phone with a source. He informed me that if James Franklin is named the new HC at Penn State, 4* DE Lloyd Tubman may be back on the market. The current Vandy commit is a huge James Franklin guy so it would not surprise me to see him follow his coach up to Penn State if he is named the new Head Coach.

What does this have to do with Louisville you may be asking? The source informed me that the Cards have a good shot of flipping the commitment to Louisville. Charlie never offered Tubman despite Tubmans interest. Coach Strong did not recruit the city as well as he should have in my opinion so flipping a 4* commit would be great after todays news of decommits.

Source tells me if he decommits Tubman would consider Penn State, Louisville, Kentucky, Nebraska, & Purdue

Here are some Highlights:

Go Cards!