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.
Pitching for Louisville
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.
I will admit it. I watch Louisville Lacrosse. That feels better. I have thoroughly enjoyed this season more so than those of years past because of multiple reasons. One is Hunger. This team is hungry to continue building on a resume that just keeps getting better. The Cards notched a victory over their 3rd straight top 15 opponent with a chance at getting 4 straight when they travel to Duke on Saturday. Another is determination. They avenged a loss in the NCAA’s to Northwestern this week prior to defeating #5 Notre Dame. Lastly it is excellence. They are off to the best start in school history at 7-0. I know a lot of you will turn your attention to Baseball & Women’s Hoops the next few weeks/months but I suggest you give Lacrosse a chance as well. This may be the most special season yet. Click on the for more box below to read the press release.
The fine people at Athlon’s have put out their list of top duos for College Basketball/Football Head Coaches.
1. Michigan State
Football: Mark Dantonio
Basketball: Tom Izzo
Here’s what makes up an elite coaching tandem: In four of the last five seasons, the football team has reached a major bowl (two Cotton Bowls, a Rose Bowl and Capital One Bowl) in the same season the basketball team reached the Sweet 16 or better. Since Jan. 2014 alone, Michigan State has accounted for:
• A Rose Bowl win and Big Ten football championship,
• An Elite Eight appearance and Big Ten tournament championship,
• A Cotton Bowl win,
• A Final Four and
• A College Football Semifinal appearance and Big Ten title.
Check out this week’s episode of LiveWith55: Rivals or as I would like it to be known as the Flu game edition.
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Where do I start? This is going to be one of the hardest posts I’ve ever had to write. Not because it’s difficult…but because there is so darn much to include. I am going to give it a shot. I will be including a full gallery of my own later today or tomorrow but here is my journey through what was one of the most special and unique days of my life. Here is Notre Dame.
We got up about 7 a.m. (not by choice, thanks snoring Chris) and got some breakfast and started our trek to the holy grail of College Football. If you have never been to a game at Notre Dame, be sure you get there the next time we play there. Magnificent. Immediately myself, Steve, Chris and Joey were in awe at the sights and sounds of South Bend. “Welcome to Notre Dame” began to be a song lyric that just is repeated over and over and over again. “Have fun but not once the game starts” quipped one of the security guards. We spent about 20 minutes exchanging stories and pleasantries once we got to the gates at 10 a.m. We ran into their mascot who insisted we take a picture.
We then went to check out the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus.
Louisville football will travel to South Bend on November 22 to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This game is one CardNation has had circled since it was announced a little over a year ago (which shows by the 400 dollar South Bend hotels). Why you ask? Well:
2. Touchdown Jesus
3. At approximately 4 hours, it is a fairly easy trip
4. And last but not least, we just flat out do not like them (see last 7 years of basketball)
With all that being said, November 22nd is sure to be an incredible atmosphere and there is only one thing that could make it even better……..College Gameday!
As it stands right now, outside of this game, the College Football landscape looks quite bland that weekend. The other top 25 games that week are as follows:
Today Notre Dame announced its future scheduling concerning ACC opponents through 2025. It was revealed that even though we were expecting a 2017 visit to Papa Johns, that we will not host the Irish until 2019 in the opening game of the season. That makes up for it a little. It was also announced that we will head back to South Bend in 2020 and the Irish will head back to the oven in 2023. That sounds so far away but sadly it isn’t. The first meeting with the Irish however is this season in South Bend on the 22nd of November. Glad to hear we will keep them in a regular rotation.
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!
This week…..on 55…..
We prepare for what is a very special week here at CSZ, our two year anniversary on Wednesday. We have went through highs and lows, team members and a little adversity. One thing that hasn’t changed is the core of this group and that we are awesome. We added rising star Daryl Foust in mid 2013 and expect a huge 2014 out of her. We have a lot of things to be proud of at CSZ and I’m proud we made it to 2014. I promise that we will continue to entertain you and that I will continue to write 55 until I have nothing left to say……..Sorry waiting for pigs to fly. Once again I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week.
1) On Saturday students at FIU dressed in crew wear and shouted Teddy sucks before tipoff……
2) They know this is basketball…
3) and that Teddy doesn’t suck….
4) And that they are not Miami?
6) prolly not…heres the photo though
8) yeah I don’t see Gilligan but I do see the Skipper
9) Card fans, I implore you to go check out our guy Lloyd Spence on @TalkinNoiz. The crew from CSZ are on every Thursday in our attempt to bring the NOIZ. Justin and Steve both represented for us last week. Steve will be on for the Monday, December 30th show to talk Russell Athletic and how the Basketball team fared in Lexington….Can’t wait….I hate that I immediately thought about Bart Scott
11) Shoni Schimmel rose to the occasion on Saturday leading the way against No. 11 Colorado and wound up with a season-high 30 points, including 13 on 16 free throws, in No. 7 Louisville’s 69-62 win over the Buffaloes.
12) You guys, Coach Walz said we had something special here at the ‘Ville and I believe him
In a way I’m hoping my beard doesn’t end up looking this long, but in a way I do. Let me back up for a second though. It all started at 8pm on February 9th. I was going to shave and decided I would just do it before I went to bed that night since I had to work early the next morning. I figured the game would be over about 11 then I could shower and then go to bed. I figured wrong. That was the infamous 5 OT game vs Notre Dame. The game ended up lasting till sometime after 1 a.m. I angrily shaved, showered, and then went to sleep. About two weeks later I went to shave again and realized that we hadn’t lost since I shaved. Crap. Superstitions, once realized, torture the souls of the former athletes who use to practice them faithfully everyday. So at that time I decided I wasn’t going to shave until we lost again in basketball. Two months and 3 days later I got to shave.
So imagine my horror once I realized two things this week. 1) The Red Sox had advanced to the ALCS and most importantly 2) The Football Cards were undefeated. That’s why this picture above popped in my head. Here’s why I am superstitious as far as Louisville Football is concerned. Last year I shaved, without thinking of the ramifications, and went to Steve’s house to watch the Syracuse game. One torn ACL and loss later I was a believer. That’s enough to make a superstitious person feel stronger about superstition.
Superstition In sports is a long standing tradition. The superstitions can range from Chris Bosh wearing the same socks every game to some players wearing the same undies (Yuck) to our very own Mr. Bridgewater and his Bazooka Bubble Gum in each sock. It’s really insane. But as long as you are winning you don’t care. So I will grow my beard proudly for the Red and Black of CardNation. If we just so happen to be undefeated in basketball in January after our Bowl game, then please pray for me for I will keep growing until we lose. And I have never wanted to look like a member of the duck dynasty…..God Bless and Go Cards!