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Darrell Griffith To Present Donovan Mitchell With His Dunk Contest Trophy

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The Utah Jazz announced today that Jazz alumnus Darrell Griffith will make an appearance on Friday, Feb. 23 as the team takes on the Portland Trail Blazers in its first game back from the All-Star Break. Griffith, the first ever Jazz NBA Slam Dunk Contest representative in 1984 and 1985, will also participate in a pre-game recognition honoring Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell for winning the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend. As a tribute to the former Jazz man known as Dr. Dunkenstein, Mitchell wore Griffith’s No. 35 uniform for one of his dunks as he jumped over his sister, comedian Kevin Hart and Hart’s son.

Catching Up With The Cards

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Our new weekly series, catching up with the Cards, will help you keep up with all of your favorite former Cards. Our newest contributor, Brendan Holba, will give you the run down on every former Card that played Baseball at the University of Louisville. It is his first time blogging and we really hope you enjoy. Let’s Catch up with three Cards!

 

*Author’s Note
Players listed in order by the year they were drafted or signed as a free agent.
Justin Marks
The lefty from Owensboro, Kentucky completed the season in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers.  Marks pitched in the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Ray’s totaling 1.1 innings, surrendering 2 hits including a home run.  He did complete the outing with a strikeout and a walk.  In May, Marks was claimed off of waivers by the Dodgers and is currently a free agent heading into the spring.  His final line for 2017 at the AAA level:
8-4 with a 5.11 era,  in 75.2 innings he gave up 76 hits and 43 earned runs to go along with 71 strikeouts, 36 walks and a  .259 batting average against with a 1.48 whip.

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Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks As A Jazz – So Far (Video)

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Donny Dunks. Spida. NBA Rookie of the Year. NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Champion. Here is a compilation of his best dunks of the year….so far. Enjoy!

Donovan Petitions To Get His NBA 2K Dunk Rating Raised

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When the creators of NBA 2K put Donovan Mitchell’s dunk rating at a 50/100, we all knew he was being grossly overlooked. After dominating at the All-Star Dunk Contest this weekend, Donovan started a petition to get his score raised, and it worked!

Donovan Mitchell’s Biggest Supporter (Video)

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Donovan Mitchell won over Louisville fan’s hearts during his two years as a cardinal. It did not take long for him to win over Utah fans and he continued to win over the rest of the NBA fan base this weekend. Donovan talked to the media about why it was so important for him to include his sister, Jordan, in one of his dunks during the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest.

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting Every First Round Pick If All The Players Were Lamar Jackson

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Ryan Day with SBNation predicted what would happen if the top ten picks in the NFL draft – picked Lamar Jackson. While it is still too early to get a grasp on what the draft will look like, I think this is a solid start.

Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks At UofL (Video)

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Donovan Mitchell is set to compete in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest tomorrow night as a rookie. WLKY put together a video of some of his best dunks while wearing the UofL uniform. Take a look below!

Donovan Mitchell Pens Note On Shoes

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The 18th school shooting of 2018 happened yesterday in Parkland, Florida. 17 people have fallen victim to this tragedy, and it has brought to everyone’s attention back to the gun violence America is facing. Donovan Mitchell took this tragedy to heart – as his mom is a school teacher. For last night’s game, he simply wrote “Pray for Parkland” and “End gun violence” on his shoes. Donovan has his stage, and he is using it the best he can.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone continue keep the community of Parkland, Florida in our thoughts and prayers.

Sports Illustrated Q&A With Donovan Mitchell

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“365 days ago I was watching All-Star in my dorm room. And now my teammates are texting me ideas on what to do in the dunk contest. It’s been a whirlwind. I’m truly blessed and truly honored.” – Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell was selected 13th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Draft. Now, he has been selected to play in the Rising Stars Game presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart and the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest all while participating in community events throughout the break as well. The Jazz are currently on a 10 game winning streak – with a big thanks to Donovan. While Donovan maintains his pace to be Rookie of the Year in the NBA, his biggest goal is to make the playoffs with his teammates. You can read the full interview with The Crossover below.

2013 Sugar Bowl Champions Reunite For Autograph Signing

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Marcus Smith, Preston Brown, Senorise Perry and Jamon Brown will hosting a meet and greet on Saturday, February 24th at Savory Fitness. The event will take place from 1-3 PM and proceeds will go towards the foundations of the athletes present. For more information go to LouisvilleSugarBowlReunion.eventbrite.com.

Donovan Mitchell’s Whirlwind NBA Experience

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Kent Taylor with WAVE 3 News, recently sat down with cardinal forever, Donovan Mitchell, to talk about what a crazy few months he has had. From being the front runner to win the Rookie of the Year in the NBA, to being picked to participate in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest to having two games where he scored at least 40 points. While his personal awards have started stacking up, what Donovan really wants is a chance for his team to make the playoffs.

William Gay And Joe Biden Working Together To End Domestic Violence

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Cardinal forever and current Pittsburgh Steeler, William Gay, has teamed up with former Vice President Joe Biden to put an end to domestic violence. Kelley Evans with The Undefeated wrote a great piece talking about how domestic violence has impacted Gay’s life from an early age. His mother was killed by her boyfriend when William was just 8 years old. On Thursday, February 8th, William Gay was named to the advisory council for the Biden Foundation, which focuses on ending sexual assault and violence against women, among other causes. You can read more about Gay’s story below and find out more about what the Biden Foundation is set out to do.

Donovan Mitchell To Compete In NBA Dunk Contest

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It was announced today that Cardinal forever, and current Utah Jazz star, Donovan Mitchell, will be competing in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest. He was previously scheduled to appear in the skills challenge but has since backed out to fully commit to the dunk contest.

Congratulations to Donovan!

Become A Sponsor For The JBrown Foundation Golf Scramble

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the JBrown Foundation Golf Scramble coming up on April 9th? Here is your chance, below you will find the sponsorship letter that details what each level of sponsorship will give you. All letters must be turned in by March 1st.

JBrown Foundation Golf Scramble Sponsorship Letter

Jaire Alexander Highlights (Video)

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Jaire Alexander had an outstanding career at the University of Louisville. Even with an injury riddled junior year, he made sure to let his presence be known when he was on the field. He was one of the most dynamic playmakers ever in the defensive backfield at UofL. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone cannot wait to watch him play on Sundays this fall!

Teddy Sees Himself Starting For The Vikings This Fall

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Just over 24 hours ago, the Vikings were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs. Now, the fight for the starting quarterback position has begun, and Teddy is letting everyone know where he stands. He fully believes he will be the starter for the Vikings this fall, despite the fact he is an unrestricted free-agent and the Vikings did not pick up his 5th year option. We here at CSZ surely hope he is right!

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More Jackson Autograph Signings Announced

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Planet Fitness has announced that Lamar Jackson will be back for three more autograph signings this weekend. Saturday (1/20) Jackson will be at the Valley Station location from 10-noon. That same day, he will be at the Elizabethtown location from 5-7 pm. On Sunday, (1/21), he will be at the Hurstbourne pkwy location from 1-3 pm.

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Siva And Lewis Playing In German All-Star Game

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Two Cardinal greats will be representing their teams in the German All-Star game today! Peyton Siva and Trey Lewis will both be starters in the game and you can catch it at 2 pm EST on the link provided below! Congratulations to both players, they deserve all the success in the world!

It is still yet to be determined who will be wearing the number 3 😉

Lamar Jackson Autograph Signing

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One of the greatest players to ever wear the University of Louisville will be back in town this weekend to sign autographs.

According to the Courier Journal, Jackson will sign autographs at the Planet Fitness next to Jefferson Mall (7450 Jefferson Blvd.) on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and at the Planet Fitness in New Albany (3527 Grant Line Road) on Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

Guests can receive an autograph by showing a Planet Fitness membership or by donating $25 to Blessings in a Backpack on the day of the event.

Lamar Jackson And The Legacy He Leaves Behind

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He truly may be, the greatest of all time.

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One of the greatest players in University of Louisville and Atlantic Coast Conference history, junior quarterback Lamar Jackson has decided to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

In just three seasons, Jackson put his imprint on the Louisville program, becoming the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner, attaining numerous player of the year awards, and rewriting the school and conference record books.

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