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Nunnsense | Louisville Football Has Plenty Of Motivation And Talent

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It’s no secret that there are plenty of questions about this years Louisville football team. All you have to do is pick up any college football magazine or google ACC college football and you read all about how Louisville doesn’t have Lamar Jackson. If you keep reading, you will be reminded of how Louisville lost so many starters on the defensive side of the ball and how they will have their 3rd defensive coordinator in 3 years.

They were kind enough to point out that the Louisville receivers, led by Jaylen Smith, are very good. They also point out that Jawon Pass is a highly touted quarterback that should thrive under Bobby Petrino.

However, besides the receivers, most of the talent that Louisville will run out onto the field is unproven. At least unproven as a unit.

There is plenty of talent on both sides of the ball but without seeing them produce as a team, these national publications will not predict Louisville to be anything more than a middle of the pack ACC team.  Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Breakout Players For Louisville Football 2018-19

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It’s seems that every national article that I read about Louisville football starts with ” What will Louisville do without Lamar Jackson.” Or something of that nature.

I have an answer for them – Keep on winning!

Not because a player like Lamar Jackson is easily replaced but I see a group of guys who have accepted the challenge to step up and replace the production not only from Lamar but also all the others who graduated or left early for the NFL.

With guys like Lamar, Jaire, Geron, Chucky, Trevon, James, Reggie, Zykesis and Stacy all gone, you could easily say that Louisville is doomed. Well, I like to look at it as there are plenty of opportunities for guys to step up.

So who is going to step up? Let’s take a look at who you and I think that will be… Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Louisville Has Best Receivers In The ACC

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The definition of best is “of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality.” As a fan you can use any number of factors to determine who you think is the best. Most fans just use their heart.

I prefer to use my eyes and statistics.

Based on my research, and what I have witnessed, it is my opinion that Louisville has the best receivers in the ACC. I want to also say that they could be top 5 in the country but I have not seen enough of the other receiving corps to fairly make that assessment. So I’ll just stick with my opinion that Louisville has the best receivers in the ACC and that they compare favorably with the top receivers in the country. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | What To Expect From Louisville Football This Season

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As we get closer and closer to the start of the college football season, every major publication will tell you how your team will perform this season. I just want to let you in on a little secret – They don’t really know. They just want to get clicks, sell subscriptions or magazines. They cover every college team and often times don’t do their due diligence but rather just give you the obvious, like ” Lamar Jackson’s production will be tough to replace.”

In about a month or so I will give you my annual game by game predictions. While I am not a college football coach, I’ll give you what I believe to be the truth no matter if it hurts or not. My predictions will be based what I have observed and from information I have obtained through conversations with both Louisville staff and student athletes and not an attempt to sell you on anything.

Until then, I want to give you a few things you can expect from the 2018-2019 version of the Louisville football team. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Putting An End To The Jurich Era

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In the wake of all the “scandals,” poor decisions, lack of leadership and actions without integrity at the University of Louisville, many people lost their jobs, reputations were damaged, feeling were hurt and fans were divided.

It was a tough time and it seems that things are starting to take a turn in the right direction. But we can’t move forwards until we let go of the past – so it’s time to finally put an end to the Jurich era.

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Nunnsense | 1991 Louisville vs. Alabama – Revisited

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Football season is still a long way away but September 1st gets closer everyday. Since we all know that the season kicks off against the Alabama Crimson Tide, I felt like it’s a good time to talk a walk down memory lane and revisit the 1991 matchup between the same 2 schools who will meet in the Camping World kickoff.

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The 1991 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl took place on January 1, 1991 in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium in front of a crowd of 69,098. Independent Louisville was led by head coach Howard Schnellenberger. Alabama was coached by Gene Stallings.

9-1-1 Louisville got invited to the Bowl game after much controversy over Arizona voters’ rejection of a state holiday in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Louisville players wore a jersey patch reading, “The Dream Lives On,” as well as a helmet decal representing the university’s cultural diversity. Alabama players wore black armbands with “MLK” on them. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Louisville Freshman Football Interviews

With all the excitement surrounding the progress of the Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium expansion, I felt like this would be a good time to revisit some interviews with four of the incoming freshman who will never know what it’s like to play in the open-ended PJCS.

This is your chance to get to know a few of these guys before they make their names known the field. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Highlights Of The ‘18 – ‘19 Louisville Football Schedule

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Ky Derby week is over and now it’s time to get back to all things Louisville. For me, it’s time to start looking ahead to football season. Yes, we still have all summer but football season will be here before you know it.  That’s why I want to go ahead and take a quick look at the highlights of the football schedule. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | KY Derby 144 Preview And Contenders

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Photo: Jeff Nunn

I want all of you to win money. In order to do that you need 2 things. 1) Knowledge 2) Luck. No matter how much you know, you still need a little bit of luck. Also keep in mind that an uneducated bet has very little chance of returning a profit. That’s where I come in. I want to give you enough information (without getting too technical) to make an educated wager that will improve your chances of making money this Derby.

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Nunnsense | Lamar And Reggie Will Become Steelers

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With the NFL draft only 1 week away, the NFL mock draft sites are getting more traffic than Shelbyville road during the week before Christmas. And with the University of Louisville having several players that are likely to get drafted, us Louisville fans are contributing to that traffic. Most of us are trying to figure out where Lamar Jackson will be tormenting defenses for the next few years.

The 2018 NFL draft officially begins on Thursday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, April 28. The starting times for each day are:  Round 1, Thursday: 8 p.m. – Rounds 2-3, Friday: 7 p.m. – Rounds 4-7, Saturday: 12 p.m. It will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

You can watch it live,

Thursday: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Friday: NFL Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Saturday: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

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Photo Gallery: Football Pro Day 2018

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Press Release

Louisville Football Welcomes All 32 NFL Teams to Pro Day

The Cardinals had 21 work out in front of NFL teams in the Trager Center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the National Football League Draft drawing near, the University of Louisville football program hosted its annual Pro Day on Thursday at the Trager Center.

Twenty-one players worked out in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Players started the day at 9 a.m., with the measurables, including their heights, weights, and hand measurements. The group then moved on to the 225-pound bench press followed by the vertical and broad jump.

Louisville native Reggie Bonnafon put together impressive marks, with a 10-foot-7 broad jump and a 38-inch vertical. Charles Standberry also excelled in the exercises, which included a 34-inch vertical and 25 repetitions on the bench press. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | How Does The Rest Of The World View Louisville?

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Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich, Andre McGee, Katina Powell, Chuck Smrt, Dr. Postel, David Padgett and Vince Tyra are all names associated with the University of Louisville that have dominated the media over the last 2 years. For better or worse these are the facts.

For the majority of the people who read this, you all know almost everything that has happened in full detail. We all can have differing opinions on who should still have a job and who should have been fired – I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is how the rest of the sports world views the University in athletics and as a whole.  Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: WBB vs Stanford – NCAA Third Round

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Louisville women’s basketball continued their march towards a championship with a third round victory over Stanford in Lexington on Friday night. Click Here for full recap.

Couldn’t make it to the game? We got you covered from both ends of the court. Here is another great photo gallery from Jeff Nunn & TJ Barr from Cardinal Sports Zone. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: MBB NIT vs MTSU

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This second round NIT game at the KFC Yum! Center was probably one of the best atmosphere’s I have ever been a part of. I am so proud of my fellow Card fans. It could have been so easy to just brush this season off because it didn’t turn out the way we expected. The team could have just quit and turned their attention to next year – but they didn’t. And I believe it’s because they saw that the fans didn’t give up on them. Once the truest of true fans finally got the opportunity to show their support, the team took notice and it elevated their play. The smile on Ryan McMahon’s face as he stood near the free throw line and watched the crowd flawlessly perform the wave, was absolutely the best thing I saw all day.

For a full recap of the victory over MTSU, CLICK HERE.

Below are some sights and sounds from this glorious night (You will have to make your own sounds). Read the rest of this entry

Photo Gallery: WBB vs Boise State – NCAA First Round

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The University of Louisville women’s basketball team had a pretty successful first round victory in the 2018 NCAA tournament. For a full recap click here.

But if you are more into pictures telling the story, you are in luck. For the first time ever at any UofL sporting event, the incomparable TJ Barr and I were both in attendance with our cameras. You will get a look at the game from both ends of the court. I present to you the WBB Mega-gallery.

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Denny Crum Potato Soup Luncheon (Photo Gallery)

 


JMN_7549Denny Crum held a potato soup luncheon benefiting the Denny Crum Scholarship Fund on March 13th, 2018, at Roosters on Shelbyville road. Supporters enjoyed a free cup of potato soup prepared by the coach himself. Although it was free, a donation to the fund was suggested. There was also an all you can eat Roosters buffet for $15.

Yes, that’s right – Coach can cook. ” I do most of the cooking at my house. My dad always cooked and my mom was a great cook. I enjoy it a lot,” Coach Crum said. “I must say… my soup is really terrific.”

Crum was available for pictures and autographs. Denny’s longtime friend, Joe B. Hall was also in attendance an told stories with Denny as well. He stayed for pictures and shared some insight on March Madness with some fans. Many former players also showed up to support coach, including Tony Williams, Jerry Eaves, Milt Wagner, Tick Rogers, Beau Zach Smith and several others. Former Card Marques Maybin did his daily talk show there alongside co-host & former CSZ’er Steve Rummage.

The Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation, Inc. awards scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership, community service and academic achievement. The fund awarded 100 students $1000 scholarship this year. The goal of the foundation is to raise over $2 million in order to give that amount in perpetuity.

Here are a few picture from the Luncheon…. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Lamar To The Bengals?

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CBS Sports writer, Sean Wagner-McGough, released an article and his mock draft where he has Lamar Jackson going 12th overall to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Lamar Jackson, QB, LouisvilleThe Bengals do the unexpected by drafting Dalton’s successor in Jackson, who is definitely a quarterback and definitely not a receiver. It’s time to move on from Dalton — if not this year then next year. Once the Bengals do move on from Dalton, Jackson will be their quarterback of the future, most likely under a new coach too. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | The Banner Is Gone – Time To Move On

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I’ve been dreading the appeals decision just like most kids dread going to the dentist. At least when you go to the dentist, you have an appointment and you can prepare your mind prior to going in. The NCAA left us hanging and then dropped the news on a random Tuesday without warning. Although most of us knew what the outcome would be, we still held out a little bit of hope that we could keep the banner – It didn’t happen.

So what now?

Well, many folks are screaming that Louisville needs to fight by suing the NCAA. Many are saying that if this administration doesn’t fight then they don’t care about us or the University. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | Louisville Upsets UNC and Virginia Before Elite 8 Run

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Photo: Another fantastic photo by TJ Barr

That’s right. I said it! Louisville will upset both North Carolina (2/17) and Virginia (3/1) inside the KFC Yum! Center. They will make it to the semi-finals of the ACC tournament and then make a NCAA tournament run that ends in the Elite 8.

I’m crazy, you say. Well, maybe, but that’s a story for another day. How could I predict such an outcome? It’s easy – I have faith. I have faith in this team. I have faith in this fan base. I have faith in our coach. And if everyone has the same faith, then anything is possible. Read the rest of this entry

Nunnsense | The Interim’s: Tyra, Padgett & Postel

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** Everything you are about to read are strictly my views and opinions. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of CSZ or any of the CSZ staff **

Sometimes I just gotta keep it real

I have loved the University of Louisville for a very long time. I have lived in this city my whole life and spent about 5 years living on campus. The University is very dear to my heart and that’s why this whole thing is killing me and just wearing me out. I have fatigue and am in dire need of some normalcy. But I also understand that sometimes things must get worse before they can get better. I also know that I don’t want them to rush on making decisions just for the sake of  trying to get back to normal. Although I am fatigued, I’ll wait a little longer if that means getting things done the right way – Ya know, with integrity, morals and a plan. Read the rest of this entry