Louisville Card File: Florida State

cardfootballI should have realized it was premonition when I heard it, but didn’t.

Yesterday afternoon, while running errands before the game, the radio played Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign.”

You know, with the lyrics, “If it wasn’t for bad luck/ I wouldn’t have no luck at all.”

I should have realized, despite Cardinal improvements, a rabid Thursday crowd, thirsting for a 2002 redux, that the better team, winner of more than a score straight games, was destined to prevail.

Not that the Seminoles lucked into victory, mind you, they won it fair and square. They are the better team. But they also had their mojo working. Continue reading

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

foot1How appropriate the sudden, unexpected and, frankly, inexplicable epidemic of gray unis, donned by universities of higher learning across the land, regardless of the school’s traditional colors.

All Hail The Great Gods adidasususus, Under Armourus, and, of course, Nike, Zeus’s wing gal.

Anyway, back to gray. Which is how I felt when UVa allowed a backup Tar Heel QB, a fellow in good academic standing we’re so sure, and in for his one and only snap of the tussle, to throw the winning TD on a 3d & 15. UVa affirmed its intent to lose with an illegal substitution penalty, thwarting a last opportunity to win. One would think the student athletes at such an august and respected institution of higher learning could count to 11.

Then there was the situation during which Minnesota’s not so Golden Goooophers jerrykilled their chances to beat the Fighting Illini as they were supposed to, when their best running back fumbled away the pigskin and a last chance for a W.

Sooooooo, with victories by LSU, Western Ky and Mississippi State, as predicted, I was a most gray 3-2 on the weekend. The season stands 28-17, with plenty of time to still qualify for the playoff.

Which brings me to this week’s winners: Continue reading

Louisville Cardinal Hoops Scrimmage Report

joaniecardWe’re just five days, and an itty bitty Thursday night pigskin encounter on the gridiron, away from the half past High Noon tip off of the ’14-’15 basketball season.

And, oh yeah, how could I possibly forget, there’s that traditional Trick or Treat thingie Friday that ends the months long Halloween Season.

There are those who would say Saturday’s encounter against Barry, and that the following week against Bellarmine, are but “B” Game exhibitions, that the season doesn’t really start until Kenny Klein keeps official stats against Minnesota in Puerto Rico.

But I say if it’s part of the season ticket package, if the Kroger Krewe is in the house, If Sean Moth is asking “Who wants a t-shirt?” and one of the teams consists of players not enrolled on the Belknap Campus, it’s a real Cardinal Basketball Game.

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Between Coach Rick’s frequent interludes as Mr. Microphone, the Cardinals played their last public inter-squad scrimmage on Sunday at the Yum!.

Here are some random, totally subjective observations. Continue reading

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IX

foot1Even though I’m now just posting last weekend’s prognosticatory results and this week’s predictions, some loud braggert has already tried to put me down.

(He didn’t claim his school is #1 in the state, because he and I share the same fealty. Which didn’t prevent his seriously derogatory comments about my picks before he even knew what they are.)

Which minor brouhaha I feel comfortable mentioning, since I continue trending upward.

A quick look back at last week. Oregon, in nifty throwback unis, won. ✔︎ The Seminoles to vanquish TD Jesus in Tallahassee. ✔︎ The Cats to come up short in Red Stick. ✔︎ U of L to run over the Wolfpack. ✔︎

And, the veritable coup de grace, the Mountaineers to batter Baylor’s Bears in front of a throng of fire-starting homies. (Coming Soon: Dana Holgorsen shilling for Kingsford Charcoal.) ✔︎

My first perfect weekend of picks, putting me at 25-15 on the year, has me itching to get to this week’s slate of games. Continue reading

U of L Cardinals Meet the Press & Scrimmage (Part Deux)

dunikcardFrankly, it’s difficult to tell much from these pre-season intersquad scrimmages.

They’re hardly ever significant harbingers of performances to come.

Which doesn’t mean I won’t extrapolate some trends, encouraging and disturbing, from yesterday afternoon’s affair.

One stat, however, doesn’t talk, it swears. This is an issue that portends problems. Free Throw shooting percentage.

It’s not pretty. 9/22. Less than 50%. Way less than 50%. Not a single Cardinal hit more than half his charity tosses.

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I had a theory about the upcoming season.

Which was that this was going to be Terry Rozier’s team, in the same manner that U of L’s ’13 national champs were Peyton Siva’s team.

Which theory I’ve now abandoned. It’s a good thing. Continue reading

Louisville Cardinals Meet the Press, Part I

dunikcardThis is the kind of story I love.

Yesterday was the first public scrimmage by U of L’s hoopsters. It was preceded by Media Day, an opportunity to question the Cards, vets and rookies.

There are lots of newcomers with the ’14-’15 Cardinals. They’re a diverse contingent from around the globe, including players from such exotic locales as Melbourne, Ypsilanti, Oslo, Cairo, Goshen and Georgetown, KY.

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Matz (Pronounce it Motts) Stockman is the tallest. He comes to Louisville from Norway, by way of the Canaria Basketball Academy in Spain’s Canary Islands.

He’s the kid with the tale to tell. Continue reading

Louisville Card File: North Carolina State

cardfootballWhat is it they say?

Luck is the daughter of intervention. Okay, uh, maybe I just made that one up.

“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.”

Louisville infant terrible Dr. Hunter S. Thompson said that. While it really doesn’t apply to my point here, I’m going to keep it in. Because, well, it’s my blog.

Better to be lucky than good. I know that’s one that’s been uttered way too many times before.

However one might choose to make her more literary than she deserves, Lady Luck was with the Cardinals during their second drive of the second half.

On a 3d & 4 play at the State 46, Eli Rogers grabbed a Will Gardner pass that was dancing in the air in an “Immaculate Reception” situation. The ball pinballed off another participant into Rogers look-what-came-my-way arms. For a much needed nine yard gain, and “Another! Cards! First! Down!”

That minor miracle was merely a set up for the Play of the Game, which came soon thereafter.

It’s a/k/a The Play Reversal of the Game. Continue reading

Wednesday Daily Double: HDH & Less is More???

pitcherHDH???

Is that some new drug that’s propelling one of MLB’s Final Four?

Kinda. But what immediately comes to mind when this acronym HDH is mentioned, for me anyway, an inveterate rock & roll junkie is: Holland, Dozier, Holland.

That would be Lamont Dozier, and the Brothers Holland, Brian and Eddie. Who were the Motown Records geniuses, responsible for such hits as “Please Mr. Postman,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Heat Wave,” “Stop! In The Name of Love” and the proverbial many, many more.

But, for the moment anyway — After all, it is October, which means baseball’s post-season — those songmasters shall have to step aside.

The HDH du jour is/are Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. (The latter of which may or may not be related to Brian and Eddie.) Continue reading

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VIII

foot1Well, my fellow football fanatics, I assume that small, but vocal contingent of naysayers, they know who they are, is off somewhere in Mississippi, the new epicenter of pigskin pulchritude, skulking about somewhere betwixt and between sorority row and The Grove, hoping some Betty Coed will be willing to administer a damp cloth to their fevered brows.

Not that I wish them ill, of course. But, I do feel compelled to advise those who feel compelled to regularly impugn my predictatory prowess, the kid is back on his game. Went 4-1, last weekend, with only my absurd pick against my beloved Quack failing to register on the left hand side. (See below for further mea culpa maxima.)

That bit of verbosity aside, without further ado, let’s look ahead to another weekend of –Boolah! Boolah! Rah! Rah! Sis! Boom! Woooo! Pig. Bah! Sky! U! Mah! — college football.

This weekend’s winners: Continue reading

Louisville Card File: Clemson

cardsBecause the heartbreaking, but well-deserved loss in the green pastures of Death Valley was more cockamamie than biblical, it is difficult to break down exactly what was the primary cause for defeat?

Or victory?

Both teams had chances which failed.

Both teams came up huge on defense when necessary.

And, while I’m inclined most often to find a singular moment during which the outcome became manifest, I cannot do so.

What I do know is that the U of L Cardinals have played two better than decent, eminently conquerable squads on the road and have fallen both times. By slim margins, to be sure, but the defeats taste rancid nonetheless. Continue reading