Hump Day Harkles: Hoops, Pigskin, Tennis, Etc.

cardsU of L released its men’s basketball schedule today.

As expected, the non-conference home slate is overrun with schleppers. Samford, Hartford, North Florida . . . oh, it’s too painful to give you the full list.

Western Ky’s Hilltoppers come to town on December 19. In a runaway, it’s the zestiest of the Yum! tilts.

Here’s how The Rick prevaricated, “We realize that with almost a new team that we have our work cut out for us, but that’s the excitement of this type of schedule.”

Really? Continue reading Hump Day Harkles: Hoops, Pigskin, Tennis, Etc.

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week I

endimagesYo, yo, yo, football fans.

Seedy K here. They call me the Grande Poobah of Pigskin Predictionarianism.

College is my game, Conjecture is my name.

I hope you’re as ready for another season as I am. I know the players are. I know the coaches are. Except, uh, Tim Beckman, who was scalped by the Fighting Illini hierarchy a week before kickoff. Buh, bye, Timmy.

Forget the heat. Forget the humidity. Forget the seriously anxious fan bases in Crimson Country — the Tide hasn’t rolled all the way in, what, three years now — or Scarlet Territory — the Buckeyes are unanimous pre-kickoff #1. That’s according to scribes, and its a lofty position from which THE OSU has never been the last man standing at the end of the season. Ever.

For my less than well considered take on the entirety of the upcoming campaign, meaning who I think might make the playoff, feel free to click here.

But, you know, you gotta play ’em one at a time, not look ahead, stay in the moment, etc, etc..

So, with that in mind, I hereby share with you five sure fire winners from the season’s opening weekend. Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week I

Petrino’s Pre-Auburn Presser

cardfootballIt is now a running joke among the media types that cover U of L sports.

Cardinal coach Bobby Petrino has not named the starting QB, and it appears likely that his identity might not be revealed until the Cards O runs onto the turf for the first time Saturday afternoon.

Caveat emptor, Verne Lundquist.

We of the press have taken to blaming Eric Crawford that it’s his fault we’re all in the dark as to the answer of Louisville’s burning preseason question.
Today Petrino revealed he “has a pretty good idea” who that starting signal caller is going to be. Yet he is as coy about who he’s going to the dance with as an cheerleading captain to her prom. Continue reading Petrino’s Pre-Auburn Presser

Thursday Throwdown: Football, Fútbol & Eye Candy

sportsnewsThe hits just keep on coming for the State University of New Jersey.

The regime of Athletics AD Julie Hermann, formerly of U of L, can’t seem to move beyond beleaguered.

The latest imbroglio concerns football coach Kyle Flood.

It is reported that Flood sent an email from a personal account to the professor of one of his players, whose academic standing might have been, shall we say, precarious.

You know, it’s not like this doesn’t happen all the time. But the sly schools, the ones with a sense of how to take care of such matters, don’t leave a digital trail.

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Speaking of coaches who want to run with the big boys, I gotta reiterate this question people are asking.

What did Baylor’s Art Briles know about the sordid past and present of Boise State transfer Sam Ukwuacho? And when did he know it? Continue reading Thursday Throwdown: Football, Fútbol & Eye Candy

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Preseason Predictions

foot1Okay, where were we?

Oh yeah, when we last looked in on college pigskin, the WKU Hilltoppers coughed up a 72 point or so lead in the Bahamas Bowl, gave up what coulda woulda shoulda been a tying TD on the last play with :01 on the clock at snap, then survived when Central Michigan coach Dan Enos went for two and failed.

It was Enos last game on the Chippewa sideline, though it’s hard to say if the two are connected.

More important it was Lou Holtz’s last game in the booth. Sayonara, Lou, don’t let the door bang you in the ass on the way out.

Pope Urban’s Buckeyes battered Bucky Badger in the Big Ten title game, then, as the four seed, blitzkrieged its way to the first Football Final Four title. (What a shame former Wisconsin mentor Bret Bielema had already left Madison, otherwise the previous sentence would have been even more alliterative.)

Speaking of Bs, there was the bust of the Big B in the Big 12 (Which, with only ten universities, remains as arithmetically dysfunctional as the 14-member Big Ten.). That would be Baylor, who bested Top Ten K State in the regular season closer, then, when out to prove it was jilted by the Final Four selection oligarchy, frittered away a 20 point fourth quarter advantage to Sparty, losing the Cotton Bowl. Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Preseason Predictions

Louisville Cardinal Soccer Media Day Report

cardsTanned to a George Hamilton Cocoa Butter Open-quality  sheen, and wearing red pants, a black shirt and a red & black tie, engaging U of L soccer coach Ken Lolla met the media today.

Apologizing for his “coaching voice,” hoarse from two a day practice sessions, he initiated the Q & A with praise for the branding of the Cardinal soccer program and the Lynn facility.

“It takes us to a whole new level.”

While he likes the energy and approach of his squad, which is a “wonderful mix” of veterans and newcomers, he stated several times that the team “is far from a finished product.”

He spent most of his time at the mic talking about the team’s spring experience in Madrid, which he called “life changing.” Continue reading Louisville Cardinal Soccer Media Day Report

Hump Day Harkles: Sports Scene with a Gangsta Lean

sportsnewsGearing up for the fall/ winter sports seasons, and comin’ at ya straight outta Clifton.

Opening Tease. Coming soon, like in the next few days, within a week at the latest, the info you’ve been salivating for as college football kickoff approaches: Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications Preseason Preview.

That’s what I’m talkin’ about. It’ll be pithy, pitch perfect, pleasant to read. And devoid of any silly alliterative prose, since I just bled it all from my system.

QB Race, Part Uno. Louisville Cardinal coach Bobby P is resolutely coy about whom his starting signal caller will be. But we know one thing for sure.

The Tyler Ferguson Era at U of L, such as it was, is over. So we bid adieu to the Penn State transfer, who is now taking his talents to the third institution of higher learning in his career.

My sense — and that of most other observers — is that Reggie Bonnafon will take the field first against Auburn.

What I also hear is that Petrino is smitten with freshman Lamar Jackson, a raw talent. Don’t be surprised if he’s brought in for some special sets in special situations before the other wannabe QBs, Gardner and Bolin.

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Continue reading Hump Day Harkles: Sports Scene with a Gangsta Lean

Louisville CardFile: PR Game Five

dunikcardThe Cards lost last night in OT, 94-102.

The disheartening news — other than that totally dropped the ball, and nobody outside the arena could watch the game — is that U of L had a sizable lead in the fourth quarter, and frittered it away.

The good news — other than the Cardinals rebounding from the night before’s debacle with pride and resilience — is that the L had as much to do with Caribbean jerk home cooking as it did with what was actually happening on the court.

Though, again, that cry of foul comes from intuition, reading the stat sheet, and a sense of the scene from listening to The Rick on the radiocast. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: PR Game Five

Attitude Adjustment: Cardinals Crash in the Caribbean

dunikcardRarely in my six decades of loving, living and dying with the fortunes of the U of L Cardinals have I turned away from watching.

Oh, I’m sure it’s happened now and again, when things got too grizzly — perhaps that Towson State debacle during the Nate Johnson Era — or when Louisville was so far ahead of some schlepper it was no fun to watch.

But, frankly, I can’t tell you when. with any specificity.

Until last night.

When U of L’s “A Team” appeared as if they’d slipped through that black hole in the Bermuda Triangle. Cue Mojo Nixon: “Elvis needs Cardinals.”

I don’t recall the exact moment of the “competition” when I took to surfing the web, grabbing a snack, instead of experiencing the Cards’ meltdown at the hands of the shorthanded Puerto Rican MNT, which rolled despite the absence of four top players . Continue reading Attitude Adjustment: Cardinals Crash in the Caribbean

Cardinals in the Caribbean: Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Aptitudes

dunikcardThere is abundant evidence that summer sojourns prove to be a rejuvenating elixir for college basketball squads.

The last time U of L hitched a ride on one of these busman’s holidays, an overachieving squad slipped into the Final Four six months later.

That said, nine games in six days against the same foes can turn into a grind. The Cardinals and the Puerto Ricans, already familiar with each other from The Rick’s Parris Island preparation at the Yum! practice facility were already testy with each other during last night’s opening double dip. There was lots of bumpety bump.

Will the “best attitude of any squad I’ve ever coached” survive the rigors of vacation?

Will the Cards make it to Wally World?

It was a rocky start. The A Team lost to the Puerto Rico MNT, 81-89. The B Team lost to the Puerto Rican Juniors, 88-94.

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My hunch is that fans paying attention will be slobbering all over 5th year newcomer Damion Lee, the transfer from that academic school Drexel. Continue reading Cardinals in the Caribbean: Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Aptitudes