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What a Super Duper Sports Weekend!!!

At a time when — and I am far from alone — we need an escape from the bracing turmoil of real life, it was Wild Card Weekend, and enough hoops to sate.

Frankly the only thing that could have made it better would have been a W by the Cardinal men over Gonzaga in a put-together-at-the-last- minute game.

And, oh, maybe, the NCAA announcing it was dropping its charges against U of L hoops.

But, other than that . . .

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The Cardinal Women’s Team blew out another foe.

This time, Clemson, 70-45. Continue reading What a Super Duper Sports Weekend!!!

Seedy K’s Postseason Pigskin Ponderings

One thing I gotta ask before closing the door with the final tally of my regular pigskin prognostications.

I know you’re waiting with bated breath for that update. Patience.

If you guessed the Galloping Ghost, yes, it’s Red Grange in the pic above. Here’s why.

Because I am so sure he’s wondering why his alma mammy Illinois, in need of yet another new football coach after Lovie Smith couldn’t get it done in Champaign-Urbana, went back to Jake’s Discount Used Hub Cap Repair & Tire Recapping Center for yet another retread?

Brett Bielema?

Did they learn nothing with Ron Zook?

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As for the final weekend of the regular season, I correctly picked Oregon, Cincy and Clemson. Missed on Iowa State, which, despite the L to Oklahoma, were bestowed Indiana’s deserving spot in a NY6 bowl. Continue reading Seedy K’s Postseason Pigskin Ponderings

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XVI

So it has come to this. The regular season of college football, such as it is, sputters/surges (your choice) to a close, finally, this weekend before Christmas.

Postponements. Cancellations. Or, in some cases, postponement, rescheduling, cancellation, which is to say there shall be no gridiron tussle this annum between Indiana and Purdue for the Ye Olde Oaken Bucket. (Though, unless it too is deep sixed between now and Saturday, Paul Bunyan’s axe, another grande olde Midwestern souvenir of victory, shall be carried back to campus by either Minnesota’s Golden Gophers or Wisconsin’s Badgers.)

Then there’s the case of Tulsa and Cincinnati, whose initial regular campaign meeting was postponed, but rescheduled, then postponed again, rescheduled one more time, then cancelled altogether. Ah, but the duo still are slated for the fourth time to brawl it out to determine the AAC champion. The winner is prognosticated below, should you choose to read on.

One of those DNPs last weekend was Boilermakers vs. Hoosiers. So that one goes in my third column. But Army skunked Navy, Georgia prevailed, and Louisville put its mettle on display while whomping Wake uppaside the head.

3-1-1 increased my winning percentage for the season to 47-26-7.

Now it’s Conference Championship Weekend. Sorta. ‘Cause there’s a whole passel of other games too.

Oregon’s in for a shot at the PAC title, after Washington went the way of COVID. And Ohio State will play for the B10 crown, which the Buckeyes probably, maybe, arguably, perhaps don’t deserve, so their presence comes with a gerrymandered asterisk.

Some winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XVI

Louisville CardFile: Wake Forest

Saturday’s Cardinal victory over the Demon Deacons is one of my favorite U of L gridiron victories ever.

Louisville 45, Wake Forest 21.

What a pleasing, comforting, unexpected, hopefully unifying conclusion to a strange, disjointed, disrupted, disappointing 2020 U of L Cardinal football season.

Starting last summer with the Great Unknown: Would there be a season at all? If so, how? Would there be fans in the stands?

Would it actually play out all the way, even if it got off the ground?

Then came kickoff and an underwhelming start. Incomprehensible turnovers. The hope inducing close loss in South Bend, followed by more disheartening efforts.

The weekly wonder of who will have to sit out, and who will take to the field?

Louisville’s two leading stars opt out during the season.

Then what could have the veritable coup de grace, Scott Satterfield’s ill advised dalliance with South Carolina, his less than savvy handling of the aftermath — at least until his heartfelt, contrite letter of apology — inflaming a fanbase mostly unwilling to give him any benefit of the doubt. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Wake Forest

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XV

Edited 12/11 8:15 AM. How ’bout that Coastal Carolina?

As predicted here, the Chanticleers prevailed last weekend.

Of course, there is the minor differentiation in that the vanquished was Brigham Young, not the intended foe Liberty. So, in the interest of ethics, truth, justice, and the American way, I shall put the game down in the DNP column, as opposed to heralding it as a correct prognostication.

After all, it’s the right thing to do.

What a battle it was, ending when five CC secondary defenders in teal and black swarmed a Cougars receiver, stopping him short of the goal line as the clock struck zero zero colon zero zero.

How sweet and fitting. Because, you understand, BYU, which appearing to look like it desired enhancing its easy schedule, said it would “play anyone anytime anywhere,” when it really wouldn’t. Truth be told, Washington of the PAC12 offered them a game, to which the previously undefeated against jayvee competition Cougars said, “Uh no.”

Sayonara.

Purdue also fell. While Texas A&M, Iowa State, and Kentucky all prevailed as you would have known would happen from reading me last week here. Which victory the Wildcats celebrated by firing their OC, and another coordinator.

3-1-1 on the weekend, raises my tally to 44-25-6 for the year.

Not bad, considering all that’s happening off the field which is affecting who actually takes to gridiron, as well as how they perform.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XV

Card Coach Satt & the Carolina Confab

I won’t bury the lede.

Scott Satterfield remains the University of Louisville football coach.

I am one of the few more moderate of the Cardinal faithful.

I’m glad, grateful even he’s still the Cards’ coach.

Unlike most, faithful at the various fan websites, who, having moments of angst-riven deja vu, have unleashed serious invective in his direction.

If you are reading this, you know what I mean. And, perhaps, are among the many who have weighed in.

(I do not begrudge Satt the dalliance, wondering how many of us have jumped jobs to a competitor for better pay and health care, after expressing loyalty and/or not fully apprising their boss of their intentions?) Continue reading Card Coach Satt & the Carolina Confab

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIV

Oh, Pauline, you never warned me about the perils of predictioneering in a pandemic.

I mean, a little but not really. Not enough to keep me from taking a Pasadena until times are more settled, as would have been prudent.

After a fashioning a perfecto in Week XII, the buzz dissipated quickly. Should have figured, Week Unlucky XIII.

Florida won. Indiana won, but lost catalyst QB Michael Penix, who tore an ACL for the second time as a Hoosier.

Louisville fell in Chestnut Hill, Michigan allowed the Nittany Lions their first W of the season, and the Quack got lost in the fog, which didn’t hamper the arch rival Beavers in the Game Formerly Known As The Civil War.

Oklahoma/ West Virginia was a DNP.

Two up. Three down. One nolo contendre. (Actually that’s a specific legal term of art, which really doesn’t fit what I mean. But I loved the rhythm of those three short verbless sentences.)

For the year, I stand at 41-24-5.

And, mask in place, asocially distanced, I forge ahead.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIV

Louisville CardFile: Boston College

Meh.

Snared in the trap of genetic verbosity, I usually have too many words to offer about the Cardinals on the gridiron, hardwood or diamond. That aspect of my character is entwined in the helix of my DNA.

Not today.

Not about Saturday’s defeat in Chestnut Hill to Boston College.

First of all, U of L should have been at home yesterday, playing arch rival Kentucky for the Governor’s Cup, in front of a rabid throng at Cardinal Stadium.

With a victory, it would have made this oddest of seasons, a weird, sad campaign really, worthwhile. Beat the Big Blue and all else would have been set aside.

But, in its infinite wisdom, the Southeastern Conference decided to keep its strain of the COVID to itself. League games only.

Then the ACC, like the other leagues, changed and rearranged its slate. If all had been normal, the Cardinals’ trip to South Bend would have been last weekend, not earlier, when Louisville played surely its best game of the season in a narrow defeat to the Irish.

So, that worked out for the better. Not much else has. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Boston College

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

Last weekend, the University of Louisville Cardinals skunked Syracuse.

I too threw an ofer. Five correct, zero incorrect.

The Cards’ foe was hapless.

I’ll admit for the sake of transparency, that at least several of my predictions were gimmes. Bama over the Cats. Buckeyes over the Hoosiers. But Boomer Sooner was not the lock they now seem in retrospect over the Cowboys.

And Cincy did its best late to outwit itself, but still hung on for a win at Central Florida.

5-0 for the weekend. 39-21-4 on the year.

To satisfy, or at least feign an attempt to mollify, my naysayers, I’m adding a special bonus pick this holiday weekend. Six picks for the price of five.

The Winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

Here’s what wishful thinking got me last time out.

Nuttin’, Honey.

If I’ve learned anything in this the most strange annum of my long lifetime, it should have been that it ain’t ’93 anymore. And that Boston College, feisty former future Fighting Irish Star QB at the helm or not, was going to trap this year’s Notre Dame team.

So, I got that one wrong. Which I supposed was going to happen, but hey.

I did predict that the Cats would survive Vandy. Big Props to both Kentucky and the Commodores. The former for declining the penalty UK received when sweetly honoring its lost OL coach; the latter for the team’s display of affection and grief.

Nebraska afflicted the Nittany Lions with their fourth L of the season against zero Ws. Indiana continued on its roll. And shorthanded U of L fell to Virginia.

4-1 on the weekend puts me at 34-21-4 on on the season.

This weekend’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII