Seedy K’s GameCap: Navy

Despite a dozen point advantage at halftime of U of L’s eventual 77-60 handling of the Middies, there was a certain uneasiness at the break.

Justifiably so.

For me, not so much that the Seamen had famously won in Charlottesville opening night. That was an outlier. The Cavaliers are down this season. The game was contested in John Paul Jones Arena, named for the Scottish “Father of American Navy.” (Not to be confused with that other JPJ from across the pond, who played bass for Led Zeppelin.) So Navy was ready for that moment. They lost by 20 next time out to Virginia Tech.

No, the queasiness came from how Louisville, despite its significantly better play — more intense, more focused — than against Furman, was still getting beat underneath. As in on the boards. Home: 11. Visitors 15. Continue reading Seedy K’s GameCap: Navy

Seedy K’s GameCap: Syracuse

The University of Louisville played as close to a perfect football Saturday afternoon as it has in a long, long while. Perhaps ever.

Cardinals 41. Syracuse 3.

Cliché Alert. As we wags are wont to say for ironic emphasis, the game wasn’t that close.

And, of course, I’ll get to some highlights. But, as is my tic, let’s take the long and winding road.

Besides, as a charter member of NAVCFWUS (National Association of Verbose College Football Wags of the United States), by club rules, I must start peripherally and work toward the actual subject matter.

(Oh, how easy to ease joke around, big victory in the books.)

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There have been a number of astounding successes for the two major men’s sports at U of L that were frankly impossible to imagine decades ago for those who have been fans since mid 20th C.

Three national basketball championships.

Membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

But none quite as dumbfounding to conjure a vision of than a University of Louisville Cardinal raising the Heisman Trophy.

Lamar Jackson was honored Saturday. Continue reading Seedy K’s GameCap: Syracuse

Seedy K’s GameCap: Furman

Furman 80, Louisville 72. Overtime.

It’s the Cardinals first home loss in November since the residents and newcomers were supping on peanut soup, watching hoops and pigskin on a 12″ B/W TV with rabbit ears perched on Plymouth Rock.

For reasons I’ll reiterate, I don’t have a lot to say about the disappointing performance and loss, but will offer something in a moment. First allow me to provide today’s perspective.

I’m going to start with a quote from Danny Murtaugh. The former Pirate manager is up for the HoF in one of the veteran’s committees, and my favorite sportswriter Joe Posnanski is weighing in on each.

Because it applies to me, I share this Murtaugh perspective:

“Why certainly I’d like to have that fellow who hits a home run every time at bat, who strikes out every opposing batter when he’s pitching, who throws strikes to any base or the plate when he’s playing outfield, and who’s always thinking about two innings ahead just what he’ll do to baffle the other team. Any manager would want a guy like that playing for him. The only trouble is to get him to put down his cup of beer and come down out of the stands and do those things.”

I believe I know a bit more about basketball than the average Jane or Joe. But maybe not, I’ve never played or coached at even the lowest level.

So, my perspective and observations, as adamant as I might be about postulating them, are often, perhaps regularly incorrect. Continue reading Seedy K’s GameCap: Furman

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XI

While I remembered that Louisville never beats Clemson — Literally. Sadly. — and picked that way, hoping I’d be wrong, I forgot about the Cats.

Specifically, I forgot, no matter how good or bad the Volunteers are, they beat Kentucky. Figuratively. Year in, year out. Decade in, decade out. Unfortunately, my memory lapse meant I picked the Big Blue.

But I also picked Baby Blue, and was thus pleased when Carolina came back on the formerly undefeated Demon Deacons.

Iowa State won. Hugely. Also formerly undefeated Michigan State lost.

So it goes. 3-2 for the weekend. 33-21 for the season.

Here we go again: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XI

Seedy K’s GameCap: Southern

Before we get to U of L’s 72-60 victory over Sean Woods’ Jaguars, some context.

I love University of Louisville basketball.

As if you readers didn’t already know that.

I LOVE U of L hoops.

The Cardinals are, as I’ve said many times before, the great love of my life. Have been since I was 7 years old.

Opening night is my favorite of the year.

As my pal Smart Guy says, “I just love being in the gym.”

Which I was Tuesday for a game that counted for the first time since season before last. Even though the late tip meant I wouldn’t hit the pillow until way after my increasingly early bedtime.

Like SG and Doc and XBird, I’m a lifer. It’s what we do. Continue reading Seedy K’s GameCap: Southern

Seedy K’s GameCap: Clemson

There’s a point to be made here.

To do so requires context.

So, I start with the rabbit Jeff Brohm pulled from his Boilermaker hardhat, to push his Purdue squad up two scores in their eventual upset of Sparty Saturday afternoon.

It was a start to the left, back to the right, double reverse, flea flicker screen back to the left, where the receiver had a convoy of linemen perfectly formulated to pave his way down field, until he had to cut diagonally, to cross the goal line by the right sideline.

The point: Every team needs some trickeration. Crazy plays prepared just in case.

Some previously secreted sleight of hand.

Boise State’s Statue of Liberty in the Fiesta Bowl to down Boomer Sooner.

Fumblerooski.

Bobby Bowden always had something up his sleeve, just in case. Almost like there was a student manager following him around on the sideline with a trick bag. Like that military guy who always has the nuclear codes in a locked valise by the president.

When Louisville needed something a bit different, a play against its tendencies, something odd for the moment that was at hand, it didn’t. Continue reading Seedy K’s GameCap: Clemson

Seedy K’s GameCap: West Georgia

I’m easy.

As in, like this easy.

There’s a cutie in your 10th grade Chemistry Lab, whom you stare at daily through the foaming beakers and Bunsen Burners. But are always afraid to talk to. Until one day, when exiting class, she smiles and says hello.

A few days later, your heart beating rapidly, you see her at her locker, and summon up the courage to approach. She doesn’t shoo you away with a “Outtamyface, creep.” She actually laughs at something stupid you say.

You float through the rest of the day fully in love. You are so fantasizing out the rest of your life with her. That night at the dinner table, your parents ask about your obvious ebullience. You turn crimson.

Your brother immediately starts ragging on you, “Chuck’s got a girlfriend, Chuck’s got a girlfriend.”

Easy like that.

Which I am inclined to be about Louisville Cardinal basketball, the great love of my life since way before 10th grade. Continue reading Seedy K’s GameCap: West Georgia

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

I just never got the memo.

The one advising Mark Stoops brought in Bo Pelini as a special defensive consultant in advance of UK’s trip to StarkVegas.

It’s obvious from the manner of Kentucky’s comeuppance that something of that nature occurred. Pelini was VanGordered at LSU, after last season, where in his first game as DC his not so tenacious D allowed Bulldog QB K.J. Costello to pass for 5 TDs and 663 yards on 36/60 passing. Mike Leach thereby won his State debut in Baton Rouge as a 16 point dog.

The Wildcats’ D allowed State’s rookie QB Will Rogers to connect on 36 of 39 attempts, leading the Cowbells to victory over the not as surging as they were beforehand Cats.

Louisville, whom I also picked, also lost.

But I got more right. Three. App State, led by DE Caleb Spurlin’s two offensive touchdowns, beat La. Monroe as expected. Auburn and Michigan State both prevailed as I advised they would.

3-2 for the weekend. 30-19 for the season.

This week’s prevailers: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

Louisville CardFile: N C State

There are moments in the continuum of every diehard’s fandom which are memorable.

Most come from what we observe on the field or diamond or hardwood.

They remain indelible, years, decades later, be they instances of joy or sorrow. They become fodder for discussions of reconsideration over pizza and a brewski.

Shoni Schimmel’s termination of Britney Griner with extreme prejudice.

U.S. Reed’s halfcourt dagger in Austin.

Doug Buffone going Bobby Orr, laying out three foes on a crackback after a Cardinal pick.

Jerry Eaves undercutting Kiki VanDeWeghe.

Lamar Jackson leapfrogging a Syracuse Orangeman.

(Stay with me, I’m going to get to Saturday’s L in Raleigh. Simply providing context.) Continue reading Louisville CardFile: N C State

Seedy K’s GameCap: Kentucky State

Cardinals 94, Thorobreds 45.

Frankly, the score is deceiving. The exhibition wasn’t that close.

But — and it really should be an all caps BUT — BUT perspective is called for. Mandatory.

It’s not like prime time Travis Grant was going to enter the game for State.

For those who know their Commonwealth hoops history, Grant was the sharpshooter, who led Lucias Mitchell’s T-Breds to three consecutive NAIA titles in the early 70s.

No insignificant feat, that. The tourney was a 32 team, win five games in a week slog, in one gym in Kansas City, with teams from all over the land, that didn’t have a lot of scouting reports on each other.

Grant famously hit ten straight shots in his first game as a freshman, scored 60 something on Eastern Michigan’s George Gervin in that post season bash. Finished his career with most points ever to that time in college at any level.

Nor were the Cardinal bigs going to be challenged underneath by The Ejector, Elmore Smith. He was Grant’s 7-0 runnin’ podner on two of those title teams.

OK, enough of the history lesson, what about the game? Keeping in mind, State was kinda like a Tuesday Night at the Y contingent.

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Much has been made of the new look Cardinal offense. More about that aspect in a moment.

Let’s talk Defense. Continue reading Seedy K’s GameCap: Kentucky State