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Five Provocative Questions for Louisville Cardinal Fans

cardsOkay it’s a glorious time of year.

Bowl games. Conference play begins. NFL playoffs.

And the Holidaze, which means lots of parties, extra time for cookies in the coffee room at work, hanging out at night with pals.

Lots o’ time for sports talk.

And, bottom line, sports fans, even those who love the same team or school, love to argue over this or that.

The Louisville Cardinal faithful are no exception.

So, I got to thinking what could spur U of L fans, or even those who just observe Cardinal sports dispassionately, to some serious back and forth.

So, I came up with these five contemplations, looking to hear what my readers think? Continue reading Five Provocative Questions for Louisville Cardinal Fans

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIV

endimagesMy season of predictions online is ending almost but not quite as badly as that of my U of L Cardinals on the field.

The Cards gagged for the second game in a row, knocking themselves out of the Final Four conversation and, most likely, the Orange Bowl.

Bobby Petrino’s got some ‘splainin’ to do. So far he ain’t talkin’ much.

At least his team’s meltdown didn’t cost him his job. Charlie Strong went down at home to the Horned Frogs. Thus it became a fait accompli that he’d be $10 mill richer but have no team to coach. In Austin anyway.

The Buckeyes, the Seminoles and Western Michigan prevailed.

3-2 for the weekend. 43-22 on the campaign.

Thus we come to the last round of picks before the bowl games. (I know the knock on the door from Joey the Vig’s “associates” is not far away.)

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

Louisville CardFile: Kentucky

CardHelmetWhen the University of Louisville faithful are sitting around in the future, reliving beloved interludes from the past when the Cardinals were rockin’ on the good foot, they will not mention Thanksgiving Weekend 2016.

Hardwood meltdown in the Bahamas.

Which was trumped when the Cards were outcoached, outfocused, outperformed and generally punched in the solar plexus by an improving Kentucky football team that was not about to lose its sixth rivalry battle in a row.

Mark Stoops and his staff outcoached Bobby Petrino and his.

UK had a great game plan, and never wavered. They were able to pass on the Cards. They were able to run on the Cards. They were able to defend the Cards.

Stephen Johnson — Stephen Johnson??? — outplayed Lamar Jackson. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Kentucky

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

endimagesThe less said about last weekend the better.

My team, in the biggest football game in the school’s history, never left the hotel, and were throttled in eastern Texas. West Virginia similarly received its comeuppance against a long time power that had been there done that many times through the decades. And LSU couldn’t punch the ball into the endzone from point blank range to win at home in a game that was meant to be contested on the road.

But the Cats finally settled in against Let’ Go Peay. And Colorado continued its wheredidthiscomefromseason out west.

2-3. Not acceptable, but reality. 40-20 on the campaign.

Rivalry Week is upon us.

Here’s who gets bragging rights: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

Louisville CardFile: Houston

CardHelmetEye Test.

That’s what Louisville Cardinal fans have been screaming to the pundits and Final Four Selection Committee.

Forget the strength of schedule and other metrics you take into consideration, the faithful have brayed, watch the Cards on the field and see for yourself.

Which the nation was able to do on Thursday Night Prime Time.

So how’d the Louisville Cardinals do?

I won’t mince words.

The University of Louisville Cardinals choked.

The coaches graded out an F. The players graded out an F.

In the most important game of the season, arguably one of the biggest in the history of U of L football, the program wasn’t ready for Prime Time. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Houston

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

endimagesEd Orgeron did his best last weekend to have the word “interim” removed from his title in Baton Rouge. His LSU Tigers bounced back from a drenching by the Tide and bashed the Razorbacks of Arkansas on the road. Which was an L for me, as well as the home team.

Charlie Strong pretty much cemented his status as a Dead Man Walking with the Longhorns loss last weekend. I wouldn’t be surprised if those in charge in Austin aren’t already negotiating as I type with Houston’s Tom Herman or SMU’s Chad Morris or both. Not to mention Bill Parcells, Don Shula and Darrell Royal. The Longhorns’ defeat was also an L for me.

On the other hand, woeful Sparty skunked god awful Rutgers. Tennessee did what the Vols do, which is pretty much always best UK on the gridiron. And U of L’s big comeback against the Demon Deacons, after failing to show up before halftime, secured its spot as “We’re #5.”

Which three correct picks handed me a second 3-2 week in a row, putting the kid at 38-17 for the campaign.

This week’s projected games are all important. Sorta. I guess. In way or another, that is. At least for the schools participating. Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

Louisville CardFile: Wake Forest

cardfootballAt halftime, I called my pal Badger Billy, a Wisconsin alum who loves the Cards as much as his guys from cheese country, though he now resides in the heart of SEC Country.

I started to let loose with my rant about Louisville’s horrid first half performance, ” Given the circumstances . . . . ” when he cut me off, crowing, “How ’bout my Badgers?” Wisconsin, sitting right behind the Cards in the rankings had battered the hapless Illini, 48-3.

That was part of what I was talking about.

Given the circumstances, meaning the Cards aspiring to the Final Four and the teams right ahead of Louisville — #5 Ohio State — and right behind — #7 Wisconsin — having rolled big, and the reality of #2 Clemson’s losing to Pitt at home, and that both #4 Washington and #3 Michigan at the moment were on the ropes . . . given those circumstances as perspective, Louisville’s first half offensive performance was the worst in U of L football history.

Which is what I said. I was sad. I was pissed. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Wake Forest

Louisville CardFile: Boston College

CardHelmetTwo of the hardest aspects of a team’s performance to quantify statistically are discipline and focus.

You can get a sense of it generally, but specific numerical confirmation remains elusive.

Yet every once in awhile a line jumps from the statistics page, which verifies a team came ready to play.

Such was the case during U of L’s 52-7 dismantlement of Boston College in Chestnut Hill.

Zero penalties.

No inadvertent holds. No false starts. No late hits. No woofing. No illegal blocks. No impeding receivers.

Zero penalty yards.

So rare is that the case that it’s happened but three times in U of L pigskin history. The last time was during an otherwise forgettable 22-19 Cardinal W over Cincy on September 22, 1979. The other two occasions came in ’60 and ’52.

So impressive do I, for one, find that stat, I will not dwell on the eight TFLs and two sacks surrendered by the Cardinals still iffy OL to the Eagles good but not that good D. (Though, obviously awaiting consistent Final Four quality play from the Big Uns up front, the guys charged with protecting Heisman hopeful Lamar Jackson, I had to mention those numbers.)

No penalties. For only the third time in U of L football history.

Good work, Cardinals.

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Allow me now to praise James Quick. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Boston College

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

endimagesHold your barbs, the eagle-eyed among ya.

I know I’m a day late (but not a dollar short). This little diversionary exercise usually gets posted on Wednesday afternoons. But, ya know, sometimes other things get in the way.

Like that little event called the World Series. If you’re an alter cocker like me, who still remembers getting caught and punished for hiding my transistor radio under a book on my lap in the 6th grade, hoping Miss Osborne wouldn’t spy the ear plug, the National Pastime still means something.

Then there’s real life intrusions. Like getting a flat, and having your regular guy confirm it can’t be plugged because the puncture is too close to the sidewall. Then advising that the groovy tires on my groovy car are so special, he can’t even order them and I have to go see the big store guys. Who can get the tire, have it the next morning, but advise it’s going to cost, as my dad (the first commissioner of my Little League) used to say, “an arm and a leg.”

So these little pithy selections will probably be shorter than usual, since I’m typing with one hand.

As I didn’t prognosticate, UDub conquered the Utes, if not the CFP major domos who SECed the Huskies. But Michigan, Notre Dame despite itself, Kentucky and Louisville all won last weekend.

4-1 brings me to 32-13 on the year.

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

Louisville Card File: Virginia

cardfootballOn the most revelatory college pigskin Saturday of the campaign, the road to the Final Four narrowed considerably, becoming much more arduous for the Louisville Cardinals.

On a U of L squad with legitimate CFB Playoff/ New Year’s Six aspirations, several key players and one unit turned in Belk Bowl performances.

On a day in Charlottesville when the Cards again seemed surprisingly out of sync on both sides of the ball, they proved their mettle by grinding out a win.

All of which I’ll get to, but let’s begin with Lamar Jackson, who while playing very good but at less than peak performance level, showed his Heisman worthy mettle.

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With 1:57 to play, Louisville got the ball back with a chance to redeem itself.

It needn’t have come down to this, but it had. Continue reading Louisville Card File: Virginia