Ever the contrarian, I must disagree with Rick Pitino, who was with one exception generous in his praise for the Cardinals after they broke Clemson just before halftime and continued the slaughter the final twenty, prevailing 92-60.
“The guys did a great job tonight in every phase of the game.”
“They were great on offense tonight. This is a very good defensive team. We shot 63 percent in the first half, 51 percent in the second. It was a great performance by our guys.”
When talking of Jaylen Johnson (12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, one of which was U of L’s best skip pass of the year to Deng Adel in the weakside corner for a three), RP called the Cards huskiest big “relentless in his work ethic.”
But, then, referring to the double technical that sent JJ to the showers along with his Tiger adversary Elijah Thomas, Pitino offered that the Kid from Ypsilanti “sort of spoiled a really good night by stooping to a different level.”
And that’s where I must disagree with the Cardinal coach, while acknowledging as I must that he has two national crowns and hundreds and hundreds more Ws than I. I shall not allow that resumé disparity get in the way of offering a contrary take. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Clemson
Cupping. Who knew?
Tebow Weary. No American athlete, save for recent HOF inductee Bret Favre, has taken longer to accept that the end of the line as a top level athlete is nigh than Tim Tebow.
The former QB is, by all accounts, a man of abiding, legit faith. Which we know because the former Florida Gator Heisman winner wears it like a Thursday throwback jersey from his predecessor Steve Spurrier.
Here’s what defines Tebow’s character: Hubris. No need to look it up, I’ll define it for you.
Excessive pride or self confidence.
After his short run as a mediocre NFL QB had run its course, Tebow, who coulda kept playing in the League, had he been willing to switch positions, said No.
To which, all the teams in the league replied, don’t let the door hit you on your way out.
Now Tebow’s people have announced Mr. Timmy is gearing up for a major league baseball career. Even though the last time he played the game was in high school. In 2005. Continue reading Hump Day Sports Huzzahs & Harangues: Ledecky, Barkley, Messi, Phelps, Tubby & Much More
Tennessee, which just like rival Kentucky is looking for that signature W which will say “We’re back,” shall have to wait a bit longer.
Aaron Medley’s 55 yard FG attempt at the final gun was but a silicon wafer thin right of the goal post, but wide right nonetheless. Which miss secured the Volunteers 11th straight loss to Florida, not quite as onerous a streak as rival UK’s annual futility, but dispiriting anyway.
Which wouldn’t have been quite so hard to take . . . except the Vols led by 13 with under 5:00 to play.
As of the moment that UT L was in the books, there had been 191 college games played this season, during which a team held a 13 point 4Q lead. In 188 of those, the lead held. Of those three times the school ahead choked, Tennessee had done it twice. Saturday and previously at home to Oklahoma.
Meanwhile Burnt Orange like Orangey Orange found a new mode to snatch defeat from the maw of victory. Continue reading MMQB: Orange is the Color of L
This email just received from SID Kenny Klein:
“Chris Jones has been dismissed from the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. There will be no comment on the matter.”
And so the soap opera that has been the Rick Pitino Era at U of L takes another remarkable twist and turn.
— Seedy K
Even 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 Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IX