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Louisville Straight- Arms Memphis 24-17

Posted by frankpos on November 25, 2013

Is there a malaise in the Louisville football team?

Have they–and Teddy to a degree been on an Australian walkabout now that the UCF loss has had it’s full impact.

Russell Bowl we are bound it appear– unless we lose to Cincy–which is a definite possibility now that the offense has been stymied so much by a weak O line as the competition as upgraded ever so slightly.

No, although Teddy is perhaps the best college QB we’ve ever had, this team is not as good as those under Petrino in 2004-2006.

Right now enjoy Sam Hunter’s 80+ photos of Senior Day and the victory…..http://www.flickr.com/photos/fpos/sets/72157638009693653/

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Defending Champ Louisville Blows Past KY Wesleyan 115-67

Posted by frankpos on October 29, 2013

Slamming 8 dunks and 20 points, Montrezl Harrell–a man among children–led the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals over Kentucky Wesleyan in a romp 115-67.

Aiding Harrell were 4 guards in double figures- Terry Rozier with 18, Russ Smith with 17, Chris Jones with 16, and Anton Gill with 13.  Rozier also led the team with 9 rebounds.

The key thing on display was the new rules on hand-checking, etc.   And it was in full force, as 5 Panthers fouled out, and 64 fouls were called in the  very long 2 1/2 hour ballgame.  Luckily, the Cards never had any trouble in the foul area, and for this game, against an over matched foe, the new “freedom of movement’ rules benefited them.

One thing that was harped on by Pitino, and it was true:  Stephan Van Treese has to be more of a force at the 5 spot.  In 19 minutes he registered only 2 rebounds–this against a very over matched team.

The center position was one that I thought would be a problem for us, and apparently it is going to be.  It will be interesting what will develop here over the next few weeks.  We may yet see more Trez in at center soon.

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“TD” Bridgewater Goes for 4, as Cards Dominate EKU 44-7

Posted by frankpos on September 8, 2013

In the searing, bright  sunshine heat of a 90 degree late summer day,  the eighth- ranked Louisville Cardinals fried the EKU Colonels 44-7 as Teddy Bridgewater threw for 4 TD’s and 397 yards to further solidify his Heisman candidacy.

Teddy Bridgewater scorched  EKU for 4 TD's and 397 yds-- and 0 INT's.

Teddy Bridgewater scorched EKU for 4 TD’s and 397 yds– and 0 INT’s.

Personally, I came to see two things: 1)  Whether the defense would continue its good performance from last week and get a shutout, and 2) see Teddy go for at least 3 TD’s and 300 yards to maintain a Heisman pace.

On the whole, I came away pleased.

The D dominated EKU most of the game, only giving up one  late touchdown.  In a season of high expectations, I will note that the kick return coverage was very poor all the game, which was disappointing and a bit troubling.   The kickoffs continue to be short of the end zone too.  Letting your opponent start at the 40 yard line every time–which we did with the Colonels–  is a recipe for disaster against even marginally better teams.

WR DeVante Parker hauled in another circus catch over his 5'8" defender for a TD in the first half.

WR DeVante Parker hauled in another of his circus catches over a hapless defender for a TD in the first half.

And Teddy , though seeming a bit off kilter some of the day, was still sharp enough to rack up his 4 TD’s and 397 yards and zero interceptions.  He now has 9 TD’s in 2 games–not a bad pace.

Unfortunately, the rushing game–which was expected to also dominate — was relatively punchless, registering only 78 yards on 28 carries.  Part of that was the fact that it was EKU’s strategy  to stop the run–and to their credit they did that.  But it was still disturbing that SOME big holes should have been opened up, but weren’t.  It put extra pressure on Bridgewater, and he was up to the task as usual, thank goodness.

RB Senorise Perry pops up, after bulling his way for a TD in the first half.

RB Senorise Perry pops up, after bulling his way for a TD in the first half.   The running game as a whole disappointed on the day though.

Head coach Charlie Strong was not entirely pleased either.  “You always talk about raising the standards… You know the weapons you have when you get the ball in the red zone you like touchdowns instead of  field goals.  We missed opportunities down there.”

Heach Coach Charlie Strong was not entirely pleased with the performance, particularly by a less-than-perfect O.

Heach Coach Charlie Strong was not entirely pleased with the performance, particularly by a less-than-perfect showing by the  O.

Indeed,  three to be precise, Coach.   But one good additional thing to note:  field goal kicker John Wallace was perfect on 3 for 3 attempts.  That will come in mighty handy later in the season for sure.

Another  thing to keep in mind during this season of extremely high expectations:  Last season, the Cards scored 40 points only twice all season long.  They already have matched that in their first two games.

I think I’ll  take that , and smile some.  Just keep it coming, Teddy.

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As usual, HITH photog Matt Wickham took these pics.  His entire set of the game can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylures/sets/72157635428716356/

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Oh, yeah.  The LadyBirds were there too...

Oh, yeah. The LadyBirds were there too…

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The Year of the Cardinal: The Louisville Slam

Posted by frankpos on June 12, 2013

Louisville becomes the first team in one season  to capture BCS bowl victory, Men's and women's Final Four, and a College World Series berth.

Louisville becomes the first team in one season to capture BCS bowl victory, Men’s and women’s Final Four, and a College World Series berth.

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