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UofL soccer construction update

July 31, 2014 0 Comments

soccerA distinctive Cardinals logo will soon be going on the new Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium at the corner of Floyd Street and Byrne Avenue. Ribbon cutting ceremonies are scheduled August 27th at 3:30 p.m.  The University of Louisville men’s and women’s soccer teams will open the season two days later.

Silos still standing

July 30, 2014 3 Comments


Tony Vanetti proclaims “the silos are gone” Wednesday on the Under Dogs show on WKRD.

Tony Vanetti

Tony Vanetti

What? Twenty-two silos destroyed in one day?

With Tony one never knows whether he means literally or figuratively so there’s so choice but to grab the camera, jump in the car and navigate the late afternoon traffic on I-64, the Watterson and I-65.

Not surprisingly they are still standing in all their brusqueness against a brilliant blue sky, spared still another day, the demolition crew taking its time, focusing on other aspects of the old Solae complex. Demolition of the silos was originally scheduled to begin Monday. But typical of construction-like jobs, the actual date it is to happen becoming a moving target.

The silos have become a part of the local scene over the years so one had mixed feelings when Vanetti made the statement, feelings of relief combined with a tinge of nostalgia. The parting of an old friend or an old foe will do that. The silos been around since 1929, you know.

Would someone please let Tony know the silos haven’t gone anywhere yet?

Non-stop Wayne Blackshear anticipates senior season at Louisville

July 30, 2014 0 Comments

For four minutes, 57 seconds, Wayne Blackshear on Wayne Blackshear:  inspired by Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva, taking his captain responsibilities seriously, wanting to be someone other players look up to, someone they can come to advice in basketball and life, and someone who will lead by example.

Card Crunching: Some optimism, some pessimism for Louisville football

July 29, 2014 4 Comments

The University of Louisville will continue its winning ways in the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to an analysis by Patrick Stevens of  the Syracuse Post-Standard, and he ranks UofL 23rd nationally in his pre-season picks.

“There’s the who-will-replace-Teddy-Bridgewater subplot, and that answer is sophomore Will Gardner. He has enough toys to toss or hand off to and a sharp offensive coach in Petrino to be in good shape to succeed.

“So what narrative isn’t being looked at enough? The defense, which was brilliantly constructed under former coach Charlie Strong but loses a bunch of talent and shifts to a 3-4. It can regress and the Cardinals will still be fine. But if it somehow stays in the top 20 nationally, Louisville’s ceiling will go up as well.”


Meanwhile, Caleb Calhoun over at Saturday Blitz believes media types are giving Bobby Petrino too much credit because he’s been successful at every college stop.

“That doesn’t mean Petrino will automatically make you a winner. Faced with the task of winning at Arkansas, he stumbled to a 5-7 season his first year there.

“There are still some questions about the Cardinals going into the season, including the fact that their schedule is 10 times tougher than it was last year. While we know Petrino will succeed long term, all of these questions have to be addressed before we immediately assume Louisville will be good this year.”

Calhoun may have some valid issues, but one has to wonder how much an ingrained bias against the old Big East and the American Athletic conferences affects his opinions.

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– The Big 10 Conference is reportedly moving to a nine conference games during the 2016 season, making a series with UofL unlikely. according to Rick Bozich,  A series with IU would have made so much sense. The Hoosiers keep blowing opportunities to sell out Memorial Stadium.

– Numerous reports over the summer had Akoy Agau making strides to become a contributor for the UofL basketball team. But there’s always at least one significant injury during the off season and Agau’s number was called. He was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday for a sports hernia injury in Philadelphia.

– Jeff Walz is an assistant on the U.S. team in the FIBA Under-18 Basketball Championships to be held Aug. 6-10 at Colorado Springs. South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is head coach. Training camp began Friday and the process of trimming down the roster from 28 players to 12.

– Starr Breedlove, a freshman on the women’s basketball team last season, has transferred to Troy University. Starr suffered a concussion early in the season and saw limited action in nine games.

– Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium will be August 27, two days before the men’s and women’s teams make their 2014 debut. The celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

One more tribute to Teddy Bridgewater, then it’s Will Gardner’s turn

July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Continuing tributes to Teddy Bridgewater could seem to be bit overdone to some, what with the University of Louisville football program on the cusp of a whole new era.

Teddy has moved on, taking his considerable talents and charisma to the Minnesota Vikings, winning the hearts of his mentors and fans in the Land of a Thousand Lakes.

Will Gardner brings the future.

Will Gardner brings the future.

The focus will quickly turn to Will Gardner and what he needs to do to maintain UofL’s tradition as Quarterback U. Gardner will be laboring in the shadow of Bridgewater for a while, bringing his own approach to the game. How long it takes for him emerge as the man depends on how his team performs during its first season in the ACC.

For this reason, I had second thoughts about using the latest video, produced by Evan Westendorf. It’s so good, however, that it would be a crime not to use it.

One more video for Teddy but the future belongs to Will Gardner at UofL.

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Five weeks to football

July 26, 2014 2 Comments

Five more weeks, football fans.

Aug. 5 — UofL fall camp begins. Open practice first five days.ACC-Football-Challenge

Aug. 14 — Kickoff Luncheon, Louisville Marriott Downtown, Noon. The luncheon is sold out.

Aug. 16 — Scrimmage, 9 a.m.; Fan Day, 3 p.m. Approximate starting lineups on display.

Sept. 1 — Tailgating, Noon; Miami, 8 p.m., inaugural game in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Wide receiver DeVante Parker echoed the collective view of many UofL fans the other day when expressed his frustration with Charlie Strong’s offensive philosophy.

“At times (last season) did get frustrating. Sometimes I’d catch the ball one time in a game or none at all. But I never really said anything,” he told the Courier-Journal.  “They were always putting their foot on the brake. They didn’t want to score anything.”

Never was that more obvious than when the Cardinals claimed a 28-7 lead over Central Florida in the third quarter last season. Time to bury the Knights, put  them away. We all know what happened, however, with UCF leaving Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with a 38-35 win, knocking UofL out of the top 15 and spoiling what could have been a perfect season.

Bobby Petrino will never be content with simply owning a lead.

Stoops says he wants UofL vs. UK football rivalry to continue

July 25, 2014 1 Comment

The football rivalry between the universities of Louisville and Kentucky will continue if Mark Stoops has any say on the series.

The UK football coach was in Louisville Friday for the Wildcats’ annual football luncheon, declaring the rivalry to be “very important” to him and the program, telling the Courier-Journal:helmets

“Any time you’re an in-state rivalry, it’s important. I think both groups, both institutions, have such strong fans and fan bases, it’s important to them; it’s important to our players, it’s important to us. There’s no denying that,” Stoops said.

“If you ask me, and certainly Charlie (Strong) and I have had discussions — I don’t know Coach (Bobby Petrino) as well — but sometimes people don’t realize there’s 11 other games that we’ve gotta get to. But it is important, and we embrace that challenge.”

Stoops is also in favor of preserving the rivalry for the long haul, assuming the Southeastern Conference keeps its current eight-game league schedule.

“Oh, yeah, I do,” Stoops said. “As you know, that’s probably above my pay grade, but I do anticipate that staying.”

Quite a turnabout in his public positioning from three days ago when it was announced he was skipping the Governor’s Cup luncheon. Stoops obviously had plenty of feedback from the UK administration and fan base during that time.

Having UK on the schedule every year should please Bobby Petrino.

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