Air traffic remained at stand still at Logan International Airport in Boston at 3 p.m. Tuesday with a blizzard warning still in effect until 8 p.m. By mid-afternoon, snow accumulation had been measured at 21.5 inches.
The University of Louisville basketball team reportedly will fly to Massachusetts for the Boston College on the same day as the game. That’s not a good thing, a three-hour flight, followed by a basketball game — at least not for ordinary people.
Even worse on a day after flight schedules have been scrambled and airlines are attempting to get their collective act together again. Even though it’s a charter flight for the Cardinals, the scheduling process will be challenging.
On the bright side for UofL is the fact that Boston College isn’t having a good season, having lost five of their last seven games. The Golden Eagles are 9-9 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
If the game does come about, it will be interesting to see how many Bostonians are at Conte Arena. Which also happens to be a ice hockey facility, but that’s another story.
University of Louisville fans are going to be seeing a lot more of Darrell Griffith, now that the former All-American who led UofL to its first NCAA championship is getting into the restaurant business.
Griff’s, which has already opened, is located in Cardinal Towne at 323 West Cardinal Boulevard, which is adjacent to Belknap Campus. According to Business First, the restaurant has “a full bar, 12 flat-screen televisions and seating for as many as 120 people. There’s also a small section where customers can purchase hats, toboggans, polos and T-shirts with Griff’s name on them.”
Menu items will include wings, fried pickles, nachos and hamburgers, as well as hot brown, grilled salmon, Cajun pasta, and chicken and waffles, with prices ranging from $4 to $20.
Griffith said he had been considering the idea for a couple of years. The proximity to UofL was what clinched the deal for him. Nice addition to the campus, connecting current students with the Living Legend. Won’t hurt basketball recruiting either.
That’s really good news for UofL baseball fans, who have tolerated radio static levels reminiscent of the Fifties for years. They will finally have a clear signal for games during the 2015 season which begins in mid-February.
ESPN680 announced Monday that UofL baseball will be a permanent tenant on The Ville, a new radio station to be formally launched Thursday morning at 93.9 on the FM frequency.
Drew Deener, the morning show host on ESPN 680, will move over to 93.9 and host the 7 a.m. show. John Ramsey will also move to The Ville, hosting the 3 p.m. show. Initially, the station will carry the same nationally syndicated shows featured on the ESPN station.
The Ville 93.9 succeeds WLCL, a Sellersburg, Ind., station which had a classic music hit format.
Rick Pitino has been there a few times before during his illustrious career, facing skepticism, doubt and criticism. Even having to admit that he didn’t have enough talent. None of these things have impeded him from getting the best out of his team.
There he was doing his thing again Sunday, a week after his team had managed to hit only 22% of its shots in the first half, overseeing another resurrection, his University of Louisville basketball team making nearly 71% in the first 20 minutes. UofL emerging from the early back and forth to assert control the rest of the way. An 82-70 win over Pittsburgh in one of the toughest road venues in college basketball.
What he needed was extra time with his team, time away from the distractions, time for some personal instruction, time to pull some things together
What he needed was extra time with his team, time away from the distractions, time for some personal instruction, time to pull some things together, convince his team of what it was capable of, hit the road, light the fuse, and let his players do the rest.
The stubble was probably not necessary, there didn’t seem to be much in evidence on the rest of the bench. But if he senses that would help him get through to some players, Pitino will do it, wasting no motivational tools in his vast portfolio. Anything, everything, needing to get it done.
Pitino’s team needed an almost perfect game against a typical overly physical Pittsburgh team, needed to clear their heads of an embarrassing loss to Duke at home, needed to prove to themselves that the best could still be ahead for them in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. And they got it finishing the game hitting 65% of their shots, including half of their 3-point attempts, 19 assists, and five steals and getting out-rebounded 34-28 by Pittsburgh.
Ball movement unparalleled this season, finding open teammates, Chris Jones with nine assists, Terry Rozier with five assists, demonstrating what can happen when it occurs, what it has to keep on keeping on.
Rozier getting open, getting the ball, taking his shots, hitting them — 10 of 16 attempts, including two of four 3-point shots — for a game-high 26 ponts. Proving he’s the first choice, the player to go to when UofL has to have them. Jones, the second option, losing his cool at times but refusing to ever back down, adding 17 of them.
Montrezl Harrell, more under control, like he’s been there before, backing away from an inevitable confrontation, savoring the ball movement, adding four dunks among his 18 points. Mangok Mathiang, imagine this, three-of-three from the field while turning in 11 points.
If they doubted themselves, the performance against Pittsburgh should remove much of the uncertainty. They have within them the ability to do some good things …. and they have Rick Pitino who’s going to make sure they do.
Reports of the return of the bearded approach for the University of Louisville basketball team are true, Coach Rick Pitino showing up with stubble at his pre-game press conference.
A rally beard, he called it, something to help the team get going again. Possibly an over-reaction to losing one game, that 11-point loss to Duke last weekend.
Not an original approach, something UofL did three seasons ago when that team made its way into a Final Four.
Pitino doesn’t speak very highly of this team, dissing the shooting, the defense, the lack of fast breaks and touches in the middle, and weak, inexperienced or distracted freshmen. He does everything for a reason, primarily to get his team motivated. And it usually winds up working.
One has to wonder, however, about going back to the beards. Some college baseball teams have opted for Mohawk haircuts or shaving their hair altogether, going for the bald look. Pitino is never going to do that, not with his own hair.
The coach doesn’t appear to be having much fun yet this season, and needs some extra motivation. He didn’t even make a big deal of growing beards at his press conference, and that’s not like him.
Seems a bit of a stretch the second time around.
Practice began Friday for the University of Louisville baseball team, ranked in pre-season polls from No. 9 to No. 15.
The Cardinals will open the 2015 season in the ClearwateR Tournament against Alabama State (Feb. 13), South Florida (Feb. 14) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 15) at Bright House Field. Louisville’s 33-game home slate at Jim Patterson Stadium is set to begin on Feb. 18 against Eastern Kentucky.
UofL will open its 30-game ACC schedule on March 6-8 at Patterson Stadium with a visit from the Miami Hurricanes for a three-game series.