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Dockers has Louisville fans covered

October 15, 2014 0 Comments

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Every University of Louisville fanatic has at least a dozen UofL shirts in their wardrobe, including T-shirts, jerseys, and hoodies.

But what about the slacks, the pants? Next to zero. Dockers to the rescue, introducing a line of stylish Game Day khakis for Louisville and 43 other leading universities.

Unlike generic college gear (e.g., baggy sweatpants with giant logos or stiff cotton tees), these are well-made, versatile and let you represent your school, dressed up or down at the game, the bar, the office, etc. They come in two modern fits (classic or jean-like alpha fit) and in two colors (khaki or primary school color) with a discreet back-pocket logo and each schools rallying cry inside the waistband. Men’s or women’s, pants and shorts.

Check out the UofL offerings.

Petrino a realist not a magician, but offense will get better

October 14, 2014 0 Comments
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Bobby Petrino

Maybe Bobby Petrino isn’t a magician after all, unable to get his offense clicking after six games.

Quarterbacks Will Gardner and Reggie Bonnafon struggling, the offensive line making so many false starts, formerly reliable wide receivers dropping balls in their hands. Not what anyone expected from this University of Louisville football team under Bobby Petrino’s leadership. Painful to watch for a fan base that was expecting the complete opposite coming into the season, the anxiety heightened by inexplicable errors in judgement and carelessness with the football.

But such great effort and execution of the defensive side, a defense that hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown in four games.

Now we have a better understanding of why Charlie Strong’s offense appeared to struggle against mediocre opponents last season. Remember the narrow seven-point wins over Memphis and Cincinnati in the final two games in the American Athletic Conference? Teddy Bridgewater seemingly carrying the offense on his back. The defense reflects Strong’s emphasis on that side of the ball, the part of the game he knew and coached so well.

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No NC State questions at Petrino presser

October 13, 2014 0 Comments

Strangely no questions for Bobby Petrino about North Carolina State, Louisville’s upcoming football opponent at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Not one, providing nothing for NC State’s bulletin board or the fan message boards. There’s always the possibility of course that no mention could have the opposite effect in Raleigh.

Gotta respect the opponent, they say, but that’s not the media’s job. But still …

James Sample: Defense proves itself at Clemson

October 12, 2014 1 Comment

Big game for James Sample.James Sample 2

Thirteen unassisted tackles, an assist and an interception for the junior transfer safety from American River College in California in Louisville’s 23-17 loss at Clemson.

“We don’t like being run on or passed on,” he said. “We feel like we have the best defense in the country, and we feel like we proved it.”

UofL’s defense still hasn’t allowed an opposing offensive touchdown since the third quarter of the Sept. 13 loss at Virginia.

A late pickup by Bobby Petrino, he was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, was selected to play in the U.S. Army All America Bowl, and played safety for the University of Washington as a freshmen before being injured.

Emerging as a leader for the defense, keeping UofL in contention, hoping the offense finds its way

Clemson survives Louisville scare

October 11, 2014 2 Comments
Clemson fans storm the field. (Paul Rogers photo)
Clemson fans celebrate win over Louisville. (Paul Rogers photo)

From all the chatter out of South Carolina over the past week, the University of Louisville football team didn’t have much of a chance. Clemson had too much talent, too much tradition, the crowd would be too loud, and would embarass UofL.

Those same people were sitting on the edges of their seats with 21 seconds left, clinging to hopes for a miracle with UofL on their two-yard line, wondering who are these guys. Many of the Clemson faithful storming the field, exhilarating after a 23-17 win over Louisville.

Their first brush with Louisville football a scary encounter, a lesson in humility, a reminder that games are won on the field, not on message boards, learning firsthand that UofL will be a contender in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

UofL would live up to its No. 1 ranking in total defense, allowing the Tigers only 229 yards of offense — 261 yards fewer than their ACC-leading average coming into the game. The Tigers would make only two third-down conversions and would be sacked four times. Bobby Petrino’s offense wasn’t much better, however, managing only 264 total yards and one of 17 third-down conversion attempts.

By the time, Petrino pulled Reggie Bonnafon in the second half, it was painfully clear why Petrino had delayed his starting quarterback decision. Except for his 39-yard completion to Dominique Brown, the freshman quarterback was having another off day, completing only five of 13 attempts with a minus 26 yards rushing.

Still having problems with those decisions, holding the ball too long, coughing up the ball again on his own one-yard line, again giftwrapping six more points to the opposition.

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Clemson fan site sees Tigers in romp over Louisville

October 10, 2014 0 Comments

Tigernet, a popular Clemson web site, has the outcome of the Louisville-Clemson game all figured out, predicting a 37-20 win for the Tigers. They, too, believe the crowd will be a factor, with all those awesome people wearing orange in the stands.

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Pretty lofty expectations for a team with a 3-2 won-lost record, not giving Louisville’s top-ranked defense much respect. More like disrespect, taking the extra steps of downplaying UofL’s schedule and lineage while totally dismissing an offense coached by Bobby Petrino.

Clemson fans are pretty high on themselves. Their lives revolve around the Tigers so no one should be surprised that they expect great things, their collective pride rising and falling with the fortunes of the football program.

The only prediction here is that the Tigers will have had an excepitional day if they somehow get three touchdowns.

Pitino: Get shoe companies out of basketball camps

October 9, 2014 0 Comments

Rick Pitino was smiling when he said it, but he had to be serious.

“We’ve really got to get the shoe companies out of the camps,” he said during his Thursday press conference.Rick-PItino

The situation has become so distorted that the University of Louisville basketball coach said he doesn’t work Nike basketball camps, knowing the people who run those camps are heavily influenced by the shoe company. He noted that Nike isn’t the only company involved, mentioning Adidas and Under Armor by name.

Pitino said he would prefer that the NCAA run the summer camps, and has even written a letter to the organization strongly suggesting a change. “I don’t think they want to do that,” he said.

“Some of these AAU programs get paid a lot of money to run their program,” Pitino said. “What I’ve learned is that if I go in and it’s a Nike program getting a grand sum of money Louisville is not going to get a commit from that recruit because they (AAU program) may not get that grand sum of money down the road if they don’t go to those schools.”

Pitino has fired the first salvo, among the first coaches to speak publicly about the issue, possibly signaling the beginning of a much-needed debate on a serious issue. The current situation is a farce, favoring some schools, reducing legitimate recruiting options for others.

Somebody’s gotta lead, and Pitino has stepped up.

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