Monique Reid, from quiet presence to take charge coach

What one remembers most about Monique Reid at the University of Louisville were the facial expressions and an ability to get to the basket.

monique reidA quiet demeanor overall with a shy smile most of the time. But there was also the determination on her face while attacking the glass and all those grimaces from numerous injuries.

She was content to play, never complaining about officiating,  calmly celebrating after big plays. She was, most of all, an efficient presence when not hampered by injury.

Monique is becoming the head basketball coach of the girls’ basketball team at Fern Creek High School, succeeding Rick Laemmle after one season. Mo played her high school basketball at FCHS.

Coaching tends to turn even nice, quiet players into Type A personalities. Can’t wait to see her new court side manner.

We wish her well.

Cardinal crunch

Catching up around the University of Louisville campus.

  • The beginning of construction for the expansion of Jim Patterson Stadium should begin later this week. “They’ve set up a few fences for safety reasons, the heavy equipment will come next,” said Brandon Graves, of the U of L Athletic Department’s development staff. Construction dates are rarely predictable.
  • Wisconsin has long been rumored to added to the Louisville football schedule. This is the season it finally happens. But it will be of the soccer species and it’s only an exhibition match, scheduled Aug. 17th at Fort Wayne, Indiana. UofL will officially open the season Aug. 26th at Maryland.
  • Don’t tell anyone but the Louisville soccer team apparently lost a match to the University of Kentucky during the spring season. There’s a mention of the loss but no score in a wrap up of a win over NAIA champ Lindsey Wilson.  Fortunately nobody noticed in the aftermath of NCAA basketball’s Final Four action.
  • Construction on the new soccer stadium? Still in the fund raising phase.
  • Of Sports Illustrated’s projected top 10 teams in women’s basketball for the 2012-13 season, three are from the Big East Conference — Connecticut listed as No. 2, Louisville at No. 4 and Notre Dame at No. 9.
  • Joao De Lucca, a junior UofL swimmer from Rio De Janeiro, has made the Brazilian Olympic team. He will compete in the 4×10-meter free style event. The games are in London, July 28-Aug. 12.

Mad Monday, Lady Cards and the broken toe

Monday was going to be one of those jampacked days, the observer having to pay close attention to his real time job, that of monitoring certain legislative issues for retailers in 10 states. Knowing Card Game would be neglected but accepting that the livelihood has to come first. Even during NCAA week.

Jarred from a sound sleep at 7 a.m. by the telephone chirping. “Charles Springer?” “Yes?” Cut that call off immediately. Friends and associates don’t begin conversations that way. But, uh oh, was that the air conditioner repair guy? Hurry downstairs, check the caller I.D., turns out to be an 800 number. The air conditioner guy would call while I was making bacon and eggs and show up just when I was sitting down to eat them. Fortunately just the fan motor, but he needs to borrow a hack saw to fit the blade.

All the while the observer gearing himself up to send 200 to 300 retail legislative e-mail alerts, each one requiring strict attention to detail, even more so with the unpredictability of Microsoft Word’s mail merge program. What works right one time will inevitably fail the next, forcing adjustments and re-dos throughout the day. No time to monitor Card Game, muchless make a post. Grueling.

Taking time to sort through the mail, a notice from Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw that the license renewal was three months overdue. Who knew they even sent out second notices? Motor to the governent building, and a long line even in the middle of the month. Pay the annual fee for the University of Louisville license plate.

Back to the e-mail alerts, grinding, mind whirling, making a couple of mistakes on some, including a board member, call the board member, brown nose, laugh it up. Take a breath. Back to the routine, building momentum. “Dinner’s ready,” comes a voice from the kitchen. He has to eat already. Then it’s off to managing the Monday night pool league, teams wanting to yak about obscure rules while the U of L women’s team is immersed in a battle for survival against Maryland in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Get out of there at half time, straight home to see the second 20 minutes. This team just will not quit. Open the door from the garage and Barbara is curled up on the counch, with a painful look on her face and an ice pack around one foot. She has either dislocated or broken her left big toe, having jammed it against furniture. “Do we need to get to a hospital?” “No, I’m not going anywhere until this game is over,” she says.

The Lady Cards all short 72-68 to the ACC champions in a donnybrook on Maryland’s home court. Going to be a contender next season. Then it’s off for some medical attention, learning those neighborhood medical shops close at 9, hearing out to Jewish on Old Henry Road to wait, wait and wait some more. The big toe is broken, and mom will have to be careful, leaving around midnight. The day is over, straight to bed. Sorry Card Game.