White Out: West Virginia 35, Louisville 21

Twenty-two seniors leaving the ranks soon. If the University of Louisville football program was in rebuilding mode up to now, it will enter still another phase next season. One  hesitates to put a label on it, more of a forced denial than anything else.

— Sad to see players Brock Bolen, Bobby Buchanan, Eric Wood, Earl Heyman, Adrian Grady, Maurice Mitchell bowing out to polite applause. Wonder how that affected all the recruits on hand. Swaying stuff, not in a good way.

— Difficult to find the official or announced attendance for today’s game but, whatever it was, it was far higher than anyone could have anticipated. At least double the number of UofL fans at today’s game than at Ron Cooper’s last game in 1996. West Virginia did its part with 3,000-plus, all but outnumbering Card fans at the bitter end.

— The good thing for quarterback Hunter Cantwell is that it’s almost over. He’s having his moments in the spotlight but he can’t do anything with them. Cantwell’s most impressive play was tackling a West Virginia player who had picked off the last of his three interceptions. Cantwell has probably had more passes intercepted than any Louisville quarterback in the modern era (1960’s forward).

— Definite plus for the future of Louisville football is that Pat White is a senior. He would have to use UofL to set the all-time rushing mark for quarterback, accumulating 200 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, throwing for 122 yards and two other touchdowns.

–West Virginia players jumping up and down on the Cardinal logo: classless. Louisville punishing teams that do that: just a memory.

— Sorry Steve Kragthorpe. Everybody wants you to succeed. Really, we do.  But it’s not working out. Even the most vile, nasty-tongued critics would have crawled back on the bandwagon with a win over West Virginia. Tied 7-7 at halftime, few signs of life in the second half. Still another opportunity peters away. So many seniors, too few indications of improvement.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “White Out: West Virginia 35, Louisville 21

  • November 22, 2008 at 9:29 pm
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    One of the saddest things from today’s disappointment happened shortly after the game: We actually were driving out of the parking lot BEHIND one of those tricked-out tailgating buses. I just hope those tailgaters, who usually close the lot down, were leaving because they were in a hurry to get to the basketball game. Oh my.

  • November 22, 2008 at 9:49 pm
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    Perhaps the most interesting debacle that we encountered at the game today didn’t have anything to do with the game. I’m glad that Cards Radio put the womens basketball game on 101.7, but…guess what? You just can’t pick that station up in PJCS. Even with the nice tricked out, name brand radio headset that I have. Eventually, I found someone at home watching the game who agreed to set a radio by their telephone, and I listened to it om my cell phone. For a while. Gotta remember to recharge those things, folks…But, I got to hear the majority of the first half before the cell phone went dead. Fortunately, my friend at home realized it, and hung up, so Paul could recall her on his phone for the second half and keep me happy. I know, I need to upgrade to a Blackberry, (or some other exotic fruit)info device.

    Boo to 790 for giving a great detailed halftime scores around the nation report, but not mentioning the Lady Cards.

  • November 23, 2008 at 8:46 am
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    The good ship Kragthorpe finally even sinks

    in Card Game waters…

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