By Paul Sykes
Okay, I’ve had a few “beverages,” and I’m torn up by a post by my daughter in Nashville.Â But.Â The University of Louisville football team is 1-0. A 20-point winner over possibly the worst team in this area, but still a winner.
Yeah, they need work. Justin Burke needs to establish a connection with his receivers. A few times it looked like he was trying to throw to Yao Ming.Â Two weeks to work on that.
I loved the way the defense looked. Call me crazy, but guys were flying around trying to make something happen. They missed sometimes, but check out the stats. Indiana State didn’t gain a whole lot of yardage. Kentucky may, but at least these guys are into it and could fall into a few good stops. We’re flying around and trying. I’ll take that after the first game.
Johnny Patrick and Brandon Heath, I love you. Patrick’s pick and run for a TD got nullified. He’ll take a few more to the house before this season is done, minus the penalties. Heath understands what we are trying to do out there and is only going to get better.
A lot of fans are disappointed over a 20-point win over a doormat. You have that right, but realize these three things:
- Our hearts are big. Despite the disappointing margin of win, we never gave up and this game was never in doubt. We’ll only get better with experience. Don’t give up on this team.
- Doug Beaumont, Trent Guy, Victor Anderson, Cameron Graham and Bilal Powell are talented offensive weapons that will do well. Don’t sell them short.
- These are your guys out there. Boo the coach if you want. Your prerogative. But, please cheer on the playmakers. This is your team. Get behind them. Boring or not, Louisville won.
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Thanks to the 17 people who participated in the U of L v. ISU pick the score contest. Most of us overestimated how well the Cards offense would perform against the Sycamores. We were pretty close, though, on ISU’s offensive output.
Your winner is Glenn who offered 28-7 as his pick. Got within two points on the Cards and three with those Terre Haute rascals.
Koby predicted the Cards, 38-10. Good job. After that, we weren’t very close.
We’ll do it again the UK game. Charlie Springer has a special prize in mind. Watch for it.