By Ed Peak

Way too much time to think and so few answers.

Well into this Covid-19 pandemic, one still doesn’t know how to take all of the solitude and restrictions. Maybe skip around Cardinal athletics a bit and search for some positive vibes.

Possibly go watch the Louisville baseball team. Nope. Season cancelled. At least one can look forward to UofL football. Maybe. Maybe not.

The people predicting football games without fans are ridiculous. No students on campus, no games. I understand. But that’s over four months away. If that’s the case our problems are far more than anyone could imagine.

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Friday is WNBA draft day. Kylee Shook and Jazmine Jones are on most draft selection prediction boards. Speaking of women’s basketball, when the Cards win a national championship coach Jeff Walz can etch his name with other great UofL coaches. See Crum, Schnellenberger, Petrino (phase one), Pitino, Camp, Hickman.

Baseball coach Dan McDonald is on the verge. This season might have been his best team ever. We’ll never know for sure

That brings us back to football. Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton will be an early top five pick NFL pick. Really going out on a limb.

The Cardinals will take over the ACC Network beginning Saturday at 12 a.m. Football’s 2013 Sugar Bowl win over Florida, the basketball Big East win over Syracuse in the conference tournament championship and several other highlight games will be shown over a 24 hour period, including volleyball and men’s soccer.

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Way too early predictions.  My friends say no 12 or 13 football game seasons this fall. If the Cards do play the full year I’ll say 8-4 with a trip back to Music City Bowl.  If they play only conference games then it’s 5-4, with wins over NC State, Syracuse, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest. Losses to Clemson, Florida State, Virginia. Notre Dame is in the ACC.

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I’d like to challenge Card Nation during this slow time. Who are your five favorite football, men and women’s basketball and baseball players. Throw your favorite coach of all four sports in as well. Should be easy.  I’ll write about it next week.

Ed Peak

Ed Peak has covered UofL sports since 1973, as a student reporter, as a correspondent for the Courier-Journal, a freelancer for the Associated Press and United Press International, as well as ScoreCard, Fox Sports and CBS radio.

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3 thoughts on “Getting back to normal without fans not possible

  • April 17, 2020 at 3:08 pm
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    Football: Lamar, Teddy, Stefon, Chris, Brian; HM: Akers
    MBB: Francisco, Kyle, Preston, Dwayne, Gorgui; HM: Luke
    WBB: Asia, Jaz, Dana, Angel, Shoni; HM: the other Asia (T)
    BB: Brendan, Corey, Adam, Nick, Will; HM: Drew
    Coaches: Howard, Denny, Jeff, Mac

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  • April 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm
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    How about Johnny Unitas, who turned professional football into a passing game. Playing mostly with heart and guts, no fear whatsoever. Making the NFL the league to watch.

    Or Charlie Tyra who was most valuable player during his rookie year in the NBA?

    Jay Gruden was one hell of a quarterback at UofL and had some good coaching with the Washington Redskins.

    Darrell Griffith making good on his promise to bring a national championship to Louisville.

    Otis Wilson crushing opposing offensive backs.

    Stefan LeFors as most valuable player in a top 10 match against Boise State at the Liberty Bowl in 2004.

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  • April 18, 2020 at 10:33 am
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    Football: C Redman, M Bush, B Brohm, D Parker, L Jackson

    Bball: D Griffith, M Wagner, P Ellison, R McCray, P Siva/R Smith (can’t separate)

    Coaches: Howard, Satterfield, Petrino (2003-2006 only),
    of course our current baseball, W basketball coaches, & coach Crum

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