By Charlie Springer

Just wondering as the University of Louisville basketball team prepares to begin Big East Conference play against South Florida:

— Whether the players will take South Florida seriously, respecting the perennial conference doormat, giving it their best effort. The Bulls came close to upsetting a good Syracuse team over the weekend.bigeast1

— How much a letdown the Cards will have have after defeating their arch rival Kentucky on Sunday. The level of intensity they displayed should be standard operating procedure.

— How the players’ psyche will be affected the flight incident on the first leg of the trip to Tampa. Standing around airports is a drag, and can sometimes take a little time from which to recover.

— How Earl Clark will play after one of his more embarrassing performances ever in the game again Kentucky. Pass, shoot, don’t dribble. Not a ball handler, never a guard.

— Whether Edgar Sosa’s transformation is permanent. One has to believe it is. The alternative is not good.

— How long it will take Samardo Samuels to return to early season form.

The Cards need to get off to a good start in the Big East for a change, and the mind games have to become a thing of the past.

Charlie Springer

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

3 thoughts on “Here We Go Again

  • January 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm
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    Samardo’s “early season form” of dominance was over cupcakes–and he still had problems finishing.

    He can do well, like in the UAB game, when the offense moves it crisply around, then in-and –out. Then he gets good deep position and isolated one-on-one’s, which he (or anyone) would do better with.

  • January 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm
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    Just trying to be nice to the freshman.

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm
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    Terrance Jennings…a meaner, rougher and more agressive model of the Terrance Farley prototype. Kinda like the progression of Walt Disney’s Donald Duck to the mid ’60’s underground comic cult hero Dirty Duck.

    If Rick ever wants to go with the Memphis/Dorsey-like thug-on-court concept, TJ would be the obvious nominee.

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