Shaking Off Delusions: Syracuse 28, Louisville 21

You just know the intensity level dropped after Louisville’s 93-yard touchdown drive on the first series of downs and Syracuse’s subsequent three-and-out. Some key Louisville participants relaxing a bit, expecting to coast the rest of the way.

Big mistake. From that point forward, the Cards played down to Syracuse’s level, making a team with a 1-6 won-lost record look powerful on offense and defense

— A bummer after the first series of plays, Syracuse the most depressing location for a football game in the conference, even worse if you have to watch the game on ESPNU with its four-minute TV commercial timeouts for cheap products.

— A three-and-a-half-hour infomercial for Rust Belt U football, complete with a former SU quarterback in the broadcast booth for the entire first half, a “little person” SU student playing big time announcer on the sidelines, and a history lesson on No. 44’s.

— You know it’s bad when you have to wake your spouse for the beginning of the second half.

— The game-ending interception should have been ruled pass interference. UofL’s Doug Beaumont was knocked out of the play, no real chance to catch the ball. Flags were strangely absent.

— Never was a ball more perfectly thrown than the one thrown by Hunter Cantwell that should have been a sure touchdown, right in the breastplate of Troy Pascley.

— Just when you think it will be a while before you see Pascley again, there he is in the end zone pulling one in for six.

— Where was Brock Bolen most of the night, the bruiser who has been used early to soften up the defense to allow Victor Anderson to run through them? Anyone see him hurt? Never mind. Just chalk it up to another mysterious disappearance.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Shaking Off Delusions: Syracuse 28, Louisville 21

  • November 1, 2008 at 10:24 pm
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    Rotten from beginning to end. Horrible football game

  • November 1, 2008 at 10:31 pm
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    There goes our season. A lot of blame to spread around but the loss is laid at the feet of the Head Coach – I can’t see him rallying the team to win the remaining games. Let’s see, he loses twice to pathetic yUK, loses twice to more pathetic Syracuse, goes 6-6 last year and probably will finish 5-7 this year, probably won’t go bowling again for the second straight year….hmmmm. Makes a person think we got the wrong man. I love my CARDS win or lose but this guy – sheesh.

  • November 1, 2008 at 11:49 pm
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    So Chaz, how do you feel about Krapcooper now?

  • November 2, 2008 at 9:40 am
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    My thoughts will be made abundantly clear over the next few days and they won’t be based on one game.

  • November 2, 2008 at 11:52 am
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    Bolen – injured early in the first half.

  • November 2, 2008 at 5:54 pm
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    Cooper…er…I mean Krapthorpe has got to go after this season. He just doesn’t have it. Reminds me of Bill Curry, nice guy, good analyst, lousy D-I coach. Can’t get D-I talent to respect him and has no clue on how to work the refs.

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