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Cardinals Can’t Finish off Irish in Overtime.

When the tip-off started the extra period, it quickly became clear that the Cardinals were done. Despite a strong 40 minutes, collapse was the word to best describe U of L’s effort in OT. Buzzed from an early three-pointer, the Fighting Irish scored 14 unanswered to begin overtime. Regulation and overtime looked like two completely different games. While it is another loss, the Cardinals hung tough in an extremely hostile situation and continue to prove their mettle. Junior Kyle Kuric led the Cards with 28 points, including an electrifying dunk to end the first half.  Kuric earned a technical for staring…


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UofL and UK send Five to NFL Combine

Who says football season is over? The NFL has invited running back Bilal Powell, cornerback Johnny Patrick, and tight end Cameron Graham to the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis.  The league has also invited wideout Randall Cobb and running back Derrick Locke of UK.  The Combine serves as the best chance for coaches to see the future pros workout. It includes physical events like weightlifting, dashes, and other tests to measure the physical characteristics of the prospect. Cards Have a Close Call A win is a win is a win is a win. With that being said, a slim four-point…


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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Will Fischer Deliver?

I know, the post-Super Bowl malaise. And we’ve got the dank, gray weather to go with it.  At least the good guys won, though all of us at the annual Gilderbloom Game Fest were pulling for a tie, which for a moment seemed possible. The Steelers made that 2-point conversion to cut the Packers’ lead to 3, and there was some faint hope the Steelers would get the ball back and score a field goal.  Maybe it made John Schnatter a bit nervous, but there would be no free Papa John’s pizza for the masses. The rest of the show…


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Louisville’s Guide to Super Bowl XLV

No, Louisvillians don’t have a vested interest in tomorrow’s gridiron grudge match, but who won’t be tuning in? Either for the commercials, the halftime show, or the game itself, everyone has something to see in this Super Bowl. And both the Packers and Steelers have plenty of local support. The Packers have long been a favorite in the Derby City, going back to the Golden Boy,  Paul Hornung. Born and raised here, Hornung won the Heisman Trophy before a Hall of Fame career in Green Bay. The Louisville Sports Commission this year gave out the first Paul Hornung Award, to…


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NBA to Louisville Update: Miller to Meet with Stern

Don’t get all excited yet, but talk of an NBA team’s move to Louisville is ramping up. Last night, WAVE-TV’s Kent Taylor aired an interview with J. Bruce Miller, the local attorney hired by the Metro Council to negotiate with the league about bringing a team here. Miller said a few potentially key things have happened. For one, his unnamed investor group has signed a “No Shopping” agreement tying their money to Louisville if they pursue a team. And Miller said that renovations to Freedom Hall as a home to the team wouldn’t be in the previously-mentioned $100 million range,…


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Where’s Harvey? Mini Should Always Go South

My guess is Kentucky Derby Festival president Mike Berry has never laced up a shoe, run the Mini Marathon, suffered the rolling hills of Iroquois Park, then, finally, reached the last hill and saw paradise waiting along Southern Parkway, a long, flat stretch of heaven lined with shouting fans and little children holding “I love daddy” and “You can do it, Pat” signs for their loved ones. My guess is he’s never descended onto Southern Parkway a little bloodied to only be resurrected by the masses who go ten deep all the while urging the miniMarathon runners to their final…


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Cards Go No-Knowles Against DePaul

On his radio show Wednesday, Rick Pitino said senior shooting guard Preston Knowles has a strained hamstring and won’t play against DePaul Saturday. Whether Knowles’ injury will be healed by next Wednesday, when the Cards face a challenging road encounter at Notre Dame, is unknown. And while it’s likely the Cards can rip the Demons without Knowles and his 14.9 scoring average, his availability for the game in South Bend is crucial. The injuries continue to rack up for the Cards, but don’t expect Knowles to sit for long. My sources close to the training staff tell me that he…


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The Future Is Bright for Strong and the Cards

With the strongest recruiting class Louisville has ever seen, Charlie Strong has established the Cardinals as a Big East powerhouse once again. Strong brought in 20 recruits for his 2011 class including three members of ESPN’s top 150 players in the class. While most of the buzz surrounds 5 star quarterback Army All-American Teddy Bridgewater, there are plenty of other things to get excited for. Safety Gerod Holliman, Wide Reciever Eli Rogers, and Linebacker Brandon Golson will all provide a lasting impact on the football program. “We are a BCS school…it has to be expected that this school recruits these…


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Twas the Night Before Signing Day…

…and there is a prospect stirring. DeMarcus Smith was considered to be a lock in Coach Charlie Strong’s 2011 recruiting class. Yet today, Smith announced that he would choose between Central Florida and Louisville on Friday and not sign a letter of intent during tomorrow’s National Signing Day as widely expected. There was a little bit of evidence that Smith was wavering ever since the commitment of 5-star All-American Teddy Bridgewater in December, but nothing this major. Smith visited UCF on Jan. 23, and since then has been “reconsidering his future.” Smith was one of the first to commit the Cards in…


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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

It’s quite ironic that Sunday afternoon, so many were applauding Peyton Siva for being a leader against West Virginia and Connecticut. Yet when the Cardinals needed a leader in D.C. last night,  no one stepped up. Louisville couldn’t muster any magic, and fell to Georgetown 62-59. The turning point was Preston Knowles’ three consecutive missed shots. Chris Smith didn’t help the comeback with an unnecessary foul with less than a minute to go. Cardinal fans shouldn’t be ultra disappointed. Rick Pitino coached a marvelous game, and the Cardiac Cards stuck it out until the very end. A hard-fought loss at #15 Georgetown certainly…