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Cards Want Morehead; Cats To Tampa

OK, sports fans. Gabe, our regular LouisvilleKY.com sports dude, has more important things to do than follow the Cards to Denver. He went to the Lady Gaga show Saturday, then it was off to spring break in sunny Florida.  Yes, I’m jealous. But I did watch the Big East Championship while he was busy Gaga-ing. What Gabe missed Saturday was another amazing performance by this Rick Pitino team, which fell in overtime 69-66 only after Mike Marra missed a crucial free throw. He’d gotten fouled on a three-point attempt with seconds remaining, with the Cards down 3. He calmly canned…


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Louisville Rallies Back to Overtake Notre Dame, 83-77

The Cardiac Cards strike again. Louisville continued its impressive play with a comeback from 16 down to defeat a surging Notre Dame team. The Cardinals went into the half down 14 and having huge problems pushing the tempo. Yet when Rick Pitino and company emerged, UofL was able to get back into the swing of things. The Cardinals came out of the break with a full court press that quickly caused the Fighting Irish some problems. Louisville was able to cause 11 turnovers, many unforced, which transferred into much needed momentum. The Cards also excelled at shutting down Big East…


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Marra and Cards Steamroll Marquette, 81-56

Welcome home Mike Marra. The sophomore sharpshooter’s return to his native northeast was his best performance of the season. As soon as Marra came off the bench he was electrifying, putting up 11 before halftime. He finished the night shooting six of ten from behind the arc. Marra’s 22 points was one shy of hs career high but easily led the Cardinals to an easy victory over the Golden Eagles. The Cardinals struggled early in the game, at one point Marquette was up 11-2. But once the Cardinals shifted into gear, they never looked back. They cruised into halftime and emerged by scoring…


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Biking All the Buzz in D.C.

In case you’re just tuning in, I’m posting this from Washington, D.C. I got here by bike in an all-day rain on Saturday — 130 miles from Louisville to Cincinnati — and by Amtrak. The train ride took 20 hours. A shoot-out on the railroad tracks caused a five hour delay when police turned the tracks into a real live CSI. Special thanks to my RAGBRAI pal Steve Edwards for transporting me and my bike to his Potomac Falls home, where he and Sharon treat me like a king. I’ll be using the Metro Orange Line and commuting to Metro…


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No End in Sight for (Judy) Green News

No paper today? For you folks still getting the actual newspaper delivered to your home, that technology apparently failed again today. So you might as well go online for your news.Here’s some: More Heat For Green: One noteworthy story in today’s paper details how Judy Green is getting some more heat, this time from Councilman Jim King, who wants the Ethics Commission to expand its investigation. Green tells the C-J that the allegation of accepting a bribe is no big deal because it’s all been investigated already. She doesn’t realize that people are upset because of the findings in the…


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I can’t believe you’ve never been to….

Even though I’ve lived most of my life in the Bluegrass State, I humbly admit that I, in fact, have never been to Keeneland. Every year around this time, I mention this to friends who stare at me in crazed bewilderment. Oh, I’ve been to Oaks and Derby, the Churchill Fall meet, the infield, even the nicer parts of the Clubhouse. But not Keeneland. But this year, the BF is looking fill the Keeneland void in my Bluegrass State dance card. In researching when to go, I looked first to the great ambassador program at Maker’s Mark and their annual Redheads…


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Crazy Idea from Billy Reed: Character Counts

I had lunch with Billy Reed today. The famed sportswriter was talking with a few members of the Okolona Business and Professional Association at the University Club about his crazy ideas about sports. Billy thinks character should still count in athletics. He’s for university presidents placing an emphasis on academics. He thinks bad behavior by student athletes should be punished. At Georgetown College, where he’s heading up something called the Academy for Character in Sport, 25 percent of every coach’s evaluation is based on character development. As part of that program, he’s put together a video series (airing on KET)…


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Awaiting the Madness of March

Basketball fans in Kentucky have got to be giddy with the fine meal they are being served right now. With the conference tournament appetizers, high school sweet 16s for the first course, and the main course NCAA tourney just around the corner; things are heating up. There will be plenty of exciting basketball to watch. Louisville Looks to Solidify High Seed While the Cards won’t play their first game in the Big East tourney until Thursday, Rick Pitino will be watching closely to see who they will face. The Cardinals will face the winner of West Virginia vs. Providence/Marquette game…


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Cardinals Stunned in Morgantown, 70-72

How do you know when Rick Pitino is livid? When he takes his jacket off, and he certainly had reason to be.  While the game was poorly officiated, Louisville’s loss to West Virginia wasn’t without fault from the Cards. The out of bounds call was very questionable, and Preston Knowles’ foul with .6 seconds left was excessive. Yet, when the Cardinals had a chance to decide the games themselves. Peyton Siva has to step up and make both foul shots in  end-game situations. Also, Knowles pulled up for the game winning shot so early. Louisville has had so much success…


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Riding to the National Bike Summit

On Saturday morning I’m heading out on the back roads by bike for the first 130 miles of my journey to the National Bike Summit. At Union Station I’ll load my bike on the Amtrak Cardinal to D.C. Follow my trip here on LouisvilleKY.com “The Pulse of the City.” Also check my posts on facebook and twitter. On Thursday, I’ll be joining bicycling advocates from across the nation on Capitol Hill to remind our leaders in the House and Senate that there’s a simple solution to many of the problems that rob Americans of their health, wealth and strength. A…