Saturday, September 19, 2009
**NOTE--this rant is in response to the blocked punt that was cancelled at the end of the game. This apparently pissed off yours truly, and yours truly only, because it didn't even make it into the paper the next day and even my most die-hard Cards friends could only feign understanding. Whatever, I stand by it.
I saw, in the comments section below another blog post concerning the Bozich article, it written, "Bozich gets paid to write controversy." I disagree. Rick Bozich is not Howard Stern. He's a person whom Louisvillians trust to be in touch with the Cards fan base. That's not to say he can't disagree. But it must be understood that for Cards fans, the Orange Bowl team of 2007 -- and the coaches and players who were a part of it -- represents our hey-day, the greatest period of Cardinals football. And so no writers or bloggers should be surprised when Cards fans react negatively to an article purporting that this year's woes should be blamed on Bobby Petrino and his final recruiting class -- especially when the facts supporting the argument are amateur at best. That's not to excuse the hyper-negativity that some fans use to portray the program... and on this blog, I'm confident that we've struck the appropriate balance.
Most of all -- and this was my main point from before -- I just can't understand why Bozich felt the need to publish this unnecessarily provocative column during Louisville-Kentucky rivalry week. Poor taste at best, media sensationalism at worst.
Friday, September 18, 2009
For me, defense is the biggest question mark for both teams. How each unit holds together in the third quarter could decide the game.
I call it for the Cards 19 - 16... if Louisville can get up early. Go Cards!
I can't shake the feeling. It feels like one of those years. The spread is bigger than it has been in recent memory. UK basketball is on the rise. The most insufferable fans in college basketball have finally been paired with the most insufferable coaching personality. They feel confident. They border on hubris. The phrase "decade of dominance" is being thrown around. Their crowd will be hyped. Their players will be hyped. Their players will be suceptible to giving up the big play.
We have a coach with nothing to lose. We've got some playmakers. And I've got just enough stupidity to think it can happen. 23-20 Cards. Book it.
"Here are the national recruiting rankings [for Louisville], according to Rivals.com:
- 34th in 2006
- 45th in 2005
- 64th in 2004
- 35th in 2003
"So, the recruiting class (2006) viewed as one of the reasons for the Cardinals' downfall was also one of the school's highest rated in its history. But with players from recruiting classes ranked as low as 64th, Petrino managed to win a BCS bowl game in 2006.
Sounds to me like Petrino is a good coach."
To this, I would only add: why is Rick Bozich making this ridiculous, recycled, endlessly frustrating argument during, of all times, Louisville-Kentucky rivalry week?
Cards fans are sick of this argument. It doesn't hold up against facts. It's a convenient excuse. We went to the Orange Bowl with many of those same players; we should NEVER be ashamed of those guys. And besides all that, this just isn't the week for the senior sports columnist of the Courier Journal to be revising history or debating with the ghost of Bobby Petrino.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Here's another profile on Justin Burke, this one in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Got to root for a guy who describes himself as the "unathletic nerd" on the team. He used to wear orange to Kentucky home games, too, so he wouldn't piss off his old man. Red would have been better.
(Hat tip: Card Chronicle)
Ragone said the key to the game for the Cards will be to run the ball well on first down and stay out of second and long situations. Ragone said a winning formula for the Cards was running the ball 30 times and passing it no more than 23 times. He believes that Louisville has the running attack to succeed against the Kentucky defense.
Keep the ball moving through a running attack and short, quick passes seems the right formula to me. Unfortunately, all indications are that Kragthorpe is busily preparing the second coming of the greatest show on turf.
Second, Rick Bozich tries to spin some blame for the current state of Cardinals football towards Bobby Petrino. We've all heard the tall tales of a rogue program before, but now Rick's trying to add a "he left the cupboard bare" component to the legend. Underneath all the verbage, Bozich's only real statistic is that of the final 23 players Petrino recruited, 7 of them never saw a game. Oh, and that UKs twin class that year produced 8 starters, while UofL's produced only 3. Consider me underwhelmed. None of that really comes close to comparing to the fact that Kragthorpe inherited the vast majority of the 2007 Orange Bowl Cards, a team the produced 5 NFL draft picks. That's like being given a Porsche and complaining that the tank was only three-quarters full. Had that team won the 10 (at least) games it should have, recruiting would have taken care of itself.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
**One more. Solely out of its desire for principled media, it appears the UK school of journalism will be hosting a conference on the Sypher scandal and the media reaction. This is really just asinine. In unrelated news I'll be playing host to a hastily-put-together but unbiased panel on ticket scandals involving former players and the impact on the national sports landscape. Admission is free. BYOB.
(Hat tip: Charlie Springer at Cards Game)
"Asked about changes in the Louisville offense, UK coach Rich Brooks remarked on the Cardinals’ use of a 'moving pocket' during U of L’s less-than-stellar 30-10 win over a putrid Indiana State on Sept. 5. (Indiana State lost 31-0 to Eastern Illinois this past Saturday.) In other words, U of L quarterback Justin Burke executed quite a few roll-out passes in the Louisville win. The idea there is to avoid the rush, a smart tactic considering the inexperience of the Louisville offensive line. The strategy works if Burke can throw the ball on the run. Meanwhile, Kentucky’s pass rush was nothing to write home about in the Cats’ 42-0 win over Miami on the same day. A moving pocket might make it tougher for the home team to pressure the Louisville quarterback."
I think Clay's right on the money; look for Burke to be constantly on the move and out of the pocket come Saturday. Another potential source of strength for Louisville could be special teams, given Kentucky's off-season loss on special teams (noted by Clay) and that Trent Guy and Doug Beaumont's kickoff and punt returns were one of the few impressive features from Indiana State.
Here's to Roman for being named Democratic party chairman for a key New Jersey county!
Here's to Roman for being honored as a hero in his home country of Cameroon!
Here's to Roman for highlighting the paltriness of my own achievements!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
"Q: Will Louisville's offense present a lot more problems than Miami's did? A: Louisville presents a lot of problems. We have to continue to get better and hone in on them. They are solid and have good skilled athletes. They have a lot of good players. They have talent and they are very physical in the offensive line. They are a good football team. It's just a matter of us preparing to play the best we can because it will be a tough game."
"solid"... "skilled athletes"... "good players"... "talent"... Hmph. Don't patronize us, Brownie. Either Steve Brown fears us, fears the embarrassment of losing to us, or keeps in reserve the same bland analysis (fill in the blank name of team) whenever he's robbed of insightful opinion.
Also, KSR reporting that UK linebacker Ridge Wilson has been charged with assault after punching a woman on campus. One down!
Monday, September 14, 2009
In what's rapidly evolving into a heated rivalry of ineptitude, Brian Bennett pours some more gasoline on the Louisville-Orange inferno and gives the Cards the nod this week. At this rate I'm going to be arrested for throwing a brick at Greg Paulus when the Orange come to Papa John's on November 14th. For now, back to the Cats.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
First things first. Read American Tabloid, the equally impressive prequel. Flat out the coolest books I've ever read. Crime-noir fiction at it's finest. Not for the faint-hearted, this gritty story will blow your hair back. Three protaganists. Ward Littell, a rogue FBI agent turned cynical Mob lawyer. Pete Bondurant, hit-man/enforcer/drug runner and ultimate badass. Wayne Tedrow Jr., a principled Las Vegas cop with a powerful father that doesn't share his ideals. Follow these three through a labyrinthine political underworld of the 1960s that makes Oliver Stone look like Dr. Seuss.
JFK. Oswald. Cuba. The Mob. Prostitutes. Howard Hughes. RFK. Bay of Pigs. Guy Bannister. The White House. Sinatra. Jack Ruby. Jay Edgar Hoover. Hot lounge singers. Castro. Jimmy Hoffa. New Orleans. MLK Jr., Teamsters. Sammy Davis. Vietnam. Jackie O. And Vegas baby, Vegas.
It's all here, and told in Ellroy's trademark staccato rhythm. Check it out here first, then library.
From CHAPTER 13:
Barb said, "The catch. Don't tell me there isn't one. And don't tell me those tickets to Vegas aren't part of it."
Pete stashed his piece. "Are you saying that two tickets was being optimistic?"
"No. You know I'll never leave you."
Pete smiled. "There's some fuck-ups I wouldn't have made, if I'd known you better."
Barb smiled. "The catch? Vegas? And don't make eyes at me when we have to run for a plane."
Pete shut his suitcase. "The Outfit has plans for Mr. Hughes. Ward's putting some things together."
"It's about staying useful, then."
"Yeah. Stay useful, stay healthy. If I can get them to bend a certain rule, I'd call it a lock."
Barb said, "What rule?"
"Come on, you know what I do."
Barb shook her head. "You're versatile. You run shakedowns and you sell guns and dope. You killed the President of the United States once, but I'd have to call that a one-time opportunity."
Pete laughed. Pete made his sides hurt. Pete leaked some wiiiiild tears. Barb tossed a towel up. Pete wiped his eyes and de-teared.
"You can't move heroin there. It's a set policy, but it's probably the best way I can make the Boys some real money. They might go for it, if I only sell to the spooks of West Vegas. Mr. Hughes hates jigs. He thinks they should all be doped up, like he is. The Boys might decide to humor him."
Barb got This Look. Pete knew the gestalt. I fucked JFK. You killed him. My craaazy life.
She said, "Useful."
"Yeah, that's it."
Barb grabbed her Twist gowns. Barb dropped them out the window. Pete looked out. A kid looked up. The blue gown hit a ledge.
Barb waved. The kid waved back.
"The Twist is dead, but I'll bet you could get me some lounge gigs."
"We'll be useful."
"I'm still scared"
Pete said, "That's the catch."
Former defensive coordinator Ron English is profiled as he begins his first season as Eastern Michigan's head coach (and one of only six black coaches in college football). Best of luck Ron.
Toward the end of this article in the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah linebacker Stevenson Sylvester recalls, a little too fondly, his last experience playing at Papa John's, a 44-35 victory over the Cards in 2007:
"I personally like going into other people's houses and hearing the boos," linebacker Stevenson Sylvester said. "When you make a play, then it's quiet, or like when we went to Louisville and the fans were getting on their team. We'd make a play and they'd get on them bad. I live for that, going to other people's houses and shutting them up."
This only reiterates a theme sounded on this blog, Cards fans: Don't boo. You only play into the opponents' hands when you do.
But it turns out we're not all that bad. A blogger for Big East rival University of Connecticut lists Louisville as one of his favorite away-game destinations, given that we have the "friendliest people you'll ever meet." Awww.
Look for Louisville-Kentucky preview coverage all this week.
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- Patrick Sparks Travellin' Redux...
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