Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Cats, Cards, Carroll and Cardinals

So, Pete Carroll, riddle me this. Does your jump to Seattle have anything at all to do with the fact that Southern Cal is facing major NCAA sanctions for major infractions in both the football (Reggie Bush scandal) and basketball (We’re talking O.J. Mayo on the take here) programs?

“Not in any way,” the soon to be former Southern Cal coach deadpanned to Gary Klein of the LA Times.

As my high school pal Frisso Potts once said to a fibbing classmate, “Barry, I laugh in your face.”

Excuse me for a second readers . . . . . . . . . . . . I need a moment to collect myself.

So, Pete, one more thing: How do you intend to make do in Seattle with the smaller salary cap of the NFL?

Pete . . . Pete . . . yo, Pete . . .

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Those shaking dishes and rattling vases you heard around the house late yesterday weren’t caused by that earthquake off the Cali coast.

It was my man Badger Billy falling out of his chair.

Billy grew up a Cheesehead, was a star tight end for the Monroe, Wisconsin Cheesemakers back when men were men. Billy and his fellow tight end shared a mouth guard. Take that Ray Lewis.

Anyway, Billy’s Green Bay all the way. I’d report his reaction to yesterday’s stunning defeat to Arizona. But Billie’s not taking calls. Either that or he’s still lying on his TV room floor, with a broken clicker by his side.

It was truly a stunning game. One to savor if you didn’t have a rooting interest.

I’m just wondering if the NFL is going to issue any statements about the two calls missed by the zebras on the last two plays? Helmet to helmet on Rodgers. Face mask grab on Rodgers on the winning play. Of course, they missed a GB face mask earlier on Kurt Warner. But they did count the TD on that play.

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DeMarcus, Wall of Death . . . wilkommen to the SEC.

Mark Fox looks like a keeper down in Bulldog country. Georgia hung tough with the Cats. And look like a force in the future.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut, UK stayed the course and won the kind of game that inexperienced teams usually lose, no matter how talented.

Tomorrow’s trip to Gainesville will be UK’s most telling test so far. (The previous of which they have passed, mind you.) The Gators in their own gym is not Carolina in Rupp or UConn in the Garden. We’re talking conference game on the road. Always the toughest of tests. Ask the Boilermakers how they liked their trip to Madison?

I think by midnight Tuesday, we’ll have a real good idea if Kentucky is a real contenda, or a young pretenda. Which is not to imply Kentucky isn’t good. Or legit. They are. But keen-eyed observers are still wondering if their youth might hinder them, come tourney time. Cousins is a beast. But he still looks like a guy who could go Rasheed Wallace at crunch time in a big game.

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U of L too faces a major examination of team mettle tonight. The Cards have bested Nova thrice in a row. Even though it’s a home contest, a win tonight would prove that Louisville is feisty enough to be a force in the BEast. And worthy of a trip to the Dance, assuming they don’t fall apart during a monster league slate.

There is a grit to this team that’s starting to show. The most since Ellis Myles ruled the middle. Jerry Smith’s always played with a scowl. Jared Swopshire has more eye of the tiger than you’d think from looking at him. Preston Knowles has always been tough. Kyle Kuric just gets ‘er done. Now if The Rick could just light a fire under Jennings and Samuels . . .

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So many coaches are suing the schools that fired them for misconduct, I almost wish I hadn’t given up my law license.

First Billy Clyde Gillispie. Then Mike Leach. Now Jim Leavitt.

If I didn’t have so many CLEs to catch up on, I might try to get back in on the action.

Uh, not really.

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It’s gonna be a pink slip week. Sayonara Tom Cable in Oakland. And Jerry Wainwright at DePaul.

What’s fascinating is that neither the Raiders or Blue Demons’ jobs are very attractive. Al Davis is old and in the way on the East Bay. DePaul has awful facilities and is lost in a pro town. The program has never survived the stupidity of its legacy hire of Joey Meyer to replace his dad.

And, there are more than a few “experts” wondering if Donovan McNabb’s eaten his last cheese steak?

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Where are they now?

If anybody sees Tiger Woods, ask him to give me a call. Just wondering what he’s up to these days?

– Seedy K

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