Monday Morn: Cards, Cats, Tiger, Tigers, Team USA & More

Yes, that’s right, you loyal, eagle-eyed readers. There was no Louisville Card File after the herky jerky get out of Chitown as quickly as possible W over the Blue Demons Saturday.

Survive and advance, baby. And don’t look back.

The Rick offered some explanation for his latest cockamamie lineups. Daft dribblers Smith and Knowles at point. No Mike Marra. More Jennings, less Samuels. I dunno. But the tally adds one in the left side column and, frankly Scarlett, that’s all that matters.

Sosa did have foul trouble. Siva did look rattled. And Jennings played perhaps his best game.

Swopshire stayed steady as she goes.

Now the real fun begins. Wounded Georgetown, coming off two straight losses and also fighting for a Dance card, comes to town tomorrow. I have a severe case of Hoya Paranoia myself. Then resurgent looking for pay back UConn up there. Beware a wounded Calhoun. Then a trip to Milwaukee to face the BEast’s hottest team, Marquette. Louisville’s always had problems with the They’ll Always Be Warriors To Me. Then that Freedom Hall finale against revenge-seeking Syracuse. Which is going to be a sad, sad, sad day, even if the Cards win.

If bubblicous U of L makes it to the NCAA — and if is still in play big time — the Cards will have done it the old fashioned way. They will have earned it.

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Add me to the list of observers who consider UK’s W at Vandy far and away their most impressive and important of the season. Winning in Nashville after doing so in Starkville is major.

That was a really good Commodore team Kentucky beat. Not quite ready for prime time, but Vandy is far more athletic and aggressive than it’s been in years.

Were I a Kentucky fan, I’d still be concerned by the immaturity of Cousins and Bledsoe. There’s going to come a time when John Wall’s transcendence won’t be enough.

But it’s been plenty so far. I marvel yet again at how he took over at crunch time Saturday. Stripped of the ball, he still snared it and scored the go ahead bucket. Then that block on a trey attempt to seal the deal. Huge. Indeed the play of a superstar.

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Last night while NBC was showing the show biz that is Ice Dancing, there was big time sports drama going on at the hockey rink. Do not misunderstand, I love Ice Dancing. But Team U.S.A. was upsetting Team Canada in an incredibly intense smackdown at the very same time.

My Detroit Red Wings’ Brian Rafelski scored two goals to lead the way. Goalie Ryan Miller was magnifico.

Both teams will advance to the elimination round. But this was still a major accomplishment. The last time the US beat Canada in Olympic hockey was 1960. Do you believe in miracles?

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It appears that my Detroit Tigers are going to sign mercenary Johnny Damon. The former Red Sox, former Yankee is slotted to be their lead off guy.

The sad truth is that Curtis Granderson, former Tiger, now a Yankee, ought to be in that slot.

For Tiger fans, this situation, essentially a trade, is NOT a good thing.

Sigh.

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Big W on Saturday for Scotty Davenport’s Bellarmine Knights. Frankly some real life stuff has prevented me from covering the Norris Placers as much as I’d like.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed they go dancin’ at season’s end.

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As you know I try to avoid blogging about personal matters peripheral to sports.

That said, I have made several Where’s Tiger jokes? And dissed Friday’s public statement before he made it.

My quick take. He should have opened it up to any reporter who wanted to cover it. He should have taken questions, even if his answer to some queries would have been, “That’s a private matter between my wife and me and I’m not going to discuss it.”

That said, I thought his speech, though surely written with help from others, was heartfelt and legit. If you have never dealt with addiction, you, frankly, have no idea how hard it is to confront it, accept the disease aspects of it and evolve toward the solution. It is a laborious and life long project.

That Woods is returning to treatment at this time, and not the golf tour yet, says to me he’s serious about getting his life in order first.

The fact that his issues are sexual in nature makes it harder for society to digest and accept. And makes it easier for know nothing pundits to bray and cast aspersions — wink, wink — and denigrate the process in which Tiger is immersed.

I wish him well.

– Seedy K

6 Comments

  1. Mark
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I concur, Seedy. Swop is looking more and more like the rock for The Cards. If only his teammates would realize the harvest from hard work.

    Beware Chris Wright and Austin Freeman IF they are on. Wright goes past 15 in tomorrow’s game, and this season shows the team from the Hilltop wins.

    ¡Viva Ryan Miller!

  2. unclebart
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Couple of points of disagreement Seedy:

    How can you say that Georgetown is “fighting for a dance card” when the latest Jerry Palm projections have them as a #3 seed? I get it that they are struggling, but in one of the weakest bubble years in recent memory, they are clearly safe.

    Speaking of recent memory, stating that Louisville has “always had problems with” Marquette is just plain wrong. Deiners not withstanding, the Cards have the Golden Eagle’s number of late (7-1 in the last 5 years). Those guys are like the anti-Notre Dame. We match up well and flat out have their number. I think even I hit a buzzer beater against them a couple of years ago.

  3. Seedy K
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Okay, perhaps I was hyperbolizing about Georgetown and their NCAA chances. But they have lost two in a row, and this same squad suffered a total and absolute meltdown last season. But I’m parsing my argument. I stand corrected. They could lose out and probably still go dancin’. But they’re now wounded and that bothers me. 

    Just because Louisville’s recent record against Marquette is positive, I stand by my statement. Most of these games have been barn burners. OTs. Last second shots. 

    But, hey, it’s nice to know somebody’s paying attention out there to call my bluff.

  4. Joe
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Seedy,

    The Knights from the Highlands are playing their best ball of the year and you’re missing out on it!

    Luckily for you, they have rallied to pick up a bye/home game in the first round of the GLVC tournament on Sunday at 1:00. A win should basically lock them in the tournament.

    As banged up as this team has been, they have made one hell of a run to get to where they are. They deserve the full support of the community!

  5. unclebart
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on the Marquette issue. Hopefully this year’s batch of Cards proves me right and rolls on the road next week.

  6. Ernie Muppet
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I’ll second what Joe said. The pieces are really coming together for Bellarmine: the injury situation is finally getting a little better, the points and key stops are piling up thanks to crisp passing and gang rebounding respectively, and the team is basically finding what works for them after the graduation of Chartrael Hall (the best point guard in the state last year).

    When they play like did during that astounding 20-0 run early in the game on Saturday, the Knights literally could beat almost anybody in college basketball. Looking forward to them getting it done in their conference tournament and then the NCAA Tourney…

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