Cards Crippled, Hoosiers Happy & Dawson Demurs: The Thursday Show

Preston Knowles has a pulled hammy.

Imagine my surprise.

I’ve said it before and I’ll reiterate. Injuries such as those suffered by Rak Buckles and Gorgui Dieng are just dumb bad luck.

The epidemic of leg and groin injuries suffered by Louisville Cardinals during the Pitino Era has to be more than coincidence. Overworked, tired muscles? Ineffective stretching exercises? I dunno. I’m not a doctor, don’t play one on TV and didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

But I know this: Something’s happenin’ and we don’t know what it is? Other than not good.

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Johan Franzen of my Detroit Red Wings netted five goals last night in a 7-5 W over Ottawa.

That’s a hat trick. Plus ear flaps and a chin strap.

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Lamar Dawson is going to Southern Cal.

Imagine my surprise.

Is LA a might more enticing than Danville? Or Lexington?

The allure is obvious, even if the USC campus is in a part of town where at a red light you don’t stop.

And, word is, Lane Kiffin is a persuasive enough guy to, say, sell roofing material to Todd Blue.

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Who was it just last week listed Michigan State as his Final Four darkhorse?

Oh yeah, me.

Michigan State 52, Iowa 72.

The wheels have fallen off in East Lansing. Some developments are simply inexplicable.

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Louisville Cardinal fans can only hope that this year’s recruiting haul pans out as good as it appears it can. Lots of potential there.

But as a U of L fan I know this: I really like Charlie Strong.

When meeting the press, his is an uneasy presence. Not combative. Not disingenuous. He simply has a wary shyness about him that seems genuine. There is no artifice.

I understand that he’s always going to be a football coach, revealing as little as possible in as short a time as possible. And he’ll never be as glib and hail fellow well met as John L. Smith. But he’ll also never obfuscate and babble with coachspeak like his predecessor.

He simply has a quality about him that says he’s good people. And my guess is that trait melts a lot of mamas on the recruiting trail.

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As recruiting doyen Jody Demling astutely has pointed out, one thing about UK’s class is for certain. They won the name game.

Bubba Tandy. Sweet.

Shaq Love. Oh yeah.

Farrington Huguenin. Stately.

And, as if QB Theltus Cobbins real name wasn’t enough, the New Orleanian tops the charts with nickname: Bookie Cobbins.

I’m thinkin’ the Name Game is a good for one W a season just by itself.

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Nice to see the Indiana Hoosiers are starting to growl a bit. Nice W last night over Tubby’s Golden Gophers.

I wish the Crimson & Cream well.

But I gotta admit, there’s something about that photo of Tom Crean screaming in this morning’s C-J that reminds me I never liked the fellow much. He was always a thorn in the Cards side while at Marquette. He has that dour expression on the sideline. And then there’s that help he gave Michigan State before the Elite 8 game a couple of years back.

– Seedy K


  1. cbcard
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Re: Lane Kiffin.
    I spent some time today with customers in Knoxville who just happen to be big UT fans (what are the odds on that?). They told me the hot rumor in the UT’ville is that they are going to catch some serious stuff from the NCAA over things Kiffin did during his short stint there.

  2. Marko
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Breaking news……..;Lane Kiffin is an Ass Clown……..time to move on……..I’ll say the same thing in a couple of years,when our brethern in Lex. decide they have had enough of their own AC…..

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