One reporter’s query referenced that U of L only had two seniors — Chris Smith and Kyle Kuric — on the squad. Pitino, mid question, immediately chastised the questioner. “Three seniors,” he emphatically corrected.
Well, not exactly Rick. Jared Swopshire, from an eligibility standpoint, is just a junior. Nonetheless, The Rick was adamant that, for better or worse, this season would be Swop’s last. Say what you will about Louisville’s coach, he’s never been shy about throwing players overboard when he felt like it. I’ve dubbed it, “going Rodrick Rhodes on a kid.”
How’s that pledge of abandonment working out for you now, Rick?
Swopshire’s been rock solid in U of L’s first two games. He may not be the most fluid guy on the court, but he plays hard. He plays within himself and within the team concept. He never stops hustling. You know, the kind of effort and focus you want from every baller on your team. Yesterday, Swop went for 13 and 8.
To his credit, and a sign of his maturity, Swopshire indicated no resentment when I chatted with him after Pitino’s comments. All the more reason to keep this talent on the squad, I say.
Just guessing here, but I’m thinking, should Swopshire continue to contribute as he has so far, there will be a scholly for him next season. Pitino’s never been one to forget today, statements he made yesterday.
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Meanwhile Chane Behanan has opened his Louisville Cardinal career with two double doubles in a row. Against Lamar, he tallied 10 points, and nabbed 13 boards.
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Gorgui Dieng played a might better, but shows he’s still a year at least away from being a dominating presence.
Peyton Siva displayed a disturbing propensity to make wrong decisions yesterday.
Mike Marra joined the Injured Reserve list. Poor kid. Would have been a significant contributor off the bench for this team.
Good win. (Aren’t they all?) But there were harbingers of trouble ahead, right?
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Pat Knight wins the Dana Kirk Timeout Award. Lamar used four of its timeouts by the half.
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I’d like to be more specific with my observations, but . . . I sat in the stands with my bride yesterday, like the real fan I am. I didn’t have notebook in hand to make notes.
So, most of my observations are of the scene more than the game. (Which game was hard to concentrate on, because the lady sitting in front of us, a former Card cheerleader — she says — from yesteryear, was drunk and kept trying to engage us (and all those around) in inane conversations.)
Joey, the too loud, too enthusiastic, unnecessary, rah rah MC during commercial breaks has got to go. Soon. As in, yesterday.
The new blow up Cardinal needs some moves. Perhaps an internship with the ZooperStars is in order. He/ she could learn a thing or two from Harry Canary.
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One guy’s opinion is that it would be great if the Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird” became a Yum! Center Cardinal tradition. The thought of 22,000 fans singing and dancing along to the classic every game brings a smile to my face.
It would be unique. Given the song’s title and lyrics (Such as they are.), it would be appropriate. A plus for the Cardinal game experience. Here’s a video with dance moves that would be appropriate for Cards’ fans of all ages.
If you agree, let the folks at the U of L Athletic Department know.
– Seedy K