Thursday Dispatch: Hoops, Pigskin & (Count ‘em) 2 Video Interludes

Peyton Siva is the latest U of L baller to get hurt.

When considering Louisville basketball’s Injured Reserve List, which grows exponentially by the day, I can’t help but think of this classic scene.

Is it my imagination or is it getting crowded in here?

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It’s well recognized by U of L fans that The Rick, unlike his predecessor (and the coaches of most of the nation’s elite teams), avoids legit early season challenges like the plague.

But something came over the Cardinal coach this season. He actually scheduled some high quality out-of-conference opponents during the run up to league play. Kentucky, for sure, as always. But also Vandy. And Memphis. Both legit Top 20 teams. And the university is actually eschewing all the dollars it makes from games at the Yum!, by allowing the team to venture for an honest to heavens away game. Do not feel the need to clean your glasses. It’s true.

U of L is trekking to Indy this Saturday to play Butler in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Though the game does raise this existential question. If the game is not on TV, but only available for viewing on a computer, is it really a game?

Which brings me to this. There’s another real test — call it a trap game, if you will — for the Cards before December. And I’m not referring to Arkansas State or the Bobcats of Ohio U.

Long Beach State is legit. The 49ers won at Pitt last night. They’re the Big West favorites. Dan Monson can coach. Caveat emptor, Cards.

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Now for a musical interlude.

Got me some Bob Seger workin’ tonight. Thought I’d get in the mood. This is one of my faves.

And I shall refrain from any Tim Tebow jokes.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled shtick.

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IU thrashed Evansville last night. On the Purple Aces home court no less.

Can it be that the Crimson & Crean are finally back on their feet after the Kelvin Sampson debacle?

Looks like it.

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Bob Davie’s been hired to resurrect the New Mexico football program.

Hmmmmmmmm.

When last seen on the sidelines, the personable fellow had done his best to ensure the continuing mediocrity at Notre Dame. He was 35-25 during his stint in South Bend. But the Irish faithful weren’t satisfied with an 0-3 bowl record, and two losing seasons.

Davie actually grew into a pretty fair TV color guy.

It seems to me this move means two things. Some coaches just crave being on the sidelines, even at a dead end school like New Mexico. And/ or, those TV announcers don’t make nearly as much money as we might believe.

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N.B.A. No Basketball Anytime.

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Has the Big East expansion talk gotten eerily quiet or what?

Bids to Navy, Air Force, Boise State, maybe San Diego State, Houston, SMU, or so it was said.

And what have we heard lately? Nuttin’ honey.

Well, actually there is rumor & innuendo that BYU is seriously interested in becoming a football only member. Does that mean the Blue Fielders, Cougars, Middies et al are on the way too?

Can’t wait to hear.

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It is 8:40 am on Thursday 11/17, and I’m happy to report that, as best as I can tell, no U of L basketball players have been injured since I began writing this blog post.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. cbcard
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    This raises a question. How did the elephant get into Pitino’s pants?

    Maybe Karen knows.

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