State of the Cardinals. It is comforting to know that I’m not the only Louisville Cardinal fan thinking big picture after the Tuesday thrashing at Providence. More than a few U of L faithful have also gone apocalyptic.
Another commitment kept me from the women’s scintillating comeback W last night over South Florida. I am advised however that the conversation on everybody’s lips, at least before the game in which the ladies showed significantly more mettle than their male counterparts, was at what point of the Providence game fans turned their TVs off?
More than a few chose “Extreme Couponing” or “Toddlers & Tiaras” before halftime.
It is interesting to note that the die hard fan base, for the most part, sees the team over the precipice in free fall, while objective observers are concentrating more narrowly on the travails of this particular squad.
Of course, those Louisville fans are the ones paying thousands of dollars a year for their seats. Is it not reasonable for them to expect more than parachuting t-shirts, visits from the West Dakota State Fighting Sagebrush and the knowledge that Rick Pitino’s children, grandchildren and their progeny will be set for life financially?
Not to beat a dead horse, or anything.
The Cats. I found UK’s W over feisty Auburn interesting for a number of reasons.
Tony Barbee’s Tigers outrebounded UK 35-29. I also believe the home team outscored the highly ranked Wildcats in the paint.
Impressive is the fact that youthful Kentucky, in only its second real road test, its first in the league, only turned it over 8 times in an intense atmosphere.
More impressive is that UK pulled away at crunch time for a convincing W that could have gone the other way.
Former Future Cardinals. Sebastian Telfair, now a Phoenix Sun, is averaging 3.9 ppg in 7.5 mpg of action.
Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo is averaging 15.8 ppg, 5.0 ppg more than his career average. And 10.1 assists per game, 2.5 more than his career average.
Former Future Wildcats. World Champ Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.6 ppg, down a couple notches from his career average. But the Mavs, after a slow start, have won 5 of 6.
Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods.
I’d already fallen asleep in my recliner and reawakened and eaten my nightly pre-going to bed bowl of cereal before the Tigers crossed mid field, midway through the 4th quarter.
I loved Brent Musberger’s comment on the play before they did that. “The Tigers almost made it past the fifty. Oh, Herbie, I’m looking for something to get excited about.”
The performance of the losers’ QB Jordan Jefferson sure had that Steve Kragthorpe look to it.
Top Newcomers. ESPN.com lists its Top 25 freshmen hoopsters in the country. Three are UK Wildcats. One is an Indiana Hoosier. No Louisville Cardinals are on the list.
More Problems than U of L? Pitt, at home, lost by 23, 39-62, to Rutgers. That’s correct, the Panthers tallied a middle schoolish 39 points in their own gym.
Those Other Wildcats. Northwestern, the only major conference school that has never played in the NCAA tournament, will not break through that barrier this season. With a legitimate shot at a major upset in Ann Arbor last night, Bill Carmody’s team simply couldn’t score from the field.
NFL Playoffs. Am I the only one who finds the spreads for this weekend’s games to be really big? I’m fascinated that New Orleans is favored in San Francisco. Were I a betting man, I wouldn’t be placing my hard earned dinero on the visitors.
Syracuse Doing Just Fine. For the second season in a row, the Orange have started 18-0. Last year, it never felt legit. This season it does.
Futbol Report. My Tottenhem Hotspur bested Everton yesterday 2 nil. They remain tied with Manchester United for 2d in the Premier League, just three points behind Manchester City. I ordered a Hotspur sweatshirt from the team’s shop over a month ago. It still hasn’t arrived. I’m assuming it was shipped on one of those same slow ocean vessels Margaret Thatcher used to ship her troops to retake the Falkland Islands decades ago.
– Seedy K