Hump Day Harrumphs

On Sunday, in my breakdown of Louisville’s glad to get outtahere W over North Carolina, I forgot to rail against a truly inexplicable coaching gaffe emanating from the Cardinal sideline. (I know it’s late. I know it’s been talked about. I know we’re already looking ahead, trying to figure out how to enjoy the upcoming game with our pals while watching on our computers. But I’ll rant anyway, then we’ll move on.)

After Anthony Johnson knocked down Carolina’s 4th down hoping for a winning TD pass, U of L simply had to run out the minute and a half or so left on the clock (1:44 to be exact). Instead of simply having Teddy B, or Will Stein, take a knee on three plays, which would have run out the clock, since the Tar Heels had used up all their timeouts, Louisville handed the ball off.

Then did it again.

I was incredulous. The scribes sitting around me were incredulous. Fans still in the stands have advised they were incredulous.

And today at lunch, a friend who watched the game on TV said the announcers were, well, you know. And dumbfounded to boot.

I’m not sure what Charlie Strong was thinking or what his explanation for the egregious strategy was, but whatever, it was inexcusable.

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It’s midweek and still not a peep from the NFL powers that be about cutting a deal with the real zebras.

Not that there needs to be another voice added to the media din decrying how awful, and deteriorating, the performance of the scabs has been, but I’ll bellow along.

Somebody’s going to get really hurt. Outcomes are going to be affected. You know.

So, yoo hoo, Roger, come down off your throne and do a deal with the refs union. Before kickoff tomorrow night.

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Speaking of cutting a deal, that’s what Lance Thomas did with the NY Jeweler to the Stars. It appears the civil lawsuit has settled.

I’m so sure that nobody involved is going to say a peep.

There’s no doubt smarm is involved. But this one’s gonna fade away faster than Linsanity.

We’re all listening. Problem is, nobody’s talkin’.

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The latest example of the old saw that excellence on the athletic field way more often than not wins out is taking place at the moment in Barcelona. It’s the opening round of the UEFA Champions League. Barca, heavily favored, fell behind 1-2 to Spartak Moscow.

Then the favorites, lauded often as the best club team ever, just took over. Lionel Messi, the world’s best player, tallied twice in the final twenty minutes to close it out.

It was close to a carbon copy of rival Real Madrid’s 3-2 comeback against Manchester City yesterday in the same tourney.

Defending champ Chelsea wasn’t quite as stalwart. They tied at home with Juventus.

I remain stunned by what those fellows do with their feet.

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Is it my imagination, or does U of L have three point guards joining the roster next season to replace — hopefully — Peyton Siva?

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Joker Phillips remains football coach at UK.

– Seedy K

 

5 Comments

  1. bob
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Those three new guards all have very low body fat and are practicing to improve their freethrow shooting.

  2. fred
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Something else must be going on with Roger Godell and the NFL referees. The money in question is a rounding error to the league’s bean counters.

    If the NCAA doesn’t investigate Duke, someone should investigate the NCAA.

    And here’s an idea. Has anyone ASKED Charlie Strong why he handed the ball off?

  3. fred
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah. My source in Lexington, who IS close to the program, says there is no way Joker will be dismissed mid season. Not gonna happen.

  4. cbcard
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    The Hand Offs

    What I hear is with the ball on the four they were afraid the yardage lost on a couple of kneel downs would result in a safety. That would mean a kick off with either the chance of a touch down run back or enough of a run back to attempt a FG which if successful coupled with the two points for the safety would spell a loss for the home team.

  5. doug
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    CS was asked about why he didn’t take knee at his Monday press conference. He mentioned the loss of yardage concern and then told the press to leave the coaching to the coaches.
    I respectfully disagree and would argue that Teddy could have knelt down with minimal loss. It’s also time to move on.

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